View Full Version : B52 is no more.

Allan Waterfall
09-01-2004, 10:37 AM
That model B52 crashed at the Nationals.The link will let you download the video clip if you want to see it.

Unfortunately it seems to be the fate of a lot of large models at shows,luckily I don't think anyone was hurt.

www.dewsburymac.co.uk/crash.htm (http://www.dewsburymac.co.uk/crash.htm)


09-01-2004, 10:48 AM
About 20 years ago I built an RC model airplane and purposely chose a design which was easy to build and "easy" to fly. I piled it into the ground on its first flight, totally destroying it. Since that effort, I've restricted my RC efforts to boats and cars.
Ben Rich

09-01-2004, 11:01 AM
It is part of the hobby, I think the people who pay for the gas turbines only for them to turn into huge fireballs are either very well off, or have a serious problem.

Paul Alciatore
09-01-2004, 11:30 AM
My heart goes out to him. I couldn't afford RC then, but I built and flew many control line models in my younger days and also experienced many crashes. It is defenitely part of the hobby. Some were actually deliberate as I was tired of that one and wanted an excuse to build the next. Some even had fireworks on board - spectacular.

Then I took up model trains. But I don't have the layout anymore either. Had to move, you know.

But none of mine were anywhere near as heartbreaking as that one. I actually felt it as it nosed down. One can only imagine the amount of work that went into it.

But I bet he builds another.

Paul A.

09-01-2004, 12:52 PM
fly cheaper, faster, more often. discover SPAD ---simple plastic airplanes.


many of these airframes you can make in a day for $20.

all the fun, 1/10 th the grief. great way to start the hobby.

09-01-2004, 02:44 PM
We had an F16 at our small town airshow this past weekend. One landing gear strut failed to deploy, and the jet went off the runway and nosed into the turf. In all, the pilot made an extraordinary effort to control the plane, and two guys carried it back. It wasn't damaged much at all. A friend had his RC chopper self-destruct right in front of us for no apparent reason. Pieces went flying past my head so fast I wouldn't have had time to evade them, but they missed me. The chopper was instant scrap. It takes a special breed to withstand such an instant end to hour upon hour of tedious modelling work.

09-01-2004, 02:58 PM
All of the planes I ever built and flew were my own design. I had a large, slow high wing that I built back in the 70s that was a dream to fly, about 7 foot span and super light sticks and rags construction. It would do loops and even fly inverted. It landed at about ten mph. One day at the field I was on final with it and some guy with a pattern plane was doing wild zooms back and forth in the same vicinity. He pulled straight up from a low pass and drilled straight into the center of gravity of my plane. It exploded into bits with only the wing lazily flipping over and over as it fell. I was not amused.

09-01-2004, 04:25 PM
Model airplanes are not the safest of things either. Watching my friend fly his glider right after I was finished with my Zagi. Electric powered stick built job. HE pulled up a little too hard, or a monster thermal snagged him, Im not sure, but his airplane shattered, out came the battery pack. I'd say the battery packed weighed atleast 8 to 12 ounces, falling down from 300+ feet, it landed 2 feet from some picknickers enjoying their lunch. No doubt some one would of died.
Oh and contrary to what people say about the Zagi being unbreakable, its not. I managed to kill it.

09-01-2004, 09:16 PM
Sad to see that much work go up as toast,but such is life.

Had a friend who flew a super scale P-51D,he flew it for many years untill he was flaring in on a landing and something went wrong,the engine cuoghed and oversped sending it long on landing,before he could react it clipped a spectator with the prop leaving three deep cuts on his shoulder,after that he hung it up in his garage and never flew again.

09-01-2004, 09:19 PM
i was driving near some guys flying model airplanes- i think one of them thought i was too close and decided to dive bomb my truck to scareme off- the plane crashed into the gound 15 feet infront-it left a groove in the concrete- and turned to match sticks-of course if it had hit the vehicle it could have been ugly- i was to busy laughing to get angry with the guy.
the look on his face was priceless-and it took him a while to put down his control.

09-01-2004, 10:17 PM
B52? I still have my copy of "Love Shack". http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

09-01-2004, 10:18 PM
I put mine through the roof of the clubhouse awning. THROUGH it.

motor still running, propless and leaning out and bouncing across the floor and out into the lawn.

09-01-2004, 10:33 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by dsergison:
I put mine through the roof of the clubhouse awning. THROUGH it.


Guess that qualifies for the capitol letter OOPS!!! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

09-01-2004, 11:46 PM
Oh a word of caution, don't park your car near some model airplane fields, some modelers have been known to take your wheel weights to balance out their CG on their models. Not I may I remind you...

09-02-2004, 02:26 AM
it's a sad fact of life that many rc flyers are outflying their ability.There are excellent builders,and excellent flyers.But very seldom can they do both well.At many scale meets,the aircraft are flown by people other than their builders for this very reason.Personally,i think i'm a fairly competent builder,but only a mediocre flyer.The secret is in knowing the difference.As for the jet engines,i prefer a puttering 4 cycle engine with a "windmill"on the front http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

J Tiers
09-02-2004, 08:46 AM
Ouch......as soon as I saw that model when it was posted about before, I thought about how I probably would not want to fly something like that which seems to have cost about 10 or 20 grand....and worse, al lot of work.

I've been waiting for the inevitable.

That dive, and the plume of smoke, suggests that nothing would be salvageable...might have been different if it had caught a wing on takeoff, etc.