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12-29-2009 02:05 AM  7 years agoPost 1
rliv710

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Hi everybody,

I'm looking to move into 50size scale - and have currently a Raptor 50V2, Raptor 50 Titan and a mini titan with the Augusta 109 scale fuse (looks even more fantastic now that I've added strobe / nav lights.)

Question: How often should one remove the body (or if at all) to do a full frame / body / screw inspection of the heli? (I'm looking at the Century Bell 222 or Thunder Tiger UH-1)

I've been flying Raptor 50's for a ~5 years and one of the benefits of a pod 'n boom is that it's easy to check pretty much the whole heli for loose screws, any cracks in the chassis, or whatever, as it's all open for the world to see.

On my venerable and much trusted Raptor 50V2, I spotted a chassis crack at around the 200 Litres fuel mark, and I've occasionally had to check the various bolts and screws for tightness.

Any comments would be most welcome

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12-29-2009 04:34 AM  7 years agoPost 2
Copter Doctor

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though most all the machines on the market today are very reliable and willgive hours of flights without failure, i like to pattern my maintenance chacks off the fullsize world and give them 50hr and 100hr checks. i get laughed at when i say i do that but i also have had scalers that fly constantly for 7+ yrs without failure. okay i dont actually go 100hrs but i occasionally do a teardown and check critical areas occasionally just to make sure disaster isnt around the corner. there are things you wont ever see until its too late but my experience has taught me that models give warnings just like the warning lights do on fullsize machines. models usually warn us with audible indications. any strange noise you hear is a warning that something bad is going to happen. it will range from nothing serious to a mega disaster. anyway, when you feel evrything is working perfect and the last few flights have gone quite well, its time for a 100hr
because of this, when i build a scaler, i try to impliment things to make maintenance easy. never glue certain things permanently and always make as much as you can accessable. use reliable equipment as well and build a sound heli. if there is a product out there that makes a certain thing less proned to failure over a stock part, then get it and use it. if you are confident in your machine's integrity, you will enjoy flying it more and fear flying it less, and y ou can go longer with confidence that things are staying put

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12-29-2009 08:16 AM  7 years agoPost 3
rliv710

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thanx for the reply & info. Much appreciated. i'll probably go with the huey scale for my Titan... I'll also be a bit more structured in heeping a logbook just to keep on top of things.. All the best... Cheers

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12-29-2009 12:57 PM  7 years agoPost 4
WIRLYBIRD

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I agree with Copter Doctor , your ears are your first line of defence , if you hear something making a noise , land as fast as you can!!!!!!!!!
Dave.

WHAT GOES UP MUST SURELY COME DOWN.

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