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08-07-2011 02:12 AM  6 years agoPost 1
BladeStrikes

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Vblade broke in flight ...
Cover your ear's at the end ..Didn't like these damn blade's anyway's .

Watch at YouTube

Watch at YouTube

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08-07-2011 02:52 AM  6 years agoPost 2
wrongler

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I would have to say that will not help the sales of the Vblade. Glad to see the damage to your heli was minimal. Send the blade back or contact them and see if they have had any other failures.

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08-07-2011 03:09 AM  6 years agoPost 3
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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V-blades are wood inside? I didn't realize that.

Hey, didn't V-blades go out of business for awhile? Are these a new knock-off of some sort?

That was a funny video. Not the crash part, but the "narration".

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08-07-2011 03:17 AM  6 years agoPost 4
BladeStrikes

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wrongler,
They don't make these blade's anymore and haven't for a long time.People seem to love these blade's and honesty,i'll never put another set on any of my heli's.As soon as it made that fluttering sound (think that's how it spelled),I hit TH.Glad I did because the heli would of ripped itself apart if the blade flew off.I know it was the blade because I lost way too much headspeed and couldn't even auto.I do have 2 more set's of good blade's but gotta pick them up from a buddy.Yup,not much damage at all----> landing struts,boom,tail blade's and main blade's ..

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08-07-2011 06:21 AM  6 years agoPost 5
Heliguychris

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Dont buy it.

you lost a link or something. The heli was nicely silohetted on the horizon when the sound came into the vid, and i didnt see an entire blade step outa bed.

Tempting as it may be to blame the blade, id keep looking myself.

Its not like that blade was being over sped in that vid.

Are you sure you didnt have root damage on that blade ?

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08-07-2011 09:14 AM  6 years agoPost 6
BladeStrikes

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Watch the 2nd video so you can see all the link's because it shows everything.
Nothing fell off and there was no damage to the blade root before this happend.If something was damaged,I wouldn't fly it and I alway's check everything over before going out.
The JR 8717's work perfect with no damage just like the rest of the electronic's/heli.If you don't buy it and everything is in perfect working order,what else could it be?The main shaft,spindle,flybar are all stright and nothing is bent.The only way this can happen is if something went wrong with the head or blade's and the WHOLE head is still in perfect shape,even after the crash..

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08-07-2011 05:53 PM  6 years agoPost 7
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ugg
that sux

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08-07-2011 06:15 PM  6 years agoPost 8
Icarus74

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Glad you was able to hit TH fast enough to prevent serious damage to your bird. I experienced a terror one day when my servo housing broke and freed my entire collective. I was coming back toward the flight line fairly high ready to turn away and it just went wild. I too hit TH screamed HEADS UP!!!! and watched in dismay as it beat itself to death in a tree on the way down, hitting the roof of the LHS and then bouncing to the ground. I had no idea what initially caused the crash but after looking things over with the guys it was clear I had a blade/collective failure.

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08-07-2011 07:48 PM  6 years agoPost 9
BladeStrikes

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zoot,
For sure ..

Icarus74,
Yup,TH is your best friend.I made a few mistake's on my own,pretty much pressing my luck inches from the deck so I learned to be very quick with TH ..It's saved me ALOT of $$ but I alway's laugh about it because the crash was from trying something I knew I was taking a risk on doing..This tick's me off because it's something I didn't do ...After watching the video a few time's,you can hear the blade make a snap/crack sound right around 1:32-1:33 ..Once I flipped it over it started to let go.Im guessing my HS was around 1900rpm,if it was around 2300rpm like I had it,that blade would of slung off for sure and that would of been nasty as hell and maybe a rekit.Everything in the head is perfect and all I can think of is the blade cracked around 1:32 but had enough to keep it from flying off until it hit the ground..The headspeed was sooo low when it hit,that blade shouldn't of flew off like it did if it didn't crack ..These are wood core blade's and old one's so maybe the wood could of gotton brittle over time.There the 690mm V2 Vblade's which haven't been made in a few year's,maybe 4-5 year's..I fly pretty close to myself sometime's but safe/close ..I alway's check over my whole heli everyday before walking out the door and can say that these blade's as far as I can see were in perfect shape with no damage..I'll have it back in the air in a few day's once my new blade's get here.

