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Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator05/07/2012 22:05:24
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Tonight pottering round in the workshop, doing a few bits and pieces to get this Cub in the air for the weekend, I managed to stick a scalpel blade in my finger - nothing serious just a little prick (careful!).

Anyway a few drops of the red stuff and a rumage in the first aid box later I got to wondering - have I actually bled on every model that flew well? You know it might be true, thinking about it I suspect I've had a little nick, graze or bruise off just about every model I've ever built.



Tony Bennett05/07/2012 22:08:17
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i tend to leave a bit of skin stuck somewhere on each plane.

Turbycat05/07/2012 22:10:34
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I can sympathise with that BEB. I was putting the engine on the front of the Taylorcraft I got today and managed to bash a knuckle when the screwdriver slipped crying 2.


Simon Chambers05/07/2012 22:13:33
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Posted by Tony Bennett on 05/07/2012 22:08:17:

i tend to leave a bit of skin stuck somewhere on each plane.

I usually have that problem when I get the Cyano bottle out. I tend to be overzealous with any glue - but especially cyano sad

The worst is when the glue is running out of the joint and requires me to be quick with the activator bottle to make it easier to scrape off later!


Edited By Simon Chambers on 05/07/2012 22:13:49

Concorde Speedbird05/07/2012 22:35:49
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I cut my finger building my Funfly on the first day of building. And now it flies superbly!


Robin Kearney05/07/2012 22:45:59
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BEB, I used to spend a lot of time ripping bits out of and installing bits into servers, I had a similar thought: is there a server I've worked on which hasn't drawn my blood!


Edited By Robin Kearney on 05/07/2012 22:46:17

Martin Harris05/07/2012 23:39:56
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I'd say (from personal experience) that it's 100% true - and I've got the scars to prove it!

Martyn K05/07/2012 23:45:18
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My usual disaster is to amputate the top of my LH index and middle fingers when stripping wood. You will find blood encrusted wood in most of my aircraft.

These RTF ers just dont know what plasures they are missing


Martin Harris06/07/2012 00:02:28
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Posted by Martyn K on 05/07/2012 23:45:18:

These RTF ers just dont know what plasures they are missing


Plasures? - trying to decide whether you meant pleasures or plasters!

Ronaldo06/07/2012 02:38:41
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... yep I do believe all my models are my blood brothers, they all carry some of my DNA happily up into the freedom of the blue sky with them ... (when it's not raining)

... mmm ... what a lovely thought lol smile

MikeS06/07/2012 04:36:45
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Well every model that I own that has been cyno'd at some point will have a perfect finger print of my finger after it has been stuck to the wood.

As for blood yes most models have my dna over them.

I even found one of daughters hair stuck inside one

Peter Miller06/07/2012 08:12:59
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Yes, they always fly better if you bleed on them, They have a little more spirit and life.

Josip Vrandecic -Mes06/07/2012 09:31:08
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Hi BEB,after Your story,I wondered.....If on each my models there are" traces and odors" of my wallet .....I wonder whether their performance will be better ?......wink 2

The Merchant of Venice

note:do not be too cruel...thanks

Jon Laughton06/07/2012 09:46:42
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Serendipity? I've also stabbed myself twice this week with a Swan Morton when assembling a Silence Twister!

Edited By Jon Laughton on 06/07/2012 09:47:02

Edited By Jon Laughton on 06/07/2012 09:47:13

David Ashby - Moderator06/07/2012 10:32:13
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Yep, been there, done that, got the scars to prove it sad

Ross Clarkson06/07/2012 10:42:37
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Not bled on all of them, but definitely lost bodily fluids in my pants on most of my flights!!!! wink

Pete B - Moderator06/07/2012 10:51:08
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Too much info there, Ross, I'm

I have a bad habit of not waiting until my soldering has cooled down enough to p


Olly P06/07/2012 10:58:34
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Pete - me too!

blood - not often, slight scent of burning pork - almost every time I solder!

John Privett06/07/2012 21:08:13
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Pete - yes I tend to forget that 4mm bullet connectors take very, very, very much longer to cool down to an "acceptable" temperature than small electronic components. And that's despite "remindng" myself on several occasions...crying 2

Erfolg06/07/2012 21:38:45
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It is good to know that others believe. I always sacrifice a Guinea Pig over my latest model.

I once tried a bottle of Guinness, it did a lot of damage, that took hours of rectification. My father suggested that using a second hand rectifier might do the trick, made even more mess.

The only person that i know pricked their finger, fell asleep for a thousand years, before they woke up, only after some stimulation apparently.

No, all this blood letting is not for me.

Come on, you will all be going to Lindow Common next.

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