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12-22-2010 12:14 AM  9 years ago
Ladymagic

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After reading through all the posts, there are many choices that will work well for just about any application. To be honest, what works well for one pilot will not work for another. In the end, it all comes down to your flying style and what you want your heli to feel like. More so, your preferences are usually based on what you've learned on and adapted to. I personally do not like Mavrikk blades. I can't even really say why, but I won't touch that blade. Without sounding "brand loyal" I like to fly radix short option blades. But, I also like V-Blades, and NHP. Lately, Align has been moving up on my list of good blades. So, it's really in your best intrest to try out as many blades as you can until you find what works best for your flying style. If you like to auto a heavier, longer blade Like NHP,is your best option. If you like quick and snappy performance a lighter, stiffer, shorter blade like Edge or Rotor Tech is your best bet. Radix, V-blade, and Align are good mid range blades that can give you alittle of both sides of the performance envelope.

Rotor tech blades are great for hard 3D, not so great for FAI style flying. I love that they have a nice snap on stops though. I'm interested to know what style pilot you are and maybe we can help narrow down your options from there.
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12-22-2010 01:04 AM  9 years ago
BJames111

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I personally do not like Mavrikk blades. I can't even really say why, but I won't touch that blade.
wow, nothing like an informed, mature response heh?, Have you even tried the latest G5 blades? They're very different than what you might be remembering from 4 or 5 years ago.
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12-22-2010 02:39 AM  9 years ago
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I have to agree that the newer Maverikk G5's (labled 3D and the FLB) are a great compromise of cyclic/collective authority, stability and loading i.e. crisp, fanstic tracking and minimal loading. There are a lot of good blades out there it is not easy to compare as everyone has their own preference to what they want in a blade.


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12-22-2010 03:26 AM  9 years ago
Ladymagic

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No need to get defensive. We all know my opinion is just that....my opinion. I do not consider myself to be brand loyal or an expert on every blade out there, but I do know what I like and don't like. So, I try to project my personal experiences to give others a sense of a product rather than disuade or persuade someone to buy something. I do have alot of experience with several blade brands and Maverikk is one of them that didn't really give me warm fuzzies when I flew them. But, you are right, that was a few years ago. Maybe they're better now....but maybe they're not. This is why I always tell people to try out different brands until they find what they like rather than refer them to a specific brand.

Like I said before....everyone has different expectations. Maverikk blades didn't meet mine and I don't feel a need to spend more money just to see if they've gotten any better when I've already found several other brands that have what I want. Chances are, I still won't like them since I didn't like them in the first place. If you like maverikk, then good for you. I won't knock you for it because that's what you like. In the end it comes down to just having fun.
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12-22-2010 04:55 AM  9 years ago
w12martin

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Another vote for Rotortech blades
610-3D are the best suited for fast/agressive 3D I've ever tried
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12-22-2010 05:08 AM  9 years ago
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Anyone try the new SAB blades?
The red & white one for hard 3D
And the all white ones for
precision mild 3D?

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12-22-2010 05:13 AM  9 years ago
helidevil

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the red and white SAB's suck lol they put the weights at the tip of the blade making them slow, heavy, and bog the heli wayy too much :/ heres a vid of me trying them and fiddeling with it to get it right but i never could

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppxj82R50SU
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12-22-2010 05:15 AM  9 years ago
Ladymagic

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Oh those look nice. I've had a pretty good experience with SAB as well. I can't believe I forgot to mention them. They are a bit pricey though. But well worth the money you pay for them.Mellisa
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12-22-2010 06:05 AM  9 years ago
OICU812

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Blades are personal, there is no right or wrong answer. Try a few sets, see what you like and go with it. There are yes better and worse blades, just buy something that you know for certain will not fly apart on you in flight and then go after what "feel" works for you. ...Once upon a time there were Nitros, flybars and frequency pins...
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12-22-2010 07:22 AM  9 years ago
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Thanks guys i like all the info you are giving me. I am still new to this stuff as i only been fling for almost a year. Some one asked about what kind of pilot i am. OK hear is what i am to the best that i can explain. I started fling last February on a rappy v1 i hovered about 7 times then got board and started forward flight. 2 months past and i was doing flips loops rolls. Today i fly my 600e 12s that i just finished building. I now can do fast flips in any direction tic tocs tumbles loops tail slides. some autos and i want to start learning sideways tic tocs big rainbows and all the other good stuff. Oh i forgot to say that i can't fly inverted to save myself. lol. like i had said in a previous post i have been using the Align 600D super pro 3d blades. i just swapped them them for a set of 600 rotortech angle tip. the ones with all the yellow on them. I want to do the low flying 3D stuff.watch me fly this, don't worry, read the book that came with the heli!!
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12-23-2010 12:46 AM  9 years ago
Ladymagic

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So it sounds like you are leaning more towards the hard core 3D side of the house. That's great. Most newer pilots go this route these days...even me. Sounds like you got a good handle on your basic 3d starting points. But, May I recommend you practice more on your inverted hovering before you get too much more into the rest. That's a very important part of your training that you don't want to skip out on. It'll keep you out of trouble too. Alot of new pilot crash more often becuase they try to advance to quickly and skip steps.

