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Old Dec 08, 2012, 06:38 PM
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Is there any place to get parts for the FMS Pitts biplane? Today I was flying her for the 5 th time and all of a sudden it made a loud noise and I noticed two of the prop blades broke off and yes I do balance my props. Well this caused the motor to wobble and break the plastic motor mount. She landed ok but hit a small tree in yard on my emergency landing and broke the elevator. This really suck because I really liked that plane. Anyone think BH will replace? So if there are no parts is this a 260 dollar piece of foam on wheels?

If you can't find parts for a time, maybe you can make an elevator out of balsa.

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Old Dec 08, 2012, 07:48 PM
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Is there any place to get parts for the FMS Pitts biplane? Today I was flying her for the 5 th time and all of a sudden it made a loud noise and I noticed two of the prop blades broke off and yes I do balance my props. Well this caused the motor to wobble and break the plastic motor mount. She landed ok but hit a small tree in yard on my emergency landing and broke the elevator. This really suck because I really liked that plane. Anyone think BH will replace? So if there are no parts is this a 260 dollar piece of foam on wheels?
Try www.pw-rc.com

http://www.pw-rc.com/index.php/cPath/124_149

It shows a Pitts elevator in stock. Not sure if it is the right one for you.

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Old Dec 08, 2012, 11:09 PM
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Well, finally assembled my FF and took it out to the front paddock (reasonably close cut grass and dirt/dust) for low and high speed taxy trials. Two low speed runs went well, but on the second high speed run the aircraft just lifted off (two or 3 inches) and the port undercarriage wheel and leg assembly fell out of its upper sleeve. Pulled power off and the aircraft slewed to a halt in a cloud of dust with one broken blade and the oleo door snapped in two. The inner doors were ok. Fortunately I had fitted wing tip skids in case this ever happened so there was no other damage (tip didn't even hit ground). On investigation I found the grub screw showing two thread out of the sleeve. Both trunnion grubs were also loose. The starboard side U/C exhibited the same loose condition. I know I should've checked but I didn't . QA is obviously a little lacking at production level! Anyway, a word of warning for those new to this bird - check all nuts, bolts and anything that moves! She's all fixed and ready for a maiden early January.
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Old Dec 09, 2012, 02:44 AM
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Happy to hear your Mustang survived OK. Indeed all screws fittings and structural supports need to be inspected for integrity in ARFs. Especially a complex one like this P-51.

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Old Dec 09, 2012, 11:43 AM
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On investigation I found the grub screw showing two thread out of the sleeve. Both trunnion grubs were also loose. The starboard side U/C exhibited the same loose condition. I know I should've checked but I didn't . QA is obviously a little lacking at production level! Anyway, a word of warning for those new to this bird - check all nuts, bolts and anything that moves!
This has always been an on-going issue. Always check the motor/mounts, the E-Tracts, even the servo arms for security. You don't know if that plane you got didn't come off the line at 5:00pm on a Friday?

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Old Dec 09, 2012, 06:28 PM
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Thx for the tip ... with mine I assembled and went straight to flying without incident. Probably not the best thing to do. Will check these items before the next flight. What an awesome plane !

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Well, finally assembled my FF and took it out to the front paddock (reasonably close cut grass and dirt/dust) for low and high speed taxy trials. Two low speed runs went well, but on the second high speed run the aircraft just lifted off (two or 3 inches) and the port undercarriage wheel and leg assembly fell out of its upper sleeve. Pulled power off and the aircraft slewed to a halt in a cloud of dust with one broken blade and the oleo door snapped in two. The inner doors were ok. Fortunately I had fitted wing tip skids in case this ever happened so there was no other damage (tip didn't even hit ground). On investigation I found the grub screw showing two thread out of the sleeve. Both trunnion grubs were also loose. The starboard side U/C exhibited the same loose condition. I know I should've checked but I didn't . QA is obviously a little lacking at production level! Anyway, a word of warning for those new to this bird - check all nuts, bolts and anything that moves! She's all fixed and ready for a maiden early January.
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Old Dec 09, 2012, 07:44 PM
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Hard lesson to re-learn!!

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Old Dec 10, 2012, 08:36 AM
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I need to reinstall the gear sequencer, but as there are no markings on it, I am at a loss. Can someone help me out and let me know which one goes where? IE: inner doors on left, maingear on right or vice versa. Thanks!
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 04:21 PM
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Thank you Anders!
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 05:02 PM
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In regard to sanding you really aren't going to be sanding enough to make a difference in the airfoil of the blade
So don't be afraid to sand
It won't hurt :

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I would not be grinding off parts of a blade!! Near the hub or not... let alone that near the hub is fairly useless, as it is so close to the point of pivot!! And change in a surface, from smooth to....??? 'dented', slotted, 'holed' etc etc adds a point of weakness. Umm, "Weaker-ness"...LOL. Weaker than it was in its pure form.

V8's mentioned ways of tape, paint, ca.... out on the blade.... is far more technically sound.

I think the paint idea is the best, as far as the least alteration of the blade and airflow. Though I use a band of tape myself - making sure the ends are 'downstream airflow' so they will never lift off themselves over time!

You also can't do anything that alters the blade area out in it working airflow areas. eg sand or trim back/off any! That would cause an 'aerodynamic imbalance' only seen when the prop is in use.
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Old Dec 12, 2012, 05:40 PM
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ok just finished the cradle a few days ago. Now its all done.
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Old Dec 12, 2012, 06:22 PM
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Looks like that will work well. I was not able to see the video though.

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Old Dec 12, 2012, 06:25 PM
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click on the link on top of he video insted of play
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