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« on: October 05, 2014, 03:54 PM »

I have several Beetle 2100's. All of them are from 2000-2001. ALL of the plastic has shattered on them. Leading edge connectors, standoff ends (both), and most troublesome..... THE NOSES!!!!! They were in storage for several years and it was NOT climate controlled. Is this just a symptom of age on all Flying Wings kites or is it most likely from them getting heated during the summer? I have a GFAK Dragonfly with one of those inverted on it, for the top wing and it shattered also. I need six of the darned things and all the LE fittings and standoffs... It does not seem to be cost efficient to replace them all if this is an ongoing problem with them.
Has anyone else had this problem?  If so, did you direct replace or some other solution???

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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2014, 09:56 PM »

I have two now... one going on about 13 years and the other about 9 years. Neither have the issues you mention.
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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2014, 04:03 AM »

Eh, it is a piece of plastic... Breakage can happen to it...a few nose plants puts some time cracks in it and then a little temperature change and snap....

If the pieces crumble apart vs snap that means the plastic was probably bad.....
The beetle noise piece was originally a DynaKite molded noise piece.... I know people who have DynaKite nose pieces that are 25 years old and not had a problem...

You bring up temperature: where are you and where do you store/fly?

The go fly bit looks like the same piece but if I remember correctly was a lower quality Chinese copy of that fitting.... And weaker..
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« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2014, 07:16 PM »

I think it was the heat ..  htey were in North Florida for five years .. Crumbled apart .. .. .. All were brand new ,, no ground rash, never been assembled. Just opened the btthe  for my Icon from the same s  time frame as the Beetles. LE connectors crumbled into chips, coming out of the bag.  Time to order parts for them all.  Glad to know it will be worth it to replace them. Lesson learned, they will stay in the house from now on .. Thanks ,,  y'all,

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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2014, 08:33 PM »


I still have a little bag of Beetle spare parts - but not the nose unfortunately.

If you'd like them, send me a PM with your address and I'll send them out to you.

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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2014, 03:32 PM »

Thanks! PM sent!

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« Reply #6 on: Today at 08:20 PM »

Thanks, Frazer! Got 'em and putting them to use. Will post pics when we fly, hopefully next week!
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