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10-21-2004 05:03 AM  13 years agoPost 1
ctshaynes

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HI, I'm a long time reader, but this is my first post here.
I got my hummingbird V2 today. I bought it from a guy off E-bay who had assembled, but never flown it. It came with a JR radio.
Anyway I spent several hours of work to correct some mistakes made in construction, and to get it set up properly, according to what I've been reading over the last several months. Balance seems good. Blade tracking is on. Blade tightness seems right. Flybar paddles are perfectly flat. All servo arms are as close to 90deg as possible, and the swash is flat as well. I checked everything for binding, and the servos are dead silent at max throw. Basically I'm as sure as I can be that the bird is set up properly.
I've been trying to scoot it around on my kitchen floor to get used to the controls, as advised on RADDS site, but for some reason as long as it's in contact with the floor it ALWAYS wants to slide left. I'll correct with right cyclic till it stops. Then as I increase power, and it gets light on the skids it will scoot almost violently to the right. Is this normal?

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10-21-2004 05:09 AM  13 years agoPost 2
Saint728

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Honolulu, Hawaii

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Yes that's normal. What I do is set up my swashplate so that it tilts to the right and a bit forward (looking from the back of helicopter). This will compensate for the helicopter naturally wanting to go to the left and backwards when flying. You want to get up about 2 feet off the ground so you get out of your own bladse wash. It will fly more stable at this hight. Good luck with learning to fly. I would try learning on a flight simulator first to get the hang of hovering, because it's kind of hard to learn on a Hummingbird. They aren't the easiest thing to learn on.

Take Care,
Cheers, Patrick

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10-22-2004 01:09 AM  13 years agoPost 3
wannaflyguy

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I think we have all been there. I remember clearly that the biggest obstacle for me was my fear of crashing. So I was too weak on the throttle thus never getting off the ground because as it would drift left, I would get scared of crashing and back off of the throttle.

Some of the best advice I received was to just go ahead and give it throttle..... sounds scary, but you have to give it more throttle so you can get it out of your backwash and control it. It's not that hard to do.... you just need to overcome your fear of crashing it.

I was mainly fearful of shootiing it up too high, and I have a couple of swirls on my ceiling to prove that I did. Then I was afraid of dropping it too fast, and I went through many sets of landing gear to prove this one as well. But when all the dust settled.... I realized that the biggest deterent to actually flying my heli was my fear of getting it airborn in conjunction with the left drift. Just DO IT man! THROTTLE UP! You'll be OK.

After you get it up, the next big task is learning how to manage your throttle inputs so you won't drop it out of the air or send it a mile high. But better it goes up than goes down!

Good Luck!

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10-22-2004 03:52 AM  13 years agoPost 4
blu-thang

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So.Calif

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Throttle Up,Thats what my 12 year old Daughter Did And She Did Better than I Did On my First Flight

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10-22-2004 05:15 AM  13 years agoPost 5
MUGGA

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LONDON ONT. CANADA

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I pitched my paddles so the leading edge of the paddle was just above the see saw ball and the trailing edge was just below it. After I felt fine hovering like that I pitched them strate and whent out doors

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10-22-2004 06:05 AM  13 years agoPost 6
ctshaynes

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I took it outside today, since i have very little open space to practice indoors. It was a little breezy, but I just kept it around five feet, and chopped the throttle everytime I got into trouble. I managed not to hit anything except grass, and finally got a couple of fifteen to twenty second hovers out of it. I broke one of the tailboom supports, but It's already fixed, and it's not a really necessary part anyway. Overall I'm pretty happy with it.

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