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Charles Scott-Knox-Gore12/10/2019 13:07:08
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I retrieved my Apprentice (well, most of it anyway) from the top of a 70ft sycamore which had jumped out in front of it as I was flying past, using a fishing rod with which I cast a lead weight over the top of the tree. It took a few goes, but eventually the branch was snagged securely enough to be heaved on and the plane fell out. Mended and has done many more flights since

Roger Dyke12/10/2019 13:17:14
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Charles: That's very encouraging. I currently do not know anyone who goes fishing but I like the idea. I may be going down to the field sometime this afternoon (if my accomplice is available) armed with all sorts of things. If I fail, your idea may be a part of my plan 'B'. Thanks for that.

Robin Colbourne12/10/2019 15:33:13
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In the absence of longer poles or other retrieval equipment, the best approach is to just keep a regular eye on the model, particularly when there is strong wind forecast. If a model blows out of a tree it tends to do so in stages, so it is likely to fall to a level at which your existing pole will reach it, long before it gets to the ground.

Once you get it back, take the servos, receiver, switch and battery out, unplug them from each other and leave them in the airing cupboard for a week to dry out thoroughly.

If the model has an engine which was running or had just stopped when it went in, it should have been fairly oily. Do check no bits of bark or earth (if it fell to the ground) have got in the carb before start ing it up.

Edited By Robin Colbourne on 12/10/2019 15:34:03

Roger Dyke12/10/2019 17:32:08
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* * * * * * * * * Retrieved * * * * * * * * *

Went down the field again this afternoon with my accomplice, armed with all sorts of telescopic poles stiff wire, gaffer tape, and a 7 metre retrieval pole. By feeding these items up vertically and taping them all together a section at a time we finally managed to reach the plane's height. Very unwieldly to control though. With a great deal of effort and energy we finally got the fuselage to fall but the wing stayed put. Another 20 minutes or so and the wing finally fell too. Pretty serious damage but I am optimistic that with lots and lots of TLC it might just fly again.

Robin: Thanks for your good tips. I shall take them all on board.

My thanks to you all for your very valuable contributions. Very much appreciated.

Roger

Robin Colbourne12/10/2019 17:44:14
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Well done Roger and accomplice! I'm glad you got it back.

I'll second what you say about a long pole being unwieldy. A bit like trying to push the model with a piece of wet spaghetti.

Robin

Roger Dyke12/10/2019 19:35:13
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Thanks Robin. Yes, I think that's a good way of putting it (almost uncontrollable).

Roger

Roy Hill 313/10/2019 10:32:14
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Hi Roger. I'm glad that you got the remains of your aircraft back, but I would just like to add my suggestion for future reference. A couple of years ago, I parked my pride and joy Chipmunk 40 feet up an oak tree! As in your case, the engine and fuel tank found its way back to earth. Being of an age where tree-climbing is a non starter I thought back to my youth and made a man-sized catapult. A substantial wheel nut was attached to some strong nylon string and and after 3 attempts, down came my Chipmunk. Happy Landings, Roy.

Roger Dyke13/10/2019 19:09:41
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Hi Roy,

Your experience is duly logged for the future. I'm glad you got your Chipmunk back.

Many thanks.

Roger

Peter Miller24/10/2019 11:24:17
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Here is a retrieval story to brighten dull day

**LINK**

Jason-I24/10/2019 11:46:15
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Posted by Peter Miller on 24/10/2019 11:24:17:

Here is a retrieval story to brighten dull day

**LINK**

Wow, what a great story.

Roger Dyke24/10/2019 16:33:03
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Great story Peter. A good telephone number to keep I think.

Tim Ballinger25/10/2019 09:20:46
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Merlin rescues model in chimney !

Roger Dyke25/10/2019 09:47:27
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Crackin' story (as above in **LINK**).

John Privett25/10/2019 13:17:13
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And the story has made it into the Metro (freebie newspaper handed out all over London and other parts of the UK)

modelrescue.jpg

Peter Miller25/10/2019 13:39:32
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I had wondered if the chimney was blocked off

Tim Ballinger25/10/2019 18:39:14
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Think it wins the spot landing competition, don’t you !

Tim

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