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06-06-2009 03:53 PM  9 years agoPost 1
Triguy

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I hope I'm not bogging down this forum with random questions, but since this isn't directly build related, I thought I would start a new topic.

I'm putting an order in to Tower today or tomorrow and need to get some main blades for my Pantera. It looks like Century and Heli-Max both have cheap 600mm woodies. Which should I go with? Will there be any difference at all?

I want to get wood because I'm in the hovering stage and will be there for a while... no sense busting up $100 carbons when the inevitable happens.

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06-06-2009 03:59 PM  9 years agoPost 2
FlaG8r

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Get some Align woodens.

Life is tough, it's tougher if you're stupid

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06-06-2009 05:05 PM  9 years agoPost 3
helibro

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well i was told not to use woodies when i started, i use johns blades they work great. or you can get a set of used carbons but i think carbon is the way to go, woodies can give ya problems

hey! were is the reset button!

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06-06-2009 05:18 PM  9 years agoPost 4
FlaG8r

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You could always use fiberglass blades, not woodies, not carbons. Somewhere in between on price and performance.

Life is tough, it's tougher if you're stupid

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06-07-2009 03:35 PM  9 years agoPost 5
The Dude II

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Wood...not sure if JB still has any Tiger 50 woodies left...that's the ONLY wood blade I came across that wasn't so warped to be rendered almost useless.

From Tower on a budget...these two would be decent choices based upon reliability of manufacturer and price.

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bi...p?&I=LXLVL9&P=0

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bi...p?&I=LXJPJ1&P=0

Another option would be the SWE composites that JB has:
http://www.genesishobby.com/Product...DW/Default.aspx

aw...look...the woodies!
http://www.genesishobby.com/Product...19/Default.aspx

One thing I suggest ALL beginners practice is flipping the "Throttle Hold" switch. If you're flying the sim...do it 10-times evertytime you pickup the box...eventually it leads to practicing "autos.
If no sim...just practice it holding the radio.

Reason being...if you call "no joy" and are watching it go in...get the power turned-off on the nitro-burning engine. Damage can be minimized if the engine isn't flogging the blades into the dirt.

Also, a good CF or composite blade MIGHT walk away from a crash to fly again where a woody just won't hold up.

lotta ins, lotta outs

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06-07-2009 03:40 PM  9 years agoPost 6
Triguy

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Awesome, thanks for the info and recommendations. I actually spent 20 minutes or so on the phone with John last night (thanks, John!) and picked up a couple pairs of his wood blades as my beginner/testing blades.

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06-08-2009 03:27 PM  9 years agoPost 7
MaxAdventure

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I actually spent 20 minutes or so on the phone with John last night (thanks, John!) and picked up a couple pairs of his wood blades as my beginner/testing blades.
good show! I've tried a lot of different wood blades and the stuff that John sells is the best I've used for a wood blade.

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06-08-2009 06:08 PM  9 years agoPost 8
MartyH

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As soon as you stop crashing a lot, change over to at least fiberglass blades and you will NEVER consider a wood blade again. The difference is astounding but unknown until you try it.

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06-08-2009 06:13 PM  9 years agoPost 9
Triguy

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Will do.

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06-09-2009 04:14 AM  9 years agoPost 10
billm

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Started with woodies when I started out. The problem is that most woodies are old skewl and gave me more problems then the rookie should deal with. Carbon or FG blades will help you in the trim and you could go full boat if your Visa card can deal with that.
Get off the wood and a nice set of SWE blades will do two things.
A good set of blades to hover from mild to wild, and your back pocket will not sting if you crash.
My two cents.

My name is Billm. Cough, and I'm a Heli Holic

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