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12-07-2004 10:30 AM  13 years agoPost 1
zoro

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Basically tried to auto and stuffed up...

The blades have the slightest mark in them, dead boom, flybar, main rotor hub, paddles, 9253 and 811 gears, boom supports and fuel tank. It didn't even bend the spindle or the mainshaft. I think that when it went in it broke the rotor hub off the mainshaft, smacked one of the blades into the boom and that was it. I will be replacing the main and spindle shafts just for safety's sake, but i was quite supprised they survived the impact so damage free. It landed banked over to the left, nose down and didn't even bend or break a skid or frame or anything.
I consider myself rather lucky.

Cheers,
Kent

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12-07-2004 02:36 PM  13 years agoPost 2
Jonesy

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Planet Earth

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Darn that sucks hey! I had a boom strike the other day as well during an Auto. Are those the Funkey 550 blades? I was using those as well and they held up really well as well but many people suggest that for safety sake, even after any sort of crash you should replace the blades.

Think about the force the blades hit that tailboom! I'll be using woodies for autos from now on.

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12-08-2004 04:47 AM  13 years agoPost 3
zoro

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Hi Jonesy, they are the 600mm blades mate. They used to auto really well till last Sunday .
I think i'll be using woodies for my auto's from now on too.

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12-08-2004 04:55 AM  13 years agoPost 4
gwallace1

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That looks exactly like my first few auto attempts!! Get some help if available. Proper radio setup in normal mode should be about -4 or -5 to +9 or +10. This allows you to drop the stick to the bottom and practice descents and approaches, while being able to power recover at the bottom. Do about 100 of these, and as you get really comfy, at or near the bottom, you can flip the switch and land it. Sliding autos are the best way to start landing. Zip ties CA'd to the bottom of the skids saves them. Have fun and keep going!!

Greg

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12-08-2004 05:10 AM  13 years agoPost 5
zoro

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Greg i've only started auto'ing in the last 6months and can usually get them down no worries at all but when i flicked hold this time it dropped like a rock, i've gotten used to it falling 20' or so then it gets the headspeed up but this time it just fell really quick. Not only was it falling but it was also banking over towards the left/nose down and i gave it left cyclic instead of right to correct it. I gave it some collective to try and slow it up a bit but i think i the headspeed had deteriorated to much . Whilst all this was in progress i'm also fumbling for the hold switch to try and bail out but luckily for me i didn't get it otherwise the damage would've been alot worse. It should be back up and running by friday when i get my servo gears.
I think i might try them from a much higher altitude next time.

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