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10-19-2004 01:45 AM  13 years agoPost 1
sixeven

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Ft. Myers Florida

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AHHHH!!!

So, I go out to fly. Fuel up the copter...check the radio...check the voltage. Everything looks good. Connect the starter and the glowplug heater to my powerpanel.

Well no current. Damn burned out glow plug. Remove old plug...Yep burned out.

Install new glow plug. Connect heater to plug....Still no current. Play with powerpanel amp knob. Still no current.

Hmm. Glow plug was new. Pull it to see what the problem is. Well it's burned out too? WTF?

Look at my connection to the power panel. Well, like a dumbass I plugged the glowplug heater into the 12 V outlet not the 1.5 V. Damn it.

Correct the error. Put new (and last extra) glow plug into the engine. Connect glow plug heater and THE AMP NEEDLE IS PEGGED!! AHHHHH I had forgotten I had turned up the amperage on the power panel. POOF no current.

Burned out glow plug number 3. No extras and LHS is closed....

No fly fly for dumb dumb boy today!

SiXeVeN

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10-19-2004 01:47 AM  13 years agoPost 2
vortechZ230

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Oh well.... Their is always another day.............

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10-19-2004 01:50 AM  13 years agoPost 3
Boom_Strike

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Everyone has those days

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10-19-2004 01:51 AM  13 years agoPost 4
yugi

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Maryland

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a sign!

The heli gods are sending you a sign.....

If you keep doing the same thing…...you’re going to get the same results!

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10-19-2004 01:51 AM  13 years agoPost 5
sharam

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Yep, done that too. Lost three plugs before I realized what an idiot I was!!

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10-19-2004 01:55 AM  13 years agoPost 6
crash1953

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Aww dont feel to bad ..I always do somerhing like that when I have no more spares and I have to wait a week to get some..

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10-19-2004 02:07 AM  13 years agoPost 7
Steve Campbell

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One of the few times I've contemplated cold-blooded murder was at age ten, when three buddies and I pooled our meager resources to buy another 1.5 volt lantern battery to start our Cox plastic C/L planes. Both of the ones we had died the same glorious summer day.

Straws were drawn to choose who would make the perilous journey (which involved traversing a ten-inch pipe across a mucky, nasty canal) to Gibson's Discount Store for the new battery. The unlucky soul collected the money and headed out.

When he finally got back, we were eager and excited; and soon disappointed, because by the time we figured out the bonehead had bought a six volt battery, we had smoked every glow head on hand.

He made himself scarce for quite a while....

Thanks for making me think of that, sixeven. Those were some fun days.

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10-19-2004 02:26 AM  13 years agoPost 8
dariof

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Henderson, NV /​Laguna Niguel, CA

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That's easier to do than it seems. No, I have never done it...but have come close.

Use the remote glow drivers.....will never happen.

Best Regards, Dario

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10-19-2004 02:38 AM  13 years agoPost 9
dkshema

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Cedar Rapids, IA

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Yup, I've toasted a few plugs that way this summer.

But I did make up for it by accidentally plugging my starter into the glow driver plugs on my power panel. Wouldn't turn over the engine, just sat there and buzzed when I hit the starter switch. Felt pretty stupid when I realized what I'd done.

Dave

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10-19-2004 02:54 AM  13 years agoPost 10
jerrythercpilot

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Make sure you clean out the cylinder of the glow plug particles. They will erode the top of the piston if you run it and they dont pass out the exhaust port.

Been there done that.

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10-19-2004 03:19 AM  13 years agoPost 11
kamlooper

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About 10 percent of glowpugs made are destroyed from misuse. Dont feel bad.
Of course you can prevent plugging into the wrong place on a power panel by changing the plug in to the 1.5v source. Use any kind of 2 wire plug you want.

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10-19-2004 03:33 AM  13 years agoPost 12
l337hxr

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Irvine, CA

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just get a $13.00 Hobbico Hot Shot 2. Keep it in your tool box as your backup. Works great, its small, and massive 1500mah capacity. Lasted me a month worth of weekend flying before recharging.

SceaduEvo50, FF9

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10-19-2004 03:57 AM  13 years agoPost 13
Santiago P

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If you keep doing the same thing…...you’re going to get the same results!
The classic definition of insanity.

