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Old 03-22-2013, 02:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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OK so I'll no doubt have questions, so I'll put them all here in my own thread

OK first question: Is this a problem?



I couldn't get it to thread straight no matter what I tried. It's only off slightly and it's visible in the photo (top left link).
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All good! Ask away, we are here to help!
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I think they're good as long as they're not angled much more. The main thing is the length.

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Thanks.

Next question. Both links are fitted but one side is VERY stiff. It takes a lot of force by hand to move the grip from the the arm. I know generally people say not to ream these at all but should I ream it a tiny bit as it's much stiffer than the other side?
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Thanks.

Next question. Both links are fitted but one side is VERY stiff. It takes a lot of force by hand to move the grip from the the arm. I know generally people say not to ream these at all but should I ream it a tiny bit as it's much stiffer than the other side?
Personally, I would just run the grips and work it in by hand. They wear in pretty quickly
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Thanks.

Next question. Both links are fitted but one side is VERY stiff. It takes a lot of force by hand to move the grip from the the arm. I know generally people say not to ream these at all but should I ream it a tiny bit as it's much stiffer than the other side?
As mentioned don't ream these. All links connected from the swash and above are subject to the most wear.

I'll put up a video on the link squeezing technique I mentioned in the other thread later tonight.
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Erics idea of squeezing the link will fix it for sure. if you dont understand what he is says, look for his video. you just dont want to go crazy on it.
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Also please remember--the links are directional. The side with the larger hole goes on the ball first. They'll be a tight fit at first (as in really tight), but as you fly more the links wear in where you can pop them on by hand.

Todd's got a cool way to put links on using a tool I wouldn't have thought of. I'll let him share that with you. He showed me via Facetime just before Birmingham.

Can't wait to see Eric's video!

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Also please remember--the links are directional. The side with the larger hole goes on the ball first. They'll be a tight fit at first (as in really tight), but as you fly more the links wear in where you can pop them on by hand.

Todd's got a cool way to put links on using a tool I wouldn't have thought of. I'll let him share that with you. He showed me via Facetime just before Birmingham.

Can't wait to see Eric's video!

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It is pretty simple. I just take a link tool and line the slot up parallel to the bottom of the link, with the round part across the back of loop end of the link. Then I just push on the handle of the link tool with the flat of my hand. Much easier on the thumbs than trying to push them on bare handed. A 4MM box end works for this as well

I can shoot a video if y'all need me to
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Thanks all. Do I need to sand the edges of the carbon fibre parts of this kit?
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Thanks all. Do I need to sand the edges of the carbon fibre parts of this kit?
Unless you have a fitment issue, sanding frame edges is more of a personal style thing. I only had to sand 1 spot on my frames. Right where the left front landing gear mount attaches. the cutout on the doubler was just a little small. The last kit I put together needed no sanding at all. Personally, I avoid it, as the tolerances in this kit are really that close!
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I round the edges where I think things like a servo lead may come in contact with a wire. In some cases, I'll put fuel tubing on the edge to make sure nothing happens if a wire rubs against the CF frame edge. The thing you want to do is avoid chafing wires. If you round just the edges, you won't run into fit issues--besides, chances are the rounded edges are exposed and come in contact with nothing structural.

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I round the edges where I think things like a servo lead may come in contact with a wire. In some cases, I'll put fuel tubing on the edge to make sure nothing happens if a wire rubs against the CF frame edge. The thing you want to do is avoid chafing wires. If you round just the edges, you won't run into fit issues--besides, chances are the rounded edges are exposed and come in contact with nothing structural.

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I use fuel tubing and goop for this. I do have a friend who loves to sand and seal is frames with CA, then assemble the heli and look at it sitting on the shelf. I build flyers, not showpieces!
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I know someone like that, too. My thought is anything you can do to prevent damaging components from use in flight is a good thing.

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Thanks all. I felt around the edges and it did'n't seem like it needed doing, but I always use fuel tubing where wires will be anyway.

After about 8 hours stop and start, I've got the main frame done. Servos next, but that will come tomorrow (it's 10PM now!). Since taking the pictures, I've fitted the skids too.





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Very cool, Harry! Nice to meet you!

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Harry, she is looking great! The fit and finish on the rush is in a much higher class than the price says it should be!
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Looks like you are getting impatient to fly the thing already given how quickly you are putting that thing together!
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Thanks all. Really enjoying the build so far. Except for the ball links - man my fingers hurt! Lol. Would people mind posting any "naked" pics of their rushes? I mean without the canopy before anyone gets any ideas lol. I need ideas for electronics placement please.
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:12 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Harry,

Check out the build thread in the Stickies... There are pictures there of mine. Also, I'm certain other folks will post their pictures, too.

On the links, there's a tech tip video that can save fingers. I found out the hard way, too. Necessity is the mother of invention.

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