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newjak
11-15-2008, 04:23 AM
It all started out as a beautiful day to fly. Calm winds and sunshine. Then it happened. After having a great flight with his BH Cap 232 a friend of mine was lined up for final when suddenly and without warning a light pole appeared out of nowhere and struck down this once beautiful model. Instead of birds chirping the air was filled with streams of cuss words. Then came the task of collecting the debris. All together 4 planes were returned to their hangars after the walk of shame that day.
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BH Cap 232- left wing, entire front of fuselage. Out of service for the near future. repairs underway.
Eratix 3D- broken landing gear block, minor fuselage damage. Repaired and test flown the next day.
Sapac F-22 - Right stabilizer broken, right elevator and pillon broken. Repaired and test flown.
H/L Cessna 172 - nose gear and firewall broken. Repairs completed. Remaiden soon.

http://s251.photobucket.com/albums/gg315/newjak/?action=view&current=PB130055.jpg

idealhobbies
11-15-2008, 12:49 PM
With head hung low...I must claim the 232. Thanks buddy! I told you.... there was a SUNSPOT!

newjak
11-15-2008, 02:23 PM
Sorry dude, I HAD to put this on public display. Don't worry she will take to the skies again. I'm working on it.

FlyWheel
11-15-2008, 10:17 PM
None of your pictures came up, is it just me?

Angler-Hi
11-15-2008, 11:01 PM
None of your pictures came up, is it just me?

I don't see them either...just little boxes with a red "x" in them. Sorry to hear about the loss guys. I hope she's repairable.

Mike

newjak
11-15-2008, 11:47 PM
I don't see them either...just little boxes with a red "x" in them. Sorry to hear about the loss guys. I hope she's repairable.

Mike
My bad. I was going to do some editing and got distracted by the family and forgot all about it. I will repost the pics ASAP

son of alpea42
11-16-2008, 12:19 AM
I don't get it. Did the debris fall onto the other planes parked beneath the pole?

newjak
11-16-2008, 12:23 AM
Man, I should have thought of that:D
At first the story was going to be about one crash, but to not totally trash my friend Idealhobbies I threw in my damage for the day. So to set things straight, he crashed the Cap232 and I did the 3 others all by myself. Or maybe I can blame the sunspots too.

Twmaster
11-16-2008, 12:35 AM
Oh man I hate those pesky light poles.

I got totally owned by one years ago. The Slow Stick did however fly again!

:D

idealhobbies
11-16-2008, 01:42 AM
Man, I should have thought of that:D
At first the story was going to be about one crash, but to not totally trash my friend Idealhobbies I threw in my damage for the day. So to set things straight, he crashed the Cap232 and I did the 3 others all by myself. Or maybe I can blame the sunspots too.

- Dang... stop it man...I'm fighting back the tears...I call you my friend too Newjak.

Actually, my girl calls him my "play date".

newjak
11-16-2008, 01:59 AM
I made a few templates for the fuselage. The weekend is difficult to get in any repair work. When Monday rolls around things should start moving.

Alpea42
11-16-2008, 04:37 AM
So Newjak, 4 planes went to field. 4 planes came home needing repairs? Or were there any you guys didn't fly?:D

CHELLIE
11-16-2008, 05:55 AM
Cell phone towers are my favorite to hit :) I had a cell phone tower move over 20 feet , Just to Zap my plane, well it seemed like it :) LOL Take care, Chellie

newjak
11-16-2008, 05:57 AM
So Newjak, 4 planes went to field. 4 planes came home needing repairs? Or were there any you guys didn't fly?:D

Actually 8 planes made it home safely. Some might view that as a bad day. Any day I get to fly is a good day for me:)

idealhobbies
11-16-2008, 02:35 PM
What happened:
My Cap 232, totally me. My depth perseption is beginning to get not so great. To my eyes, I was well in front of the pole when it went "bong".

Newjaks:
His Cessna: The front gear appeared to break loose on take off which lead to his damage trying to get it stopped. It was at lift off speed and had to be aborted. The nose ended up dragging in gravel.
Eratix - Gear broke off on landing.
F22 - One of the rudder's broke loose durring flight. Caused it to flip over on it's back suddenly. Newjak actually got it flipped back over before it came down.

FAA Reports: Idealhobbies caused the crash of the 232 due to poor vision and is grounded pending examination by eye doctor. The 3 aircraft the were downed whiile under control of Newjak were due to mechanical issues that were beyond the control of said pilot. Newjak is reinstated to full flight duties.

Anyone know of a good Priest that will perform an exorcism of Newjaks hanger? He's got gremlins and needs to have them removed.

