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Man Kills Self with Model

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Man Kills Self with Model
Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, September 6, 2013 9:18 AM

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Posted by philo426 on Friday, September 6, 2013 9:43 AM

Yes i heard about that!i guess if you are into R/C helis you better wear a bike helmet.I guess he was literally scalped!

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Posted by the doog on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 5:22 PM

That had to be some BIG chopper. It's interesting that the article doesn't say what model it was.

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 7:16 PM

It's kind of frightening, as it could have been anyone around.

I once saw the local weatherman crash and total an electric helicopter model in the main room of the LHS. I once saw a guy total a gas powered chopper at an airshow. Guy standing next to me says "there goes $ 5000!).

With the proliferation of privately owned and operated drones today,there needs to be a "soft rotor" technology if there is not already.

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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Posted by subfixer on Thursday, September 12, 2013 8:56 AM

They don't call 'em "choppers" for nothing.

I'm from the government and I'm here to help.

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Posted by Greg on Thursday, September 12, 2013 10:27 AM

When I was doing some R/C flying with my son some years back, we used to pack up and leave when somebody showed up with a helicopter.

No offense intended towards R/C helicopter fans, R/C helicopter are very cool and it takes skill to fly them. They just scared us both.

Sad accident.

-Greg

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Posted by Cadet Chuck on Thursday, September 12, 2013 3:58 PM

Here in the Peoples' Republic of Boulder County, Colorado, it is illegal to fly any kind of RC aircraft anywhere.

Can they do that?  Probably not, but the place is run by left wing politicians, and they pretty much do whatever they want.

Gimme a pigfoot, and a bottle of beer...

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, September 12, 2013 9:44 PM

Funny, wonder why they are in power...?

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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Posted by Phil_H on Friday, September 13, 2013 12:39 AM

the doog
That had to be some BIG chopper. It's interesting that the article doesn't say what model it was.

I saw "T-Rex 700N" mentioned in one report. That is one big bird, with a rotor span of some 1562mm.

Check out this video clip - flown by a 7-year old

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Posted by Greg on Friday, September 13, 2013 10:26 AM

Phil_H

Check out this video clip - flown by a 7-year old

For whatever reason I'm not a fan of seeing RC helicopters doing wacky maneuvers, but...........

HOLY COW that young fella is GOOD!

-Greg

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Posted by subfixer on Friday, September 13, 2013 12:03 PM

Either he is good or they aren't showing the guy with the real transmitter who is off camera.

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Posted by Allen109 on Friday, September 13, 2013 3:31 PM

I work at a hobby shop.  It was a Align T-Rex 700.  Rotor span is around 3ft., per blade.  Add the width of the rotor head,and you're talking almost a 7ft. blade arc.

It is believed he was performing a trick where the heli comes right at him, then reverses before it would hit him in the head.  He was an experienced flyer, not a newb.  All happened in front of his dad.

Third fatality this year;all experienced r.c. pilots.

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Posted by subfixer on Friday, September 13, 2013 4:21 PM

Here's a pic of one the culprits right here. Sans fuselage shell.

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Posted by Allen109 on Friday, September 13, 2013 5:54 PM

One of the champs from the last five years is a 19 yr old from Tulsa(of course I can't remember his name),won it when he was 18.  Saw a video of him flying in a parking lot at night.

HOLY CRAP! he's good!

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Posted by the doog on Saturday, September 14, 2013 12:35 PM

Allen109

I work at a hobby shop.  It was a Align T-Rex 700.  Rotor span is around 3ft., per blade.  Add the width of the rotor head,and you're talking almost a 7ft. blade arc.

It is believed he was performing a trick where the heli comes right at him, then reverses before it would hit him in the head.  He was an experienced flyer, not a newb.  All happened in front of his dad.

Third fatality this year;all experienced r.c. pilots.

God, that's sad---and 3rd fatality this year?  I see a ban coming....

This is the most wicked-cool use of a RC heli that I've seen yet. Some guy strapped a camera to one and flew it through the old Huber Coal Breaker in Ashley, Pa. This breaker is the last remaining intact breaker in Pennsylvania Coal region where I grew up--I've been in the ol' girl at least a half dozen times, and have over 2,000 photos of it. Sadly, the previous owner went into bankruptcy and it was just sold to a scrapping company. Its legacy and status as a memorial to all who worked the best and richest anthracite coal mines in the world meant nothing to the people who could've done something to preserve this priceless treasure.

http://vimeo.com/71946919

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Posted by Tojo72 on Saturday, September 14, 2013 4:33 PM

For sure there will be some stronger regulations on the way,and some lawsuits for sure

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