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I went to the King, NC fun fly this weekend.
Most of the guys from the region ended up going to Chatanooga, so we had a slim turn out.
A couple of gems though:
Wayne Mann showed up and did a demo flight and talked about setup and delta correction....
A guy from Charlotte named Tom West (incidentally he taught me to hover some 14 years ago) tore up the skies with a Venture 30. I have NEVER seen anyone turn it up like he did with a 30 class machine.
And I learned a tough lesson about the servo tray weakness.
In my gallery, note that Caliber 1 and 2 have servo tray stiffening of some sort. Caliber 3 never got a brace because I was just too damn stupid to put it on.
Anywho, Wayne Mann walks out with me to the field to hover this three blade monster. Upon liftoff, all three blades go madly out of track and I bail out into some high grass. Upon inspection, we find that the servo frame can not hold up to the force of the three blade head and connection directly to the swashplate. The tray moves a full 1/2 inch when the grips are flexed.
Crap! Time to put the 3 blade heli back in the truck until I can stiffen up the tray. I missed an opportunity to have Wayne fly my ship, but more importantly I almost crashed the most bad ass Caliber 30 around!
Lesson of this story, if you are using eCCPM, you had better use a _ck frame stiffener or engineer something yourself.