CHELLIE
11-16-2008, 11:20 PM
Dang Stupid Pole got me today :D I maidened my Scratch built fun jet, on the first try, too much down thrust, the jet nosed in, very little damage, corrected the thrust, gave it a little up thrust, and it flew, but the CG was off, a little tail heavy, I had my hands full, but got it into a nice landing glide, left to right, Forgot about the Stupid poles that are on the right side of the field and thump, wing hit the pole, if fell down and snaped the fuse in half, and the motor burned up, nice smoke :( Oh well, it did fly :D new 2408-21 motor on order and some more props, oh yea, i broke a prop too :Q thats my second time hitting a pole, it will fly again, just need to glue the fuse back together, and patch a small section in the wing, and it will be ready for battle again ;-) Take care, Chellie

newjak
11-16-2008, 11:26 PM
See, its spreading already! Sorry to hear about your misfortune.

CHELLIE
11-17-2008, 12:13 AM
See, its spreading already! Sorry to hear about your misfortune.

Oh well thats Rc :D thats why I take more than one plane to the field ;-) I go flying expecting to crash, and if I dont crash, that just frosting on the cake for me :silly: Take care, Chellie

idealhobbies
11-17-2008, 12:57 PM
Chellie,

Sorry to hear about your crash. I've been following your build thread and was quite impressed. Darn sunspots!

ministeve2003
11-17-2008, 04:13 PM
Oh man I hate those pesky light poles.

I got totally owned by one years ago. The Slow Stick did however fly again!

:D

thats too funny, the only thing I've ever hit a pole with was the slowest thing I've ever owned... A slowstick....LOL

thats ok, cause I teased the pole the next day for quite awhile pulling immalmans infront of it... with a great planes slinger at 80mph... I guess it couldn't reach out far enough to bite me...LOL

SK

idealhobbies
11-17-2008, 04:22 PM
Oh well thats Rc :D thats why I take more than one plane to the field ;-) I go flying expecting to crash, and if I dont crash, that just frosting on the cake for me :silly: Take care, Chellie

Newjak? Care to comment?:D

Oh, Newjak's my friend. I have to take a shot on occasion. He takes it well. I swear, he has Gremlins. He's always repairing something and saddly, it's RARELY anything that he did wrong while flying. He's great on the sticks and consistantly impresses (or scares) the heck out of me, but his luck is terrible. Esc's smoking for no reason that we can find, motors (quality ones, not cheap stuff) going out unexpectantly, BEC resets with no findable cause, Radio interference from a construction truck once that caused his plane to "land" in a tree, Melting battery terminals on a maiden of a brand new plane causing a "landing" in a light pole, landing gear falling off during take off.... and it goes on and on.

Gremlins!

newjak
11-17-2008, 04:32 PM
Of course I agree with Chellie:) Way back in Da Daze when I only had one plane it REALLY sucked to have to go home after one little mishap. Now whenever I go to the field I take at least 4 planes so that I can "get right back in there" after a crash. There have been times when it was just better to pack it up and go home.
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg315/newjak/th_P4170084.jpg (http://s251.photobucket.com/albums/gg315/newjak/?action=view&current=P4170084.jpg)

idealhobbies
11-17-2008, 04:40 PM
I remember that crash! That one was IMPRESSIVE!

idealhobbies
11-17-2008, 04:42 PM
One of the best:
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg315/newjak/Mar09_0003.jpg

idealhobbies
11-17-2008, 04:50 PM
Here ya go Newjak.... Your new tail art:

http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o249/totalsnafu/gremlin.jpg

idealhobbies
11-17-2008, 04:52 PM
My new tail art:

http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o249/totalsnafu/StadiumLight.jpg

idealhobbies
11-17-2008, 04:56 PM
Gotta take one at myself....

newjak
11-17-2008, 04:57 PM
You do know that this thread is about YOUR crash not mine!!

idealhobbies
11-17-2008, 04:59 PM
Trying to flip the focus!

ministeve2003
11-17-2008, 05:44 PM
Here ya go Newjak.... Your new tail art:

http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o249/totalsnafu/gremlin.jpg


somehow that looks more like a convict smurf on crack....
SK

CHELLIE
11-18-2008, 03:50 AM
Chellie,

Sorry to hear about your crash. I've been following your build thread and was quite impressed. Darn sunspots!

