Well it had to happen Sooner rather than Later. I busted up my Apprentice S 15e. What frost my pumpkin is I do not think it was Pilot Error. I had taken off about 5 minutes or less and was practicing patterns, landing pattern to be exact. Had th eplane Trimmed out at 1/2 throttle and in Beginner Mode. I had just turned final to fly down the run way, applied about 3/4 throttle and was gaining altitude to about 100 feet when all the sudden the plane went into a violent Snap Roll and drilled into the ground. I hit the PANIC BUTTON but nothing happened. Only other thing I had time to do was cut the throttle before impact. For thoos no tfamilar with th eApprentice S it is equiped with a SAFE RX and has three modes of Beginner, Intermediate, and Experienced. It also has a PANIC FEATURE which will level it out immediately from any orientation. So the point I am making is I was in Beginner Mode which will no tallow you to pitch or roll more than 20 degrees.
I do not know exactly what happened bu tafter looking at the damage I do not think it was mechanical failure. I suspect electronic failure. Anyway here are the pics. Notice the wing is not damaged nor any of the aileron linkages damaged. The wing was fully attached after th ecrash and not one rubber band broke.
OK initially the damage is what you see. Broke the tail section off, snapped off the vert stab which I fixed already, busted up the motor cowl and motor mount. In all about $15 of parts and a couple of hours. No big deal.
Well about 3 hours ago I tested the RX, Servos, Motor, and ESC. Power it up and it initializes, and all servos work. Then I advance the throttle a little to see of th emotor will spin up. Motor made a buzzing sound, and smoke rolled out of the ESC. CRAP
OK here is the question part for you experienced motor guys. E-Flite (aka Horizon Hobby) wants almost $125 fro a new motor and ESC shipped. That is ridiculous $70 for the motor and $45 for the 30 amp ESC. So here is the question:
Does anyone know of a compatible replacement, or how to cross reference?
I see all kinds of 840 KV 15 size motors outh there from $25 to $35 dollars, and 30 amp ESC for $20/ But which one to fit my plane and compatible with the RX and servos?