- - Was I flying in to strong a wind (gusts) and I just got unlucky for it to snap
I would say this is most likely. 15mph is kinda pushing it on a full sail, especially when you don't have 4 wrap rods. I would recommend getting a full vent to allow you to take advantage of the upper wind range without fear of something breaking.
- - Being a new flyer, yes I have had a few hard crashes leading edge down, could this have weakened the spar.
I doubt it. Revs are surprisingly resilient when it comes to nose dives. Plus, I'm not really sure how crashing with the leading edge could really do enough damage to the vertical spars for them to snap, but I would not rule it out as a possibility. Anything is possible.
- - Could the spar have been defective.
Maybe. I have had a day when the wind was quite light and I was flying with full race rods. While flying up for an up-and over (using 30foot lines) one of the vertical spars snapped. This could be because of a possible defect, or it could even be that it was winter, and I was flying in the snow....... maybe the rods froze a bit and became more brittle. Who knows. Stuff happens. Luckily, replacement spars are not terribly expensive (at least not here... this may not be the case in the uk).
Edited by Watty, 14 July 2010 - 05:09 PM.