Its not to bad, about 1 hrs work, and it will be back in the air :D they fly better after a mishap anyway :Q its flies, it was fast, the Dumb Pilot forgot about the poles on the right side of the field :D and i just about had it all trimed and balanced out, one more adjustment should have done it :rolleyes: :Q, I flew my Scratch built Katana too, that is a fun plane, one of our club members Jay, is a Awesome pilot, I let him fly it, he loved it, I thought I was going to have to Fight him to get my Plane Back ;-) He is Good, he had the Katana hovering in one place for a long time, wish i could do that, I built the Katana for a 3 cell, and some how I picked up one of my 4 cells and put it in the Plane :eek: it has a ESC that will take a 4 cell, and I took off, Dang, it took off in 2 feet, went straight up, That was impressive, I backed off the throttle and flew it around, my 3 cell and 4 cell Rhino Lipos look alike, I only realizes that it was a 4 cell, when my charger showed a 4 cell lipo being Charged :silly: Silly Me, I will have to write 3 and 4 cell on my lipos now, real Big, being a tad over 40, I need reading glasses, Ok you found me out, I am 54 :Q Take care, Chellie

idealhobbies
11-18-2008, 12:36 PM
Ok you found me out, I am 54 :Q Take care, Chellie

Chellie,

Age is mind over matter....you don't mind, it don't matter.

Allan

CHELLIE
11-19-2008, 04:04 AM
Chellie,

Age is mind over matter....you don't mind, it don't matter.

Allan

LOL :D Thats Right Allen :Q Take care, Chellie

pvtzemerak
11-23-2008, 02:18 PM
Sorry to hear that, good luck fixing them and getting them in the air :)
--PvT

newjak
11-25-2008, 12:23 AM
Sorry to hear that, good luck fixing them and getting them in the air :)
--PvT

only one plane is left to fix. All of the other are repaired and flight tested. The Holidays are slowing me down on the repair work. When I get that done then its on to the Texan!

newjak
11-26-2008, 01:56 AM
This is whats left of the fuselage from the canopy to the firewall.84852

84853

84854

And the wing

(http://www.wattflyer.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=4503)

idealhobbies
11-26-2008, 03:10 AM
This is whats left of the fuselage from the canopy to the firewall.



Oh the pain! I keep reliving the moment..... the "bong" .... the fall..... the carnage!

Thanks again Newjak for the help. I appreciate it a lot. Still waiting to hear what your favorite adult beverage is....

CHELLIE
11-26-2008, 04:48 AM
This is whats left of the fuselage from the canopy to the firewall.84852

84853

84854

And the wing

(http://www.wattflyer.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=4503)

Chellie to the Rescue :D a lot of these balsa planes start out at 49.95 to 69.95 I bought the bob cat 25 for 69.95, its a 299.95 dollar jet, hope that helps, Chellie

http://www.nitroplanes.com/rcbrpl.html


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newjak
11-26-2008, 12:30 PM
Great prices on those planes, but This plane be repaired with under 10 bucks worth of material and some time spent on those windy/rainy/cold days:)

newjak
12-20-2008, 02:54 AM
Check this out! This puts your crash to shame!

Rolling Thunder
12-20-2008, 03:08 AM
Check this out! This puts your crash to shame!

GEEEZZZ....that should be like the crash picture of the year!! :Q

stevecooper
12-20-2008, 03:10 AM
Ya'll gotta remember that even if the poles 6" around your 40" wingspan make it near 8 FEET wide!! think of it as if you were fly'in a golf ball at thrity MPH around a park'in-lot with a dozen 8"wide barrers planted all over where you try'in to fly!! don't look to good for the golf ball, ChilieBub:::: I got the spit for 49$, she's got a 2409-12, 30 ampESC , ( near two to one trust ratio):ws: You get a build manual thats the size of a credit card with a couple of pixs and the CG local,:confused: she flys great and I'll get another el-cheap'o warbird from them soon!:D
bub, steve
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dldeano
01-04-2009, 12:22 AM
Brand new to this hobby...I've been lurking here for a bit and reading. Read about people hitting poles, and smugly thought, "well, not like those poles move; can't be too hard to miss 'em."

Well...clipped the wing on my son's plane trying to fly by a pole. I swear I had plenty of room!! No real damage other than being humbled a bit, and a bit o' tape she flew again.

Glad to see I'm in not alone :tc:

newjak
01-04-2009, 01:05 AM
Brand new to this hobby...I've been lurking here for a bit and reading. Read about people hitting poles, and smugly thought, "well, not like those poles move; can't be too hard to miss 'em."

Well...clipped the wing on my son's plane trying to fly by a pole. I swear I had plenty of room!! No real damage other than being humbled a bit, and a bit o' tape she flew again.

