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Karak
04-19-2009, 02:41 AM
So.
I decided a few weeks ago that I wanted another outlet. Or hobby. I decided fuck, lets try RC planes.
So I begin investigating and find a couple I like.
So I find this one.
http://us.st12.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/yhst-17210252890263_2046_7410896
http://www.nitroplanes.com/new204chathi.html
I think it makes perfect sense. Its an A-10. The most militant and burly beast to ever fly.
What could POSSIBLY go wrong.

Lets start with gravity and go from there?

My original Flight of the Valkrie was perhaps 3.2 seconds. As the A-10 soared not at all and instead shot directly earthward pushed by the full throttle I was giving it(hand launching...long story)
The A-10 exploded into history.
It was like having your pecker snapped.
A moment of wonder ending in horrible gut wrenching pain.

So a couple days ago I decided to try my luck with something a bit more novice.
This also has more umph supplied by a lipo battery and brushless engines.
http://www.hobby-lobby.com/images_templ/swap-images/at22072_xlg.jpg
http://www.hobby-lobby.com/jetiger_epo_jet_rtf_with_2.4_ghz_radio_21679_prd1. htm

Easy to fly, check, all parts already installed, check.
What could go wrong.

Today, sunny and warm and with girlfriend and one of three dogs in tow I decide to go and fly the plane.
It's a bit windy but workable.
All items check out ok.
I hook up the lipo battery give it a ramp up.
And away she goes.
Totally vertical with insane speed.
This is fucking awesome it's just tearing into the sky- BOOM!
She explodes. I mean, heat seeking missile, videogame style explosion.
Boom.
The air is filled with yellow bits that the soccor kids now have to dodge.
I look to my girlfriend.
She looks at me.
The only thing I can do is utter the words running through my head.
"Holy shit!"
And I start laughing as my dog begins to attack the burning bits.
He brings to me a still smoldering wing bit.

Good times.
Sleep well cog.
At least most of your hobbies did not go down in fiery bits today:)

EDIT:
So I bought another one today:)
A bit more of a trainer even through its got the little minefield like Lipo battery.

Whunpo
04-19-2009, 02:56 AM
Woah. That's sick. Where do you fly? I see people down by Roosevelt middle school sometimes. It's fun to watch.

Karak
04-19-2009, 02:59 AM
Woah. That's sick. Where do you fly? I see people down by Roosevelt middle school sometimes. It's fun to watch.

I am not sure of the name but it is a middle school with two fields, or one field one playground. Nice and secluded usually.
Somewhat near the stadium.
Which is good when your plane recreates Top Gun Migs and decides to explode.

Squidbot
04-19-2009, 03:08 AM
10/10 for persistence.

OrangePulp
04-19-2009, 03:14 AM
Your stories really are the best. At least it got you outside, I guess; Great day for it.

Whunpo
04-19-2009, 03:53 AM
Your stories really are the best. At least it got you outside, I guess; Great day for it.

Damn right. I got to ride my bike around downtown with some friends and get some Sy's pizza and Prince Pucklers. Daaayyum. Good day.

Badger
04-19-2009, 05:48 AM
Karak, you are my hero :D

I read the thread this morning and I'm still laughing now during my lunch at the thought of your second maiden flight going from 0-shrapnel in under 5 seconds :D

Cactaur
04-19-2009, 08:25 AM
Think the A10 has lousy flight characteristics in real life, seems to have carried over to the scale model. At least the delta wing one looks like its got more lifting area.

Looks too much like a missile, maybe DHS decided to shoot it out of the sky.

Xydarc
04-19-2009, 09:15 AM
Introduction to R/C Flying (http://www.drones.com/RC-faq/)

http://www.modelaircraft.org/

Xydarc
04-19-2009, 09:17 AM
So.
I decided a few weeks ago that I wanted another outlet. Or hobby. I decided fuck, lets try RC planes.
So I begin investigating and find a couple I like.
So I find this one.
http://us.st12.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/yhst-17210252890263_2046_7410896
http://www.nitroplanes.com/new204chathi.html
I think it makes perfect sense. Its an A-10. The most militant and burly beast to ever fly.
What could POSSIBLY go wrong.

Lets start with gravity and go from there?

My original Flight of the Valkrie was perhaps 3.2 seconds. As the A-10 soared not at all and instead shot directly earthward pushed by the full throttle I was giving it(hand launching...long story)
The A-10 exploded into history.
It was like having your pecker snapped.
A moment of wonder ending in horrible gut wrenching pain.

