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Old 02-06-2003, 07:26 PM
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Well it finally happenned. After 4 years in RC I finally stuck my hand into a spinning prop. I was at work and was going to check my throttle settings on a new plane before taking it out to fly its maiden tomorrow. A buddy was holding the plane so I fired it up. It was running really rich so it wasn't reaching full rpm. Before adjusting the needle valve i jumped in my car to turn on the headlights so I could see what I was doing better. No excuse, when I walked back it looked like my muffler was loose so without thinking I reached in to jiggle it and 'BAM'! It was a Magnum .32 running probably 1/3 of max rpms on a plastic prop (mold flash sanded off of the edges). Here's the damage: 5 stiches middle finger, 5 stitches index finger, 1 stitch thumb. Boy do I feel like a complete tool.

Here's the links to the pictures since I can't figure out how to thumbnail them on a mac:

http://www.rcuniverse.com/gallery/sh...at=500&thumb=1
Old 02-06-2003, 07:53 PM
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OOOUUCH'

After a hard days work? Hey Honey I' at the hospital and I' UMM

Sorry for the injuries, That had to hurt.

'Fingers and props have a natural attraction' Dn Z
Old 02-06-2003, 07:59 PM
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Only a true R/C'er would take the time to take pictures of the injury before he allowed it to be sewn up.

Sorry for the injury, but makes for great pics.
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Default OUCH is right!

Sorry to hear about your mishap. I haven't done that yet, but I did have a little electric plane chew on my big toe last year. It's a long story.

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Welcome to the club! You're an official member now! (12 more stitches + 3 blisters from a hot muffler and you qualify to become an Officer)
Old 02-06-2003, 08:09 PM
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Default OUCH!!! Warning Graphic pic below

I know how you feel. At least your was a .32. I recently decided it would be a good idea to stick my fingers in a Saito 1.00. It was about half throttle turning an APC 15x6 prop at about 5,000 RPMs. I ended up taking off the tip of my middle finger, cut the hell out of my middle and index finger, broke them both. The pins come out a week from Friday. Take our advice people, stay away from those props.
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Old 02-06-2003, 08:13 PM
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I did a number on 'em. Gotta be about the dumbest thing I have ever done. Had engin on a test bench, but not secured all the way. I fired it up, and it was already at 1/2 throttle. It started to pull itself off the bench, and I had the electric starter in my right hand, and reflexivley I reached out to catch it before it fell. Let this be a lesson to everyone, don't catch it, let it fall.

Dumb dumb dumb
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Old 02-06-2003, 08:19 PM
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Wow, that makes my little scar on my left forearm nothing at all (never reach OVER a prop to adjust the needle valve).

BTW: I have the same silverware as you.
Old 02-06-2003, 08:20 PM
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I know how you feel.
I got my fingers in an OS46FX with an APC 11 x 5 at a high idle. I had 56 stitches in four fingers. It actually sounded like I shoved my hand in twice. It didn't even kill the engine.
What a mess.

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Old 02-06-2003, 09:00 PM
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Yeah the Saito took multiple swipes and it didn't die either. It finally turned itself sideways, and it hit the top of the bench. apparently my fingers weren't nearly enough to stop it. Oh well, I guess I gotta go through life with a shorter middle finger on my left hand.
Old 02-06-2003, 09:32 PM
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Geez after a few yrs in this hobby I have to yet get hit by a prop. Does that make me a prop virgin?
Old 02-06-2003, 09:34 PM
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Believe me, you better hope you stay that way.
Old 02-06-2003, 09:37 PM
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hey minnflyer:

I must be president, 14 stitches and shattered the bone in the tip of my thumb, took off the nail and nailbed. Whew, what a stupid day at the field that was!!
Old 02-06-2003, 10:53 PM
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Happens to everyone sooner or later (depending on how ofter you fly :} )
Old 02-06-2003, 11:11 PM
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Hey WallRat being's it happened at work are you eligble for workmans comp
Old 02-07-2003, 12:29 AM
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GOD---you have guts to stop, take time to hold the camera steady, then take a few pics. Id never make it to my dad to tell him, Id pass out to soon.
Old 02-07-2003, 02:19 AM
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not quite a prop injury, but close...

a couple of weeks ago I was busy building a kit, when the hobby knife started rolling off the table. ok, no prob, my brain reacts quick enough to realize NOT to reach for it, just let it roll. I was congratulating myself for that choice when I noticed the blood coming out of my foot...
Old 02-07-2003, 02:25 AM
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Well guys , shortly after reading this thread I went to put a brand new, about 30 seconds out of the bag Master airscrew prop on to my motor. well, I put it on the motor and tried to turn it on with my finger-cut-not much af a cut , but it hurt like crap.
Old 02-07-2003, 02:55 AM
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Jeesh Walrat and PigMan!

PigMan, I guess you paid the RC Gods for the great weather on Sunday!

""Let this be a lesson to everyone, don't catch it, let it fall."

Heh-heh. I once dropped a beer mug while trying to pull it out of the freezer. I tried to recover and catch it before it could fall to the floor, and trapped it against the top of the refrigerator door. It shattered and left a one inch long gouge on my palm. Hopefully I've learned that lesson for the last time.
Old 02-07-2003, 03:17 AM
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rkramer, i'm sorry but I laughed when i read that post. I have to appreciate the irony of the situation! Same thing happened to me! Though you sounded calm, I MAY have mumbled some bad words (mumbled, yelled, screamed, what's the difference?) lol, I feel your pain!
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Yeah, but I payed in advance for that weather. i cut the fingers about a week after the new year. Like I said I can't wait til next Friday, my pins come out woo hoo!!!!
Old 02-07-2003, 01:47 PM
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Been there done that. Been bitten by everything from an .020 to a .61. I don't know what hurts more, getting cut by an 11x7.5 Rev-Up or getting thumped when flipping a flooded engine in 25 degree temps.
I DO know that getting bitten at ANY time by an .020 hurts!!!
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My surgeon said he quit counting stitches after he had emptied a complete stitch tray. a little over a year ago, right hand, 3 tendons, lots of muscle tissue, nerves severed etc, Freak acciddent with a saito 100 and a apc 15-6 as well. If there is one thing you learn it's if something starts to go wrong, get the he!! out of the way. If a 4 stroke ever starts in reverse just remember it can reverse itself again without any warning. No plane damage is worth your appendages
Old 02-07-2003, 03:15 PM
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me too, tendons and nerves severed, both fingers broken.

I'm reminded of Happy Gilmore- The little old lady that is making quilts complains to the Work Camp(aka the retirement home) director, Ben Stiller, "My fingers hurt." Ben replies, "Yeah well now your back's going to be hurting, you just got 3 hours of landscaping duty. Now does anyone else's fingers hurt? I thought not." What a funny movie.
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Sorry Pigman but the worst is yet to come. Trying to get those tendons pulled thru scar tissue is a real pita. Just keep at it and they will eventually start working again.

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