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HelicopterMain Discussion › heli and plane, I prefer to build the heli.
11-27-2007 03:30 AM  10 years agoPost 1
AltecLansing

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I was given a trainer plank. It had been in a crash and the wood was repaired. All I had to do was cover the wing. This is my first time covering a wing. I'd rather build a helicopter from a kit I never heard of with the instructions lost. I only covered part of the wing so far and it looks like crap to me. And it seemed to take forever.

Man, I miss the eighties.

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11-27-2007 03:32 AM  10 years agoPost 2
electriciancarl

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LOL. I started with planes and found the helis more my taste as well.

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11-27-2007 03:44 AM  10 years agoPost 3
Raptor3DPilot

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That's the exact reason I tell everyone when they ask me why I love helicopters so much, they are built more mechanical where planes are more "wood and glue"... I hate glue I always had glue on my hands for days! HAHA

I want to get one of those fancy dancy ARFs one of these days, just gonna suck when I crash and have to rebuild.

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

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11-27-2007 03:49 AM  10 years agoPost 4
george0079

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I absolutely hated building planks. I would pay the guy at the LHS to build them for me, just so I wouldn't have to.

When I saw the mechanics of a heli for the first time, I knew they were for me...

I don't know which I like more... Building them, or flying them.

Hell... I can fix that.
Uh oh..
Nope.
It's ***ked!!!
RE-KIT!!!!!

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11-27-2007 03:54 AM  10 years agoPost 5
BC Don

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Not all that tough to cover a wing (or anything else) providing you know what you are doing. But, if you don't then it can be a real pain.

As long as you are using some kind of modern day iron on covering, you should be able to cut the covering OK, iron it onto the wing and then shrink the wrapping.

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11-28-2007 04:11 AM  10 years agoPost 6
AltecLansing

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I tried to cover more of the wing. Its wrinklier than old people. That's one side now. now to do the other side. I was slightly intimidated when I built my first heli. But I managed any way. With ocvering this wing, I feel that I'm over my head. LOL!

Man, I miss the eighties.

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11-28-2007 04:22 AM  10 years agoPost 7
SuperSixTwo

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I thought that covering was a pain to. I forked out the 20 bucks to tower for the video which makes it look as simple as watching a wrapper at macys during the Christmas eve rush.
My planes are what i call a 10-200. Looks like a 10 from 200 yards or better!

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11-28-2007 04:32 AM  10 years agoPost 8
AltecLansing

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Mine looks like a 0 from 200. I ruined the edges at the corner. I dont' care as long as it flies.

Man, I miss the eighties.

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11-28-2007 04:33 AM  10 years agoPost 9
JAGNZ

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Planks simply do not interest me. I am quite technical and I like the complexity of helis...to a point. I still prefer to fly vs. build but a good evening build session is always fun.


Jason Greenwood

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11-28-2007 04:33 AM  10 years agoPost 10
helicrack

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Man you guys aint kidding. When I started out in RC it was planks. And that was just a BOX OF FRIGGIN STICKS!! What a pain in the ass to put together and to fix when crashed.

Helis are soooo much easier to deal with.

".........said the joker to the thief"

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11-28-2007 04:35 AM  10 years agoPost 11
AltecLansing

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sad part is that it will be a bunch of sticks when I crash it.

Man, I miss the eighties.

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11-28-2007 05:02 AM  10 years agoPost 12
Cowjock

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Covering takes time. If you don't have patiants(sp) the covering will look like $hit every time. If you are using monocote,read the instructions they are pretty good. Make sure to stretch it tight and tack it. Don't try to shrink it until most of the wrinkles are out of the surface. Then hit it with a heat gun, it should take the small wrinkles out and be tighter than a drum. Time and patiants are the key. Oh yeah, SHARP razor blades too. It's a little harder than splicing wires.

Just my 2 cents

Damn that ground is hard! When's the right time to get out of this money sucking hobby?

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11-28-2007 05:30 AM  10 years agoPost 13
helicrack

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If you don't have patiants(sp) the covering will look like $hit every time. If you are using monocote,read the instructions they are pretty good.
Has anyone used either of the two products listed above on a heli?

I do agree about the monokote though. That was the bomb-digidy when it came to covering if you used it right.

".........said the joker to the thief"

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11-28-2007 05:38 AM  10 years agoPost 14
SuperSixTwo

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I dunno, i kinda like the tissue and dope, but then I got a fan for the basement and it never looked or felt the same!

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11-28-2007 06:29 PM  10 years agoPost 15
eheliflyer

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I tried the Turmoil plank and I just didn't enjoy it. Helis Rule.

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11-28-2007 06:55 PM  10 years agoPost 16
AndyH

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That's the exact reason I tell everyone when they ask me why I love helicopters so much, they are built more mechanical where planes are more "wood and glue"... I hate glue I always had glue on my hands for days! HAHA
Ditto...

and covering is a massive PIA! Especially around compound curves and seams.. like wing tips or round fuses.. aaargh!!! I hate covering..

This hobby is like Kryptonite to chicks!

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11-28-2007 07:22 PM  10 years agoPost 17
RappyTappy

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I like ultracote covering. Thing is now though, that ARF's, RTF's and PNP's on the market are getting so cheap and exude excellent workmanship, there really isn't any need to build from a kit anymore unless you just like that type of pain.

I tried to build a kit 60 size Extra 300 once, but when I finished one wing and unpinned it, it twisted all up and looked like it had 40 degrees or so washout. Found out the main spar I used must've had been warped which cause the wing to be like that. I didn't even finish the plane because I was so frustrated with it all. I figured with all the time I wasted I could've been enjoying my helis or a flying a nice Extra 300 ARF.

I remember a guy who came out to the field after 6 pain staking months of building a kit from scratch everyday, the thing was amazing, quality was top notch show quality. On the first flight, it took off perfectly and it was beautiful.

Something radio related happened, don't know what cause everything was brand new, and the plane did a out of control graceful slow spiral from 150 feet into the dirt destroying the plane and everything in it. The guy looked pale as can be, didn't even get to enjoy it for more than 5 minutes. Needless to say, never saw the guy at the field again for at least a year.

Then one day he shows up with a beautiful plane. Everyone was complementing him on his workmanship and then he dropped the bomb on everyone that it was a ARF.

The old man kit builders were apalled that their buddy had stooped down (in their minds of course). I don't think he really cared, from that day forward all I saw him do was just fly fly fly and if anything happened he'd be out a few days later with a new plane and having a great time. He still built kit planes for fun at home, but he got ARF's to have fun at the field.

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11-28-2007 07:42 PM  10 years agoPost 18
spog

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It takes a lot more skill and patience to build a plank, especially if you want everything to be straight. I didn't like planks because of that and the amount of time on finishing. Helis are a relatively simple assembly job and that suits me fine. I still hate putting the colour on the heli canopy.

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11-28-2007 08:18 PM  10 years agoPost 19
flyingquisinart

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That's what I love about helis. A few parts to fix after a crash and it's good as new. My planes look like frankenplanes - all patched up and they never quite look new again.

I still like to fly them. I used to get nerves flying planes, now they are completely relaxing to me.

must have been a downdraft

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11-28-2007 09:37 PM  10 years agoPost 20
Furious Predator

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i enjoy building a plane...but not repairing it...

but im in the same boat as the rest of you. i would rather unbolt the broken part, bolt on the new one, and go flying again.

plus i love all the mechanics of it.

Shawn
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