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02-04-2008 11:35 AM  10 years agoPost 1
shizack

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Aiken, SC USA

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I guess it is all in the setup...

After the "Great Crash of 2007" on December 4 that left me grounded until January 5, I started flying carbon and FRP blades. In the meantime, I've added a metal swash and washout, upgraded the tail and cyclic servos, got a new flybar that wasn't Z-shaped, added "batwing" tail blades, and switched from a 9T to a 10T pinion.

I was never really happy with the FRP's. They could be made to track well enough for flying, but I was never "Yeah - that's it" with them.

The carbons - well, they're carbon fiber main blades. They rock. But I've always been a little scared when flying them, since it would cost nearly as much as the purply center holder to replace them.

The woodies I binned in favor of the FRP daily flyers would never track quite right, and they seemed to cause a bad vibration when spun up. I never bothered to re-balance them after the last crash, since I had the FRP's and carbons. Besides, one was bowed anyway.

Well, just for kicks and skittles, I put them back on. Same awful vibration. I rebalanced them, and found that one blade (the one with a small chunk missing - duh) was WAY lighter than the other (the one with the CA paint job on the torn coating).

After a liberal application of electrical tape and re-mounting - kiss my salty grits and get me some butter! - the vibration was gone! I know, I know - "What'd you expect, Mr. Obvious?"

3/4 of a turn on the trusty Xtreme turnbuckle and the warpie-woodie tracked with the other blade just as well as the carbons.

Went out for a 6am street-light-flight and the King flew like a dream. the FRP's are now binned and the carbons are the backup.

The moral of the story? I dunno. Maybe "don't drink a lot of Coke when you should be in bed" or something...

...

A soul in tension is learning to fly

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02-04-2008 11:48 AM  10 years agoPost 2
DougsRC

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"Great Crash of 2007" I had a few myself Shizack. The carbons certainly are better but neccesary ?? NOPE ---expensive---YEP. Wood is GOOD Is my new moto. I have been flying the Douginstein with Wood only and just bought 3 more pair from HeliDirect- 8 bucks a pop--- If I crash--- Whoop-T-Do The woodies are another sacrificial goat just like the spindle-- Wood is Good !!!!

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02-04-2008 11:56 AM  10 years agoPost 3
shizack

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Aiken, SC USA

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"Wood is Good" - ab-so-fricken-lutely. That's the main reason I wanted to see if the woodies were re-serviceable. I was a little bored of flying on pins and needles. I wanted some sacrificial blades so I could start stretching out again.

Maybe one day I'll be able to do those crazy maneuvers you seem to pull off with ease.

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02-04-2008 02:41 PM  10 years agoPost 4
fenderstrat

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I have never flown either one of my helis with anything but woodies....they are like a fuse....they break before other stuff saving money

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02-04-2008 03:51 PM  10 years agoPost 5
Texas Dar

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Very good point. I always thought the blades on my Heli Baby ( Schulter) was my weak link, and most always broke at the hub, making "Great Swat Sticks" The kids still talk about when dad broke a choper blade and said, "Ha Ha, a new Spankin-Stick" Light weight balsa wood. Loud Crack. Good Sting, very little mark. Bet I'ed go to jail today...........?

Mommy Said, I Can "Come Out & Fly With You Guys"

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02-04-2008 05:37 PM  10 years agoPost 6
tryan02

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Canton, Missouri

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"Ha Ha, a new Spankin-Stick" Light weight balsa wood. Loud Crack. Good Sting, very little mark. Bet I'ed go to jail today...........?
Tex thats why the fast food restaurant's have family bathrooms. So either parent has a room to spank their children.

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02-04-2008 06:49 PM  10 years agoPost 7
Texas Dar

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Branson-Hollister Mo. USA

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Thats why the music is so "Loud in thAre" Hey, my King parts should be here Wensday. We'll see what new parts I need next? Trying real hard not to get exieced.

Mommy Said, I Can "Come Out & Fly With You Guys"

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