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12-16-2003 04:16 AM  13 years agoPost 1
donswords

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Huntington Beach, Ca

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I was flying the HB in the living room tonight. It has white glass blades. It dropped toward an ottoman with stuff on it and crashed. I saw a chunk of white material fly into the fireplace and thought great, 30 bucks for new blades. Turns out I had left a white golf tee on the ottoman and the blades slapped it into the fireplace. Relief! Dangerous object stayed out of my skull and blades are fine. Garage. Safety Glasses. Good idea.

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12-16-2003 02:20 PM  13 years agoPost 2
blueeyedpop

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westlake village, CA

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I loved my glass blades ( note past tense form of love )...

I have found myself getting more and more ambitious, and have now promised myself no more indoor flights. The (GMS?) fiberglass blades are a gel-coat skin, fiberglass cloth, and glass bead filler seam, with a balsa spar. My first and second blade strike revealed damage on the middle of the trailing edge. My 3rd was a disaster, which is how I know exactly how they are constructed...

I now fly in the warehouse at work, have been warned about the extensive fire-sprinkler network, and much prefer to fly outdoors on nice safe grass.

Mike

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12-16-2003 03:04 PM  13 years agoPost 3
rons_29445

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South Carolina

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Good Ol Grass

isn't so safe either.
I lost my tail rotor yesterday while in the backyard.
It did a hard tail landing and Zing! there goes a tail rotor blade. I suppose due to the tail support rod just flapping around.

I was able to CA the blade back on the mount, but havent tested it to see if it will hold.
I do have a crash kit too.

Ron

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12-16-2003 04:25 PM  13 years agoPost 4
blueeyedpop

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westlake village, CA

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I have CA'd tailblades back on with the addition of fine filament tape. Without it, they like to "zing" by themselves.

Mike

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12-17-2003 04:32 PM  13 years agoPost 5
xbox

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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I have about 6 spare rotor blades...all without exception having been glued back together.

I find that medium thickness CA ideal for gluing them back together and then add a piece of tape over the crack to prevent a blade flying off in the event that the CA fails during a crash.

Since the tail rotors are so light and head speed relatively low, I have no fear of using glued/fixed tail rotor blades and have never had one fail in flight...unless of course I was in the middle of crashing.

I'm not sure if I would want to run with glued/fixed main rotors though...I had one hit me at full throttle the other day and those things carry a lot of energy.

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12-17-2003 06:33 PM  13 years agoPost 6
R Hudson

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Denver, CO

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I don't mean to be a jerk, BUT.........you are taking a chance every time you fly repaired blades.

Once the blade integrity has been compromised(crash), they are no longer reliable.

I know, I know....Nobody wants to replace their blades after each crash, but you take a chance re-using crashed/repaired blades.

Just food for thought..................

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12-17-2003 08:42 PM  13 years agoPost 7
ROT8

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Montréal, Canada

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R Hudson;

You read my mind...

Don.

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12-17-2003 11:10 PM  13 years agoPost 8
ChrisMG

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Glasgow, Scotland

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I have repaired my tail rotor blades by CA glue
i further applied pourus micropore tape over the bit i glued and soaked this in epoxy resin then i applied another layer of tape over the previous one. I repeated this several times and it has hardened up well
and im pretty sure the tailblades will break somwhere else before my repair work fails. BUT i would definatley not CA main rotor blades as these are under considerably more force, and for them to snap in flight would be extremley dangerous.

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