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09-08-2003 03:39 AM  14 years agoPost 1
yapjy

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Hi,
I have been flying my Sceadu since last year November with zero incidents. After 10 months of abuse, she finally gave up on me. One of the tail blade grips broke off in flight. The tail belt pulley also wore out until the surface is smooth. The infamous chicken dance was performed eventually.
I guess the crash was mechanical failure rather then flying judgement.

How often do you overhaul your helicopter?

Where do you check your heli for the regular wear and tear?

I'm quite embrassed because I was giving a flight demostration to a visitor when this happened.

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09-08-2003 03:52 AM  14 years agoPost 2
riprocop

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After a Crash..!!

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09-08-2003 03:54 AM  14 years agoPost 3
Airman98

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10 months with no crash. Thats the problem you need to crash every couple of months then all the parts will get replaced on a regular basis.

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09-08-2003 04:15 AM  14 years agoPost 4
pchuckie

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Folks just need to face the fact that every heli has a born on date as well as a death date. It will happen sooner or later, if you baby it you won't learn as fast.

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09-08-2003 05:09 AM  14 years agoPost 5
Xcell_24

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Overhaul?

If it aint broke...Dont fix it!!!

I have a 100% success rate, a couple of rough landings but never crashed.

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09-08-2003 05:19 AM  14 years agoPost 6
jameswilliam

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Yapjy don't worry!

Sad to see your heli came down, But ones it fix everything sure be OK! Just change the parts that is damage and you will be flying again.
Jameswilliam

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09-08-2003 07:29 AM  14 years agoPost 7
yapjy

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F*%K...the repair cost goes up to S$350!!!!!

Quite true, if you crash often enough, the parts will be changed constantly. So the problem of wear and tear parts will be minimised.

Damn....is it wrong not to crash???

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09-08-2003 08:59 AM  14 years agoPost 8
jameswilliam

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Yapjy $350 is from singapore hobby Jonny side or from cayber heli? Have you check with tham yet?

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09-08-2003 09:20 AM  14 years agoPost 9
Ringomtb

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do a search , there was a poll running last month or the previous on this topic

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09-08-2003 09:53 AM  14 years agoPost 10
kang

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yapjy,

Why not top-up another S$300 and get a new Evo. Everything will be new. No worries for maintainence for the next 10 months?

Anyway, didn't expect the crash to came up to be so much. Don't forget to look into the throttle arm of the OS......

Seeya!

Kang

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09-08-2003 12:31 PM  14 years agoPost 11
w.pasman

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Major overhaul here every year (cant fly during winter anyway, my fingers would get stiff before the engine runs).
Get every part out, clean all bearings, check and clean engine, all servos are checked by Futaba, etc.

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09-08-2003 03:46 PM  14 years agoPost 12
yapjy

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James,
I bought the parts from SHS. It's S$266. Can't imagine that the 3rd bearing block is gone too. Anyway, I replace almost every part that can wear out except the bearings. That's why it's abit high.
Then the FRP blades is about $35 from S&S.
And then the engine heat sink from RotorHobby for $40 plus.
With the miscellanous parts, total about S$350.

Major overhaul. But considering that I have about 10 months of flying on that heli, the repair cost is fair enough. Now I can understand why some people sell off their heli when it's around 1/2 a year old.

Kang, I did consider buying a new Evo. But....it's a waste for the rest of the parts that still can be used. Yes, I will polish the carb needle.

Hope that she can reborn and flies as good as before.

Please check out my post under Hirobo section about the wear on the tail pulley.

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09-08-2003 04:36 PM  14 years agoPost 13
Ben-T-Spindle

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Most helicopters will fly 500 to 1000 flights without maintenance. The cleaner it is the less ware you will have. If you over oil it the oil just attracts dirt and it actually wares faster.

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09-08-2003 07:16 PM  14 years agoPost 14
rcadd1ct

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I go through mine every ten gallons

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

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09-08-2003 07:39 PM  14 years agoPost 15
da_man

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Central NC

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If I like how my helicopter flies I don't change anything unless something shows obvious signs of breaking or wearing.

Sometimes things happen that are odd . If anyone does maintain their heli, who changes the tail grip anyway.

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09-08-2003 08:26 PM  14 years agoPost 16
w.pasman

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I dont think the raptor 50 is such a machine capable of flying 1000 flights without maintenance. Especially metal shafts running in metal bearings tend to wear out quickly, that is a few hundred flights. I have had several shafts (main, starter shaft, one way bearing) and alu-on-metal parts (main shaft lock ring, fan on engine) being worn out. It starts with some play, and the play will quickly grow larger and return quickly as well after you retightened it.
Maybe if you loctite the metal to the bearings they might last longer, but then you have a big problem when it comes at repairs (crash, opening up to reach some other part, etc)
Last major overhaul I found 17 bearings were less than perfect and I replaced them (of the 49 in total). That's after some 200 flights I make in a year. Probably part of these 17 were already bad when I put in new ones the year before. I hope that my bearings will last longer now, as I have a "the greaser" to make sure they have enough grease at least.

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09-08-2003 09:23 PM  14 years agoPost 17
rcadd1ct

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I changed out all the bearings and my belt after the 10th gallon. All else looked good.

Wouldn't you know it the next weekend I dumb thumbed it in and had to replace the same bearings again.

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

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09-09-2003 06:42 AM  14 years agoPost 18
jameswilliam

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singapore

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Next time do it........

Yapjy that why I do a checking everytime on the day before I go to flying. It help me and to know my heli if thay is any wear or tear and can be change it before the flight.Do that and you would' t go wrong next time. And it will save your money too even so is about 10 months old heli O.K.!................
KoKo: Jameswilliam

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