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01-15-2006 12:07 AM  13 years ago
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BC Don

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Cut finger, needed stiches.
Was out flying my TRex today. I didn't like the way it was handling so I put it away and flew my Twist 40. First flight was fine. Had some problems wth the engine on the second, engine kept stalling. So, was hand starting. Had some leather gloves on so thought I'd be OK. BUT, the prop caught and hit my middle finger, at about the root of my nail. Looked like it was pretty deep - too deep to just super glue together which I've done in the past.

Anyway, managed to get all my gear loaded up with my finger all bound up. Drove for about 30 minutes or so to emergency and was in and out in less than 1/2 an hour - THAT was a major surprise. Anyway, ended up woth a couple of stiches and keep a bandaid on it for a week or so.

Went back and checked my bloody glove afer the fact and sure enough, there is a good size cut in it.

So, don't assume that a leather glove will protect your fingers against a prop!

Meanwhile back to figuring out why my TRex responds so crapily.
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01-15-2006 12:44 AM  13 years ago
MWALKER

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Youd think a leather glove would protect from that prop pretty well. I know the feeling though. It must have really got you good that some CA wouldnt take care of it...

If you dont have a chicken stick ive actually used the end of a screwdriver which is a pretty common tool in most field boxes
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01-15-2006 01:14 AM  13 years ago
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THIS THREAD IS WORTHLESS WITHOUT PICS!!!!



Ouch man, I've been there before. I had one prolly identicle to yours. It hit me in the middle of my right thumb and came up thru from the fingerprint side and the tip of the blade was about in the middle of my fingernail...... if that makes any sense at all. That fuggin HURT! But I learned my lesson. Now I don't even get relatively close to a spinning prop.

Glad you still have a finger to use.

Later,

Joe
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01-15-2006 01:28 AM  13 years ago
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OUCH!!!!!! thats why i stick to helis. Hate to see blood especially if its mine.If at first you don’t succeed pickup the bits & go home
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01-15-2006 01:37 AM  13 years ago
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Man that sucks, I hope it doesn't hold you up on flying! Just be glad you had the glove... OUCH!!!,

I did that once too I didn't get a cut but even with the heavy leather glove it hit hard enuff to make the nail on my middle finger turn black and fall off. I bet that hurts worse then a cut and it takes forever to fall off and grow back. Now I will not start a plank engine without a chicken stick.. or something besides my hand.

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01-15-2006 03:14 AM  13 years ago
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I did that once too I didn't get a cut but even with the heavy leather glove it hit hard enuff to make the nail on my middle finger turn black and fall off. I bet that hurts worse then a cut and it takes forever to fall off and grow back.
Yup. I can second that. Smashed my big toe, been a year and STILL hurts every time I barely bump it against something.
cuts hurt, but after a few days days the pain is pretty much gone, a smashed finger or toe joint, worst pain!!
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01-15-2006 03:42 AM  13 years ago
wags

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Leather...made from the skin of a cow? Any this space age material wouldn't prevent the prop from cutting you...HUH, never made the connection.
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01-16-2006 09:32 AM  13 years ago
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If you are flying planes that size you need a starter. I could never get those dam things to fire without one.--Eagles may soar high, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines!--
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01-16-2006 02:03 PM  13 years ago
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Just a thought. If your going to make a habit off sticking your fingers into spinning props and other such things, you might want to consider getting yourself one of those chain mael gloves that butchers wear.I lost my infamous tag line.
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01-16-2006 04:51 PM  13 years ago
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I don't think he stuck his hand into a moving prop, otherwise it would have been worse. He was hand starting and it bit him when it fired. I've seen a guy that stuck his finger into a running prop, and it went down to the bone and blood was everywhere.

Aren't you glad you were wearing leather gloves though?
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01-16-2006 06:40 PM  13 years ago
BC Don

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Update:

Yes, it happended while hand staring it. Only a OS 46AX with about a 13X4 prop on it. I've been bitten before but didn't have a glove on, I figured the glove would be OK. Of course I do have a starter and chicken stick. But, I had started the plane and was a step or two away from both but still had the glow starter in my pocket. As I had just changed the glow plug and was rechecking my high speed mixture the engine had stopped so I put the glow starter back on and "flipped it". I think the engine starter backwards so that the sharp edge of the prop (APCs are much sharper going the opposite direction)is what cut through the glove and finger.

Anyway, "cut" my day short.
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01-16-2006 11:22 PM  13 years ago
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I cut my whole knuckle off my finger with a prop on a 70 motor. The preassure line came off the muffler and I tried to put it back on without shutting down, VERY STUPID! You could see the whole joint in my finger cartilidge and all. Added photos to gallery. I didnt even go to a doctor
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01-16-2006 11:27 PM  13 years ago
Grant H

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I cut my whole knuckle off my finger with a prop on a 70 motor
Damn dude...Those pictures are nasty.. .. Didnt look like too much blood huh?
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01-16-2006 11:48 PM  13 years ago
300wby

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It never hurt when I first did it, I figured I took the finger off. About 2 weeks later I tore it back open and a week after that I tore it open again, That hurt both times.
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