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Old 05-12-2012, 08:22 AM
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Well, you can add my name to the list of brain farts. Yesterday, I was tuning the Saito 130 (twin) on the rear of my KMP Cessna 337, and stumbled on a piece of plywood on the ground below the bench.....right hand, index finger, to the first joint...cut off clean. Thank GOD for pain meds.[:@]
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OUCH!!!
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Old 05-12-2012, 08:29 AM
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OUCH!!!
That's putting it mildly.[&o]
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Old 05-12-2012, 08:56 AM
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Are you right handed?
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No, thankfully, I'm a southpaw. Had I been right-handed, they were planning to airlift me to a specialist for possible re-attachment. It didn't matter anyway because all of it could not be located. The section that was located, was in a neighbor's yard. From the way it looked, there were at least two, and possibly three pieces. It was a 3 blade prop, and all the blades had a notch missing, meaning that it hit me at least three times.
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Wow, I hate to hear that Scott, I hope you are recovering well.

Threads like these should always serve as a wake-up call to all of us.
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Old 05-12-2012, 04:52 PM
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Take care and get better. Once again, we can all learn from your accident and hopefully prevent it happening to someone else. I hope you are flying again soon, Dave
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at least you can blame yours to an accident. mine was just plain stupidity.

heal up quick and follow the docs orders.

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Old 05-13-2012, 10:25 PM
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Oh wow.
I haven't been here long, so I don't know who you are...but I do hope you recover well.
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sorry man, theres more than a few posts of people doing this so you are now part of a large stumpy club sorry but lol, my sister has a nub too from wrapping her finger around a closing door. I no longer have finger prints on my left middle finger, dont know why but had the wife hold the controller to my brushless rc plane and sure enough as I was touching the prop she went WOT on it. Didnt have health insurance so wrapped it in paper towels and electrical tape. If it was a nitro or bigger plane id be stumpy too
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Sorry to here of your bad luck, hope you have a quick recovery...
When i was younger I did it a couple times, but it was on small 40's and 25's. just ended up with a bruise or small cut.. Now that I am much older, I think about the dangers all the time whenI am running one. Not only do i make sure I am safe, but i make sure others are not in the path of the prop should something happen.... My kids have the same fearless attitude I had at that age and it scares me all the time...lol
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Now comes the real pain, the medical bills.

Sorry to hear of your accident, and glad to hear it was not worse. I have only lost a portion of my thumb tip, and it was on an APC prop. Did you have an APC prop or some other super sharp composite propeller?

It makes me wonder if the chop off accidents of the last decade would be less if we still used wood props.
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It makes me wonder if the chop off accidents of the last decade would be less if we still used wood props.

I noticed the APC props all but disappear when turning. I think it has to do with the color. The wood props have the same tendency, but the color is different so you still see the ghost image of the prop. I'll be painting the tips of my props from now on. Might be converting to wood also. The APC props do work so well....... pulling the plane and chopping off fingers............

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Now comes the real pain, the medical bills.

Sorry to hear of your accident, and glad to hear it was not worse. I have only lost a portion of my thumb tip, and it was on an APC prop. Did you have an APC prop or some other super sharp composite propeller?

It makes me wonder if the chop off accidents of the last decade would be less if we still used wood props.
It was a 3-blade 14x7P(pusher) Master Airscrew, spinning at WOT. There is a notch in all three blades, so ithit me at least 3 times[:@]
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Well, I flew the other day for the first time since my accident. It's a little different, but not too bad. I'm healing nicely...but I still speak in foreign tongues when I bump the end of it[:@]
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Well, I flew the other day for the first time since my accident. It's a little different, but not too bad. I'm healing nicely...but I still speak in foreign tongues when I bump the end of it[:@]
Your lucky, if I do anything like that with my warbirds, I'm loosing a hand. Yes I fly 22-24 inch 3blades on my birds.
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Glad to hear you're up and functional so quickly (though I'm sure you don't consider it quick enough).

My "brain fart" came when finishing up a felled tree and trying to use a chainsaw one handed to lop off the little 1" dia & smaller loose branches laying around as I held them in my left hand.  Saw caught and pulled my left hand into the chain.  A nice little Japanese surgeon saved my fingers - they were still 30% attached and that made a HUGE difference for nerve & blood vessels - but it took me a year to make a tight fist and longer to get sensitivity and dexterity.

I run wood props on my gas engines (I hand start).  APC's are great props, I use them on my glow engines, but they are scary sharp and disappear - as others mentioned.
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From one stumpy to another... hope you heal up soon... mine is still numb, probably will always be that way.
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I learned a very important lesson....Stupid is painful[:@]
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Not that it would have helped in your case but I always paint the tips of my props with white paint. Epoxy paint (like Klass Kote) works well as you can use the paint to balance the prop as well as paint the tips as the weight of the epoxy paint does not change significantly as it cure (it cure, not dries so no mass change). The white is quite visible as the prop is spinning; even for the color blind.
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I learned a very important lesson....Stupid is painful[:@]
Life is tough, It's even tougher when you're stupid.
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