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02-19-2013 05:14 PM  5 years agoPost 1
Propwash3D

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ohio great lakes

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when i firstgot into this hobby several years ago, My first heli was a RTF erazor 450. It came with two 11.1 2200 mah batteries with red bannaa plugs. anyways i was packing my car to go fly. I ran down stairs to get the batteries and so i wouldnt loose them( in my mind)I put the batteries together. Wel;l i was not even for a moment thinking of the consequnces. I literaly put 2 3s batteries togther...Bang pow Boom.............Needles to say it was a lesson learned....One other way i learned a hard lesson is not taking the main blades off when working on the heli..I did that once trying to program vbar and my basmenet looked like a tornado hit..

what kind of stupid stuff have you guys done??

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02-19-2013 05:20 PM  5 years agoPost 2
GetToDaChopper

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Las Vegas , NV

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I've never done anything stupid, that's because i'm perfect, didn't you know ? lol

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02-19-2013 06:07 PM  5 years agoPost 3
CalmAir

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Camarillo, Ca.

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My big one was reversing the throttle on a Rave 450. Not pretty!

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02-19-2013 06:55 PM  5 years agoPost 4
adamsz06

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Geilenkirchen Germany

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Am I the only one who's changed a gyro sensor's mounting position, and forgot to reverse the gyro?

R.I.P. Roman

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02-19-2013 07:08 PM  5 years agoPost 5
Egroeg

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Cyprus

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Tried to set fail safe throttle to 0 on trex 600E.
Heli spooled up indoors...radio fell to the ground while I jumped on the he li to hold it.
Oh and nitro 90 full throttle hot start indoors.

No Pitch...No Fun!

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02-19-2013 07:33 PM  5 years agoPost 6
Eleven_Bravo

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Salisbury,NC

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Pulling the banana plugs out of my charger while the battery is still attached to the charge lead. This is a parallel board for a mcpx all 6 batteries were still attached. Somehow I escaped this with only a spark show when the charge leads touched. I am thankful that I learned this lesson before I made this mistake with my 450's batts hooked in parallel.

I think everybody has made the forgot to flip into idle up mistake. This cause major damage to my sweet R 30 back in the day. Not a total loss I used it as an excuse to convert it to a 50

ENGAGE!!

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02-19-2013 07:52 PM  5 years agoPost 7
heli-cuzz

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Pittston, Pa. USA

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I recently toasted a 5s li-po by accidentally plugging the red to black instead of in series with the other 5s batt. A big arc and a puff of smoke. I put the arced battery on my PL8 to check its condition. It went from a 5s to 1s batt.
I fixed that issue by using white Anderson connectors for the in series connection.
Anybody wondering why I don't use a made up in series connector.
I'm using much less power wire going directly to my kontronic.

Fury 55 NIB Furion6 CGY750 fbl helicopter-Frenzy CGY750 fbl nitro-Frenzy fbl NOBAR90

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02-20-2013 09:05 PM  5 years agoPost 8
gigi

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti

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Classic blunders
I have a few under my belt at this point...

The one I'll never forget was toasting an ESC because I used a pack from a friend who did not use the regular convention for positive and negative. The leads were backwards! The battery had no issue. the ESC died immediately.

I have had my share of electrics starting on me during setting up.

All my helis are programmed to NOT lift off in normal mode It's the only way I've found to fully trust myself to not forget to flip to idle-up.

One of the most memorable moments I've had was starting my Gasser, walking away from the idling engine, and when I was doing my pre-flight control test (which I always do), I realized nothing worked! I tried shutting down the engine. Of course, since nothing worked, that was not possible. I had forgotten to turn on the receiver! By then, the blades were turning a bit because the idle was just a hair up from its regular position. We figured the heli would idle for a long while, so since it all seemed secure, I crawled on the ground to plug the carb opening with my thumb. Now I don't let people talk to me while I power up, and double-check before turning on the engine.

Gigi

My heli spending has gone way down since I got a Honda 919 :-)

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02-20-2013 10:13 PM  5 years agoPost 9
bclong211

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Columbia ,SC

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Stupid things....
The very first nitro I built was a pantera 50. I had put every bell and whistle on it I could afford at the time and one of them was the rev max limiter. I had set everything up nicely and idled the engine some in the garage during the process. The night before I took it out for its maiden I decided to switch the throttle servo to a ds821 I had gotten with my jr tx. Cranked her up into an idle at the park,did the normal checks, and started giving it throttle. Well at about 20%throttle the revamp kicked in and tried to do its job but then I realized something was terribly wrong. My brand spanking new os50H was pushed to full throttle because I had not reversed the throttle servo and setup the rev max throttle limits! All I could do is sit and watch as it ran for a good three or four minutes before the inevitable "pop" of a hole in the top of the piston. I didn't do that again! The happy ending was that o.s. actually was nice enough to warranty the motor for me!

I meant to do that!!!

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02-20-2013 10:34 PM  5 years agoPost 10
Larry '53

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Spanaway, WA USA

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Putting deans plugs on a brand new battery - not sure what I was thinking but when I cut the original plug off I cut both wires at once. Huge spark, ruined ruined my dikes (diagonal cutters) and the new battery puffed.

