Issue#899370: Radio Control - Anyone Else Spend More Time Fixing Their Quad Than Flying It?

  • Hmmm... So over the past few months I've probably spent 5 times as much time fixing quads than flying them. I'm just curious if anyone else has had similar experiences where you spend more time on the bench than in the air.

    My experience over the past few months so far, I think I'm trending at getting about 4 packs in between serious crashes. :eek:

    - Fly first pack LOS, quad loses orientation and I cut the motors and drop it at the end of a field, gets dragged off into the woods by a Fox as I'm chasing after it never to be seen again... 10 days grounded.
    - Fly for a day then crash at 60mph into a concrete wall.. 7 days grounded waiting for parts.
    - Get brand new quad, crash twice into a tree and I figured out later it snagged some wiring. Flying 100 feet in the air practicing back flips when the motors cut out, plowed nose first in a full speed dive into soft dirt, leaving a 5" crater, nose breaks off and quad is lodged in the dirt... 8 days grounded.
    - Flying above a parking lot around some trees when a vine hanging 60 feet in the air gets sucked into props. Quad does a flip and plows into concrete while accelerating trying to right itself, motor, arm, all props and PDB shredded... 6 days grounded.
    - Flying above a dirt field when defective motor decides to end it's short life, plowed into the dirt from 100 feet up. Quad is mostly OK, but I'm not one to take chances, replacing everything that looks damaged or bent... still waiting on parts...

    I'm not sure if I'm just very unlucky or a bit too reckless with this hobby. :popcorn:

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