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Hospitalised, my own fault - but ?

Nasty wound to my right arm.

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Tim Flyer11/08/2019 21:18:33
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Great to hear Colin I think the sleeve protector Is a good idea and it should be quick and easy to put them on for a launch. Many sports and pass-times require it as sadly our flesh is about as vulnerable as a cucumber! and almost any fabric over it reduces injuries. When I mountain bike my “summer jersey” has 3/4 length sleeves with tough nylon fabric on the top side of the sleeves just to prevent thorns and nettles damaging the arms on overgrown trails. The right clothing makes a massive difference to enjoyment!

Trevor Crook12/08/2019 07:34:25
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Colin, hope the injury is healing well - nasty! Reading this thread suddenly reminded me that my son and I each had E-Flite Grumman Wildcats a few years ago. Very similar size and shape to the Buffalo. We self-launched, but I remember the trouble we had holding on with one hand when the throttle was opened. We solved it by launching at half throttle - still enough power to get away, but easier to grip. May be worth trying if you dare go near it again!

Peter Miller12/08/2019 08:37:28
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Talking of arm protection. A few years ago my OS 40 FS threw its prop. Luckily I had on a shirt, fleece AND jacket.

Considering all the protection and the fact that the prop was no longer attached to the engine. The bruise was quite impressive. Photo shows it.

Another club member had a Saito 30 four stroke throw a prop which got him in the hand. It too three stitches to sew the vein up and another four to sew the gash in the flesh up.

Even props no longer under power are pretty dangerous

Colin Leighfield12/08/2019 11:28:26
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Thank you Tim, Trevor and Peter. This thread is providing all sorts of experiences and lessons. We don’t think about what damage a prop might do if it comes off. James and I had planned to go to the field yesterday and fly the Buffalo but the weather was lousy with strong gusting wind and intermittent showers, so we didn’t. However we will do it ASAP and make sure that the kamikaze event doesn’t repeat itself. The protective Kevlar sleeves are due for delivery today and I will share what they are like on here.

Colin Leighfield12/08/2019 19:30:46
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bba0b395-2114-4691-ad7e-17c513bb559b.jpegThe Kevlar arm protectors arrived today. I am impressed, like a thick knitted fabric but very easy to put on your bare arm or over a sleeve. Comfortable and not heavy,. For the small amount of money they cost, it could be a no-brainer. The damage we regularly do to hands and fingers is bad enough but bone close to the skin generally limits the damage. However the area from wrist to elbow has a potentially lethal risk, so this simple protection might be the minimum inconvenience answer. 3aa0036b-ce67-488e-b3b6-58c1e3e4e2ee.jpeg

Colin Leighfield19/08/2019 15:21:02
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b8dd9961-0691-4b98-a1ec-1a4a696a7aa7.jpegThe six stitches were removed today and the wound is healing very well. Many thanks to the team at Royal Stoke hospital. When you think that this much damage was done by a 10” prop, it makes you realise just how serious this sort of injury can be.

I hope no one has been offended by my sharing all of this on the forum but I felt that in spite of my embarrassment at being caught out this way, if it reduced the risk of someone else suffering similar or worse by raising awareness then it would be worth it. To say that I have been lucky to get away with it so relatively lightly is no understatement. a6ff9555-94c5-4c4f-b953-e66b11adb7c7.jpeg

Don Fry19/08/2019 15:28:04
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Ow, ow ow ow. I am very happy to be reminded at second hand.

Doc Marten19/08/2019 16:08:15
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What was the reaction at the hospital when you told them how you'd received the injury?

Colin Leighfield19/08/2019 16:43:05
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Hi Doc. Mostly shock and concern at the level of damage that had den done. I tried to make light of it, but they didn’t.

Bob Cotsford19/08/2019 17:37:02
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Once again Colin - OUCH!! Certainly not offended, I'm just thankfull I got away with past mishaps. I could have in your position many times but for the grace of your chosen deity.

J D 819/08/2019 18:09:33
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Well worth another reminder, and it was a smallish prop by todays standards!

Edited By J D 8 on 19/08/2019 18:10:06

Colin Leighfield19/08/2019 20:44:12
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Thanks Bob and JD8. Safe flying!

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