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rcaddict27/03/2018 12:51:28
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there must be a clinical name for the emotions you feel when you put your fav model into the ground (or wire fence in my case)

Im so depressed

Levanter27/03/2018 12:55:40
882 forum posts
437 photos

Will eviscerated do for starters?

Paul C.27/03/2018 13:06:03
609 forum posts
150 photos

Not the time to be depressed positive thinking is required, this is now a golden opportunity to get that new model that you have been drooling over 😉👍


Colin Carpenter27/03/2018 13:06:36
621 forum posts
35 photos

Shrug your shoulders and get the credit card out !😁😫 Colin

Tim Flyer27/03/2018 13:08:17
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231 photos

I’m very sorry to hear that. Wire fence sounds bad. Not sure of clinical description but I certainly mutter a few choice ones to myself! Post making the model safe I normally just put the thing out of site for a few days before considering repair!

Bob Cotsford27/03/2018 13:17:25
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454 photos

Usually it's one of embarassment if there's a witness! As has been said, it's the perfect opportunity to either build it again but better or to move on and start a new project. There's always something new out there and you now have a full set of airborne gear ready and waiting.face 1

stu knowles27/03/2018 13:28:46
586 forum posts
44 photos

It happens to everyone sooner or later. If its a bad one I collect all the bits and park it in the corner of the shed until the pain subsides. I left a Fokker DR1 over a year and then one sunny day dragged it out and started jigsawing all the bits together. I had it flying again in less than a week and its still flying a few years on.

Peter Miller27/03/2018 13:36:49
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1254 photos
10 articles

Having been crashing models for some 65 years. You get used to it. and don't let it bother you.

Just tell yourself "It wasn't really that good"

rcaddict27/03/2018 13:37:05
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its in the bin - total destruction Im afraid

all re-useable parts have been salvaged

funny thing is when checking servos etc the Rx had to be re-bound - mmmm I wonder ????????

John Rudd27/03/2018 13:54:52
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Posted by Bob Cotsford on 27/03/2018 13:17:25:

There's always something new out there and you now have a full set of airborne gear ready and waiting.face 1

As long as the meeting with mother earth was pilot error rather than radio failure of some sort. laugh

Edited By John Rudd on 27/03/2018 14:13:36

Jon Laughton27/03/2018 13:58:23
1191 forum posts
72 photos

"Shredded'? devil

KiwiKid27/03/2018 14:02:46
485 forum posts
476 photos

Sorry for your loss. I always try and keep a stiff upper lip - but does hurt a bit.

labour crash.jpg

G194027/03/2018 15:43:19
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If it's an artf, then I don't feel too bad but if it's a model I've spent a lot of time and effort building then I feel gutted and, on one occasion, I gave up on aeromodelling for about a year and built a sailing boat (which is now an almost complete but unpainted hull with no mast, rigging or sails because I built another plane.)

I hate seeing beautiful models crash even when they're not mine. In fact one of the things that puts me off a lot of the Flite Test videos is the casual attitude they have to destroying aeroplanes. I just don't like waste of either time or money.


Gary Manuel27/03/2018 16:45:49
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1540 photos

I like that one KiwiKid!


P.S. - My wife didn't think it was as funny as I did for some reason.

Edited By Gary Manuel on 27/03/2018 16:51:25

Dave Hopkin27/03/2018 17:44:15
3672 forum posts
294 photos

Its not so much the crashing that gets to me, its the way time seems to stand still while its in the process of transitioning from "fully controlled flight" to "making a hole in the ground" and you are utterly helpless

The Wright Stuff28/03/2018 11:34:03
1381 forum posts
226 photos

...or worse, that walk of shame when you are wading into the crop with no idea about whether the damage is terminal or not...

G194028/03/2018 11:40:16
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On a couple of occasions I've had electric models crash when the battery fell out! On both occasions the model flew perfectly with no 'help' from me. The first was a small biplane which gently landed better than I usually did when in control. The second was my Multiplex Fun Cub which lost the battery in a bunt and gently floated to earth, inverted and undamaged. On both occasions, even knowing there was no power to the electronics I continued waggling the sticks and I can't think why.

In those cases my emotions were first relief and then shame


Chris Walby28/03/2018 11:59:19
1091 forum posts
259 photos

My electric Wots Wot had a fundamental design flaw that allowed the battery to fall out during a stall turn. With great care I flew a 1/2 circuit dead stick to loose height and speed with the lipo hanging from its EC5 connector (ESC and integral UBEC).

That was until the lipo disconnected itself... and a helpful cub member shouted to "keep the wings level" but of course I was no longer flying it at that point so TX stick wiggling was pointless (didn't stop me trying to flair before impact).

At least it brighten up the long bin liner walk across the flying field

Ben B28/03/2018 12:56:38
1420 forum posts
4 photos

Wierdest feeling I had flying was when the clevis on the elevator came open during a flight and I lost total control of the elevator. Luckily it was a fairly stable trainer type plane. I twigged fairly soon that I had no elevator control and so didn't try bank and yank turns- instead I did big lazy rudder/elevator circuits and did what I'm quite embarassed to say is one of the best, smoothest landings I've ever managed! Probably because for once I had to fly it down to the strip rather than just dump it onto the patch!!!

But that first 10-20 seconds of "oh my goodness" was quite a nasty sensation.

It was difficult not to subconsciously apply up elevator on the landing even though I knew it wouldn't do anything

eflightray28/03/2018 15:17:09
606 forum posts
128 photos

Having started flying powered models back in the 50's with control line combat, crashing was expected, and building a new model for the following weekend was just part of the game.

Similarly, wiping out an RC model now, (very rarely these days), just means a new build.

What I find worse though, is a crash where the model is basically repairable with a fair amount of effort, but you almost wish it wasn't.

A major repair is just something I never feel happy with, even if you can't see the repair. You know it was a mess and will never 'feel' the same as a new model. But it perhaps teaches you to learn from your mistakes.

Next time, make it a really good mistake wink


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