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04-11-2011 04:18 AM  6 years agoPost 1
crash74

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Hello guys. I'm looking for a site where i can get high visibility parts for my 550e. I see some of the pros have neon paddles, skids, and tail blades. I'm new and high visibility is what i need. Thx

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04-11-2011 04:44 AM  6 years agoPost 2
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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Have you checked out the reflective tapes? HeliDirect has a wide assortments of holographic tapes which are pretty cool.

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04-17-2011 04:07 PM  6 years agoPost 3
crash74

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Goodness! Don't everyone jump in to help all at once!

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04-17-2011 04:17 PM  6 years agoPost 4
MartyH

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Any hardware store these days have a wide variety of paint. You don't have to buy components, you can paint canopies, fins, paddles (rebalance of course), etc.

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04-17-2011 04:39 PM  6 years agoPost 5
Heli-on

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Careful with blade stickers. Especially the ones with a lot of points or tips to the design. If they loosen up (I mean when), they will make a whirring noise and make you think you have a bad bearing.

They do look cool and help you see the disk if you can get it angled just right at the sun behind you. You can get a decent effect by placing a good square or rectangle on the blade with different spacings from center for top and bottom. These work great: http://helidirect.com/reflective-bl...2pcs-p-6961.hdx

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04-17-2011 04:45 PM  6 years agoPost 6
crash74

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I'm not a painter. I don't want the paint to crack or peel and make my heli look like crap! Stickers are cool however not a great visual element in the air.

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04-17-2011 05:28 PM  6 years agoPost 7
SplinteredBird

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For what it's worth I tried some bright tail rotors and with the speed they are going, I couldn't see a difference between those and the black ones that came with my 450. The skids are nice though.

Another thing I have seen a few people do is use dye on thier "white" plastic parts (like main gear, etc) as it's cheap and you can pick your color.

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04-17-2011 05:57 PM  6 years agoPost 8
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I've had pretty good luck with some 4"x3' bright sticked sheets (lots of neon colors) I found at the LHS in the plank section. Just cut it up to fit the boom and even put some on the skid pipes if there black. If the skid pipes are not painted I polish them and it help get a good refection making them stand out more. With the 700N in the pics I added larger skids and that also helps but adds just a little weight.

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04-17-2011 06:35 PM  6 years agoPost 9
Ronald Thomas

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Fusuno has them in all crazy colors you could want

Fins:

http://fusuno.com/product_info.php?...7bc11fdc866bc04

Frames:

http://fusuno.com/product_info.php?...7bc11fdc866bc04

Tail boom supports:

http://fusuno.com/product_info.php?...7bc11fdc866bc04

Even blade decals:

http://fusuno.com/index.php?cPath=6...7bc11fdc866bc04

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04-17-2011 07:14 PM  6 years agoPost 10
crash74

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the parts are fiberglass not fiber mesh? I bought three unpainted canopy's from them and what a joke! all i did was slightly squeeze them and they cracked. watch their product demo of them beating on the canopy!! LIES i tell you LIES!!

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04-17-2011 10:21 PM  6 years agoPost 11
JOLT

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Tail Boom: Painting the boom helps. I know you said you weren't a painter, and I am not either. I usually make more of a mess than anything with a paint can. But a few light coats of neon flourescent yellow can make the tail boom glow in the air.

Main Frames: I think Fusuno has some plastic flourescent frames. They are thicker than the stock CF and hold up better if you dump it.

Tail Blades and Paddles: KBDD Tail Blades and paddles help visibility as well. http://www.kbddintl.com/products.html
Try not to be put off by plastic. If you are new, the stiffness of CF will not matter in your flying and many like KBDD better than the stock gear anyway.

Main Blades: The stock Align Hologram Stickers near the ends of the main blades really reflect a nice rainbow disc in the sky that helps with top and bottom orientation.

Canopy: The stock canopy IMHO is loud enough. But if you are really struggling, buy a flat white canopy, paint one side yellow and the other side orange....then bright green on the bottom. It's not looks you are going for here. It's getting a better view of left and right.

It will take some work and a little bit of cash to make your heli more visibile in the sky. In the beginning, I thought that visibility was a real problem for me when flying. In reality, it wasn't. It was practice. Stick time and getting to know my helicopter made all the difference in the world. And eventually, I pulled all of the junk off of my heli and rarely lose orientation. If and when you do, a great tip I learned from Botos was to let the sticks go back to center and give a little rudder to find home again. When you lose it, it is very typical to make wild movements in a desperate attempt to recover, when in reality you make matters worse and take a harder uncontrollable dive.

Just remember, the sexy carbon fiber and plastic parts are all the same when you have to take your heli home in a bucket. Might as well have a better shot at a save by seeing the heli a little better in the air. Stay away from overcast days in the beginning= no matter how bright your heli is, it turns into a black silhouette in a grey sky.

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04-17-2011 10:24 PM  6 years agoPost 12
HeliRush27

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Check the sources online, there are many sites that have colored fly bar paddles, tail blades, skids, fins and other items. You can use colored blade covering and a razor blade to make your own items and color combinations.

I have found multiple colors help orientation

Never had a problem with a Fusuno product.

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04-18-2011 01:13 AM  6 years agoPost 13
fflier9

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Neon RIT dye works well on skids...

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