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11-24-2006 06:41 AM  11 years agoPost 1
Dood

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Read on to second post. I explain a quick, reliable fix.

My G3 controller's cyclic finally broke, Much like many other people's. I plugged in my 7C, but found out quickly that that is way to much of a hassle, with all the channel mapping.

Now I was thinking (It hurts a little) I have an extra TX from a Blade CP. I actually really like the feel of the cyclic control on that transmitter. They feel pretty meaty. I opened it up to see what she was made of. Just like the G3 Controller, it has 3 leads on each potentiometer.
Should be a quick solder and swap job, right?

Just curious if anyone has tried this yet. Will it work?

I put some CA in the G3 controller. I will see how that holds up for now.

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11-24-2006 07:39 AM  11 years agoPost 2
Dood

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I have some really good news. No, I didnt put the Gimbal from my Blade Radio in the G3 controller.

I didnt have to do hardly anything. If, after you broke the spring thingy inside your G3 controller, you may have noticed, the part that usually breaks is this little TINY plastic nipple lookin thing.

Don't waste your time glueing it. It won't hold. I learned the hard way.

what I did was, in that spot where that nipple broke off from, Drilled a tiny hole right there. I then took a small brass finishing nail, inserted it through the hole, and reassembled the spring mechanism. I put a drop of CA on that back of the nail (which replaces the plastic nipple), and it is working like new.

***Note. I had to cut the nail down significantly with a nippers.

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11-24-2006 08:36 AM  11 years agoPost 3
guest_jo

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I described the same procedure on KE-Forum.
I took a 2mm copper wire made it hot and melted it into the drilled hole.
Works perfect but its no work for someone with two left thumbs

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11-24-2006 01:35 PM  11 years agoPost 4
500Driver

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Should we contact RF?
Hi There,

I was going to do almost exactly the same fix.

I wanted to see what Real Flight had to say first though...so far they haven't said anything.

That really is a bad design on that little 'nipple' thingy.

Sadly...I have the feeling that if I do eventually get a replacement controller it too will eventually break and I'd be better off just doing my own repair and making the thing better.

Ah well...haha...you should post a "build thread" on the repair

When in doubt...auto out

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11-24-2006 03:47 PM  11 years agoPost 5
wjvail

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I'll just add that the controller has a lifetime no questions asked warranty on it. Just send it in. The controller is a big part of the copy protection plan and while you can't get another, they will keep the one you got working for you.

500Driver pointed out you will then end up with the same failure prone controller. Still, it is an option.

Bill Vail

"Well, Nothing bad can happen now."

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11-24-2006 06:05 PM  11 years agoPost 6
guest_jo

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I admit that maybe due to my fix I will have lost my warranty for the controller. I heard they will replace it quite fast, but I live in Germany. Don´t know if the shops here have spare controllers without having to send the old one to the US but it might be an option for the next broken pin...

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11-24-2006 08:03 PM  11 years agoPost 7
Jason Bell

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same thing happened to mine, and i 2nd the glue wont hold it

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11-24-2006 08:14 PM  11 years agoPost 8
Dood

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A good point

The fix voids the warrenty, true

RealFlight can send you a new controller, but it may take a few weeks. The fix (the one I suggest) will last. It holds, and the controller is fully functional.

so, would you rather be out a new controller for a few weeks, or would you rather keep using the sim? That was the question I had.

Still, the replacement controller they send you, it will still break again, and again, and again, untill Futaba or someone else provides RealFlight with a more heavy duty unit.

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11-24-2006 08:15 PM  11 years agoPost 9
Dood

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Another question, has anyone tried swapping out the board from the realflight controller and putting it in decent quality transmitter?

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11-25-2006 05:20 AM  11 years agoPost 10
johndoe25

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I would be nice if KE would ship a new one out first, with a return label, then you send yours back. Back in the early days, when I built my radios from ACE, we had several types of gimbals, two different plastic ones & a metal one, wish they were still around though.

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11-27-2006 11:09 AM  11 years agoPost 11
500Driver

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Sending my controller in today.

If 'you' decide to go this route ask to speak directly with Alex in product support. 1. He's very friendly 2. he's the senior tech and 3. when you send the transmitter in you direct it to his attention anyway.

In my case he said that it would be ok for me to fix it and that the warranty would still be good...however...he did want to see the actual problem for design improvement/development...so...in the name of science I'm sending mine back to RF.

We'll see what kind of turn around there is now...hopefully it'll be fairly quick and painless.

When in doubt...auto out

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12-05-2006 06:26 PM  11 years agoPost 12
500Driver

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New Controller
Hey Again,

My new controller arrived today...as suspected...there is not a fix for the weak pivot point...but it is a new Tx.

Free of charge, under warranty, just paid shipping to RF...not bad.

Nov. 25 - Dec. 5

Props to RF for excellent customer care.

They need to fix that weak pivot though...next time mine breaks I'll fix it myself.

When in doubt...auto out

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