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Old Jan 24, 2013, 08:57 PM
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Gents,
Another way to balance props: Just pull the motor up off the gear and the bearings will let the prop spin freely for balancing. Brandigan's post explains this: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...7&postcount=15
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Jim
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JD, there may be better methods, but i just put a string through the prop-shafts and let `em swing freely... then i take an exacto-knife and cut away a little piece off the side that`s heavier until they balance out... i hope you understand what i mean... this is not my mother-language.
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 09:46 PM
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Somewhere around here I've got a prop balancer that carries the prop on a steel rod with pointed ends that is held on each end by attraction to a strong magnet. No friction. Very precise.
A very heavy piece of monofilament fishing line between supports would be almost as good.
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Old Jan 25, 2013, 12:13 AM
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Gents,
Another way to balance props: Just pull the motor up off the gear and the bearings will let the prop spin freely for balancing. Brandigan's post explains this: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...7&postcount=15
Cheers,
Jim
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I'm not sure if it is right, but what I'm doing is:
  1. unplug all motors except one from the FC
  2. start the motor (while holding the quad), increase the speed and look on the round flat area in the center of the prop - if it is circle, prop is balanced. if ellipse - stop the motor, put some tape on the prop and try again
  3. repeat for all remaining motors
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Old Jan 25, 2013, 01:20 AM
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Hello manhill, Big difference flying with balanced props! Could you explain how you did the balancing? I searched this group and found many posts from users who did the balance trick but I couldn't find the way they did it.
I hope you, or someone else, can help...
Prop runs on a shaft on ball bearings connected to the motor with a white plastic gear.

I have never done it but it was described like this: pull the white gear down a little to disconnect the motor, Rotate the heli 90 degrees so that the shaft is horizontal and the prop hangs vertically, Tap on the arm or wiggle the arm to make the ball bearings run more freely, The heavy side of the prop will fall to the bottom. Put tape on the light side or trim off the heavy side. Repeat with other three motors,

If that doesn't work perfectly use the trial and error method. Run one motor at a time by disconnecting 3 motors at the main board. Mark one side of the prop with a magic marker or pen so you can remember which side is which. Add some tape, Run the motor at the speed where vibration is the worst. If the side the tape is on is wrong, take tape off and put some on the other side. Change the amount of tape until the vibration is at a minimum. Repeat with other three motors.
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Old Jan 25, 2013, 01:22 PM
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Rotor balancing...

Hello theothercliff, zhesto, rusty case, jesolins, manhill,
Thank you all for your help. Many things to try now.
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Old Jan 25, 2013, 05:05 PM
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I balance my props by taking them off or doing it on new props before I put them on. I put the prop on a small shaft or pin that is almost horizontal, and spin the prop by hand. It is fairly easy to tell if it is unbalanced by which blade ends up pointing down. Then I add a little clear nail polish out on the underside of the blade-just a little at a time, if you put too much on, you can sand or scrape it off.
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Old Jan 25, 2013, 05:21 PM
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I would like to suggest to always CUT AWAY some material on the heavier blade-tip. Adding tape WILL reduce lift.
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Old Jan 25, 2013, 05:48 PM
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Gents,
Here is my DIY magnetic prop balancer that I use for props up to 14 inches.
It takes 5 minutes to make...yes I know it looks like it took that long
Cheers,
Jim
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Old Jan 25, 2013, 05:59 PM
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Looks great, J ! pretty much what I had... except I had these cone things that fit the shaft and would compensate for any prop hole size. The sharpened point rode against 1 magnet, and floated in the field on the other side... It might have been a Top-Flite???
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Old Jan 25, 2013, 08:31 PM
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Hi R,
What I use in this magnetic balancer for my larger props is called a fingertip prop balancer: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Great-Planes...item53f3c65999
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Jim
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Looks great, J ! pretty much what I had... except I had these cone things that fit the shaft and would compensate for any prop hole size. The sharpened point rode against 1 magnet, and floated in the field on the other side... It might have been a Top-Flite???
:-)
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Old Jan 25, 2013, 09:35 PM
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That is really great, J !
K.I.S.S.
I like that!
a pointy rod with a couple cones...

Well ok... I got a balance question... How to balance helicopter blades for a coax that uses individual blades fastened at the rotor head? Is there a thread on how to do that?
tnx
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 02:05 AM
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P799 Canopy from Banggood

A nice fitting new canopy arrived - suitable for the 929/949 also.

OK - it actually shows my mQX - I will order some for my V's too

-mike-
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 08:10 AM
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Most people use the 808 #16 (hd) or a the non Hd versions...
Thank you very much
Sorry about the slow reply, been searching for this thread on my phone.
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 03:26 PM
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No probs

Here is a comparison between the v929 and v959 fpv...
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=215
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 06:09 PM
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Rc asked: How to balance helicopter blades for a coax that uses individual blades fastened at the rotor head?
make a small thin parallel rest using some thin flat plastic glued to a piece of wood the same width of the linkage balls on the blades. Take the blades and the head assembly off if necessary, and place the blades on the balancer with the shaft of the linkage balls resting on the edges of the verticle plastic. You may need to trim the plastic into an A shape with a flat top so that the blades can move up and down freely. That is what I use to balance the blades on my GW 9958s, it should work for coaxial blades, but you might need to include the head assembly with the blades mounted to it.

picture it like a seesaw with the blades as the board and a frame with the pivot in the middle.
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