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12-09-2015 05:04 PM  35 months agoPost 1
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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I've heard as much as 100 bucks an hr
what is the most you've ever paid a shop for repairs

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12-09-2015 05:12 PM  35 months agoPost 2
prototype3a

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I can't figure out why ANYONE would pay someone else to fix their heli.

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12-09-2015 05:28 PM  35 months agoPost 3
Stephen Born

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12-09-2015 05:38 PM  35 months agoPost 4
Daves

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If a pilot needs assistance with a repair then I'd be happy to do that at no charge. However, if a pilot crashes his heli and then wants to put it on my bench for me to do a complete rebuild, then there aren't any free lunches.

-- dave --

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12-09-2015 06:09 PM  35 months agoPost 5
AirWolfRC

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A hobby shop is just that . . . a shop.
They're not in business to see how much they can give away for free.
. . . would you ?
Somebody has to pay for overhead.

If you want free stuff, go to your flying group . . .
knowledge and time are usually "free" but parts are another story.

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12-09-2015 06:17 PM  35 months agoPost 6
Heli_Splatter

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There are times that I should have paid for repairs, but I was too darn stubborn to see it. I would have been money ahead at in the beginning. Now I can pretty much handle any repair that is necessary.

Learning to fly and learning to build/repair helicopters are two mutually exclusive activities. One relies on the other, but there are two sets of knowledge going on here.

How much would I pay? What ever it takes to get it fixed.

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12-09-2015 06:24 PM  35 months agoPost 7
Heli Fanatix

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.. 4 out of 5 for good rationalizing (and I agree). Being a proficient pilot and builder is a paradox to this hobby. But sadly the answer differs b/c of what the individual puts a value on: time, effort, knowledge or $$$. I know times are tight, but trying to save $$$ might just end up costing more $$$.

Here are prices I've seen them charge locally in our area:

- $25 to setup TX Throttle Curves
- $45~80 for crash repair on a typical 450
- $150~$200 to build do a complete build (if you buy the kit from them)
- $300+ if you bring in your items

* These are labor prices, no part(s) included

There are a few LSH that deals with Heli in our area, stop by and check them out. I think we discussed this before.

When I can help someone that takes less than 30 minute, I do it at no charge providing:
- they are not a jack@ss
- offer to compensate and not expect for free
- stand around and not just leave it and go away

But if something that is more extensive, I ask for $30/hr or do a package deal for $90 to no more than $150 for complete build. Scale build is another story. if they have been in this hobby long enough and know what's involve, they will appreciate the price. if they don't like it, recommend them the movie "TAKEN" ... Guude Luck

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12-09-2015 07:25 PM  35 months agoPost 8
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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ive herd someone paid 350 to have a vbar setup
and 350 for complete built

i paid xheli 100 bucks to replace a control arm on a 450 once upon a time
took them 1 month
- $25 to setup TX Throttle Curves
lol

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12-09-2015 07:50 PM  35 months agoPost 9
ticedoff8

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There are no helicopter hobby shops in my area that do repairs.

Believe 1/2 of what you see and none of what you hear.
Fake News will be the downfall of our Republic!

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12-09-2015 08:19 PM  35 months agoPost 10
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12-09-2015 08:20 PM  35 months agoPost 11
artimus

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There no hobby shop in my area even intersted in helis.....I was told by the owner that we are a d dying breed. Kinda tells ya what they think a bout the hobby.

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12-09-2015 09:24 PM  35 months agoPost 12
Dr.Ben

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Professional modelers who do that kind of thing for a living are in the 40-50$/hr or more range. I'll help anyone for nothing if they stand by me to help wrench and to learn.

Ben Minor

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12-09-2015 09:38 PM  35 months agoPost 13
dchekas

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I am with Ben on this one.

I have driven to a new pilots house every night for a week to help wrench and guide them along on their first big heli build for free. I really enjoy this type of thing, and I think new pilots get a lot out of it.

But if someone wants to just dump it on my lap and leave without any interest in helping to wrench or learn, I'm not going to invest countless hours of my time for free.

