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Finally crashed the T-Rex...

Posted 02-21-2008 at 03:16 AM by int2str

Yupp, I finally got it over with.... After a good 30+ event free flights, I crashed. Completely my own fault, too. No dumb-thumb, no unexpected failure, just a stupid idea...

Flew the T-Rex at a local park with a huge soccer field. Set up at a concrete picnic table, walked the 450 to the field and took off. Right around where I would expect the battery timer to go off, I decided I could "walk" the heli back to the table. Slowly hovered it back to the table and decided I would land on the table.... At this point the timer goes off and I'm still a few feet in front of the table...

Bah, what does the timer know anyway?! I still got time to land this thing....

Hover up above the table and try to stabilize the heli. At this point I'm starting to loose control since the engine is starting to cut out and the headspeed is dropping. Uh oh... Barely avoid a crash by pumping up from the table one last time. As the 450 is becoming uncontrollable, I hit throttle-hold and try to auto it down behind the table. But, I don't have much control anymore and the blades hit a wall.

The heli dropped about 2 feet onto the skids, promptly breaking one skid.

Total damage tally:
- 1 landing skid
- 2 main blades

That's it! *phew*

I bought main shafts, feathering shafts and a flybar just to be sure, but I verified every single one of them and everything is straight. Replaced the flybar and main shaft anyways - I bought 'em, might as well use 'em .

Moral of the story.....

.... sometimes, I do really, really stupid things...
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  1. Old Comment
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    YOU ALREADY SHATTERED MY PRECIOUS WOODIES!!!! AHHH!!! haha, dude, its about tiem you crash, jesus....
    Posted 02-22-2008 at 01:20 AM by ImNix ImNix is offline
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    int2str's Avatar
    They were cursed
    Posted 02-22-2008 at 02:03 AM by int2str int2str is offline
  3. Old Comment
    ImNix's Avatar
    hahaha sure they were... they make the thing fly like 100x better and NOW they're cursed!! haha, i hope you like that battery tray man, i cant wait ot get mine! i just need more dang batteries!!
    Posted 02-23-2008 at 12:53 AM by ImNix ImNix is offline

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