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02-05-2008 09:19 PM  10 years agoPost 1
Sgt Heli

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I just replaced main frame, battery tray, went ahead and upgraded the radio tx/rx and gyro. All looks good except the wires. How do you handle your servo/gyro/esc/bec wire running nightmare? I'm thinking maybe some of that plastic tubing that you can pack wire in but that adds more weight. What to do?

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02-05-2008 10:03 PM  10 years agoPost 2
tryan02

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Where I work you just tywrap wires to the frame. tyraps are lightweight and if you lay them out against the king frame they will look and perform fine. I admit its not pretty but its only a pod anyway.

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02-05-2008 10:08 PM  10 years agoPost 3
J_Cunny

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Which radio setup did you go with?

JC

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02-05-2008 10:58 PM  10 years agoPost 4
Sgt Heli

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Tryan, that sounds good. I do have some small ties.

As for the radio I got the DX7 and AR6100 rx for the King. Programmed the radio last night with the help of some good posts here and there. How these radios handle the swash mix is pretty cool. Took me programming a radio to get somewhat of a handle on it.

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02-05-2008 11:29 PM  10 years agoPost 5
tryan02

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programmming your first radio is a great learning experience in just what you can do with the heli. I now know through the perils of others and my junk BCPP radio (sticks quit working after 3mo) that a programmable radio which ever one you get is a wise investment for a heli. Who knows maybe someday we can talk dougie-boy into getting one he could really fly the frankenKing with a smoother operating and programmable pitch curve radio instead of all those stockers.

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02-06-2008 12:23 AM  10 years agoPost 6
DougsRC

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Mass.

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You don't have to convince me, I'm already completely convinced. I just made the last payment to Slider for his collection of Blade CP/CP2 BL stuff. Slider was nice enough to let me make payments, so I sold goods on Flebay and paid him with paypal as I got paid. My next purchase will be a Good TX, definately. To stay on topic Sarge I like to use micro black plastic Zip Ties that can had just about anywhere.

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02-06-2008 02:52 AM  10 years agoPost 7
thrstrmech

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small zip ties are best, pack the wires neatly and you're set, as for the plastic wire noodle, they really don't add much weight

converting over to the "Dark Side"...Trex 450 clone...HBK2 still #1

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02-06-2008 03:05 AM  10 years agoPost 8
GyroFreak

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On my Trex 450 I ran the servo wires thru a piece of shrink wrap that was large enough to get the connectors thru, then I tied the shrink tubing (Yellow shown in pic) to the Trex frame. I did not shrink the tubing else I couldn't remove a servo for replacement or service.

I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?

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02-06-2008 03:48 AM  10 years agoPost 9
Gregor99

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Western Wa

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I got the HBK2 as bare bones kit. When I did the electronics install I spent alot of time, routing wires, get the lengths correct, and finding descrete places to tuck in the excess. It was all neatly attached to the frame with small black zip ties.

Within a week I decided I didn't like where the ESC was so I moved it. A couple weeks later, I was trying to adjust the belt and found one of my tie wraps covering one of the frame screws. Next, I got concerned that one of the tie wraps was too close to the belt, so I removed it, which required re-routing a couple servo wires. Then a short time after that I wanted to try out a different tail servo so a bunch of the wiring had to be taken out since a lot the slack had been bundled together with the other servo wires. Since then the tail servo was been swapped two more times and slack added to the wires going to the gyro.

With each iteration, the wires took on a slightly more disheveled look. Sometimes better some times worse. Never as good as the first time.

That's all over now. I've just replaced all the swash servos and will be moving the ESC as well as adding a BEC. So I've got it mostly appart and will start from scratch as soon as the new parts are in. This time I'm going to focus wiring for servability. No wires covering any screws or limiting access. No bundling all the slack into one large bundle. Extra slack where it might be helpful. Each swash servo wire labled to match the Rx next to plug. It might take a few extra tie wraps but they are cheap as well as light.

I have a bunch of that braided wire covering. I like it quite a bit and have used it on a other projects. I was thinking about using some on the HBK2. But after all dissassembly/re-assembly, I think it would make the heli less servicable. Maybe after I get the setup settled down, an there's less regular changes, I might reconsider. I see its even available in Esky purple

http://www.helidirect.com/product_i...roducts_id=6137

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02-06-2008 03:54 AM  10 years agoPost 10
thrstrmech

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don't encourage 'em, Tryan will be all over the purply stuff for wiring

converting over to the "Dark Side"...Trex 450 clone...HBK2 still #1

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02-06-2008 04:26 PM  10 years agoPost 11
slider46

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Ocala Florida

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I have been spending more time on wire routing too. I also have been using the sleeving like in the above posting...I also have been shortening the gyro wires and tail servo wires to clean the rats nest up..If you spend a little extra time and effort, It really cleans up the heli...

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

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02-06-2008 04:36 PM  10 years agoPost 12
tryan02

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Canton, Missouri

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I already got the spiral wire tubing in purple.

I just choose not to use it don't see the need I'm a function over form kind of guy.

I get free samples from wire companies once in a while free connectors, heatshrink, tubing, covers and such If they only knew where they were being used. I'm first in line when the rep comes to visit.

Anyone want I still got a few of the spiral wrap colors left 6" pieces yellow black green Ill have to check all that I have. FREEBIES for me Ill just pass them on.

I am referring to the wire noodle or whatever they are called in thrstmechs pic.

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02-06-2008 04:47 PM  10 years agoPost 13
slider46

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Did you say YELLOW And where do you fine the yellow button for the type I see red green and blue but no yellow

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

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02-06-2008 04:55 PM  10 years agoPost 14
J_Cunny

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Austin, Texas

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I tried to redo the braid on mine when I put the gyro, but gave up and use the tie wrap and fold method. I guess the person who assembled mine in China was a chick cause it looks like my daughter's french braid.

JC

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02-06-2008 06:18 PM  10 years agoPost 15
tryan02

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Canton, Missouri

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Did you say YELLOW And where do you fine the yellow button for the type I see red green and blue but no yellow

slider when you do a color it puts text before and after before youll see color=______ just change the type to your favorite color

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02-06-2008 06:34 PM  10 years agoPost 16
GyroFreak

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tryan02, that yellow text is nearly invisible on my screen ???

I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?

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02-06-2008 10:57 PM  10 years agoPost 17
slider46

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Testing 123 I see my yellow is much bigger than yours young jedi...

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

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