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11-26-2007 06:28 PM  10 years agoPost 1
rudyy

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Has anyone tried this yet?

Get a metal bar/pipe from Lowes/Home Depot with about the same diameter as the tail boom, but smaller; Insert the metal pipe into the dented boom. Hold them upright, and hit against the ground; work slowly and progressively until the whole pipe goes through the boom.

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11-26-2007 06:54 PM  10 years agoPost 2
SteveH

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Yes, I've done that when it's not dented too bad, but I use a socket and a piece of 3/8" all thread.

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11-26-2007 07:23 PM  10 years agoPost 3
MichaelP

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Yep socket method for me too.

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11-26-2007 07:30 PM  10 years agoPost 4
fly4d

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i have never done it but i have heard of it..

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11-26-2007 08:19 PM  10 years agoPost 5
burl

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I straightened a slightly bent one for a Hawk by slipping it inside a 3/4 pvc pipe, clamp it in the vise, bend a little beyond what's needed, let it flex back, check, repeat till straight and true. worked.

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11-26-2007 08:23 PM  10 years agoPost 6
AirWolfRC

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I have put a solid steel rod, about 1/2" dia. x 3ft, through the tail boom and beat it against a piece of corrigated cardbaord on a flat surface so the rod hammers the boom back to shape from the inside. Then finish it off with a socket closer to the boom size.

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11-26-2007 10:42 PM  10 years agoPost 7
Pistol Pete

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for small dents try water and freeze method...an interesting approach.

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11-27-2007 12:56 AM  10 years agoPost 8
A. Gordon

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In the case of a severe dent or bend without cracking I use a wooden dowel rod a size smaller than the inside of the boom and tap it through with a hammer, then use a peice of pipe that fits snuggly and tap that through, before pulling pipe out use a rubber mallet to tap out remaining dents and creases. The pipe inside will hold the shape and you can get agressive if need be with the rubber hammer, most all dents will disappear with this method.

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11-27-2007 03:04 AM  10 years agoPost 9
w8qz

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I've had good results with the wooden dowel method. Carefully tapping on the dented area with a hammer (with the dowel inside, of course) will work the dent out. You need a smooth, solid surface to work against - like an anvil (or equivalent).
Depends, of course, on how bad the dent is. Some are non-repairable!

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11-27-2007 03:58 AM  10 years agoPost 10
RPM 1.5

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Don't have towel use one of your socks with dowel it works
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11-27-2007 04:35 AM  10 years agoPost 11
Shawn Behrens

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Or buy a trex600
the booms are like 6 bucks.

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11-27-2007 05:40 PM  10 years agoPost 12
cessna151

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I don't think it's the cost, it's not wanting to waste a still usable boom.

I also recently used a combo of wooden dowel/socket to work out a dent in my raptor 50 boom.

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11-27-2007 07:16 PM  10 years agoPost 13
sincity

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Pasco, WA

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I never had a boom that I could fix! I don't know how you guys get away with just a little dent here and there. Mine would need a welder to put back together!

Although there was that one boom that look amazingly like the letter U and wasn't broken... wonder if I could have straightened that one out...

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11-28-2007 12:21 AM  10 years agoPost 14
dialarotor

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Traverse City, Michigan

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If you are flying the old Concept 60, the chrome shower rod at home depot is the same diameter, I cut it to length, notched and drilled the alignment holes and installed, flying perfect and it is chrome, try and find one of those on and Stratus, Aurora, N9, Evo. Would work for a Raptor 60/90 but why would you, the parts are everywhere.

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