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Old 06-27-2011, 10:51 PM   #1
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Default Rebuilding my 500 and going flybarless

Well, after about 50 hard flights on my 500, I finally crashed it and need to do some fixing.

All in all, not really a bad crash. I figure now if I'm fixing it, I may as well upgrade it! I've got a spare Align 3GX lying around, so I'm going to give it a shot on the 500. If I like it, I'll run it on my new 600EFL PRO, if not I'm going to go with something else.

I ordered all the Align flybarless parts today, a few were on back order, but I should have them in a few weeks. I decided to go with all OEM Align parts for ease of getting replacement parts locally and some of the aftermarket flybarless conversions qualities are hit or miss.

I'm considering upgrading the ESC to a Castle like on my 600 for the governor feature not sure yet though. Other than that feature, I have no problem with the stock ESC, so I'm undecided on spending the $150 or so on a new one or not.

Casualties of the crash:
-Feathering Spindle (replacing thrust bearings just to be safe)
-Main Shaft (replacing main shaft bearings to be safe)
-Main Drive Gear and bolt
-Pitch, Aileron and Elevator servo gears
-Flybar
-One Flybar Paddle
-One main blade (Minor damage, but ANY damage and they should be replaced)
-Tail Boom
-One Tail Boom Brace

Upgrade Parts:
-Align 3GX Flybarless system
-Align 3G 425mm Flybarless Blades
-Align 500FL Main Shaft
-Align 500FL Main Rotor Housing
-Align 500FL Blade Grips (2 sets)
-Align 500FL Mixing Base assembly
-Align 500FL Linkage rods and balls
-Align Aluminum Blade Case (Just Cause.....)

Now onto the carnage pics:





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Old 06-27-2011, 10:52 PM   #2
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These some of the damaged parts from the crash:




These are the parts from the head that are getting reused:
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Old 06-27-2011, 10:52 PM   #3
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Tearing the bitch down:




These are the perfectly good parts that are getting replaced and upgraded to flybarless:
(Anybody need spare FB 500 parts? I don't need these)






This is how she'll sit for a few weeks until the upgrades come:
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Old 06-28-2011, 05:01 AM   #4
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Instead of the CCesc, why not get a VBAR instead of the 3Gx, if you go the full size version you can use the gov in the VBAR with the align ESC.

You will get a much better FBL controller, and a MUCH better gov, and it will be around the same cost
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Old 06-28-2011, 12:20 PM   #5
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or you can buy the beastX. it has many good reviews plus its cheap.
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Old 06-28-2011, 04:32 PM   #6
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I already have a spare 3GX, so I'm going to try it and form my own opinion based on what I experience instead of just hearsay. If I like it, I'll keep it, if I don't I'll try something else.
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