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solentlife
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 6:54 pm
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Admin Note: This guide to building your own training gear was first a reply to another post in the show case section but I think it warrants it's very own thread. Smile

Get your 4 carbon rods and overlap pairs by about 1 - 1.5". Bind with electrical tape and the tie wrap over as here ....



The rods do not need anymore in the centre as they will flex sufficiently.

To fix to the skids - I use tie-wraps loosely applied to the rods that slip over the skid ends ...



Here are the rods fitted to my 450 :







Only a casual check on centreing is needed at times ...

Cheap - effective - simple.
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Clovis Man
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 4:59 am
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Interesting project -- but where do you find these carbon rods? (I grew up in the oil field and would be tempted to try welding rod if not for the weight!)
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 4:39 pm
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Clovis Man wrote:
Interesting project -- but where do you find these carbon rods? (I grew up in the oil field and would be tempted to try welding rod if not for the weight!)


Best way ? buy them on Ebay !! Even buy a full training set of ebay for less than $10 incl. delivery ... and then when the centre stars give out ... convert simply to my idea !
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platinum
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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 3:06 pm
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Thanks for the information.

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Trouble
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:55 am
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I like the hoola hoop better, even cheaper and it just slides on the ground when you get too close, literally impossible to flip over or hit the blades on the ground.
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HeliMech
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 4:27 pm
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Hello all..i looked around for some when i was in the early stages...ended up making my own out of zip ties,thin dowl ,super glue and ping pong balls,worked great and had that "i made it myself" feeling...cost me about 10 bucks AU....just make sure it's balanced.
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sbobby
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 5:41 am
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How about this 5-leg training gear ?

http://www.electric-rc-helicopter.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=2497&highlight=
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