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04-27-2009 05:06 AM  10 years ago
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enahs

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Do you keep spare parts on hand?
I have seen some mention that keeping spare parts on hand in case of a crash is wasting money. I'm thinking that by keeping the essentials on hand, the down time will be less. Additionally, it seems to me that if you buy a few spare parts here and there, the upfront cost at the time of a crash is less since the cost is spread out over time (works best for me as a college student). What do you all think? Is keeping spare parts on hand worth it? Or do you just wait til you need them to order them?
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04-27-2009 05:12 AM  10 years ago
george0079

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I keep a variety of spaers on hand. Mostly, the usual suspects.Hell... I can fix that.
Uh oh..
Nope.
It's ***ked!!!
RE-KIT!!!!!
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04-27-2009 05:14 AM  10 years ago
holzback

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spares are awsome to have. that is what is so beautiful about rc helis, you crash, and it is posible to have back up again in no time. doing something as much as possible is the best way to learn, so having parts there to keep going is a huge plus. you know you will crash, so when you do why wait on parts when not needed.
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04-27-2009 05:15 AM  10 years ago
erict

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Do you keep spare parts on hand?

Does a bear sh!t in the woods?

of course.

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04-27-2009 05:24 AM  10 years ago
Colin Hoover

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if it wernt for my spares box i would spend more time at the hobby shop or sitting at home then flying yes i only know one guy that dosnt cary spares and he is always leaving the for 2 hrs at a time to get parts.
yes carry the usual crash parts.
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04-27-2009 05:59 AM  10 years ago
Saint728

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A good idea if you can afford it is to buy another complete kit and use it as spares that way you have every part you might need when you crash. Also buy the usual spare parts to keep on the side and to replace the ones you used.

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04-27-2009 06:23 AM  10 years ago
Tmblewd

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I have enough spare parts to repair my Raptor 30 about 5 times as long as I don't ruin the frames. I lucked out and bought almost every part a LHS had at discount before they quit stocking heli parts. I also have lots of spare parts for my TRex 450 and my Lepton. It's great having them just so I don't have to go to a LHS or order something on line to get flying again. Think about it the next time you buy something to buy a little more just to get the free shipping. It works to your advantage just to get the free shipping if you have time to wait.Semper Fidelis
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04-27-2009 06:27 AM  10 years ago
GMPCOBRA

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spare parts are always a good idea it dose not matter if you buy them now or later as your gunna buy them no matter what and the down time will be much less and often times repairs can be made at the field. rather than wasting the day driving to the hobby shop and finding thay do not have the part you need whitch happens alot around my area and the next closest hobby shop if houres away.
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04-27-2009 06:30 AM  10 years ago
Flying Brian

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Bottom plates, battery trays, and lots of blades."I just don't Listen" "
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04-27-2009 06:32 AM  10 years ago
ch-47c

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Yes. I try to have spares for 2 crash kits and those things that I think will fail.
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04-27-2009 11:43 AM  10 years ago
LONEWOLF2440

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I keep crash parts for all my helis saves timeMIKADO LOGO 600 TREX 550
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04-27-2009 11:43 AM  10 years ago
rcjon

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Yes.

Boom
Belt (tube)
Spindle
Main
Hoops
Links
Flybar
Blades

Usually can get going again right away.

I bought a guy's wrecked Titan for a $100. I've gotten more than that out of it in parts already.
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04-27-2009 11:50 AM  10 years ago
heli-cuzz

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Yes. I have enough spares to rebuild my heli three times.
That still includes if I were to completely total a heli in the event of a crash.
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04-27-2009 12:04 PM  10 years ago
AgentOrange

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i like having spares that way if i crash at the field i can fix it on spot ang go flying again rather than going home and having to order partsTrying not to put them in the dirt.
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04-27-2009 12:05 PM  10 years ago
Gyronut

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Martinsville In.

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I stock parts for my T250 but thats it.

Parts are ready available, I'll just let the vendors stock them for me..
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04-27-2009 01:27 PM  10 years ago
duceduc

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I stock up most the crash parts on hand.Duc S
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04-27-2009 01:38 PM  10 years ago
shawmcky

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Spares store
I have three 90 size gassers and have enough spares to keep two of the models in the air for years.The Vibe is the most recent but i still have a reasonable amount for that also.I hate being grounded through lack of parts.I think its just something you learn to do after the inevitable crash or mech failure.If i see an airframe for sale at the right price i will buy it,then i have a whole heli,s worth of spares at a knockdown price.
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04-27-2009 01:57 PM  10 years ago
ruddernate

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i always try and keep a couple crash kits on hand and other parts from old crashes that are still good always fill my toolbox. parts are also why i fly a couple of identical helis.fly it like you stole it
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04-27-2009 02:09 PM  10 years ago
TaleGunner

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+1 for the spare kit. then immediately after a rebuild I replace every part used.CRASH! GLUE! REPEAT!
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04-27-2009 03:30 PM  10 years ago
Cope

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One of the guys I fly with buys parts 5 at a time, No joke!

He has enough spares to crash 3 or 4 helis on Saturday and 3 or 4 more on Sunday. Plus he's got the spares to fix most other guys kits at our spot.

Having a guy like that at the field is priceless, I've taken after his lead and when I buy spares, Now I buy at least 2 or 3 of each part that I just broke. So next time I don't have to leave the field, just take a seat and work while others fly.
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