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05-11-2011 12:37 AM  7 years agoPost 1
pkitchen01

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I was cruising through a bunch of RC Heli sites the other day and came across a tool that looks very promising. Unfortunately, I can't find the site again and I'm hoping someone can help me! I'm almost certain it was a British site.

The tool consists of two "Wiffle Balls" mounted on shafts that provide a load to help set up your Nitro Engines without having to fly the heli. Here's what it looked like as I remember it:

Has anyone seen this anywhere? I'm wondering if it would work as intended.

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05-11-2011 12:45 AM  7 years agoPost 2
Dood

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The lame ideas people come up with.
Why on earth would anyone want to use something like that?

Just fly!

If all you can do is hover, then hover.
If you can't hover, then use this opportunity to learn how to hover!!

If you want to run things on the ground, then why buy a helicopter in the first place?

Why not buy an RC car, take the wheels off of it, and play with it like that?

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05-11-2011 02:57 AM  7 years agoPost 3
Four Stroker

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These are Head Loaders. They were marketed out of the UK some 20 years ago. The balls flew off and destroyed many heli's. The seller of these insisted that they were to find metal to metal noise at low rpm but everyone assumed they were for tuning engines. They were sometimes used to tune no-nitro engines with pipes which had a tendency to stall just as the pipe came on.

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05-11-2011 04:55 AM  7 years agoPost 4
Ace Dude

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Here you go.

Watch at YouTube

  

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05-11-2011 02:52 PM  7 years agoPost 5
Four Stroker

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So that guy is still selling these things ? The video ain't that old.

http://www.revolutionmodels.co.uk/a...essories_8.html

Way down on the page. These things will self-destruct at a very low rpm in short order. When one ball flys off, the head is seriously unbalanced and bad things happen. Buyer beware !

On the other hand, destroying a heli with head loaders is a right of passage. Go for it.

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05-11-2011 04:21 PM  7 years agoPost 6
Ace Dude

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So that guy is still selling these things ?
I don't know if they're still being sold, but I do recall them being sold years ago. I've never owned or used a pair myself. I do recall the problems with the balls flying off.

I just found the video and posted it to show what they look like. I was wondering the same thing as the Sceadu Evo isn't that old.

  

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06-04-2011 05:00 AM  7 years agoPost 7
RCHSF

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Why would they use the plastic balls in the fist place. Why not just thread the ends, and put a tough rubber ball, or something on with a washer at the end and nut. Or just a few washers for weight, or something that cant fling off. Good idea, but failed to make it right in the first place.

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06-04-2011 04:57 PM  7 years agoPost 8
Four Stroker

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The most probable reason for still selling the original design is that they come from the original production batch.

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06-09-2011 01:06 AM  7 years agoPost 9
pkitchen01

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Well, I've received my order for the .60 sized head loader and the construction looks to be quite robust. We'll see after I fire up my Trex 600 Nitro for the first time.

I discussed the issues raised here with the hobby shop in England where I purchased them and they said that in all the years they've carried them that they have seen maybe one failure. Granted, they have a vested interest in portraying them in the best light, but you have to take what they say on face value for what it's worth.

I think just to be safe, I'll safety wire mine before using!

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06-09-2011 01:37 AM  7 years agoPost 10
Four Stroker

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Can you video your results for us ?

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06-10-2011 08:15 AM  7 years agoPost 11
human213

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Sorry
This is retarded.

No useful purpose, only downside, and they do not
simulate a proper variable blade load.

Dumb, Dumb, Dumb.

M

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.

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10-22-2011 03:04 PM  7 years agoPost 12
Dano8592

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I have bought two different sets of these and I must say,

1 they were helpfull in breaking in a heli motor and getting the carb settings close before flying the heli

2 Both sets that I bought did not hold up very well both sets the wiffle balls did not hold up for very long! I don't know if the fuel broke down the balls but during run up they ended up flying off and rendering them useless.

Not worth the time and money in MHO

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10-22-2011 05:53 PM  7 years agoPost 13
Four Stroker

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1) yes

2) perfectly normal

A set that would not self-destruct could obviously be built, but nobody ever did.

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02-07-2012 06:43 PM  6 years agoPost 14
spiderco

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Instead of modifying the whiffle balls with hardened rubber with titanium hardened steel bolts and high strength molecular washers why not just bolt on CARBON BLADES.

fly til its dry

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03-05-2012 09:13 PM  6 years agoPost 15
Egroeg

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bad idea

No Pitch...No Fun!

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