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09-02-2009 12:58 PM  8 years agoPost 1
gmcullan

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Well, I finally did it last evening. For the first time since new, I've stuffed my Blade 400. Pilot error, plain and simple, was the cause.

I was flying stall turns back and forth across my yard, each time getting a little higher on the up leg and lower on the down leg. Faster and faster too!

As luck would have it, as I was flying across my driveway, a 1' tall concrete wall jumped up and wacked my heli from the air! Well, maybe the wall didn't jump. And maybe I was just a "little" too low.

The stock canopy shattered like glass. That amazed me no end. (I was looking for an excuss to put on the nice fiberglass canopy that I've had for a while). One of the stock wooden blades splintered. (A nice excuse to put on the carbon fiber blades). The spindle twisted like a noodle. That didn't surprise me after seeing how small it is compared to other 450-sized helis. No other discernable damage.

A pretty tough little bird, and to survive close to two years of abuse with no issues what so ever, I have no complaints.

I'll have it back in the air as soon as the new spindles arrive. I might as well change the dampers, too.

Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450

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09-03-2009 01:18 AM  8 years agoPost 2
briangp

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Good deal! I may buy one yet. I just sheered off my center hub on my CP Pro2 tonight, not looking forward to dismantling the entire head to fix it.

I need one of those to fly in my office. Tried to fly my .90 in there but man is my wife pissed now!

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09-03-2009 12:58 PM  8 years agoPost 3
gmcullan

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I bought the Blade 400 PNP when it first came out with the idea of keeping the electronics and selling the airframe. Just for the fun of it, I decided to put a receiver into it and see how it flew. Without touching a thing and doing nothing more than setting it up on my DX7 as noted in the instruction manual, if flew great.

And has been flying great until I stuffed it into the wall. It was one of those times when you know it's going to hit, even though you've tried to make corrective inputs. I was laughing and calling myself a "dumb a$$" even before impact.

I've flown R/C since the late 60's. So I accept the risk of crashing as part of the game. I'm satisfied with how long this heli has held up as well as the low expense of getting it back into the air.

Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450

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09-03-2009 01:14 PM  8 years agoPost 4
DougsRC

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I'm satisfied with how long this heli has held up as well as the low expense of getting it back into the air.
I am really enjoying mine as well gm. Parts are always in stock at my local Hobby shop and HeliDirect. Just ordered the cnc see-saw which seems to be a weak link in the head but I'm leaving all the other head parts stock.

The only thing about it I don't like is it has a kind of a "grinding sound" to it --- much different than other heli's I've flown. Almost sounds like it is going to Explode but it doesn't

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09-03-2009 05:48 PM  8 years agoPost 5
gmcullan

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I have to agree on the sound. It is a distinctive one. But then again, my Mini Titan and my 2 T-Rex helis have their own sound. I suspect it has something to do with the power train and that each family of helis will have their own distinctive sound.

Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450

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09-03-2009 10:08 PM  8 years agoPost 6
dwight2k

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You know I had the same grinding noise in my B400 but for some odd crazy reason it went away after I changed to Carbon Fiber blades. Another thing I did was shaved all the edges of my T/R blades. I dont know maybe the weight of the Carbon fibers makes a difference.

IT'S NOT 3D I'M TRYING TO GET IT UNDER CONTROL

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09-06-2009 01:11 PM  8 years agoPost 7
gmcullan

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Repair parts were delivered yesterday and it was back in the air last evening. I replaced the spindle, dampers, main rotor blades, and canopy. Only hovering and gentle flight last evening, as I was under the back flood-lights. It will get more of a workout later this morning.

Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450

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09-07-2009 03:18 AM  8 years agoPost 8
gmcullan

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I put two LiPo packs through it today. Other than a turn of a link to pull in blade tracking, all is fine. Under the flood lights the tracking looked OK. Not so in daylight! All is good now.

Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450

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09-08-2009 02:09 PM  8 years agoPost 9
dwight2k

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I put mine in the ground yesterday with no damage at all surprisingly. I finally got out of the hovering only, and doing small turns. Yesterday my buddy was watching me going wo wo wo give me some distance b/c I never flew like I did b4. Dont know where the confidence came from but I was even flying towards myself at top speed popping up and a careful turn around. I did that around 3 times. The forth time however I turned to the left after my down wind and after hearing my motor screaming to gain altitude everyone turned around b/c that's a popular sound b4 you crash. Gained altitude while I was still in my turn around 1 1/2 foot off the ground but not quite high enough to avoid the tall grass. Luckily I was turning back to the right when I went in and went in skid first and cleared a little grass area while doing a dynamic rollover. No dame blade were even better tracked after that so I got up and did it all again. Also be ware of gnats they are evil. They never bother me till am flying. I was hovering then one was biting my hand so I put the heli down and pulled my RPM down to 50% of what I used to hover so it was going very slow. Smacked the gnat next thing I know my new carbon fibers were chopping into the ground. Punk @$$ gnats.

IT'S NOT 3D I'M TRYING TO GET IT UNDER CONTROL

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09-08-2009 05:37 PM  8 years agoPost 10
gmcullan

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Man, I hear you on the bugs. It's like they know when you are tied up and can't swat them.

Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450

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