Introduction: Training Wheels for Your Helicopter.

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Or perhaps more appropriately training balls.

This is an old idea reminded to me by Zach Radding.

It works great.


You break your new remote control helicopter every time you try to learn to use it.


You give it training stabilizers.

Step 1: Add Stabilizer Arms and Ping Pong Ball Ends.

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two pieces of carbon fiber rod or even wooden dowel work great. you need 4 rubber bands and 4 old ping pong balls too.

cross the two pieces of carbon rod and elastic band them to the bottom of helicopter.

Step 2: Add Ping Pong Balls to Ends.

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this prevents you from poking your or other people's eyes out.

puncture a hole in ping pong ball then stuff it on the rods.

i used a darning needle to puncture the ping pong ball.


rgreene11 (author)2014-01-10

I found two old fishing rod and use the smaller ends nip off the eyelets and use some strap ties and it works great thanks for the ideal

Kryptonite (author)2010-02-04

The problem with mine is I keep hitting the roof!

agis68 (author)Kryptonite2010-09-12

build a higher roof...;)))

Kryptonite (author)agis682010-09-17

I'd have to move my upstairs though :P

agis68 (author)Kryptonite2010-09-18

;D or learn to fly better!

Kryptonite (author)agis682010-09-19


Dig down!

MCzone (author)Kryptonite2011-04-29

Never buy those airhogs, invest in a gyro, they are alot better

The nerdling (author)MCzone2011-08-11

you can get those cheep rc helis at k-mart, jaycar, targt with gyros

hedzup456 (author)Kryptonite2011-01-03

fly upstairs and have no roof

Kryptonite (author)hedzup4562011-01-05

Gets blown away; sadly.

hedzup456 (author)Kryptonite2011-01-18

use string!

Emoo (author)2007-04-05

Nice and I just need to find some wire rod. Did the helicopter have any noticeable difficulty lifting the extra payload?

Most good helicopters (electric or glow) should have no problem with extra weight but cheep crapy toysRus types might not be able to. How ever they could affect the balance of some small electric and probably some glow too. Just make sure their evenly balanced.

just what is cheap in you opinion?

martzsam (author)jedi pen-gui-n2010-11-11

Haha, Ahhh the sound of a newbie RC pilot... The "cheap" helicopters are any thing from $10 - 150. The helicopters that are expensive range from $150 - 2000. It is not a cheap hobby.

Caleb Nehrbass (author)martzsam2012-01-25

I've just bought a $160 :D I think I'm making progress in this hobby.

jedi pen-gui-n (author)martzsam2010-11-15

I guess it won't be my hobby .

is a double horse 9098 cheap???
I got that and a similar helicopter that cost twice as much.

asingh40 (author)2011-09-08

Great work and I have got great idea. I will also try to make balance like this. This is good use of ping pong ball.

Chowmix12 (author)2010-11-22

Does this stabilize as well as protect, or does it just protect your blades?

FrozenIce (author)2010-07-21

can i use Styrofoam balls ?

xproplayer (author)2008-12-29

Could this be used on micro little more suseptable (sorry for spelling) to breaking

joey2542667 (author)xproplayer2009-01-02

almost definitely not, the helicopter would not be able to support the weight. I have a havoc heli and it barely even hold up a playing card!

Tmbo17932 (author)2008-06-20

May i ask what do these things do? becuase i got R.C heli yesterday and it fys fine!

jedi pen-gui-n (author)Tmbo179322008-12-04

this is for people who have trouble flying their r\c helicopter.

aeromancy (author)2008-08-11

This is a great idea. I have a 4 channel helicopter and have crashed it a few times. I will be making this instead of purchasing a similar product for $15 to $20.

redpill (author)2008-06-23

you could probly just go out and buy some some training gear for the same price and it would work better. i got mine when i started flying for like 9 bucks.

andresm (author)2007-04-07

i have a model helicopter and when i bought it the store keeper suggested i should buy "the training gera set" ans it had this... and even with this on.. i broke it. one of the sticks fell off and the weight of the helicopter went to one side, making it flip over and brake...

seen53 (author)andresm2008-06-16

now that really sucks nuggets...

jacob_uk (author)2008-03-25

take that tape off your flybar paddles, its putting them out of balance, and its not stuck down properly.

philipster (author)2008-02-03

u know helis go come with these is the box : l

looking4ideas (author)philipster2008-02-21

not all helis come with them

pierson (author)2008-01-09

Great idea, I will try it. I have a similar heli, the eSky CoCo Lama (where do they get these names?) I seem to have a problem with getting the blades balanced. The company that sold it said to buy spare blades and practice. Ha! I've already completely rebuilt the (purely cosmetic, I'm told) boom that hangs off the back. The '4-in-1' radio receiver/servo controller apparently has a built-in gyro. I'd like to try a very complicated project, using a feedback system from the heli to the transmitter. Install perhaps a 3-axis accelerometer, fast transmitter from the heli, and install a receiver in the transmitter with a micro to transmit commands back to the heli. Concerns that I want to address are: decelerating too quickly near the ground, and avoiding 'ground effect' from being too close to the ground (solve this by quickly jumping to a stable altitude when taking off). Adding some sort of altitude measurement would probably be necessary, perhaps a sensitive digital barometer. I was thinking bluetooth might be acceptable. Also, having a micro in the transmitter might allow programmed flight/autopilot. Any thoughts?

andrepcg (author)2007-12-22

i've made one of those for my helicopter and they're really cool. nice tutorial!

hg341 (author)2007-06-19

hee hee training balls

clark (author)hg3412007-11-01

haha, very nice.

tba469 (author)2007-08-17

Where do you get the rods from?

blop12311 (author)2007-07-31

I have the exact same helicopter.... frikin hard to fly/control

CameronSS (author)2007-04-05

My helicopter came with a set like this, and many others include "training wheels" as an option. However, I've never seen how to make them at home. Good job.

Weissensteinburg (author)2007-04-05 soon as I read the title, I fell in love with it. Great idea.

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