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08-03-2012 01:01 PM  9 years ago
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HeliNutAndy

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Supplies and tools needed to build trex 550E
I just purchased my first helicopter kit which is a Trex 550E. What tools and supplies will I need to build the heli? I have not received it as of yet. It is scheduled to be delivered today and I am obviously exicted Any help is greatly appreciated.
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08-03-2012 01:40 PM  9 years ago
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Small phillips head, 1.0 to 3.0 hex would be handy, blue locktite, battery connectors EC'5s, Deans or your choice. Cant remember if kit came with grease, for bearings. Needle nose, CA, and maybe razor. That should get you off to a good start!
You'll like the build, and you will like flying it, Its a monster!
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08-03-2012 02:20 PM  9 years ago
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Thx wrongler. You da man
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08-03-2012 04:08 PM  9 years ago
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I downloaded the manual and it states that I need grease. What kind of grease? Do I only need one type of lubricant or several?

Thx for the response wrongler but no one else has any recommendations? Am I a pariah or something?
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08-03-2012 04:13 PM  9 years ago
wrongler

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I think the only grease you need would be for the bearings.Bill Whittaker
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08-03-2012 04:24 PM  9 years ago
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Grease for the mainshaft where the swashplate rides up and down. Same for the tail pitch slider on the tail shaft. Light oil would work for both of them too. Also light oil or grease to slide the torque tube into the tail boom. I also like to use a little bit of kicker for the ca when gluing the bearing to the torque tube. Light oil for the auto rotation bearing.

Pitch gauge is need too.
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08-03-2012 04:31 PM  9 years ago
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Get a good set of hex drivers. I use HUDY tools as they are top-of-the-line. You'll need a decent soldering iron as well. Don't skimp on these items as you will end up spending more (plus headaches) in the long run. Also, don't forget your trusty pitch gauge. I prefer the digital ones now - RCLogger makes a decent one at a good price.
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08-03-2012 06:36 PM  9 years ago
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As far as hex drivers go do I need the ball type or regular?
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08-03-2012 06:45 PM  9 years ago
kw_rc

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Mostly regular but I've found having ball end for the 2mm and 2.5mm come in very handy.

You will need 1.5 mm thru 3mm for the majority of helis out there today.
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08-03-2012 06:55 PM  9 years ago
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One more question what kind of grease or oil? Would lithium grease work or would silicon spray work?
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08-03-2012 07:17 PM  9 years ago
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A set of metric hex wrenches such as these will serve you a long long time:

http://www.heliproz.com/prodinfo.asp?number=803880

The package contains both normal AND ball-end wrenches, the ends are hardened and fit the cap screws exceptionally well. All the sizes you need are in there.

I bought a tube of this stuff a while back:

http://shop.buysuperlube.com/produc...=5&categoryId=3

and use it on the thrust bearings in the head and tail rotor grips. Seems to stay where you put it, and has worked well for me. I also use it to lube the feathering shaft/dampers in the head. A 3 ounce tube will last you like a Tootsie Roll, a long long time.

Some light oil (3-in-1, or Tri-Flow) will help you get the rubber torque tube bearing support to slide down the inside of the tail boom where it needs to go. You only need a few drops, not much more.

The kit should come with a small tube of Align grease intended for the one-way clutch. You'd be better off using Automatic Transmission fluid to "lube" the one-way clutch occasionally. Grease and oil don't work well in the one-way clutch, they gum up, dry out, capture dust, dirt, and grime and eventually mess up the one-way clutch.

A small bottle or tube of blue loctite thread sealant should be on hand and used when you assemble the kit.

You should pick up some 400 grit wet or dry sandpaper and a rubber sanding block to go with it. Use the stuff wet to sand all the edges of the holes cut in the side frames, and the perimeter of the side frames to eliminate all of the very sharp corners left over from making the side frames. Use it on the vertical and horizontal fin, too. The CF edges are sharp. As you route your wiring, make sure any CF edge you go around is smooth and rounded, not sharp. Keep the wiring away from those edges as much as possible.

You'll want a decent pitch gauge, one that has the ability to do at least +/- 15 degrees.

You'll need something to solder connectors to the ESC leads. A Radio Shack 25 watt iron would not be a wise choice, you'll want something more substantial as the bullet connectors and battery connectors and large gauge battery leads) require plenty of heat to do the job well and quickly.

Ball link pliers are a good investment.
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08-03-2012 07:19 PM  9 years ago
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As far as a pitch gauge goes I downloaded the clinometer app for my iPad and was going to try that. It looks very accurate

https://rc.runryder.com/t487724p1/
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08-03-2012 11:49 PM  9 years ago
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80% or 90% rubbing alcohol to clean the surfaces where you'll be sticking adhesive tape and velcro. Build over a light colored towel...the small parts are a pain to find in the carpet. Helping hand station from Radio Shack will make soldering much easier.R.I.P. Roman
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08-03-2012 11:50 PM  9 years ago
adamsz06

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+1 on a quality soldering iron...60 to 80 watts will work, but get the most you can afford.R.I.P. Roman
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08-03-2012 11:56 PM  9 years ago
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Almost forgot, a Hi-Point balancer. It's worth its weight in gold for balancing entire rotating assemblies and they're cheap.R.I.P. Roman
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08-04-2012 12:06 AM  9 years ago
dkshema

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The Hi-Point balancer hasn't been manufactured for maybe 30+ years. I still have mine, but finding one is not a walk in the park.

The closest you can get today is the DuBro Tru-Spin balancer.
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08-04-2012 12:36 AM  9 years ago
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That's what I meant was the Tru-Spin...I've always called them Hi-point...R.I.P. Roman
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08-04-2012 12:55 PM  9 years ago
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I got my kit last night. I am in my forties and I can't remember the last time I was this excited about a toy I am not an Align spokesman but the quality of the kit is great. The kit came with a few bottles of 'liquids' which I imagine contain some type of lubricant/thread locker. My fleet consists of a 450 clone, 130x ( which I have named the wiggler for its array of different vibration issues) a blade SR and now the 550. It's going to be a nice relaxing weekend of building this heli. Thank you everyone for your input. I would be lost without the help of the members of this community.
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08-04-2012 01:09 PM  9 years ago
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I'm not a big fan of Align's thread locker. Head down to Autozone and pick up a small bottle of Permatex blue...R.I.P. Roman
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08-04-2012 01:22 PM  9 years ago
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I'm not a big fan of Align's thread locker. Head down to Autozone and pick up a small bottle of Permatex blue...
That's funny. I went to autozone last night and bought a big bottle for 25 bucks. Are you stalking me? Ha ha
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