So a couple days ago I decided to try my luck with something a bit more novice.
This also has more umph supplied by a lipo battery and brushless engines.
http://www.hobby-lobby.com/images_templ/swap-images/at22072_xlg.jpg
http://www.hobby-lobby.com/jetiger_epo_jet_rtf_with_2.4_ghz_radio_21679_prd1. htm

Easy to fly, check, all parts already installed, check.
What could go wrong.

Today, sunny and warm and with girlfriend and one of three dogs in tow I decide to go and fly the plane.
It's a bit windy but workable.
All items check out ok.
I hook up the lipo battery give it a ramp up.
And away she goes.
Totally vertical with insane speed.
This is fucking awesome it's just tearing into the sky- BOOM!
She explodes. I mean, heat seeking missile, videogame style explosion.
Boom.
The air is filled with yellow bits that the soccor kids now have to dodge.
I look to my girlfriend.
She looks at me.
The only thing I can do is utter the words running through my head.
"Holy shit!"
And I start laughing as my dog begins to attack the burning bits.
He brings to me a still smoldering wing bit.

Good times.
Sleep well cog.
At least most of your hobbies did not go down in fiery bits today:)

EDIT:
So I bought another one today:)
A bit more of a trainer even through its got the little minefield like Lipo battery.
For your next plane, I'd suggest a Trainer type that has a large, forgiving wingspan and slower speed. Also, I'd check for any R/C flying clubs in your area. Most clubs have their own flying fields and are usually open to working with newcomers to the hobby.

I've been flying R/C on and off for 20-odd years now with my Dad and Uncles. It's a fun hobby.

Karak
04-19-2009, 09:26 AM
For your next plane, I'd suggest a Trainer type that has a large, forgiving wingspan and slower speed. Also, I'd check for any R/C flying clubs in your area. Most clubs have their own flying fields and are usually open to working with newcomers to the hobby.

I've been flying R/C on and off for 20-odd years now with my Dad and Uncles. It's a fun hobby.

Thanks sir.
Strange thing is. I have been flying for some time. But these are my first EDF and also my first experience with LIPO. I think the explosion was due to a bad cell in the lipo from being dropped as the charging went excellent. I have flown other peoples EDF's once in the air.
I also think that hand launching is a...art:)

Karak
04-19-2009, 09:28 AM
Karak, you are my hero :D

I read the thread this morning and I'm still laughing now during my lunch at the thought of your second maiden flight going from 0-shrapnel in under 5 seconds :D

:)
As my girlfriend said yesterday.
"Not a single thing you ever try is normal. It is either a stunning success or ends in the dogs having about 2000 chewtoys"
Hahahaha.
Leave it to a girl to sum it up so nicely and correctly:)

Squidbot
04-19-2009, 09:49 AM
:)
As my girlfriend said yesterday.
"Not a single thing you ever try is normal. It is either a stunning success or ends in the dogs having about 2000 chewtoys"
Hahahaha.
Leave it to a girl to sum it up so nicely and correctly:)

Does that cover your sex life too?

Gormanimal
04-19-2009, 10:07 AM
Funniest thing I've read in a while.

Rock Bandit
04-19-2009, 10:18 AM
http://s128.photobucket.com/albums/p191/Orochi-San/th_ZoidbergFail.gif

Wackman3000
04-19-2009, 10:34 AM
http://s128.photobucket.com/albums/p191/Orochi-San/th_ZoidbergFail.gif

This is EXACTLY what I thought of when reading this thread.

Nice job, great little humorous story to wake up to on a Sunday.

Dr. Quasius
04-19-2009, 01:17 PM
So.
I decided a few weeks ago that I wanted another outlet. Or hobby. I decided fuck, lets try RC planes.
So I begin investigating and find a couple I like.
So I find this one.
http://us.st12.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/yhst-17210252890263_2046_7410896
http://www.nitroplanes.com/new204chathi.html
I think it makes perfect sense. Its an A-10. The most militant and burly beast to ever fly.
What could POSSIBLY go wrong.

Lets start with gravity and go from there?

God, I hope you got that on sale ($89.00) instead of full price ($299.00). :o

Karak
04-19-2009, 01:27 PM
God, I hope you got that on sale ($89.00) instead of full price ($299.00). :o

Onsale:)
Good times.

