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Old 02-25-2014, 09:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What did you do with your Blade 500x / 500 3D today?

I noticed that there's one of these on most of the Blade sub-forums, but not here... and instead of posting in other topics about this, I guess we should have one of our own!


Today, I decided to try out some of the $14 430mm Revolution FB blades on my 500x!

I ran 5 packs today for a total of a little over 32 minutes of flight time. What did I find out?

Well, the difference between the 430mm Revolution FB and FBL blades is much more significant than the difference between the 325mm Align FB and FBL blades on the 450x... (325F and 325D). On the 450x, I could barely tell the difference. On the 500x, the difference was very noticeable. Of course this is comparing apples to oranges, but still worth noting.

The FB blades spool up much more quickly... probably due to being both lighter and having the CG shifted towards the rotor head. I'm fairly certain that my head speed was higher, it certainly sounded like it. Different and much more blade fart.

They flew just fine, though it felt like cyclic response was significantly improved. I have my rate set at 70%, it felt a bit more responsive than the FBL blades at 100%. It's possible that it's making the FBL unit work harder... I noticed my tail didn't feel like it was holding as well. I've put off making BX adjustments because it almost seemed unnecessary, but the FB blades will push me to fine tune my BX.

The FBL blades are more stable. And more docile. It doesn't feel like a 3D beast with them at 70% rates. The FB blades do feel like they'll be great for 3D. Very responsive, faster head speed. Even more precise. All in all, they definitely feel like different blades. It took a few packs getting used to them, but I'll leave them on for the time being... until my new packs arrive and then I'll switch back to see how I like them compared to the FBL.

On average, for the same flight timer, I'm putting 250mah less back into the batteries. So, they might be pushing the FBL harder, but it's working the battery less. This is for 6:30-7:00 of flight time per battery on the stock Eflite 2900mah 30c batteries. I have two Pulse 3000mah 45c batteries on the way, so I'll try both sets on these new batteries when they arrive.

I received a 12t pinion and metal tail servo brackets... I'll probably install them tomorrow!

Anyway, proof is in the pudding or whatever...



So what did YOU do with your B500X/3D today?
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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For real? Nobody has started one yet? Nice!!!

Took her inverted for 2 whole packs, did some minor landscaping by trimming flowers and practiced piros until it was too dark to fly. I've been putting at least 2 batteries a day through mine.

I really feel this helicopter has a small following and is overlooked.
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What did I do with my 500X today? Nothing, just looked at it and wept. So freaking cold out you can't fly!!!
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Old 02-26-2014, 03:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info on the FB blades. I have a few sets and have yet to get my 500x in the air. It was nice here the other day but with 25 MPH winds. I still need to get a few more batteries and some metal tail grips. What are the advantage of the 12T pinion? Lower headspeed ? I was also looking in to a better ESC and scorpion motor. I run a governor head on my gaui x3 and like it.
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I think little bit lower head speed but more torque. I might grab a 12 because head speed is high! With 13
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I thought about my 500 in the closet and dreamt of warmer weather (-7 F today).
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I thought about my 500 in the closet and dreamt of warmer weather (-7 F today).
One on the bookcase. One in the closet. My backyard thermometer registered 77.7 F yesterday. It was sunny all day with no wind. I have no excuse.
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One on the bookcase. One in the closet. My backyard thermometer registered 77.7 F yesterday. It was sunny all day with no wind. I have no excuse.
Oh that would be so sweet! Can't tell you how jealous I am.
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Today it was raining... the sky cleared a bit for a few minutes... I flew half a pack until gusts started hitting 20-25mph-ish. I didn't like my heli being pushed around and seeing the FBL trying to compensate so I brought it right back down.

Got two new Pulse batteries today. Will probably install the metal tail servo bracket and the tail spacers to tighten up the play that has developed while breaking in.


