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Old Aug 04, 2001, 09:24 PM
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First production cutie to bite the dust?

<h1>IMPORTANT NOTE</h1>
My Cutie crash was caused by the fact that I had the throws set to extremely high rates, and the person flying was not used to that kind of set up. He expressed this concern, but I encouraged him to fly anyway! This model will fly itself with nothing more than throttle input, it's incredibly stable and perfectly suited to a first-time R/C modeler!
I added this note as several people have expressed concern at the model's stability after seeing the video.

Anyone else nailed theirs yet?
Second flight, no I wasn't at the controls. It's quite good to see, and even better how much it survived. I may post the video to the squid-ink site..
More details to follow, I'll post some screen shots from the video here later tonite or in the morning..
..a

[This message has been edited by Andy W (edited 08-06-2001).]
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Old Aug 04, 2001, 09:27 PM
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I'd like to see that video. For some reason, it is always fun to watch planes crash. Don't know what it is, maybe it makes us all feel better about our own less than stellar flights?
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Old Aug 04, 2001, 09:57 PM
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What exactly happened? I'd be interested in hearing more about the crash and seeing the video as well. Sorry to hear about the crash.
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Old Aug 04, 2001, 11:21 PM
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Video is here.

Here's the model before the first flight..
<img src=http://www.mindspring.com/~andyw/rc/cutie1.jpg>
Here's the model after the second flight!
<img src=http://www.mindspring.com/~andyw/rc/cr1.jpg>

Amazing (and when you see, and hear, the crash on the video, you'll be amazed also). The only damage was a broken battery tray (which saved the fuselage!) and motor mount (which probably saved the gearbox). It's ready to fly again tomorrow at my regular field after about an hour's work.

What happened is, I flew it first, and look for the flight report over in the other thread. No problems, landed, then asked my former instructor to take the sticks so I could get some video for the 'zone. Well, the rates were at max, and he overcontrolled it (understatement). I mean, hands off, this model just flies itself! All he had to do was let go of the sticks! Anyway, I was smiling then, and I am now, I'm happy to see how well it survived that impact!

..a
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Old Aug 04, 2001, 11:34 PM
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That guy was an instructor?? LOL
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Old Aug 04, 2001, 11:50 PM
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Yikes dude, thats some kinda flying field you got there. You gonna try the video again so cutie can redeem herself? maybe you should do the flyin' and let your old instructor do the filming. Glad you got it back together so quickly.
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Old Aug 04, 2001, 11:51 PM
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betcha he (instructor) only flew glow before LOL
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Old Aug 05, 2001, 08:02 AM
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Hey, no, it's not that bad! He was just overcome by the high rates! He's an excellent pilot, been into R/C since the start (40's) and free flight before that..
Field - church parking lot 10' above a playground and ball field. ROG off the asphalt up there, and you're already 10' up (assuming you clear the playground - NO I don't fly there, and NO there were no kids around! He flies his slow flyers there, so I picked him up to show him the Cutie near his house..)
Anyway, it's all repaired and ready to go again today. I'll try get more video. Heck, perhaps I should hold the video in my left hand, and fly with the right? Nah that won't work, zoom button is on riht hand side..
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Old Aug 05, 2001, 09:27 AM
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Video is here.

Hmmmmm I didn't get any video or error messages. Is there a plug-in or something else that is needed?
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Old Aug 05, 2001, 09:31 AM
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Quote:
Originally posted by hoppy:
Hmmmmm I didn't get any video or error messages. Is there a plug-in or something else that is needed?
hoppy
The word 'here' has a URL underneath it. Click on it, it will either run in your browser, or you can right-click and save it to disk, then play it (better).
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Old Aug 05, 2001, 09:58 AM
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Finally got it by installing Windows media Player 7.1. Can't complain about the turning radius, that's for sure.
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Old Aug 05, 2001, 10:56 AM
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This is the very reason I would never spend that much on a plane......it does not hurt very bad to nose in a litestik or a homebuilt plane that you have 10 bucks worth of balsa in. Even "experienced" pilots crash

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Old Aug 05, 2001, 11:20 AM
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I find that the time I have to spend rebuilding a crashed plane is more painful than the cost of the materials or kit involved. Usually if it's repairable it doesn't cost much to do it. But sometimes it takes just as long to repair as to build a new model.

Most of the expensive bits in a Cutie will tend to survive the typical crash. The most likely thing to be damaged is the prop and motor/gearbox, then battery, and esc in that order. You have to buy all these components whether you build from scratch or kit.
Fuselage damage will tend to be repairable. The wing will likely last forever.
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Old Aug 05, 2001, 11:27 AM
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Well, I'm no expert flyer but he should have at least seen the problem after the 2nd or 3rd turn and just released the sticks to let it climb out. Of course it is always easier to diagnose problems when sitting at a computer but much harder when flying (especially that first flight). Glad the damage wasn't too bad and my 8 and 10 year old boys really enjoyed watching it.
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Old Aug 05, 2001, 11:44 AM
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Andy-- really like the quality/size ratio for your video setup. What are you using and how are you editing it?

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