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08-06-2007 08:28 PM  10 years agoPost 1
Hamo

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At a recent field day I made up a cardboard box, filled it with lollipops and dropped them to children waiting below. It was such fun.
Yes, yes I know there are safety concerns, but no problems.
A flap is operated by a servo, connected to the spare channel of my receiver. The servo is operated by the unused training switch on the transmitter. See the photos. I would be interested to know if other people have used a model helicopter for such purposes. I also have a similar fixture for aerial photography. Hamo

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08-06-2007 09:17 PM  10 years agoPost 2
Raptor3DPilot

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like OMG I can't believe you did that... one of the lollipop sticks could have poked a kids eye out... you are damaging the hobby!!

LMAO J/K

Awesome idea... pretty simple too.

Remember when flying inverted that down is up and up is EXPENSIVE!

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08-06-2007 09:57 PM  10 years agoPost 3
white chocolate

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Yea I can just imagine were this post is going to go!!

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08-06-2007 10:44 PM  10 years agoPost 4
lesodell3

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been done

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08-07-2007 12:03 AM  10 years agoPost 5
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Yup, I've done candy drops before. Here's my bombing attachement, currently rigged for the Evo:

I've done this with a number of helis, starting about 10 years ago with a Nexus 30. The initial rigs were VERY simple (the first one involved a paper bag that "spilled" the contents... Eventually I wound up with this sophisticated dual bomb-bay assembly. I first used it on a Concept 32VR, and then redesigned the mounting hardware to fit the Evo. It weighs about 0.75 pounds, and I can fit about 1.5 pounds of candy per bombing run. More pics in my gallery.

The biggest issue I see with your design is that it changes the CG of the heli quite a bit. For future designs you'll want to try to keep the payload centered on the mainshaft to reduce CG changes when you deploy the payload.

I found Airheads taffy to be the best candy to deploy. Very light so it won't put out any eyes, and easy to spot on the ground. Also can be eaten by very young kids without the choking hazard issue.

Leif

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08-07-2007 01:21 AM  10 years agoPost 6
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Why didn't you just drop lit firecrackers! LOL> Just kidding... nice gesture IMO.

I was Spektrum when Spektrum wasn't cool

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08-07-2007 02:23 AM  10 years agoPost 7
Dblex

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LMAO!

I built a $3k Synergy to drop $2 parachute men when we are bored at the field! LOL

As you can see I started off with platoon of 8, but only 4 made it back.

Soldier #1, KIA-Equipment failure, chute never opened
Soldier #2, KIA-Power Lines
Soldier #3, MIA-Neighborhood when winds picked up....atleast 3-4 clicks away
Soldier #4, MIA-Power Lines, Then road, then car (maybe) we will never know

LMAO!

Highly Medicated for your protection......

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08-07-2007 02:29 AM  10 years agoPost 8
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I also dropped parachute toys like that. The last time I did this the first guy had a bad 'chute and actually landed right on the runway. The guy who did deploy ended up being lost due to the wind. I tried this with one of my kids' smaller Barbie-type dolls (I think the one named Stacy) since a full-size Barbie wouldn't fit. They enjoyed it once I managed to talk them into sacrificing one of the dozens of dolls that they had in the play drawer.

Leif

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08-07-2007 09:01 AM  10 years agoPost 9
Hamo

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Thank you Leif, I understand the center of gravity issue but in flight the helicopter didn't feel any different. My Raptor 30 was well able to carry the cardboard box and the lollipops. I guess I could add a weight to the rear of the helicopter to maintaion the CG. As you can see from the photos the idea is very simple, just a 12 mm U shaped plastic pipe pushed onto the skids and the box sitting on top. Hamo

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08-07-2007 10:58 AM  10 years agoPost 10
Chook

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Good stuff Hamo.
It's nice to think modellers are caring enough to go to this effort and put a smile on a little dial. This would only promote our hobby/addiction. A good news story for a change. Keep up the good work all you guys.

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08-07-2007 03:01 PM  10 years agoPost 11
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Yah... this is a good thread :-)

It has inspired me to do some "bombing" runs with my heli... minus the children as i don't trust myself that much yet. haha

I think im going to stop by toys-r-us and grab a handfull of parachute men, and rig something for my CPP. hehe. Maybe i can get 1 or 2 to lift without torque rolling into the dirt. haha

I have a little 4 gram receiver and a 1.2 gram servo. I'll pass the bombay action to the wife. I'm sure she will get a kick out of that.

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08-07-2007 06:59 PM  10 years agoPost 12
w.pasman

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Huh, flying over public is prohibited isn't it?

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08-07-2007 07:51 PM  10 years agoPost 13
Tioli

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From the subject line "Lillipops" I thought you were dropping Lipo's. I'd run out on the flightline for a lipo or two...

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08-07-2007 08:42 PM  10 years agoPost 14
R0XoRiZoR

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Huh, flying over public is prohibited isn't it?
Why do you assume it was over people? Couldn't he make a pass nearby, and the people go out for them?

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08-07-2007 09:14 PM  10 years agoPost 15
Hamo

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Sorry to disappoint you Tioli. I have enough people telling me I was wreckless flying over people and dropping lollipops. Can you imagine the reaction if I was dropping LiPo's, unless the people complaining were there to collect a few

I did it and got away with it, it was a lot of fun. There is excitement taking risks and doing things you are not allowed to do.

Two monologues don't make a dialogue. Hamo

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08-07-2007 09:17 PM  10 years agoPost 16
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hey
geeze...everyone lighten up....live al little

i think it's great what you did....sweet!!!
From the subject line "Lillipops" I thought you were dropping Lipo's. I'd run out on the flightline for a lipo or two...
i thought the same thing...lol

happy flying

Thanks
~Will-i-am~

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08-07-2007 09:28 PM  10 years agoPost 17
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Thanks for your support nojohnny101. I am well aware of the dangers and risks and believe me I was nervous and didn't do anything fancy. Just lifted off, raised the heli to about 150 feet, moved it over the crowd, dropped the lollipops and landed. There was an announcement over the PA and the kids watched the sweets fall with excitement and ran to pick them up. Hamo

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08-07-2007 09:36 PM  10 years agoPost 18
Rafael23cc

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I've done the same thing many times. The big factor here is safety. I have a helper keep the children a people in a certain area, behind and to one side of me while I fly. I take off and fly towards a pre-determined spot on the ground, STILL AWAY from the people. When I hit the switch for the drop still flying forward, I also signal to the helper to let the children go, but I'm already flying away from the drop area.

Rafael

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08-08-2007 07:11 AM  10 years agoPost 19
w.pasman

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Indeed it's a trade off between safety and having fun. At my club I would create a good deal of trouble if I flew over the public, although the planks do it a few times a day Good to hear you guys are aware of the dangers and keep the risks minimal.

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08-08-2007 01:54 PM  10 years agoPost 20
Carey

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I am somewhat cloudy on the situation. Was the drop made at an AMA sanctioned club field, or was this someplace else? Just some random field? Schoolyard?

We already have a spectator section at the field so making some bombing runs would just be something extra.

I can already see some games we can make up involving bombing. Perhaps how many army guys can I drop into a painted circle, loser buys beers afterwards.

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