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Old 08-05-2006, 06:35 PM
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Just thought this would be fun to hear some new excuses for dumb thumbs. We've all heard some good ones at the field. Sure there is equipment failures but there are also some creative excuses. In this hobby crashes happen, its not fun but you can cry about it, or feel you just made room in the hangar for the plane you really want.

ailerons reversed- guilty but learned something
I had it on low rates and it just snapped
lost elevator- those are usually fun to watch
WHO'S ON MY FREQUENCY?
PCM lock out
bad crystal
dead battery
I thought 4 rubber bands was enough for the wing
Servo just locked
I guess the OS 160 was just too much for the Funtana 40
My favorite, pilot's head hung low and says"I did'nt really like that plane anyway"

Add some more, Heck I may try one next time a low knife edge goes bad.
Old 08-05-2006, 06:59 PM
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My latest was wrong model selected on the transmitter. Actually I had one since then, engine quit in a hover. Yup, its just something we all deal with. I almost stuffed it a few days ago when a friend said," do that rolling harrier again. I want to watch your thumbs." Next time he says that I'm going to say, "buy your own!"
Old 08-05-2006, 07:08 PM
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1)Dumb thumbs
2)Dumb thumbs
3)Wing fell off. Dumb thumbs-forgot to tighten one of the wing bolts
4)Dumb thumbs
5)Dumb thumbs
6)Dumb thumbs
7)Battery became disconnected. Magnum with West 50 went into the woods (thank God) at WOT.
8)TBD
9)TBD
10TBD

Jim
Old 08-05-2006, 08:53 PM
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my eyes started watering and just then a big horse fly bit me in the back,i turned around to swat and when i turned back my plane wasnt there anymore[&:]looked around a bit and saw it heading off down a canyon about 20 ft off the deck, gave it left aileron and a little up ele and it went in because of shadows[:@]
Old 08-06-2006, 11:43 AM
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"The sun was in my eyes!'
"It looked like it was on THIS side of the power line"
Old 08-06-2006, 01:28 PM
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i dont know wat i would say, havent crashed yet (knock on wood) and i have been flying for 2 years
Old 08-06-2006, 04:39 PM
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well ya better figure it out because its a comming
Old 08-06-2006, 07:06 PM
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ORIGINAL: gjeffers

well ya better figure it out because its a comming
Especially now that you mentioned it on a public forum. The balsa gods have internet, ya know. They're a coming to git ya!
Old 08-07-2006, 10:22 AM
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"There was a screw loose between the sticks."

"Looks like a cluster flop to me"

"The ground is lower in the south end"

David
Old 08-07-2006, 01:51 PM
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#1 reason for most all crashes *I* have seen? (This was before the days of ARF's. People using that cotton pickin SuperGlue, or CA glue.

Never...I mean never use Superglue of any kind, unless you back it up with something like Sigment. CA/Super glue dries hard and brittle. Vibration causes it to break... and the story ends.

When I test flew other peoples airplanes, that was the first question I asked... What Glues did you build with???

*EVERY SINGLE* person who said super/CA clue and nothing more, ended up having their wings fold in flight some time or another (if it didn't crash first). I probably folded 5 or 6 wings within the first 1 hour of flight on most birds that use CA/Super Glue.

Dwayne
Old 08-07-2006, 04:50 PM
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The one I use whenever I flap my zagi... "Gravity surge again!"
Old 08-07-2006, 05:01 PM
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On the two planes I've totaled.
1. Took my eyes off it too close to the deck to watch where another plane was going.
2. Depth perception at a new field.... tree was closer and taller than it looked... or my plane was farther away....
Old 08-07-2006, 05:22 PM
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"I'm nowhere near as far out as those trees."
Old 08-08-2006, 09:42 PM
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ORIGINAL: Deadeye

"It looked like it was on THIS side of the power line"
That caused the demise of my Dazzler.


What else?

elevator linkage came loose.

wing folded in mid flight due to poor fix after crash caused by loose elevator linkage

Entire tail section came off mid flight after underestimating the amount of damage caused by previous crashed caused by dumb thumbs.

Access hatch came off along with the switch that was attached to it effectively disconnecting the battery from the receiver

Lost a vertical fin doing what the plane was not design to do.

