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Old 05-18-2010, 02:17 PM   #1
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so i keep breaking the vertical tail fin on my raptor... kinda annoying as i am just learning how to fly these things.... is there anywhere that makes aluminum tail fins for r/c helicopter?!?

any help is appreciated!
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Old 05-18-2010, 02:26 PM   #2
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Re: metal helicopter fins

Put some training gear on the heli if you keep tagging the tail.

You could add an aluminum fin (you'd likely have to make it), but then it won't break - your tail boom and whatever else will. Consider it a sacrificial part that save other parts from destruction.

If yours is plastic, moving to carbon fiber may help.
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Old 05-18-2010, 02:44 PM   #3
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Re: metal helicopter fins

My kids are learining to fly on their own heli and have hit the ground tail first a few times while backing up or panicking on the collective. On my kids heli I put a loop of piano wire that extends below the vertical fin so that the loop contacts the ground first. The loop is held onto the vertical fin with rubber bands.

The loop/bands serve 3 purposes, 1) it keeps the tail rotor out of the grass, 2) if it does contact the grass while backing up, , the loop slides across the grass whereas before the fin would snag and dig into the dirt, and 3) the loop and band system make it a bit springy to absorb shocks when the tail slams down when they panic and bottom the collective.

See if you cant do the same on your heli to keep the fin from hitting the ground and breaking on you.
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Old 05-18-2010, 02:52 PM   #4
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Re: metal helicopter fins

i went to hobby hobby yesterday actually to get some training gear but they were out of stock... it is on order right now and should be in within a week he said. i also never thought of the tail boom bending if the vertical fin were solid... i would rather destroy a fin then a boom.

and also max thats a great idea! never thought of it. im going to give it a shot and see how that works out never till you try! lol
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Re: metal helicopter fins

Flitecraft in Kitchener has training gear in stock
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