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03-06-2008 09:13 PM  10 years agoPost 21
jongam0

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the widowmaker

could you post a pic or 2? i am just about to build mine and dont want to take any chances.

also why is there such a problem? i dont see the bigger or smaller ones having problems. just curious. i guess i just dont understand.

earth ----- my worst obstical

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03-06-2008 09:25 PM  10 years agoPost 22
kingair

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also why is there such a problem?
There isn't "such a problem". Most people are running without any issues at all. Like EVERYTHING on a forum ANY problem at all will APPEAR widespread. Lately I find it so funny that although spraying the belt flat out solves the problem in all cases it would seem and yet there's this resistance to it like other means of prevention are more robust. Unlike using spray, I have seen where people still complain about ESD issues even after all the different grounding mods, techniques, etc. Bizarre! And the interesting thing is that anything sprayed on the belt seems to solve the problem if there was one in the first place.

There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."

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03-06-2008 11:48 PM  10 years agoPost 23
jongam0

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so what you are saying is there is no problem? so are people just having problems with other stuff and blaming esd because they dont know what caused the problem?

earth ----- my worst obstical

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03-06-2008 11:55 PM  10 years agoPost 24
MMike

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Spraying the belt cures the esd problem.

There are some that would like a different fix.

None of the fixes, aside from spraying the belt, are reliable that I know of.

Spray the belt, No problems reported on RR!

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03-07-2008 12:03 AM  10 years agoPost 25
Tradhunt

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Well maybe I might not get another 500.. Don't want to have to do a bunch of junk just so i can feel it's safe and reliable to fly. Thats all I need to be flying a 500 and have some ESD prob. and have it take off and hit someone or something... Even if it dosent hit anyone or anthing ... have it crater into the ground and be destroyed.. I'll wait for the Compass Atom 500...

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03-07-2008 12:47 AM  10 years agoPost 26
kingair

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A few people of the thousands flying have problems they attribute to ESD and that makes the 500 unairworthy? Please! See it on a forum and it's automatically widespread.

There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."

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03-07-2008 12:58 AM  10 years agoPost 27
the hitmaker

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Exactly!!

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03-07-2008 01:02 AM  10 years agoPost 28
Boidman (RIP)

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Sources have stated that Align has sold 11,438 500's. On 36 worldwide message boards, bots have tallied 4,512 failures identified as ESD specific, and nothing else. The same bots did not find enough instances of potential buyers changing their minds about purchasing a 500 to warrant reporting. Data interpreters are about to release the conclusion that Align purposely created this situation to increase parts sales. Align stock is getting ready to split.

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03-07-2008 01:09 AM  10 years agoPost 29
jongam0

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what i dont understand is what is positivly charged and negitivly charged on this? you have a "rubber" belt and metal pulleys. this would mean you have a electrical short or an insulation problem to the frame from esc,motor or battery to cause this problem. this is what i remember from school. boy thats been a while ago.

earth ----- my worst obstical

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03-07-2008 01:10 AM  10 years agoPost 30
kingair

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Do the bots take into account that there hasn't been a report of a 500 crashing for any other reason than ESD. All wrecks are do to ESD haven't you heard? The 500 is the first and only heli that can't be dumb thumbed. I know if I crash mine that will certainly be the only reasonable and logical explanation, couldn't be the pilot, nope just not possible.

There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."

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03-07-2008 01:14 AM  10 years agoPost 31
MMike

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That whole bot story is hard to believe.

That's like 1 in 3 with ESD??

What "Sources"?

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03-07-2008 01:15 AM  10 years agoPost 32
Boidman (RIP)

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You are finally seeing the light. There are just certain incontrovertible and immutable facts. No two ways about it.

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03-07-2008 01:18 AM  10 years agoPost 33
MMike

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What are you trying to say?

Sources??

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03-07-2008 01:23 AM  10 years agoPost 34
Boidman (RIP)

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That whole bot story is hard to believe.

That's like 1 in 3 with ESD??

What "Sources"?
What are you trying to say?

Sources??
I am very sorry for this, but those statements just have to be memorialized. Hook? Line? Sinker?

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03-07-2008 01:25 AM  10 years agoPost 35
MMike

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So , you got me.

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03-07-2008 01:43 AM  10 years agoPost 36
rexxigpilot

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Boidman, your zerostat spoof was even better. However, only those of us that remember having the de-static our vinyl LP records got it. It's good to see some humor for a change.

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03-07-2008 02:39 AM  10 years agoPost 37
Tradhunt

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OK so I might consider it if just spraying the bely pretty much handle's it.

So spray it with Silicone spray (any specific brand you prefer) or just pick some up at the hardware store... graphite 33 is that a special type or just good old graphite sprat if so I have some of that.

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03-07-2008 10:31 AM  10 years agoPost 38
MMike

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I use Kel. Pure silicone. Call around to hardwares.

Lowes has Dupont silicone they say.

Good luck,

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03-25-2008 04:35 PM  10 years agoPost 39
Fly High or Die

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Static Problem
I agree with reich2004...the T-Rex 500 definately has a major problem and the upgrades do NOT help.

I would rather be flying...

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03-25-2008 05:00 PM  10 years agoPost 40
The_Widowmaker

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I dont think anyone said these upgrades alone fixed the problem. You can ground the system without the metal tail case upgrade, it just makes the process easier. The metal bearing blocks are just an upgrade and thats it. They are not needed for the grounding mod and do not aid in the grounding.

As others have pointed out, spraying the belt with silicone based spray is a fix if you want to go that route.
None of the fixes, aside from spraying the belt, are reliable that I know of.
If the grounding is done correctly it is reliable and IMO more reliable than spraying. If you grounded or know someone that grounded and still had the problem I would think the either it was not done correctly or the problem was elsewhere. That has been my experience so far.

"I'm a Virgin.. I'm just not very good at it. "

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