All of these crashes can be summed up in two words - pilot error.
(Actually, some are due to mechanic's error - but he's the same guy[:@])

Old 08-08-2006, 10:06 PM
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Gravity,

Was glue in any way a part of those repairs?? If so change brands!![:'(]

By the way, anybody out there with a Funtana... those carbon rods that go in the back... very important!! Pretty hard to land when the good ole Horz Stab folds up on ya!! Oops!![sm=angry.gif] Rubber side down boys!!
Old 08-09-2006, 08:44 AM
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I can't blame it on glue (I wish I could). The wing fold up was on my first plane - a Hobbico Superstar. I didn't know much about building and after the crash that broke the wing the first time, I didn't do a very good job gluing it back together. When the tail came off, there was no repair to fail. I'm guessing that a previous hard landing (cartwheel) loosened the tail feathers and caused them to come off in a later flight. I'm just guessing because I don't know for sure. The plane looked fine after the cartwheel and had at least a half dozed flights before the failure, but I can't figured out what else would have caused it. That one I can blame purely on poor preflight. While all these crashes suck, they happened over about 6 yrs and I've learned from all of them.
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Yep, the only problem is, *no* CA glue is a good glue... It all dries brittle. This is why I use sigment.

Dwayne
Old 08-09-2006, 01:00 PM
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Default RE: TOP 10 reasons/excuses you crashed

Sigment !!
They still make that stuff ? Might buy some just for the smell

Top of my list for crashing.
What kind of stupid idiot would bring two airplanes to the field using the same radio and be dumb enough to forget to change the transmitter to the correct plane before flying ?!!!

[:@] Now where's that mirror [:@]

Still kills me that everything was fine except for one small thing, those pesky ailerons
Old 08-09-2006, 02:17 PM
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The #1 I hear from other people that crash. "I got hit". This excuse covers all means of dumb thumb. The pilots just wont admit it.

David
Old 08-09-2006, 02:29 PM
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Sigment !!
They still make that stuff ? Might buy some just for the smell
And good old Dope and silk....Great stuff....Strong.

Dwayne
Old 08-09-2006, 08:10 PM
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The #1 I hear from other people that crash. "I got hit". This excuse covers all means of dumb thumb. The pilots just wont admit it.

David
That is so true, and they wanna get the frequency checker from the AMA to see who is in the woods knocking down their plane. The worst part is some pilots wont fly at our field due to our "Gobblins". I asked 3 other local clubs if they had the same problems and all 3 said, yes every couple of years a few members assume someone is knocking them down.
Old 08-09-2006, 10:17 PM
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I saw a blinding white light....
but I wasn't dead, my plane was though.
Goodbye Reflection foamy.




I'll make a list too:

Stryker(major damage) - 1)battery hatch, 2)loss of control straight down 3)multiple dumb-thumbs 4) Midair.

Tensor4d foamy - No pullout, crash into parking lot(my fault)

Reflection foamy - Sun in my eyes... no really, blinding!

Super Sportster EP - loss of elevator...ressurected with new fuselage

Yak 55 - power disconnect

Old 08-10-2006, 01:19 PM
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I think the best one I can come up with is" I thought I was on this side of the trees."
Old 08-10-2006, 04:28 PM
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Let me tell you all of a funny story...

About 20 years ago, we had two gents working for our company. One was named Phill. He had a stutter, and when he got nervous, it got really bad. The other dude was named Bob, and both Bob and Phill new each other well.

I was out flying a RC plane that belonged to my boss during lunch hour... In our parking lot. We were about done, and Bob yelled out "Hey Phil!!! Get that shotgun of yours and shoot it!

Phil goes to his car, pulls out his shot gun, takes aim, and about that time I was coming in for a landing. But instead of landing, I ran smack dab into a electrical transformer. (Hell, I thought that transformer was another 1000 feet away <g>). When that plane hit, a extremely loud "POW" was heard throughout the neighborhood.

Bob turned around, saw Phil aiming at the bird, and said "I DIDN"T MEAN for you SHOOT IT DOWN!!!"

Phil was withdrawing the Gun and saying "But I didn't shoot it!!! stuttering really bad". My Boss was getting all over Bob and Phil for shooting down his airplane. Meanwhile, I was bubbling up inside, withholding all the laughter I could. That plane just fell out of the sky and hit the ground.

Phill and Bob were going at it for a good 2 minutes, each accusing each other and not realizing what really happened. My boss and I were looking at each other rather dumbfounded, while walking over to pick up the parts and pieces.

We waited probably a good 15 to 20 minutes before we let both of them on what had really happen.

Oh the plane??? The engine was melted, but not enough to keep it from running.... So..within a few days we were up and flying again.

Dwayne (True story)
Old 08-10-2006, 05:49 PM
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Dead air????????????????????????????????????? LMAO

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