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03-08-2008 08:50 PM  10 years agoPost 1
Dilbeck

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Ive noticed something, With all the spinning parts IE: Fan/clutch/swatch/head/blades/flybar/ or anything and everything that spins needs to be balanced for everything to work to perfection,(If you want your heli to run like its on rails), then its not the carbon fiber anything, its the CNC balanced parts that make the differance. Ive broken more carbon fiber parts than the metal and plastic ones combined!! We hear the word (carbon fiber) and we assume its better. In some applications this is true, but not in all situations. Blades i think YES. It does look great, but is it improving the performance or just bling? Its the balanced CNC parts thats made a differance in the performance of my helis. The carbon fiber has done little or nothing!!!! Any thoughts?

Clint

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03-08-2008 09:32 PM  10 years agoPost 2
Wyorcflyer

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Carbon Fiber
Carbon is not by definition better. Take the tail boom. While carbon fiber is a tad lighter, all it really does is scatter parts all over the prairie in a bad crash.

Jack Patton

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03-08-2008 10:00 PM  10 years agoPost 3
Ghostrider

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It's all about having the stiffest parts with the least amount of weight. Performance over durability. That's why most manufacuturers give you the option of a standard heli and a pro or SE version.

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03-08-2008 10:20 PM  10 years agoPost 4
Old Sloppy

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CF is lighter and stiffer and way more money than aluminum or glass fiber.
So is it better ? That depends on what "better" means.

I believe that some ( many) folks (like me) bought CF because of the Bling factor.
I allso believe that most flyers are "better" off with a less costly material, such as glass fiber of aluminum.

Harry

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03-08-2008 11:42 PM  10 years agoPost 5
bagobitz

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it may make things stiffer, but is it better than Viagra?

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03-08-2008 11:46 PM  10 years agoPost 6
Steff Giguere

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I think it make things a little less heavy and more expensive. Most of us would not see a big difference between CF and 2mm G10.

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03-09-2008 12:19 AM  10 years agoPost 7
payne1967

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if your refering to the rex600n would you notice the difference from 1.6mm cf, g10 to 2mm?
to most its just bling and must have's
keep it std and just spend the money on fuel
cf is only stiffer/stronger in the designed load direction, put the force at another angle then most times it breaks

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03-09-2008 12:52 AM  10 years agoPost 8
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I agree with the comments posted however, when you start shaving here and there and then next thing you know your heli is 5, 6, or 7 oz lighter, you most definately feel the difference. Of course it all depends on flying style etc.

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