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07-03-2020 04:29 AM  82 days ago
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Another old fart question of mine
Anyone known where to buy heat shrink for wooden blades ?
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07-03-2020 04:40 AM  82 days ago
Heli143

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Perhaps this company can help
https://www.aircraftspruce.com/cata.../heatshrink.php
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07-03-2020 05:12 PM  82 days ago
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Frys electronics..
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07-05-2020 02:18 PM  80 days ago
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before heat shrink blade covering, MA and other used a product like FASCAL or adhesive decal covering. Old school but worked, take a look at some of this similar products. https://www.bing.com/search?q=FASCA...9f30c0ed8a1c80eRapRexSynLogo Pilot
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07-05-2020 06:46 PM  80 days ago
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When I used to make blades for my Heli-Baby and Heli-Boy, I used to use self-adhesive vinyl shelf paper.

By the way, I do not miss the adventure of making your own heli blades. You young wipper-snappers will never know that fun.
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07-05-2020 11:49 PM  80 days ago
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Can one use Monokote? I read online some people do with success, but I think it's mainly for the smaller blades eg 450 helis .
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07-06-2020 01:56 AM  80 days ago
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Monokote will tear off rotor blades..on old wood blades. Use epoxy+alcohol to thin it a bit ..brush it on then shrink wrap..blades get nice and stiff..
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07-06-2020 01:59 AM  80 days ago
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Go to a sign shop and get some adhesive sign material.
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07-06-2020 12:26 PM  79 days ago
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Infarcted Can one use Monokote?
I've used trim MonoKote (sticky backed) on wood blades. Worked great on a set of Raptor 30 blades.
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07-06-2020 07:17 PM  79 days ago
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Agree with gmcullen. I have used the same vinyl shelf covering paper for old wood blades. Works great. Easy to find (any local hardware store), many colors and patters available, and last very inexpensive compared to the other options.

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07-06-2020 08:59 PM  79 days ago
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Question really should be:: why use wood blades?...it is 2020.. not 1999
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07-06-2020 10:35 PM  79 days ago
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spy29 Question really should be:: why use wood blades?...it is 2020.. not 1999
I thought the real question is, "Do you mind NOT being a Motaur?"

I hope to be flying wood blades in 2030 on my vintage helis. Building a quality set of wood blades is rather rewarding. Next, I'll hear I shouldn't be using mechanical tail gyros, revo-mix and flybars, because it's 2020. Old tech still works for some of us.
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07-07-2020 01:31 AM  79 days ago
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YEAH,I SHOULD LOOK FOR AN OLD BLACK N WHITE TV...AND A ROTARY PHONE..,THIS NEW AGE CRAP..NEVER HELPED ANYONE.
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07-07-2020 03:12 AM  79 days ago
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You go Kev, "Wood" the original composite material. Building a balanced set of blades is rewarding.RapRexSynLogo Pilot
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07-07-2020 04:17 AM  78 days ago
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In response to KJH ,I 'm a vintage type of guy ,sentimental to old tech (kind of reminiscent of my younger years) .You're right about mech gyro and revo mix as that's want I'm doing right now, building and old kit I had in storage for 20 years (Robbe Moskito with tricycle landing gear) and using Futaba 153 mechanical gyro and wooden blades and a vintage Futaba 9VH radio (is PCM but with mixed pots /curves) .My next project is a NIB Hirobo Falcon 555 with new 45 FSR-H engine and plan to install a mechanical gyro there too (quite sure if you gave it a 401 /611 gyro ,won't be able to handle it !).
I also have a Gold Futaba Heli radio , but someone on the forum told me not to use as is FM and likely to have glitches. Wonder if that's still true these days with everyone moving to digital?

And yes ,I do have and rather like my old CRT TV and VHS VCR.
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07-07-2020 12:14 PM  78 days ago
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Hello All

Don't hate on mechanical gyros too much. I am using one on my Kyosho EP Concept SR. It works surprisingly well. The whole heli feels very analog.

I look fwd to flying it with the brand new Kyosho Hughes 500 scale body kit I recently purchased

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07-08-2020 10:30 PM  77 days ago
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WOW...ITS LIKE GOING BACK IN TIME.....ill just disappear to the year 2020. i like 2020..
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07-09-2020 02:23 PM  76 days ago
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I have found that the things that got me into this hobby are the things keeping me in this hobby. I never understood why someone would sell a perfectly flyable helicopter as soon as parts are no longer available. They still fly as well as they did when they are new.
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07-19-2020 01:50 PM  66 days ago
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BeltFedBrowning I have found that the things that got me into this hobby are the things keeping me in this hobby. I never understood why someone would sell a perfectly flyable helicopter as soon as parts are no longer available. They still fly as well as they did when they are new.
Yeep- I still love my ESPs- all four of them. Getting ready to set one up flybarred for nostalgia sake. You younguns- you got to get to a certain age before you'll really get a feel for nostalgia. It's rather nice.
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07-19-2020 06:49 PM  66 days ago
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Old vs modern. Similar arguments among car enthusiasts. Why would anyone want a 1971 Barracuda when modern auto technology is so much better?

PS. I fly Robbe's.

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