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05-02-2010 02:55 AM  8 years agoPost 1
oteskate

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Well, I should have known the day started out TOO good. Woke up to a beautiful, sunny day. My flight field (the soccer field next to my house) was totally empty with no games scheduled and I just felt great!

I got my SDX ready to go fly. Still breaking in the engine on some new Magnum DS that I got and was ready to get my fingers broken back in after not being able to fly for quite awhile, unfortunately. First flight went well. Nothing dramatic. Just hovering, FFF, some inverted stuff, tic-tocs, etc. Just seeing how she was running on the new fuel and trying to get everything tuned in real good. My girlfriend comes over and decides to watch for my second flight. Well, she must have brought "Murphy" with her as well. I spool up for my second flight and lift off into a forward flip and punch out with some inverted piros... bring her back around for some low FFF, roll inverted, swing the tail 180 going into backward inverted flight and decide push the heli into a low elevator tic-toc. Well... I guess you can see where that got me. Bam! This was my first crash with this machine in over... Oh, maybe 60 total flights. I figured that it was bound to come at some time, eh?

Total damage isn't too bad. As you can see, boom, tail blades and tail fin, along with the head damage. Blade grips, main shaft, flybar, blades and one link to the grip. The fuel tank even flew out and disconnected so by the time I hit throttle hold, it was already shut off.

Well, maybe now is the time I'll upgrade up to the metal head for it, eh? Hmmmm.

Jeff
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05-02-2010 03:03 AM  8 years agoPost 2
TheWoodCrafter

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That is not too bad.

I stuffed mine last month.

Still trying to put together the $270 for parts.

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05-02-2010 01:36 PM  8 years agoPost 3
Against Gravity

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Metal head
Unless you have money to burn, I doubt the metal head will fly any better. But it will add weight, Oh and looks great.
Just make sure you pull the motor and dial indicate the drive line again. Don't want to end up like "Tron".

Still haven't Heard if he got the shakes out.

AG

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05-02-2010 01:39 PM  8 years agoPost 4
z11355

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all that metal is just going to bend

on my older Evo50, I put the metal headblock on but that was it, the rest remained stock/plastic.

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05-02-2010 02:25 PM  8 years agoPost 5
oteskate

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Yeah, I'll just stick with the plastic parts. It'll keep the machine lighter and repair cost is cheaper. Might just do one or two small upgrades, like the block itself.
all that metal is just going to bend
I agree. I've had to deal with that on other machines of mine, where a blade grip or mixer arm or whatnot was ever-so-slightly bent and threw everything out of whack.

Shouldn't be too bad of a repair. Just always sad when you have that first crash on a machine that flies so nice and everything is working so well.

Jeff
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05-02-2010 03:45 PM  8 years agoPost 6
davidevo50

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I think you crashed because of the Align skids!

LIVE IN THE NOW!

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05-02-2010 04:08 PM  8 years agoPost 7
rudyy

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.. and also the Align velcros. Your SDX does not like them and decides to give in.

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05-02-2010 04:54 PM  8 years agoPost 8
oteskate

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Yeah, I think you guys may be right. She finally just decided to retaliate against my Align additions. I'll have to fix those and maybe she'll fly happy again.

Jeff
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05-02-2010 09:58 PM  8 years agoPost 9
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SD-REX
Yeah mine is still rejecting every Align part," like a bad organ donor"
The latest are the align 610 servos.

AG

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05-03-2010 01:29 AM  8 years agoPost 10
vermonster

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Never use Align parts on a Hirobo!!!! You or the heli will get the Swalign flu. It could be lethal!!

http://www.urbandictionary.com/defi...erm=swalign+flu

AMA#922194 IRCHA#3613

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05-04-2010 02:35 AM  8 years agoPost 11
Andy.Kim

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Sorry to hear about the crash. Doesn't look that bad overall. I finally got rid of the Align straps. The Hirobo straps improve the aesthetics and performance by at least 20%

I've had 2 crashes with mine and the fuel tank flew out both times. A buddy of mine with an SDX thinks it's a disadvantage but IMO I think it's a great feature. If the tank flies out there's no chance of a chicken dance. Great thinking!!

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05-04-2010 05:51 AM  8 years agoPost 12
oteskate

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Yeah, I think I've learned that I need to keep ALL Align products away from my other helis. I think I need to quarantine this one for awhile to make sure that she's not infected with the Swalign flu before she goes airborne again.

Yeah, the fuel tank ejection switch onboard these things are great! And just think, it's a FREE feature that Hirobo has come out with just for the SDX! Those designers are amazing, aren't they? Haha.

Just debating now if I want to move the tail servo to the boom and run a CF rod direct to the tail or if I want to stick with the stock setup. Hmmmm. Decisions, decisions. Either way, I'm ordering all the parts tonight, so hopefully I'll have 'em in a couple of days and can get on to fixin' her right up.

Jeff
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05-04-2010 11:26 AM  8 years agoPost 13
davidevo50

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You'll end up with an oily rudder servo if you install it on the boom...

LIVE IN THE NOW!

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05-04-2010 05:15 PM  8 years agoPost 14
rudyy

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Tail servo is better to be in the airframe to stay away from the oil.

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05-04-2010 05:21 PM  8 years agoPost 15
oteskate

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Yeah,.. I'll probably just leave it where it is for protection and to keep it away from the oil. Hirobo does offer a CF rod though that replaces the stock pushrod-in-tube setup that I will try. I was told that it performs just as well as the stock setup, only it doesn't buzz with vibration and makes for a quieter machine.

Jeff
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05-04-2010 05:28 PM  8 years agoPost 16
Andy.Kim

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Good luck on the rebuild!

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