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Old 11-14-2011, 06:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

Does anyone know if an X50 canopy will fit on a raptor 30/50 V2 or not?

I really like the shape of the X50 canopy and I'm planning to do a custom paint job on it either way. I would rather have the X50 canopy though.

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Old 11-14-2011, 09:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nevermind,

I just found other threads asking the same thing and the answer is that "No" it won't work without a lot of mods but there is a nice FG canopy that's just plain white on amainhobbies for $54 that will fit just fine and has a similar look. I mainly didn't like the "hump" look of the windshield for the paint scheme I have in mind so the FG version will fit the bill quite nicely.

So, if you want the X50 look on your V2, the FB canopy that's made for the V2 comes fairly close, it just doesn't have that drooped section on the bottom with the air scoop in front of the engine.

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Old 11-15-2011, 08:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I bought that same canopy form heliproz and it fits perfect. It comes with front and rear mounting screws so you can screw it down good.

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Old 11-15-2011, 09:47 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Looks good, tr911!

I believe that's the look I want for mine for sure. Thanks for posting the photo, it helps me to visualize what mine will look like after the paint job and graphics.

It's nice and clean looking the way it is though.......hmmmmm......

I also like the simulated look of carbon fiber for the windshield of the new canopy.

I like the looks of the rest of your fleet too!

Cool blades BTW. Did you buy them painted like that or did you paint them yourself?

I noticed the red and blue stripes on the white canopy on the Raptor in the background. An all american pilot eh! :-D Cool! What is the decal of that's on the canopy on the one in the background? (at least it looks like a decal).


Thanks again for posting the photo and for the reply!
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just a tip for you guys using that setup. youll find that taking the canopy on and off can be a pain with the screw mount setup. aside from that the front will hollow out the mounting posts and eventually the screws will vibrate loose. what i did was put the canopy spacer back in the front instead of the screw posts. used the normal canopy retaining posts in the rear. i then got the X50 canopy clip and X50 skidz and called it done. the newer canoply clip holds the canopy on solid and is easy to pop on and off. the rear retaining posts are snugged on solid and wont blow off in hard flight. the canopy spacer holds the canopy in place with no side to side movement. the X50 skidz are lighter and cheaper $$. in the event a skid breaks you can buy just the skidz instead of the skid n tubes. saves you a few bucks.
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Old 11-15-2011, 04:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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John can you post us a picture of your canopy setup?

Gravitee, Yup, last count on my "fleet" was 12 as of yesterday evening ..
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i dont have my Titan SE anymore but the parts i used are plus the original rear canopy mounts (non screw type)










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Old 11-15-2011, 07:45 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Good advice and info, John, including the photos to go along with it. I'll be making that change at the same time. In fact, I'll do that to my Raptor 90 as well because it too has the dreaded front screws for the front of the canopy. It hasn't caused any probems yet but it's a P.I.T.A. to get it back on once I take it off.

Thanks for the tip, Johnbs8

tr911, "12"? Wow! I'm having a hard enough time keeping 8 airworthy at all times. Just like the real ones, there's "Always" something that needs maintenance, repair or replacement either from just plain old being worn out or the parts were junk to start with and of course we can't rule out the unexpexted crash from pilot error or a malfunction of some sort.
I bought the Raptor 30 brand new and had to replace the bearings after just three gallons of fuel. I even oiled them every 8 to 10 flights but they were the cheap bearings to begin with and if I had known, I'd have installed the good ones at the time of the build.

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uhh.. good ones .. where does the 'good' ones come from?
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uhh.. good ones .. where does the 'good' ones come from?

yeah.....well......."better" ones.........how bout that? Even the so called "Upgraded" bearings aren't that good eh?

Actually, I did order new main bearings and the clutch/starter assembly bearings from a local company that just sells bearings. There's a place near me called Dixie Bearing that can get almost anything you want in a "good" bearing but they're not cheap. (You just have to measure the bearing thickness, ID and OD and they can usually match it up). I'd rather spend a little more $ and not have tear it down near as often to replace the ones that are so hard to get to.
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Hmmmm.. 'good' idea. lol I think I'll check around here and see if I can do the same. Have you tried the ceramic bearing?
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Hmmmm.. 'good' idea. lol I think I'll check around here and see if I can do the same. Have you tried the ceramic bearing?
Yes I have, that's what's on my 30 and my Trex 600 now. The rollers are ceramic coated with hardened steel rings or races, I think mine are 25 deg. (don't remember for sure) contact angle. Very good for radial loads at high speeds and they are supposed to last a long time. They're not cheap though, I think I paid more than I care to admit for them. I believe they are quieter than all steel bearings (not that it matters with the engine noise :-D) when I hit throttle hold and kill the engine all I hear are the blades whipping through the air, no normal sounds from the bearings, especially worn bearings. :-D

Getting the right size can be a challenge at times but can usually be ordered.

A lot of people don't know about the ceramic bearings or are not willing to spend the extra $ for them.

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Thanks for mentioning it, if I didn't already know about them I'd have to give them a try.
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ceramic bearings arnt worth it IMO. $12 for a regular bearing and it lasts spring, summer and fall then normally replace in spring or summer of next year cuz my engine says to.
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