Have you seen how RC helicopters look so cool? It doesn’t matter if they are flying in the air or exposed on a shelf. I see them in every mall I go and they are fantastic. Recently I bought one of these toys because I like them so much. One of the things that I discovered after a while is that part of the fun is actually in the way you storage the toy. Keeping your helicopter clean as well as in good functional conditions requires you to pay attention to it in a regular basis, the processes of cleaning, in some cases painting, and making small fixes are very entertaining and really makes this hobby unique.
Collecting RC helicopters is a hobby within a hobby, but you want to be aware of how to do it well in order to keep your toys as clean and as functional as possible. I store my toys for moths, especially winter moths when I don’t want to go out, and it is during these months that I really enjoy storing my helicopters as best as possible; that is why I say that this is a hobby within a hobby, and it is very entertaining to clean the ship and store it in my bedroom so others can see it.
Paying attention to small details while storing you toys is essential, if you don’t do it you could end up wearing your toy and thus decreasing its use-lifetime. That is why it is very important to have a good understanding on how is that these toys must be maintained and stored.
One of the coolest things about these toys is the fact that they are full of gears and moving parts built within a complex engineered structure that gives you great joy and entertainment, and those parts are the ones that could get damaged if the aircraft is not stored and maintained properly; so you want to make sure that every part in your toy is on its best condition possible.
As a collector you know it is about the details – Follow this simple guide when storing your helicopter
It is all about keeping the parts (especially the moving ones) as clean and as functional as possible; thus you will be able to get the
most out of your toy and enjoy it for a longer period of time.
- Storing the batteries: Most toys use Lithium Polymer batteries to work, and it is critical to store the batteries in a proper way or you will lower their charge capacity. Most batteries come with instructions for storage and it should be good to just follow them. If you don’t have your instructions book, the general rule is to store your batteries in a cool, dry place with a stable temperature between 40 and 70 Fahrenheit degrees with approximately half charge of full capacity; it is a must to store your battery in a LipoSack, which is a bag especially designed to keep LiPo batteries in better conditions. This procedure will help you store your battery for up to two months.
- Storing the aircraft: This should be simple and easy to do, it depends on how much you care about your helicopter, as a collector you may want to have the original box to store it and protect it from dirt and dust. Now, if you want to store your toy but at the same time have it exposed so others can see it (which is very cool by the way) you want to pay a little more attention to it. Your helicopter will require some cleaning in a regular basis, so set a time every week to clean up those parts of your helicopter that get dusty. You should not have to disassemble your toy unless you know what you are doing; if for some reason you notice severe damage to a functional part it is always best going to your favorite hobby shop. Many tutorials are available on the internet about how to repair your ship, but you must be aware that doing the job by yourself without any previous experience may cause more damage to the aircraft.
- Cleaning the toy: This is very entertaining and one of my favorite steps of the storing process. If you are just storing your ship you may want to simply clean the outside (blades and body) with any flavored glass cleaning solution, that way your helicopter will look great and smell good as a high quality collector’s item. On the other hand if you want to use your helicopter in a regular basis, the experts’ opinion is to clean the helicopter after each flight, thus you will catch some small issues easy to fix. The way you should clean your helicopter after each flight is by using denatured alcohol and a glass cleaning solution in a 50/50 proportion. You should spray all over the aircraft and get it cleaned with swabs and a good small paint brush for getting in the details. The whole cleaning process should take about twenty minutes and maybe five to ten more minutes doing small and simple repairs. It is important to disconnect any power source of your helicopter when spraying the aircraft.
As I told you before I love these toys, I enjoy both flying and storing them; and the tips I shared here with you are what in my experience works best to maintain my helicopters in a better condition. If you have one of these toys or are thinking in buying one, it is vital for the aircraft that you follow these simple steps when storing and potentially flying your toy. In the long run it will help you to save money and enjoy your toy at its full potential.
What other tips can you share with us to maintain and storage your helicopter? Are you an avid collector of these toys? Share with us your experience so we can learn from you as well.
To your flight success!