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11-24-2006 04:45 AM  11 years agoPost 1
taterm6

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I had my firt crash when i lost orientation yesterday. I was blinded by the sun then lost orientation, tried to figure it out but it crashed into the roof of a builing in a local park. All of the damage is in the Flybar, and head assembly. I can replace all parts plus have extras for about 80 dollars or i can go ahead and upgrade to an almost full metal head at not much more. (i would stick with the plastic blade grips and swash for now unless this will make a decent impact) I have the money to upgrade, but is it worth it. Will it make the performance any diffrent? I don't do 3d, just hovering and easy flying around. Also, while im at it should i go ahead and upgrade the main gear or shaft? It's crazy how only some parts break during a crash....My mainshaft didn't even bend, and the tail was untouched.
This is a 450 sa running a 13 tooth pinion and 430L 3550 motor.

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11-24-2006 06:52 AM  11 years agoPost 2
AWittleWabbit

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I'd do the whole thing from the swash up. The metal pays for itself many times over. Not to mention not having to replace the plastic PITA mixing arms etc. I went a piece every crash, but this was budget driven.

As for the main shaft, I don't have experience with upgraded ones. But really, whatever it is made out of it's probably going to bend. I use the align ones. I know the aftermarket main gears have better runout but it's not worth the cost to me. When I crash, they are going to strip either way. They might payoff in a minor tip over but I usually auger it in pretty good.

As for blade grips, I eventually went metal when I switched to 4s and high head speed. I generally don't strip servo gears when I plow it on grass. I wish I had plastic grips on last outing, I landed in the ball diamond and voila 2 stripped servos. I'd stick with plastic grips on the 430l for now.

Sorry I'm long winded today. I'm procrastinating a rebuild. Performance wise the only thing I noticed was better and more consistant blade tracking.

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11-24-2006 06:53 AM  11 years agoPost 3
Tomie

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I think you should get the Metal HUb, Metal Flybar Cage, and the Metal Seesaw for now.. And no it doesnt make any difference in flights but it wont break in a crash and added Bling is always a plus..

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11-24-2006 06:56 AM  11 years agoPost 4
taterm6

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If i keep the plastic blade grips it seems that would take most of the crash force. It sounds as if i would be replacing more spindles with the metal upgraded head if the parts dont break as easily.

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11-24-2006 07:01 AM  11 years agoPost 5
AWittleWabbit

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Not really imho. The spindle seemed to bend either way for me. In a minor tip over that is probably true though. Something does have to give. I keep plenty of spindles, shafts, maingears, and fly bars on hand. I love those 4 packs.

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11-24-2006 07:08 AM  11 years agoPost 6
taterm6

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how strong are the metal mixing arms and such?

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11-24-2006 07:21 AM  11 years agoPost 7
Tomie

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I never heard anyone saying that the mixing arm got bent in a crash except MicroHeli.. but dont get me wrong about microheli parts, if you want precise movement MicroHeli is the way to go.
I have alot of microheli parts and ill keep on buying em if they got bent in a crash

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11-24-2006 07:33 AM  11 years agoPost 8
AWittleWabbit

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Still have my metal mixing arms after 20 or so crashes. I did bent a screw to one, once. Very worth it.

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11-24-2006 08:00 AM  11 years agoPost 9
taterm6

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I guess ill be ordering all metal parts tomorrow, seems like they are well worth the money.

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