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Old 08-18-2011, 04:29 PM   #1
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The heli was father away than I'm use to, lost orientation
tried to bring it back, not enough experience..... ker-plunk.

Visible damage : canopy (scrap ?), blades, links, fly-bar, frame (scrap) skids, main gear,

probable damage : main shaft, spindle,1 way bearing, pride,

not damaged : 4 servos, esc, motor, boom, tail gear
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Old 08-18-2011, 04:36 PM   #2
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Old 08-18-2011, 04:44 PM   #3
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I'd definitely scrap the canopy since the tip of the nose is trashed. It's not even worth keeping as a beater IMO.

I had an almost crash last Sunday with my Atom 500. I was practicing inverted banked turns and lost orientation. I must have thrashed the heli around for a good 10 seconds before I finally recovered it. The biggest part of the problem was that I forgot to put my sunglasses on; they make a tremendous difference in clarity.

Sorry to hear about your crash. I've had one that bad with my Atom and can sympathize.
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Old 08-18-2011, 04:52 PM   #4
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Sorry your ship went in, Sly.

Been there, done that, unfortunately.

I am sure you will have it rebuilt and flying in no time, sir.
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Old 08-18-2011, 05:22 PM   #5
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Emailing the Man as we speak,
but its gonna hurt...
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Old 08-18-2011, 05:48 PM   #6
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Sly,

Sometimes these things go a bit easier (or, at least seem a bit easier) if you stock up on parts, a bit at a time, in advance. When I order parts, I order a spare boom here, a spare gear there, a spindle, a landing gear strut, etc.

Most of the time, I have the parts to fix my Compass machines on hand, should something ugly happen. If I don't have all the parts on hand, the financial impact is still less, if I don't have to buy a lot of parts.

(all of which reminds me that I should pick up a set of side frames for the Atom and the 6HV for spares).

One can take this a bit too far (I still have several new canopies and windshields for Hirobo Falcon 808's I have had since the early 1980's).
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