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04-05-2021 10:25 PM  5 days ago
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Bladecpnitro

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What to do with a Raptor 30
Hi folks! I've been given a Raptor 30 Airframe that was put together and hung from the ceiling all of its life. It is in new condition but with lack of parts support I'm not sure what to do with it.
Should I sell it to someone who could use the parts or just hang it from the ceiling?

I'm not sure if its V1 or V2 or how to tell.

If it were a 50 I'd be more interested in getting it up and running. It has nothing but the airframe, blades and paddles, no servos.

I have a Trex 550 so I don't really need a slow Rappy 30

I used to want an X50 Nitro, I just liked that particular model above all Nitros. Everything except the price of its parts.
If its fixed don't break it.
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04-05-2021 11:46 PM  5 days ago
Rojoalfa

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Well... I was intended to say something but... You Already have a conclusion...

I feel sorry about the rappy 30...my kind of heli

A last chance? Do an electric conversion...

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Saludos cordiales,
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04-06-2021 02:39 AM  5 days ago
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Rojoalfa A last chance? Do an electric conversion...
Are there parts readily available for the electric conversion?
I've never had any Nitro heli and would like to have put a 53 motor in it but not sure how hard it would be to get all the parts. As I understand you have to put the main gear, clutch bell and pinion out of a 50 to make that work.
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04-06-2021 04:40 PM  5 days ago
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A few months ago I was in exactly your position. A very nice woman called to say her husband had died a few years ago and his R30 was collecting dust- would I like it?

This particular model had/has an OS .32 with Thunder Tiger pipe installed. The model had never seen fuel.

I snapped at the chance. I cleaned up the model and finished it "old school". By that I mean - 9252 servos, Futaba 401 gyro, wood blades, no governor, etc., etc. I built just as you might have 20 years ago.

I've been flying the model over the last few months and had an embarrassing amount of fun with it. It's smooth, quiet, easy to fly and flies for 20 minutes on a tank. Is it going to impress anyone? Unlikely. Do I care not even a little? Also unlikely.

See where I'm going with this? Clean the model up and fly it. It's a kick. If you really don't enjoy it, pass it along to the next guy.
"Well, nothing bad can happen now."
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04-07-2021 12:00 AM  4 days ago
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wjvail I cleaned up the model and finished it "old school". By that I mean - 9252 servos, Futaba 401 gyro,
I started out flying the clone 401 gyros on an EXI 450 which was a Trex 450 Pro clone and they worked extremely well, they just didnt last long.
I still have a Futaba GY520 I could use that was a lot nicer than the 401 Gyros because it had right and left rudder limits and servo reverse
I used that Gyro last before going FBL.

If its fixed don't break it.
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04-07-2021 01:11 AM  4 days ago
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wjvail I cleaned up the model and finished it "old school". By that I mean - 9252 servos, Futaba 401 gyro,
I started out flying the clone 401 gyros on an EXI 450 which was a Trex 450 Pro clone and they worked extremely well, they just didnt last long.
I still have a Futaba GY520 I could use that was a lot nicer than the 401 Gyros because it had right and left rudder limits and servo reverse
I used that Gyro last before going FBL.
Fun for me was going back to the ol' 401. I have bags of past equipment that is not being used any more. I have multiple 611 gyros with BLS251 servos I could have installed. There are several GV-1 governors sitting here. They are in the same bag as several multi-gov governors. I have 2 new CGY-760R gyros here I could have put to use. Sitting on my shelf are new and complete sets of XPert KD-1, MKS X8, and KST915 servos. I have stacks of carbon 550 blades.

Instead I chose to install some Futaba 9252 servos, no governor, wood blades and a Futaba 401/9254 gyro.

Despite the lack of "upgrades", this model is a joy to fly.

The world doesn't need a 5¢ cigar. It needs a Raptor 30.

"Well, nothing bad can happen now."
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04-07-2021 02:24 AM  4 days ago
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wjvail Fun for me was going back to the ol' 401. I have bags of past equipment that is not being used any more. I have multiple 611 gyros with BLS251 servo I could have installed. There are several GV-1 governors sitting here. They are in the same bag as several multi-gov governors. I have 2 new CGY-760R gyros here I could have put to use. Sitting on my shelf are new and complete sets of XPert KD-1, MKS X8, and KST915 servos. I have stacks of carbon 550 blades.

Instead I chose to install some Futaba 9252 servos, no governor, wood blades and a Futaba 401/9254 gyro.

Despite the lack of "upgrades" this model is a joy to fly.

The world doesn't need a 5¢ cigar. It needs a Raptor 30.
Thanks for sharing the pics. That's a great looking bird. I'd like to have at least one FB heli so this would create a great opportunity for that.
I'd need everything though, servos, servo arms, starter, glow plugs and not sure what else.
If its fixed don't break it.
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