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Old 04-22-2012, 03:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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COuld anyone help identify this head?
Looks like some sort of KDS headblock with DFC?
I found the picture on rcthai.net and it is Lee Jaehong's helicopter.
I'd love to know what it is and where to get it from before I go and buy an align one instead!!
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COuld anyone help identify this head?
Looks like some sort of KDS headlock with DFC?
I found the picture on rcthai.net and it is Lee Jaehong's helicopter.
I'd love to know what it is and where to get it from before I go and buy an align one instead!!
The last I heard is that it's not yet generally available.
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Old 04-26-2012, 01:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I hope it's not. Even the align ones are having fatigue failures on the solid links. Hopefully they either come out with brass dampeners or make a more flexible fatigue resistent link like the compass head.
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Old 04-26-2012, 04:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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What is a brass dampener?
From what I've read it seems to be mostly people fearing that something might fail, and then comparing the compass head with the align head.....then it just turns into coke vs pepsi and all reason goes out the window haha.

I understand the principles of why people are worried about failure though, so don't get me wrong!

If you have any links (websites lol) I can check please post, I don't want to buy one if it's proven to be a worry!
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Basically with both links hooked to the swash, it prevents the swash from pivoting. So when you get a load on the blades, it will transfer that load to the head via the dampeners. No dampener is a full rigid setup with rubber bushings. ( I know that there are designs that actually have no dampeners in them ) so, when that load puts more pressure on one side of the head (ex. a single direction roll) it can put a bind on the links themselves.

If there is no "give" or flexibility to the links it will transfer that load now down to the swash, which will in turn either break, loosen, or damage the swash plate, or worst case scenario it will actually break the aluminum link itself.

I think the compass is a much better design, but I am a compass fan, and they basically came out with that style of head, or at least made it much more popular.

With a brass dampener, essentially you would turn the head into a rigid mount head, and eliminate the possibility of loading the links when the dampeners flex to absorb the blade loading and unloading.

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9XAPvYUXq4[/ame]

This video shows an over exaggerated case so it's easy to visualize
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Old 05-18-2012, 06:10 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Found it!
Available from rc711 with new kits only. Haven't seen it by itself yet:
http://www.rc711.com/shop/kds-innova...?cPath=165_298
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Ok well the KDS DFC head is not going to be available for another month...they are not accepting orders ofr a month due to re-construction of the head...I am lead to beleave there were some issues with construction.

There are a whole bunch of DFC parts available as well after this time.

I have a full price list of all the DFC parts from a wholesaler in Hongkong..

the EU want to sell them at high prices..around 100Euros( as found on an italian hobby site ) ...hongkong will list parts cheaper hopefully.

Parts available include the control links..new designed counter rotation pully and main shafts and new rev 2 tail rotor design...

All the parts by all accounts are pretty cheap...I have seen estimated prices but am told not to disclose as they are not necessarily set in stone...these rely on things out of teh wholesalers control obviously.

I will keep an eye on it and as soon as they have a release date I will let you all know..

I have imported a bunch of KDS kits and parts in teh past...If I get a couple of these heads and see how they go I might bring in a heap of them..there have been issues with teh bearing housing tolerences on teh previous KDS heads..

Anyway as soon as teh parts are listed on the website in Hlk thats when theyl be available...pats can take up to ten days to order before post because they manufacture to order based on min quantity orders...

Sites listing teh head for sale...i can almost guarantee do not have them in stock...unless they had a pre-release production run..


hope this helps :-)

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Old 06-19-2012, 11:40 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Basically with both links hooked to the swash, it prevents the swash from pivoting. So when you get a load on the blades, it will transfer that load to the head via the dampeners. No dampener is a full rigid setup with rubber bushings. ( I know that there are designs that actually have no dampeners in them ) so, when that load puts more pressure on one side of the head (ex. a single direction roll) it can put a bind on the links themselves.

If there is no "give" or flexibility to the links it will transfer that load now down to the swash, which will in turn either break, loosen, or damage the swash plate, or worst case scenario it will actually break the aluminum link itself.

I think the compass is a much better design, but I am a compass fan, and they basically came out with that style of head, or at least made it much more popular.

With a brass dampener, essentially you would turn the head into a rigid mount head, and eliminate the possibility of loading the links when the dampeners flex to absorb the blade loading and unloading.


This video shows an over exaggerated case so it's easy to visualize
I saw your Vid on this a wile back....i was hesitant to buy teh Align DFC head...but I realised teh only thing that broke is teh bolts hoklding them in..they revised teh links as you may well knwo by now...and not a person i know has broken one ..yet....I have been super happy with teh DFC rev 2 head on my trex700...but yes effectively a rigid head... fells awesome...how'd you find flying it anyway ?

Pretty hard on head dampers I imagine..but i dont fly hard enough to worry about teh issues of the Rev 1 even..

Anyway all good... i will get a coupel of thos KDS heads in and see what theyre like too... cheap alternative...I have a lot of KDS heads and parts..theyre ok... for teh price.
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