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Old 10-22-2007, 12:43 AM   #21
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Old 10-22-2007, 01:46 AM   #22
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Old 10-24-2007, 02:47 PM   #23
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I was stupid the other day. My tail belt broke on my trex 450 so I was holding the tail boom and spooling up the heli while it was on a table. I guess I blipped the throttle and the heli torqued to the side and my finger got caught in the blades. 9 stitches later...It was a stupid mistake and I won't do it again! There's a lot of power in those little motors and carbon blades do not give!
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Old 10-24-2007, 09:20 PM   #24
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OWWWW! Sorry to see these but thanks for sharing them!

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Old 10-25-2007, 04:44 AM   #25
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OUCH guys!! Sorry to see your injuries, but I am glad that you had the ca hones to post the pics. It is a good reminder that just because the T-REX is small, does not mean they don't packa powerful punch.
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Old 02-04-2008, 02:39 AM   #26
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Please remember to reprogram you ESC to zero throttle in fail safe mode. This is very improtant. I turned off my radio by accident once and the blade started spinning. Fortunately the fail safe was set to very low speed, no fingersl lost. Is there a safty check list from Align that includes the fail safe setting. This is indeed a very dangerous hobby. For begginers I highly recommand you go with the Dragonfly #4 or Sabre where you can obtain other safety experiences without getting hurt.
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Old 02-28-2008, 06:48 AM   #27
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I have just posted pics of the cuts I sustained on Tuesday from my Trex 500. read the thread and you will get the story.


http://www.archeli.com.au/cobra/showthread.php?t=114908
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Old 02-28-2008, 06:53 PM   #28
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OOOOUCH!!!

I presume reconstruction of your arm is done with stitches, or is there something else?

Thanks for posting. Pics like that leave goood reminders.

Hope the healing goes smoothly.
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Old 02-28-2008, 07:11 PM   #29
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crap that is a painful lesson for sure. Hope your arm heals up ok bro. IMO spektrum should not allow the failsafe throttle to be anything but off... This is a safety hazard, even though the user needs to understand how to set it up right, missing that one little detail clearly can have drastic consequences.

TD, you may want to send that pic with the story to Horizon / Spektrum and see if you can lobby for this safety modification to be made to their receivers in the future.

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Old 02-29-2008, 12:52 AM   #30
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I just finished a flight and had changed the batteries in my Hurricane 550. I always follow the startup proceedure of having the radio at half throttle so the motor isn't armed when the battery is connected. I also had the radio on the table beside the heli within easy reach. Just as I pushed the deans together I noticed the throttle was at 0 so I reached over and poked it to half throttle. The very second I did this I realized what would happen if the ESC armed, which it did. The same time as I slide the throttle to 0 the blade made one half rotation and gained enough speed to brake the blade on my arm bones with an on edge strike. This all took a millisecond to occur. The acceleration of the blade in a one half rotation was not only awe inspiring but also pain inducing. My arm has since swelled and two days later is almost unmovable at the wrist. Leave the radio out of reach until the heli is positioned for lift off might be a good rule. Duh. With an ESC it will not start if it is not moved no matter what the position. I knew that!!!
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Old 02-29-2008, 12:44 PM   #31
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Don't you use throttle hold? You might consider setting it to -5% and make sure t-hold is engaged before you plug in. This way the throttle stick position is irrelevant.

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Old 02-29-2008, 06:51 PM   #32
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Fogger, thanks for the advice bro - a little late for me, but good advice for the future - and importantly for others as well.
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Old 02-29-2008, 10:46 PM   #33
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Well tricky, unfortunately that knowlege would not have helped in your case; only having the receivers failsafe set to zero throttle would have saved your poor arm. The throttle hold deal should be something all new pilots are taught by their mentors... If the setup vids here don't stress this than we should evaluate that also.

I'm just sorry to see more people don't get that setup advice sooner I guess. Did you see my above post and think about sending the story to Horizon and Spektrum?

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Old 03-01-2008, 09:02 PM   #34
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My wrist is healing and I now use t-hold as well as leave the tx out of reach just so there is no chance of contacting the radio while moving the heli around while setting up for flight. A very healthy respect was learned by getting smacked and I know I got off easy. Safety First!!
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Old 03-03-2008, 05:13 PM   #35
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Good thread, sorry about the injuries that have occured but these need to be seen. It's a shame that so many safety rules in place have been written in blood. Just a reminder to me that I have to always be carefull and not take anything for granted. Hope all these nasty injuries heal and no one is permantly injured. Gene
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Old 03-05-2008, 08:55 PM   #36
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Unhappy Ouch This guy looks pissed

Here is a video I came upon pretty nasty!
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Old 03-06-2008, 10:04 AM   #37
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Old 03-09-2008, 05:04 PM   #38
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Wow, Just got my Belt CP yesterday, charged the battery today. Now I'm a little nervous in just plugging in the battery !! This is my first heli at that. I knew i shouldn't have clicked on this thread !!!

What's throttle hold? Something a RTF radio wouldn't have right?
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Old 03-18-2008, 05:18 PM   #39
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I am like this also
At least I am not addictited to CRACK!!:sm okin:

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Old 03-18-2008, 11:43 PM   #40
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Wow, Just got my Belt CP yesterday, charged the battery today. Now I'm a little nervous in just plugging in the battery !! This is my first heli at that. I knew i shouldn't have clicked on this thread !!!

What's throttle hold? Something a RTF radio wouldn't have right?
It would be much safer and far less expensive to first fly a few hours on a simulator on a PC... When you can fly without crashing on the sim then take the real thing for a spin.
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