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Old 06-29-2013, 10:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default So this is what a twisted head/hub looks like?

I ordered a bunch of parts for my 450X after a crash early last week, and I am just now getting around to fixing it. Ordered the parts I thought I needed before I went on a trip to Vegas. Feathering spindle was bent, blades toast, stripped a servo, wasn't sure about the main shaft so ordered a pair of those too. Also ordered some linkage rods, ball links, and thrust bearings and main grips just in case.

As I went through the rebuild work, I installed the feathering spindle and went to install the links from the grips to the swash. That's when I noticed the swash balls were rotated about 20-25 degrees relative to the balls on the grips. WTF? That's when I pulled the hub off and saw this...

I never noticed this until I tried to install the links. I actually second guessed my original parts order and added the main shafts (and it does look like it was bent slightly). I thought I might need the hub, but when I looked at the heli at the time it all looked OK.

So are there any other options for this part? It does seem incredibly weak at that attachment point.
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Old 06-29-2013, 10:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yup, this is my biggest annoyance with the 450X.

Every single crash I do a headblock (even if I hit TH with plenty of time) so I stocked up long ago as they were only $20 a pop.

IMHO, it's needlessly weak and doesn't protect a single part of the heli. You still do spindles and main shafts and main gears etc.

The 500X headblock in the same fragile design...hmm...
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Thanks - I wish they were still $20. Looks like about $28 basically everywhere...
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Old 06-30-2013, 08:26 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The LHS in Ottawa wants $30 for the head block. They are selling the 450x for $530.
My 450x is great and was excellent value at Amains' blow out price. But the longer I am in this hobby the more reasons I find to move away from Blade helis.

Is there a stronger after market head block available?
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Thanks - I wish they were still $20. Looks like about $28 basically everywhere...
Hobby-on sells them for $17 for member but shipping is $10 but they do have real cheap prices. Check them out.
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Hobby-on sells them for $17 for member but shipping is $10 but they do have real cheap prices. Check them out.
I can get it on Amazon right now for $27.99 with free shipping and no sales tax. No membership required other than a free account sign-up.
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I can get it on Amazon right now for $27.99 with free shipping and no sales tax. No membership required other than a free account sign-up.
Member just requires signing up. But there parts are cheap than hopmeup.
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Member just requires signing up. But there parts are cheap than hopmeup.
Good to know and I'll have to bookmark them. Hopefully, they won't charge sales tax as Arizona is getting tough on that with internet sales.
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I already ordered the head block from amain, but I have bookmarked hobby-on - they do seem to have pretty good pricing, but I haven't gone through the process of finding out shipping costs. It might be worthwhile if I was placing an order for a lot of parts! Their canopies are about $10 for the stockers.
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I signed up for an account earlier and checked. $17.49 for the head block. Not bat at all, and free shipping over $99. It adds up fast and $10 isn't that much anyway if you have a good sized order. Thanks for the recommendation!

But, they don't have a lot of parts listed for the 450X, though. Not a single tail part, boom, belt, etc. No frame or skids listed, either.
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I signed up for an account earlier and checked. $17.49 for the head block. Not bat at all, and free shipping over $99. It adds up fast and $10 isn't that much anyway if you have a good sized order. Thanks for the recommendation!

But, they don't have a lot of parts listed for the 450X, though. Not a single tail part, boom, belt, etc. No frame or skids listed, either.
Don't the 450 3D & 450x share some the same parts try that. They also good prices on heli like 500X & 550X. Most the time I was ordering for 300X parts.
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Don't the 450 3D & 450x share some the same parts try that.
Ah, yes. Excellent point and they share much more than just "some of the same parts". The 450 3D and 450X are EXACTLY the same heli, mechanically, from the swashplate (including the swashplate) down. Only the mainshaft and head assembly are different. All of the rest of the mechanics, frame, skids, etc are exactly the same. Even the canopies are interchangeable.
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