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03-11-2006 12:32 PM  11 years agoPost 1
rdlohr

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Its been really cold in New England for really long. Yesterday was unusally warm at 60 degrees! There was a small wind, but hey it was a great day outside and hovering in a shop is getting really old!

It started out great. She was flying pretty as a picture. I had lots of control and I was able to move her around like I actually knew what I was doing.

Then mother nature decided to add some fun. Some really big gusts of wind came up and WOW, its amazing how much altitude you can loose so fast. I tried to hit the throttle, but after months of indoor flying, I just didn't have the skills needed! I kept her level but I stuck her in the ground way harder than she deserved! Ouch!

Looks like gorilla gear is in my future, the stock gear just crumbled. My rear fin held OK, but got a couple gouges. One 325 pro got a crack. Tail rotors and everything else looks good.

I have some spare landing gear and blades so those will be fixed quick. It looks like I can repair the tail fin and maybe shave off a bit of weight in the process.

Guess my ego got damaged more than anything else here. Thought I could handle it. I'll be more careful on windy days and I need much more real flight time outside!

Rick


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03-11-2006 12:40 PM  11 years agoPost 2
Awamori

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Know that feeling all too well. After fine tuning then going out into some wind can be very unpredictable. I did the same thing and deep down inside I knew the wind was just a little high for my skill level. I had to take off either tail or nose in just to keep from tipping sideways on take off. Lost it the minute I tried to do a piro. Sorry about your crash but look at the bright side now you get to work on your SE. For me thats some of the best parts of the hobby.

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03-11-2006 05:48 PM  11 years agoPost 3
Hellijunky

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you got off easy, ill show damage photos that will make you cry..

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03-11-2006 08:45 PM  11 years agoPost 4
AV8TOR

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Brings a tear to my eye Bob.

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03-11-2006 10:18 PM  11 years agoPost 5
OICU812

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Yea thats as minor as a crash can get really. Still sucks though but as Bob said, wait till you really nail one in, that will hurt the Wallet as much as your ego,,,,,

...Once upon a time there were Nitros, flybars and frequency pins...

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03-11-2006 10:28 PM  11 years agoPost 6
PFarrand

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A blade and some gear that's nothing! I had a crash yesterday when I was hovering in my yard to check out some trim and this is what I lost:

Tail servo HS-56
Tail boom
325 Carbon blades
tail boom supports
Tail rotor blades
cracked frame
bent main shaft
Broken tail case
Stripped Main gear.

I can't believe when you get a boom strike with the carbons it causes some major damage compared to woodies!

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03-12-2006 12:31 AM  11 years agoPost 7
rdlohr

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As crass as it sounds, THANKS! you guys all made me feel better. Sorry about the crashes. Eeek, that is going to be painful when I do one of those. I about said "if" but I know better!


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03-12-2006 12:43 AM  11 years agoPost 8
thermal

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finless what caused the crash if i may ask by the way 101 videos are excellent

What goes up must come down

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03-12-2006 12:51 AM  11 years agoPost 9
firestat

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Nasty, Bob. That might just be the worst t-rex shot I have ever seen.

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03-12-2006 12:59 AM  11 years agoPost 10
JR-ric

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dang thats a bad crash

Ricardo Maldonado
Team Curtis Youngblood Enterprise

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03-12-2006 02:02 AM  11 years agoPost 11
rdlohr

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Ouch! How long ago was that?


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03-12-2006 02:20 AM  11 years agoPost 12
rdlohr

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Oh geez, I didn't realize it was so recent! Sorry bout that!!! Pays to have multiple helis on hand.

You guys were right. This crash was minor.

Just finished all the repairs.

The tail fin was even fixable.

Good as new, ready to go crash again....maybe after a hundred flights or so.


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03-12-2006 02:50 AM  11 years agoPost 13
OICU812

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Last season I had my Raptor lose itself in the sun, bailing to full force to the ground and the only savable items were some ball links, the rx, and a few other items, that crash was over 1500. The I lost the crank on my Evo, forced me to auto with no wheres near the headspeed needed, that was about a thousand dollar crash. Pretty much after that I said screw nitros and things have been better. Knock on wood but have not had a kiss of death for over 100 flights between 5 helis now. But next season will by main push to go harder on 3D moves and likely is going to hurt the wallet I am sure. Oh well that's the joy. Any crash less than 50 bucks is not even worht mentioning imho, those are learners for the "oh yea" and "what was I thinking" times....I am sure I would have more crashed on the rex if I did not have bigger helis. I prefer to try new things first and foremost on the sim, then the big helis, then lastly the rex as the little guy falls pretty darn fast when you do not have a move down just right. The T-Rex is a great little heli, but if you want to fly really good and progress it should not be your only heli, imho.

...Once upon a time there were Nitros, flybars and frequency pins...

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03-12-2006 02:56 AM  11 years agoPost 14
rdlohr

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OK, this is all about setting expectations. I should be prepared to drop a grand about any time I fly ... Wow! How many hobbies can you think of where THAT is true. Imagine taking a $1500 Nikon and throwing it across the field. Definately gets some adrenalin flowing. On the other hand, the health risks are minimal compared to say skydiving, rock climbing, bungi jumping or flying a real heli.


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03-12-2006 01:10 PM  11 years agoPost 15
rdlohr

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Could you guys elaborate on that a little. What other helis should you be flying?


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03-12-2006 01:24 PM  11 years agoPost 16
Hellijunky

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Hey finless,, very tidy of you to pick up the cigarette butts along with all your broken rex parts ...lol

here is a pic of mine 2 min. into its madin flight,notice the bran new $65MH rotorhead and the $40 widegear not to mention all servo gears were trashed so thats another$24 + the canopee $18 and a bunch of other nick nack crap + a 5 hour rebuild all becouse of a defective tailcase bering
that froze up and snaped the drive belt...lucky i didnt lose the entire heli i was flying over a frozen lake when it happened ,i managed to fight it over the boat ramp spinning out of controll...it was horable
lol


http://img112.imageshack.us/my.php?image=10350du.jpg

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03-13-2006 02:58 AM  11 years agoPost 17
rdlohr

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The T-Rex is a great little heli, but if you want to fly really good and progress it should not be your only heli, imho.

TOTALLY AGREE!
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Help me out here guys, are you talking big nitro birds, our just helis in general like my CP.


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03-13-2006 03:43 AM  11 years agoPost 18
OICU812

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Maybe get a raptor 50 or somthing like that Rick. I can honestly tell you I started helis with a micro and I avoided everything but a micro till about 6 months. After that the flying ability went through the roof and I got better really fast. I can not explain all the reasons why, but mainly you have a bigger easier to see more stable bird it allows you to be higher and try more with confidence of not falling to the ground like a rock. If your wallet can afford a 30 size up electric a Swift or Logo 10 is an excellent choice. As I said the T-Rex is an awesome little heli, once you try a 30 size and up though you will see what I mean, it is night and day. Anyone who says their t-rex flies like a 90 nitro is full of it. Power to weight ratio in appearence maybe so, but I just do not feel that to be a smart comment when you consider the t-rex has 300-330mm blades and a 90 has 680-710mm blades,,, I mean give me a break now

...Once upon a time there were Nitros, flybars and frequency pins...

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03-13-2006 10:55 AM  11 years agoPost 19
rdlohr

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OK, thats what I thought you were saying. My wallet isn't up to it now, but sounds like it will go on the wish list.

Thanks
Rick


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03-13-2006 11:28 AM  11 years agoPost 20
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Hey rdlohr the heli looks great! What I would like to know is where did you get the clear tail fin. I think that looks pretty cool. I have not seen one like that before.

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