How to Make an RC Helicopter Practice Stand

Written by matthew cote
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How to Make an RC Helicopter Practice Stand
Helicopter practice stands make the helicopter slower to react, meaning that it's easier to fly. (helicopter image by JASON WINTER from

Learning how to fly a radio-controlled helicopter can be a challenge, especially when considering the price you may pay for accidents and collisions. There are ways to limit your chances of damaging your vehicle. Training kits offer a way to reduce the complexities of helicopter physics while rendering initial flights more novice-friendly.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 2 carbon-fibre rods (wooden dowels work but they're heavier)
  • Wine bottle cork
  • 4 ping-pong balls
  • Zip ties

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  1. 1

    Pierce the two carbon fibre rods through the cork in the shape of a cross. Cut the rods to your desired length, while keeping in mind that longer rods are intended for beginners (shorter rods will make it more difficult to fly).

  2. 2

    Check that the cork is centred on both rods, then apply a few dabs of super glue to fix it in place.

  3. 3

    Drill holes through the four ping-pong balls, then press the rods completely through them. Leave the pin-pong balls on the very ends of the rods, then apply super glue to fasten them.

  4. 4

    Place the training gear on a flat surface, then plant the helicopter at the centre, directly above the cork. Zip tie the rods to the skids, making sure that the gear remains perfectly centred.

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