Protect those props

Discussion in 'CineStar FAQ - Tips and Tricks' started by Tim Joy, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. Tim Joy

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    I've caught the props on so many things. Amazingly, never broken one. Here's my $3 solution-
    These are foam pipe insulation tubes for 1" pipe. They have a slit down the length so you can just put it over the props.
    Sometime I'll find the proper length and blast the bends with a heat gun so it stays in an octogon shape. But for now this will do.
     

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    Steve Maller UAV Grief Counselor

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    It looks great and well protected but I bet it doesn't fly worth a damn.
     
  3. Tim Joy

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    There is a bit of a power loss, yes. ;)
     
  4. Arthur Vieira

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    I've been doing this for a year now and it saved me many times!
    Great tip. ;)
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  5. Andy Johnson-Laird

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    No need to take those foam pieces off before you fly, either, I bet, Arthur. Just start the motors up and give them take off power. Centrifugal force should do the rest.... :)

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  6. Arthur Vieira

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    Andy,
    Actually, I did that once :D I forgot to remove one tube and started the motors... It wasn't a pretty sight, but was very funny after. The tube was cut in pieces.
     
  7. Andy Johnson-Laird

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    Yet another use for a copter! A shredder/blender....
    It works well on tree leaves. AMHIK. :)
    Andy.
     
  8. Steve Maller

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    This setup just cost me a little over $3.00 at my local Home Depot. And I realized that it'll make removing and installing my props far less injurious to my hands, which always seem to get cut when I'm doing that! This is 1 inch pipe insulation, which my local Home Depot sells for about $1.59 for a 6 foot length. I used two 6 foot lengths, and I have two left over. :)

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    Thanks for identifying the source as Home Depot, Steve.
    Now I need to know where to go to get Pool Noodles for landing gear. Target? (Sorry, now they've gone up market, "Tah-jay."

    Andy.
     

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