Why Not To Use Performance Props

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Why Not To Use Performance Props

Post by Drone Shop » 28 May 2012, 18:45

After finally getting around to testing them.
We found them very hard to fit, required alot of pressure to push them onto the prop shafts.
Which in turn made it harder to get the circlips on.

When flying we found there was very small noticable performance differences, the drone climbed alot quicker and turned alot quicker (not much but we could tell)

After flying about abit we decided to do a few crash tests............well it only took ONE!!!
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Flew beside a small bush to catch a small twig/branch and bam she cut out. on close inspection there was a crack in the propellor, it still flew fine.
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so we moved onto something abit harder, we decided to fly low but while moving hit the corner of the BBQ, that was more then a crack it split (this was a different prop) :o
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It did still fly but it was just not controllable :evil:
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So we reverted back to the standard props and ran the tests again, and again and again and again and well...... there still in good shape :twisted:

So because of this we will now be taken them off my shop, as you may be aware we only sell AR. Drones and we give full support to our customers, selling these would just be stabbing you/our customers in the back :?
If you do however want to try a set let us know, the price is £9.99 BUT you do so at your own risk ;) you have been warned 8-)

Please remember this is our opinion, you may have had better times with yours.

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Re: Why Not To Use Performance Props

Post by matrix961 » 29 May 2012, 01:37

It's a shame these turned out to be brittle causing them to break easily. It's good that you tested them like this before continuing sales on them. It's important to customers that a shop is only interested in quality product. I'm assuming these are the same as the ones we've seen on other sites like hobby king correct?

Would it be possible to just have the manufacturer make them with a more flimsy composition? These would be a big hit for sales especially if other colors are possible like solaris8x86 said.

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Re: Why Not To Use Performance Props

Post by ShellDude » 29 May 2012, 03:07

Oooooo thars an idea... glow in the dark props!

We could likely coat them to get the same effect...

Anyone try dying them yet? My guess is it would take a couple dips in white to get a good prime.


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Re: Why Not To Use Performance Props

Post by ShellDude » 29 May 2012, 03:20

Ever hear of rit dye? It doesn't come in a can and you don't spray or coat it on like paint... its a bath...

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Post by ShellDude » 29 May 2012, 03:30

Ha! That's all I need... another project. It all depends on how well a base white bath takes. My guess is it would work well after a day or two soaking.

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Re: Why Not To Use Performance Props

Post by DBS » 29 May 2012, 03:37

Just did all my prop tips with this advice... i found neon glow in the dark orange/pink/yellow/green in the craft section at Walmart ... did the front two props orange and the rears green... the neon bright paint shows up awesome in the daytime... thrilled with the daytime results... the nighttime glow in the dark quality leaves me disappointed ... doesn't glow very bright... doesn't glow very long... however... the bonus is... paint doesn't stick to these props real well... good enough to fly but real easy to get your fingernail under it and peel off all in one piece.. clean... i like it... simple fix when you scratch a blade on a tree branch or whatever... so i found the original good 'ol glow in the dark greenish paint at home depot that glows long and strong and super bright and i'm doing all the tips again tonight with a "tip only" pattern in front and a "tip and inner ring" pattern in the back... this should give me a good visual reference of a large ring up front and a double ring in back... working this in with the neon colors for daytime and trying to keep everything in balance as the colors start to add up is getting to be a cool little technique and i'm not having any prop balance issues at all as long as i try to keep everything uniform size and thickness... works great ... i'll try to get it on video tomorrow
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Re: Why Not To Use Performance Props

Post by Drone Shop » 29 May 2012, 07:51

ShellDude rit dye is amazing stuff. have used it on a few things in the past.

matrix961 Thank you, we feel its best if specialising in the drone to only sell products that are perfect for the drones.
it is a massive shame they are soo brittle because there is a noticable difference between the standards and these.
The material the standard ones are made from is expensive and to keep the costs down to the same or close as standard props you would need to order millions like parrot have :-(

I might have a look into dying some props as a little test but i cant promise the quality would be any good. It does however dye the plastic so there wont be much in the way of added weight.

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