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11-08-2005 11:51 AM  14 years ago
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To bling or not to bling
I have searched, and spoken to friends but I am still unsure.

I crashed yesterday breaking all the plactis parts of the head.

As I am practising 3D I am going to crash again.

I find that there are some wierd tendencies in flight.
Sometimes pitches up or Aielerons Over steer when in Fast forward flight.

I have read of some remedies which I will implement.

SO
should I bling or am I just going to break the metal goodies.
I also want to keep the weight down.

What should I do?

thanks




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11-08-2005 04:33 PM  14 years ago
Ozydego

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The metal will definitely not break, and most of the time, it will not even bend slightly..... If you are going through parts like that, it will be cheaper in the long run.... and actually i dont think the metal is any heavier at all than the plastic..... maybe a gram or two, which you could save back again by shortening servo wires or something to that effect.... But Honey, I can't live with just stock.....
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11-08-2005 06:36 PM  14 years ago
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The new metal tail setup is crap if you ask me. I put it on and the blades ran out of track by at least 1/2 inch. I thought that mine may have been machined wrong and sent it back. I saw another one last week and it was the same. I ended up getting the Microheli one with the steel hub. I have heard all of the bad things about MH but decided to give them a go on a few items. I'm really happy with their tail setup and would recommend it to anyone.

Align have stuffed this one up a bit unfortunately, but hopefully they will rectify the problem shortly.

Mick.

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11-08-2005 07:13 PM  14 years ago
TheDudeVT

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I say some of the bling is good-

I crash (alot!) and I have yet to break or bend any of the metal head parts. At this point for me, a crash usually means replacing blades, flybar, mast, spindle, and main gear and maybe a canopy. It's nice having a predictable list of parts to buy.

so far, the best tail components I have used are the stock XL kit- I didn't like the MH slider, and the Align grips pretty much suck the llamas a$$. Besides, I like keeping weight off the tail- I am looking forward to the Align plastic upgrade tail and the 315Pro woodies tho- That looks good-

So thumbs up to the Align all metal head-
thumbs up to the CF boom
thumbs up to any carbon frame (I have a rotorworkz G3)
thumbs up to CF Fins
thumbs up to the FlightTech aluminium LG (tuff, but heavy)
thumbs up to the new Align 315mm carbon blades wh00t!

thumbs down to the MH tail slider
thumbs down to the (old) Align metal tail blade grips
thumbs down to Titanium mast and spindle (light, but weak)
thumbs down to the clear plastic canopy (one crash wonder)
thumbs down to any aluminium tail case (why? I've never broken a stock one)
thumbs down to the CF tail blades (reduced my gyro gain 10 pts, what the?)

TheDudeVT
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11-08-2005 07:19 PM  14 years ago
Sparkhead

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I found that the carbon boom is a real pain in the arse. It causes so much high frequence vibe that its not worth the bother. I had alot of issues with a vibe that was present at a certain rpm. I changed the carbon boom over to an ali one and ALL of the vibes went away instantly. For those people hearing a high frequency vibe during their runup stage I suggest changing their carbon booms over and watch it dissapear.
Mick.

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11-08-2005 08:36 PM  14 years ago
toyturbo

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TheDudeVT,

what carbon tail blades did you get? And why were you unhappy with them?
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11-08-2005 08:43 PM  14 years ago
Sparkhead

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The Align carbon tailblades have no give in them which basically makes them unusable with the Align tail setup. The tail setup needs some movement in it if you are going to use rigid tailblades. If you look at Hirobo for instance their tail blade grips look really loose when you wiggle them. This is they way all tail setups should be. I have just installed the MH tail setup with the steel hub and am very happy with it, but I still won't use the CF tailblades.
Mick.

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11-08-2005 10:44 PM  14 years ago
Learn to Fly

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Correct me if I am wrong, but aren't the Align carbon tail boom and tail blades fake? They are spray painted to look like carbon fiber, No? I picked up the tail boom today at the hobby shop and it seemed metal to me.????
Jeff
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11-08-2005 10:53 PM  14 years ago
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I think all the upgrades are great dont get me wrong but remember its a RC helicopter that is in the air doing amazing things and when you crash eather plastic or bling you are going to BREAK things no mater what. If you like the BLING go get it if you like the plastic stay stock just remember plastic gives and BLING bends.... ~TEAM OCHC~
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11-08-2005 11:57 PM  14 years ago
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No the boom is real carbon and so are the latest tailblades.
Mick.

Robbe & Futaba.
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11-09-2005 01:33 AM  14 years ago
Ozydego

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The booms have always been real CF, the blades used to be fake, same stuff as the paddles, and canopies... they aren't spraypainted, they are set in the mold that way..... You can still get all the "faux" fiber stuff, but its just for looks,.... my carbon boom works great!! never had any vibe issues and it holds up to blade strikes a lot better, I would say definitely use the carbon boom.... as far as vibes with it, it just amplifies vibes that are already there, I say, find out where the vibes are coming from rather than just switch back to the ali boom.....But Honey, I can't live with just stock.....
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11-09-2005 01:56 AM  14 years ago
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You gotta love bling!!!!!!...Once upon a time there were Nitros, flybars and frequency pins...
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