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Old Aug 10, 2011, 01:39 PM
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Caught On Film or It Wasn't Supposed To Happen Like That

I thought it would be fun to share some of those photos that show the lighter side of model aviation.

My wife came with me to shoot some photos of my airplane. She captured this photo below. What I saw was the plane coming in for a landing and it was caught by a sudden down draft. What this photos shows is that I was coming in, trying to keep the nose up and giving slight left rudder to bring her in on the runway. This caused the wing to drop as it stalled. Clearly pilot error. But no damage to the airplane since I was going low and slow. Plus the XTs are pretty tough birds.

Anyone else care to share their not so pretty photos? I know we always like to show the great photos doing sweet things, but we know that is not always the case.

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Old Aug 10, 2011, 07:07 PM
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Okay, sounds like fun.

Same thing, gust of wind caught it just as it was touching down.
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Old Aug 11, 2011, 04:58 PM
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Whoops

Same again, gust of wind across the runway and the barbed wire fence ate the model. Fuselage left intact but the wings and tailplane destroyed. My wife bless her, caught the highlight of the 'landing'.
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Old Aug 11, 2011, 06:37 PM
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Sure are a lot of mysterious wind forces out there causing all sorts of trouble
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Old Aug 11, 2011, 09:18 PM
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This is not IC powered, but it's one of mine. I think this knocked out the motor mount and bent or knocked out the gear. The gear block had already reinforced so it wouldn't have come out and I used nylon bolts for the gear. I think ran out of power and had turned around to get back on the field. I was also learning to fly mode 4. The plane still flies today.

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Old Aug 12, 2011, 11:16 AM
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The Hobby lobby people recently had a good one when the ESC in a plane they were testing decided to die on them. http://blog.hobby-lobby.com/wing-wor...ane-on-fire-2/



and blowing on it doesn't work to put it out either.
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Old Aug 14, 2011, 09:28 PM
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My mistake Sunday, killed my pattern plane. I should have gone the other way with it, instead of trying to pull out like I did, I needed about 6 more inches of ground clearance and I didn't have it. But that is hindsight for you. Yes that is the wing about 100 feet back there, assorted parts inbetween including the horizontal stab. The battery pack is actually about where the pic was taken. A "Split S" just a touch too close to the ground.


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Old Aug 17, 2011, 01:38 PM
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Most of my crashes somehow always get caught on video instead of a still picture Here is my 20 size J-3 that got into a fight with a good gust on takeoff....it didn't win I don't have a pic of the wing anymore but it didn't fair any better.
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Same again, gust of wind across the runway and the barbed wire fence ate the model. Fuselage left intact but the wings and tailplane destroyed. My wife bless her, caught the highlight of the 'landing'.

Nice pic!!!

There was one time I wish I had a photo or movie of a crash. I was flying a Hobie Hawk and got following a 1:1 hawk around. He suckered me right into a 230 KV transmission line. No sparks, but cut the right wing in half.

There was another time when 2 motorcycle CHP ran into each other watching us fly RC too... Would have been priceless...
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Old Aug 20, 2011, 06:53 PM
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Should have videoed the photographer

Enjoy this video of my first flight on the Taube in my Avatar.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=YyFTqt8pSsc

Plane is fine, photographer is recovering.
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That is a nice plane and the video was good too.
Thanks for sharing, it looks great and sounds great and flies nicely too.
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Old Aug 21, 2011, 01:51 PM
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Thanks for the nice compliments about my model of a 1914 Jeannin Stahltaube. It was on the cover of Control Line World magazine, July 2011.
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That Mossie looks right to scale, considering I just watched "633 Squadron" last week
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