If you’ve been in this hobby for any length of time, you know that an airplane’s propeller can be dangerous. Think about it for a minute – you know of someone or have heard of someone that has been hurt while trying to start their gas/glow engine, right? Personally, I’ve been pretty lucky. I have gotten hit hard by a prop only once. I was breaking in my new RCGF 120cc gas engine. the engine had a 27-inch propeller attached to it. Thankfully, I had the sense to be wearing a heavy leather glove when the engine ‘popped’ – as it did, the prop kicked over and hit the back of my hand…
That REALLY Hurt!!!
I had a serious bruise and a numb spot in the back of my hand for a couple of weeks! At that point, I started looking for an electric starter that was strong enough to start the big-bore gas engine. Unfortunately, starters that have enough power for a 120cc engine are quite expensive. So, back to the leather glove it was…
Recently, I was on Facebook looking at my news feed, and a rather gruesome and disfigured bloody hand appeared in a post. The modeler had apparently gotten in the way of a propeller – he had forgotten to return the throttle to idle. Long story short, when the engine started, it roared to life and his hand got caught in the propeller arc. After an Emergency Room visit and more stitches that I’d ever care to have, he ended up losing parts of two of his fingers! In the discussion that followed the photo, somebody had mentioned using the product I’m about to share with you –
The Rolling Chicken Stick!
I purchased this through www.rollingchickenstick.com for $19.95 plus shipping,
and it arrived in less than a week!
The Rolling Chicken Stick arrived in a plain white box, shipped via First Class US Mail. Inside, I found the the Rolling Chicken Stick and a couple of business cards. When I opened the packaging, I found a hand-written note from Mr. Richard Mathis – the owner! I was VERY impressed!
There are three main parts to the Rolling Chicken Stick. The roller, the handle, and a Para Cord loop. There are three different styles of handles offered in three different color choices. I chose the ‘One Size Starts All’ grip in yellow, because it ought to be easy to see when packing up my gear to leave the flying field at dusk – the other color choices are red and black. There’s a grip that’s a little longer for starting mainly big gas engines, and one that’s a little shorter for those pilots that fly mainly smaller glow engines.
With an overall length of approximately 10″, the Rolling Chicken Stick will fit in nearly every flight box!
How Does it Work?
Well, it’s really quite simple. Grab a hold of the Rolling Chicken Stick, and roll it down the trailing edge of the propeller on the compression stroke – easy, right?
Take a look at the video I made to see how it’s done.
Here’s Richard’s own video.
Wrapping it Up
We all know that safety is a big part of enjoying our hobby, and propeller safety is a MUST! If you’re flying aircraft with these larger gas engines, do yourself a favor and keep your hands away from the propeller. The Rolling Chicken Stick costs less than $25.00 with shipping – to me, that’s A LOT less than an ER visit for stitches!
As always, thanks for reading my articles. – GB
The Rolling Chicken Stick:
RCS Industries. Inc.
P.O. Box 1393
St. George, UT 84771