Had my first major outdoor crash today (It is so easy to fly that I to often fly beyond my abilities (I don’t hopefully I eventually can learn to fly a bit higher to have some more time to recover))… The crash was a nose dive into the ground with quite high speed. The Quark took unfortunately some damage more than the usual blades, (on my third box of main blades (still first box of tail)). The damage is probably made larger by that I was flying in -3 degrees Celsius (quiet and cold here in the south west of Norway this Christmas, and the quark have been in the air 20 – 30 times each day… (even done some night flying)) and the grass covered ground was frozen and probably the plastic parts more brittle du to the temperature.
The damage list:
The usual main blades…
Canopy cracked and the windshield did pop out. Could be mended by tape and some glue.
The canopy “holder” on the right side broke and for sure on the main frame side :-( of the breakaway design…. Must be ordering myself a new main frame but until that glue will have to suffice… (Not fond of heli rebuilding so it may take some time… it is probably the part that requires the most work to replace on the whole heli .-)
The stabilizer paddle also took a beating but after tightening a screw it was good as new.
The worst and grounding damage was that the ball link to the stabilizer paddle popped (in both ends for the first time….) of and even after hours of searching in the frozen lawn I could not locate it… And this early (on my second pack) on the perfect flying day, no wind, day off, sun, kids quietly playing nearby.. (My wife really tough I have turned mad there I crawled on all four to locate it, our 4 year old did however think it was fun and joined in.) Have searched trough my HBFP and other various parts bin and did not find ball links in the same dimensions.
Anyone know if this linkage has a standard dimension that can be bought in a hobby shop? If so what is it’s “type name”. My local hobby shops dos not have Quark parts but they have at least E-sky and Koyosho models. Anyone know if the same type of links is used in some models by other makes?
The irony is that I just received a package with spare parts form my online dealer but I did not order linkages. I had them in but I removed them from the shopping cart as the last item, silly me (I did however get a spare canopy, a paddle, more blades etc…)!
Still loving my quark however, an awesome design and really fun to fly and the air time/maintenance factor is still the best (If I don’t include the time searching for small parts in frozen grass…) of the helis I know of. Had I just found the dam link I would have been in the air in 15 minutes….
Before the crash I was considering to change the CX dipswitch 4 setting to get it more agile …. I think I will wait with that for a just while….