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Old 08-16-2010, 05:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was wanting to make my own helipad that was portable. perhaps foldable? What have you guys used to make yours? Any ideas could help!
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Old 08-16-2010, 07:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Go to your local gas station and ask them for one of their old beer signs of corogated plastic. Just make a cut between the ribs where you want it to fold and presto, portable pad
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Old 08-16-2010, 10:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
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what do you need a heli pad for? out of curiosity...
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Old 08-16-2010, 11:43 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I had thought of using thin plywood cut into 1' squares and hinged together to make a 4x4' pad. Never did it though.
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Old 08-16-2010, 11:59 AM   #5 (permalink)
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This is my mobile heli landing pad ,it dont get there fast but it gets you there..in about thirty years I will be able to land the raptor on him...
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Old 08-16-2010, 12:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
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what i used when i first started into helis was a piece of galvanized sheet metal i cut off of a larger sheet i use on my garage floor .. its on the thicker side dont know the guage right off but its about 20lb's in a 3ft square, i sanded the edges and ground the corners round and i love it still for up to my 450 size helis .. its heavy enough to stay flat and if placed in a decent spot theres no worry of snagging a skid or popping a tailblade if you hang it over the edge ... just an idea .. worked well for me and i use it everytime i fly ..
..ok i put i mic on it and its approx .040 thickness which i think is 18 gauge ..
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Old 08-16-2010, 12:07 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I use a plastic outdoor furniture table top which has the legs removed. Mines 37" round and it fits in the back seat of my car. It's light weight, easy to carry but stays in place. You can find them at the big home improvement stores.
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Old 08-16-2010, 03:33 PM   #8 (permalink)
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what do you need a heli pad for? out of curiosity...
I do alot of field flying and with my new TT setup i didn't want to catch any grass in the tail gears..

Thanks so much for the ideas everyone, I'm going to make me one! Ill be sure to post pics.
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Old 08-16-2010, 04:44 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Go to Office Depot or Staples and get a plain light colored computer mouse pad. You could take a sharpie and mark the "H'' on it and take it anywhere. It could double as a work pad out in the field if need be. Just an idea.

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Peg board works well also.
Cut it to the size you need.
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Old 08-16-2010, 05:44 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Yes, I had a nasty encounter when my tail rotor got snagged in some grass. I use a rubber bathroom mat like this. It has enough weight to it so it won't blow away and it can be rolled up easily for transporting.

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The bath mat is a really good idea!
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The only pad I have is knee pads for when I'm picking up parts
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This is my mobile heli landing pad ,it dont get there fast but it gets you there..in about thirty years I will be able to land the raptor on him...
LOL!!!!! Turtles are so abused.

I actually use a Stop sign a friend gave me that owns a street striping business. Works great.
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LOL!!!!! Turtles are so abused.

I actually use a Stop sign a friend gave me that owns a street striping business. Works great.
That spoiled reptile has been in my wifes family for 28years..Ya he is abused daily with cantaloupe green grapes and cottage cheese(don't ask he likes it) to bad the wife wont let me put an ex on his back ...But having a moving landing platform helps hone my landing skills...
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I bought 2 pieces of 2' x 4' 1/2" birch plywood, a 4 foot long piano hinge, and some black outdoor carpet. The whole thing cost me about $30.00. Later I added a latch system and handles for about another 5 bucks. I even painted a Heli landing circle on it. When I bring it out to the field most of the people I fly with use it. Mostly I built it for flying in fields with longer grass to prevent tail strikes.

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I bought 2 pieces of 2' x 4' 1/2" birch plywood, a 4 foot long piano hinge, and some black outdoor carpet. The whole thing cost me about $30.00. Later I added a latch system and handles for about another 5 bucks. I even painted a Heli landing circle on it. When I bring it out to the field most of the people I fly with use it. Mostly I built it for flying in fields with longer grass to prevent tail strikes.

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Great job on the pad! Does lowes or home depot sell the piano hinge?
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Great job on the pad! Does lowes or home depot sell the piano hinge?
They should, it is usually available at any hardware store. You dont really need piano hinge, just a few standard hinges would do the job.
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Thanks about the pad.
I got everything at Home Depot except the carpet which I got in a discount store for 4 dollars.

I only used a piano hinge because it is low profile and to keep the pad level across the entire fold point when on uneven ground but individual hinges would definitely work.
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