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03-06-2008 09:47 PM  10 years agoPost 1
ChipG

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OK so I broke the landing gear legs, I can get the CF rod from Tower
in 24" lengths 2 for 4.99.......Whats the best way to get the broken off CF rod out of the plastic fittings on the gear skids ? Drilling ? Debonder ?
Someone tell me there is a great new method I didn't know.

Thanks

ChipG

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03-06-2008 10:07 PM  10 years agoPost 2
vidmarv

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Small hand drill
I use a small hand drill to remove the old CF rods. I also replaced the carbon fiber rods with some rigid wire (like they use on those small plastic survey flags, that's where I got mine). I bend the skid end to 90 degrees and CA glued it in. If I have a rough landing, I just bend the wire back. It's a little heavier, but still absorbs the shock well and I've never had to replace the landing gear since.

Also, I cut all the remaining CF rods off with the plastic part of the skids and keep them. They work great as replacement tail rotor shafts. I make the cut at the skids with wire cutters and cut the CF rod down with a dremel (with cutting wheel). Make sure your cut is clean on the CF end so the tail propeller and gear will slide on easily. If you try and cut the CF end with cutters, it pinches it and makes it hard to get the prop and gear on.

BTW, make those dremel cuts outdoors. CF dust is nothing you really want to breath and absolutely nothing you want in your home. Tends to linger.

Hold on to those broken pieces. You never know when you might be able to use them. With enough CA and rubber bands, most anything can be made to fly!

VM

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03-06-2008 11:45 PM  10 years agoPost 3
Micro-Maniac

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Pasco,Washington Formerly: Captain Chaos

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You're not supposed to glue the landing gear - The battery support set and the small pieces of tubing hold the landing gear in place and is all that's needed

I too break the rods off the skids to reuse as tail fins and canopy mounts etc

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03-07-2008 12:21 AM  10 years agoPost 4
vidmarv

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Hey Micro
Sorry, I guess I was a bit vague. I meant glue the wire to the skids ONLY! I'm not sure how you would get the landing gear back on the heli with it glued to the battery tray. Thanks for pointing out my shortcomings in explaining that concept. Always great to hear your advice, which is always spot on. I've got a lot of great tips from you on this forum. Guys like you make it possible for guys like me to figure this stuff out!

VM

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03-07-2008 12:29 AM  10 years agoPost 5
Micro-Maniac

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Well my post was aimed at ChipG as I figured since he was having trouble removing the the CF rods from the frame or battery support set or whatever that he likely glued them in place

But come to think of it - The way to remove them if they are glued is to carefully squeeze the plastic part with a pair of pliers to break the glue loose - I do this to reconfigure my battery support set but I glue it back together afterwards - This would probably mishape and weaken the plastic if it weren't going to be reglued - A complete rebuild may be in your near future

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03-07-2008 01:19 AM  10 years agoPost 6
ChipG

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I have'nt glued them...At least not yet
This is the first time I crashed hard enough to smash the gear. I'm still using the training set up. Today was the first time I actually got the tiny bitch off the ground for more than 10 seconds.

How exciting is that ?

ChipG

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03-07-2008 03:34 AM  10 years agoPost 7
irush

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Greensboro, NC

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Ten seconds is pretty good. it only gets more expensive from there. I finally caved and got a pair the super skids. Don't know why I kept messing with those stock things for so long.

stupid gravity......

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