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Old Jan 27, 2016, 06:12 PM
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Thought I'd show the progress I've made so far on Forza 450 #2.

The first picture shows how I mounted the necessary electronics. All the servo wires are cut to length. The only wire still wound up is the satellite wire as I had no pins so could not cut it to length. A small dab of hot glue keeps the satellite Rx wires out of harms way.



The second picture show how I mounted the Lemon Diversity Antenna DSMX Satellite Receiver. This is not a full diversity receiver, only the antennas are diversity. A circuit in the receiver detects which antenna has the stronger signal and uses that antenna. Yes, that is a coffee stir stick keeping the antennas positioned.

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Old Jan 29, 2016, 03:05 PM
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Looks good nice and tidy. Hope it flys well.
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Old Jan 29, 2016, 04:55 PM
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Is this heli more expensive to crash than its counterparts? That's what I heard anyways when I asked for advice on a first build.
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Old Jan 29, 2016, 05:20 PM
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I would say the opposite, the only constant in a crash seems to be stripping the original servo's gears which is a bit of a PITA to change (although it becomes easier after a couple of times), however I have not had a heli that did not do this anyway.

I have a complete spare heli (minus the electrics) in the cupboard and when I crash simply replace the part or parts and the order from RCJapan and replace in the spare kit.

In the many hundreds of flights (and maybe 5-10 crashes) I have only had to replace 1 main shaft, 1 main gear, several blades, many servo gears and that is about it. The fuselage and tail cover on my bird are looking a little worse for wear and I will probably change these over shortly.

Very robust and crash resistant heli IMO.
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Old Jan 29, 2016, 07:17 PM
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+1 - the Forza stands up really well to crashes.

I've bent a feathering spindle, but my mainshaft and tailshaft have survived a few crashes. The mainshaft is 6mm, and very short, and the tailshaft is 4mm, so they are significantly more robust than the shafts found on older 450's. I stripped the gears on one of the KST115's, and the canopy, which is nice and thick, and offers good protection to the frames, has a few nicks. The skids break, and they can also break the plastic skid mounts. The metal skid mounts are probably a worthwhile upgrade. I'm currently using 450 skids instead, which give the Forza a lower stance.
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Old Jan 29, 2016, 07:26 PM
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Can they not take those break away horns? Metal horns seem like a bad idea.
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Old Jan 29, 2016, 08:34 PM
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Can they not take those break away horns? Metal horns seem like a bad idea.
Is this a rhetorical question?

Note the plastic servo horns in the pictures I posted.
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I see, the build video i saw had metal ones.
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