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Old Jul 30, 2005, 02:18 PM
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Wear glasses when you hover close-in

Why? Because you might shed a blade on your prop. I've never had it happen before, but this morning I did. I'm not going to mention the manufacturer's name, because it's not their fault. I had a prop strike against a tree branch earlier, and I'm sure that cracked the prop. Well, it lasted another 4 or 5 minutes of goofing around, then THIS happened. You can see part of the prop fly past me. This was an 11" prop on a low Kv motor spinning slowly. Anyway, it's sunglasses for me from now on.

EDIT - I'm going to make sure wife/camera operator does too.
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Old Jul 30, 2005, 02:22 PM
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more like replace your damaged props ALWAYS ...( i never do )lol
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Old Jul 30, 2005, 02:24 PM
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lucky u. That's why you never used a cracked prop. Glad you learned your lesson the easy way and still have your sight.
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Old Jul 30, 2005, 02:27 PM
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Yeah, I have always worn glasses when flying close-in, but I figured I was being over-cautious. Now I know I was being properly cautious. The point I'm taking away from this is to insist that everyone in the area do the same.
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Old Jul 30, 2005, 02:55 PM
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What about heli's?
Ever seen a heli throw a blade?
I lost a tail blade in hover! One blade went right by me and then other launched across the field.
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Old Jul 30, 2005, 03:11 PM
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Yeah, flying my heli spooks me for this reason. Glasses are also a good idea with those, methinks.
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Old Jul 30, 2005, 03:21 PM
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What kind of glasses do you wear? I wear Zurich Z2s. A little "old guy", but they work well--plus, you can't beat telling people your glasses are bulletproof.
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Old Jul 30, 2005, 03:26 PM
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I have polycarb glasses of somekind...they're real cool looking and supposedly very tough.
My wife got them for me, so I wear them when she is watching.

When she's not around, I have some of those "old-guy" glasses, too. Comfortable and good optics.
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Old Jul 30, 2005, 03:36 PM
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Glad you didnt get injured or whatever!

Quote:
Originally Posted by RickC2009
What about heli's?
Ever seen a heli throw a blade?
No, but they do. Especially tail blades.

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Old Jul 30, 2005, 06:21 PM
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Blucor,
Good point on bringing this up. On the 4th I crashed my mini e3d into me. I was hoving close and did some inverted stuff and the wind caught it. Anyway. i was wearing classes then. A pair of oakleys. They were knocked off my and into the motor when it hit me and the prop must have got them. I jsut have a small scar now on my leg where i got hit. But this is always a good thing to do. Always have and always will wear glasses. i was testing a motor and I turned the motor to full throttle and the prop and prop shaft came spinning off. Came right past me. I had my oakleys on so if it would have hit me I would have some protection. ALways wear some when you are working or flying a plane. Thanks for this little post basher.

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Old Jul 30, 2005, 06:30 PM
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I wear glasses for even a great safety reason..... Without them I can't see the plane!
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Old Jul 30, 2005, 06:33 PM
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ya, i've been wearing glasses just to protect my eyes from the sun ( i don't 3d)
And all i can say is it is a LOT more of an enjoyable experience when you can fly during the afternoon and not look straight up into the sun and lose your plane (or crash it bad and break your new brushless motor and new CC ESC as i did...) So i guess they serve a triple duty:
1. protection
2. ease of sight
3. looks
cheers
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Old Jul 30, 2005, 10:16 PM
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Sounds like it launched the prop pretty good. What plane is that? Prob. a good idea to wear the glasses in case the prop gets into you while still attached to the plane especially when you're grabbing the plane from the air!
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Old Jul 30, 2005, 11:05 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by RickC2009
What about heli's?
Ever seen a heli throw a blade?
I lost a tail blade in hover! One blade went right by me and then other launched across the field.
Rickc
exact same thing happened to me but with my raptor 30 at 2000 rpm head speed ... it clipped my ear on the way up... it was a cool cut to shop ppl. mom flipped out!
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Old Jul 30, 2005, 11:09 PM
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Davidsons - yeah, and it's a pretty low power setup, too! That plane is one of the 40" flat foamies we're selling, that kind of plane invites you to hover close-in.
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