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Hal the Elder
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Location: Apple Valley, CA

PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:32 am
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After charging the flight battery, I turned on the TX and set the throttle and its trim to minimum. Then I installed and connected the battery in the Heli. The receiver's green light said "ready".

But here's where I screwed up:

Instead of placing the heli on a clear, open place on the floor or on the patio or back yard, I left it sitting on the hobby bench at eye level while seated.

So I gently raised the throttle, causing the rotors to spin up gently, which looked OK so far, then I closed the throttle.

Then I picked up the Heli with my right hand, and while grabbing the TX with my left, I accidentally bumped the throttle up, causing the Big Lama to leap up and go tearing along the hobby bench, crashing to the wall.

While on its way, the blades ripped three gashes on the back of my right hand, like I was clawed by a Bobcat!

I quickly disconnected the heli's battery and showed my bloody paw to my Wife, who promptly cleaned it up, applied NeoSporin, and bandaged the hand.

This was after thoroughly reading all the cautions in the manuals that came with the helicopter. I was fully at fault, not realizing that an innocent-seeming electric RC helicopter could be capable of such damage!

The Big Lama's 4 blades were all bent at the pivot points, but I could see no visible damage.

HAL (After 2 Rum & Cokes, I'm finally beginning to relax!)
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pjdog
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:48 am
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Welcome to the world of RC Helicopters Hal.
we've all done it.

JACK
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firedude52
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:08 am
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Ouch! But I must say you weren't the first Wink I was Laughing Laughing Laughing
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tombo242
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:42 pm
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We've long since been saying that these bigger helis are not toys Hal. Sorry to hear you were hurt, but it could have been worse, a 450 has been known to kill. I hope that your hand heals quickly and your wife can put the first aid away.

Mind you, we all bear some scars from models. I have a nice one on my left hand from a diesel's prop. (Not the one in my avatar!) Got it back in 1951 reaching in to adjust the mixture for peak power. My right hand got cut fishing "Wee Jock" out of the pool when I discovered that co-ax and wind does not mix. Tx throttle power was off but the electrics did not like submarine work and the blades kicked over as I grabbed it. Fortunately, water is 20 times thicker than air so it reduced the rotor speed. Next time in the pool it was on home-made floats. (See vid below.)

First Water Take-off

Tom.
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spoonerrw
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:31 pm
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sorry to hear this Hal, but very glad to hear that all paws and digits are still attached and on the mend Smile. yep... has happened to all of us at one time or another.
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carr52
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:31 am
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Got hit in the forehead. It left a pretty sore spot for a while.

Tom
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