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01-18-2017 03:47 AM  5 months agoPost 1
Mikerobe

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Green Turtle Cay,Abaco, Bahamas.

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Where do you guys get the small colored noodles for protecting your skids?

The lot I got is not a lot, but I thank God a lot for the lot I got!

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01-18-2017 12:39 PM  5 months agoPost 2
Dan Minick

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They are getting a little harder to find, make sure you get the right size for your skid diameter.

https://www.amainhobbies.com/search?s=skid+nut

Personally I do not like them, give the heli a smaller footprint. Not as stable on a landing.

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01-18-2017 12:49 PM  5 months agoPost 3
JuanRodriguez

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If skid nuts is what you meant, as an alternative, you can make up your own.....they are also know as "skid stops"....

Most hardware stores have rubber and vinyl hose in various sizes and diameters sold by the foot (or even 1/2 ft). Bring a skid with you to choose the appropriate size.

At home, you can then cut the pieces to the appropriate length....

Here is another potential source but I see that a lot of the colors have been discontinued.... a few left, though....

http://www.advantagehobby.com/searc...e=1&q=skid+stop

@Dan

What do you mean by a "smaller footprint" ?? Adding the skid stops doesn't change the width of the landing skid.....

BTW, I believe the original intent of adding them was for those flying off of hard surfaces such as asphalt or cement to prevent the heli from skidding around while spooling up......That may be where the term "skid stop" came from....???

If one flies off grass then they would not be needed, IMO.......

Been there, done that and old enough to know better.....

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01-18-2017 02:17 PM  5 months agoPost 4
fastrc1

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Mr. Rodriguez is correct. They were called skid stops.

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01-18-2017 04:13 PM  5 months agoPost 5
Dan Minick

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What I meant is there is not as much contact area. I fly off mainly concrete and do not have a spoolup problem

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01-18-2017 04:38 PM  5 months agoPost 6
spaceman spiff

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I sometimes glue pieces of steel under the skids with JB Weld.

You can flip the auto switch and come in for sliding landing on the runway, see how far you can slide. It's a blast.

You can't teach a crab to walk straight.

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01-18-2017 06:38 PM  5 months agoPost 7
Pistol_Pete

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Where do you guys get the small colored noodles for protecting your skids
These days its all about multi rotors so what you might be looking for instead are called...

landing skid sponge

^^ click link ^^

You might find such in a local hobby shop that sell multirotors or the dreaded default "Ebay".

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I made mine out of PVC pipe.

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01-19-2017 09:13 PM  5 months agoPost 8
Mikerobe

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Yeah I'm talking about the spongy stuff. Apparently there's nothing available in the US, you have to get it from China!
I've searched everything from Polyethylene Foam Tube to Silicone Foam Tube in various sizes and colors.
I'm in West Palm Bch, Florida at the moment and there's Pool Fun Noodles in every store I go in, but nothing smaller than a 2" OD.
Hopefully there's something in Hobby Lobby.

The lot I got is not a lot, but I thank God a lot for the lot I got!

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01-19-2017 09:36 PM  5 months agoPost 9
Heli_Splatter

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I am not sure of your size requirement... 1/2 foam pipe insulation from the hardware (Lowes/Home Depot) may suffice. You could cut it down a bit.

Don't forget to look at McMaster Kerr on-line.

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01-20-2017 12:17 AM  5 months agoPost 10
Pistol_Pete

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Seffner, FL

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http://www.gripworks.com/grips-rfq.asp

Maybe you can get a free sample instead

or go medical supply

http://pattersonmedical.com/app.asp...ey=IF_921016933

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01-20-2017 02:22 AM  5 months agoPost 11
jtv62161

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Oakdale Pa / Quaker city Ohio / Bradenton FL

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skid covers

check pool noodles at the dollar store available in several colors, both home depot and lowes each sell pipe insulation which also would work

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01-20-2017 01:10 PM  5 months agoPost 12
JuanRodriguez

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The Villages, Florida

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IMO, pool noodles and even the 1/2 inch pipe insulation suggested are WAY too big to install on a typical heli landing gear......

Been there, done that and old enough to know better.....

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01-20-2017 01:37 PM  5 months agoPost 13
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Mikerobe

Look at some of these.
http://www.mudhole.com/search?keywords=hyplon

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01-20-2017 04:37 PM  5 months agoPost 14
Heli_Splatter

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Silver Spring, MD by way of Sidney, Ne - USA

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My recommended solution is to get a bigger helicopter. Problem solved. Sorry, I could not resist. I do agree with you. Maybe some soft plastic tubing.
IMO, pool noodles and even the 1/2 inch pipe insulation suggested are WAY too big to install on a typical heli landing gear......

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01-25-2017 09:52 AM  5 months agoPost 15
myjane

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Skids

I find noodles are good for concrete , but I always put 600 skids on my 450s and 90 size skids on all the others , my mongoose had 90 size landing gear in some sort of plastic , so I made some wider gear out of stainless 12 mill tube , strong , wide ,and looks good

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