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Jaydin56
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2009 5:18 am
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The tail controller arm snapped, luckily that's the only thing that broke, now I'm trying to get the tail rotor off so I can replace the part, but it looks like they've used some heavy duty thread glue and I'm only proceeding to strip the screw when I attempt to remove it. Any King 3 pilots out there able to help with this or have any advice at all? Thanks in advance
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2009 6:05 am
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Some times you have to heat up the screw to help break it free.
Use a soldering iron and heat up the screw to soften the thread lock.
If you have damaged the allen head and the tool is slipping inside the socket part, you can try another allen, maybe a standard size not metric and force it into the screw and get a solid bite to remove the screw.

Hope this helps.. I know working on some of these little parts can test your patience.
If you have no luck, you can take a cutoff wheel and a dremel tool and cut a slot in the head then use a straight blade scewdriver to remove it as well. I have had good luck with this method, since at the same time you are cutting the slot, you are heating up the scew which will soften the threadlock.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2009 6:12 am
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Thank you Crash, I'll give that a shot and report the results Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2009 6:39 am
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Perhaps a bit late here, but often a "Star Drive" bit will force fit into a stripped allen hex screw and turn it. Always worth a try.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2009 7:24 am
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Will try that too Tombo, thank you Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 11:28 am
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So. I finally got that stripped allen screw off the helicopter. I tried all the suggestions here on the forum, and wound up having to drill the screw out, which in turn bent the tail rotor shaft. I'm so angry I can't see straight. What's the purpose of thread locking a part that's going to be needed to be removed incase something breaks? I know, I know it's a possiblity the screw will come loose during usage, but this thing stripped, broke a drill bit, and was utterly stuck in there due to that thread lock. Evil or Very Mad Mad So I've gotta order yet again, parts for the bird.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 1:04 pm
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What thread lock are you using?? The way it was locked in there it sounds your using the red stuff..
Sorry about your dilema, I hope you get in the air soon..
If your changing the tail shaft, I would recomend getting 2 or 3 of them since they are prone to bending in a crash..
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 1:22 pm
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Crashagain wrote:
What thread lock are you using?? The way it was locked in there it sounds your using the red stuff..
Sorry about your dilema, I hope you get in the air soon..
If your changing the tail shaft, I would recomend getting 2 or 3 of them since they are prone to bending in a crash..


It's the stuff that came from the factory Crash. I've not clue what they used on it. But I tell ya, it's purely a pain in the tail to get to do anything
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