Epic fail on my part

FliteTest Tiny TrainerTonight I had an epic fail while working on my Flitetest Tiny Trainer wing tonight. How hard can it be right? I mean I’ve built REAL model airplanes, not just these foam board things. About half way through, the glue gun decides it doesn’t want to feed new glue sticks. After muttering some “choice” words about cheap Walmart glue guns, I took it apart to remove the jam. After “fixing” it, I started working on the wing again. First new glue stick feeds really nice. Then working on the spar it jams up again. A few more choice words and I manage to scrape off MOST of the rapidly hardening hot glue. Not all, but hopefully enough to salvage the wing.

OK, I’m righteously angry… I go to FliteTest’s web site and search on “recommended hot glue gun.” Yep they have a nice one they recommend, the Adhesive Technologies (AdTech) Pro 200. $50 bucks though – yikes. Well if I’m going to be building with foam board I need a good glue gun… Decided to cruise over to Amazon and see if they have they same gun for a better price. Sure enough, only $38 plus $4.50 sales tax and free Prime shipping (being a student has its benefits…)

One thing I always do before I buy something from Amazon is read through the reviews for any red flags. Well, no red flags on the AdTech Pro200. A few people mention the price but only to state that it was well worth the extra cost compared to lesser glue guns. I went ahead and ordered it. I felt so good about myself that I decided to relax and read the rest of the reviews. You know, to confirm to myself how “smart” I was for ordering a quality tool…

Oops… Epic Fail…

I found this little tidbit on another web site:

“Don’t lay your craft gun on its side while it’s hot. The molten glue will leak out the back of the feeding mechanism, causing the gun to jam.”

I looked down at the gun. Laying on it’s side, the way I always set it down while using it. Oops… Then I looked a little closer. What’s that name on the side? AdTech? OK, not the Pro model, but same brand. Double Oops, or I guess I should say Epic Fail…

Takeaway…

I guess the takeaway is no matter how experienced you think you are, don’t assume. I’ve built plenty of “real” model airplanes using “real” glue, so I assumed the Tiny Trainer would be a piece of cake. Who needs to read instructions for something so simple? I guess I do…