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01-11-2011 04:36 AM  7 years agoPost 1
mustang67ford

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I am going to try a few swap meets which I have never done before. For a swap meet newbee, what are things to look for and what are things to avoid? As for helis, how do you know if the model is good or old/discontinued and if it is a good price? I am guessing that if I see something, all I can do is search the Internet quickly.

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01-11-2011 07:16 AM  7 years agoPost 2
Chucky777

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If it not in the latest Heli Mag. It is most likely out dated.

Charlie

Is it the weekend yet?

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01-11-2011 12:42 PM  7 years agoPost 3
Flying Brian

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Come on man, if it is appealing to your eye, buy It!! Who care if it is out dated, as you will normally be able to get parts anyways. Personally, Im still stuck in the 2006 model helicopters, as they just seem so appealing to me vs. 2009-2010 models, which all look the same to me, round and curvey, as I like the whole square look.

How can you tell if it is broke or not, just check it out, and be your own judge. Maybe you should practice at a fle market first.

Oh, and if you depend on a magazine like that to keep you in the loop, well..........

"I just don't Listen" "

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01-11-2011 12:55 PM  7 years agoPost 4
helismash

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I just look for condition, parts it's put together with. Does it have a manual with it, that sort of thing. I also look at the overall build and then make my decision based on that.

Hey, Who put the ground there!
T-Rex 500/T-Rex 600N FBL/T-Rex 600E PRO/T-Rex 700N/T-Rex 700FBL

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01-11-2011 02:06 PM  7 years agoPost 5
Daves

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Take someone with you who is knowledgeable and knows how to identify bad bearings, worn servos, engine problems, bent shafts, etc. Obviously not all of these things can be identified "on the spot", but someone with extensive building experience can be an invaluable resource.

-- dave --

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01-11-2011 02:53 PM  7 years agoPost 6
helismash

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Great point Dave......

Hey, Who put the ground there!
T-Rex 500/T-Rex 600N FBL/T-Rex 600E PRO/T-Rex 700N/T-Rex 700FBL

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01-11-2011 04:51 PM  7 years agoPost 7
Tyler

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At swap meets I always assume the following need replaced no matter how clean it looks:

Main shaft
Spindle
Tail output shaft
Flybar
Main mast bearings
Blade grip bearings
Clutch bearings
Engine or motor bearings
Batteries
Clunk lines

Factor this expense into the offer. If they pass inspection you are ahead. If not you are safe. Know the cost of parts for various brands and models. Have you Internet ready phone or iPad with you to check prices.

I have bought many helis that required hundreds to meet my demands even though they appeared clean and cared for.

This is not to say that people are crooked but that these parts are often worn or damaged unknowingly. Typically they are not checked unless a forced teardown takes place.

Enjoy things that money can buy IF you don't lose the things money can't buy.

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01-11-2011 07:18 PM  7 years agoPost 8
chopper_crazy

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Delphos, Ohio

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I never have much luck with swap meets. It always seems that the stuff guys are selling has been sitting in their basement for 10+ years

It's a complex, costly, glow powered anti-gravity machine!

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01-11-2011 10:34 PM  7 years agoPost 9
mustang67ford

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Thanks for the info. This has helped as it gives me a perspective from somebody who has been to one.

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01-12-2011 01:04 AM  7 years agoPost 10
Dagigalo

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Just pick it up and shake the Hell out of it the sellers like that.

Gravity SUCKS!!!!!

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