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HelicopterMain Discussion › Do you wire for show or go?
01-01-2013 02:58 AM  5 years agoPost 1
punkin71

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Just picked up a Custom Heli Parts radio tray (similar to the trex 600n radio tray) to replace the flat slab tray standard to my Vibe 50. The install so far seems it will really help clean up the rat's nest wiring job I had on this heli before.

I'll be trying to clean up the wiring to look at least half way decent, but it will never look like anything coming out of a factory. I'll probably post pics tomorrow, but as long as the wires can't chaff or stick out too far then thats it... I'm done.

And forget about any of that wire loom stuff cause it aint happening. Anyhow got any wiring jobs to show off pretty or not, it dont matter.

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01-01-2013 03:03 AM  5 years agoPost 2
McKrackin

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I keep the wires out of the moving parts...otherwise...just wired to go.

I literally never use the word literally right.

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01-01-2013 03:39 AM  5 years agoPost 3
Dood

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Years back, I asked everyone to post a picture of their Aurora wiring. There were a lot of submissions. Here are some of the best. hopefully they might inspire you.
I tried to select pictures of jobs that do not use wire loom.

One trick to having a fine wiring job is to DO AWAY WITH the excess wire. Don't wad up the excess and stuff it down in the frames.
Get yourself a connector kit and a crimping tool and shorten each wire to the precise length.
I recommend buying a connector kit from Hansen Hobbies.

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01-01-2013 04:28 AM  5 years agoPost 4
Ace Dude

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Don't wad up the excess and stuff it down in the frames.
What's wrong with keeping some slack handy? My thought has always been to keep slack available where possible being careful that wires don't rub on sharp edges so things have a place to go in the event of a crash. Make the wires tight and everything gets blown apart in a crash.

  

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01-01-2013 04:29 AM  5 years agoPost 5
Ace Dude

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Me: 75% go/25% show. I like neat, but go is what counts.

  

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01-01-2013 04:38 AM  5 years agoPost 6
Dood

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There is a difference between an inch or two of slack and several feet of excess wadded into a ball.
I like to avoid the latter.

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01-01-2013 04:58 AM  5 years agoPost 7
thenewguy

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I wire for go!

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01-01-2013 03:22 PM  5 years agoPost 8
heli-cuzz

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I wire to go.

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01-01-2013 03:23 PM  5 years agoPost 9
Ace Dude

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There is a difference between an inch or two of slack and several feet of excess wadded into a ball.
I like to avoid the latter.
Definitely, but you find me shortening my servo leads.

  

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01-01-2013 03:35 PM  5 years agoPost 10
GyroFreak

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I wire for easy service. I once did a super neat job of hiding and shortening the wires but when I had a servo failure it was a bitch to change out with all the tie wraps and routing that hid the wiring.

I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?

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01-01-2013 04:30 PM  5 years agoPost 11
Cra-Z-1

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Wire for show...

I guess I'm a little anal retentive, but one of the satisfactions I get from this hobby is having a nice and clean looking flying machine. I enjoy making things look nice and the compliments I get when people come by to see what I have. It takes a long time to loom everything but the loom also helps to protect the wiring from chaffing.

Ban the Ban.

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01-01-2013 04:43 PM  5 years agoPost 12
jjeaster222000

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I wire for go!

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01-01-2013 04:45 PM  5 years agoPost 13
kris L

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I wire for go. Once the canopy is on you don't see the wiring anyway and if you don't fly with a canopy once it's up in the air you won't see the perfect wiring job also when you crash you might have to undo all of your neat wiring. I would never shorten the wires on anything because if you change airframes and want to reuse the flight pack, now that you custom fit the wires to your old airframe you might need wire extensions depending on where everything is positioned on the new airframe. Also if someone is not experienced with crimping on new connectors they could be causing shorting problems that you now have to track down where it is. Why ask for trouble?

Kris

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01-01-2013 08:56 PM  5 years agoPost 14
punkin71

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This is a first draft of what I have come up with so far, the new tray will make acessing wires for maintainance much simpler than before. I apologize for pic quality.

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01-01-2013 09:23 PM  5 years agoPost 15
mbarhsi

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What's wrong with keeping some slack handy? My thought has always been to keep slack available where possible being careful that wires don't rub on sharp edges so things have a place to go in the event of a crash. Make the wires tight and everything gets blown apart in a crash.
Exactly. "Great idea" (NOT) to hack it all up and, possibly, subsequently decide to use it in another airframe later...and the wires are too short... God help you with maintenance after a crash and/or having to replace a single component.

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01-01-2013 10:35 PM  5 years agoPost 16
Four Stroker

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Crap crimpers produce a crap crimp. Real crimpers are $500.

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01-02-2013 12:13 AM  5 years agoPost 17
ebonicrobot

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I've always liked the way helis looked with the Canopies off with all of the neat wiring. I started shortening my servo leads once I started the build on my E-Aurora... So nice!

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01-02-2013 12:26 AM  5 years agoPost 18
Havoc

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I never wire up tight. I always have slack and always ensure the slack can't contact moving parts. It prevents Traction Wireopecia and Crash Wireopecia. Even if it looks like a rats nest.

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01-02-2013 01:23 AM  5 years agoPost 19
Dan Minick

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Columbus, WI

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i wire for show, but i never shorten any wires unless I'm making them to begin with. here is my latest Synergy E5.

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01-02-2013 01:53 AM  5 years agoPost 20
OLROY

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Looks cleaner with no wire IMO

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