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Old Aug 16, 2005, 04:47 PM
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Onboard Video - SS turning into a Lawn Dart

This was a textbook lawn dart Slow Stick. I didn't have a still camera to take a picture once it was planted into the soft ground, but it was a good 4 inches down and sticking straight up.

It was a windy day but not too bad. It was tossing the plane around a bit and then a gust of wind caught it which flipped it over. No big deal, but when I tried to get it level I lost the elevator. The plastic clip that holds on to the arm on the bottom of the elevator popped off and then I couldn't do anything from there except wait for it to hit the ground.

The camera survied without a scratch. The fuse is bent up in so many places I can't even count. It even has a wooden dowel inside it! It looks like a crumple-zone on a car.

http://static.rcgroups.com/gallery/d...8Lawn_Dart.wmv

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http://www.rcgroups.com/gallery/show...cat=500&page=1
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Old Aug 16, 2005, 04:57 PM
I AP'd myself again......
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Now that was cool!
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Old Aug 16, 2005, 04:58 PM
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Ouch.

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Old Aug 16, 2005, 05:00 PM
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Ouch! That's the nice thing about an SS, no huge $$ loss. At least the camera made it, that's the important part.
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Old Aug 16, 2005, 05:04 PM
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MMMwwaaaaa ha haa ha!!!! that is so good and funny and such a great vid, and sympathies if there was any major damage done.....it looked as if the plane intentionally tried to miss the tarmac! aaah the soul of it all....
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Old Aug 16, 2005, 05:05 PM
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The funny thing is the camera is probably the cheapest thing on the plane! It was only 30 bucks. My lipo pack got a dent in it though. It seems fine now, but I'll have to post a picture of that sometime to see what everyone thinks of it.
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Old Aug 16, 2005, 05:08 PM
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I realize how lucky it was for it to hit the ground. I would have lost everything I'm sure if it did that into the asphalt.
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Old Aug 16, 2005, 05:09 PM
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Ouch! Sounded like you were close to full throttle on the impact... or was that just the fast moving air?

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Old Aug 16, 2005, 05:20 PM
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I cut the throttle way up at the top. The prop was just wind milling.

I wish the camera would have captured the sound better. What I head almost sounded like a small 5 pound ball hitting the soft ground.
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Old Aug 16, 2005, 05:49 PM
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I thought I heard the sound of the "pop" when the elevator clip gave way. Right at the bottom of the loop.....
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Old Aug 16, 2005, 06:32 PM
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hehehhehhe Perfect angle hehhehheh
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Old Aug 16, 2005, 06:40 PM
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Had a good picture of the grass too! That's amazing!
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Old Aug 16, 2005, 10:05 PM
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I love to see the crash videos The sound of the elevator breaking just added that little touch to make it really awesome !!!
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Old Aug 17, 2005, 08:44 AM
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absolutely classic.
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Old Aug 17, 2005, 09:24 AM
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Now we've got a new name for the Slow Stick: SSLD (Slow Stick Lawn Dart) I've had a couple of those myself only mine turned into a horse shoe.
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