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Old Mar 01, 2003, 01:32 PM
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Well - today's a bust. Pouring rain right now.

But, it got me to fix the Firebat. A little epoxy, a 6 channel reciever, and a little creative mixing has it ready to fly. I coupled the ailerons to the canard to get some more pitch response. Well, I should have it now. The elevons give about 3/4" up and down travel. I ought to be able to do some really high alpha manoevers. If the rain and wind stop this afternoon, I might run out for a test flight.

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Old Mar 01, 2003, 01:45 PM
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LI-Poly batteries

Guys.

I just got the surprise of the century this morning.

I was charging the batteries in my P51 in my car this morning, and they either exploded or caught fire. The end result is my car burned to the ground this morning, and also did a little damage to my house.

I was using a Triton charger with the thermal sensor, and I was following instructions. I think the batteries caught the foam body on fire, and that just took the car right down to bare metal. The fire department took 20 minutes to show up, so I'm glad it wasn't my house on fire! I think 9 of my neighbors called 911 too.


I'll follow up with some more specifics and pictures, but be careful where and how you charge your batteries.


Steve
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Old Mar 01, 2003, 01:57 PM
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OML,

Dude sorry to hear that.

I always watch my batts when I charge them.

I have heard enough horror stories, I'm keeping a close eye.

WHat kind of car??????????? Insurance cover it????????
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Old Mar 01, 2003, 02:14 PM
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burned car = terrible reminder!!!

Steve, that is a terrible reminder to us all about charging.

I think I'm being careful enough by only charging my batteries on a metal table when I can't keep a constant eye on them. Otherwise I'm charging them while very closely monitoring their condition.

Your story has me re-thinking my battery charging habits!

On a positive note, I flew for 5 hours today at the club field in Sanford (on east 46) and the conditions were very nice with low to moderate winds and no rain (but there was plenty of cloud cover). I flew all my planes and didn't crash anything. I did dozens of touch-and-go's with my Magic 300 and was having a blast going inverted immediately after takeoff. I think the guys at the field all had side bets on when I'd crash it.
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Old Mar 01, 2003, 04:17 PM
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Holy $#%^

Steve:

I've got my fingers and toes crossed for you that your insurance company comes through.

DaveWCO
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Old Mar 01, 2003, 06:40 PM
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Lithium batts

It "WAS" a Dodge Intrepid, and I'm pretty sure insurance will cover everything.

Got a rental now, but am sadly planeless as all the planes and radio gear went up with the car.

If the wife will let me, I'll be replacing them in the near future. I'll have to construct a concrete safe that I will have to charge my batteries in at the bottom of a lake somewhere for her to feel any better though.

I've often compared my new hobby to smoking crack for the pure cash draining power of it. Now I can say my hobby burned my car down too.


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Old Mar 01, 2003, 06:49 PM
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Steve, sorry to hear of your "adventure".
Carlos, the fire bat ready to fly weighs 13.1 oz! I didn't think it was that light.
BTW I am going to change to the IPS dual on the moth and fly it some tonight
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Old Mar 01, 2003, 07:17 PM
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Steve, sorry to hear of your "adventure".
Carlos, the fire bat ready to fly weighs 13.1 oz! I didn't think it was that light.
BTW I am going to change to the IPS dual on the moth and fly it some tonight
Chuck
Chuck,

Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow, that is 3oz. lighter than my ZERO! I am now ordering two from TOWER HOBBIES!!

Thanks again guys!
Carlos
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Old Mar 01, 2003, 08:16 PM
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Hey guys got back from a trip to Jacksonville today to visit another flight school and saw the winds were dead calm. Headed over to the tennis courts and put another 30 mins on the moth....1 pack including multiple full throttle loops and climbs.
Flew the SS as well and its flying great as well. Nice to get my mind off of everything for awhile.
RacerX Im sorry to hear about that fire...its been a crappy week.
-Sean
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Old Mar 01, 2003, 09:36 PM
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sux...

Thank god you are okay. thats why i always charge my battery using my girlfriends car. hehe. Maidened the Disco Stick tonight.
15 mph gusts, light rain/sleet, and 25 degrees..... but it was the only time in my forseeable future to fly, so, "why not?"
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Old Mar 01, 2003, 09:37 PM
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ohh....only 1/4 of the led's were on it and they were aimed down, soo....not very bright on video
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Old Mar 01, 2003, 09:52 PM
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LOL Mike if you like the hobby now wait till you start learining how to land!
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Old Mar 01, 2003, 09:52 PM
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Steve -

Sorry to hear the news. IT's really strange that the Triton would overcharge the batteries to the point of exploding. I did that with my old Dymond Charger. That's how I melted my Crazy Max. Luckily I caught it before they went boom.

What batteries were you charging? I was charging one of my old NiMH's today and I mistakenly had it on Nicad setting. I smelled something melting and grabbed them just as the shrink wrap went.

Well we had a decent evening at the field. Got some more air to air with the Insane Stick (SS now on MiniAC power)

Here's Chuck
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Old Mar 01, 2003, 09:54 PM
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Chuck's Moth again
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Old Mar 01, 2003, 09:56 PM
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2 moths VERY close to hitting each other. They just missed a couple of times. This one is the only one that came out.
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