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10-22-2014 01:59 AM  4 years ago
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gmcullan

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450SA released when???
After a zillion flights, I finally stuffed my 450SA. It appears that the servo arm on the elevator servo fractured. The resulting loss of control was "interesting" to say the least. This is the first crash with this heli. I've had this since it was first released, but don't remember when it came out.

Does anyone know the release date on this heli? Unfortunately, the manual does not have a copyright date.

Thanks for your response!
Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450
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10-22-2014 02:22 AM  4 years ago
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2006
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10-22-2014 03:05 AM  4 years ago
gmcullan

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Thank you! These last a good long time if you don't crash. I sure got my monies worth out of this one.Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450
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10-22-2014 05:28 PM  4 years ago
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How many flights do you think it had on it?
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10-22-2014 06:38 PM  4 years ago
gmcullan

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Approximately 1600 flights, and I'm sure that there are flights I didn't log. The only maintenance I've had to do was that I changed the gears and tail belt once. My flying style can best be described as "old fart", so my equipment tends to last a long time. Also, at some point in its history, it was updated with an Align 450 Sport FBL head and Align 410 and 420 servos. A first generation Align G3 controller has served well and reliably with no drama.

During teardown, it became apparent that the damage is more extensive than originally thought. The tail boom is bent, as are both the upper and lower side frames. This model used aluminum frames. While the landing gear legs are OK, both skids are bent. Even the front battery mounting tray is bent as well as the canopy being significantly cracked. Totaling the cost of replacement parts to rebuild this heli to like new condition renders this essentially a rekit.

The LHS has an Align 450 Sport V2 kit. This kit is being very heavily discounted by several internet providers and I believe the LHS will match the online pricing. So guess where I'm heading this afternoon!

I'll use the 450 Sport FBL head and G3 controller on this build. With luck, I should have it ready for its maiden flight by Friday morning.
Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450
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10-22-2014 10:31 PM  4 years ago
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gmcullan don't worry John has a 450 Sport in stock. That's if you want something with a flybar.

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10-22-2014 11:14 PM  4 years ago
gmcullan

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Not any more. I picked it up this afternoon. I will not use the FB head, installing a 450 Sport FBL head and using a tried and true AR7600BX receiver/FBL controller. I'm almost done with the airframe build and weather permitting, should make the maiden flight Friday morning.Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450
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10-26-2014 04:31 PM  4 years ago
artimus

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i am not sure on the date of the 450 SA . i started flying helis when i turned 50 .the 450sa was my first cp heli. i learned to fly on that heli .i will be 59 in a month....mine has been in the dirt too many times to count and still flys great........looks good still

Fly Hard......Team Viagra
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01-06-2015 10:23 PM  4 years ago
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I am also an 'old fart' and have a very long of tooth 450SA that is really more of a Frankenheli due to all of the modifications and upgrades. My side frames have a special patina to them - from the multiple times they have been beaten straight on the flat of my shop vise with my 5 pound sledge hammer! It gives them a unique 'distressed' look, kind of like expensive new jeans... You can easily put it back together again. Enjoy your flying, I think it is a great hobby! AndyInverted IS more fun!
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02-18-2015 01:41 PM  4 years ago
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I crashed my SA a few weeks back and decided it was time to let it die. Mine has been through hell and back. I used to have 6-8 packs and I'd fly it every day either until all my packs were dead or I crashed. I crashed at least once a week back then. Like was said before, my side frames have a lot of tool marks from hammering them back flat.
I decided I am going to pick up one of the new 6S Dominators in a week or so. Last night I was bored so I looked over the pile that was my SA. Checked my stash of parts and got to work. Three hours later the thing is ready to go again. I am out of quite a few parts though after this repair. I used My last set of blades, no more new bearings, may be last time the frames can be flattened, no more of the large tail drive gears and I had to use a mismatched set of boom supports.
I thought this was its final crash but it survives to fly one more round.
I think I'll wait until the Dominator is RTF before this one goes up again.

Matt

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02-18-2015 03:56 PM  4 years ago
Flying Foot Doc

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"used My last set of blades, no more new bearings, may be last time the frames can be flattened, no more of the large tail drive gears and I had to use a mismatched set of boom supports"

They fly better that way! Andy
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02-18-2015 04:40 PM  4 years ago
artimus

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I didnt hammer the frames back in shape due to streching the metal. What i use is a pair of flanging plyers use in sheet metal work for bending and flatten sheet metal....the jaws dont pinch closed at the tip they come flat together like a vice.....works great. ....got them at Sears for $35Fly Hard......Team Viagra
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03-03-2015 02:06 PM  4 years ago
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Edited.60% of the time, it works every time!
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