Wasson_
04-19-2009, 03:07 PM
what you should have got.

http://www.hobby-lobby.com/wingdragon_6871_prd1.htm

OldeWolf
04-19-2009, 04:14 PM
The only airplane Karak is safe to be around with is this:

http://www.igniteseattle.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/04/445392913_53c13e695d.jpg

:p

tombofsoldier
04-19-2009, 04:36 PM
Screw this wimpy stuff! I say next plane you go for a model F-22 that runs on jet fuel!

The only airplane Karak is safe to be around with is this:

http://www.igniteseattle.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/04/445392913_53c13e695d.jpg

:p

Oh god my eye!

Karak
04-19-2009, 06:03 PM
The only airplane Karak is safe to be around with is this:

http://www.igniteseattle.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/04/445392913_53c13e695d.jpg

:p

Hahaha
Dude that is awesome. Made me spit pop man.

ShivaX
04-19-2009, 10:15 PM
The only airplane Karak is safe to be around with is this:
:p
Here we see Karak and his new plane.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3178/2355494567_e096342d5e.jpg

OldeWolf
04-19-2009, 10:21 PM
Here we see Karak and his new plane.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3178/2355494567_e096342d5e.jpg

We see Karak's paper airplane inside his Boss's head and he still gets a bonus.
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_00KAacxtpEM/R5CNBXUtl5I/AAAAAAAAC1o/AKwWrKlE8oE/s400/alan.jpg

Karak
04-19-2009, 10:28 PM
We see Karak's paper airplane inside his Boss's head and he still gets a bonus.
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_00KAacxtpEM/R5CNBXUtl5I/AAAAAAAAC1o/AKwWrKlE8oE/s400/alan.jpg

Hahahaha.
Dont I wish.

rifter
04-19-2009, 11:23 PM
I was going to ask if you used LIPO. :-) Did you smell bubble gum just before you sent it up?

I have an EZ Star, and LOVE it. It is a Great beginners plane, fun to just glide, and can be modified to do all kinds of fun things. (I so want to add some bomb-bays to put paintballs in, and add some excitement at the local paintbaull field.). :-)

I also have a slowstick. It is a lot of fun, for such a slow-moving type craft. I can run the slowstick in the baseball field next door. :-)

I did a loop once with the slowstick once, and watched the battery lauch into the sky. :-) It floated down, and the battery was ok. Another time, the motor shot off the front, and started slicing and dicing the wings a bit. No MAJOR damage... I cut the motor fast enough, and was able to glide it to the ground.

Lets see, the first flight with my Easy Star, I nosed it into the ground ,and nearly split it in half. I really love a pusher-plane... since it can nose in, and not explode. A bit of tape and it was flying again.

I have a Zagi that I nosed in from about 100', full power once. It bounced about 10 feet into the air, after that. :-)

The GREAT thing about a lot of these electric planes, is that USUALLY they don't explode on impact. :-)

OrangePulp
04-20-2009, 02:51 AM
Crash any more planes today, Karak? It was a good day for it.

Narradisall
04-20-2009, 06:10 AM
These things explode! Now I suddenly want one...

Karak
04-20-2009, 08:24 AM
Crash any more planes today, Karak? It was a good day for it.

Negative.
I spent the entire day working out.

I am waiting for my next one. Before I go out again.

Karak
04-20-2009, 08:26 AM
I was going to ask if you used LIPO. :-) Did you smell bubble gum just before you sent it up?


I also have a slowstick. It is a lot of fun, for such a slow-moving type craft. I can run the slowstick in the baseball field next door. :-)

The GREAT thing about a lot of these electric planes, is that USUALLY they don't explode on impact. :-)

The Lipo was great before this. So I think it had something to do with a bad cell or a large load on the battery I was not aware of.
I agree these are NORMALLY bullet proof as they say.
I think the reason the first broke was due to the hard grass it impacted and the fact that it did so at maybe 45 miles and hour.
This last one was just the very rare but usual problem one can have with lipo's.

Straximus
04-20-2009, 02:23 PM
http://mouselook.com/~straxus/pics/HL003008.jpg

rifter
04-20-2009, 02:51 PM
Hey Karak, I have a new hobby you should try - http://www.colonyofgamers.com/cogforums/showthread.php?t=7101. :-)

I am just curious what CAN go wrong.

I honestly believe that some people live their life as a warning to others... for others to learn from...

