Sad news from Christian Ludwig Modellbau...

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Postby jhamm » Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:40 am

Hello,
most of you know Christian Ludwig Modellbau.
During the night from Sunday to Monday one of his lipos seems to have caused a fire while loading.
the fire has destroyed most of the workshop.
All existing orders and his entire tanks are lost ...

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Postby midlife306 » Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:58 am

Ohh bloody hell, that’s absolutely heartbreaking....
I hope the necessary insurance was in place.
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Postby silversurfer1947 » Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:53 am

What a tragedy. It does highlight the dangers of charging lipos unsupervised. I just hope his insurance covers the damage.
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Postby Model Builder 4 » Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:57 am

This is indeed sad news and any modellers worst nightmare :( it's terrible to think that a collection built up over some years can disappear in a matter of moments, hopefully Christian was covered for such an event and can find the heart to rebuild again,

Cheers, Lee.
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Postby Ad Lav » Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:04 am

Saw this on his Facebook, sad news indeed.
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Postby Sub » Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:03 am

Devastating...just Devastating
Just to clarify, what does loading mean please, is it charging it up ?
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Postby jhamm » Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:44 am

Sub wrote:Devastating...just Devastating
Just to clarify, what does loading mean please, is it charging it up ?
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Yes.
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Postby 971wright » Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:05 pm

Hi Very sad news ,have had parts and hulls from Chris, I do hope he can rebuild,he is a very good modeler.Hope he has full coverage for insurance.

regards pete

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Postby BarryC » Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:27 pm

Terrible news indeed. :(

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Postby lmcq11 » Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:37 pm

Thankfully, he is ok and also communicating. It's very sad but also an opportunity to rebuild and modernize. I am counting on Chris to be there for decades to come. Not sure what I would do otherwise.

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Postby RenoirLV » Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:41 pm

silversurfer1947 wrote:What a tragedy. It does highlight the dangers of charging lipos unsupervised.


Is that the confirmed cause of fire?

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Postby PainlessWolf » Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:59 pm

Good Morning,
He'll be back, a solid fellow. This is still heartbreaking stuff. Don't use LiPos because of this kind of imagery already in my head and for damn sure now, never will.
No injury or loss of life so take the meat from the bone....
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Postby Ragnar » Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:03 pm

Yes this is really sad news for Christian and the tank modeling community and we can only hope he’s able to recover in the near future..... But the question remains ‘ WHY folks continue using these batteries when it’s been proven beyond a doubt their dangerous and not to be trusted.Sad!
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Postby jackalope » Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:31 pm

Damn.
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Postby lmcq11 » Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:53 pm

Ragnar wrote:WHY folks continue using these batteries when it’s been proven beyond a doubt their dangerous and not to be trusted.Sad!


As far as i know, all my 1/16 tank batteries are Lipo ? is there any alternative ? I even remember forgetting a Traxxas Lipo on a simple charger for days... seeing these pictures are troubling. I will be more careful and there might be safer charger i can use.

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Postby c.rainford73 » Tue Sep 03, 2019 5:20 pm

Absolutely terrible news. My heart goes out to him.
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:46 pm

Once he gets going again, and I’m sure he will, perhaps Phoenix Modellbau would be the new trading name.
Sad event indeed.
Glad no human loss was involved, that would have been the real tragedy
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Postby wibblywobbly » Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:55 pm

The golden rule is to 'never' leave a Lipo charging unsupervised, and to always use a sealed metal box, something like an ammo crate. I say that knowing that I leave my Lipo's charging on a wooden table, though I am only ever a couple of feet away. Some only charge them outdoors.

They are risky, Nimh's are totally safe, but we all know the risk, and because of the benefits, we carry on using them.

Time for a metal charging tin I think.... 8O
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Postby silversurfer1947 » Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:05 pm

I have charged my lipos in the open, but always supervised. However, I think I shall be changing that. I was just about to enquire about some tank parts from Christian. That will have to wait, though I did check out his Web site and it was as per normal.
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Postby B_Man » Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:18 pm

Those pictures are devastating, a sad end for what would have been a very unique collection. My best wishes to Christian who is one of the great trailblazers of this hobby and a very nice bloke form my limited dealings with him.
This is a timely reminder about the dangers of batteries. A house in my street went up a couple of years ago due to a motorbike battery left on a dodgy charger so it's not just lipos that need care. As others have said, the fact that no one was injured or worse is a good result. Models can always be rebuilt.
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