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Old 09-16-2013, 07:26 AM
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It happened to me, and is very dangerous as my plane could fall anywhere!
I have flown R/C's for 30 years and never got into this problem. There were 3 planes in the air, all small electrics, with similar color scheme (white and red/orange) and for a split second I took my eyes from my plane to look for the trim on the transmitter, and looking back could find my plane. In fact, when I looked back I started "flying" another airplane for a split second until I realized it was not my airplane, and for 1 or 2 seconds could not find my airplane in the air, crashing somewhere in the woods. I believe if I had a glow engine plane it would never happened.
The wing was destroyed and the fuse got a hard blow to the nose. A total loss perhaps, but I decided to rebuild it.
I have restored the fuselage (will post pictures) and already cut new set of ribs for the new wing.
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:40 AM
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Hi ARilos
I have had similar experiences; look at transmitter and then could not find my plane. Now I NEVER look down at the transmitter. Instead I move the transmitter up so it is behind the plane in my line of sight to my plane. Try this trick. It is much easier for us old folks.
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Old 09-16-2013, 11:07 AM
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Good trick, Villa. But I never had this problem with noisy glow airplanes. Maybe I will bring my Saito back to life again.
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Old 09-17-2013, 05:58 AM
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Some Pictures.

Fuse is being reinforced, "good as new". Wing was badly damaged, has to be rebuilt. Ribs are done.
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Old 09-18-2013, 05:17 AM
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Left wing on magnetic board. Building is much easier with magnets!
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Old 09-23-2013, 01:20 PM
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I found that flying electric that I really have to concentrate on calculating the planes speed to see if I am losing battery power and never think for a moment to take my eyes off of it. A few times I have flown to the point where it just fell out of the sky. Timers help but sometimes a quick current draw down could happen. Some times quiet flight can be detrimental.

With glow, I have looked down at my transmitter or have taken my eyes off the plane and flew just judging by the engine noise.
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Old 09-23-2013, 05:11 PM
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Electrics or glow have their pros and cons. But I really miss the noise from my Saito 91, and I am really considering a return to gas (glow and/or gasoline). I like to build from plans, and electrics are more affordable for building small airplanes.

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Old 09-25-2013, 08:35 AM
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Wow, this could happen with glow also and electric has nothing to do with it.We had a guy do the exact same thing with 4 hanger 9 mustangs and he looked down to check his watch and thought he was flying his plane right until the last guy landed. Funniest thing ever
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Hi ARILLOS
I suggest you stop finding your plane in the air by the noise it makes. That is dangerous. As the last poster stated, it may not be your plane. I learned yesterday that the same thing happened at our field about one week ago.
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Hi Villa,
The plane is ready and will fly next weekend but I will use your trick for sure. Thanks.


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I can usually find my trims with out looking but my timer I need help with . I will get my spotter , if I have one to look for me and tell what I want to know . Holding it up in front of my face or looking down at it dosent work all that well for me because I need reading glasses . However taking my eyes off my plane is definitely not an option . That is dangerous and will be expensive sooner or later.. You will be lucky if you can locate your plane . I have known planes to fly away forever and be gone . You don't even get the parts back . You have done a very nice job on the repairs . Your plane looks great . Don't forget to check the balance and good luck .
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Thanks, bikerbc. Eye contact with those critters, will try all the time.
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Hi bikerbc
I too have bifocal glasses, so the lower part is for reading. I use a kitchen timer I bought at Walmart that I Velcro to my transmitter. It has very large numbers.
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Thanks Villa I don't need Glasses for distance ,only close up so to see my transmitter I would need to put my readers on and then my distance site goes for a dump . .. But the timer is an great Idea .
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It happened to me, and is very dangerous as my plane could fall anywhere!
I have flown R/C's for 30 years and never got into this problem. There were 3 planes in the air, all small electrics, with similar color scheme (white and red/orange) and for a split second I took my eyes from my plane to look for the trim on the transmitter, and looking back could find my plane. In fact, when I looked back I started "flying" another airplane for a split second until I realized it was not my airplane, and for 1 or 2 seconds could not find my airplane in the air, crashing somewhere in the woods. I believe if I had a glow engine plane it would never happened.
The wing was destroyed and the fuse got a hard blow to the nose. A total loss perhaps, but I decided to rebuild it.
I have restored the fuselage (will post pictures) and already cut new set of ribs for the new wing.
Well I've seen the same thing happen to many guys while all were flying glow planes, Unless you're saying if you had glow and the others had EP you'd have been able to distinguish yours from theirs, otherwise not sure why the power source is an issue.
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Never seen a magnetic building board what a great way to go!
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