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04-02-2009 11:37 AM  9 years agoPost 21
Chickenrun

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The 700 facing back due to long boom and 600 forwards as short boom and canapy catch either way it's not cool and neither is my flying lol

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04-02-2009 01:29 PM  9 years agoPost 22
ch-47c

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I think there is an engineering reason for the skid struts to face forward. If your buddy had his jeans on backwards, wouldn't you say something before everyone thinks he is a dork?

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04-02-2009 01:57 PM  9 years agoPost 23
ttsingram

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I think it origionaly started when the raptor first came out. Even though they balanced ok they were a litte off when setting on the skids and people built them to move the skids a little farther back. I built mine that way because that was what was recomended back then, I do in now because I like the way it looks.

But I get your point. Just like me and people how ware their pants down around their knees. I just want to walk up to them and pull them all the way down.

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04-02-2009 02:12 PM  9 years agoPost 24
ch-47c

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I just want to walk up to them and pull them all the way down.
And I want to pull them up!

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04-02-2009 02:14 PM  9 years agoPost 25
ttsingram

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Mabe I should of thought about that first.

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04-02-2009 02:16 PM  9 years agoPost 26
midwestpilot

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agree with above..
started out as a rappy thing.. I did it for a while.. then changed back... looks better on correctly.

I figure if I cant manage to land properly with the skids facing forward, I stand little chance of doing better if they are on backwards

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04-02-2009 03:05 PM  9 years agoPost 27
ch-47c

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I thought the British started the look. Very cheeky. Seems to me when I bought a Rappy 30v1 in 99, people were boomstriking during autos. If you put the struts on backwards, the skids are more aft of cg, which helps force the nose down when touching down and preventing the boomstrike. I think the v2 head was redesigned and doesn't have the same problem.

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04-03-2009 12:45 AM  9 years agoPost 28
flustercluck

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Newnan Ga (Just S. of ATL)

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I tested mine w/ skids facing fwd, and then facing backwards. I clocked a higher speed facing backward. Therefore, that's how they stay. Next I'm going to test with one fwd/ one backward, as I've heard this improves the climb rate.

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04-03-2009 06:35 AM  9 years agoPost 29
Sillyness

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i wonder if they realize the reason struts are forward and make tail sag is people have a tendency to push fwd on the cyclic during takeoff and it needs extra support during that awkward lift phase when the heli is just taking off and putting it backwards just messes that all up o well
Really dude? Really? You need this to keep you from crashing on T/O? I think I must be at 50 feet upside down before your front skids leave the ground.

I have them backwards on my electrics. With the skids forward, the blades folded, and the battery removed it won't stand up on the skids.... it tips over backwards. This creates expensive problems on the narrow bench at the field. Some people have practical reasons. I don't put cards in the spokes on my bicycle though.

For the guy that said structural reasons.... I say again... really?

I apologize up front for the biting sarcasm. Just have little tolerance for making stuff up.

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04-03-2009 06:49 AM  9 years agoPost 30
30636086

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Tacoma, WA

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Is it just me or does it bother others when someone installs their skid struts on backwards
Nope its your heli put, install, eliminate or what ever you want! What bothers me is when someone try to tell me what I should do to mine!(especially people like that!) But I have develop "selective hearing" It comes REAL handy some times! "

Its kinda like the people that have real nice or expensive cars with REAL cheap tires and or wheels, or better yet the ones with $5,000 stereo on a 72 pinto. It doesn't bother me, I find it kinda amusing

I dont suffer from mental iIlness, I actually enjoy mine!

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04-03-2009 04:20 PM  9 years agoPost 31
GyroFreak

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kinda like the people that have real nice or expensive cars with REAL cheap tires and or wheels,
I see the reverse a lot too. Expensive flashy chrome wheels with super low rider tires on a cheap rusty beatup Pinto.

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

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04-03-2009 05:37 PM  9 years agoPost 32
Cope

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Hay now I got a 5,000.00 stereo in a truck that I paid 500.00 for!!!

Granted I got a lot more than 500.00 into it now.

I also pull a few thousand dollar heli out of a 500.00 dollar bucket each time I go to fly.

I kinda got a thing about not paying more than 500.00 bucks for a car.

Fear is the little death,The mind killer. I will allow my fear to pass through me.Only I will remain

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04-03-2009 06:29 PM  9 years agoPost 33
greenboot

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Marblehead, OH

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Fluster,
Since you did make the measurements, please let us know what speeds you obtained with the skids forward and backwards. How much increase did you notice?

Tom

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04-03-2009 06:44 PM  9 years agoPost 34
The_Dave

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~
With most of the helicopters I look at the mounting of the skids are the least of the problems I see.

Mark McAlpine - 2005 - We will never forget.

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04-03-2009 06:55 PM  9 years agoPost 35
petmotel

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DeKalb, IL.

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I just use Trex 600 struts on all my 50 size birds, they don't have enough offset to make much of a difference. When they get broken I don't worry too much about it, after all it's just an Align part, it's well suited to failure!

Jay

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04-04-2009 05:00 AM  9 years agoPost 36
jelkins

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To me, it just looks like they built it wrong
+1

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04-04-2009 05:16 AM  9 years agoPost 37
Blink 182

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I have mine facing backwards on my Trex 700. I like the look. Lukas Riva has his backwards too, does that mean we built our helis wrong?

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04-04-2009 05:34 AM  9 years agoPost 38
rotormonkey

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Yep. It does. Just because some "pro" does it doesn't mean it's right. It *STILL* looks silly even when he does it.

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04-04-2009 05:37 AM  9 years agoPost 39
Blink 182

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I did it because i wanted too though.

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04-04-2009 07:23 AM  9 years agoPost 40
ch-47c

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san jose, ca

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With the skids forward, the blades folded, and the battery removed it won't stand up on the skids.... it tips over backwards.
My nitros don't tip over. My electrics don't tip over with all the above made ready to fly. When my battery is out and blades folded back over the boom, it doesn't tip over either. It sits on the skids and vertical fin. We have big tables at out field like our other equipment.

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