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Old Oct 14, 2012, 09:55 AM
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Hold a small soldering iron on the screw for a minute. You might be able to unscrew it then.
+1 on that. HK tend to use some white threadlock that is way too strong, and I've always had to use a soldering iron on bolts such as the flybar seesaw and mixing arm pivots. I've not come across threadlock on feathering spindle bolts, but I've also never seen HK use any grease on the thrust bearings.

Since there aren't any plastic parts around the feathering spindle, you can go to town with the soldering iron without the risk of melting plastic. Make sure you have a couple of close fitting hex keys, since the last thing you need is to strip the bolt heads.

If you can't get it apart, you'll still have to deal with it at a later date - unless you crash the heli and need a new head.....
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Old Oct 14, 2012, 03:53 PM
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Ok thanks guys. I will give the soldering iron tip a go.

**update** I just got it separated with the soldering iron. The screws had a generous helping of "white" thread lock. Thanks again for your help
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Old Oct 14, 2012, 05:24 PM
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Hold a small soldering iron on the screw for a minute. You might be able to unscrew it then.
I have actually had to hold the soldering iron to the screw while trying to unscrew the tail rotor grips. It seemed like every time I took the soldering iron off it cooled down too much. I finally got it though. It's amazing how they will over do it on some screw points and not even bother on others. SHEESH!
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Old Oct 14, 2012, 09:26 PM
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It's amazing how they will over do it on some screw points and not even bother on others. SHEESH!
eg: the swash plate ball links :|

On one 500 I built the anti-rotation ball link released during its maiden test hover resulting in an expensive roll over and a big anti-climax.
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Old Oct 14, 2012, 11:21 PM
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eg: the swash plate ball links :|

On one 500 I built the anti-rotation ball link released during its maiden test hover resulting in an expensive roll over and a big anti-climax.
Yes, it's also easy to strip the threads on the anti-rotation link, so best to use moderate torque and decent threadlock when securing it.
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Old Oct 14, 2012, 11:29 PM
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Hey guys had a lot of fun at the scale fun fly. Here are some pics of the 500e airwolf. My wife took the pics. Did I say my wife took the pics lol!
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 03:33 AM
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Since there aren't any plastic parts around the feathering spindle, you can go to town with the soldering iron without the risk of melting plastic. Make sure you have a couple of close fitting hex keys, since the last thing you need is to strip the bolt heads.
Don't use hex keys, they always round off after a few screws. The Dynamite RC hex driver set (the red aluminum handled ones with replaceable bits not the cheap ones with the plastic handles) is inexpensive and actually holds up better than the Align set.
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 06:34 AM
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Don't use hex keys, they always round off after a few screws. The Dynamite RC hex driver set (the red aluminum handled ones with replaceable bits not the cheap ones with the plastic handles) is inexpensive and actually holds up better than the Align set.
I'm just about due for a new Hex Driver set. Is this the one you are talking about linked below.

Link- http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Dynamite...item460467c5bb
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 08:31 AM
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Just get a quality hex set. The ones that come with any kit are throwaways. One of the best 1.5 I have was $1.99 at deal extreme. The ones you are showing are sold at our lhs and don't lock into the handle.
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 12:32 PM
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Don't use hex keys, they always round off after a few screws. The Dynamite RC hex driver set (the red aluminum handled ones with replaceable bits not the cheap ones with the plastic handles) is inexpensive and actually holds up better than the Align set.
+1, I was just being sloppy referring to hex drivers as hex keys.....
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 02:10 PM
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mhills51....glad you got your wife marginally involved in the hobby...My wife thinks I might be a terrorist with all my random packages from HK...lol
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 03:59 PM
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Sometimes I wonder how a new heli kit can come with bent shafts. This current HK500GT kit I'm building was supplied with a bent shaft on the "tail drive gear set". I was just checking the rotation before fitting the belt when I noticed the gear was moving up and down through the rotation. Luckily I still had the broken CX500 lying about for spares or would have been a frustrating delay in the build.

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Old Oct 15, 2012, 07:15 PM
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I'm just about due for a new Hex Driver set. Is this the one you are talking about linked below.

Link- http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Dynamite...item460467c5bb
No. If those are like the plastic handled ones with the black tips then they will round out fast (the tips look identical) The plastic handled nut drivers I got from them were cheap and seem to hold up reasonable well though.

I mean these ones.

http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...Metric-Set-Red

These have lasted for months now without loosing their corners. I originally bought a single 1.5 as the second for removing the feathering shaft from my 450 and it held up better than the Align set I had bought. So I went and bought the whole set. I'm pretty sure than the black aluminum handled ones with the colored plastic end caps that Dynamite sells also use the same bits. Those cost $34 instead of $19 but also come with a 3mm driver.

Just to reiterate, avoid the ones with tips like these:

http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...Hex-Driver-Set

They will round out fast. It's not worth saving $7 over the good set.
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 11:39 PM
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I think the align pro slider will work with the plastic tail. Anyone else know?
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I am officially 90% ready to go. The radio is set, the manual servo adjustments are set, gyro gain is set, pitch is set, just need a break in the weather! Rain+wind the last week and a half literally almost every single day. Also waiting on my new canopy but the stock one is fine for the maiden.
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