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02-27-2018 05:28 AM  52 days agoPost 1
Felino

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I have three discontinued helis so when the unavoidable happens I will have to cut my own side frames.
I don´t have a CNC machine at home and my programing knowledge sucks. I will have to cut my own side plates by hand and from scratch.
So for those of you that have done custom side frames what do you think is best to start with; a router or a scroll saw??
Any info and pics about this matter will be apreciated.

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02-27-2018 05:48 AM  52 days agoPost 2
ticedoff8

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Felino
I have three discontinued helis so when the unavoidable happens I will have to cut my own side frames.
I don´t have a CNC machine at home and my programing knowledge sucks. I will have to cut my own side plates by hand and from scratch.
So for those of you that have done custom side frames what do you think is best to start with; a router or a scroll saw??
Any info and pics about this matter will be apreciated.
If you are cutting carbon fiber, then you are in for a fight.
The CF will dull any saw's blade so fast you may not be able to cut one frame.

I would recommend a highspeed router with a carbide bit.
Like this:
https://www.toolstoday.com/solid-ca...outer-bits.html

Do a rough cut and then use a fine grain carbide bit to get to down tothe final shape.

Make sure to wear a good dust mask - CF dust will kill you.

If you are cutting G10 PC Board material, I will still use the carbide bits. But, the dust won't kill you.

If you are cutting aluminum, then just use whatever fine-tooth blades you have around

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02-27-2018 05:56 AM  52 days agoPost 3
grimthenoble

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Can I ask you what helis they are? There are many company's that could remake them fairly inexpensive if they are flat such as a piece of carbon fiber weeve

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02-27-2018 03:26 PM  51 days agoPost 4
Heli_Splatter

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Why not just accept that the heli is done and move on? Stop living in the past.

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02-27-2018 03:26 PM  51 days agoPost 5
JWatson

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I just saw this on facebook this morning. It was "Nibbling" Carbon sheet pretty easy.

https://tayys.com/products/multi-pu...nt-50-off-today

Might be work checking out.

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http://jarrettrc.wordpress.com/

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02-27-2018 04:36 PM  51 days agoPost 6
Gearhead

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really, as asked, what Heli's are they, some one may have the parts you need

Jim
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02-27-2018 04:59 PM  51 days agoPost 7
Pistol Pete

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Felino
Any info and pics about this matter will be apreciated
DIY

Watch at YouTube

Source it out
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/sho...ng-Carbon-Fiber

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02-27-2018 06:58 PM  51 days agoPost 8
Felino

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ticedoff8 and Pistol Pete thanks a lot for the links and info. It is useful for me and anyone that wants to cut its own frames.
I have no experience and I think it is a good idea to focus on cutting carbon fiber right from the start.
I have a JR Vibe 50 Nex, Synergy N5, Rave ENV and JR Vibe 90SG.
All ready to fly except the N5 because it was crashed last november and needs new frames.
I do have replacement side frames for all these helis. If I want to cut my own side frames then I need to use a stock side frame as a sample/template to cut a plain G10 or carbon plate. Getting another frame set for the N5 is not a good idea because I will be limited to use that finished piece for that specific heli.
A plain sheet of G10 or CF can be used for any heli, when needed, if I manage to cut it and the cost of a plain sheet is about the same as a stock side frame set.
All helis will be discontinued at some point as well as replacement parts.
A used discontinued heli has very low resale value so I would get little dollar and then I would have to pay top dollar for a new current kit.
I prefer to spend that money on tools for cutting my own parts.
I like RC helis and the idea of making my own parts has become a new hobby for me.

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02-27-2018 11:05 PM  51 days agoPost 9
Kevin Dalrymple

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The best way and easiest is to have someone or your self draw the frames out in auto cad. Then have them cut out at a local water jet cutting. If you could get the auto cad into a DXF file you could cut all the frames for your helis for about 150 for the batch.

Keep the files and you can make more frames as you need them.

If you frames are 1.5mm you can easily move to 2mm with out any cost difference.

This depends on what yout time is worth and how nice you want them. Search around you might find the frames already drawn and you could ask fothem a DXF file for the water jet.

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02-27-2018 11:43 PM  51 days agoPost 10
spaceman spiff

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Ebay often has what you want.

I am not 100% sure, but this one might be usefull:

https://m.ebay.ca/itm/JR-VIBE-50-MA...~UAAOSwcLxYMEKm

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02-27-2018 11:59 PM  51 days agoPost 11
Dirtpen

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Illinois

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I have cut g10 before on a bandsaw with metal cutting blade. Bandsaw was 100 bucks Lowe's. Worked great,made very loud noises cutting if I remember, got g10 sheets on ebay. I made a camera gimbal system it worked great back in the day before drones. I guess a jigsaw would be similar but seem like long band saw blade lasts longer.

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02-28-2018 12:11 AM  51 days agoPost 12
Dirtpen

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I think I used a very thin mastic type double side tape to stick together when cut and drill. I remember having trouble with holes drilled don't lineup good for me if I drilled each piece separately. Then peal apart wipe with isopropyl and then my holes were dead on.

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02-28-2018 12:41 AM  51 days agoPost 13
helitom

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I have a friend who cuts his own frames using a saber saw with a diamond coated blade to get most of the hole cut out. Then he goes to a diamond bit in a router to get the exact outline dialed in.

Again, be careful around CF dust.

The older I get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.

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03-01-2018 11:46 AM  50 days agoPost 14
IYKIST

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Some years back i went to a model show that also had companies displaying their products, there was a company that had this software that worked with an A3 scanner that accurately scanned flat frames and produced exact coordinates and then sent to a cnc router.

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03-01-2018 04:26 PM  49 days agoPost 15
Heli143

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My buddy made frames for one of
My helis and several of his using G10 he bought from McMaster-Carr. Prices are good and the frames came out great.

Roy Mayoral

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03-02-2018 02:26 AM  49 days agoPost 16
Felino

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Another reason I want to cut my own frames is that I like that clear color G10. I think it looks cool. G10 is cheap, easy to cut and works great for any heli.

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03-02-2018 03:10 AM  49 days agoPost 17
Chuck Bole

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Clear G-10.. That sound great.

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03-02-2018 12:52 PM  49 days agoPost 18
Phat513

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Where can you buy G10 materials from? Thanks

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03-02-2018 01:21 PM  48 days agoPost 19
Mikerobe

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Felino,
This is how I make mine.

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

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03-03-2018 04:18 AM  48 days agoPost 20
Heli143

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Phat
You can buy it from McMaster-Carr in Atlanta. Not expensive and works great.
Good luck with your project !

Roy Mayoral

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