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    Bullet proof!!!!

    I have always flown Futaba and since the 2.4 module came out for my 14mz back in '08 I have never had one single radio issue. This is over a span of about 3000 flights in pattern, 3D, and foamies.
    The other day I was practicing a 3D maneuver over a pond where I fly in the morning before work every day. This was with a 42" foamy that has 4 3156 servos, 617FS RX and CC25 esc all mounted on the bottom of the wing. I dumb thumbed and the plane hit the water right side up out in the middle of the pond. All the electronics were completely submerged. I had no way to get to it so I said "what the hell" and started the motor. it wouldn’t completely start because of water resistance but I could go on and off the throttle to propel it back to shore. I had to us the rudder to steer it and it took at least 5 min to get it to shore. I quickly disassembled the RX and cut the heatshrink off the esc to let air dry. I took one servo apart and it was dry inside. That was a week ago and this past weekend I finally had the time to put it back together. Everything worked just as before so I flew it even without a range check (over the same pond). That was 12 flights ago and everything is working as it should. If this isn’t a testament to Futabas reliability I don’t know what is. Just thought I'd share as I and those whom I have told so far find this amazing. I am practicing that maneuver a few feet higher now.

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    RE: Bullet proof!!!!

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    RE: Bullet proof!!!!


    ORIGINAL: Bill Clark

    I have always flown Futaba and since the 2.4 module came out for my 14mz back in '08 I have never had one single radio issue. This is over a span of about 3000 flights in pattern, 3D, and foamies.
    The other day I was practicing a 3D maneuver over a pond where I fly in the morning before work every day. This was with a 42'' foamy that has 4 3156 servos, 617FS RX and CC25 esc all mounted on the bottom of the wing. I dumb thumbed and the plane hit the water right side up out in the middle of the pond. All the electronics were completely submerged. I had no way to get to it so I said ''what the hell'' and started the motor. it wouldn’t completely start because of water resistance but I could go on and off the throttle to propel it back to shore. I had to us the rudder to steer it and it took at least 5 min to get it to shore. I quickly disassembled the RX and cut the heatshrink off the esc to let air dry. I took one servo apart and it was dry inside. That was a week ago and this past weekend I finally had the time to put it back together. Everything worked just as before so I flew it even without a range check (over the same pond). That was 12 flights ago and everything is working as it should. If this isn’t a testament to Futabas reliability I don’t know what is. Just thought I'd share as I and those whom I have told so far find this amazing. I am practicing that maneuver a few feet higher now.
    Hi Bill......
    If the pond had been salt water you would have thrown away the green mess a week ago that used to be the electronics!
    I have some experience with this having flown Pattern a lot over the Long Beach Calif harbor some years ago.
    The best thing to do is just cut the wires and toss the electronics back in!
    Forget Mixing Your Own Fuel....It's Easy But No Longer Needed!


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