And you want to get started on that now, before you start developing habits around doing 3d without being inverted for too long. Just take your time and use your sim until you are comfortable with the heli in any orientation. This will help round out your experience curve and make it much easier to adapt more complicated manuevers to your sheet. Just do the same hovering excersises you did when you started upright hovering. Start tail-in....master that, then quarter side-ons/tail-ins, then full right/left side-ons, and finally nose-in inverted flight.

My take on the matter is anyone can slam a heli around, but what seperates stick bangers and good 3D pilots is the ability of the pilot to be able to deliberately fly threw every manuever. Stick bangers just react to what the heli's doing when they put in an input. The bad thing about this is, you will always be one step behind the heli and that can get you in trouble if the heli does something that you don't expect. A good 3d pilot already knows what the heli will do when they put in an input so, they are always a step ahead of the heli which means you can react more appropriately if a problem arises. You'll be able to tell the difference if you don't already becuase it looks less random and more like a dance.

But, back to blades...based on what you told us. A good 3D blade is Radix, edge, SAB, or Align. These blades will give you a well rounded flight envelope and once you refine your flying skills, you can test out another blade until you get the heli to feel and fly exactly how you like. But, for now, you Edge blades should work just fine. Good luck and have fun!
Mellisa
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12-23-2010 01:04 AM  9 years ago
hotrodcaddy3

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thanks that was awesome to read. I know i need to direct myself to learn inverted hover and orientation. I know enough to not push myself as i can crash my heli or more worse hurt some one. but back to the blades again i pulled my Align blades off to check them out and found that one of them is warped, crap crap crap... i just got them. they have 6 flights on them.
watch me fly this, don't worry, read the book that came with the heli!!
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12-29-2010 11:17 AM  9 years ago
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The problem you had is you had the Align 600D PRO wood core blades! They are too light, mine were 108.5g each!! I actually liked how quick they were for low down 3D but they are very unstable and people have trouble getting them to track.

So basically you will like just about any other blade, even the Standard Align 600D's.

Im currently using Edge as they are very precise but quick cyclic and make a nice sound!

I also have the Radix SB's which are also awesome for hard 3D and the autos aren't as bad as everyone makes out, as I was buying them I was told to not even bother trying an auto with them... pah, what a load of rubbish. They are quiet blades though on 600's so if you like blade farts go with the Edge.
60% of the time, it works every time!
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12-29-2010 01:40 PM  9 years ago
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I know i need to direct myself to learn inverted hover and orientation. I know enough to not push myself as i can crash my heli or more worse hurt some one.
Man i'll be 100% honest and im not being funny when I say this.After reading what you said in the quote,your better off buying cheap blades like 600mm Mavrikk G4 or 600mm 3D blades.Your not going to notice a difference in any of the blades,only thing you'll notice is the price.
Your learning orientation so trust me and buy some Mavrikk G4 blades.They help with learning autos,handle crashes very good,tracking is perfect and you'll save alot of money.You can fly these blades all the way up to sport flying like,flips,loops,rolls,tictocs,tail slides ect..
600LE,OS55,OS PowerBoost pipe,Align 610's,Spartan
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12-29-2010 03:50 PM  9 years ago
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richardmid:
i found that the sb's auto the best and fart a lot where edge dont fart amd auto like crap! absolutly no hang time!
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12-29-2010 05:22 PM  9 years ago
hotrodcaddy3

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i am going to get a set of SB's and try them out. i tried a set of Mavrikks g5 wide chord and they work nice. the auto is awesome they float for everwatch me fly this, don't worry, read the book that came with the heli!!
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01-07-2011 06:37 AM  9 years ago
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i have v-blades690TST,sab690*62-690*4,edge 693,radix690SB-710SB,fk690 3D,maniac2 700,for me i love radix SB best,and v-blades also.Sponsor:Graupner、Scorpion System、SupraX、RCMania、Gensace.
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01-08-2011 11:00 PM  9 years ago
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Rotor tech blades are great for hard 3D, not so great for FAI style flying. I love that they have a nice snap on stops though. I'm interested to know what style pilot you are and maybe we can help narrow down your options from there.
Are you aware that Rotor Tech have different types of blades at similar lengths?

For example, for 90's or gassers, they have 690mm and 710mm units with the "66" as the last two digits in the code number: e.g CN266966 or CN2671066 that are designed for 3D

And for FAI they have the 700mm and 720mm units with the "01" as the last two digits in the code numbers e.g. CN267001 and CN267201.

The same "66" and "01" designations hold true in the 550mm blade ranges and the 600 blade ranges.
Phil
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01-12-2011 12:24 PM  9 years ago
KingJoeMack

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I have tried a lot of different blades in the last year.
Not because I wanted to, (I pushed the learning curve hard)
and I had purchased a lot of different used blades.
Overall I liked Rotertech best.
Curtis a close second, and then Edge.
Hard 3D, T-600, fast ,620 SAB Red Devil (old style), but not for Autos.
Fly with scheduled ground contact !
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01-12-2011 01:01 PM  9 years ago
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i really like edge blades
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