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02-05-2008 07:07 PM  10 years agoPost 1
scrappyheli

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Up until I got my DX7 for Christmas '07, I was using the cardboard box and styrofoam insert that the Blade CP originally came in for a carrying case for the heli + TX. However, the DX7 wouldn't fit in the "stock box" and the DX7 antenna was so fragile that I was really worried that I would break it if I didn't find a good way to transport it.

[1] What carrying case solution do you use?

I'm curious how other folks solve these same problems so I can learn some new tips / tricks.

[2] My solution:

I'll start it off the tread by sharing my solution which I think is pretty handy and inexpensive (currently on sale at Sears for only $9.88)!

For full description, more photos and link to actual item see my gallery.

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02-06-2008 01:45 PM  10 years agoPost 2
stickyfox

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It's honestly way too expensive, but I got a Road Ready instrument case for mine. It's freakin' sweet. It has metal corners, locking clamps, and that "puzzle foam" stuff you dig out to the shape of whatever you have. It's regularly almost $200 but I got it at Guitar Center during one of those ultra crazy sales where they give you ten packs of guitar strings just for walking in the door, so I think it was a good deal. I don't recall what I spent on it because I blew out my bank account that day, heh.. I think I have a photo somewhere; I'll look around my hard drive.

-fox

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02-06-2008 01:56 PM  10 years agoPost 3
DougsRC

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Scrappyheli, You really know how to get the most for your money in this sometimes expensive hobby 10 bucks for a case --- .20 cent dowel tailbooms--- bendyback landing gear--- You're pretty clever !

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02-06-2008 07:24 PM  10 years agoPost 4
akaleus

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Man I've got to hand it to you! That is a really clever and inexpensive case that looks like it'd work great. I might have to try this soon... I've got a tool-box I've been meaning to utilize for something!

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02-06-2008 09:49 PM  10 years agoPost 5
tutelar-rc

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Nobleton, Ontario - Canada

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For some other ideas, go to this topic...
[http://runryder.com/t390307p1/]

My post is 1/2 way down...

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02-14-2008 05:44 PM  10 years agoPost 6
scrappyheli

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Thanks for the responses. I saw that some HBK2 sized aluminum boxes might work or even TREX ones if the foam was adjusted a little. I even saw some posts about using aluminum paintball gun boxes which looked pretty good.

One drawback I saw with using the aluminum heli boxes is that a lot of times the heli would have to be removed in order to get at the TX also in some cases the foam too had to be removed which seemed a bit inconvenient since I generally fly in the mornings to avoid people and there is a lot of dew / wet grass and sometimes even mud on the ground.

Keep the posts coming I'm curious to see what else is out there... so far some of the options for a BCP + DX7 carrying case:

1. aluminum paintball case
2. plastic crate (like tutelar's blue one)
3. hardware tool box
4. aluminum heli case (TREX or HBK2)
5. cardboard box

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02-14-2008 06:11 PM  10 years agoPost 7
tutelar-rc

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Nobleton, Ontario - Canada

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You forgot to add "hands". Often when I go to the school, I clip my transmitter on my belt, put the spare batteries in my pocket, grap a BCPP in each hand and walk there (about 1/2 mile).

Personally, so far, I like scrappyheli's solution the best.
(Just in case we are voting)

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02-14-2008 08:50 PM  10 years agoPost 8
scrappyheli

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Hehe.. true, i was going with "hands" for a while too...

Before I decided to go with the toolbox, I was debating just custom making a cardboard box. Actually that is where the idea for those cardboard dividers/tail boom/blade holders came from.

I was having a hard time figuring out if I wanted an "all-in-one" (helis+TX) box or separate boxes for TX and each heli. I only have one heli right now but was trying to figure out how this would work with 2 or 3 helis. Seems like it basically a decision between the convenience/portability/pick-up-and-go of an "all-in-one" vs the flexibility of only taking the helis you need or being able to get new heli's / get rid of heli's without having to rethink one's carrying case each time.

When exploring the "all-in-one" route, I was thinking a custom cardboard box might be the most compact / convenient solution that might let me get 2 or 3 heli's + TX all into a very small space (especially if helis were arranged adjacently alternating canopy/tail). Of course, it would have be redone if I changed my fleet at all. In any case, I thought you guys might get a kick out of seeing some photos of my prototype:

I didn't have a large enough piece of cardboard so it is missing completed walls and no space for a TX, but you can kinda get the idea. For the "final version" I was going to go and get a large sheet of cardboard and then design it in a way as to use as little tape as possible (ideally none). Having those cross supports inside was nice to support the tail / blades without needed a blade holder (and being able to just lift the heli out ready to fly), but also it turned out to be nice because they created lots of separate little compartments I could throw batteries and parts in.

Thanks tutelar for the vote . I'm pretty happy with the way the toolbox is working out.. although once I get a second heli.. what to do?

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