I think we all have done things similar to yours. My deed almost cost me my arms.
Once upon a time, I was having a hard time starting my Mini-Boy (1983) so I kept shutting the TX and RX power on and off between attemps to save battery for maximun flying time. I got confused with the switching, and when it started, I had the mother of all hot starts and no throttle control. It took both hands to hold it from spinning. Blades folded as I helded, but I could not reach the switch or the fuel line, so in desperation I let go and peeled off as fast as I could. Not fast enought. The rotor spun up so fast that the blades hit my arm 3 times before I clear them. (Mini-Boy had a 30 size diameter rotor, but powered by a .45, 2100RPM rotor speed was normal).
But wait, there is more.
It started to lift off, now is a free flyer. Bleeding badly, I could not let go of my brand new toy, so I ran behind it and grabbed it by the tail boom. Then, It started shaking progressively harder, and now, the tail rotor box became loose and started to attack me, by rotating on the boom, and chopping on my thumb which was close to the tail bades path to begin with. (the TR housing was held by a hose clamp, good old german engineering). I finally gave up, and this finely tune schlutter machine still spinning about 1800RPM. I was close to the bumper of my mom's pontiac, so in desperation I trew the helo onto the bumper as I closed my eyes and 'hope for the best". The blades hit the bumper and caused the chopper to bounce back at me without breaking the blades! "Oh the humanity" I thought. but the Heli was not getting airborn any more. The blade holder (made of two strips of mild steel) bent taking most of the positive incidence. While still doing now a sick 1600RPM I reached under, pulled the fuel line. Rotor blades now stopped, I reach towards the canopy, turned the TX switch on, checked for proper control.
After loading everthing in the car, drove 1/2 mile home with my lacerated left arm hanging out the window. Mom was proud I did not bleed on the car interior. Those were the good old days.

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10-19-2004 04:25 AM  13 years agoPost 14
Ted Toth

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MoneyPitVictim
that is some story
glad to see it was not worse

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You don't stop laughing because you grow old, you grow old because you stopped laughing.

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10-19-2004 04:48 AM  13 years agoPost 15
proptwister

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SW Missouri

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Makes me feel good to know I'm not the only one.

Thought it was only me.

This Sunday was unseasonably warm with 75 degree and not much wind so I went to the field loaded for bear with two heli's, a plank, brand new JR 9303 and plenty of fuel. After about an hour of fiddling with the flaperons on the Funtana, I finally gave up end went to use my trusty 8103 that I normally use. The Funtana has a Saito 100 that has purred like a kitten since the day I bought it. Starts first flip against compression every time. Not today. It would idle fine but the minute I advance the throttle it would go way lean and get hot. After another hour of tinkering with the obviously plugged carb I said *%k it.....I'd rather fly my heli's anyway.

Throw all the plank gear back in the truck, drag all my heli stuff to the pits only to discover I dont have my starter/extension (I was the only heli pilot there). Needless to say I decided this was a bad sign and just went home.

To top it all off, the $&#*ing KC Chiefs blew it...........again.

Sometimes, you just gotta smile.

Later

Evo 90 OS C-Spec 91 w/OMI Mod
Evo 50 OS Hyper 50
JR 9303
Wildcat Fuel

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10-19-2004 04:54 AM  13 years agoPost 16
rtrickyjr

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Drumore, PA (SW of​Quarryville)

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hee hee...

Did that some when I had a power panel, doesn't happen now with radio south glowdriver, but, can you say 'left the transmitter at home', or 'drove home leaving one of my planes under the rear of the truck'?

We're all 'dumb' sometimes, but it sure is nice to look back and be able to laugh about it

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10-19-2004 05:00 AM  13 years agoPost 17
gwallace1

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Susanville, CA

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Um lets see.......done all of the above, hot starts, forgot idle up, pulled motor today for a checkup put back on and went to fire it up.......uhhhh duhhhh forgot to put throttle servo link back on....lucky only about half throttle. No I have not exhibited stupidity at all

Greg

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10-19-2004 05:02 AM  13 years agoPost 18
sixeven

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Ft. Myers Florida

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Moneypitvictim....Maybe I don't feel so bad about burning up some glowplugs...aborted flying and blood loss definitely makes for a bad day

A quick similar story with my old raptor. I was wearing an old pair of shorts with threads and torn cloth hanging off the bottom of the legs. Well, I too had a hot start and was holding onto one side of the head. Unfortunately the whole model torqued around and the tail boom hit me in the side. I then lost my grip on the head which rapidly ramped up in speed. The swashplate became entangled in the threads and scraps of my shorts which pulled the whole model right next to me despite my attempts to escape.

Fortunately, instead of beating me senseless with the main blades, the swashplate became jammed with my shorts and the head stopped spinning. I was then able to pull the fuel line and stop the attack.

Ended up with a bad rug burn from the spinning main gear and several slashes on my legs from the paddles beating me up but otherwise I was unharmed... which is more than I could say for the raptor which got beat up pretty good.

Came TOO DAMN CLOSE to being called Bobbit 2

SiXeVeN

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10-19-2004 08:47 AM  13 years agoPost 19
Yuma_Tommy

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Yuma, Arizona -- USA

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Great Stories Guys!! I too have had more than one case of stupiditis!! Just damn lucky and no injuries, just sprained thumbs!!

Raptor 50 V2--Evo 50--Freya X-Spec--Airtronics Stylus

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