Thunder Tiger Raptor 30 V2

Thunder Tiger Raptor 30 Radio Control Helicopter

May 02, 2015

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Airfield Models ( the Thunder Tiger Raptor 30 V2 Helicopter Steps One and Two

If you are a normal person you know... one who's awake during the day and asleep at night, then it should be about 6 am.  Take a shower then impatiently eat a good meal while you look forward to building your excellent new toy.

Note that the first image(s) for each step are the grayscale images from the Raptor V2 instruction manual.


Step One Fuel Tank Assembly

  • This step is on page 5 of the Instruction Manual.

The instructions indicate that you must build the fuel tank but it comes already built.

Pull out the stopper and inspect the fuel line for damage.  Rinse the tank and line and allow them to dry thoroughly before reassembling the tank.  No, you may not take a break now.

Fuel tank and lines.

Do not connect any fuel tubing to the outside of the tank until the model is completely built and set up.  There's no point in having the tubing in the way and abrading it against various assemblies in the heli while you're working on it.

You might want to connect the two nipples with a short piece of tubing to keep crud out of the tank.


Step Two Clutch Bell Assembly

  • This step is on page 5 of the Instruction Manual.


Clutch bell and drive gear. Parts for this assembly.
The clutch liner and lower bearing come pre-installed. The clutch liner is already installed as is the lower bearing.  All you need to do is thread the drive gear into the clutch bell.
Use blue loctite whenever loctite is used. Clean the threads of both parts using alcohol.  Apply Loctite before threading the parts together.

Never apply Loctite to plastic parts.  First, it doesn't work on plastic.  Second, it may attack the plastic.

Use Loctite only on metal-to-metal parts.

Tighten drive gear to clutch bell using a tool that won't damage the gear or bell.

The instructions give no indication of what tool(s) you should use to tighten the gear to the bell.  I suspect that if you hand tighten it then it will become tighter as the helicopter is run, but I could be wrong about that.

I used nylon jaw pliers (Tamiya) to grasp the gear and tighten it.



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