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03-10-2006 02:20 PM  11 years agoPost 1
lrogers

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How many of you fly with your receiver mounted in a "receiver safe" instead of wrapped in foam? Are there any pros/cons to using one?

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03-10-2006 02:28 PM  11 years agoPost 2
Pistol Pete

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Seen them...dont like.

Pro...what its for...safeguard.

Cons...heavier than foam, inside access, bulkiness, if not installed too secure, it could break off antenna wire.

I use a foam from a nice and thick freebie mouse pad.

First crash with Swift was head on, full speed into the ground (see gallery)...nothing happened to it....just my experience, of course.

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03-10-2006 02:34 PM  11 years agoPost 3
bubba01

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I've been using them for about a year on my X-cells and like the added protection in the event of a hard crash. I simply went to Radio Shack and purchased a few "project" boxes of the right size. Then cut a small notch in the side for the servo wires to enter, wrapped the receivers in thin foam and screwed the lid on. For about $4/box each receiver is much better protected.

My Caliber 30's have a location that already offers some protection and would prevent using a box. And after a severe nose first crash on one of them, I can say the Caliber design worked well.

One downside is the added weight and if you are already nose heavy you may want to consider another option.


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03-10-2006 05:19 PM  11 years agoPost 4
Phaedrus

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Crash = Trip to the Radio Doctor

I don't care how well I have a RX wrapped or with what. If I smack it into the ground hard enough to break anything free then it goes back to the radio doctor for a checkup. I use the Zeal gel tape under my RX. Works extremely well at isolating vibration. I am less concerned about crash damage. Vibration is my enemy.

Honestly I cannot believe the number of times I read posts about somebody having radio problems and they mention that the RX was crashed "but not too bad" and it was working fine in "testing". But now they are having problems. If you crash a heli hard enough to break gears, have the radio parts come flying out/free of their hold downs, or sustain major structural damage to the heli, then you REALLY need to get that RX checked out.

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03-10-2006 06:31 PM  11 years agoPost 5
skycom

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Another pro: Its somewhere to mount your gyro or governor

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03-10-2006 06:45 PM  11 years agoPost 6
harmdive

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Have used one in sceadu but it was too bulky and had to take it off. The rubber seals that join the box together crimps the servo and battery wires that go into it. Didn't like that at all. Now I use NHP neoprene wrap with velcro fastening. Much better access however I haven't decked one using these.

Have decked the raptor 50 with the rx box head first! No problems. Everything still intact (apart from the heli!!).

Hope this helps.

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03-10-2006 07:04 PM  11 years ago •• Post 7 ••
deiniolpook

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I have one on my Raptor and dont find too bulky or anything and I like the protection that it offers to the receiver, the top of the box also makes a handy place to mount a gyro or gov or both, I have my SL420 sat on top of mine.
I understand that the new Caliber 5 already has a built in safe, nice thinking!!

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03-11-2006 02:19 PM  11 years agoPost 8
lrogers

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thanks for your opinions fellows, I appreciated it.

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