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Whilst there are one or two exceptions to the rule (most usually scale and industrial type models), a model helicopter is much like a big meccano set, in as much as they need to be carefully screwed and bolted together. However, all model helicopters are machines engineered to very fine tolerances, so anyone building one with the attitude of “Oh that will do!” or “That’s close enough!” are likely to end up with an unflyable and potentially lethal model.
It is therefore essential that the model is built and setup accurately, and by carefully following the manufacturer’s instructions. A well set up helicopter can almost fly itself which makes the learning process a whole lot easier. Consequently, we strongly recommend anyone new to model helicopters have their model professionally setup before they attempt to fly it, and even then we also recommend lessons before attempting your first solo flight. Similarly, if you are an experienced pilot and builder, but just don’t have the time to build, re-commission or repair a damaged model, we can help.
As a model helicopter is a potentially dangerous piece of equipment, it should be routinely checked and maintained. Specifically check that everything is tight and without signs of wear, look at linkages and blades etc. for signs of wear or damage. This should ideally be done at the beginning and end of each flight. With most model helicopter designs, everything is reasonably visible, making spot inspections quick, easy and painless. If you suspect any component is damaged or faulty, it is far better to replace it, rather than risk endangering the model or worse, you and the people around you.
There are two ways in which we can setup your model - accompanied and unaccompanied.
You will be invited to join us in our workshop facility or flying site, and sit with the technician while they setup your model. They will talk you through what they are looking for, what they are doing and the necessary settings in your transmitter. This process will teach you about the setup process of a model helicopter and give you knowledge and understanding of how the process works. We will then perform a test flight during which any small adjustments are made, fine tuning is done and we may, if required, customise some of the transmitter settings to your personal preference.
We will take your model, transmitter and any other necessary accessories into our workshop, take some time to check the model over from tip to tail, and make recommendations on anything we think may need alteration or replacement. Once any required work is completed, we will perform a full setup. We will advise you when the setup process is complete and invite you to our flying site for the test flight. During the test flight, any small adjustments are made, fine tuning is done and we may, if required, customise some of the transmitter settings to your personal preference.