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11-23-2006 05:01 AM  11 years agoPost 1
Tommy Z

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If one were to start flying nitro helis, what all is needed starting equipment wise?
All I can think of is the starter, a battery to power it, a glow ignitor, glow plugs, tools, etc...
I know there is more than that.
Can anyone add some essential things for flying nitros?
Thanks

Tommy

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11-23-2006 05:08 AM  11 years agoPost 2
GimbalFan (RIP)

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Paper towels and Windex. And Q-Tips (on Sundays).

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11-23-2006 05:12 AM  11 years agoPost 3
idigrc2

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Fuel lot's of fuel

I once choked a smurf to see what color it would trun

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11-23-2006 05:20 AM  11 years agoPost 4
Portblock

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Get the startshaft with the one way bearing, I had the other, and now I can only start 2 of my 4 heli's, I have to order the bearing one.

The voices in my head can beat up the voices in your head.

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11-23-2006 11:29 AM  11 years agoPost 5
red_z06

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I just got MA stratus. This heli does not have a one-way bearing like raptor starter shafts do. However, starting with 6mm hex starter shaft without built-in one-way bearing hasn't been a problem yet. However, I will be getting the one-way bearing version soon.

You just have to up the rpm when you pull out the wand a little.

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11-23-2006 11:37 AM  11 years agoPost 6
Ray Fernandez

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A good set of quality hex-head drivers and hex-head sockets; Good set of screwdrivers (flat tip and cross)......................and I agree, plenty of paper towels

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11-23-2006 01:11 PM  11 years agoPost 7
AlanR8

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No problems ever starting with a solid wand on my Xcell, the one way bearing wand is an improvement but not having one shouldn't stop you flying!

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11-23-2006 02:16 PM  11 years agoPost 8
Tommy Z

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Thanks guys
I could have sworn there'd be more that I need but I guess not.

Oh, no one mentioned fuel pump either...?

Tommy

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11-23-2006 03:07 PM  11 years agoPost 9
chopperman1

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Bring all your tools in a tool box, fuel pump(electric or hand crank), starter with starting wand, glow lighter.

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11-23-2006 03:08 PM  11 years agoPost 10
Flemming

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hi
"Oh, no one mentioned fuel pump either"
Get the SL 2000 you can get it in 2 versions Box and to fit on to a bootle.

Link

Box : http://ercmarket.com/product.php?pr...3&cat=88&page=1

SL 2000 : http://ercmarket.com/product.php?pr...4&cat=88&page=1

I got the SL 2000 and it is just the best pump ever IMO.

I break I buy I am learning to fly :p

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11-23-2006 03:41 PM  11 years agoPost 11
chopperman1

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Or if your on a budget you can use a 13 dollar hand pump

Cliff

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11-23-2006 03:43 PM  11 years agoPost 12
Tommy Z

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No budget,
I just don't want an e-pump--I heard they are likely to leak

So is that all I will need as starting equipment??
That's a much smaller list than I thought.
Anyone else have some essential things not already listed?

Tommy

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11-23-2006 08:32 PM  11 years agoPost 13
Portblock

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My starter is geared, and when the engine wants to start, it wants to spin faster than my starter, and it can not turn the start shaft.

When I try to start it, and pull the starter out as I am trying, it sometimes bounces back and starts in reverse. As well as mess up my shaft and start adapter on the heli.

This is why I suggested the oneway shaft.

The voices in my head can beat up the voices in your head.

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11-23-2006 10:33 PM  11 years agoPost 14
Tommy Z

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Ooooh
That's bad if it starts backwards, right?
(besides the fact that everything will spin backwards).

Tommy

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11-23-2006 10:34 PM  11 years agoPost 15
Portblock

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not bad, the clutch doesnt like to engage... But its a pain becouse you get happy that it started, then you have to kill it.

The voices in my head can beat up the voices in your head.

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11-23-2006 10:36 PM  11 years agoPost 16
WINDBUSTER 2

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test the battery on rx
a battery tester would be nice to have to test the rx voltage or a voltwatch to monitor your rx battery.

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11-24-2006 03:56 AM  11 years agoPost 17
359PETE

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I would suggest, but isn't necessary;

Radio South glow driver. It automatically adjusts the heat to the plug and has LEDs to indicate whether the engine is flooded or the plug is bad. It could be especially handy if you have little-to-no experience with nitros.

IR temp sensor to help with engine tuning. Even if you have experienced nitro guys to advise you on needle settings. There are a lot of self proclaimed experts on that particular topic. I trust scientific readings over the "it'll be alright" crowd. I get several seasons out of a set of bearings.. and I truly believe its due to careful tuning and not letting the engine get hot (never too lean).

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11-24-2006 04:17 AM  11 years ago •• Post 18 ••
flipped2left

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Awww the good ol' days.....tackle box full of spares(glo plugs, wrenches,screwdrivers,bandaids,multimeter,bandaids,allen wrenches,glo panel,twelve volt batt. for starter,glo ignitor) just enough to fill the back of a pickup truck! all for a couple flight's!!!
I don't miss it one bit! although i have to bite the bullet at this time since my gasser is down. gotta dust off my hawk and put it thru the paces just to keep the adrenalin going!
once the gasser is back together... here is all i need for it... one heli, full tank of gas, radio, nothing else.

Smile! people will wonder what you're up to!!

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