Spare parts - RC Groups
View Poll Results: How?
I like LHS convenience of instant spare parts 5 20.83%
I order online, but prefer retailers in my country 12 50.00%
I dont mind waiting a bit and saving a few coins: Overseas!! 12 50.00%
I manufacture spare parts in my workshop! (according to this project of course) 2 8.33%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 24. You may not vote on this poll

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Oct 26, 2017, 11:55 AM
GREY.riddles::{used}? hmm
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Spare parts

How do you get your spare parts, your preferred method?

I usually enjoy, less expensive alternatives, so china it is for,me. Sometimes I manufacture my own (ex: hDFC, Yad-reverser)
Last edited by Flying Pitcher; Oct 26, 2017 at 12:00 PM. Reason: Added my answer
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Oct 26, 2017, 12:04 PM
Lord of the Strings
An online retailer. Depending on the model, I get a second kit for spares.

I have no problem with ordering from China., China is producing some good stuff..
Oct 26, 2017, 12:10 PM
When I need it I first search Amazon. Even if it's a bit more the two day delivery can make the difference. Otherwise I use major places like Amain, Helidirect, etc etc. Helidirect is the neighboring state and they often ship same day. Amain takes longer being way out in CA.

I have such a stock of spare parts now for my helis I don't need to order for a long time. Maybe if I started doing hard 3D I'd crash more and need more parts. But old man flying has that advantage.

I do have a LHS (Phils Hobby Shop) but they seldom have a part in stock even for a Blade heli. Not to mention waiting 30 minutes for them to finish with the quad/car/airplane guys just to look it up and say nope.
Last edited by BrokeDad; Oct 26, 2017 at 01:51 PM.
Oct 26, 2017, 12:30 PM
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I order most things from Experience RC.

All radio electronics come from JR Americas.
Oct 26, 2017, 01:34 PM
Grumpy old git.. Who me?
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I dont have any local hobby shops that stock heli stuff, so the first option is out.

Out of preference I'll buy from 'in country' online dealers. If there is a significant cost saving to be made I'm not adverse to ordering overseas but It does have to be a pretty big saving to justify the waiting time and the hassle involved if there are issues with the product, also UK import duty needs to be factored in.

I dont really think 'manufacturing your own' is a realistic option for the vast majority of parts parts or the vast majority of people. I used to build my own RC planes from a pile of balsa back in the day but helis are different in that most parts need expensive and specialist machine tools (lathe, milling machine etc) to make, which very few have.
Last edited by JetPlaneFlyer; Oct 26, 2017 at 01:40 PM.
Oct 26, 2017, 02:00 PM
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Oct 26, 2017, 02:55 PM
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The choices aren't really applicable in my case. No local HS carries heli stuff here at all. I shop online regularly, hit the sales just about any and everywhere for parts that fit my fleet. In the early heli days I used to manufacture and have custom machine shops working with me for my own parts. I can't count the number today of one off prototypes and pre release helis I have worked with. Those manufacturers also sent one off stuff as needed, or replicated the thoughts and parts I produced to remedy issues. One off stuff for factory line produced helis is very time consuming and hard to replace when damaged. Few guys out there, maybe a hand full will actually be able to field that question, so I am not sure it even belongs in the poll? It is more applicable to stick plane builders and scale guys.
Oct 26, 2017, 03:29 PM
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if you have to buy one-offs might as well just get a current airframe with parts availability.
I know getting anything custom built around here is cost prohibitive. Maybe 3D printing will change that.
Oct 26, 2017, 07:15 PM
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Buy a second or third kit for parts.
Oct 26, 2017, 08:06 PM
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My local hobby shop is huge but has zero spare heli parts...
Oct 26, 2017, 08:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Coopz
My local hobby shop is huge but has zero spare heli parts...
Tell me about it...

I used to have an msh shop here in Melbourne, now I have to order everything online.
Oct 27, 2017, 04:41 PM
GREY.riddles::{used}? hmm
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Anything else, wht will happn?

More needed people
It's multiple choice poll
MULTIPLE!! Everyone likes that!
Oct 27, 2017, 06:24 PM
Registered User
I usually order on-line from a few big RC stores in Germany as they have "good" prices comparatively speaking.
I hope everybody's spares will be needed most sparingly tough
Oct 28, 2017, 08:48 AM
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I order in the U.S. whenever I can, the nearest LHS to me used to be about a 40 minute drive. since it closed, it's more like an hour one way...

My preference for shops in my country is a matter of convenience. I get most of my items within a week.
Oct 28, 2017, 09:40 AM
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I'm super lucky.

There is a Hobby Town 30 minutes away, and their main distributor (Great Planes) is in the same state (Illinois).

If it's not on the shelf, they can normally have it in 2 days.

Even better, the owner is pretty cool and likes all R/C (including helicopters), and he stocks common parts for
the helicopters he has on the shelf (a good chunk of the Blade lineup).

He even has some Blade 400 parts.

This is the main reason I fly Blade helicopters.

I'll pay a few bucks more knowing that if I crash, I can be flying it again the same day.

Oh yeah... he also sold me this beautiful Blade 400.

(The 450 canopy was for the oversize packs I like to run.)
Last edited by Steve_; Oct 28, 2017 at 10:15 AM.

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