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01-17-2010 07:45 AM  8 years agoPost 1
MattJen

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Just wonder if anyone makes their own booms,where can you get ali or carbon tube that is a decent thickness say around 1mm inner wall and then cut to the length you require.

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01-17-2010 09:21 AM  8 years agoPost 2
russ

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i wouldnt have a clue where to start but if i did i would definately stock up

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01-17-2010 11:46 AM  8 years agoPost 3
Mr MartinG

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You could try these people in the UK for Aluminium tube.

http://www.aalco.co.uk/

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Martin

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01-17-2010 01:03 PM  8 years agoPost 4
heli-cuzz

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Pittston, Pa. USA

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I make my own booms. :)
I go to Lowes and buy aluminum tubing. The Lowes aluminum tubing is a thicker wall making for a much stiffer boom than the stock version.
The stock boom has an OD of 7/8 an inch. The Lowes tubing is 3/4 of an inch OD. It requires shimming of the tail case, boom clamp, and frame clamp to make it work. I use 150 grit sandpaper for shimming.
I also cut down cf booms from my 90s when the booms become unusable.

Here's a Lowes tailboom.

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01-17-2010 02:15 PM  8 years agoPost 5
Steff Giguere

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St-Eustache, Quebec, Canada

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Isn't your boom going to be heavier, then you must shift things around to get the right CG.

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01-17-2010 02:25 PM  8 years agoPost 6
jake21

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ontario canada

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We make tail booms all the time with broom handles from walmart.
We have about 8 raptors and all have tail brooms.
We even have 50 size raptors swinging 680 blades.

The only way to not crash is up

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01-17-2010 02:36 PM  8 years agoPost 7
heli-cuzz

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Isn't your boom going to be heavier, then you must shift things around to get the right CG.
My heli was a slightly nose heavy already so adding extra weight to the tail is not a problem.
I've never had any major cg problems where adding weight was needed.

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01-17-2010 07:22 PM  8 years agoPost 8
Rotowerkz

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Windham, NH

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We make tail booms all the time with broom handles from walmart.
We have about 8 raptors and all have tail brooms.
We even have 50 size raptors swinging 680 blades.
Nifty - you use some aluminum broom handles? How do you cut the keyed slot? Bandsaw?

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01-17-2010 08:22 PM  8 years agoPost 9
t2o

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Pleasureville Ky

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A while back I ordered some 20 and 21mm OD titanium tube stock for my predator and swift. I havent bent a boom so the stuff is here waiting for a crash. The stock is not hard to find. I used a Dremel tool to make the cuts.

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01-17-2010 09:41 PM  8 years agoPost 10
jake21

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ontario canada

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The broom handles are very thin steel and are real close to the same weight as the originals.We cut holes and slots with drills, bandsaw and dremel. First we go to the tool section and get a 21mm open end wrench to check the size of the handles because different brooms have different sizes. They have all the colours you need for about 5 bucks. Will send photos tomorrow.

The only way to not crash is up

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01-17-2010 10:13 PM  8 years agoPost 11
GyroFreak

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Orlando Florida ...28N 81W

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I get my aluminum boom stock from McMaster-Carr. After cutting and fitting I either polish it to a chrome finish (In a lathe), paint it, or use vinyl (For bright orange).
Paul

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

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01-17-2010 11:43 PM  8 years agoPost 12
ShuRugalrrKey Veteran - Killeen, TX - My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Yeah, i make my own booms all the time.

boom boom boom

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01-18-2010 01:10 AM  8 years agoPost 13
PBusch

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Minnesota

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How does a knife go boom?

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01-18-2010 01:21 AM  8 years agoPost 14
Yug

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UK. Herts

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Following the chinese requirement of carbon strand wool, it is now just as cheap to buy the defacto booms from your favoured heli manufacturer.

Vegetable rights and Peace

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01-18-2010 01:27 AM  8 years agoPost 15
Rotowerkz

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Windham, NH

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I have to ask the obvious question here - if you are trying to save money by using other sources for metallic boom stock, what is your time worth? For me, if I boom-strike my Raptor 30 doing autos, I'm more than happy to pay $8.00 for a new one from Heliproz. The effort it would take to

1. Cut the boom to length from the source stock
2. Cut the slots and holes

would be, for me, about 30 mins. to 1 hour per boom when done singly.

Am I off base here?

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01-18-2010 01:34 AM  8 years agoPost 16
jake21

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ontario canada

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We can have a new on in 1 hour. There is no hobby shops in North Bay ontario. We also make boom supports from alluminum arrows.If I had to think about my labour I would be in trouble after racing cars for 30 years.

The only way to not crash is up

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01-18-2010 01:37 AM  8 years agoPost 17
Rotowerkz

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You've got a good point there. I have the benefit of an LHS that stocks Raptor parts, and I can get Heliproz Raptor parts in 2 days.

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01-18-2010 01:39 AM  8 years agoPost 18
GyroFreak

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Orlando Florida ...28N 81W

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I have to ask the obvious question here -
I make my own booms because I have a custom streched 600 to 700 size.
I am also one of those who like to make my own equipment, even if it takes longer than than it's worth. It's the results that make it worth it.

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

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01-18-2010 03:03 AM  8 years agoPost 19
rotaryfalcon

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S.E. USA

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jake21, I can really appreciate making custom booms and swinging 680s on a Rappy 50, but where do you get the belts?

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01-18-2010 03:15 AM  8 years agoPost 20
jake21

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The belts are made by good year. I will post part # tomorrow and photos.The belts cost about 10 bucks.

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