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Jan 13, 2005, 06:09 PM
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Suggested improvements for next Gen BR?


Please use this thread to post improvements that you would like to see in future versions of the Bladerunner. Please try to be brief and to-the-point.
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Jan 13, 2005, 06:14 PM
GBX
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Better Motors ! with heat sinks
Stronger rotors
Longer flight times
Jan 13, 2005, 06:15 PM
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Jan 13, 2005, 06:34 PM
Live to ride... and fly!
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Really this is more of a wish list, the BR is a bargain for the price as-is in my opinion

Make the "cat killer" mod permanent (remove hoop from rear prop).

Space the rotors farther apart.

Make the body smaller/lighter and make provisions for motor cooling.

Offer new/different body designs (might give more incentive for people to buy more than one )

Make the body removable.

Make the motors easier to replace (IE, install a plug on the wiring so that soldering would not be required) and offer replacement motors.
Jan 13, 2005, 06:47 PM
1. Add carbon brushes to the motors so they will last longer.
2. Improve the effectiveness of the forward / reverse control.
3. Include an extra set of rotors in every box.
4. Improve the pitch consistency and general quality / strength of the blades.
5. Put a few bends or a curve in the landing gear.
6. Add more space between the top and bottom rotors to reduce blade clash.
7. The amount of needed trim changes drastically during flight... it shouldn't.

Other changes that would be the “icing on the cake”

1. Add a comprehensive flight and adjustment guide to the manual (blades, CG). Include tips on learning to fly.
2. Include a small amount of strong clear tape for blade repair.
3. Add a disclaimer such as “The rotors on the Bladerunner are made of light weight materials. The pitch of the blades may need to be adjusted to obtain stable flight. The blades may crack or break during a crash. An extra set of rotors is included. Broken blades can usually be repaired using the included repair tape.”
Jan 13, 2005, 06:47 PM
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Yes, offer motor replacements. I would like carbon brushes or what ever you see fit for longer motor life.

I think the landing gear should all be bent in an arc. This will make the landing gear maintence free.

Just a thought. Maybe a motor mount made of metal, could be a heat sink? Also if both motors were themally linked by said metal, the yaw would have less drift?

Redesign you 9V battery contacts in the TX. Right now they press too low and the battery pops out alot.
Jan 13, 2005, 06:58 PM
kwhabq
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1. Make body smaller and easy to remove and reinstall.
2. Make motors with longer life - probably with carbon brushes.
3. A better battery which will give at least 10 min. of flight.
4. Strengthen leading edge of rotor blades.
5. Make the antenna a little less fragile - it is too easy to break and too hard to re-solder.
6. Replace spacers between rotors with a single length - make it slightly longer to reduce blade strikes.
7. Consider wiring of slightly larger gauge for motors and battery, and possibly connectors for ease of changing. It would help if the battery could be charged without plugging into the body of the BR. That way multiple batteries could be used.


I know this is a long list of desired changes, and will increase price, but if you note, most everyone has spent considerable amounts of time and money to make a great machine better on their own. No doubt the amount would be far better spent at the outset rather than through individual mods.

Thanks, and it would be appreciated if you would post the considered changes ahead of production.

Ken
Last edited by kwhabq; Jan 13, 2005 at 07:00 PM.
Jan 13, 2005, 07:15 PM
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Fotta,

I would have your engineers look into this wiring size issue. When I saw the huge battery wires in your QVC BR, I could not believe it. In my opinion, you guys had it right the first time. I currently fly a Safeway BR, with the small wires and have not power problems and get long flight times.

-Kwok
Jan 13, 2005, 08:53 PM
kwhabq
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BR Improvements


Intermediate gears with cutouts similar to the following photo would make it much easier to access motor mounting screws.

Ken
Jan 13, 2005, 09:48 PM
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Easy access for replaceable motors & gears...

Stronger tail motor so you can go places...
Jan 13, 2005, 10:07 PM
Steve Chambers

2 more wish items


- how about an on/off switch thats a little friendlier to operate.
on all 3 of my BRs it takes a bit of effort to operate the switch.

- TX charger should charge to 4.2v,
not 4.05v, not 4.15v, not 4.18v, etc
top off the tank!


-steve
Jan 13, 2005, 10:15 PM
Steve Chambers

Kokam battery


make Kokam your OEM battery.
it will result with fewer returns.
your inconsistent quality issues will take a huge step to being solved

-steve
Jan 13, 2005, 10:21 PM
Infinitisqrd
AMEN to all the above !
Jan 13, 2005, 10:40 PM
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I would like aftermarket mods.

Changeble bodies.
light kit. could put a plug on the PCB for power.
CF frame.
Slots for adjusting the pinion gears.
Jan 13, 2005, 11:03 PM
kwhabq
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Is this thread just a wish list, or is someone from ITC running it and listening????

If it is not an ITC thread, we are probably just wasting our time. Any thoughts?

Ken


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