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Old Aug 15, 2012, 02:07 PM
An itch?. Scratch build.
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So you've clipped a prop on the ground taking-off. Is it Ok ?

A big problem ?

It can be. Make sure you give it a thorough check.

This is the prop of my 72" Spitfire, a fairly biggy at 15" x 8", and unless I am careful during take-off, the nose will drop enough for the prop to 'cut the grass'.

After landing I checked the tips to see how bad they were. Mmmm!, that's not going to polish out.

Back home I knew it would need some work, so off came the 4" spinner, and........Arrrg!...what's that mark on the blades.....

With my right glasses on, that 'mark' turned out to be splits in the blades caused by the blades 'micro stopping', (sounds technical ). Well stopping for a fraction of a second from the ground strike, but......the heavy spinner obviously did not, and tried to cut the blades off.

With the spinner on, the cuts were hardly noticable. I hate to think were the blade(s) would go if they had come off, plus the vibration could have wrecked the motor mount, nose, who knows what...

So PLEASE check props thoroughly after a ground strike and when you use a spinner.
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Old Aug 15, 2012, 03:54 PM
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Good point. Only happened to me once that there was more damage than the prop tip. My dog likes to chase my planes on takeoff. On roll out of my Flyzone Corvalis he chased it but I didn't think it hit him at all but there was a slight vibration during the flight. I inspected the dog & prop and saw no damage. Next flight there was a loud vibrating noise above mid throttle so I brought it in but still could see no prop damage, figured the motor or mount came loose. At home I couldn't find anything loose. Then I pulled the spinner off and saw a crack at the hub. The Flyzone props are pretty cheap & flimsy so I am replacing it with an APC slow flyer prop...
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Old Aug 15, 2012, 06:11 PM
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I replace any prop that has any visible damage, has had any sudden stoppage for any reason or even just knicked the tip. They're too inexpensive with too much at stake if they fail to not do this IMHO. This is just my own habit based on more than once seeing what can happen when a prop fails.

Ray-good catch and fortunately nothing bad happened.
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Old Aug 15, 2012, 09:59 PM
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Good post. Thanks.
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