Intro: Easy Fix - Helicopter Skid
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.