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Ddaydawson
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PostSubject: Repairing VAM Helicopter landing gear   Repairing VAM Helicopter landing gear Icon_minitimeSat Sep 14, 2013 8:34 am

Hi Guys,

I am sure a fair few of us have come a VAM helicopter with broken landing gear. Well here is a quick repair I have.
Repairing VAM Helicopter landing gear IMG_24562_zpsb4980b8a
I use a spair bunk bed pole as they are the perfect size and VAM of course.
Repairing VAM Helicopter landing gear IMG_24572_zps5e6735f0
The pole can be heated easily over a gas stove flame or something similar. Be careful not to heat it to much. Also have cold water nearby. Once heated it can be bent into shape.
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Once you are happy with the shape it can be cut to size.
Once cut to size round the end off with a file.
Repairing VAM Helicopter landing gear IMG_24602_zps468b58f8
When you are happy with the total shape its time to join it to the landing gear. I use an aluminuim rivet to use as reinforcement. I drill a hole down the centre of both the landing gear and the new piece.
Repairing VAM Helicopter landing gear IMG_24612_zps59f89d0f
Once you have it in the landing gear, I cut the rivet so its not so long. I try the new piece on first to make sure it looks okay.
Repairing VAM Helicopter landing gear IMG_24622_zpsb478d1a0
Once happy with the fit apply some glue.
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All looking good.
Repairing VAM Helicopter landing gear IMG_24682_zps7d7fb440
Time for some paint.
Repairing VAM Helicopter landing gear IMG_24692_zps5c167010
All done.
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The paint not quite a perfect match but hard to tell once the helicopter is all together.
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PostSubject: Re: Repairing VAM Helicopter landing gear   Repairing VAM Helicopter landing gear Icon_minitimeSat Sep 14, 2013 9:19 am

superb repair mate an what a top tip too. Mind you you did make it look easy. Great upload cheers 

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