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 Post subject: Re: Blade 180 CFX
PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 10:42 pm 
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Here's some video of mine. So far it's brilliant!




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 Post subject: Re: Blade 180 CFX
PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2014 9:49 pm 
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Chris, Very Nice!!!

I got to fly the 180 today. A friend of mine Bruce had brought his to the field. The only change he had made was to go to carbon main blades. The one's from Blade suck. Anyway, I had a blast with it. Very responsive, predictable and just worked really well. Now I only flew it one time, but in the time I had a lot of fun..... Fun machine.

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 Post subject: Re: Blade 180 CFX
PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 8:21 am 
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Here's the canopy after painting it up. It's PlastiDip on the inside, so I can peel it out if I get tired of the colors. In fact, I already did peel the front half and re-did it, I wasn't happy with the first attempt. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Blade 180 CFX
PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 8:23 am 
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Cool!

Did the new canopy add much weight?

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 Post subject: Re: Blade 180 CFX
PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:16 am 
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It's about 8g heavier than stock. I actually forgot to weigh the back half before I put it on, so that's an estimate. The front section is 2.5g heavier than stock.

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 Post subject: Re: Blade 180 CFX
PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:52 am 
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Have you seen the torque tube clutch system a guy on RC Groups is offering? Claims that it releases before the gears break, but doesn't slip with flight loads. Supposed to make the tail drive system indestructible.

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 Post subject: Re: Blade 180 CFX
PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 10:28 am 
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I've read about it, but haven't seen any pictures of how it's supposed to work.

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 Post subject: Re: Blade 180 CFX
PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 11:02 am 
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I can guess. In one post, he says it's on the front of the torque tube. That tells me he has chopped off the sleeve of the front crown gear and rigidly attached a small one-way bearing to it somehow.

EDIT: That wouldn't work because the crown gear sleeve has to be inside a radial bearing race. However, the front TT end cap could be modified.

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 Post subject: Re: Blade 180 CFX
PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 6:49 pm 
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I would imagine that he won't share that information until it is finally sold. Otherwise everyone would just build their own.

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 Post subject: Re: Blade 180 CFX
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I definitely think the way to do it, in the interest of simplicity, is the stock TT gear on the tail end and an aftermarket aluminium gear on the front. The back gear is accessible with a single screw. Getting to the front gear is much more difficult. Of course the big issue now is the limited availability of the stock gears. Having a "fuse" only works if you have access to cheap replacements. Hopefully Lynx will have a solution. I ordered some stock TT gears a month ago and got the shipping email about 10 days ago. They have not showed as of yet. We are using the Microheli TT for now.

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