Glad to see I'm in not alone :tc:

Welcome aboard!! It happens to ALOT of people. You concentrate on the plane so much that you forget exactly how close you are to some obstacles. And yes, the poles/trees/fence posts/powerlines and sometimes the ground all move when you least expect it:D

swass rc dawg
01-05-2009, 12:43 AM
It all started out as a beautiful day to fly. Calm winds and sunshine. Then it happened. After having a great flight with his BH Cap 232 a friend of mine was lined up for final when suddenly and without warning a light pole appeared out of nowhere and struck down this once beautiful model. Instead of birds chirping the air was filled with streams of cuss words. Then came the task of collecting the debris. All together 4 planes were returned to their hangars after the walk of shame that day.
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BH Cap 232- left wing, entire front of fuselage. Out of service for the near future. repairs underway.
Eratix 3D- broken landing gear block, minor fuselage damage. Repaired and test flown the next day.
Sapac F-22 - Right stabilizer broken, right elevator and pillon broken. Repaired and test flown.
H/L Cessna 172 - nose gear and firewall broken. Repairs completed. Remaiden soon.

http://s251.photobucket.com/albums/gg315/newjak/?action=view&current=PB130055.jpgmy t28 trojan met the same fate :mad: :{

foamnpacktape
03-03-2009, 09:29 PM
Ya'll gotta remember that even if the poles 6" around your 40" wingspan make it near 8 FEET wide!! think of it as if you were fly'in a golf ball at thrity MPH around a park'in-lot with a dozen 8"wide barrers planted all over where you try'in to fly!! don't look to good for the golf ball,...!:D
bub, steve
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Profound, you are a wise man steve.

Not a lightpole but a pole none the less.
My new 3D model, brittle fragile Flat Out Cap, found a lone no trespassing sign today, complete write off except for the tailfeathers. Before you go into the irony of hitting a No Trespassing sign, let me say I fly off a closed road that is fair game, although my plane does trespass in their airspace I guess. I would never have had to trespass if they didn't put that stupid sign right where my plane was flying, making me trespass to pick up the pieces.:(

Been flying for over twenty years haven't had a good crash in most of those. Kind of fun being a newb again (3D). Kind of like revisiting first love.

foam.

Ed Emmons
03-04-2009, 04:25 AM
A field goal post led to the loss of my Tower Hobbies Vista glider. I was lined up on final when a gust if wind came across the field. The Vista did a 90 degree turn and covered about 30 yards in a couple of seconds. The right wing scored a perfect field goal. Sheared off right wing at the fuselage. The rest of the glider continued for another 100 feet crashing into the security fence.

It was totaled. I picked up the mess and left for home. Ordered a replacement the next day. Have had several successful flights.

Ed Emmons

1320fastback
03-04-2009, 04:41 AM
This thread reminded me of a video I have of when I was first learnign to fly....Yes the pole jumped infront of my plane.

Enjoy
http://www.vimeo.com/3197382

getfuzzy
03-04-2009, 05:40 AM
I had a similar experience with a goal post. I entered the story into Multiplex Elapor Story contest, and got a free Blizzard tee shirt because I was one of the first 50 contestants :) Now I want the Blizzard. Recently I reposted it on my blog. (http://modelairplanesrcflight.blogspot.com/2009/03/my-multiplex-elapor-story-easy-glider.html) You have to becareful what dares you take from people when your flying ;) WHOOPS! Lucky for me, elapor really lives up to its tough reputation!

foamnpacktape
03-04-2009, 07:36 PM
Not a pole but a line, spectacular video, but I can't figure out how to link it properly. Those that have more experience linking videos could you go here in the test forum and give it a shot? I'd appreciate knowing what I am doing wrong.
http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=44488


Here is a link to the video, albeit in a round about way, go to the second post on in this thread on my local forum, and click on the "Jonny's A10 click here" link. Well worth the effort cool video, hilarious crash.

http://www.calgaryrc.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5186

foam.

astrohog
04-02-2009, 04:32 AM
I HATE light poles!

I Was camping and feeling the need to go fly so I took my foamy to the parking lot next to the campground. Checked for power lines and other obstructions and deemed it was a PERFECT spot to fly with lots of room. So I toss her in the air and next thing I know.......WHACK!!!! right into the nearest light pole!!!!

At least it was just a foamy!

Regards,

Astrohog

wilmracer
04-02-2009, 06:23 PM
I must have missed this thread... I've got my own light pole story. See the clip below

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbWbwNWJJfE&feature=channel_page

Rusty-Gunn
04-02-2009, 08:23 PM
We don't have poles were we flew last winter, but I did manage to creater an A-10 cartoon fattie.

newjak
10-15-2009, 01:19 AM
It took quite a while for it to happen ,but the Cap 232 lives on!! Its just waiting for a remaiden by its owner!

hillbillynamedpossum
10-15-2009, 03:39 AM
I was so ashamed the day I brushed a big hi tension power line out by the house with my slow stick. I really was having a good time, untill my wife said, "honey you got pretty close to that power line last time" Well next pass and I actually heard the wing scrape the wire.......wife had the proper comments that are not suitable for posting.

Possum

newjak
10-30-2009, 07:23 PM
The CAP 232 takes to the skies once again. Its owner and pilot Idealhobbies is having a blast getting re-aquainted with his old friend!