I am thinking you may be one of them. :-(

Karak
04-20-2009, 02:59 PM
Hey Karak, I have a new hobby you should try - http://www.colonyofgamers.com/cogforums/showthread.php?t=7101. :-)

I am just curious what CAN go wrong.

I honestly believe that some people live their life as a warning to others... for others to learn from...

I am thinking you may be one of them. :-(

Ha
Eh I have great luck in almost everything I try. But this time...not so much.
In fact, my girlfriend believes that this is in direct karma reaction to me telling my friend that flying an EDF would be "OH SO EASY" after flying normal RC's.
She is probably right.

Aggort
04-20-2009, 03:02 PM
The only airplane Karak is safe to be around with is this:

http://www.igniteseattle.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/04/445392913_53c13e695d.jpg

:p

Fuck you beat me to it!

Karak
04-20-2009, 03:05 PM
Well I have my girls video camera to either film ultimate success or...fiery failure.
Prepare friends.

Vermillion
04-20-2009, 03:05 PM
May I suggest you hire your own personal photographer to follow you around. Your life would be even more epic (for us) with HDR photography of your fails. :)

Karak
04-20-2009, 03:08 PM
May I suggest you hire your own personal photographer to follow you around. Your life would be even more epic (for us) with HDR photography of your fails. :)

The rest of my life would bore you.
Except for work...and flying.

And the spectacular elbow I delivered a couple days ago to a sparing partner.
That would be worth reliving.

Ox
04-20-2009, 03:24 PM
My ex-girlfriend's father is a former pilot: fighter pilot, flew recon over Cuba, then a 747 pilot in civilian life. A couple of years ago, we got him an RC airplane. Big beast, but it was supposed to be good for beginners.

Second day of playing with it, he flew it, top speed, straight into a building. The only building visible for 500 yards. He has excellent aim.

Karak
04-20-2009, 04:00 PM
There is a video online of a guy flying a really nice EDF and hits the only light pole in the middle of nowhere. Like 12 inches wide.
He should have been a sniper ha

Hotcod
04-20-2009, 05:36 PM
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Karak
04-20-2009, 09:29 PM
ktegMATmiHk

Ouch.
This is the one with the poor guy and the lightpole

Alatheia
04-21-2009, 01:03 AM
I wonder what would happen if Karak took up knitting... :eek:

Karak
04-21-2009, 10:57 AM
I wonder what would happen if Karak took up knitting... :eek:

I blow things up/
I am not gay
ha:)

Alatheia
04-21-2009, 11:12 AM
I blow things up/
I am not gay
ha:)

Straight men can knit. :mad:

ShivaX
04-21-2009, 11:24 AM
I wonder what would happen if Karak took up knitting... :eek:


http://images.mirror.co.uk/upl/m4/dec2008/5/6/401A7269-D7B7-3F7B-6252D901B612678B.jpg

SilentScreams
04-21-2009, 11:27 AM
http://images.mirror.co.uk/upl/m4/dec2008/5/6/401A7269-D7B7-3F7B-6252D901B612678B.jpg

Well played.
Of course, the funnier part would be Karak's story of how it got there.

Alatheia
04-21-2009, 12:24 PM
http://images.mirror.co.uk/upl/m4/dec2008/5/6/401A7269-D7B7-3F7B-6252D901B612678B.jpg

Going to have to point out that you failed, that's a crochet hook, not a knitting needle :p

Karak
04-21-2009, 01:13 PM
Straight men can knit. :mad:

Impossible:)

Alatheia
04-21-2009, 11:27 PM
Impossible:)

Paging Typical Michael, paging Typical Michael...

Cactaur
04-22-2009, 06:38 AM
Straight men can knit. :mad:

They're in denial?

Typical Michael
04-22-2009, 07:49 AM
I'll knit and do your mother at the same time.

Karak
04-22-2009, 08:22 AM
I'll knit and do your mother at the same time.

You and Sly Stallone would be perfect together.
Did you go to the same prison:)
Now I want to go watch Demolition Man again.

Jboy001
04-22-2009, 08:23 AM
You and Sly Stallone would be perfect together.
Did you go to the same prison:)
Now I want to go watch Demolition Man again.

Mellow greetings! have a peachy day!

Generation ABXY
04-22-2009, 12:02 PM
You and Sly Stallone would be perfect together.
Did you go to the same prison:)
Now I want to go watch Demolition Man again.

Your tone is quasi-faceceous.

Karak
04-22-2009, 12:08 PM
Your tone is quasi-faceceous.

I love Demolition Man.