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09-04-2003 01:34 AM  14 years agoPost 1
derbyparty

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Lexington,In.

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Hello, Is it just me or does everyone have a bitch of a time trying to see the color of tracking tape so they can tell wich blade is higher. I got my heli tracked close but it is still far enough out that when I look strait at the disk in a hover I can see to bade tips. But for the life of me I cant tell wich color is higher. I am a tad on the color blind side so I have had like 4 ppl watch and they all say thay cant tell. I am using the yellow and black tape that came with my revolution woddies.

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09-04-2003 01:43 AM  14 years agoPost 2
sled head

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Higgins lake Mi.

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blade tape

I found that you may not even use the tape so all I do is move one blade 1/2 turn in either direction just remember which blade and which direction it's either going to be better or worse. If it's better , great!!! If its worse than go back to the same blade and move it back and then one more 1/2 turn. I learned on a concept and was always retracking the blades and I found this was the easiest method.

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09-04-2003 01:51 AM  14 years agoPost 3
vortechZ230

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U.S.A.

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I just mark one blade control rod with a marker, and adjust this blade a half or one turn at a time, takes a little longer, but works well for me, I have a heck of a time with the tape also.....

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09-04-2003 02:00 AM  14 years agoPost 4
MooseLoad

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Charleston AFB, SC

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I just use black marker and color about 1~2 inches of the tip on one blade black. Easy to see the shorter or longer blade. Thats the blade I use to set the pitch with and only make adjustments to the other blade to bring it into track.

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09-04-2003 02:02 AM  14 years agoPost 5
KJH

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Interlochen, MI

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Same here, DerbyParty. I mark a blade and adjust. Usually a turn or two of the ball link will get you there. If hover speed is way off now, adjust throttle/pitch curves on the radio.

-Kevin

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09-04-2003 02:11 AM  14 years agoPost 6
RobG

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Duncan BC. Canada

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Use clear tape on one blade and black (or whatever) tape on the other.
Works like a charm
Rob

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09-04-2003 03:28 AM  14 years agoPost 7
psawya

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Woodinville, WA

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I mark on blade grip and blade to index them together. During set up this is the blade I do all my pitch readings from. I make the other blade so that it is close but don't get too concerned with it. During run up for tracking, I only adjust the unmarked blade. This way I know that my pitch set up stays constant and I am only adjusting for tracking without effecting my pitch settings. The reason for marking the blade grip is so that if you remove the blades, you know where to put them back on.

With this method, you don't even need to use tracking tape, just adjust your unmarked blade and if the tracking gets worse, adjust the other way.

Pete

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09-04-2003 02:42 PM  14 years agoPost 8
gasbag

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Hicksville L.I.

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If you are running Black Blades I have the best solution. I use a 2" strip of white tape on one blade and a 2" strip on neon pink or orange on the other blade. The trick is to line the strips up so they are in the exact position out on each blade. when flying, if the pink blade is high it will appear to be its natural color. If it is low the tape will appear white. when its perfect it will appear a light shade of pink.

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09-04-2003 02:46 PM  14 years agoPost 9
Doug

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Port Saint Luice Florida....

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"Master" grip and trial and error. leaves no tape on the blades

First member of Member of Bearings Anonymous

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09-04-2003 04:43 PM  14 years agoPost 10
Buzzin Brian

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College Station, Texas

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I basicly do mine the same as psawya. It works like a charm, and there is no need for tape at all. As a matter of fact I just did that today to a friend of mines bird. For some reason he thought it should be more difficult than it was. When I am first setting a machine up though, I set one blade to the pitch settings I want. Then I spin the head around and get the other blade exactly the same. In most cases I have found that there were no tracking issues at all when I got to the field with my new machine. Works for me.

Build it, fly it, crash it. Repeat as often as needed.

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09-05-2003 12:53 AM  14 years agoPost 11
Ivan

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Hutchinson Kansas

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I usually don't get enough time on a heli to track the blades, They get bent befoer I get that far

Ivan

I came, I saw, I hovered

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09-05-2003 04:33 AM  14 years agoPost 12
Airman98

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Southern Illinois

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I use the no tape method. Just move the one blade up or down until the blades track.

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09-05-2003 05:16 AM  14 years agoPost 13
Spencer K

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Phoenix, Az

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if you do use tape, i wouldnt use black. pick a different color so you can see it. if you ever look at something black spinning, you cant see it. we have a mesh pool fence and we chose black because it is more transparent (almost invisible). with the white mesh, you can barely see thru it. try it, lemme know!

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09-05-2003 06:54 PM  14 years agoPost 14
MooseLoad

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Charleston AFB, SC

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Because you cant see black is EXACTLY why I use black marker. Color the tip black, and if the blades are out of track you will see a short one and a long one. Once they are in track, a little alcohol takes the marker right off...no sticky tape mess or any worries of changing the balance of the blades.

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