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Old 09-16-2020, 09:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello fellow flyers, I am new to this forum but did compete back in 1996-97 time frame. I was out of the helis for a number of years but have been flying reasonably steady since around 2007. My flying is sport ,soft 3D but I always like making things smooth and precise. On that not i have decided to get back into F3C style flying and hope to be able to eventually make some events. I am a long way away from most contests but hoping to get some of the flyers in our parts of Western Canada interested in it. I normally hold a heli event at my field every year so we may be able to start incorporating a contest in
Now for my question, I have a new XL Power Wraithe kit coming and want to order a set of blades for it. I have been a Rotor Tech fan for many years and actually flew Leisure Tech blades before they became R/T. Looking at the new blades it appears Fun Tech, Energy Power, JR all have F3C blades also. I have not found much info on current setups people are running and would like to make a good first purchase. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Old 09-17-2020, 12:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey Dennis, that would be a great idea. I would be up for that even though I don't think I can do F3C that well, I enjoy flying with Paul and you guys. It would be neat to learn about the setup difference for these F3C machines.
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I think it could be allot of fun and a real challenge for us all. Looks like I will have to just bite the bullet and try some of the different blades on my own. I cannot find any real info on them at all. Take care and hope we can meet up at several different events in 2021
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Previous contests this year and last, I've seen SAB F3C blades in use and FunTech F3C blades.
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So in general with a pod and boom 760 size machine like to Wraithe, would people run the 720 or 740mm mains. Does it mostly come down to personal preference or disc loading? I am assuming the SAB blade would be the 730T. Thanks for any help that you can provide.
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Disc loading is part of the decision.
Other parts of the decision:
1. Max size blade your Heli can fit
2. How they do the aerobatics of the schedule
3. How they Hover
4. How they auto

Right after the 2019 NATS completed, I tested both the SAB F3C blades and FunTech 720 F3C blades back to back. For me and my Heli setup/tune, the FunTech hovered better than the SAB, but the SAB autoíd better than the FunTech. Choose a blade that strengthens your weakness.

I am currently flying the SAB blades, but if the chance presents itself, I will try the FunTech F3C 740. Lastly, not every rotor head design works well with a heavy rotor blade. Trying a standard version of a rotor blade is perfectly acceptable as F3C blades tend to be heavier than their 3D counterparts.

SAB I am talking about the 730WC https://www.helidirect.com/collectio...pion-wcs-730mm
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Dennis, you're in good hands. Full Montee, see you sometime soon.

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Old 10-24-2020, 09:37 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Sure do like the simplicity and what appears to be a very secure latch system on the bottom release battery tray system. I have the mechanics together and starting on the electronics. Should be ready for full blown winter, Ha Ha
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Well it has been test flown, very quiet and smooth which translates to a great test flight. Hopefully we will get some weather breaks yet this year for a few more flights!
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Nice looking heli Dennis!
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Nice looking heli Dennis!
Thanks, it sure is tough to just sit and look at it. Wish I could get another break in the weather and make some more flights on it.
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Hi Dennis

Sadly there is not to much interest in F3C in Canada

Many years ago Club Heli fun in Quebec city did a big fun fly with a F3C clinic.
It was a lots of fun and instructive.

We had Phil Noel who was a World level judge and Scot Gray who was 2nd in the world ranking giving seminar and tip on how to fly F3C.

It was a great time for me.

It would be nice to see some more of this type of flying in the country.

I will remember for a long time one for my practice flight. Phil and Scott came beside me and started judging my flying. Felt pretty intimating but they are both nice guy and are long time friend.

If I ever have a chance one day to go to Alberta it would be nice to visit some of your clubs.

I have a Hirobo Freya, Century Raven and Synergy 766 to fly.

And I love Rotor Tech blade.
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Yes it would be fun to have some guys to practice with and eventually hold some contests again. Team TSK, Phil is on the left of the photo, myself in the middle and Blair on the right. This was from a contest in Prince George B.C. around 1996 , the other picture is all the contestants at the event.
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Hi,

Good to see that you know Phil too.

Phil came to our funfly and tested my Hawk pro when I was leaning to fly.
Guy`s are still talking about it at the field.
I still had my training gear attach to my heli.
Phil ask me if my heli had done forward flight so I answered no
He requested to try it out.

He started fast forward then roll then loop then stall turn and 540 stall turn.
With the training gear still attach to the heli. You should have seen these orange waffle ball getting quite a ride.

He landed the heli and gave me the transmitter and told me "Have fun, nice setup"
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Iím getting back in the game too. Competed in the 2000 Canadian nats and the 2001 US nats. I love F3C style flying. Wraithe is coming. Thx Manny. It will be rotortech blades just not sure on the 720 Fai or 760 3D

Iíve also got both of my Pro2ks back and getting them flyable again

Looking forward to it.
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For what it's worth, I am using the 760s on my Diabolo 800+ that I try to compete with in F3C when I get the chance stateside. I run RTs as much as I can and have not been disappointed.

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