Easy Fix - Helicopter Skid




Introduction: Easy Fix - Helicopter Skid

About: I build, therefor I am!

Ok, so this is a ‘Fix’, not a repair!! This is hopefully the first of many ‘Fix’ Instructables of mine in which I hope to create for those easy fixes. They may be easy more or less, but do not underestimate their quality, I strive for quality.
REMEMBER!! Safety first! No matter how easy the fix is, don’t take chances, we’re in the 21st century, not the Wild West.

My brothers Co-Axel chopper’s landing stand broke when it fell to the ground after the rotors collided and I volunteered to ‘Fix’ them.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

Well you have to decide what you want to do, either repair it or ‘Fix’ it, I chose to ‘Fix’ it.

I you want to repair those ugly looking stands, just go buy yourself some glue.

As you can see I used sheet aluminum for my stand and reused the stainless steel pipes. As for the nuts and bolts, they are 3mm thick and 15mm long.

Let’s make a list.

- 4 x M3 15mm Bolts
- 4 x M3 Buts
- 4 x M3 NyLock Nuts
- Fine grid waterproof sandpaper ( at least a 600 grid)
- Aluminum Sheet preferably 2mm thick
    - Why?? 1mm is too weak and 3mm is a bugger to bend!
    - The Al will be heavier than the plastic, but I found that with the little extra weight I get a more stable flight for some reason.

- 3mm drill
- Something to cut sheet metal
- Something to fasten the bolts

Look at these pictures to see how the nuts and bolts are used

Step 2: Preparing the Aluminum Strips

You must decide whether you want to keep the original size of the stand or make it bigger like mine. 

Cut two strips of aluminum of about 15mm in width and your desired length (mine is 200mm). Next, they need to be sanded to the desired finish. (only if you care about final product presentation)

One thing, aluminum has the funny property of making your hands black when sanding it with waterproof sandpaper.

Note: Use water, its not called water proof sand paper for nothing.

Step 3: Bending the Strips

Before bending the strips you have to mark out the bending lines on the stripes. Although mine is not shown, mark out and drill all the holes necessary before bending, it’s much easier.

To bend the stripes, place the round part of a screwdriver on the lines you marked out (mine is in green)

Step 4: Assembly

After both stripes have been bent and drilled, assemble it.

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    12 Discussions


    6 years ago

    haha lol my brother has this helicopter and he crashed it the first day, he was flying it at max range it twitched and went down, it was spectacular, he fixed it tho.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    The bottom and top blades somehow touched on mine and then it fell like a rock.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I guess I meant to say "Gauteng". I live in CT but my dad lives near Lanseria. Is the cannon in your profile picture the one at Johannesburg Zoo? I love the Saxonwold Military Museum next to it.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I would suggest editing this instructable so that the title says "skid" instead of "stand" so more people will click on it. Also a recommendation, if you add a few more tags to this it will show up in more places and be visited more.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the advice. The pic is from the Union Buildings in PTA.

    Nice job! Wow, it must have fallen a long way onto a hard surface. I have a Bladerunner series Interceptor with identical landing skids, with plastic arms. Mine are extremely tough and have almost no flex, they would have to be purposefully broken.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, it did fall a long way, almost 5 meters, the wind caught hold of it, then it went down like a sack of potatoes.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    nice :)
    how light are they in comparison to the plastic parts they replaced?