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› Lepton tail slider clevis - will a ball work
12-30-2010 12:23 PM  7 years agoPost 1
kcgraves

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rochester, ny - USA

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Have not be able to find the plastic clevis that goes on the tail pitch slider by itself and I don't want to have to keep buying tail rods to get one. Has anyone successfully put a ball on the slider instead of the clevis?

Or does anyone know where you can just get the clevis? I checked MRC and they do not have it as a separate part.

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12-30-2010 01:39 PM  7 years agoPost 2
Mike0251

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Hills of the Blue Ridge VA

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0004-063 Rod Adjuster is the part number. RChover.com has them, $3.00, two to a pack I think.
Yes you can use a ball if you would like but make sure the rod is not at an angle that would bind.
I use a metal aftermarket tail case and make my own carbon push rod.
I could not find it on MRC's website either.
Edit-if you use a ball make sure you use some CA before you screw it in to the plasic arm and a nut on the other side if possible.

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12-30-2010 03:41 PM  7 years agoPost 3
kcgraves

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Thanks Mike. I just ordered some from rchover. I am putting together a second Lepton with a stretch boom and I can't find the one that came with it, but I got it used so maybe they broke it or lost it.

How is the carbon rod working for your? I was thinking of using it on this one. Do you still have it go through the support on the horz. fin and does it bind at all? This stretch one is 45mm longer than a regular Lepton boom so it definitely needs some type of support.

Thanks,
Keith

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12-30-2010 05:36 PM  7 years agoPost 4
Mike0251

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I too use a stretch boom. No support needed, its pretty rigid tube. Got it from central hobbies 2.5mm with titanium ends. I also made a control rod from an evo 90 stock aluminum rudder tube, that works real well too with out the worry of the bond in the carbon tube to ti links. Neither required a support along the way.
Glad to see there is another Lepton fan out there still. I fly a Kontronic 15-14 5S setup, 2800 rpm head speed, Ice 100, full size 9254 gyro servo. Its a mean little son of a gun. Was ready to go out today if it clears up and dosen't rain.

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12-31-2010 02:00 PM  7 years agoPost 5
kcgraves

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Thanks for the information. There are quite a few Lepton owners out there they are just quiet.
I bought one built, never flown off RR last winter when I was looking for a 500 size elec. Liked it so much I bought another built, never flown one off ebay originally to use for parts. Decided to put it together this winter with the stretch boom.

Both of mine have Hyperion 3025-10 motors with CC ICE 75 ESC. Servos are Hitec 5085MG, and 401 gyros. The orig. one has a BLS257 tail servo and the one I'm building will get the S9257 i took out of the other one. I'm running 4S, 3600mAh packs. Head speed between 2700 and 2800 RPM.

It is a fast, stable. and fun heli to fly. I have flown it more than my nitros this year because it is easy to throw a battery in it for a quick flight whenever the weather is nice.

Too bad the Lepton was ahead of it's time. It is a great looking and flying heli but it came out when 500s were not popular. Not to mention the original price for the kit, battery, etc.

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12-31-2010 02:13 PM  7 years agoPost 6
Flying Brian

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St. Clairsville, Ohio

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Too bad the Lepton was ahead of it's time. It is a great looking and flying heli but it came out when 500s were not popular. Not to mention the original price for the kit, battery, etc
I threaten the idea of buying back into the Lepton EX all the time, but just don't like being the lone Ranger out there, and that is what Hirobo makes me feel like with NO Updates, dead threads, extremly expensive parts, and quite honestly, parts support.

But yes, the lepton is a extremly stable and fun flying heli for sure.

"I just don't Listen" "

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12-31-2010 06:38 PM  7 years agoPost 7
kcgraves

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I have had no problem getting parts, although I have to admit I haven't needed many for any of my Hirobos. Most I have had to buy were some for this second Lepton because the person that put it together obviously had never built one before and all of the bearings were trashed and a couple of shafts that required set screws were dug so bad I just replaced them.

I use to think like others that Hirobo are expensive to maintain but listening over the years to guys at the field talk about all the after market parts they buy to "improve" their Chinese/Taiwan helis or how often they have to replace certain parts that seem to wear prematurely I actually spend less money in the long run on my Hirobos then they do on their helis. I don't mind being the only Hirobo owner at my local field.

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01-01-2011 05:01 AM  7 years agoPost 8
petiteway

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Melbourne, Australia

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I am very happy to see there are still LeptonEX flyers, I am in Australia and I am the only one flying the Lepton in my local club, I do agree with you that the Lepton is a great heli and maintenance cost is low and I don't mind to be the only Lepton flyer in the club as well.

I am a big Hirobo fun so I've got 4 full LeptonEX kits and am currently flying one with Hirobo ESC, Hirobo Motor and Hirobo Batteries, oh, and of course the Hirobo charger as well to use the Hirobo battery. And Futaba S3150 for swash, GY520+BLS257 for tail, R6008HS+8FG to control the bird. All setup are Hirobo recommanded and HS is around 2200, avg current 16Amp, Hirobo 4S 3200Mah battery does hover it for 8 mins by using 2200Mah, Servo current avg 0.3A, all data from my eagle tree logger.

Apprently the Hirobo Battery interface is not easy to use the today's good balance chargers but the Hirobo charger is the true 'per cell' balance charger and does the job very well, the only problem is it does not support the today's fast charge technology. But I've got a couple of chargers and batteries so I am still able to fly it more than 5 times in the field.

Hirobo parts all not cheap but I often buy new parts from previous Lepton owners when they sell the heli, most people stock parts and will sell very cheap when they don't need em.

Another source for Lepton parts is the hobby shop clearance sale, I've recently bought a lot of parts from different shops, they are very cheap, most of the parts are more than 50% off the RRP. I have full confidence that my parts stock will support my Lepton for another 10 years or so.

Anyway, keep the Lepton flying is not hard, as far as you really enjoy it.

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