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Published on Apr 9, 2012
Had some bad luck with this 500 ESP. The model as new in box for about 4 years and I finally built it. Didn't know that there was an issue with this model slinging the boom from the boom block until it happened to me on the maiden flight. Over $100 in parts for that rebuild and added the DFC head upgrade. On the "second" maiden test flight the tail let go due to a loose tail server bracket (my fault) but I was able to auto to a rough landing... broke a skid and striped two cyclic gears. As part of this rebuild I decided to pick up a set of $19 fiberglass blades for shake-down flights. No sense in risking $60 Edge FBL's for the test flight after a rebuild. Anyway, this is the "third" maiden of this heli with the cheap blades and the DFC head upgrade.