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Posted by CKD315 | Apr 19, 2010 @ 11:24 PM | 1,987 Views
I've had this plane flying for about a week now and have flown it about a dozen or so times. It seems like every time I fly it I have something happen with this plane that gives me that "pucker" factor. Today was no different...

Decided to amp the power up with two 3S 2250 connected together on a 45ESC and the Power 25 motor. My first 45 seconds of flight was uneventful until I heard a loud screech and then realized I had no throttle. I had already come around for my approach leg and decided to land. Tried to set the gear, no gear, sooo, belly landed in a nice grassy area without any damage.

I walked out to it and checked it over and everything was fine with it. Retracts worked, all the servos worked and the throttle was fine... Decided to go for a second flight...

Take off was just as fast as the first time, nice and smooth, and then I heard the same loud screech again and 100' off the deck I once again had no throttle. In a split second I decided against circling back around for another approach and instead dove for airspeed and managed to deadstick another landing without the gear down...

I thought I was damn lucky to have saved the plane twice, and as I was walking out to it I noticed smoke coming from the plane and realized it was starting to get thicker and darker and that it was coming from the battery compartment. I immediately hit my fastest stride and raced about a hundred yards and was able to get to the plane and rip the lipos out and extinguish the...Continue Reading