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Old Nov 02, 2012, 10:09 PM
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Going to let you know Dragon Flies don't stand a chance against the blades of a 600 Helicopter in flight.
took me 20 minutes to clean the guts off and it threw my blade balance off enough I had to land.
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Old Nov 03, 2012, 10:33 AM
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Going to let you know Dragon Flies don't stand a chance against the blades of a 600 Helicopter in flight.
took me 20 minutes to clean the guts off and it threw my blade balance off enough I had to land.
That's actually quite hard to believe with the off balance thing on 600. I've hit monster dragonflies, huge locusts, bumblebees, etc in flight with 450s down to micro helis and never, ever had my blades get "out of balance" because of bug guts.
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Old Nov 03, 2012, 10:58 AM
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Going to let you know Dragon Flies don't stand a chance against the blades of a 600 Helicopter in flight.
took me 20 minutes to clean the guts off and it threw my blade balance off enough I had to land.
That used to happen with my 500 too... clean the blades and it made a noticeable difference!
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Old Nov 03, 2012, 11:17 AM
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That used to happen with my 500 too... clean the blades and it made a noticeable difference!
A single bug on a heli that size won't make a danged bit of difference.
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Old Nov 03, 2012, 11:44 AM
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A single bug on a heli that size won't make a danged bit of difference.
there is a Huge difference in how fast a micro to 450 to 600 head speed is.
My 600 head speed is only about 1800 RPM's
where a 450 is 2700
so a 450 has a better chance of guts not sticking to them as to where my 600 don't.
Not to mention there is more mass on a 600 blade then on a 450.
as you see in the picture how much of the dragon fly was still on them.
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Old Nov 03, 2012, 12:27 PM
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there is a Huge difference in how fast a micro to 450 to 600 head speed is.
My 600 head speed is only about 1800 RPM's
where a 450 is 2700
so a 450 has a better chance of guts not sticking to them as to where my 600 don't.
Not to mention there is more mass on a 600 blade then on a 450.
as you see in the picture how much of the dragon fly was still on them.
And? Never had a bug strike "ground" my .30 and .60 sized nitro helis with much lower head speeds, either. This is as ridiculous as that Mythbusters segment on whether or not a postage stamp on a blade would bring down a full sized heli.
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Old Nov 04, 2012, 10:42 AM
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there is a Huge difference in how fast a micro to 450 to 600 head speed is.
My 600 head speed is only about 1800 RPM's
where a 450 is 2700
so a 450 has a better chance of guts not sticking to them as to where my 600 don't.
Not to mention there is more mass on a 600 blade then on a 450.
as you see in the picture how much of the dragon fly was still on them.
Just ignore him, dude.

Many people have experienced this. It is a good idea to keep your blades clean - it makes a difference.
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Old Nov 04, 2012, 10:44 AM
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Just ignore him, dude.

Many people have experienced this. It is a good idea to keep your blades clean - it makes a difference.
Glad you're keeping up with everyone in this thread.
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Old Nov 04, 2012, 11:57 AM
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I would say a big enough bug could probably leave enough guts on the blade to affect performance, similar to using tape to correct the blades balance. It probably wouldn't be enough to make you crash, but could throw it off a little, maybe affect performance the slightest bit.
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Old Nov 05, 2012, 08:47 AM
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It is a good idea to keep your blades clean - it makes a difference.
A long time ago when I was flying a glow powered LMH, the thing all of a sudden lost lift, came down rather hard, and then wouldn't take off. It would get light on the skids, but not take off. Normal hover was around 1/2 throttle. I checked everything. Balance, tracking, RPM, replaced glow head, tried different fuel, etc. All appeared to be just fine. Then while re-re-checking the tracking I noticed that there was a spot on the disk that appeared to stick down just a bit more then the rest of the disk.
Here the tracking tape had come un-stuck from the under cambered part of the blade and the pressure from the spinning disk was pulling it down. (kinda like blowing across a piece of paper to make it raise) When it was not spinning it appeared to be stuck down. Now this piece of tape was only about 1/8" wide. I removed it and the heli lifted off and flew just fine. Hard to imagine that that little piece of tape lifting could kill enough lift to effect it that dramatically, but it did.
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Old Nov 05, 2012, 08:55 AM
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And? Never had a bug strike "ground" my .30 and .60 sized nitro helis with much lower head speeds, either. This is as ridiculous as that Mythbusters segment on whether or not a postage stamp on a blade would bring down a full sized heli.
Speaking of annoying Bug splats on my rotor disk!
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Old Nov 05, 2012, 09:00 AM
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Speaking of annoying Bug splats on my rotor disk!
I dont care who ya are, but thats some funny stuff right there....
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Speaking of annoying Bug splats on my rotor disk!
LOLz
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