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04-02-2005 01:51 PM  13 years agoPost 1
Henrik Engert

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Last Sunday my EVO was put to rest. A screw that holds the tail came loose while hovering inverted, spun out of control and had to be put to rest before it hurt someone. Totally destroyed.

After flying 7 years, this was my first ever crasch. Feels strange.

Image of EVO

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04-02-2005 02:51 PM  13 years agoPost 2
bigblock

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Sorry to see that, what screw came loose??

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04-02-2005 03:21 PM  13 years agoPost 3
Leif

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Hinke,

That's not even close to totally destroyed. In fact, I consider that a minor furball.

Order a new tail, shafts and a new set of blades and you'll be up and at 'em again. The engine, drive train, electronics, canopy, fuel system, and most of the head parts seem to be intact. Can't see the end of the tail, but based on the rest of the damage I'll wager that the tail belt and most of the tail end parts also survived.

Obviously you're not crashing enough. Crashes give you better experience with damage estimates. With your seven year dry spell, you're obviously out of practice!

Leif

P.S. Sorry to hear about the crash. Seriously though, a few spare parts and it'll be good as new.

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04-02-2005 03:50 PM  13 years agoPost 4
Jamovich

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heh
Yea that is a medium crash at most hehe

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04-02-2005 03:59 PM  13 years agoPost 5
Ted Toth

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you're obviously out of practice!

I am not

sorry to hear about your crash
look into the repair cost
you may be pleasantly surprised

.

You don't stop laughing because you grow old, you grow old because you stopped laughing.

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04-02-2005 04:19 PM  13 years agoPost 6
Henrik Engert

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Hi
The head is destroyed, seesaw, spindle, yoke, bladegrips. Frame is cracked, servotray is cracked. Boom is bent, one tailblade holder is destroyed, mainmast bent + more. Gears on pitchservo are destroyed (9206).

It was the setscrew that sits at the very end of the tailshaft that came loose.

Damage on the helicopter alone is priced at around 1200 SEK = $171

I will now concentrate on my Freya XSpec for the rest of the season

-Henrik

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04-02-2005 04:59 PM  13 years agoPost 7
Tek

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Does not look to bad. I did worst on my last crash.

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04-02-2005 08:08 PM  13 years agoPost 8
Leif

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Hinke,

Crashing is part of the hobby, whether due to dumb thumbs or some mechanical failure. Good job going so long without ditching a heli. This shows uncommon care and good maintenance.

Just don't get discouraged from one crash. Just realize that there will be other crashes that could cost quite a bit more. Even a minor incident with the X-Spec could cost more than rebuilding your Evo. Considering that most of the '50 parts survived, you could also just buy and Evo 30 kit entirely and rebuild from that. It would leave a good collection of extra parts for future use.

Usually, I have a break-point. Anything crash that will cost more than 50% of the kit price and I'll go for a new kit... at least the first time. This builds up a collection of spare parts of all those "little" things that together cost a bundle when purchased individually. Here in the US you can get the Evo30 kit for just a bit over $300.

Good luck. The Evo is too nice a heli to bury after one crash, even if it seems like a bad one.

Leif

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04-02-2005 09:04 PM  13 years agoPost 9
ddang

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Same exact thing happen to me. Fix it right up...but now I even add a little super glue to that tail screws.

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04-02-2005 11:16 PM  13 years agoPost 10
mrNoodles

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Hinke
Buy a EVO conversion kit, contains frames and head and tail parts.
Doesnt look to bad, servogears is cheap, you need a 'trasher' heli once you starts practicing FAI with your XSpec.

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04-03-2005 07:13 AM  13 years agoPost 11
Henrik Engert

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Hi
Yep, I thought about the conversion set again. It was cheap.

I am very careful and don't take too many risks, that's why I have not crashed until now. It was bound to happen

I am already practicing for the competition in May, so that's why the EVO has to wait.

The EVO will fly again....

-Hinke

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04-04-2005 10:51 PM  13 years agoPost 12
KenHeli

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The Set Screw
Sorry about the crash.


