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06-22-2018 12:59 PM  15 months ago
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nheather

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What spares are most likely to be needed
When you are learning, what spares are you most likely to need - which parts are the most common to break.

In particular, is it common to break or strip the main gear wheels?

Cheers,

Nigel
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06-22-2018 05:11 PM  15 months ago
DemetriusUSN

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What helicopter are you training on?
As for spares:
Feathering shaft
Main shaft
Main gear
Torque tube gears, front and rear
Landing skids
Extra blades
Booms
Belt, if it’s belt driven
Servo horns
Servo rods
Servo gears

You should be able to rebuild your heli a couple times over with spares when you’re learning. There’s more but just off the top of my head right now. If you have these parts, you should be good.
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06-22-2018 06:00 PM  15 months ago
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I have never had good luck bunkering parts waiting for my next crash. No matter how many parts I have on hand, I almost 100% of the time lack one or more bits to get airborne again. That immediately leads to having to mail order something, at which point I could have mail ordered everything."Well, nothing bad can happen now."
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06-22-2018 06:27 PM  15 months ago
nheather

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You may have seen my other posts. The reason, is that I am trying to return to the hobby after an absence of nearly 10 years. I have a Raptor 50 which I was learning with when I left and I will continue to use that but I have to face two realities

1) I have to rely on the second hand market for any spares
2) The clubs would prefer me to use electric

I'm not ready to spend $1500 on a new helicopter that is far more lively and capable than I need.

So I'm looking at the second hand market, but what is not clear to me is what makes/models are still supported with spares.

So I'm after a 550 size electric heli that I can pick up relatively cheaply and is still supported with spares. It can be low performance, have a flybar, I don't care about that.

And I do want a 550 size - the smaller ones are too twitchy and two difficult for me to see.

Any suggestions?

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Nigel
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06-26-2018 05:36 AM  14 months ago
Ghia

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Pantera P6 600mm heli with flybar would be my choice in your shoes. Actually I have 2 myself, great parts support very versatile and one wont out grow it. Low crash costs also. Ya get personal service from the owner himself and I been a spoiled pampered customer since 2009

Here is my P6 build vid:

Watch at YouTube

http://Www.Audacitymodels.com

I also like the synergy e5 550 heli. It can be stretched to a 700 heli and like the pantera ya wont find a unhappy customer. I plan to buy this heli soon and I hear ya get great personal customer service from synergy as well.

http://synergyrchelicopters.com/models/synergy-e5/
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06-26-2018 11:53 AM  14 months ago
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What spares you need always varies depending on how hard you crash.
Almost always a pair of blades, all the shafts, gears and tail.

A 550 electric is my $$$ limit after that the batteries and equipment get too expensive for me to enjoy.
My 600 nitro is as big as I would go with that type of fuel.
And when I do get a 700 it will be gas
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07-12-2018 08:33 AM  14 months ago
Andy from Sandy

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Almost always a pair of blades, all the shafts, gears and tail.
And all the bearings that support the shafts.

Folk always miss the bearings!

When I started in the hobby I went out and purchased a whole load of spares based on the experience of others with the same model.

I ended up wasting quite a lot of money as I ended up moving on to a different model before needing those spares.

If you have a good supplier who can get you the spares mid week then I would not bother having any at all.

Align tend to sell stuff in twos so you will build a stock of some parts but that's the Align way.
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07-29-2018 07:28 PM  13 months ago
BrianApp

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nheather...
I'm not ready to spend $1500 on a new helicopter that is far more lively and capable than I need.

So I'm looking at the second hand market, but what is not clear to me is what makes/models are still supported with spares.

So I'm after a 550 size electric heli that I can pick up relatively cheaply and is still supported with spares. It can be low performance, have a flybar, I don't care about that.
$1500??? no way. A used 700 electric should be about $800, nitro or small size less. You did say new though and top of the line parts may get you up to $1500. These days when picking a brand I now go by what has been around a long time and is likely to keep making parts. Using that I decided on Align. They have been around for quite some time and when they do a kit upgrade they don't drop support for the previous versions. I can't think of any version going back 10 years that they still do make parts that fit.
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08-13-2018 10:12 PM  13 months ago
Heli_Splatter

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nheather...
I'm not ready to spend $1500 on a new helicopter that is far more lively and capable than I need.
Keep in mind... it is you that can create a "lively" bird, or you can setup a mild sport flyer. it is all about the amount of pitch and head speed.

I have always said, until you can hover without crashing on the simulator, you have no business flying the real thing.
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