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04-21-2009 02:03 PM  9 years agoPost 21
JRjoe

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+1 on a litte fear is good for the soul. when you get too comfortable, you get complacent.
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04-21-2009 04:22 PM  9 years agoPost 22
CUJO

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that's also what I love about my Rappy is that it's so freakin big that I can see it a far way away.

Besides walking up to or flying to close how many people I wonder have ever been hit by a flying rotor blade?

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04-21-2009 04:25 PM  9 years agoPost 23
rotormonkey

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Blades don't need to fly off the heli for them to hit you. If a link pops off in flight, the whole heli is liable to come at you.

Either way, there have been a number of such stories. Since I've gotten into it, and that hasn't been all that long. I'm sure it's not common, but I'd rather not be a statistic all the same.

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04-21-2009 06:55 PM  9 years agoPost 24
ChrisJ

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Do a search for "Foo Shield"

Just kidding, the more you fly the more you'll get used to it.

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04-21-2009 07:13 PM  9 years agoPost 25
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If a link pops off in flight, the whole heli is liable to come at you.
I seen it happen few weeks ago on a 90! after some hard 3D he brought it to a hover for pics and a link gave and it did a lil wobble and literary exploded! when the blades hit the tail boom! I was next to the spotter and was gonna start taking pictures. The heli drop straight down and the boom shoot the opposite way. Scared the shiat out of us!

I dont suffer from mental iIlness, I actually enjoy mine!

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04-22-2009 12:04 AM  9 years agoPost 26
LONEWOLF2440

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I like the video on you tube raptor 50 explosion

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04-22-2009 12:33 AM  9 years agoPost 27
TaleGunner

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This one I told him dynamite in the muffler would ignite

Watch at YouTube

CRASH! GLUE! REPEAT!
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04-22-2009 12:39 AM  9 years agoPost 28
TaleGunner

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You know your over the fear when you do this

Watch at YouTube

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04-22-2009 12:48 AM  9 years agoPost 29
rotormonkey

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To the first vid: That's COOL! There's NOTHING left! Wow.

To the second: Yep, this is why I say a little fear is a good thing. Cuz when you have none, you may end up doing dumb crap like that.. It takes a special kind of stupid I tell ya.

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04-22-2009 12:56 AM  9 years agoPost 30
mgjones

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My Opinion.. I haven't been doing this for long.. but it is valid across MANY hobbies and disciplines..

The moment that those spinning rotor blades don't freak you out, at least just a little bit.. Pack it up, go home, sell it all on Ebay and take up gardening..

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04-22-2009 12:56 AM  9 years agoPost 31
TaleGunner

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Yep one of these days Darwin will slap that guy upside the headHARD

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04-22-2009 02:33 AM  9 years agoPost 32
McKrackin

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I had a blade come off and hit me and my preflights have gotten a lot more thorough.
My blade tip hit the ground on a small 400 size heli.
There was no obvious damage so I set it in a low hover to look it over and low and behold,the blade had cracked inside the grip.
Of all the billions of directions it could have went,it hit me in the shin from about four feet away.Took my leg out from under me and WRECKED the heli.

If a blade ever hits anything,take it off and really look at it.

Don't be afraid of it but don't take safety for granted either.
If I had been at eye level checking +/- I would have been screwed for life.

I literally never use the word literally right.

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04-22-2009 02:38 AM  9 years agoPost 33
rotormonkey

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If my blades stop spinning for any reason other than air friction over the blades, I don't fly 'em anymore whether they look damaged or not.

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04-22-2009 03:03 AM  9 years agoPost 34
fenderstrat

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I use metal head and proven brand UNACCIDENTED carbon blades. It can't just disintegrate within minutes, so the blades can't come off at all. Even if psychologically I am still afraid, but logically I know that blades will stay in place.
you can NEVER take this attitude.I have seen with my own eyes spindle bolt heads snap off in flight(not my heli,but it was a 600n).Blade grip bolts can break,links can break/pop off.lots of guys gorilla bolts on, way past whats necessary, stressing the metal.you cant just assume because its a metal head and uncrashed blades that you are totally safe

safety and respect is what will keep you injury free

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04-22-2009 03:49 AM  9 years agoPost 35
Santiago P

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How did you get over your fear of the rotor blades?
After 25 years of playing with them, I have NOT!

Got three cool scars on my left forearm to remind me. Nurses at the hospital though I was the looser in a knife fight!

I still love to spin em up and fly til the gallons dry up, just like to keep proper distance from em. Occasional inspections go a long way.

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04-22-2009 03:58 AM  9 years agoPost 36
duceduc

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I am also scare of the blades. I try to fly in a 'safe' zone but if the blades shoots out, there no telling where it will hit.

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04-22-2009 04:16 AM  9 years agoPost 37
xxl

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I still have not that is what keeps me fly them a safe distance awayfrom me and that distance increases with engine size. Remember respect the heli and you will have fun no respect = chance of a realy bad day

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04-22-2009 04:50 AM  9 years agoPost 38
GyroFreak

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Just consider it a flying lawnboy mower, without the shield. Never get used to the blades.

I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?

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04-22-2009 06:46 AM  9 years agoPost 39
mchammer

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but the blades flying off realy scares the crap out of me. How do you get over it?
I agree with all who say you never get over it. You do everything you can to be safe but a healthy fear will help keep you out of trouble.

I think it is kinda scary tracking rotor blades knowing if one was to let go it is level with your head and could go through it.

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04-23-2009 01:22 AM  9 years agoPost 40
ZAC ATTACK

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Maybe if your REALLY scared of heli blades you can practice flying with football equipment on until the fear subsides.

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