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01-28-2007 08:39 PM  12 years ago
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6cuda6

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Blade question....leave on or off???
I'm in the process of re-assembling this heli i bought and i am wondering what you guys do....do you leave the blades off when at home/ not in use or do you install them and thats it???

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01-28-2007 09:00 PM  12 years ago
TOSH

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l leave mine on.Flybars. Who needs `em.
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01-28-2007 09:01 PM  12 years ago
gmcullan

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I fold my blades back and use a blade-holder so as to keep them aligned with the tail boom. I then put them up on a curtain rod that is mounted on the wall. The rear of the skids hook over the rod and the bottom of the tail fin rests against the wall.Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450
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01-29-2007 12:24 AM  12 years ago
rada70

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i leave mine on. Just do what gmcullan said. fold them.Just do it.
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01-30-2007 05:58 AM  12 years ago
marc8090

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Carbon blades stay on, wood blades should come off and be hung by sliding the hole that the blade bolt normally goes through on a nail so they hang vertical. Oterwise I've seen them warp when folded back into a blade holder.
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01-30-2007 06:22 AM  12 years ago
dkshema

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Leave 'em on. Fold them back, use any one of a number of foam blade holders available from almost any heli shop.

That's just a sampling, all folded and ready to fly.
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01-30-2007 01:49 PM  12 years ago
Vance

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I think it's worth noting that the pitch should be at or around 0º or it will put stress on your links and dampeners when the blades are folded back.
Vince D
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01-30-2007 02:25 PM  12 years ago
flybarless

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I usually store my helis with the blades extended in flight position, or removed. For transport to the field, I will fold and use a holder, anything more than the 2 min trip to the field, they come off.

I had a bolt rub on a blade in transport once.
Just remember -- if the world didn't suck, we would fall off.
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01-30-2007 02:41 PM  12 years ago
6cuda6

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With the blades back in the holders [except the one that holds them apart level] does this not put stress on the mechanics?? The blades sit level do they not most of the time in the extended position???
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01-30-2007 03:08 PM  12 years ago
venture guy

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I take them off when I'm done flying, I never transport the heli with the blades on.
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01-30-2007 03:17 PM  12 years ago
midwestpilot

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I fold em
I run digi servos which move pretty freely when not powered up.. so there is no stress to the system... CF Blades
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01-30-2007 03:53 PM  12 years ago
Rafael23cc

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For those of you that remove your blades when not flying....

How often do you REPLACE the blade bolts and specially the associated Locking Nylon NUT? The more excercise this nut gets the less LOCKING properties it will have. So a good safety measure will be to replace these Locking nuts with some kind of frequency. Maybe twice a year or more?

I do not take mine off. There is no reason for it. Leaving them on also helps to keep the mechanics from rotating.

Rafael
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01-30-2007 05:25 PM  12 years ago
w.pasman

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Take them off to fit the heli in transport box and for cleaning.
Bolts are replaced about twice per year.
Taking them off also lowers chances to damage the blades, linkages and servos.
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01-30-2007 08:16 PM  12 years ago
RAPPYCRASHER

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I always fold blades back into Blade Holders but disconnect the links to relieve the strain.Easy to fit back up at the field and also a way of continually checking for excess slop.
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