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03-11-2010 03:28 AM  8 years agoPost 21
Aaron29

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Admittedly, when I see nitro goo hanging off of the chassis/muffler, etc it gets cleaned, too. I don't want that crap in my truck.

I go over all bolts with tools for tightness after every session. I look over ball links for security after every session. Just give them a little tug/twist to make sure they are secure and not getting loose.

When I do periodic maintenance like changing dampners, I clean and relube the whole head while it's opened up.

I inspect the tail and head probably twice a year, they get taken apart, cleaned, inspected, lubed, and reassembled in the process. I want to know all the bearings are still good and things like the lube and locktite aren't breaking down.

The clutch, engine, drivetrain, electronics, and bellcranks get the yearly look unless noise or operating problems get my attention and I wrench on it. Then they get thoroughly cleaned. I can't wrench on a dirty heli.

Honestly, the heli gets checked and cleaned 100% everytime it crashes so it's usually spotless.

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03-11-2010 04:24 AM  8 years agoPost 22
jschenck

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I give a general wipe down and always clean and re-oil the sliding parts. But Mine are not the cleanest heli's at the field. I do seem to end up doing an airframe strip and clean at the end of the flying season if a crash hasn't caught the heli recently

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03-11-2010 06:06 AM  8 years agoPost 23
Aaron29

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Wow I wouldn't quite let it get that gross, but OK.

It's like the ending of either Ghostbusters movie on that thing.

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03-11-2010 12:26 PM  8 years agoPost 24
jschenck

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they usually don't get that bad but I'd been practicing tail first flight a lot and that frame had a blade to dirt 'incident' which really made a mess of the oil that was on the frame. Also I think I might have accidentally picked up a gallon or two that had castor oil mixed into it.

it's definitely a flyer, not a looker. plastic canopy with stickers and what not. If I stick it into the ground hard the only part that really get me is the blades.

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03-11-2010 12:48 PM  8 years agoPost 25
AgentOrange

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Having a dirty heli bothers me. Im not saying that you can get every piece of dirt off but i damn sure try. I take about 30 minutes after every fly day and wipe and clean my heli and when i get home i hook up my airgun to my aircompressor and get the other hard to reach places. I like to take care of my heli and like i said haveing 2 or 3 months of dirt and oil buildup on it is not good in my book. just my .02.

Trying not to put them in the dirt.

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03-11-2010 01:20 PM  8 years agoPost 26
rcjon

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don't like the wet spot in the bed
That's where she sleeps.

Ask your doctor if your heart is healthy enough for Radio Control Helicoptering.

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03-11-2010 07:59 PM  8 years agoPost 27
Flying Brian

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I skipped the read, so if this has been answerd, sorry.

What is the safest way to clean this nasty, dirty, dusty radio?

"I just don't Listen" "

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03-11-2010 08:40 PM  8 years agoPost 28
holzback

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oil works its way into the treads and makes the lock tight become less effective

you aint crashin you aint learnin

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03-11-2010 08:55 PM  8 years agoPost 29
Darren Lee

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What is the safest way to clean this nasty, dirty, dusty radio?
Compressed air.

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03-11-2010 10:02 PM  8 years agoPost 30
Flying Brian

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I was thinking de-natured alcohol?

"I just don't Listen" "

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03-11-2010 11:06 PM  8 years agoPost 31
Aaron29

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Dishwasher.

(Kidding!)

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03-11-2010 11:28 PM  8 years agoPost 32
Flying Brian

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Ok, now Im pissed, I used the dishwasher to clean my radio, and it melted!!!

"I just don't Listen" "

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03-12-2010 12:32 AM  8 years agoPost 33
jschenck

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I use a clean tooth brush and a clean towel for the radio. Once they are dirty they are used for various parts of the heli - the tooth brush is an invaluable tool in our hobby.

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03-12-2010 12:49 AM  8 years agoPost 34
Aaron29

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What kind of toothpaste, now?

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03-12-2010 01:31 AM  8 years agoPost 35
KingJoeMack

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Try wipes that are pre-moistened.(Costco sell clorox wipes)
Easy to carry to field, only cleans what you touch.
I take one out when I get to field.
They dry out, but you don't have a oily rag to deal with, just smearing the oil around.
I don't like a oily feel on my hands when grabbing the radio.
At end of day, before putting blade holder on, wipe down, starting with canopy, ending with tail and underside of skids and bottom of engine as well as exhaust boot.

Fly with scheduled ground contact !

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03-31-2010 02:20 AM  8 years agoPost 36
700plus

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Those wipes work good. and no washing rags. good find king joe

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03-31-2010 02:24 AM  8 years agoPost 37
700plus

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Hey king joe. I just noticed your from New Baltimore. Must have been you I was flying with at the field today. Great weather. Im looking forward to many more days like that this summer. Im sure I will see you at the field.

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03-31-2010 02:46 AM  8 years agoPost 38
LonR

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Yeah thats kingjoe AKA Lipojoe .

600LE,OS55,OS PowerBoost pipe,Align 610's,Spartan

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03-31-2010 02:56 AM  8 years agoPost 39
KingJoeMack

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Yea I just logged on, It looks like Mike is going to get that 600LE
https://rc.runryder.com/t579310p1/
P.S.- and there is a lipo for everything, ask Flying High 450, work good as a bon fire starters.

Fly with scheduled ground contact !

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