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12-10-2015 03:04 PM  33 months agoPost 21
Qrrambero

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If you pay for a repair, plus parts that you need. I think you will better of buying a new helicopter.

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12-10-2015 05:44 PM  33 months agoPost 22
Aaron29

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100 an hour? That's insane. I have a buddy works on full size aircraft. A rated A&P. Gets about 35. Granted the shop may charge more, but this goes to show. I can get my car worked on for 70 an hour shop rate. Some hobby store getting 100 an hour? That's crazy.

I'd say you're pushing it at 30.

And I agree. If you're doing this as a business, no problem charging. But if a newbie at the field wants help, I think he should get it free, ONE TIME. But after that, he's on his own. If he failed to learn, I'll remind him of the steps, but I'm not going to hold his weenie again. Some folks are just annoying like that. I had a guy who would continually dick with his radio. He had no clue what he was doing and would not take instruction. Would get it all messed up, and I'd have to fix it. This must have happened 10 times. I finally told him, dude stop messing with your setup. It's fine. And still later, he'd return it to me with throttle curves that looked like sine waves. I finally told him you touch it again, you fix it yourself.

There comes a point where the guy has to either learn it himself, or accept that continual free labor isn't going to be there.

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12-10-2015 06:19 PM  33 months agoPost 23
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I remember when I started I had no one to show me anything. I did have a couple of good hobby shops to help me but I spent a small fortune paying for builds and repairs. Not all of us have help or are naturally technically skilled enough to set up a fairly complicated machine.

I was Spektrum when Spektrum wasn't cool

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12-10-2015 07:29 PM  33 months agoPost 24
ICUR1-2

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If you're in business regardless of the type you gotta cover the time you spend.Your rates may vary.

Personally I have never paid for a repair or set up since it is part of the hobby and I love the hobby.

spending time, paying attention

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12-10-2015 08:15 PM  33 months agoPost 25
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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my first hobby shop experience they charged me 25 bucks to replace a servo
they called me and informed me that they had burned up my servo and charged me half price for the repairs lol

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12-11-2015 02:05 AM  33 months agoPost 26
ICUR1-2

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that was nice of them to give you a discount

I just don't trust my life in the hands of someone else's mistake.

I build it, I fly it.

If I were to charge myself to build my own heli it would cost me 840$ for 24 hrs from building to maiden

spending time, paying attention

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12-11-2015 07:48 PM  33 months agoPost 27
Andy from Sandy

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To the people that charge have they been asked what come back is there if there is a problem?

When I have my car fixed for example the garage warrants their work and the parts they fit.

The club I am in takes the same view as Dr. Ben. As a club people shouldn't be expected to pay anything for a club mates assistance but we want the person receiving the help to learn and be able to help others in the future.
Learning to fly and learning to build/repair helicopters are two mutually exclusive activities. One relies on the other
If they rely on each other then I don't see how they can be. I also think the term is perhaps a bit disjoint for the two activities.

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12-11-2015 08:01 PM  33 months agoPost 28
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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do to the nature of the hobby no warranty

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12-11-2015 11:19 PM  33 months agoPost 29
Andy from Sandy

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If for example your model needed a new swash and during flight one of the balls backed out I would be mad with the person who did the work.

If you charge then you put yourself up as a professional. If you cannot stand by your workmanship then you shouldn't charge.

It is not luck that peoples models stay together in flight. It is not bad luck that a screw came undone.

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12-12-2015 12:01 AM  33 months agoPost 30
gmcullan

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I always test fly all repaired helis and quads with the customer observing. Once it is in the customer's hand, they then resume all responsibility for the item.

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

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12-12-2015 04:54 AM  33 months agoPost 31
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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Andy from Sandy
If for example your model needed a new swash and during flight one of the balls backed out I would be mad with the person who did the work.
If you charge then you put yourself up as a professional. If you cannot stand by your workmanship then you shouldn't charge.
It is not luck that peoples models stay together in flight. It is not bad luck that a screw came undone.
i agree

if the repair person did not build the model

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12-12-2015 05:02 AM  33 months agoPost 32
lfalsetto

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I have to agree with the posts. You will only learn how the heli works if you repair it yourself.

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12-12-2015 05:19 AM  33 months agoPost 33
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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lfalsetto
I have to agree with the posts. You will only learn how the heli works if you repair it yourself.
some people don't have the time or patience

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12-12-2015 06:27 AM  33 months agoPost 34
Aaron29

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If that's their approach, then charge them.

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12-12-2015 10:22 AM  33 months agoPost 35
EEngineer

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WC...if I'm not mistaken....is aspiring to run his own business.

He want's to know what a "fair" rate to charge those that don't have the skills to build or repair.

Everyone on forums does things for "free".

From a business standpoint, there are labor rates.

If you don't have the tools, expertise, etc...then you have to pay.

This is not socialism.

Cheers

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12-13-2015 03:28 AM  33 months agoPost 36
lfalsetto

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WC I understand what you are saying about time and patience. Not disagreeing but I really feel half of the hobby is building and trying some new designs. When I use to fly pattern I use to love designing my own planes and making the molds and laying up the fuselage. I even did the same thing with the Fury canopies when I flew Miniature Aircraft. I guess I just like to tinker.

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12-13-2015 04:19 AM  33 months agoPost 37
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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♦EEngineer
WC...if I'm not mistaken....is aspiring to run his own busines
yes brother you are mistaken
I has just curious to what others have been quoted

I have my own rates already made out. my business is doing good slow from time to time but I still have guys coming to learn
lfalsetto
WC I understand what you are saying about time and patience. Not disagreeing but I really feel half of the hobby is building and trying some new designs
. some guys like rtf I understand what you mean brother and you are right.

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12-13-2015 05:54 PM  33 months agoPost 38
lfalsetto

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12-16-2015 03:25 AM  33 months agoPost 39
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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old nitroman
some people can be a real pain I've had a couple psychos
EEngineer
WC...if I'm not mistaken....is aspiring to run his own business.
He want's to know what a "fair" rate to charge those that don't have the skills to build or repair.
Everyone on forums does things for "free".
From a business standpoint, there are labor rates.
If you don't have the tools, expertise, etc...then you have to pay.
This is not socialism.
Cheers
and I allow them to do their own wrenching so they learn and dont have to come back

Insha Allah made in america

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12-16-2015 03:53 AM  33 months agoPost 40
RM3

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...that depends on whether or not its registered...

showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...

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