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› MS CF Hornet blades installed!!!!!!!!!!!!
09-02-2003 09:15 PM  14 years agoPost 1
wedge

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Just put on the FP CF Hornet blades all I can say is WOW!!!!! I ve only hovered it a short time inside, but wow what a difference, much higher head speed, and WAY MORE STABLE IN HOVER its rock solid, much easier to hold it in the same spot no more moving around slightly in the hover easier to control with the higher head speed. I am so glad I put these on. I would highly reccomend these to anyone. I opted to drill the blades out and install them under the head, I think it makes a better install.


Wedge

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09-03-2003 01:38 AM  14 years agoPost 2
thead

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i have a pair, just waiting to put them on, i just lost two big peices out of my stock blades from a nice hover into my dining room table. so i think its a good time to put them cf hornet blades on. some guys say they are only good for outside? also after u drilled out hole bigger did u use a longer bolt with a nut to hold them on?

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09-03-2003 03:02 AM  14 years agoPost 3
AtomHeartMother

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They are awesome blades. Keep in mind though, they'll do more damage to whatever you run into in the house. That's why some prefer to fly them outside. The weak point is where they bolt on. If you break one, that's where it will break. There's very little material around the bolt hole. I wish they'd make them with a more beefy mounting area.
Anyway, you'll love them aside from those minor points. I'm experimenting with redrilling bolt holes on busted blades. The problem is getting the pitch correct since the pitch is twisted into the very root end of the blade. I've had some success with this, but continue to experiment. I'm too tight to pitch a set of busted carbon fiber blades...

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09-03-2003 05:00 AM  14 years agoPost 4
Astro30

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I drilled my first set but just broke it the other day, as AtomHeartMother said, right at the thin edges... I'm ordering another set but for now I'm running the fiberglass ones, this time I'm going to just bolt it up top without drilling the hole out. I'm using the stock plastic head, then a home made head stiffener on top of it which will also help reinforcement of the blades. I have the aluminum head too, I was weary about mounting the cf blades to them initially just because it's so solid and felt it would have more of a chance of breakage in a crash but it broke with the stock head so I might as well use the aluminum one, plus it looks really nice, when I get the cf blades, I think I'll mount em on there... I bet the hbird cf blades would almost never break, I too wish they made the root end of the hornet blades thicker...

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09-03-2003 05:01 AM  14 years agoPost 5
Randall

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Drilling out the hole on the CF Hornet blades is definitely the easier way to go, but it also weakens the most structurally critical part of the blades.
Frankly a fear of botching the drill job and ruining the these brand new, $40 CF blades, motivated me to find a way to mount them on top.
Here are some pictures of how I mounted mine http://www.southokanagan.biz/hornetblades/
I am planning on makeing myself a small aluminium head stiffener when I can find the right piece of scrap aluminium to make it out of.
Then the blades will be sandwiched in between the head stiffener and the head.

Unfortunately I can't comment too much on the performance of these Hornet blades as I had a servo failure, then my motor died right after I installed them. Now I'm waiting for my Razor V2 brushless motor and Phoenix 10 ESC to arrive.

Waiting & Waiting & Waiting

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09-03-2003 05:17 AM  14 years agoPost 6
wedge

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yes you use a longer bolt with a locknut.

Wedge

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09-03-2003 03:13 PM  14 years agoPost 7
stevem

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They do really transform it into a much better heli don't they?

My first set, which I flew for months were mounted on the top. I flew for months this way with the bolt simply through the blade mount. No mods. Then for the heck of it, I installed a bit of aluminum tube as a bushing. Still a bit of slop, but no vibration and I a bit more forgiving on the inside of the mounting hole.

Then I decided to give teh holes a ream and fit them under the head. I was very careful, got the holes reamed really well, added thin CA several times to reinforce it. I broke them on my first or second flight out in a very minor tip-over! Broke right at the mounting hole.

I would not recommend drilling or reaming them. Mounting on the top has worked very well and no breaks. I am on my second set. I am wondering if I can drill the broken set for use in a CP head....

Have fun with them. Probably the best single upgrade you can do, especially with the new kits and the 370 motor that they are supplying.

Steve

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