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11-24-2006 07:11 PM  11 years agoPost 1
Dr.Don

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I have been using brass knobs on the canopy screws of my Raptor 70. On the first flight this morning it started to shimmy when I came out of idle up after a flight that included just a few forward and backward flips. I landed and found one of the knobs imbedded in my leading edge so deeply only the screw is protruding. If you look closely you can see the brass knob imbedded in the CF. No other damage. There was nothing out of the ordinary when it happened; no noise or flight disturbance. Just a heavy shimmy when the headspeed decreased as I dropped out of idle up.

What do you think the odds are of tossing a knob during a flip and then catching it dead square with a blade?

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11-24-2006 07:30 PM  11 years agoPost 2
JamesonMalpezzi

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11-24-2006 07:33 PM  11 years agoPost 3
Flyboy50

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11-24-2006 07:34 PM  11 years agoPost 4
AlanR8

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Bet you won't be doing that again....

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11-24-2006 07:34 PM  11 years agoPost 5
tim deakin

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COOL,shame about the blades buddy

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11-24-2006 07:44 PM  11 years agoPost 6
hockeysew

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Look at the bright side-you didnt have to spend hours on your knees looking for that screw!!

Liberals are like a "Slinky", useless but entertaining when pushed down stairs....

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11-24-2006 08:05 PM  11 years agoPost 7
Rogan

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Nice catch.

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11-24-2006 08:13 PM  11 years agoPost 8
AnnihilaT

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With as deep as that thing was embedded, its a bit surprising that the structural integrity wasnt compromised to the point of the blade coming apart. Very freakish tho! I guess you wont need to worry about being hit by lightening or winning the lotto anytime soon. Crazy odds against something like this happening i bet





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11-24-2006 08:48 PM  11 years agoPost 9
heliman53

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Things that make you go BRRRR. Craig B

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11-24-2006 08:54 PM  11 years agoPost 10
Portblock

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Send it back as defective.

Another bright side, you brought her down, she didnt slab down, no rebuilding, and tweaking.

The voices in my head can beat up the voices in your head.

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11-24-2006 09:36 PM  11 years agoPost 11
Flyboy50

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Carbon fiber usually shatters if something like that happens. You're a lucky man, 2atlo8.

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11-24-2006 09:57 PM  11 years agoPost 12
leejax01

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Atleast the blade didn't come apart causing you to crash into something really crazy.

Perfect practice makes perfect

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11-24-2006 10:43 PM  11 years agoPost 13
bill the greek

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I'll bet a milion $$ you can't do it again if you try it 1000 times !!


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11-25-2006 03:59 AM  11 years agoPost 14
George Matthews

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I had the same thing happen to me with a raptor 70.
I was hovering inverted when I heard a loud click and upon landing I found a large nick in the leading edge of one of the main blades. After inspecting the heli I found a missing 3mm bolt that holds the tailboom supports to the clamp.

At least you didn't have a nice set of Radix or V Blades when that knob fell off.

George Matthews

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