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do I offer to repair any radio controlled helicopter ?
from my own experience, there are many new pilots (newbies) that have
real problems in repairing their collective pitch helicopter for the first
time (or even afterwards.) Equally, some pilots do not want to be
involved in the repairing process, preferring to just spend
their time flying them,
and are happy to have someone else who will handle repairs for them.
I want to offer this repair service as I know only too well that it is enormously
difficult for a new pilot who may well have only just got a new
helicopter, and has fallen into the trap of thinking that they can
just fly it out of the box, resulting in a crash of some form very
Quite reasonably, such new pilots have
no idea whatsoever of what parts may be damaged, where to get them
from, what they may be called etc etc. That is where I come
in, as I DO KNOW ALL THAT SORT OF STUFF - BACKWARDS.
So to get you back
flying, in the full knowledge that your helicopter will have been
This is one way for me to put back into my hobby in some way for all the
enjoyment it has provided to me over the many years I have been
building and flying RC helicopters.
am based just north of Blackpool in Lancashire, so if you are ever in
this area, please feel free to drop in and have a cup of Tea or Coffee
with me in my workshop/hanger
am a recently retired guy who has been flying R/C helicopters for around
18 years now, going back to large nitro choppers and even gassers such as the
Kalt Baron, Schluter Champion, and the smaller Kyosho Concepts. I
am also a licensed UK General Aviation pilot with around 1500 hours of P1 time
logged in various different types,
and have around 8 hours logged on Robinson R22 helicopters as a student.
found very early on in this hobby that I really enjoyed the building
side of it almost as much as flying them, and that led me to experiment
with different helicopters to improve their performance. That was no
real surprise to me as I had been a performance and competition car
builder for many years, and have raced many types of cars over the years
I fly mostly electric helicopters such as the Esky Belt CP, the
CopterX 450 SE V2 and the Trex/Align 450. I enjoy scale building
and flying rather than 3D, but can set up a collective pitch helicopter to fly best in
any way you prefer to fly your helicopter.
I am retired, I have lots of free time, and what better way to fill it
than to help other helicopter pilots while doing what I really enjoy
is very simple indeed, you send me your heli, together with any spare
parts you may have if you feel they are going to be needed, I will strip
it down, check it for all possible damage, report my findings back to
you, with a list of parts needed and the total likely cost. I will then order
those parts with your authority, and fit them to finally return your heli
to the same condition as it was before your crash.
you have crashed your helicopter, I usually ask you to let me have it in
it's crashed form, rather than after you have stripped it all down, as
this gives me a much better chance of assessing what other damage may
have been caused, and ensuring that any other possible hidden problems are identified
that any parts required can be obtained in a reasonable time scale, most
repairs take around 10/14 days or so to complete. (weather permitting
for flight testing)
try to hold a reasonable stock of general small parts to avoid having to
necessarily purchase expensive assemblies when you very probably only need a small
part of it.
PLEASE READ ON
There is however a lot more value that
my repairs offer you while I have your helicopter in for repair.
a) I ensure that your helicopter is setup
correctly mechanically so that it will fly as is supposed to (MOST
ARE NOT - believe me), and
b) If required I can soften it down (called
dumbing it down) so that it is nothing like as twitchy and
uncontrollable, which in it's turn means that you have a very much
better chance of learning to hover your heli without crashing again
The first option - (a) is to go through
the entire helicopter and set it up mechanically so that all servos
and mixers etc etc are set correctly. This is called a FULL
MECHANICAL SETUP. THIS IS ALWAYS
INCLUDED AS A PART OF THE REPAIR SERVICE
second is the softening down process, which usually means changing
the servo horns to allow me to change the throw lengths used.
do a softening down without doing the mechanical setup afterwards,
as the heli will simply not fly at all due to the changes made by
the softening process.
A third option that only
applies if you have a "proper" computer radio such as a
Futaba or Spektrum, when I will program/reprogram your radio to
match your particular helicopter, setting it up to exactly suit your
particular level of flying (or non flying of course). THIS
IS ALWAYS INCLUDED AS A PART OF THE REPAIR SERVICE
you feel my repair service might be of interest to you, please email me in the first
instance at :
can also SKYPE me a text message as netcplus
HERE to see some pictures of my workshop
case you are (still) not aware, I also have quite a few tutorials (in
PDF format) that I have written over time covering many of the skills involved in the hobby of
building and flying helicopters.
can be downloaded by following this
of the range of helicopters I have in my own hanger
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