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10-26-2006 05:16 PM  11 years agoPost 1
StrangeRanger

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How many times have you actually seen a gyro, whether mounted above or below the boom get smacked up? And how many crashes have you seen?

I'm just curious because I keep seeing people say "Ooohh...mount your gyro under the boom or else!" And honestly, between me and my buds flying and crashing literally 100's of times, I've never, ever, seen a gyro get damaged from a blade strike. Yes, I've seen gyros get damaged, but I think maybe 3 total. And those were because the heli came to a, shall we call it a sudden stop on pavement. There was basically nothing left never mind a gyro.

So just for some discussion, how many crashes do you think you've seen or had? And out of that number of crashes how many times have you seen a gyro ABOVE the boom get damaged? Or how many times have you seen a gyro get damaged/destroyed at all? I'm actually quite impressed w/ the damage these little units can take and keep functioning.

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10-26-2006 05:33 PM  11 years agoPost 2
muckleyr

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Being a beginner pilot flying on my own with two heli's, I personally haven't had a gyro get chopped, but just for safe measures I made my own under boom mounts for them as suggested by others. It was easy to do and can't hurt. I too was suprised at how well they hold up on crashes. I hit phone lines one time and my XL dropped about 20-25ft straight to the ground. Only cost me $30 in repairs. Yes, they are tough birds.

Rob

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10-26-2006 06:20 PM  11 years agoPost 3
StrangeRanger

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I hit phone lines one time and my XL dropped about 20-25ft straight to the ground.
Ohh... so you're the reason they always put that warning in all the owner's manuals. LOL j/k dood.

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10-26-2006 06:31 PM  11 years agoPost 4
Sceaduflyer

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My gyro is mounted under the battery plate. I really don't have to worry about chopping my gyro.

It wasn't me, it was my thumbs!

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10-26-2006 06:59 PM  11 years agoPost 5
xStatiCa

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With it in front you just have to worry about nose in crashes .

EDIT: I was going to mount mine there but didn't like the fact that I would have to run the rx and servo wires from the gyro back the opposite direction. I have my ESC mounted up front currently.

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10-26-2006 07:24 PM  11 years agoPost 6
rbiasi

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I've got two rexes. Been flying them for almost two years now. Always had the gyro mounted on top. Lots of crashes, but the gyro never got whacked. Until last week.

Had a fairly minor crash last week. Banked too hard doing a low pass and caught the ground with the blades. Gyro got whacked by the flybar and ripped off of it's mount. The 401 case has a big crack and a chunk out of it, but it still works. However, I'm thinking I might actually mount it under the boom now.

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10-26-2006 07:32 PM  11 years agoPost 7
muckleyr

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Ohh... so you're the reason they always put that warning in all the owner's manuals. LOL j/k dood.
You got it! Watch out for that depth perception...

Rob

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10-26-2006 07:46 PM  11 years agoPost 8
caseyjholmes

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Portland, Oregon

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1 x 401 on my old hornet. blade strike chipped the case. gyro still worked fine though..

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10-26-2006 07:47 PM  11 years agoPost 9
Sceaduflyer

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Yeah, running the wires with it up here was kind of annoying but I preferred having a hard time running the wires than risking having my gyro whacked, and I'm not talking about a mob hit.

It wasn't me, it was my thumbs!

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10-26-2006 07:48 PM  11 years agoPost 10
Kiwi King

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Had a Shogun, mounted the gy401 on the 'up side' and sho' 'nuff, I crashed. While the heli was doing it's death-dance the flybar put a nice crack in the gyro. On the rex, I noticed that when I was placing my electronics on it, I said 'what if....' and put the gyro on the top. I then spun the blades/flybar around by hand and saw that the flybar came close to the gyro. I guess it all boils down to the 'comfort-factor' the pilot has. It's just preference that's all.

Kiwi King

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10-26-2006 07:51 PM  11 years agoPost 11
slider46

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Ocala Florida

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On my 3rd flite with my XL, I flew a little closer to the power lines in the yard than I thought. The heli shut down and dropped to the ground about 15' or so and the flybar wacked the gyro case really good. I move under the boom while waiting for parts and never looked back. It's just alot of money waiting to go away sitting on top.

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

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10-26-2006 08:13 PM  11 years agoPost 12
muckleyr

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Slider 46 and I are in the power line smacking club....
Those damn things come out of nowhere! lol

Rob

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10-26-2006 08:23 PM  11 years agoPost 13
rky5

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Oak Hills california

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A guy I was flying with hit the side of a steal building just about as fast as I have ever seen one fly .

It was cheaper to buy a new kit when he priced out the damage....
But the 240 gyro was still in great shape above the boom.

I mount mine in the heli on the floor right at the back!
But I think its all a matter of how you crash in respect to if the gyro survives or not.

How many crashes have you seen...
Counting my Own ..........maybe about 15 I would say

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10-26-2006 08:25 PM  11 years agoPost 14
MrMel

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During my T-rex 450 time I had something like 30 crashes totally, always ran my 401 on top, never ever got a dent in it.

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10-26-2006 08:33 PM  11 years agoPost 15
Paul99

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I mount mine at the back on the floor too - seems to me the safest place to be and there's lots of space there. The only Trex crashes I've seen were mine - Haven't killed a Gyro yet.

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10-26-2006 09:13 PM  11 years agoPost 16
caseyjholmes

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Portland, Oregon

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havn't hit the gyro on my 450 yet.. (it's on top o the boom case)

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10-26-2006 09:19 PM  11 years agoPost 17
StrangeRanger

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I wasn't saying one way was better or anything, I was just saying that I've seen a lot of helis piled into the gournd/trees/buildings/cars etc and have seen very few incidents of gyro damage.

Of course, I've probably just jinxed myself

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10-26-2006 09:41 PM  11 years agoPost 18
kevinb902

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First flight 30 seconds in had a radio lock gyro was toast on the bottom always now kevinb

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10-27-2006 05:31 AM  11 years agoPost 19
Didi

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Germany

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My GY-401 (mounted above)got chopped from a blade strike. The Rex and Gyro were 20 flight minutes old.
The Gyro was totally distroyed.
Very expencive first small crash!

IT HAPPENS and then it hurts very much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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10-27-2006 05:42 AM  11 years agoPost 20
ahperson

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Canton, Michigan

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I was at a lhs where a guy came in with a chopped gyro. He said he always had it on top with no problems until this one crash which he said was not that bad, so I went home and change the location of my gyro that day. I put it on the floor slightly in the frame.

You don't know what you don't know!

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