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02-07-2006 10:09 PM  12 years agoPost 1
Cameron

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St. Johns, Florida

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I took the retaining pin out thinking I had to remove it to add the shims but I guess not. Now I can't get it back in, any1 know how??

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02-07-2006 10:12 PM  12 years agoPost 2
slider46

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Ocala Florida

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Line up the hole as good as you can by eye when sliding the head back on the shaft. Hold the heli up to the light and rotate the main shaft while holding the head until you see light thru the hole. Take a pair of needlenose pliers and slip it in the hole. It's just that easy, but it still takes me 10 minutes sometimes to get it right....

Tom..... No "D" flying....

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02-07-2006 10:21 PM  12 years agoPost 3
Cameron

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St. Johns, Florida

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Ok, thanks

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02-08-2006 12:57 AM  12 years agoPost 4
BikeNBoatN

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Santa Ana, CA USA

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I line up the setscrew on the main shaft retaining collar (047) to be in line with the hole in the main shaft. And I also painted the center spindle white which makes the hole easy to see. Now I just rotate the setscrew to be in line with the hole. Works every time w/o having to do the old "hold it up to the light" trick. I also use 0.032" brass rod instead of the 0.039" steel retaining pin. That way it actually shears in a crash. Prevents a lot of damage that way.

Brent.

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02-08-2006 04:28 AM  12 years agoPost 5
arcadefire

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Toronto, Canada

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I line up the setscrew on the main shaft retaining collar (047) to be in line with the hole in the main shaft. And I also painted the center spindle white which makes the hole easy to see. Now I just rotate the setscrew to be in line with the hole. Works every time w/o having to do the old "hold it up to the light" trick. I also use 0.032" brass rod instead of the 0.039" steel retaining pin. That way it actually shears in a crash. Prevents a lot of damage that way.
Great idea Brent!!
Where did you find the 0.032" brass rod??

Thanks, Martin.

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02-08-2006 08:15 AM  12 years agoPost 6
BikeNBoatN

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Santa Ana, CA USA

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My LHS has 0.032" brass rod in foot-long pieces, in packages of 5 for a few bucks.

Brent.

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02-08-2006 03:35 PM  12 years agoPost 7
akshaw

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Plymouth Meeting, PA

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Don't know if anyone else has tried this, but I've been using standard size paper clips to create a pin. It shears nicely provided I bend each end to the right (when facing it). What I do is to cut a straight piece from the paper clip, then using plyers, make about a 1/4 inch right angle bend on one end. To get the proper length, I hold the piece up to the 4 in 1 horizontally, position the end of the bent side starting at the beginning of the gyro pot and cut the other at end of the proportional pot. I found that this gives the pin just the right length. Then I push the long end through the retaining collar/shaft, with the 1/4 inch side pointing to the right, turn the blade around and bend the other side (which sticks out about 1/4 inch) to the right. (When viewed directly from above, looking down towards the rotor head, the pin -- if you could see the whole thing-- would make a Z shape.)

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02-08-2006 08:37 PM  12 years agoPost 8
Cameron

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St. Johns, Florida

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When i had mine out it was bent. Will this effect the way my heli flies??

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02-08-2006 10:03 PM  12 years agoPost 9
akshaw

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Plymouth Meeting, PA

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As long as it's not to the point of breaking, it shouldn't have any effect on flying.

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02-08-2006 10:18 PM  12 years agoPost 10
i300i

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Great White North, MN - USA

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I've heard that the body clips for the AE RC18T are the right diameter.

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02-19-2006 09:18 AM  12 years agoPost 11
balbs

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Los Angeles, CA

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What's the best way to remove the stock retaining pin? Seems a needle nose isn't enough to budge it.

Balbs

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02-19-2006 12:27 PM  12 years agoPost 12
Jimmi

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Southern Ca. U.S.A.

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You hold the needle nose pliers against the shaft with the pin through the pliers. Then push against the side of the shaft forcing the pin out a little at a time, this should do it. Hope I explained it correctly. Jimmi


Build the best, fly the best, crash the best.

What's the best way to remove the stock retaining pin? Seems a needle nose isn't enough to budge it.

Balbs

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02-19-2006 01:07 PM  12 years agoPost 13
mjdnorth

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Saskatoon, SK - Canada

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easiest way
The easiest way to return the pin is to use a chase wire, in my case I use a chase needle. Get a sewing needle and use that to line up the holes. When you have the correct alignment (it does not need to be exact but the closer the better) then slowly pull out the needle with the pin following it. I use a really small pair of locking pliers (no brand names - gotta maintain the rules). This works great with just about anything like this kind of application.

As well, if you are an old married guy like myself it helps to turn out the lights and work by feel

Later,

Mike

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03-07-2006 03:01 AM  12 years agoPost 14
Jimmi

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Southern Ca. U.S.A.

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Mike are you saying to add some type of hair folicles for a quicker find LMAO Jimmi

As well, if you are an old married guy like myself it helps to turn out the lights and work by feel

Later,

Mike

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03-07-2006 03:13 AM  12 years agoPost 15
t.edwards

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Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

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If you know anybody who mig welds ask what wire sizes he has. .035" is a pretty common size. Hope my rotor hub doesn't start growing hair. Tom

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03-08-2006 11:01 AM  12 years agoPost 16
mjdnorth

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Saskatoon, SK - Canada

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You know.......

I love these posts. If you don't have a bit of humor then you shouldn't be flying RC and especially RC heli. I love it. My wife did my tax return on the computer the other day and got upset because the choice box for marital status did not include "Married but I'm still p#ssed off with him for buying that thing".

Anyway, found out something else. If you back a CP Blade into a garage door the tail rotor does not work as well as it did before you backed it into the door. Haaaaaaaaa!!! Remember ALF on TV?

Mike

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03-08-2006 04:31 PM  12 years agoPost 17
t.edwards

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Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

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She should count her blessings, mistresses are even more expensive.

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03-21-2006 08:37 AM  12 years agoPost 18
jughead

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South Africa

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I use a 1mm drill bit. (cut to length with a pliers) It is nice and brittle, so if u have a bad crash, the pin usually just breaks, saving your main drive gear, blades ect..

Why drink and drive when u can smoke and fly....

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03-21-2006 06:12 PM  12 years agoPost 19
walter23

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calgary ab

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After lining it up rotationally, I need to lift the head up a millimeter or so to get it just right. I usually don't bother looking through to align it, just line them up as close as I can and push the shaft into the head, then move it around in small increments (including slightly up and down) while pushing on the pin until I find it.

Sounds a bit lewd that way doesn't it.

---
Another blade CP first-time heli owner.

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