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Sunday, January 6, 2013

We can rebuild her! Eventually.

Back in September I had a bad day. Part of that day was taking the HDX500 up, losing power and watching as her frame split in half. I knew there were some cracks, but they were mild, so as it happened I knew what was going on. It was an old frame, maybe 5-6 years old, and it was brittle. Needless to say, she did not land well.
Split frame held together by the wires and skids.
Back half.
Front half
I have spent some time, from time to time since I really wasn't looking forward to the amount of work this is going to take, taking the HDX completely apart, piece by tiny piece. I had purchased the new frames a couple of months ago. I LOVE this heli, and really want her back together. I finally have everything apart.
All the parts pieces.
Today I will start putting the HDX back together again, piece by piece... I really want to make sure each piece is clean, and plan to rinse everything in acetone, and re-lube the moving parts with silicone. That part I am looking forward to.
But for now, a cozy blanket on the couch and some NCIS episodes I will watch for the hundredth time...

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