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04-01-2005 12:15 PM  13 years agoPost 1
jensenflemming

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Aarhus, Denmark

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Hi,

Has anyone tried flying the T-rex stock with the Align Carbon blades.

I'm thinking only sports flying without any 3D or inverted flying.

Is it possible or would it cause a tail rotor strike?

Br Flemming


T-Rex 450XL CDE & 450X V1

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04-01-2005 02:08 PM  13 years agoPost 2
derrickbwg

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Lexington, Kentucky

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I fly them on a stock tailboom but you have to grind them down to about 315mm. The tips are solid and it's quick work on a grinder. Don't go the carbon route for normal flying, the stock woodies will work much better for you, track easily, very durable, and are cheap.

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04-01-2005 10:21 PM  13 years agoPost 3
aaronredbaron

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Champaign, IL, USA

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I like em
I have yet to run anything better, but I do have a stretch kit on it. they seem to track well and 3d very nice

two kids? how'd that happen? time to zip'm up!!!

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04-02-2005 03:26 AM  13 years agoPost 4
TheDudeVT

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Burlington VT

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I just flew the 325 carbons (HS1042) on a stock boom for about a week (7 batteries or so) it'll work if you're not doing 3D. I did manage to strike the tail, so they will do it , but I was 'pushing' really hard inverted at the time, so it's no suprise. I was lucky, I didn't even know I had hit the tail, It broke off just the tip of one blade. They've even survived a boom strike and a fall from ten feet onto a packed dirt road. If you don't do any negative pitch maneuvers, you'll be fine. Grind them down if it worries you.

I differ with Derrick tho, I've had two crashes so far that would have absolutely creamed the stock woodies and the carbons are fine. ( I inspect them of course) I would get the carbons just to save money. If you get two crashes out of them you've saved a dollar, if you get more you're doin' good.

TheDudeVT

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04-02-2005 04:37 AM  13 years agoPost 5
WRXRonald

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Auburn, OH

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crashes...
well, i've had two pairs, both annihilated by crashes, i mean nothing but bits and pieces left kids... obviously nothing the woodies woulod have stood up to either.. just that a hard enough crash will destroy them, as any other blade, oh yeah-- along with half the rest of your heli too...

gotta say, the CF tail booms are fantastic though, the metal ones bend severely on one tail boom strike, all that i've thrown at the bird with nasty nasty crashes on straight-up concrete nonetheless, no damage to any CF tail booms, standard or stretch. finally, a part that appears near unstoppable.

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04-02-2005 04:52 AM  13 years agoPost 6
RICHW

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Cupertino, CA

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I believe the Align "Carbon" blades, the black ones with yellow writing on top, are nothing more than plastic blades with a carbon rod running down the center. Is this right?

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04-02-2005 04:57 AM  13 years agoPost 7
spritefiend

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Camarillo, CA

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perhaps for bling factor, what about v-blades?? arent those all custom made? and would making the minime sized me easy to make as well?? how about nhp tail blades too?? or is this out of the realm of possiblities?

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04-02-2005 05:12 AM  13 years agoPost 8
WRXRonald

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Auburn, OH

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...
well richw...

i don't think so... i haven't seen any evidence of carbon fiber in the blades at all... thus the name, align 'carbon' blades... i believe the reference to carbon is to indicate some type of carbon composite used in conjuction with the plastic to make the plastic itself harder and stiffer....

the seemingly, rod type thing you may or may not have seen running down the chordwise 'almost' middle of the blade is not a rod at all from what i can tell, it is simply a mold shape designed to also help stiffen the blade, it is indeed part of the rest of the plastic of the blade, if that makes any sense. the blade appears to me to be ENTIRELY one piece of molded plastic, whether there IS carbon included in the plastic mixture, that i do not know. but if there is, it is indeed hidden in the mix.

hope that clariifies. if its really possible to clarify anything align does and why.

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