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08-06-2007 07:50 AM  10 years agoPost 1
naked painter

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Hi

Have any of you guys removed the lead weights found in the paddles and does this make the Evo more responsive when rolling?

Thanks

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08-06-2007 12:22 PM  10 years agoPost 2
Leif

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Yes, I've run with no weights. This makes the cyclics very responsive, but also makes the heli have a pitch-up tendency at very high forward speed (or when flying in strong winds).

I found that just a tiny bit of weight can make all the difference. I made some custom weights by cutting the ends off of an old flybar to make weights the same length as the lead ones. These weights are much lighter than either of the stock ones.

The cyclics are still very responsive, but the heli tracks dead-on even in vertical dives and very strong windy conditions.

Leif

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08-06-2007 01:35 PM  10 years agoPost 3
Tony-V

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Leif, Do you remove both of the stock weights and just use the weight you made from an old fly bar. does it fit in the hole good or is there alott of slop?

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Tony

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08-06-2007 03:40 PM  10 years agoPost 4
Leif

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I remove both stock weights and install just the ones that I made from flybar material.

The "flybar stock" weights go where the lead weights would have been installed. It is important to use the END portions of the old flybar when cutting the weights, and install them so the threaded ends face the caps. Otherwise the material is too large a diameter for the endcap to fit. The caps fit perfectly over the threaded part of the flybar material.

One of these days I'll weight these custom weights, but for now all I can say is they are lighter than either stock weights.

Leif

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08-06-2007 04:23 PM  10 years agoPost 5
oldboldpilot

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Southern California

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naked painter,

FWIW, I removed the lead weight before first flight, and found heli very much to my liking - very stable hover, tracking fairly straight (swash timing is the big player in this), nice roll rate. Once trimmed for FFF, I enjoyed straight down lines and axial rolls.

All in all, quite nice for big, open maneuvers.

Helis are Man's Defiance of the Laws of Nature - OCHC

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08-07-2007 03:10 AM  10 years agoPost 6
alvincfi

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Yes, I've run with no weights. This makes the cyclics very responsive, but also makes the heli have a pitch-up tendency at very high forward speed (or when flying in strong winds).
I was continuing some testing today and thats what I found as well. Reminds me of when I took all of the weight out of my EVO 50. The wind was mild but I kept getting some pitchiness in FFF, I tried expo but it was not really fixing the problem. Other than making custom weights I wonder if other paddles give a good balance of fast response/on the rails FFF. I'm looking at some Thunder tiger ones...

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08-07-2007 08:56 AM  10 years agoPost 7
luixitoyo

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I also build a custom weights for the paddles.
With the lead weights off, the heli was pitchy in hover when the wind appears. All the people here in Spain are changing the flybar to the 555mm WC one, with the complete paddle weight.

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08-07-2007 03:26 PM  10 years agoPost 8
BarracudaHockey

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Jacksonville FL

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If you are going to pull the lead out do it soon because they deform from the centrifigul force and are quite a chore to get out after a few flights.

Andy
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08-07-2007 09:47 PM  10 years agoPost 9
casper7

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I put a Raptor flybar on my EVO 50 and the TT green paddles, it much more responsive and tracks real straight even in windy conditions

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08-07-2007 10:42 PM  10 years agoPost 10
pcmpete

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after trying the stock with no weights, V-paddles I have gone back to using the K&S Yellow paddles in the '3D' hole. I slightly sanded the leading edge to avoid pitching up & down during FFF, my Evo50 rocks now

Pete B

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08-07-2007 11:00 PM  10 years agoPost 11
scbroder

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MI

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What was wrong with the V paddles? Has anyone had any experience with the the 3mm Stubs?

I am looking for a new set of paddles for my Evo 50 w/ Radix mains. Also thinking a out trying a 440mm flybar. Are many doing this? I didn't find much doing a search.

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08-07-2007 11:06 PM  10 years agoPost 12
Havoc

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Ky.

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I remove both stock weights and install just the ones that I made from flybar material.
I do the same. Got the idea on here. No weight at all required a little too much fighting in the wind. The cut flybar is fine.

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08-08-2007 10:34 AM  10 years agoPost 13
pcmpete

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I didn't find the v-paddles quick enough for my liking, yes they are very stable but I don't want my Evo50 to be stable
I also fitted a 440mm flybar from a Trex600

Pete B

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08-12-2007 06:29 AM  10 years agoPost 14
scbroder

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MI

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I actually have one of the 440 flybars for the Trex 600 also. I will be trying it soon with the lead weights only. If this is not quick enough I will try a set of Stubs.

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08-12-2007 08:18 PM  10 years agoPost 15
alvincfi

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Minnesota

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Anyone tired the thundertiger paddles?

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