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Old 05-18-2010, 08:06 PM
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Default McCutchen Rotor Bades

I have recently purchased an air command single seater and need some advice on the minor repairs to some McCutchen Rotor blades. There is some minor scuffing on the tip of one blade done by previous owner. Have been told they can be repaired but need to use the right fibreglass compounds.
Can any of you advise on the compounds that are required to repair these blades.
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Old 05-19-2010, 06:04 AM
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Can you post some pictures of the areas that need repair?
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Old 05-19-2010, 07:42 AM
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It depends on what you mean by “minor scuffing” and what caused it.
Most of the times, blades flapping can hit the ground leaving some marks on the tips of the blades. If this is your case then you have to be careful and check not only the blades but the rotor head and bearing too.
Minor scuffing due to transportation need only some paint which comes together with the McCutchen blades.
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Old 05-19-2010, 07:43 AM
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An outfit in California has taken up manufacture of McCutchen rotors again. Their site is http://www.skywheels.com and their phone number is: 310-608-4419 or email: blademan@skywheels.com.

It looks like they have recovered all the documentation and setup information to display on their website. Lots of useful stuff there.

One wonders if they might have a repair kit.
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Jon, the date on that website is 2003, are you sure they are back up?
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Old 05-19-2010, 08:12 AM
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McCutchens are built using essentially fiberglass-boat technology. Provided that the damage isn't structural, they can be repaired using the supplies sold at marine stores for similar repairs on boat hulls: polyester resin and red gelcoat.

Mike's right, though -- we need to see a pic of the damage to suggest whether it's only cosmetic.
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An outfit in California has taken up manufacture of McCutchen rotors again. Their site is http://www.skywheels.com and their phone number is: 310-608-4419 or email: blademan@skywheels.com.

It looks like they have recovered all the documentation and setup information to display on their website. Lots of useful stuff there.

One wonders if they might have a repair kit.
Carefull there...... that site has a virus, all my bells and whistles went off when I tried to go there.
I called and talked to the person who owns it now about a year ago. At that time he was still not in production and was estimating several years before he'd actually be selling blades again... if at all..

If someone knows different that that, let us know.
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Hmmm...no, I am not sure. I heard they were, but I'll have to check now. Sorry about that.
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I got the same virus warning when I clicked the site.
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I have talked with Jim, the new owner in the past. He leaves the site up for people to get information on rotors they already own. He said if enough people were intererest he would consider making a run of rotors. That was about a year ago. I just visited the web site and it appears ok on my puter.
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When that website & ad in Rotorcraft mag came back, I was very excited. I love my McCutchens.

I still have the site on my favorites, but no longer visit it because of that virus thing.

I did enjoy the site for a while & dreamed of owning another set in the color of my choice(probably red anyway ) with the new SWEPT TIPS !

I guess we can only hope & pray ! Someone please start making them again.

Where is Jim McCutchen ?

How do you just keep a website up like that ? WTF ???
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I also talked to Jim about 6 months ago. He told me that he had no plans on making any more runs for several years and that when he did restart that he would probly have them run in China.
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this is what i got when I tried your link to skywheels



While trying to retrieve the URL:

http://www.skywheels.com/

The following threat was encountered:

The requested object is INFECTED with the following viruses: Trojan-Clicker.HTML.IFrame.ob
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All I can say is USE FIREFOX!!!!!! No virus crap going on with it. IE sucks! change to FIREFOX....... unless you like virus attacks. MS in the pockets of information gathering sites. Bad bad browser. But again.... I am very very partial.........ever since being a Beta tester for win95.
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I just checked the SkyWheels web site and it works fine on my editon of Firefox: 3.0.18.
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