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Herc

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Cranbrook, BC - Canada

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Just wanted to post and say after two years of not flying I finally took one of the Audacity birds out this weekend and checked to see if I could still hover at least. Hovered half a tank and came up with a list of issues that have to be sorted out. Will try and get out again this weekend and shake some more of the cobwebs out out of my head. Trying to remember all the features of my Tx are just half the battle.

Where is everyone? See a few new names here. Looks like this part of the board is pretty dead. I have a feeling I know where most of you are hanging, but I'm not really into that other place. I guess it would be okay if I just hung with the Pantera crowd.

Anyway, happy flying to all!

Cheers, Shayne

Tiger & Pantera 50s
BRC Intrepid Gas
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Hirobo SST Eagle 2 98
Evo 50s

11-02-2011 Over year old.
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jbeech

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Hi Shayne, nice to see you resurrecting your models. As I am sure you know, there are places to look close, e.g. fuel tubing (especially within the tank), grease the thrust bearings, check the engine's rear bearing for rust, and basically look everything over closely. Finally, cycle the flight pack, check the condition of the switch (I disconnect the battery and switch wires to check for creeping black death beneath the insulation of the black wire). Nice to have you back pal.


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Herc

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Thanks John. Think I have most of it sorted out now on the Pantera. Will pull down the Tiger next and see what's going on with it.

Shayne

Tiger & Pantera 50s
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11-02-2011 Over year old.
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jbeech

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While you're poking around the web, because I know of your scale interest, check out the two electric conversions, which are now available. One is a conventional pinion/spur (although unlike some, the pinion is bearing-supported on the off-side).

However, perhaps the most technically interesting is the stage II conversion, which retains the clutch stack. While this was principally for safety during a hotstart, the additional benefit of a fabulous turbine sound is great for the illusion of greater realism it provides. Anyway, the video is on YouTube here . . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bU-EvzCkWAU

Of special interest, and the real purpose of this short video, was our demonstrating how easy it is to chop the Pantera side frames to permit installation into the vertically space-challenged Agusta A109 50-class fuselage (Funkey).

Finally, these bits work with the Tiger too and result in an enhanced (and more reliable) scale experience because the nitro engine is eliminated in favor of the more predictable power output of an electric motor/LiPo battery subsystem. Combine with cleaner operation plus the elimination of the very non-scale exhaust smoke and it's an interesting consideration for those, like yourself, whom are keenly interested in scale models.


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flybarless

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Cool video, I was actually looking at cutting away some frame to make room for more scale details, one more option.

We are still around in the NorthEast, just under 30" of snow at the moment...

Just remember -- if the world didn't suck, we would fall off.

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billm

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Liberty Lake, WA

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still flying

Nice to see you back!
It's winter here and the Porsche is parked. With that said the weather is in the 30's and the BBC's are so happy with the thick air!

My name is Billm. Cough, and I'm a Heli Holic

12-07-2011 Over year old.
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MartyH

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USA

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Shayne! Where the heck have you been?! What have you been doing instead of flying helis?

12-19-2011 Over year old.
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Herc

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Cranbrook, BC - Canada

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Hey Marty,

Busy working and trying to get motivated to fly.

Now that the nice weather is here again and there's no flyfishing it's time to fly.

Three more helis to get in the air and the bugs worked out and the whole fleet will be ready for action.

Cheers, Shayne

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12-20-2011 Over year old.
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billm

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Hey, back in the air.
the old Pantera BBC is flying great, all three of them.
cheers.

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MartyH

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I'm getting ready to get back in the air too. Spent the last 5 years racing an APBA hydroplane. I have a house full of meaningless trophies and I didn't solve world hunger so I'm parking the boat and getting back into R/C, including the helis.

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jbeech

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Trophies are never meaningless because they prove you have an elite level of competitiveness and drive. As for world hunger, we won' solve that issue here either . . . but I sincerely hope you rediscover a little bit of fun because we've missed you.

