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01-11-2010 10:11 AM  8 years agoPost 1
mrloudly

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Just taken a stock Align 600 aluminium tail/slider etc and it fits a treat. Vibes have gone. Remember to reverse servo and gyro if you fit one ;-)

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01-11-2010 03:48 PM  8 years agoPost 2
Sean Bosse

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Thank you mrloudly!

I've been think about doing just that. Thanks for your input.

Sean

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01-11-2010 04:25 PM  8 years agoPost 3
mrloudly

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Looking at it I reckon a 600 metal head will fit with a bit of tweaking, I'll let you know

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01-11-2010 04:36 PM  8 years agoPost 4
imnxtc

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Just taken a stock Align 600 aluminium tail/slider etc and it fits a treat. Vibes have gone. Remember to reverse servo and gyro if you fit one ;-)
And so does the Radikal's with the V2 pitch plate (The one that now comes in all kits and is sent at N/C to anyone that asks.)

Looking at it I reckon a 600 metal head will fit with a bit of tweaking, I'll let you know

Why would you want to do that? The one that comes on the Radikal is a far better designed head.

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01-11-2010 04:57 PM  8 years agoPost 5
mrloudly

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[quote]And so does the Radikal's with the V2 pitch plate (The one that now comes in all kits and is sent at N/C to anyone that asks.)

You mean the plastic blade holder ones that have been reported as failing?

[quote]Why would you want to do that? The one that comes on the Radikal is a far better designed head.

I feel a lot happier running high head speeds with metal grips,
maybe you'd like to elaborate on the "far better designed" bit?

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01-11-2010 06:45 PM  8 years agoPost 6
imnxtc

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You mean the plastic blade holder ones that have been reported as failing?
No, those where the initial ones (V1) that were designed for a trailing edge control configuration. All kits now come with the V2 plate that is designed for the more stable leading edge control configuration.
I feel a lot happier running high head speeds with metal grips,
maybe you'd like to elaborate on the "far better designed" bit?
Well then, I would get either the CN2515 or CN2516 metal head from Century.

The superiority of this design (which Century has been using for years) is that the bell mixer is on the blade grip control arm rather then on the flybar seesaw.

I could spend an hour typing in order to explain the dynamics of why this is superior, but I will save myself the time and just say that these reasons are why most of the latest designs from Hirobo, JR, Outrage, RJX etc. have now all changed to using this type of head.

And if you want a really nice aluminum tail control slider for leading edge control, I would rather go to the CN2282S unit from Century.

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01-11-2010 07:22 PM  8 years agoPost 7
mrloudly

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Would love to get hold of Century parts, sad thing is it's not easy over here... http://www.modelhelicopters.co.uk/acatalog/m_index.php
These guys are, to my knowledge, the main stockists of the Radikal over here and they list none of the parts you mention...

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01-11-2010 07:54 PM  8 years agoPost 8
rccarguy

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Would love to get hold of Century parts, sad thing is it's not easy over here...
In some cases it's not any better over here. I also swapped the stock Radikal tail out for a Trex 600N unit, would probably have used the Century unit with the exception of the fact that it's been out of stock at Century/Heli-World for the past month. At least Trex parts are readily available at just about any LHS.

I'm currently awaiting parts I ordered to repair a little oops I had with the Radikal at the end of December, so far haven't heard anything about when they may arrive. I can say with certainty if this is the way it's going to go for obtaining spares when I need them, there will be a Radikal for sale in the classifieds before too long.

XCell Spectra G
Radikal G20
Some obsolete nitro helis too...

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01-11-2010 08:40 PM  8 years agoPost 9
mrloudly

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Exactly! With the costs of Nitro rising all the time, Century have a golden opportunity here to get a jump on the competition. The Radikal is I.M.H.O. a cracking little heli currently let down by the lack of parts/goodies... If Align get their act in gear and release their much rumoured gasser, I bet there will be no shortage of parts/hop ups there...

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01-11-2010 09:02 PM  8 years agoPost 10
rccarguy

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If Align get their act in gear and release their much rumoured gasser, I bet there will be no shortage of parts/hop ups there...
Helibug has a nice gasser conversion kit for the Align 700 already, a few folks in the gasser forum have done it with great success and I would replace the Radikal with one if it comes to it. I also have an MA Spectra G, parts may be expensive, but at least I can get them!

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Some obsolete nitro helis too...

