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Heli-Log 8:3:2012

Posted 08-03-2012 at 07:58 AM by rcnut

Just a quick update…

I pulled the fuel tank out of my Compass 3D+ and cleaned all the Zap-A-Dap-A-Goo off. It doesn’t stick too well on these tanks. The leaking fuel “was” coming from the vent hole. On the top of the tank is a molded port that a pressure fitting threads into, it cracked along the seam. It wouldn’t be all that bad, however, besides the fuel slashing all over my heli, creating a nice mess to clean up…I lose muffler pressure, enough to have me constantly adjusting the needle valves on the motor! Not good…

For some unknown reason I decided to pull the main fuel line inside the tank. The fuel tubing was in bad shape! It was beginning to break down. As I was pulling the line out, part of it ripped. Ok, time to replace that. I pulled out my plastic welder and proceeded to fix the crack. I welded the crack and added a thick new collar around it. After it cooled off some, but still mildly pliable, I re-tapped the hole. After an hour, I installed the brass pressure tap and put some silicon around it.

In the meantime, my new replacement tank is on its way! Wednesday night, while cleaning my Trex 700, I noticed the loops on the tail boom had moved…interesting…minor fix. As we get closer to IRCHA (12 days!) I become hesitant to fly, don’t want to break anything until I’m there. It did this once…

I was flying my X-Cell Fury Extreme and disaster struck. I piled it into the ground…hard. Frames, boom, boom supports, torque tube, tail blades, tail output shaft, landing gear, many bearings, mainshaft, main gear, feathering shaft, flybar, blades. You know, just over half the kit. I took this mess to IRCHA and searched every vender for parts. A long story short, I found everything I needed and even started rebuilding my Fury, but I gave up fixing it. I wanted to enjoy IRCHA…at that time.

But I do have a couple of heli's I won't be bringing, so I'll fly those...for now...
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