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10-08-2005 03:56 PM  12 years agoPost 1
Dblex

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I posted this topic Friday morning and just took the advice of a fellow heliman here....who suggested tightening up the covering on the woodies...


SO!!, if you dont want to be fighting blade tracking issues....IMO, try this!!

BEFORE final set up, take a heat gun or blow dryer and tighten up the covering on the stock blades. I found SOOO much play in the covering when I hit the heat gun on them I was shocked! they are nice and tight now!!!!!!

just my $0.02

Thursday night I flew late in the evening and while inverted, I had the antenna strike the wood blades causing a flutter sound in flight...after this happend, I immediatley landed her and inspected for damage. All I could find was a whip ding or two in the blades..about the size of the antenna itself..."not on the leading edge, but on top"

But what i did notice was that the blades were off track after that incidence. So my question to you guys is....

If Ive checked it all...linkages, blade tracking ect and all seems to be ok...then whats causing the blades to come off track???

I have a tear now on one of the blades...towards the end its just missing that clear covering. and its LOOSE!!!!

could this be causing the drag and off tracking? like I mentioned, its just on the last inch of the blade...should I tape it down? is the fluttering now coming from the loose covering on the stock woodie blades.??????????

anything helps!!!1

My Name is Dblex, and I too am a Rappyholic

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10-08-2005 04:17 PM  12 years agoPost 2
BARTGALAMBOS

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Good Morning,
After my covering broke and I was barely able to land her, because of serious "flutter", I recovered my woodies with shelving material. That was long ago, and I now use only Carbon Fiber Blades. Yes, a tear in the shringwrap will cause flutter and tracking problems.


Goodluck,

Bart

Precious Metal Investor!!!

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10-08-2005 05:00 PM  12 years agoPost 3
MicroDOC

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I'd suggest attaching your antenna wire to the boom support with standoffs. There are several ways to do this. I think the easiest way is with small wire ties and a short piece of fuel tubing and it looks real good if done properly. I use a base loaded antenna and don't have that problem.
As for the covering on your woodies you should always re-shrink the wrap with a heat gun if it's loose or has wrinkles. If it's torn replace it.
I have a picture of the antenna standoff mod on my computer at work. If you're interested PM me and I'll post it for you.
Ron…

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10-08-2005 05:05 PM  12 years agoPost 4
MicroDOC

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Actually the photo in the lower right hand corner of my gallery shows the antenna standoff mod. (not real clear however)
Ron…

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