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Jon the Rooster

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Anyone able to tell me where I can get some white shrink wrap for some main blades?

and one more thing "DON'T BE AFRAID!"

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ShellDude

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2.5" shrink would do it. airdyn.com has it by the roll but it's clear.

http://airdyn.com/CS/heli.htm

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Jon the Rooster

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Thanks, thats the one I remember seeing. I'm sure I'll find white somewhere!

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ShellDude

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maybe the "lightweight" white at the top:

http://www.srbatteries.com/hrdshrnk.htm

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Jon the Rooster

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Nice going Shelldude!! I tried searching for probaly 1 hr with no luck!
Thanks, I'll order some tomorow!!

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ShellDude

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Let me know how it works out. If it's light enough I think I'd like to try it too.

Another thought I had was to use some ultra thin ultra/monocote. It's a bit more work, but would have the same results.

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ShellDude

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I sent srbatteries and inquiry about the feasibility of using them to cover heli blades and this is the response I got:
If the blades are only 33mm wide, my guess is that the 36mm flat width shrink would work, but you'll have to measure it to make sure. Wrap a strip of paper around the blade and tape it to form a loop of paper. Slip the loop off and mash it flat. Measure it in mm. If it's a little less than 36mm wide, you're in business.
I just did his "mash" trick and it came out to 36mm exactly.

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docjoe

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On my hyperions, I would just spray paint the tips like MAH blades and the results were good. Might be another option for you.

Joe
We haven't seen Colonel Angus around these parts for years!

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Jon the Rooster

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I ordered some of that 36mm shrink wrap today. When I get it and try it out on my 1 good V-blade I'll post my findings.
Hope it works!!

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ScottH

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Why???

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Jon the Rooster

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Why???
I Love them V-blades but Don't like the Visability! It's alot easier for me if I can see the disk, so, if I can make them white ( no painting) I'll never buy any other blade!!

and one more thing "DON'T BE AFRAID!"

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ShellDude

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weeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

white vblades... I can't wait!

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Paul_C

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Bear in mind that if you cover carbons with heat-shrink, they’ll become only as efficient as wood blades. Painting would be a better option.

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Jon the Rooster

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Bear in mind that if you cover carbons with heat-shrink, they’ll become only as efficient as wood blades.
Man, your gonna have to explain that one. Carbon is carbon, shrink wrap does not make carbon less eficent! So, start es-plain'n

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Paul_C

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The low air pressure above the blade sucks the heat-shrink up from the blade surface and deforms the aerofoil shape into something less efficient. Take note of the blade noise before and after you shrink wrap it, I’m willing to bet it will be noisier with the heat-shrink.

By the same token, wooden blades can be made more efficient by removing the heat-shrink and painting it.

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Jon the Rooster

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Interesting Theroy. I'll let you know what I find.

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heliboy1023

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You do know you really shouldn't be flying by the rotor disk.

You know you have to many heli's only when your wallet is empty.

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Jon the Rooster

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You do know you really shouldn't be flying by the rotor disk.
I have absolutly no loss of orientation with black blades, nor do I fly by visualy seeing the disk. It's just my prefrence to see the disk.

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ShellDude

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rotary what

I fly the nose

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ShellDude

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Thanks to jontherooster I was able to acquire enough of the above referenced white heatshrink to cover my VBlades.

I haven't flown yet but the blades still balance. This weekend's forecast is horrible up here so I probably won't have a chance to fly until next weekend.

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