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coptercptn

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Mesa AZ. USA

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You will learn quickly Grasshopper, about settling under power!!! Big heavy machines w/low headspeed = fall out of sky down wind... (Ask me how I know?)
You will get it.. Just learn to "trust the machine" and be on the collective before you get there....

Home of the "Sea Cobra".....

08-13-2016 07:08 PM
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Mojave

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Palos Verdes, Ca. USA

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That sucks, but we've all been there, done that... I'm just glad there was minimal damage. Just curious, how much expo are you running on ail/elev?
Barry

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08-13-2016 07:55 PM
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ssmith512

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Indianapolis, IN USA

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Demon was set up with a static of 8 degrees cyclic. I flew with 90% dual rates and -25 (Futaba) expo (which is right around what I have always flown on all of my other models - but those being mainly 600 and 700 size pod and boom 3D helis with twice the head speed and 1/4 to 1/3rd the weight.)

I think I am going to increase dual rates to 100% and zero out the expo the next time I fly.

Steve

08-13-2016 08:49 PM
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Mojave

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I just set the expo in the radio and fly. I usually run 35%, that softens up center stick, but still leaves me with plenty of control response. It also holds a nice stable hover, when out of ground effect, versus dancing around.
Barry

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08-13-2016 09:46 PM
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Steve I didn't see the "incident" and last time I saw the wolf it was loaded up on the truck and looked normal so I am suprorised to hear of this. I know it looked and sounded great when you were flying it and I love love love the low rotor rpm and like I mentioned to you there, that head looks the part over the previous head. Glad to hear damages are minor and hope to see it in the air again at Dalton

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08-14-2016 12:57 AM
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ssmith512

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So I gotsa question. One thing that I have noticed with this heli is that due to the forward tilt of the mainshaft and rake of the fuse when sitting on the ground, the heli wants to start rolling forward on the ground as I add collective for lift off, and this on grass. A hard surface takeoff would more resemble a fixed wing rolling take off than a heli lift off LOL!. So, I need some sort of brake system that I can engage and disengage. I have found some electromagnetic systems normally used on fixed wing EDF's that I think I can get to work. I would install one only on the nose wheel OR on one of the maingear wheels. Do any of you with wheeled heli's have any suggestions or options that I am not thinking of? Holding back elevator while on the ground is not proving to be something I want to do on a regular basis.

Thanks in advance!

Steve

08-16-2016 12:38 AM
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ssmith512

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Glad to hear damages are minor and hope to see it in the air again at Dalton
We'll be there, ready to go. Gear has already been repaired, good as new. Most of the glue joints that failed (none of them were structurally critical believe it or not), have been cleaned up and redone. I have also taken the extra step of reinforcing each glue joint with carbon cloth and resin. So she should be better than pre-crash condition.

Steve

08-16-2016 12:41 AM
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darrelluh1b

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Dalton Ga

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We will have some time at Dalton to get her dialed in my plans is to do more flying and hanging out with the Gang LOL

08-16-2016 12:52 AM
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doorman

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Sherwood, Arkansas

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Your Rolling Question...

I would suggest just tightening the wheel collars so that the wheels can move, but not without a little "help"..
This will stop you in the grass, but still let you roll if you want to...
Give it a try
Stan

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08-16-2016 07:56 PM
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ssmith512

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Just got back from the Dalton Southern Scale Challenge Fun Fly. My second time at the event and just like last year, it was an absolute blast. NOTHING but scale RC helis.

Anyway, got some flights in with the Lady. She performed very well with no issues what so ever. Started up every time, ran flawlessly, no heat issues (it was mid 90 deg F every day), no nothing. Turbine was very dependable. Got some SERIOUS schooling on heli setup that made a WORLD of difference with flight characteristics. I have been fighting this heli since flight #1 and after Dalton, all thanks to the Jedi Council that took time away from their fun fly time to help me, I now have a heli that is predictable, consistent and fun to fly. Pucker factor is still there, but is decreasing with every flight. Still have to dial in the Rates and Expo to get the "feel" I desire, but the base setup and tuning is there and a solid platform to adjust from. A little more nose weight is needed as well. I am a super happy camper 'cause now I can confidently complete the exterior detailing and paint knowing that when done I will have a heli that flies decently without any bad tendency's.

Here is the 2nd flight after making a few changes to setup as advised by the Jedi Council...............

Watch at YouTube

Steve

09-13-2016 09:51 PM
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doorman

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Sherwood, Arkansas

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Good Going!!!

Just got to watch the video and you are well on your way.. sure glad that people talking in the background or to you while flying doesn't bother you!!!!
The "peanut gallery", Oh you called us the Jedi Council!!!! sure was making some noise!!!!
You got it Steve, and I know that you can dial out the little quarks now... the base is there.... it is gonna be a great looking, and flying machine....

Stan

AMA 2918-Team JR, Spin Blades, East Coast Scale Helicopter,Castle Creations

09-14-2016 12:22 AM
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rcheli808

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Mililani,Hi-USA

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Really nice Steve...Congratulations.

09-14-2016 08:13 PM
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BarracudaHockey

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Jacksonville FL

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It was great seeing that transform and how much happier you were with it.

I can't wait to see it back in paint.

Andy
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09-15-2016 05:06 PM
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ssmith512

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Indianapolis, IN USA

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I'm BAAAAACK. I'm back in the saddle again..........

So. Now that I am comfortable with the flying characteristics of The Lady, I can get back to detailing and prepare for paint. WHOOOHOOO!!!

Started mounting the cockpit doors today. First was getting the doors sanded down and shaped properly to the opening in the fuse. Then setting the alignment and hinge layout. Used card stock shims to set the gap and tape to hold the door in place......

Using the pin drill to drill the pilot holes for the hinge mounting screws....

One hinge installed......

Then started with mounting the magnets that will hold the doors closed. Pilot hole drilled in the door......

Used a 6mm drill bit to start get the hole sized and then finished up using the dremel to create a nice recessed pocket for the magnet....

Pics of magnets installed in the door panels and door jambs in the fuse....

And all finished! Pretty satisfied with the result........


That's all I managed to get done today before the lawnmower started calling my name.

Think I am going to start in on the removable gun pods next.

Steve

09-18-2016 06:11 PM
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Awesome job steve, glad to see the fun part has started. You will love it when finished. Gotta live the airwolf, Thomas and i got some stick time on mine this morning

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09-18-2016 07:00 PM
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coptercptn

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Great job getting it "sorted out" she flys nice

Home of the "Sea Cobra".....

09-18-2016 07:20 PM
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ssmith512

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Thanks Doc and Cap'n!!!

Steve

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