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Old 04-06-2012, 07:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Paint coming off blades, on Blade450 Rotors

Just inspected the paint on my Blade450 wooden blades and noticed on one rotor, the paint chipped and paint cracked, the blade looks fine though?

Do I need to be concerned?

Is this a problem with the wooden blades? Or do I need to replace my blades? Or repaint that piece of blade?

If i need to, would rather go with carbon fiber.
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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clear packing tape . rebalance ...
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't think there is paint. You mean the white plasticky coating? If that's coming off, the blades probably hit the ground and may be damaged.
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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How old are the blades and how big is the damaged area? Can you post pics?

For a small amount of damage you might be able to seal the cracks with some clear acrylic paint or something similar. As long as you add as little weight as possible or paint the other blade with the same amount of paint you should be ok. With wooden blades you should be ok since those run at a slower HS.

I'm not sure HorizonHobby will warranty your blades since there are some really tough bugs out there. But you might want to send them some pics if you suspect a defective product.

If the moderators offer to move this post you might want it moved to the rotor blades section rather than the B450 section.
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:12 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Horizon will not replace blades due to ground contact. The above suggestion is best about using packing tape to make the repair IF the blade tip isn't damaged too much. Use a sharp razor to LIGHTLY cut the coating from the damaged area and try to keep this even on both blades. Weight is a premium concern with this step and you also have to keep the blades as smooth and close to original form as possible. There is a video from Finless Bob on how to balance blades, Learn it, live it, embrace it, do it. Dont try to fly with busted blades, it'll tear your bird apart.
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Old 04-06-2012, 09:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Have had, maybe 8 battery re chargers, no ground strike, or anything like that, no crashes. So have had 8 hovers.
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Old 04-07-2012, 07:07 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Default Wooden blades Maybe rubbish?

I may invest in some decent Carbon Fiber Blades. Seems The Blade is not the only Helicopter where the coating on the blades rip off. I think not only will the wooden blades end up looking horrible, but become unbalanced, so think woodern blades are not the way to go afterall, so thinking seriously replacing the wooden blades.

The only other option is strip the coating off the wooden blades and just paint them, but the price of paint and mucking around better off with Carbon fiber.

Why they just don't paint the blades I cannot understand, the plastic coating they have is useless.

i have in the time being placed some tape right around where the plastic coating is cracking, and also evened the other side up with tape also and the same distance to keep it balanced.

What tool do I actually need to take the main rotors off the blade 450, so I can replace with Carbon Fiber Blades?
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Old 04-07-2012, 07:47 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Here's my stand on woodies.... Save one pair and keep them with you at all times when flying. Then when you do something dumb you take out the woodies and hit yourself on the head :o
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Old 04-07-2012, 07:57 AM   #9 (permalink)
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When the covering starts to peel, just rip it all off and hit them with a lite coat of varnish.
Problem solved.
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:08 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Good idea, or even paint white, or some other colour.
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:34 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Depending on your skils and level the woodies can be great.
If yoour a new beginner crashing relativly often wooden blades is great.
They dissipate the forces in the crash saving more of teh rotorheadt then carbon blades would do.
These are great wooden blades thats painted, not wrapped.
http://www.readyheli.com/HS1172-01-3...d_p_33985.html
I did use them the first year of flying.
Just keep the headspeed beneeth 3000 rpm with them.

If you are over the period where you crash alot go for carbon blades.
For myself i have good experience with Edge blades and prefere them over other brands.
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:49 AM   #12 (permalink)
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The next time you order something from hobbyking, get a couple meters of this stuff:

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=11338

Then you can peel that worthless covering off those woodies. and carefully cover your blades starting at the leading edge. With a bit of finesse they make a perfectly smooth covering with no flutter like the white shrink wrap does as it loosens up.

Align woodies are great too. I prefer the black/white ones.
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If it is anything like a Trex, a hex key and a small wrench is all that is needed to replace the blades.

Woodies can work and they can save your head a bit in a crash, but CF blades are better and you can get them for reasonable prices. In my experience, even with woodies, you need to replace the feathering and main shafts after most crashes. So the woodies really don't save you much. The slightest bend can cause you huge troubles. The shafts are cheep, I don't think it is worth it to try to save a shaft.
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Maybe not worth it to save alot of other parts but worth it in not destroying 30-50$ carbon blades.
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:49 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Has anyone ever tried making their own woodies?

I mean maybe not for a larger heli but for say, an mcpx or a Blade SR or something. I have a heap of hickory out back that wood be quite durable. Heavy yes, but mcpx blades are so small, I think it wouldn't add a significant amount of weight to the heli.

Anyone?
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The next time you order something from hobbyking, get a couple meters of this stuff:

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=11338
OMG I must have this....

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I'm still a newb/beginner. The woodies are cheap and clear packing tape goes a long way in patching blade scrapes. I have not tried carbon blade because the cost is too high for the skill set I have at the moment.
Yes I agree the coating is crap. The varnish idea sounds interesting.

Has anyone tried dipping woodies in that plastic dip stuff the mCPx guys are dipping the skids in? It would add weight but might help them hold up better
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Old 04-07-2012, 12:33 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I have and still use fiberglass blades. For a 450 they are cheap very cheap. With my 500 7$ to 14$ for a pair. As for 3D they do ok when I want to try something new I slap them on. They can take a lot of blade scrapes the finish is pretty good some better then others. Good luck.
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I went through a lot of woodies when I started with the Blade 400. One thing I found is the wrap on the blades is hardly ever shrunk tight. Hitting it now and then with a hot air gun or blow drier tightens it right up. Just don't get it too hot or it will tear trying to shrink too tight.
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Old 04-07-2012, 02:29 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I Think either Wood or CF, GF not so Good, hard

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