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Old 05-17-2019, 03:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default screwdriver size for the frame and boom screws

Hi Guys,

Had a dumb thumb crash while doing inverted circuits this week.

Bought a new frame but the screws and particularly the boom screws are just not seeming to fit properly with the screwdrivers I have. Anyone know the exact size for these?

Also any tips with the boom as they arent going tight and I am stripping the head, had to cut the boom out the old frame as I couldnt undo the screws.

Dont want to have to buy the carbon frame as I am still using it as my crash heli for practicing 3D.

Any tips would be appreciated, thanks
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Old 05-17-2019, 04:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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1.5mm, 2.0mm, and 3.0mm hex drivers for about 95% of the screws. Very small Phillips occasionally for odd parts. Pay for quality hex drivers up front (i.e. MIP) or you'll be buying a new cheap set every year.
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Old 05-17-2019, 05:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The screws are probably JIS, not Phillips. And not hex for the frame and boom.
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Old 05-17-2019, 08:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I agree that the screws that clamp the frame around the boom are probably JIS, instead of phillips.


However, for reference, my Wiha 261/PH1 x 60 phillips fits the screws perfectly, while my Wiha 261/PH0 x 50 (I believe the next size down) is too small.


I think the 1 in PH1 means #1 phillips.
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Old 05-18-2019, 02:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I bought some JIS screw drivers and even they don't fit that well. I now use a junior hacksaw and cut a slot across the head of the screw. That cures the problem once and for all.
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Old 05-18-2019, 02:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I've replaced many of the screws in the V1 with slightly larger and longer Phillips ones. The stock seem to strip out easy especially around the boom and on the motor mount. If I end up repairing the V2 I'll probably do the same.
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Old 05-19-2019, 05:18 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for all your help guys, I got some JIS PH1 screw bits and these worked really well.

No more swearing at it!

Like the idea of fitting better phillips screws though.

All back together again for being tested inverted again 😄
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Old 05-19-2019, 08:17 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I always wanted to find some Allen head screws for this. Would have made life easier, but I traded it before that ever happened.

My jis driver was ok, but not perfect with these screws. My wiha Philips was ok too, but not perfect.

I always hated messing with the screws.
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