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01-30-2012 08:20 PM  6 years agoPost 1
Dwight Parks

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I had recently converted my Trex 450 SE V2 to the V3 torque tube tail and found out real fast the tail doesn't like to get in the grass, as it will strip the front gears faster than you can say "What the..."

I had seen somewhere that a fellow heli flyer had added some styrofoam balls to his landing gear to increase the height of the tail rotor and thought I'd give it a try.

Flying off of grass is now no problem, and the major benifit for me is the visiblity of the heli is awesome.

Hoping this helps someone out there!

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01-30-2012 09:06 PM  6 years agoPost 2
Chanceyman

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Just make sure you use something light on the tail fin. Styrofoam should be fine but I have witnessed someone with a tennis ball on the tail make some at field tail gear repairs when the ball reached over and played with the blades .

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01-30-2012 09:27 PM  6 years agoPost 3
Bob Wales (RIP)

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Good info.

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01-30-2012 09:33 PM  6 years agoPost 4
Dwight Parks

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Just make sure you use something light on the tail fin. Styrofoam should be fine but I have witnessed someone with a tennis ball on the tail make some at field tail gear repairs when the ball reached over and played with the blades .
The weight was my concern also. The balls (fishing floats) weigh 2.4 grams and are 20mm from the vertical plane of the tail rotor. I would think a standard tennis ball would be perhaps overkill, but there’s people I’m sure that figure what I’ve done is overkill too.

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01-31-2012 12:55 AM  6 years agoPost 5
PonyGuy

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I think I'll try that as well. Balls from a big 5 type store?

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01-31-2012 01:12 AM  6 years agoPost 6
OldNewbie

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Holy cow what kind of camera did you use to take those pics? The rotor blades are dead stopped, or that is one auto gone bad.

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01-31-2012 09:19 PM  6 years agoPost 7
Dwight Parks

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I think I'll try that as well. Balls from a big 5 type store?
I bought the floats at Wal-Mart for a $1.46 per package, with each package containing 2 floats.

The floats are in a package that is blue in color and the manufacture is Comal Tackle.

These are weighted floats and you will need to do the following to use:
1 - Take a diagonal cutter and depress the small yellow plastic push pin in so that the wire hook protrudes from the opposite side of the float.
2 - Cut the now protruding 'U" shaped hook off, and pull the wire with hook you didn't cut out of the float.
3 - Pull the yellow pin assemblies that the wire had went thru out of both sides. There will also be a small spring in one of the yellow pieces you remove.
4 - Use a small set of needle nose pliers or other suitable tool and remove the molded lead weight from the one end of the float.
5 - Drill a suitable hole slightly larger than the outside diameter of the skids and install.
6 - For the tail, make a small slit in the float and you can install similar as I did or however you may think best.

See the included images, and it will help make sense of the explanation. Enjoy!

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01-31-2012 09:22 PM  6 years agoPost 8
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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Weird picture. Looks like you just tossed it in the air with the motor off.

I used bright yellow "practice golf balls" from Academy Sports on mine back in the day. But those fishing floaters you chose seem like a better idea.

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01-31-2012 09:45 PM  6 years agoPost 9
Dwight Parks

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Holy cow what kind of camera did you use to take those pics? The rotor blades are dead stopped, or that is one auto gone bad.
Weird picture. Looks like you just tossed it in the air with the motor off.
The photos were shot with a Nikon D700, using a Nikon 105mm F2.8 lens, Nikon SB-800 flash, and processed using Photoshop CS5.
I used a background frame to suspend the heli off the ground as in the image below, and then used Photoshop to take out the braided orange nylon line that I had tied it with.

This camera will stop action to 1/8000th of a second and the image below of the Orange County Sheriff's Department I took a the 2011 TORCHS event in Orando, FL in December, and was shot at only 1/2000th of a second, which as you see almost stops the blades.

Your both right! A heli in the air just looks like a bad situation getting ready to happen when the blades are dead stopped...

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02-09-2012 01:17 PM  6 years agoPost 10
neilg.

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trex500 skids

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02-09-2012 09:22 PM  6 years agoPost 11
Dwight Parks

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trex500 skids
Yes, you are right! The 500 skids sure are nice, and really increase the footprint of the heli, without adding a ton of weight.

The image below shows the 450 skids, setting under the heli, for a size comparison.

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02-13-2012 05:46 AM  6 years agoPost 12
NMdesertracer

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Does the 500 skids bolt right onto the 450?

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02-14-2012 01:04 AM  6 years agoPost 13
Dwight Parks

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Does the 500 skids bolt right onto the 450?
Almost! You have to slot the holes in the 500 skids inward by about 1.5mm each to use the frame holes. Also, either longer length screws are required, or if using the existing hardware you will have to mill, or reccess the skids on the screw head side about 1.5mm.

Totally time to modify the new skids with a Dremel Moto Tool was about 5 minutes.

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02-14-2012 01:09 PM  6 years agoPost 14
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lol I thought the thread was about Syracuse Basketball hehe

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02-14-2012 01:18 PM  6 years agoPost 15
neilg.

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and i thought if you have large orange balls you should seek immediate medical attention

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02-14-2012 01:22 PM  6 years agoPost 16
dizzymarkus

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nope -- gotta lay off the cheetos :0)

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02-15-2012 12:43 AM  6 years agoPost 17
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HAHAHA DANG I HAVE HEARD OF BLUE BALLS BUT NEVER SEEN ORANGE BALLS FLY,,dam cap lock

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02-15-2012 12:50 AM  6 years agoPost 18
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bites my tongue

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