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05-13-2018 11:25 PM  40 days agoPost 1
ssmith512

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In my never ending quest to learn and adapt, I am requesting your means and methods for securing your prized scale helis while traveling to the field / fun fly. Particularly interested on how you secure helis with painted skids. How do you go about keeping the heli in place and not allowing the hold downs to "rub" against the paint and wear it out? Pics would be helpful! Thnaks in advance!

Steve

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05-14-2018 07:05 AM  39 days agoPost 2
DennisH

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Securing Scale Heli's while transporting
First, I have a Tahoe which I let all the seats down to create a flat floor. I have a piece of 1/2" plywood finished on both sides (paint grade), I have cut 1x4's a little longer than the skids and secure them on the plywood (using large beveled headed, fat wood screws that don't penetrate the thickness of the 1x4's and plywood thickness) and use wood glue to give that ultra failsafe keeping the bolts/1x4's from working loose. I use a 1/8" string, eye bolts on both sides even with the rotor head, the way my rotor head is made, I make 2 loops around the head, I run both sides through the eye bolts, tie off using the slip knot method (like tying a Cessna 150/172 wings down) on both sides, and I am just now starting to use 1/2" sheet foam as needed. Plus I am using "rope locks" which has self locking feature, just pull to secure the heli, no excessive tightness, Use the back lock to release the tab, easiest and best, works perfect, then drive slowly. All mine are Electric, fuel Heli's I would use a fuel absorbent pad under the Heli just to make sure nothing drops on my carpet, then drive carefully to my destination.

#2: I also have an enclosed trailer, I have a similiar setup that will carry 4 Scale Heli's, place foam as needed ( I also have a few pieces of 4" foam pads ), I use this if a friend is traveling with me to a fly in or something. The foam helps stabilizing the Heli's, plus protects the Heli's if something comes flying off the walls of the trailer. Sometimes I use small bungee cords going through both doors (if permissible) to secure the Heli vs. tieing off around the rotor head. I use 1/2" foam across the floor of the Heli putting the elastic cord on top of foam so no paint will rub off.

Both works great for me. I "don't" over tighten the string, just tighten enough to keep it from turning over. I lightly secure the tail @ the tail rotor area just to feel safe.

Hope this helps, good luck an flying, Dennis JMO

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05-14-2018 02:10 PM  39 days agoPost 3
cobieg

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For the 1/2” skid tubes, I use Random Heli STC9000-Y skid clamps that I think are for a goblin. Just cut out the middle part. I just bought a topper for my truck and will be building a large sliding shelf inside it.

I didn't crash. I just ran out of airspeed, altitude, and ideas all at the same time!

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05-16-2018 04:19 AM  37 days agoPost 4
Mojave

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Great idea Ron! Hopefully I'll be down to the Cape this summer for work. I'm still waiting on the word from my boss. Looking forward to hanging out with my favorite Florida buds!
B-

All helis and planes have an expiration date stamped on them...you only find it after you crash!!

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05-16-2018 06:55 PM  37 days agoPost 5
cobieg

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Hey Barry, would be good to see you again. Would you believe that the E model MD 500 is a 1/2 inch too tall for the folding flat cover to close so I picked up this little gem for my old Chevy. Just needs paint.

Ron

I didn't crash. I just ran out of airspeed, altitude, and ideas all at the same time!

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05-17-2018 07:11 AM  36 days agoPost 6
Mojave

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Nice!! Can't wait to get down there and hang with you guys. I'm just waiting on the new travel schedule. There's a chance I could get stuck up here in NorCal, but I'll most likely get at least a few weeks down south...
B-

All helis and planes have an expiration date stamped on them...you only find it after you crash!!

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05-17-2018 12:24 PM  36 days agoPost 7
heliayto

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Not certain if it's available in the US, but I protect my painted skids by placing them in insulted pipe wrap (a type of foam tube available in hardware stores in different sizes) then strapping the skids down to a ply base.

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05-17-2018 02:15 PM  36 days agoPost 8
ssmith512

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heliayto
Not certain if it's available in the US, but I protect my painted skids by placing them in insulted pipe wrap (a type of foam tube available in hardware stores in different sizes) then strapping the skids down to a ply base.
Now THAT is an idea!

Steve

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06-05-2018 10:05 AM  17 days agoPost 9
DennisH

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heliayto
Not certain if it's available in the US, but I protect my painted skids by placing them in insulted pipe wrap (a type of foam tube available in hardware stores in different sizes) then strapping the skids down to a ply base.
Even the "deep South" states have pipe wrap, and it's a great idea. I have already purchased two sections.

There even great to transport or store "main rotor blades".

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