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09-06-2003 11:30 PM  14 years agoPost 1
RotoChopper

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the UP of Michigan

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I noticed today when i was looking at the blades on my Heli, 600mm wood blades was that the covering was craking at the seam on the trailing blade edge is this a dager now?

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09-07-2003 04:37 AM  14 years agoPost 2
Airman98

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Southern Illinois

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I would guess it will not be long before the covering comes off. If you have not had this happen before it is very exciting when it does.

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09-11-2003 04:45 PM  14 years agoPost 3
groundeffect

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Canada

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I have been running TT woodies ( 550's ) on my raptor since day one ( am soon moving to FG and CF to try ). So, the TT blade covering used to rip off all the time. Usually the tips would get ripped in transport... I did cover the ends with ultracoat plane covering. It worked out well.

Dean

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09-16-2003 07:32 PM  14 years agoPost 4
AndyH

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Rockledge, FL

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Can you monokote the entire blade? Will it hold up?

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09-17-2003 11:58 AM  14 years agoPost 5
groundeffect

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Canada

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Well, its harder to do the tips, but yes you can, it will in fact stick and stick well. Dont forget to rip all the covering off the blade before appling the covering.

If you just wanted to install the covering in a straight sheet you can, just make sure the curves on the each end are covered with a ligh cote of fuel proof paint or light epoxy or similar.

Balance the blades, and then fly!

Oh, another note would be to install the covering such that the overlap layer is facing towards the trailing edge ( following from leading edge to trailing edge ), such that there is even less a chance the covering will come off in flight under the air flow.


hope that helps,
Dean

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09-17-2003 12:17 PM  14 years agoPost 6
RoDnSuE

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Norton, Virginia

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Anyone ever use heatshrink such as the type used for making battery packs?

Thanks,
Rod

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09-17-2003 07:46 PM  14 years agoPost 7
Richard

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Scottish Borders, U.K.

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When the covering on my woodies rip and I lose a piece in flight, I just cyno the edge and fuel proof the bare wood l with thin cyno. Re balance and fly, never had any problems doing FFF or loops,stall turns.

Richard

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