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Old Jul 25, 2003, 04:02 PM
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DANG, Martha! These things are SHARP!!

Yup. Finally, after four years of this hobby I finally got in the way of a prop. Not just any prop mind you, but a brand new Aeronaut CF 11x8 folder with a Promaxx 4011 and 8x1300 KANs behind it. Earlier this week as I was changing it out I thought, "Jeez! I hope I don't get in the way of this thing." Well, I did but I think I actually got lucky.

I was out with a co-worker whom I've been teaching to be a real live R/C pilot and of course I've been harping on safety around these things. I had my Flipper on the tailgate of the truck getting ready to fly it when I bumped the throttle. The plane literally jumped off the tailgate straight up and the prop caught my right index and middle fingers right at the first knuckle alongside the nail. The index got three gashes and the middle received two. The cuts were fairly deep and of course plenty of blood on the ground. Jason grabbed a first aid kit out of his car and we got the bleeding stopped and my fingers bandaged once I got done hopping around.
I'll be hearing this at work since more than half the crew are R/C types.

This little note is just another reminder that just when you don't expect it...

No pics for you ghoulies. Sorry.

mw

PS: Oh. The plane's fine...
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Old Jul 25, 2003, 04:25 PM
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I can well imagine Mark! The other day I was working on my P47 which uses an APC 11-7. After doing the maintenance I was reinstalling the prop with adapter onto the gearbox shaft. I was tightening with the left and holding the prop with my right hand. The wrench slipped and the trailing edge of the prop moved about 3 inches in my right palm. Nice gash resulted. There wasn't that much force involved and I didn't really feel anything. I just looked over at my hand expecting to see a slight scratch and saw blood running down my palm. Those suckers are VERY sharp!
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Old Jul 25, 2003, 04:33 PM
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Glad it wasn't worse. I've gotten in the habit of using the throttle kill switch on my Eclipse religiously. Sure, glitches happen anyway, but at least I won't be the cause if the thing goes berserk. Neck straps, hanging Tx and sticks almost got me once too! Heal quickly, -thumbs
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Old Jul 25, 2003, 04:54 PM
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Mark, Ouch!

Not sure how you bumped the throttle, but this may be a good time to share this:

When I pick up a Tx, I use my left hand and pick it up on the left side, half way up on the Tx. Also, I approach the TX with a "thumbs up" type wave, if you follow.

Then my left thumb moves down and holds the throttle stick off, while I put on my strap, lift the plane, etc.

Dave

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(snip) Neck straps, hanging Tx and sticks almost got me once too! -thumbs
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Old Jul 25, 2003, 04:58 PM
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Old Jul 25, 2003, 05:01 PM
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Nasty stuff, i got cut fairly badly by an old Sp600 with 8*4.5 graupner prop a few years ago on 6 cells. I can only imagine what your prop would /potentially could have done.

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Old Jul 25, 2003, 06:25 PM
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Re: DANG, Martha! These things are SHARP!!

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Yup. Finally, after four years of this hobby I finally got in the way of a prop.
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That's why you should stick to slope Mark. Even thought you might get taken out by a mini-weasle.
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Old Jul 25, 2003, 06:44 PM
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Oops! Don't tell the SDS that I've been playing with powered stuff, OB.

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Old Jul 25, 2003, 10:06 PM
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Oops! Don't tell the SDS that I've been playing with powered stuff, OB.

mw
Don't worry. As far as I'm concerned your secret is still in the closet.
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Old Jul 25, 2003, 10:38 PM
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Ouch Mark, I lost the tip of my left pinkie and had a fun time at the EM room a couple of years ago. Those props bite hard!!

Heal soon!
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Old Jul 25, 2003, 11:48 PM
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No picts? I'm outta here!

Seriously though, that must have HURT! Sounds like a six "hopper" ouchie, minimum, to me.

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Old Jul 26, 2003, 06:02 AM
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Um Ouch Mark , Mark , Mark the plane will be scarred for life I suggest you take it too a good therapist.

We tend to forget they are Circular Saws after all.

Hope ya back in the bang seat real soon and ya pupil has learned a really good lesson THEY BITE.

Reminds me of a video I got of a guy loading the battery into his Bandit like right through the Prop arc with both Hands !! DUH !!

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Old Jul 27, 2003, 08:44 AM
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Mark,

Ouch. Sounds like you got bitten but good. Reminds me of a friend that just mounted a cobalt motor on a sailplane and was testing in the basement, managed 12 stitches between index and middle at the top knucle. He said he drove himself to the ER and had soaked a t shirt by the time he got there. I have been only nipped once. Then I made rules just like when I use a table saw (daily). Never waiver from the rules and procedures.

Hope you heal quick.

Leigh
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