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12-10-2015 02:07 AM  35 months agoPost 14
don s

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Personally I wouldn't want the liability of fee based builds and repairs.

No problem with helping somebody along, that is awesome.

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12-10-2015 02:33 AM  35 months agoPost 15
GM1

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Repairs
Our hobby shop charged $30/hr plus parts.

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12-10-2015 02:38 AM  35 months agoPost 16
gmcullan

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Southbridge, MA

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I work part time at a local hobby shop, primarily doing repairs. We charge $22.50/hr for repairs, with a minimum charge of $15.00 for programming radios. $20.00 minimum to tune up/adjust nitro powered R.C vehicles

You'd be amazed what people bring us for repair. As an example, people will bring in an R/C vehicle that needs a spur gear. Typically a $5.00 part and just takes a couple of minutes to change. I will offer to show the customer how to do the repair, and they have no interest and would rather just pay the $10.00 minimum repair charge as well as the part cost.

We've stopped stocking heli kits, as the average customer wants to just take it out of the box and fly it. Blade helis sell strongly, especially the 200 SR, 230 S, 300 CFX, and 450 X.

The majority of my personal fleet of helis is kit based, primarily Align (8), Thunder Tiger (6), and Gaui (2).

I do have Blade helis, 450 3D, 360 CFX, 500 3D, and 500 X. They are all good fliers, but here again, you just pop them out of the box, program the radio, and away you go. No where near as much fun as building from a kit.

Those of us that like to build are a dwindling greed.

Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450

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12-10-2015 10:39 AM  35 months agoPost 17
EEngineer

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WC, call them up....ask their rates...

Adjust your rate according to your ability to do a better job.

It's capitalism...like Don Juan....lol

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12-10-2015 01:08 PM  35 months agoPost 18
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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WC, call them up....ask their rates...
Adjust your rate according to your ability to do a better job.
It's capitalism...like Don Juan....lol
I was interested in rates after one guy told me 100 bucks an hr I was wowed so I came here to post and ask this question

I've heard many different rates just curious

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12-10-2015 01:10 PM  35 months agoPost 19
rcnut

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...But if someone wants to just dump it on my lap and leave without any interest in helping to wrench or learn, I'm not going to invest countless hours of my time for free.
I've only had this happen once, and I didn't charge them that much. Most of the heli builds/repairs are done for free, along with the test flight and adjustments. But this is from people I fly with/teaching. They are now at the point of building their own helis as well as fixing them. So now I get to instruct the setups, feel of the heli in the air, tuning, and assisting with the more difficult repairs.

My pay is in the pilots learning how to along with "getting" it as they progress with their flying skills. And occasionally I get a free breakfast or lunch out of the deal!

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12-10-2015 02:21 PM  35 months agoPost 20
old nitroman

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I built many many helis for people, and did not charge them anything, the problem comes when they crash it they expect you to fix asap for free too. I will not do it any more I have been burnt way to many times. Oh I be back to give you money for the parts, yea right. I was a rep for a heli company in the early 90s Build a 60 size ship for a guy for free, could hover had a 30 size, I build the ship a year later come to my house drops the heli on my work bench and about 5 pounds of sand come out of it,tells me its a piece of s--- making noise does not run right and he wants a warrantee, I asked him nice where have you been flying this thing, he said off the beach here. I said no way I was even going to fix it. He called the company that I was a rep for told them I would not help him. He boxed up the heli and sent to another rep (still cover in sand, rep call me to find out what was going on, was this guy nuts. Had to strip it down 2hrs with a compressor to get sand out,replaced every bearing, and motor had sand in carb. New engine. He called told him he have to pay for the parts, he refused. After a year the guy paid for the parts rep sent back the heli. I have found that if a guy will not even attempt or try to fix it, He will burn you soon or later. Had another guy show up at the field with a copter wanted me to fly it, had so many thing wrong with it, and parts missing. Told him to replace the missing parts gave him a LHS to get them at. Shows up the next week with nothing fix or replaced. Mad as hell with me for not flying it.I stop flying for almost 15 years. I don"t mind helping but there is a limit.

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