Yeah, I think we've gotta be careful with set screw, think
it's 3x5.
For me, it went missing on the first day I ever started my engine
for break-in.
After that, I put a lot of RED loctite on it and check it frequently.

+++Ken KIN Heli+++

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04-04-2005 11:28 PM  13 years agoPost 13
joeskeeter

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Which screw is it?
Theres a bunch on the tail.

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04-05-2005 06:56 AM  13 years agoPost 14
Henrik Engert

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Hi
There is only one setscrew holding the tailrotor onto the tailshaft. This is the one that was so loose after the crash that I was able to push the tailrotor in and out.

-Hinke

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04-06-2005 06:33 PM  13 years agoPost 15
Jarno

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I am already practicing for the competition in May, so that's why the EVO has to wait.
Gee...you're already practising for Grensecup? Baaaad. I can barely do some flying every now and then as there's so much snow left on the ground and weather su..ks big time.

Oh, I'm sorry for your loss.

Cheers

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04-06-2005 08:32 PM  13 years agoPost 16
Henrik Engert

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Hi
Jarno,

Are you coming to Gränscupen?

We have grass here in the souther part, but you cna never trust the April weather

-Hinke

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04-06-2005 08:57 PM  13 years agoPost 17
Jarno

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Yep I'm coming to Gränsecupen. It's always fun to visit Gothenburg every other year

As for the grass...I heard that from my buddy too! He recently moved to Gothenburg and keeps praising the weather

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04-07-2005 01:56 PM  13 years agoPost 18
ints

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Hello Hinke,

Sorry to hear, but it is allways amazing how much trouble one single set screw can produce I purchased last summer used Eagle 2 and fortunately noticed totally loose tail pitch slider screws. So, I think even the old owner (Jyrki) was lucky not to crash it, but sell it to me ;-) So, please sell it sheap before you plan to have next crash Ok, just kidding... In the other hand, I was very lucky last summer, as I managed to fly and land safely with unsecured gyro (GY401). Sometimes it is good to check heli before going to flight...

PS. I visited Göteborg/Gränscupen (but unfortunately without any helis) some years ago and to be honest, it was very nice trip. Very likely estonian team will be there not this, but next time, i.e. 2007 . In the other hand, to make it even more sure, I think there are some other very important events to participiate this year/summer too. So, _are you_ coming to Helicamp 2005 Estonia? )))

Best Regards,
Indrek
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http://www.heli-web.com/helicamp/

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04-07-2005 02:02 PM  13 years agoPost 19
Henrik Engert

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ints,

My flying skills are not that good that I can make the trip to Estonia.

I am a little bit nervous about the Gränscupen since it is more of a international event and I still have loads of setup and practice to do with my Freya.

But as my skills get better I will consider helicamp.

-Hinke

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04-07-2005 02:29 PM  13 years agoPost 20
ints

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Hinke,

actually you dont need ANY flying skills to visit HeliCamp. And it is perfect also for 1st time fliers to attend... Our main idea is tol have it as an 1 week long summer camp for helicopter people... Take your family/girlfrend etc. and I promise, it will be a good week of vacation + you have possibility to use whole abadoned soviet miliraty aribase as an training site whole week long (or just few days, depends on your own time resources..). Just jump to the ferry, or take a airplane and come...

Buying local reasonably priced beer will ensure, that in total you dont have even any noticeable expenses compared to the situation, where you drink some beers in Sweden :-) Lets say, in total you feel, you have had a ferry ride allmost for free or something similar

Btw, of course we plan to have some Hovering/Popular/Eurosport/even F3C competition too, but there is no need to participiate. It is held for reason to give for people good reason to see how it looks, practice it, tray out 1st time, and also, to train and give some practice for judges etc.

Actually, we are still hoping, that not only finnish, but also swedish, danish and norvegian teams will have good representation in HeliCamp 2005 You can ask from finnish helicopter people comments, I think they liked very much last years event ;-) I promise, this year it will be even better :-)

Best Regards,
Indrek

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