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12-10-2004 01:59 AM  13 years agoPost 1
THX1138

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As some of you have read I just recenly set my bird down inverted, hit the ground blades first then flopped upright. I finaly took the time to break the machine down and perform a fairly stout crash assessment. I was very surprised to find that all that needs to be replaces is the spindle, grips, hoops, and main blades. Everything else is 100% acceptable for use. I am absolutely amazed at how well it survived a case of dumb thumb.

I think that TT has a good ship here and I am glad to own one. I love my bird and so do at least 50,000 other people think so as well.

The biggest bummer about my crash is that I made a huge step forward in my collective management and it seemed like my flying had gotten so much better in one tank. Oh well, Xmas is coming and pipe insulation works wonders in the snow.

Tell us what you think of your bird

Lou

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12-10-2004 02:14 AM  13 years agoPost 2
nojohnny101

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hey
agree....totallly!!!....the raptor in general is a great "BANG FOR YOUR BUCK"...it flies jsut as good as any other machine out there....is cheap to repair
another thing that people dont' mention often is that it is EASY to upgrade....very little or no modifications at all need to be made if you upgrade
i just love my raptor 30v2 and would buy another one in a heartbeat

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~Will~

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12-10-2004 02:22 AM  13 years agoPost 3
cforcht

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i agree, i love my raptors. well maybe thats a bit strong but ive dumped many hours in her making it a truly custom heli. and i wouldnt part with it for anything



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12-10-2004 02:27 AM  13 years agoPost 4
rmschmidt

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Also agree, I hit the side of my house hard once and only had minor damage to the Heli! The house had about 3 feet of siding torn off and shreded!

P.S.
Heli was fixed first

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12-10-2004 02:34 AM  13 years agoPost 5
cforcht

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damn thats bad. i havent hit any houses yet but i got a steel fence while inverted. that one did some damage.



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12-10-2004 02:50 AM  13 years agoPost 6
dragonlord

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yep they shaw are I just parked mine in a tree.

when me right control stick came detached from the radio as I was flying :::

when I finaly figered out how to get it out of the tree

I was very to discover then only damage was

one cracked carbon main blade and a one busted double link

amazingly even the blade grip spindel aint bent.
and not a scratch on it any where else

long live the raptor

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12-10-2004 03:00 AM  13 years agoPost 7
cforcht

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just what are you using for a radio if the stick came off.



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12-10-2004 03:01 AM  13 years agoPost 8
nojohnny101

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hey
he was using a RD6000 super...it was on another post i saw it somewhere....


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12-10-2004 03:09 AM  13 years agoPost 9
cforcht

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well all i use is futaba and i havent had anything fall off of my TX yet. But that would really suck to have it happen. i did however have my antenna come loose while in flight and wrap around the swash and peel all of the links off of it. that one was pretty bad. it pile drived it right into the ground. now i use base loaded antennas.



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12-10-2004 05:19 AM  13 years agoPost 10
Andrew_S

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I lllove my 50...... and cforcht, that is a nice lookin canopy///////

Drewskie

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12-10-2004 11:13 AM  13 years agoPost 11
cforcht

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Andrew_S thanks. My buddy painted it for me. we have an arrangement. i make the custom bling bling parts for him he paints for me.



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12-10-2004 12:41 PM  13 years agoPost 12
THX1138

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Wingtip
The double links are good. I pulled the main shaft and it has no knicks and rolls across a marble top strait as an arrow. The bearings are fine as well. They spin fine with no knicks or catches.

When I put her in, it really wasn't that bad. I was only hovering and gave it to much left stick. When it went in, it just hit the blades and popped right back upright. I had hit the hold switch as fast as I could and the engine was still at a reliable idle as she sat on her skids with one split blade and one blade that is unscathed.

You have taught me well and I have gotten pretty good at pre and post flight inspections.

Lou

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12-10-2004 01:47 PM  13 years agoPost 13
Jeff Swartz

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Lou, you have to understand... These fury guys expect a $1,000 rebulid after a hit like that.

Was good advice to check all that stuff out though.

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12-10-2004 04:34 PM  13 years agoPost 14
pcliftonjr

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Raptors are Great!!
My 50 flys great and the crashes are cheeeeap !

Paul

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12-10-2004 09:06 PM  13 years agoPost 15
AMainMaker

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I think Raptors are the best thing since sliced bread. The crash cost are cheap and they perform very well. I have put both of mine through some abuse and they keep coming back for more. Thast what I look for in a Heli. My 50 has been in 2 crashes so far and it still has the original tail boom. I know I juts jinxed it but it is past due for replacement anyhow
Jason

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12-10-2004 09:12 PM  13 years agoPost 16
rap

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Alberta Canada

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yup I had the collective stick comeoff of my RD8000, its tough to find that little hole again in a hurry was lucky just a set of blades and spindel on my rappy 30, tough machines

Flyin with the critters

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12-10-2004 09:47 PM  13 years agoPost 17
Max Headspeed

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I luuuurve my Raptors (30 & 50). I even sometimes lick the 50

Max Headspeed.

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12-10-2004 11:01 PM  13 years agoPost 18
nojohnny101

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hey
whoaaaa buddy....let's not go there

Thanks
~Will~

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12-10-2004 11:08 PM  13 years agoPost 19
Lozzyho

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LOL. Fun thread.

I hit a telephone line with mine. I swear the phone line moved 6 feet suddenly, but I took it down big-style.

The crash cost £60 to repair the heli - £45 of which was NHP carbon blades. The telephone line cost £175+VAT to repair! (damn BT have the "right" to cross your land!).

The moral of the story? Helis are cheaper than BT engineers.

I've looked at lots of other helis at the club and yes, others seem better. But the rappy is undeniably GREAT bang-for-buck to buy, maintain and repair.


If your wings are travelling faster than your fuselage, you're in a helicopter, therefore unsafe

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