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01-11-2010 09:39 PM  8 years agoPost 11
oldfart

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I also swapped the stock Radikal tail out for a Trex 600N unit, would probably have used the Century unit with the exception of the fact that it's been out of stock at Century/Heli-World for the past month.
Did you try any other Century supplier then Heli-World?

There are many other sources for Century parts in North America then Heli-World. Maybe some other shops that sell Century items may well have them in stock.

I know some who do.

I am sure there were times when the Align may have been out of stock on something and yet many of the shops that carried their parts had them. The same situation may happen with Century.

Your local shop may not carry Century products but there are many others beside Heli-World who do.

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01-12-2010 12:13 AM  8 years agoPost 12
rccarguy

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Did you try any other Century supplier then Heli-World?
Yes, and none of the ones that I know of as dealing in Century products have it in stock either. I'm sure there may be some that do, but the idea is to not have to hunt for what should be readily available parts, don't have that issue with any other vendors heli I own, and the metal tail assembly is common to many Century products so should be readily available one would think.

In the case of a landing gear frame for the Radikal, the ONLY source I can find at the moment is Century/Heli-World, and it's anyone's guess as to when I'll see one from them. They claim 2 - 3 business day availability on the website for that particular part, however we're fast approaching 14 days since the order and I haven't even seen a shipping confirmation yet...

Edit... OK, I have to amend the last statement, no sooner did I hit submit and I got an email notifcation that I have package being shipped to me from Heli-World, I assume it's the repair parts I'm waiting for, however it doesn't say what shipped, so it could be all or part of the order. If this were an MA or Align parts, I would have had it in hand a week ago. Fortunately it's winter and not critical at the moment, but if this is what I can expect for normal part availability/delivery, I think I'd rather another Spectra G, if the order goes out tonight, I MIGHT see it by the weekend given previous delivery times from H-W.

XCell Spectra G
Radikal G20
Some obsolete nitro helis too...

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01-12-2010 01:03 AM  8 years agoPost 13
James Kovach

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I am not going to comment on the availability of parts when it comes to Century because sometimes I have mixed feelings. I have had the same mixed feelings with just about very heli I have owned so far. What I will offer you is my solution to the problem. I just buy a spare kit. I know it seems like it might be a waste of money, but you have to decide if it is worth it to you. To me it is. I started doing this with the heli I fly the most. That way if/when I do crash, I have every part I need on hand to fix it. Then I just order the parts I took from the "donor" heli. Now the only time this doesn't work out well is if you crash again before the parts you ordered show up. But I look at it this way, if I am crashing that often, I need a break and some sim time .

*disclaimer: These are my opinions. Agree or disagree, Your Call :)
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01-12-2010 07:23 AM  8 years agoPost 14
oldfart

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and the metal tail assembly is common to many Century products so should be readily available one would think.
It is obvious you are not all that cognizant of Century helis. You were asking about the metal tail control slider. They are not "common to many Century products". They are an upgrade, not a replacement part - therefore not a necessity. In fact there are two other such choices as an option. These also have "CN" prefexes.

Anything with a CN prefex (as opposed to HW or HI prefexed ones) is not a replacement part - they are usually optional parts that are certainly not critical to your flying of the helis.

In fact, most of the Century helis I fly regularly do/did not have these optional parts installed. Most have always been "low bling". And all have done very well over literally 100's of flights.

So if you are used to flying heli brands that in stock form do not fly so well, or require high maintenance, unless optonal parts are installed, you will find that is not so with the Century helis. They do very well in their stock form.

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01-12-2010 05:04 PM  8 years agoPost 15
MotorRotor

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Would love to get hold of Century parts, sad thing is it's not easy over here... http://www.modelhelicopters.co.uk/acatalog/m_index.php
These guys are, to my knowledge, the main stockists of the Radikal over here and they list none of the parts you mention...
I can understand, as a good flying buddy of mine is from the UK. We have had numerous discussions about the fate of the UK heli flyer. Seems most brands there suffer the same limited parts supply (specially optional parts) and it seems the cost of everything from kits, to engines, to radio gear, is far more expensive then on this side of the Atlantic.

He tells me that many times, he would even order parts for his various helis (Hirobo, Thunder Tiger, JR and Century) from other Euro countries, as they were not available in the UK.

Seems we do not realize how lucky we are here in Canada and the USA.

His take on the lack of the optional specialty parts there, is why there are so many successful companies in the UK, that make these parts for all brands - Align, Hirobo, TT etc.

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