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09-02-2012 02:17 PM  5 years agoPost 1
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rrApprentice

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Im building my second Heli (Trex 600EFL Pro) and I'm looking for the correct position for the landing gear skid support direction. Do they point forward or to the rear or in opposite directions?

I have looked at many other heli photos and there are so many that point every which way.

So, does it matter ref weight distribution for hard landing support or is it just how you feel that day when you install? My 2 are both pointing forward but that might give the tail less support by 1/2 inch.

Thanks for your viewing and your comments.

Gary

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09-02-2012 02:31 PM  5 years agoPost 2
wrongler

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I point mine forward.

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09-02-2012 02:34 PM  5 years agoPost 3
Stephen Born

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Gary, attach the battery and see if it helps counter-balance the weight. I have mine forward.

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09-02-2012 03:00 PM  5 years agoPost 4
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Now that was a job stuffing two 3300's in a small space. I'm going to need some more research on Bart wire placement and how to stuff them where that can be used.

After mounting the weight distro was even but that is without blades and electronics. So not sure if it matters or not as it seems.

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09-02-2012 03:22 PM  5 years agoPost 5
Stephen Born

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The electronics when installed will carry weight. (Cyclics, tail servo, FBL system) This will deviate the CG somewhat. Once installed, it will give you a better idea where your at.

Make sure wires from electronics and batteries are not rubbing against the sharp edges of the CF frames. Vibration from the heli can eventually cut those wires and cause a short.

Will you be using a separate battery for your Rx?

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09-02-2012 03:35 PM  5 years agoPost 6
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Understand ref added electronics. As it stands now but up to discussion, I'm going to change to Futaba Tx and not sure which way to go ref 3Gx or other options.

I have been reading the Trex 600 thread but it's 50/50 on the different ways to go for electronics. I like the feel of the Futaba so that's given for the Tx but not sure if it's the correct combo with 3Gx?

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09-02-2012 03:38 PM  5 years agoPost 7
Stephen Born

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I have been reading the Trex 600 thread but it's 50/50 on the different ways to go for electronics.
This my friend is the difficult question for all of us.

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09-02-2012 04:45 PM  5 years agoPost 8
Scott Anderson

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Hey there SGM! How have you been? I'm doing good, I'm out of the wheelchair and back to work.

About the skid direction, I haven't noticed any difference in flight at all. Sometimes putting them on backwards it will put the tail in the dirt . In my case it just looked cool backwards on my N5C.

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09-02-2012 06:23 PM  5 years agoPost 9
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Glad your up and back to the grind. One would think instructions would give the correct placement but in my second build they still have a lot to be desired. Think I'll just keep with the front for now unless someone can give a good explanation or reason changing. Take care and thanks for your reply.

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09-02-2012 07:27 PM  5 years agoPost 10
Scott Anderson

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Thanks!
The gear mounted with the angle fwd is the proper way, if you mount them with the angle aft the gear may be a little more prone to break on a hard landing. Just pick a way that you like

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09-03-2012 03:47 AM  5 years agoPost 11
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Mine go back - two reasons
1. balance, and
2. It takes more force to hit the tail and strip the umbrella gears this way

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09-03-2012 02:11 PM  5 years agoPost 12
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Now that makes some logic ref force Scott. I had though if having both going front and rear to give a wider stance, it looks as though about an inch more of support when you go opposite. At IRCHA this year I saw three landing gear snap and was dangling after hard hits. I'm sure there is some physics calculations here but I'm not the one to do. Thanks for your reply.

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09-03-2012 04:29 PM  5 years agoPost 13
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Please!

I mean please!!! put the gear forward like it should be, man I hate looking at a heli with gear backward or one forward one backward.......

Oooh I'm going to get flamed but I couldn't help it, its just not right....

D. Lee.....t.Born again.t.....

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09-03-2012 09:18 PM  5 years agoPost 14
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And you make a good point of looking good pointing forward. I figured I'd hit a nerve on someone. It's probably 50/50 on landing gear directions across the field that I can tell. Thanks for your view point.

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09-03-2012 09:56 PM  5 years agoPost 15
Scott Anderson

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LOL just take them off and hand launch it! then you don't have to worry about it hahaha

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09-04-2012 04:47 AM  5 years agoPost 16
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Its all fun, no nerve hit here,........

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09-08-2012 05:06 AM  5 years agoPost 17
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I put the front facing forward and the rear rearward. Reason for me is so I have the longest platform and front and rear support to land on.

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09-13-2012 01:37 PM  5 years agoPost 18
MartyH

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There is no RIGHT or WRONG answer to this question really. Point them the direction needed to help with weight and balance or the direction that is the most aesthetically pleasing to you.

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09-13-2012 02:42 PM  5 years agoPost 19
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When landing, point them down, not up! Lol
I like them when they are pointing forward. Just how I like my heli to look. Plus when landing that little extra skid in the front helps.

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09-13-2012 07:25 PM  5 years agoPost 20
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I have then to the front also but when you look at others they are point every which way. 600 about ready to fly, hopefully next week.

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