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8019 clicks; posted to Geek » on 18 Nov 2013 at 9:27 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-11-18 11:16:28 PM  
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CSB time...

I used to spend my teenage years scrimping and saving every penny so I could buy balsa R/C plane kits.  They would take forever to put together and you'd have to build/fly/crash at least a few before you were at all decent in the construction/tuning/flying/landing area.  Lots of fingers glued to balsa wood, lots of T-pins, lots of monokote, xacto blades, screaming when a finger would get bit by a prop trying to flick-start a highly tuned two stroke engine, and taking home months of hard work in a garbage bag so you could scavenge parts for the next build.

I remember getting confident enough in my building and flying abilities that I built my first low-wing quickie 500 that had way too much engine and a tuned exhaust nearly as long as the fuselage.

The first time I rolled up on the throttle and it took to the air I knew that in those couple months hunched over a table late into the night I'd built flying perfection.  Within a couple tanks of gas and a bit of trimming I was doing triple-digit-speed inverted passes feet off the ground without even so much as a facial tic.

So it was inevitable, at the end of the day as I was feeling cocky and bringing it in for a landing I decided to drop it down on the asphalt instead of in the dirt field like I normally would.  And it would have been a glorious landing had I not been so intent at setting it down perfectly right at my feet that I totally focused right past the 'No Parking' sign on the pole between me and my plane.

The DING! the exhaust made as it hit the pole made every head in the area snap around.  It quickly sheared off the right half of the wing and left horizontal stabilizer in a flurry of balsa and fluttering monokote.  It  then did a quick roll and landed belly first on the asphalt snapping off the gear... what was left sliding past me by inches as I stood there dumbstruck, the plane eventually coming to rest about 20 feet later.

When I picked up the fuse the wing and tail were sheared off so clean you'd think I'd flown through a high speed bandsaw.  I never hit another obstruction ever again while landing after that.

/eventually after about a month I had it back together and flying
//never flew as good as that first day
///still amazed to this day I can fly a tiny electric three channel rc helicopter in my living room for 20 bucks
2013-11-18 11:28:25 PM  
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2013-11-18 10:01:53 PM  
1 vote:
Still my fave


Jet engine porn


This guy revived a WWII centrifugal turbojet. The fun starts at about 8:00. Listening to the start sequence and then full throttle still gets to me every time.
2013-11-18 09:36:26 PM  
1 vote:
Here's a twin engine R/C jet going in hard.

The action starts around 0:40.
2013-11-18 09:32:59 PM  
1 vote:
Here's a single engine R/C jet going in hard.

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