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HOW TO - Setting up the gyro

This is again a relatively simple task, but it does require that you have the helicopters rotor blades running at 50% and more throttle, which is around 1000 rpm, which means the tips are going to be moving at 100mph or so.

There are a great many stories recounted in the RC helicopter world of main blades flying off, tail blades flying off, nuts or bolts that have been lost or dropped inside suddenly being thrown out by the high revving main gear.  These have resulted in some very serious injuries, and it is just not worth taking the risk

So, to set up a gyro you need a lazy susan (a turntable that will let the helicopter revolve nice and freely). These can be made very easily from an old computer hard disk. ALWAYS ensure your helicopter is firmly fixed to the turntable so that it cannot possibly try to lift off.  

Do not just use the skids to tie it down with, they are normally only held on with 4 small screws, and can loose grip quite easily. Get something like some short rubber ties with hooks on the end (like used to hold stuff on a bike saddle bag or similar) and pass at least one OVER THE FRAME or through it to be really sure.

Then carry out ALL the steps in the first (starting up) tip, and arm the helicopter normally.

PUT SOME SAFETY GLASSES ON - You can buy them from any hardware store for a very few pounds or dollars, and they can easily save your sight, which is priceless

Stand as far away from the helicopter as is reasonable while still letting you perform the tracking, and SLOWLY spool it up to 40% throttle

Always try to keep below the arc of the main blades at ALL TIMES unless you really do need to stand up straight - in which case - DROP THE THROTTLE RIGHT DOWN AGAIN AND WAIT FOR THE ROTORS TO STOP SPINNING.

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