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02-19-2014 02:51 AM  3 years agoPost 1
gmcullan

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My wife bought an Align 500E 450-sized fuselage for my birthday. While unpacking it, I slipped with it and it fell nose down to the floor, shattering the canopy. Talk about feeling dumb, crashed it and never even got to build it or fly it.

I've had no luck finding a source for a replacement canopy. Do you have any suggestions?

Thanks for your help!

Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450

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02-19-2014 03:11 AM  3 years agoPost 2
Double E

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Try looking in the classifieds or posting a WTB ad.

You could always give RC Aerodyne a call and see if they could order a replacement for you. I think the majority of the scale fuselages are coming out of one or two factories in China and they may be able to get you a replacement ordered.

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02-19-2014 03:12 AM  3 years agoPost 3
JEEPWORLD2002/2

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That bring new meaning to the term dumb thumbs sorry about the free fall

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02-20-2014 06:18 AM  3 years agoPost 4
spy29

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there are no replacements,,buy a new body and use what u have as the spare parts.

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02-24-2014 02:02 AM  3 years agoPost 5
gmcullan

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Here are some photos of the damage. My plan is to tape the canopy back together from the outside, reinforce the cracks from inside with lightweight cloth and resin, repaint the white areas, and then mask and spray the formerly clear areas a dark smoky gray so they look like heavily tinted wondows.

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02-24-2014 08:21 PM  3 years agoPost 6
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Gerry, sorry to see this. Just a thought-If your wife purchased this with a credit card it may have automatically come with a purchase protection policy. Some cards come with these policies as benefits and very well might cover this damage. I have used this in the past successfully. Certainly worth a call to the distributor of the card.

Just this past summer when my uncle came for a visit the windshield of his rental car was destroyed and since he used a credit card I had him call and it had a protection policy which paid his auto insurance deductible for the glass!

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02-24-2014 11:18 PM  3 years agoPost 7
gmcullan

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She paid cash for it at a little hobby shop that we found while traveling. It was completely out of character for everything else in the shop. The owner brought it in for a customer that wanted it but never came back to make the purchase. Based on what she paid for it versus list price, my guess is that she got it for just a couple of dollars over cost.

I'll get it repaired and flyable, and hopefully still looking good.

Gerry Cullan,
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07-02-2014 03:40 PM  3 years agoPost 8
gmcullan

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I took the nose and taped it back together from the outside as best I could. I then reinforced the inside with some lightweight glass cloth and epoxy resin. After all was set and cured, I lightly primered the outside and started sanding to see where the flaws were hiding.

Gerry Cullan,
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07-02-2014 03:45 PM  3 years agoPost 9
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Continuing with sanding and priming:

Gerry Cullan,
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07-02-2014 03:51 PM  3 years agoPost 10
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And even more sanding and primering!

Gerry Cullan,
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07-02-2014 03:53 PM  3 years agoPost 11
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For Sale

I have a New in the box Align 450 500E fuse I would make you a good deal on...???? Thanks! Mark

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07-02-2014 03:56 PM  3 years agoPost 12
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Resulted in this. The windows areas have been masked and will be gray once the white areas have been sprayed that the whole unit clear coated.

Gerry Cullan,
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07-02-2014 04:16 PM  3 years agoPost 13
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And this is the sort of final results. I say sort of, as the "whites" didn't match between the fuselage and the canopy sections. I shot the initial white over the gray primer, and this darkness showed through in the finished item. I subsequently remasked the window areas, shot bright white primer, and then redid the white and clear coat. While not exact, the end result was extremely close. In flight, the gray window areas don't detract (too much!) from the finished appearance.

Gerry Cullan,
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07-03-2014 01:40 AM  3 years agoPost 14
rcheli808

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Nice job Gerry

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07-03-2014 02:28 AM  3 years agoPost 15
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Good work, great attitude.

Enjoy things that money can buy IF you don't lose the things money can't buy.

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07-03-2014 04:21 AM  3 years agoPost 16
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I gotta say, nice recovery from a bad situation and it only cost you some FG and paint...not bad It's cool when folks think outside of the box Plus, the added benefit is that you can fly the pants off it and not worry about damages. That's a win/win in my book!
Barry

All helis and planes have an expiration date stamped on them...you only find it after you crash!!

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07-03-2014 07:39 PM  3 years agoPost 17
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I almost forgot to mention another little modification that I made while I was repairing the front canopy. As originally installed, I didn't like the way that the pushrod went through the tail boom. The heli flew with a twitchy tail, sort of like the rod would catch and release. I installed a new tail control system comprised of Goldberg "Goldenrod". I made 20 test flights in pod & boom configuration. Tail response was smooth and solid. So this is the tail rotor control installed in my final version of this fuselage.

Gerry Cullan,
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07-03-2014 08:45 PM  3 years agoPost 18
coptercptn

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yep golden rods have been the answer for many years on my fleet.. can't beat em'!!!!

Home of the "Sea Cobra".....

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07-03-2014 09:06 PM  3 years agoPost 19
rcheli808

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Isn't it a great feeling when you know there is a better way to do something and when you make the change it works...

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07-04-2014 04:38 PM  3 years agoPost 20
Mojave

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I second what Jim said on the goldenrod. When you use it in a bigger heli it can squirm a bit, so it has to be supported well along the run down the tail boom. I also add a long piece of solid carbon rod down the center of the inner piece. This gives it a lot of rigidity. You don't need the carbon rod when you run it in a small heli.
Barry

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