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08-07-2011 08:12 PM  6 years agoPost 10
Santiago P

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ARE YOU sure the it was not the boom that cracked in the air, flexed and made that sound.

When a blade lets go or cracks, it is catastrophic, and most of the time followed by a big cabooom.

I have see it many times.

YOU had neither.

Your blades could have been damaged on the ground inpact, when they:

folded back,
hit the theground,
and got cut by the metal grip,

Look and the tail tube drive inside for signs of rub when it let go. No rub marks would mean, the boom let go at ground impact.

It just imposible to have a blade let go and not have the heli shake up to pieces.

I forgot to ask, was the BLADE STILL ATTACHED, but cracked, and was the rest of the blade burried on the gound or away with no dirt on it?

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08-07-2011 08:34 PM  6 years agoPost 11
BladeStrikes

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I looked everything over 20 time's and see no sign's of anything letting go other than the blade .No,the blade didn't hit the boom in flight and nothing is imposible .Ive seen a few set's of main and tail blade's that had something happen in flight and the person was able to land with no damage.You can't blame something that isn't broke or damaged and so you know,the rest of the blade was PERFECT other than the root.No sign of boom strike or anything..

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08-07-2011 08:41 PM  6 years agoPost 12
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Thats pretty crazy, glad you were pretty low when it happened!

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08-07-2011 10:35 PM  6 years agoPost 13
ssmith512

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No sign of boom strike or anything..
Santiago did not suggest a boom strike. Might want to read his post again, as he is only trying to help.

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08-07-2011 11:02 PM  6 years agoPost 14
BladeStrikes

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I know that but was just saying.I never asked for help so learn to read the thread next time before replying,thank's.

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08-07-2011 11:18 PM  6 years agoPost 15
RobMcQuillen

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Where both links connected to swash/grips?

EDIT: Wait its Flybared but still were all the links on?

Rob

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08-07-2011 11:55 PM  6 years agoPost 16
BladeStrikes

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See post after Heliguychris ..

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08-09-2011 12:41 AM  6 years agoPost 17
Santiago P

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Hey guys I was just giving BladeStrikes other things to look for, not arguing what is in front of him, A broken blade at the root.

Was merely asking if there could be something else that was not obvious. Aparently not.

The video shows the failed blade was still on, but maybe just along for the ride as it was not making any lift.

By the way, wood does not fatique as metal or composites do. Those blades could have been overloaded in lift at any point in their life and buckle the chord where the metal grip ends.
V-Blades were never crap, and were built to structural lenghts that no other manufacturer did. But no blade is inmune to being over stressed.

Anyway, you were smart, and very lucky. Going to TH when you heard something wrong saved the day.

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08-09-2011 01:28 AM  6 years agoPost 18
BladeStrikes

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+1 and no arguing ..
Those blades could have been overloaded in lift at any point in their life and buckle the chord where the metal grip ends.
^^That could be it^^ ..I did get them used and who know's how many people had them before me.They could of been tipped over a few time's,hard landing ect... but just looking at them really good,I couldn't see any damage at all.Wood could of been stressed at the root but that's on the inside of the blade which noone could see.Someone could of also had the blade too tight in the grip which crushed the wood.Hard to say but I do know it wasn't anything in the head or on the heli.Ive had my share of crashes because a loose link came off and never once blamed it on the heli,blade's ect.. until now..

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08-09-2011 02:32 AM  6 years agoPost 19
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Not trying to start a argument but I don't think it was the blade either. Ive had many blades come apart or let go and they sure as hell didn't flutter lol.. We are talking full out implosion!! Your spinning those blades pretty good and if it did crack or fatigue at that point its folding and then chaos follows.

I know you say everything is ok but I agree with Money. I would keep looking!

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08-09-2011 03:00 AM  6 years agoPost 20
BladeStrikes

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Clearly you didn't read his last reply or mine because we did agree that it could of been the blade's but damage from a past owner,hard landing,tip over,grip's too tight ect...You didn't even watch the video because if you did,you'll see that the headspeed wasn't close to being high or pretty good,it was slowww..It's "1 page" so can't be that hard to read a few post,not like it's 10 page's ..O-well ..

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