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Posted by Doug Simmons | May 14, 2017 @ 06:38 PM | 7,045 Views
If you lose a plane to sea and it takes a one to two week voyage before fishermen fish it out and return it to you, and you just finish giving your Valiant a full-body facelift and need a receiver with telemetry, and you discover that your saltwater plane's Lemon RX w/ Telemetry receiver appears to be working, ... Listen, it was only thirty or forty bucks, just order another and use one of your receivers without any adventurous, salinized stories behind it, and use a three dollar alarm and/or a stopwatch like most others.

Why not trust the seaworthy receiver? Because, after getting a little unlucky, you might rebound into the luck I just had yesterday. Spoiler alert: She sustained zero damage, but provided a valuable lesson on using sketchy radio equipment. And yes I'm pretty sure it was the receiver after an ambiguously-inconclusive basement post-mortem. You might think it's the ESC, but I think it was the receiver.

By the way, in terms of shortness, excitement, dramatic music and dialog that makes no sense, this may be my best video ever.

E-flite Valiant: Lost Thrust over Water, Flying Upwind (0 min 53 sec)

Instead of continuing to fly, I took her home, I yanked the Lemon out, resoldered my tips for good measure, popped in my AR9350 with satellites and with AS3X disabled (due to reversed channel hell) and preflighted the hell out of the thing. Though I have this slight hunch the right aileron servo might not be as good as new, I do have two ailerons, so I'll probably be okay.

Posted by Doug Simmons | May 05, 2017 @ 01:02 PM | 6,629 Views
When you show up to your RC club for the first time and start hearing the dos and don'ts, you'll likely hear someone likening the business end of your plane to a gun and a horror story of someone losing a finger and another guy dying. They're trying to scare you straight because it really is easy to mess yourself up if you don't take basic precautions when going near your propeller, and doing so every single time.

They're trying to spare you from having to learn the hard way, which is what I'm in the middle of right now. I saw my bone. If there's a god, I believe he did not intend for us to see our bones. When the ER doctor was looking at my fingers, he explained that due to the angle and rotation of the propeller, what I had looked like a hand-in-blender injury. I'm on antibiotics, got to rebandage and dump saline on it all the time, and I'll have my third hand doctor session Monday to find out whether or not I'll need grafting (I didn't show up to the ER with all of my flesh).

E-flite Valiant: Propeller vs finger incident (0 min 10 sec)

Though that propeller was a Master Airscrew, those suckers mean business, I got off easy.

But grafting from my understanding is a pain in the ass, and whether I get it or not, when needing to give someone the finger, instead of their getting offended by my hand gesture, they might instead become curious what happened to my knuckle. I'll have to explain I'm obsessed with those toy airplanes and I got close to the prop without turning on the throttle cut switch and hit the throttle with my knee yada yada, and the rancor I tried to introduce into the mood will vanish.

So pay attention when someone gives you the safety schpeel, and for the sake of others as well, not just you. Also, lipo safety warnings, listen to those too.