Meanwhile, visit out site to see what we've been up to lately.


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MartyH

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What I meant by meaningless is that I'd have to explain hydroplane racing to the average person on the street and then what the trophies were for. They're about as important as all of the IMAC precision flying trophies I won too. I've thrown many of those away already and the rest are in storage.

So, I've put 1/2 gallon of fuel through my nearly 20 year old FrankenRaptor (Raptor 30v2 stretched with 50v2 tail and OS37 power) to get comfortable with the basics. I guess I need to put a flybarless controller on my Pantera as when I left off I was flying a flybarless RJX head on it without a controller. I'm not sure I'm up for that right now!

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KeiserSozai

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Gold Coast, QLD - Australia

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I'm getting ready to get back in the air too. Spent the last 5 years racing an APBA hydroplane. I have a house full of meaningless trophies and I didn't solve world hunger so I'm parking the boat and getting back into R/C, including the helis.

Is that a real boat or an RC boat? I can't tell... The GoPRO on the front throws me off.

08-25-2015 01:43 AM
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jbeech

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That bad boy is REAL. Ok, OK, they're all real but that one has got a man inside, MartyH most likely and it looks like he's hauling axx.


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KeiserSozai

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I mean *cough* UAV or manned *cough**cough* lol

08-25-2015 03:07 AM
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MartyH

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The hydroplane is real and yes that's me. Aluminum honeycomb panels and a lot of carbon fiber. We retired from APBA racing last Summer. We were #3 in the nation two years in a row and #1 last year early on and decided that was good enough. We just wanted to see if we could get there and we did. Since our racing friends had already retired, we decided it was time. Now I'm working on setting up my own r/c field and dusting off the helis including my flybarless, controllerless Pantera.

12-18-2015 01:57 PM
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jbeech

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Looking at that picture again and thinking . . . better you than me Marty because that thing looks to be flying across the water! What I know about those boats can be written inside a matchbook cover with a dull crayon, but I've seen them on TV flipping 50' in the air so I do know this; that ain't a toy and piloting one takes a set of brass ones.

By the way, an FBL model sans controller is doable but not easy. I tried and said screw it after the second crash because a man has to know his limitations. So while I obviously have enough parts to keep at it until I learn, I certainly don't have your patience. Needless to say, I'm impressed with your persistence - I also suspect it means you're a better pilot than the vast majority (and me).

Interestingly, our 4-blade rotor head is a doodle to fly without an FBL gyro. Basically, anyone can master it (it also hovers much better because it's more stable). However, I don't sell many because everyone assumes it's just to use with a scale fuselage.

Developed for the 91-powered Pantera (or insane watts) I mostly fly mine because stupid horsepower makes it a hoot. Anyway, unlike with a 2-blade, an FBL gyro makes it fly different but not necessarily better so mere mortals can have fun.


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12-18-2015 02:30 PM
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jake21

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ontario canada

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Hi John. How does the 4 blade head fly compared to a 2 blade with a flybar?
Thanks Jake.

The only way to not crash is up

12-18-2015 04:01 PM
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jbeech

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Hard to explain. It's still smooth like a Pantera but it DIGS better for the same reason they put a 4-blade on a P-51 Mustang when they added horsepower (as you would expect). With an OS55, figure on using 550mm blades. With the 91, then 600-620mm blades (ditto an insane electric).

As I mentioned, it hovers better. One thing that's fun is it autos better too because there's more pop at the bottom (and since there's more inertia stored in the rotor disk it's easier to control since it can hover longer at the bottom). In forward flight there's a tiny bit of rolling to the right at top speed but it's just not that big a deal so it's easy enough to account for it as you fly the model (or opt for an FBL gyro). Like I said, it's a hoot, plus there's nothing else like it at the flying field, e.g. what can't be scored is the eye appeal ;>


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12-18-2015 04:21 PM
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jake21

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How about 3d with the 91?

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12-18-2015 04:25 PM
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