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HelicopterMain Discussion › Use or not? Chipped main blade.
09-03-2003 04:08 PM  14 years agoPost 1
RoDnSuE

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Hi all,
I have a JR Voyager E that I purchsed used and it has a small chip/split in one of the main blades. It's only about 1/2 long and I am pretty sure CA would fix it. I'm new to heli's and just wanted to get some opinions first. Would this screw up the ballance if I repaired it with CA.
Mainly, would it be a danger. I'm attaching a couple of pictures.

Thanks,
Rod

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09-03-2003 04:25 PM  14 years agoPost 2
MooseLoad

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umm....NOT. Pick up some new blades...you're just asking for trouble with that.

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09-03-2003 04:28 PM  14 years agoPost 3
Raffy

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No! Those wood blades are inexpensive!

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09-03-2003 04:51 PM  14 years agoPost 4
Roger Hamilton

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I agree with davidh, don't going rushing out to buy new blades yet, they should repair ok as described above.

I had a Voyager e and the stresses generated buy this machine at that end of the blade will be minimal. Don't forget to rebalance once you've carried out the repair.

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09-03-2003 05:04 PM  14 years agoPost 5
Flyshuttle

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Personally i would put them in the bin and buy some new ones. Fair enough it just looks like the blade tips but you can't see the rest of the blade and other potential damage there is or know for definite how the damage occured.

For the sake of £20, your own safety and the safety of others i would put new ones on.

Jon.

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09-03-2003 05:11 PM  14 years agoPost 6
helimechanic

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I would bin them as they are off a used heli and you will not know their history. Yeah, if you caused the damage yourself via a low impact accident and were happy with the repair then go for it and fix them. Wood blades are cheap, crashes are not.

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09-03-2003 05:27 PM  14 years agoPost 7
DOKEY

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Looks like just tip damage, but what if the blade was highly stressed or banged to get that damage ? could of put a fracture else where that you cant see !! (Not likely by the look of it, BUT . . . .)

Is it worth it ? Not in my books.


Ryan.

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09-03-2003 05:55 PM  14 years agoPost 8
Doug

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Fix it and fly it until you use it up. That is a low/no stress area watch the balance agter repair.

First member of Member of Bearings Anonymous

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09-03-2003 05:59 PM  14 years agoPost 9
Jagboy69

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I wouldnt.... woodies are 20 bucks for a new set... why chance it?

Jason /// Sceadu50/9chp WWW.Jagboy69.com

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09-03-2003 06:03 PM  14 years agoPost 10
patternfly

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fix it, fly it, done it many many times, as long as it's just the tip you'll be fine, however, blades with any dings, or cracks that are more than 2inches into the blade should be discarded.

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09-03-2003 06:11 PM  14 years agoPost 11
flyboy

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I will answer that question with a quote from Saturday Night lives skit "Deep thoughts"

"Wear a rubber...............When is the next time I will be back in Haiti?"

Brought to you by our sponsor, BAD IDEA JEANS.

Thanks, Flyboy

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09-03-2003 06:24 PM  14 years agoPost 12
TexasAirMedic

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just to clarify, that was not in a "Deep Thoughts" segment .. simply an ad parody of Bad Idea jeans ..

If God didn't want us to eat animals, why'd he make 'em out of meat ?!

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09-03-2003 09:20 PM  14 years agoPost 13
Raffy

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As a beginner, learn to maintain your equipment in good condition. As you become an expert, you would not want to have a habit of flying patched up helis!

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09-03-2003 10:59 PM  14 years agoPost 14
m1ke1

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I would replace the blade for 20 - $30 it is well worth it cost of a crash and time to rebuild it is priceless.

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09-03-2003 11:52 PM  14 years agoPost 15
rcadd1ct

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Um...the lead weight is close to the tip.

The forces trying to sling that lead weight out are unbelievable.

Buy a new set. It is cheap insurance. You don't know how far up that crack goes.

And do your taxes some other time! Buy blades and go fly!

-RCA .......... Making Cuisinarts Fly!!!!!!!

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09-04-2003 07:34 AM  14 years agoPost 16
suthunboi

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Hey Texasair,


That is funny!
If we're not supposed to eat animals, why are they made out of meat ????

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09-04-2003 09:16 AM  14 years agoPost 17
Phil_Mart

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It all comes down to personnel choice at the end of the day. Its easy to say buy a new set, its only 20 (£, $). But thats another 20 (£, $) amidst all the other expense, not to mention paying the mortgage and feeding the family.

Personally I've repaired and recovered woodies in far worse condition than that, and no the lead isn't real close to the tip, its much further down the blade. Also its on the leading edge, not the trailing! I've also got a pair of carbons on my hawk, been flying them for 8 months now, perfect and with no problems. Except the first day out with them, flying in the car park I ground the tips off with a doggy landing. Cleaned the tips up and re-filled them with some resin and re-shaped them, balanced up and flying the next day

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09-04-2003 09:42 AM  14 years agoPost 18
RappyTappy

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Thats really no big deal at all. I doubt those blades will be competing in a XFC championship or something and the most stress these blades will probably see is when they hit the ground eventually.

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09-04-2003 10:46 AM  14 years agoPost 19
mojojo

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Wood Blade Experiment

If Your Heli's worth more than $20 I would get new blades.
Or bring a camera So we can get the crash on film That heli will look kool spaying little wood and plastic parts everywhere.
Oh Don't forget your safety glasses Helmit and Flack jacket. and leave the kids at home

Joe Miller

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09-04-2003 11:48 AM  14 years agoPost 20
PaulBowen

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I had a lead weight come out of a cheap set of FRP blades and it was as funny as a kick in the head.

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