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Thanks for the info on the FB blades. I have a few sets and have yet to get my 500x in the air. It was nice here the other day but with 25 MPH winds. I still need to get a few more batteries and some metal tail grips. What are the advantage of the 12T pinion? Lower headspeed ? I was also looking in to a better ESC and scorpion motor. I run a governor head on my gaui x3 and like it.
Thanks! I was wondering what they flew like on this heli. I wasn't sure, so had to try it myself.

I switched back to the FBL blades and will try the 12t pinion. I have no idea how it's going to fly, but I'll check it out and report back.
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Megawhacker,

You are at 77^F in Oregon??? What???? Which part??? I used to live in Portland and it would always freezing-rain in the Columbia River Gorge or be 40 and raining for 8 months.

It's lower 20's ^F in DC area. Sick of this long cold winter and the high humidity makes it much worse.
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Today it was raining... the sky cleared a bit for a few minutes... I flew half a pack until gusts started hitting 20-25mph-ish. I didn't like my heli being pushed around and seeing the FBL trying to compensate so I brought it right back down.

Got two new Pulse batteries today. Will probably install the metal tail servo bracket and the tail spacers to tighten up the play that has developed while breaking in.




Thanks! I was wondering what they flew like on this heli. I wasn't sure, so had to try it myself.

I switched back to the FBL blades and will try the 12t pinion. I have no idea how it's going to fly, but I'll check it out and report back.

Thanks I would like to know. I am going to pick up a 12T today if I get time.
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Flies great with the 12T IMO. I picked up a 3D when they were crazy cheap, and converted to FBL.

The 3D came stock with a 12T, the X with a 13T. I picked up a 13 when I did the conversion, but haven't seen a need to put it in yet.

If I remember right, I'm running 2500 and 2600 governed head speeds.
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Megawhacker,

You are at 77^F in Oregon??? What???? Which part??? I used to live in Portland and it would always freezing-rain in the Columbia River Gorge or be 40 and raining for 8 months.

It's lower 20's ^F in DC area. Sick of this long cold winter and the high humidity makes it much worse.
Medford. And that was two days ago now. I can say, however that Loreto, Mexico was in the 70's and sunny when I was there this afternoon and that Venice Beach, CA was light jacket weather earlier this evening.

I think Medford was just above 60 yesterday. I was in Portland and Seattle earlier this week and they were just as you remember. I also have had my share of freezing rain in the Columbia Gorge.
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I would love to see it in the 70's. It's 5:00 am here an 8 F outside with 15 MPH winds out of the north. Going to be 45 tomorrow I hope to get out and fly.
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Yesterday I developed a tail vibe after adding the bearing shim... I also added the metal tail servo mount.

Afterwards, I noticed the rear screw of the bearing housing wasn't installed. I'm fairly certain I put it on. It shouldn't have worked itself out as I do use loctite. Hopefully I'll get a test flight this afternoon to see if that's the problem.
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Blade 500 x 🚁sunset and cold! (2 min 5 sec)

Checking out pitch parameter and cyclic response after coming back from field ....flying with 3300 mah pulse 45c
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Pushed the carcass to the corner to make room to install an IKon in the 700x.
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Developed vibrations from the metal tailcase... I think the bearings failed. I put the stock tailcase back on and it's flying better. About to fly a 5th pack. It's nice out, no rain and the sun is shining.


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Pushed the carcass to the corner to make room to install an IKon in the 700x.
Ouch! The carcass... that sounds really bad. Hope your ikon install goes well!
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Still too cold to fly even though it warmed up nicely today, up to -22. Went snowshoeing instead, very windy, gusts giving -45 windchill. Gorgeous day but come on spring, tired of hearing how these soCal guys are having fun already.
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Still too cold to fly even though it warmed up nicely today, up to -22. Went snowshoeing instead, very windy, gusts giving -45 windchill. Gorgeous day but come on spring, tired of hearing how these soCal guys are having fun already.
I prefer curling to heli's anyway eh'
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