"dosen't" is not a real word

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02-21-2013 01:37 AM  5 years agoPost 11
mcfast

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Quebec Quebec Canada

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This was a Good One
When I was doing a setup on my first turbine, I was programming the radio in the living room on the coffee table and then I herd the starter engage, O whats this ? and then a big whoosh,
WHAT THE H*LL IS THAT! when I saw the flames coming out the exhaust pipe, I all most sh*t my pants! I unhook the battery as fast as I could, ever thing shut down, boy! it took at lest a hour to com down after that one, today I look at that one and its all most funny, all most!

P.S. sorry for the spelling or the grammar I am dyslexic!

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02-21-2013 02:15 AM  5 years agoPost 12
rcflyerheli

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Granbury, TX USA

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When I built my first heli (Trex 500), I really didn't have any idea how much energy these things have. I had a Blade 400 that I had run up in my shop several times to check things out, and the 500 didn't seem that much larger.

I had it sitting on top of my workbench, and I had a full size set of plans for a Pica Duellist pinned to the wall behind the bench. I got the Trex up to about half throttle, and I hear a bang, and all of a sudden it is snowing Duellist plans all over my shop.

It's 3 years later, and I am still finding pieces of those plans in locations I never dreamed they could find. I don't ever do any work with a powered ESC with blades on a heli.

Logo 700, Specter 700, Goblin 700, Trex 700DFC, Gaui X7, Logo 690SX, Logo 600SX; Trex 470 Trex 500
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02-21-2013 07:13 AM  5 years agoPost 13
Eleven_Bravo

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Salisbury,NC

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Larry 53 me too but no damage I think because I clipped the leads so fast. The wires were almost instantly hot in my hands Whoops!! Scared the poop outta me as images of a worst case scenario popped into my head. The lil firebombs scare me enough without me doing bone headed things to them. I have soldered leads on about 4 batteries since then ONE lead at a time

ENGAGE!!

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02-21-2013 01:12 PM  5 years agoPost 14
bclong211

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Columbia ,SC

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Just remembered the best one!
Buying a walkera rtf 60b as my first cp heli! Epic fail!!!

I meant to do that!!!

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02-21-2013 01:48 PM  5 years agoPost 15
ZS-JAF

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Nazareth, PA

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My first 450 Pro. Some how I managed to set my throttle fail safe at 100 percent during bind. I flew the hei for a few months without incident. I was then building a second 450 all day and into the night. Around midnight, I wanted to refrence something on my original so I powered it up on the kitchen table. I then switched to the second model in the TX without disconecting the power to the first. The 450 did the fastest 360 piro I have ever seen on my kitchen table, knocking my TX off the table and spooling up to 100 percent. I was able to get my hand through the skids and disconect the power. I now have way more respect for helis with the blades on and test the ESC failsafe every posible way.

I have a 3D heli, I don't understand why it doesn't do 3D.

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02-21-2013 02:18 PM  5 years agoPost 16
RCHSF

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NC

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I've done just about all that, with the exception of the turbine don't own one. And Cutting the battery wire connector both at the same time. Had hot start before, and reveres a few channels.

But I did cut the cord off a fan while it was still plugged in the wall. It burned two nice deep notch's in the pocket knife blade, with a nice big blue fireball to follow also.

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02-21-2013 02:38 PM  5 years agoPost 17
jgunpilot

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Pollock, LA

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Putting deans plugs on a brand new battery - not sure what I was thinking but when I cut the original plug off I cut both wires at once. Huge spark, ruined ruined my dikes (diagonal cutters) and the new battery puffed.
The same thing happened to me with my first Trex 450. I finally bought a good quality Thunder Power battery pack, and as I bore down on the side cutter I realized what I was doing - then came the spark.

Live and learn. TP gave me a new pack for half off.

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02-21-2013 03:54 PM  5 years agoPost 18
AmishKyle

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South Jersey

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A while back I did a tests spool on my kitchen floor with a 450se and mistakingly had the gyro comp reversed which resulted in Heli damage along with a kitchen cabniet too lol

[quote] FB heli flyers will become the Amish community of r.c. helis lol[/quote]

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02-24-2013 09:49 PM  5 years agoPost 19
Stephen Born

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USA

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Tinkering with my heli in my living room. TX was on as well as the heli.

Tx beeped, I looked down and it said "low battery". It then went dead.

The heli spooled up in the middle of the living room.

Lesson learned.

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02-24-2013 10:29 PM  5 years agoPost 20
McKrackin

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Lucasville,Ohio

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I think I've done most everything in this thread except plug two lipos together.lol....Maybe later.

Started my nitro without turning on the power....I always kill it by shutting off the fuel so the throttle servo is at idle position when I put it away.

Reversed the throttle on a 450 and it was a re-kit and never once got off the ground.

One nitro hot start...Once is enough.lol...

Lots of dumb stuff.

I literally never use the word literally right.

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