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FWIW, I don't think we've seen this problem and we've released the plane quite a number of times. I'm with Michael, I think you should take a close look at the tower model. You probably just need to pull it apart and rebuild it from scratch checking that you have the right size pieces everywhere.

-David Lawrence
Spegonauts

On Oct 13, 2013, at 7:30 PM, Bdh612-ess wrote:

> The updates only addresses where the plane doesn't make it all the way to the scoring zones, not what happens if the plane is not released at all. 
> 
> We've found that the plane can drop off the tower if the string is too slack (the way we keep it except when we need it), but we've not seen it hold on too tight. If you can hold down the lever and have it just sit there, I'd go over the building instructions very carefully to see where it may be constructed incorrectly (or just taking it a part and building it again may be easier).
> 
> In keeping with an earlier comment about what you do in practice, the kids do not have to build or fix your practice mission models as they are not part of the competition. You can do any rebuilding of mission models your heart desires and time allows or requires.
> 
> Brian 
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
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> On Oct 13, 2013, at 7:13 PM, Betsy Wilco <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
>> Check the game updates. I can't quote it exactly right now, but they have made allowances for that. 
>> 
>>>>> Michael Badamo 10/13/13 6:37 PM >>>
>> Greg, this looks like a problem with the construction of the mission model, or the board setup, or both. 
>> Take a look at the robot game video, you may be able to see the differences there for more info. 
>> 
>> The plane should be resting on the wire (which is wound to tight btw), the tail of the plane is held back loosely by a cross bar, and the red axel connectors which point downwards. 
>> 
>> Good luck, you'll get it right, I'm sure. 
>> 
>> Mike 
>> 
>> On Oct 13, 2013, at 5:10 PM, Greg Trafton wrote: 
>> 
>>> Hi, all. We have a quick question about the airplane mission. 
>>> 
>>> On our mission model, when the lever is pushed down, the airplane sometimes does not launch. Sometimes this is clearly due to the mission model itself (probably torque/friction causing the airplane to 'stick') and sometimes it is likely due to the robot not pushing the lever down hard enough / precise enough. 
>>> 
>>> If the model does not work correctly during the tournament, how would it be scored, since there is some ambiguity about whether it was the robot's or the mission's problem? 
>>> 
>>> (It's certainly possible that our mission model was built incorrectly and no one else is having this problem, but I thought I would ask). 
>>> 
>>> The picture here shows the lever pushed all the way down (by a coach) and the airplane stuck up above. It does not launch after this. And the robot does not push and hold the lever down for long enough for a judge to tell if if it is a robot or a model problem. 
>>> 
>>> thanks! 
>>> greg 
>>> 
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