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12-10-2004 04:03 PM  13 years agoPost 1
swattley

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West Milford NJ

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everyone says how important the setup of a new heli is. could some of the expert flyers give a short list of some of the things that need to be set up correctly on a RC helicoptor.
i think it would help a lot of us new guys

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12-10-2004 05:06 PM  13 years agoPost 2
Tron

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Morgan Hill, CA

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That's a lot of work! Probably the biggest problems for new pilots is getting the engine to run right and setting up the throttle and pitch curves. I'd follow that up with gyro issues (heading hold and revo mix).

If you fly a raptor, check out raptortechnique.com as he had done a great job of putting a lot of the information in one place. Even if you don't have a raptor, a lot of the info is "universal". You'll find all of the above there.

Lastly, if you can avoid doing it on your own, it is always best to get with someone in your area to check out your setup.

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12-10-2004 05:10 PM  13 years agoPost 3
prebres

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Knoxville, Ohio

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90 deg angles are what matter. The control rod to the servo arm and the controlrod to the swash connection should be 90 deg angles. Set everything up square and balanced and go from there! It is not all that hard, just requires attention to detail.

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12-10-2004 06:12 PM  13 years agoPost 4
zagidave

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uk.(north london)

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engine mixture (high speed and idle)
throttle curves
pitch curves
servo throw on all functions and direction
rudder direction
giro direction and gain
blade tracking
high and low pitch settings

this is not a comprehensive list but a good start to give you an idea.

hope this helps.

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12-10-2004 07:06 PM  13 years agoPost 5
frankg11

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Bellevue, WA

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Set-up.

My experience.

I just started about 4 months ago. And here is what I learned when setting up the heil on the bench. (When you get to the field there are other tunes).

Bench Setup.

No Expo or D/R in the Radio.
Linear curves for both the pitch and throttle curves.

Rotor Blades and Paddles at 0 (zero) degrees when collective is at 50%

Throttle at 50% open.

All linkages at 90 degrees when radio on and collective at 50%. (This includes: Throttle, Pitch, Ailerons, Elevator, Throttle.

As for the gyro, you need to look at your manuals and get it close. I have re-set all mine at the field when setting up the heli for flight.

I hope this all helps.

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12-10-2004 08:27 PM  13 years agoPost 6
Sweatum

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Daytona Beach, Fl.

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I think that at least 30% expo is a great help. Terry G set me up with that and I've gone up to 42 on all my helis. It makes it so much smoother around center.

It's hard to hit the auto s/w

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12-10-2004 11:43 PM  13 years agoPost 7
zagidave

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uk.(north london)

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you are much better to learn without all that expo

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12-11-2004 03:25 AM  13 years agoPost 8
okw14

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Morgantown, WV

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I agree, zd. I couldn't imagine having that much expo. I have never used any at all in mine. When I bought my latest heli, I thought I'd try putting some in. Started with 30% and was back to 0 before the tank was empty. It felt like I was chasing it all over the place.

Keith

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12-11-2004 04:15 AM  13 years agoPost 9
l-milk

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georgia

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just go to http://www.raptortechnique.com and he explains and walks you thru each set-up

just fly

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12-11-2004 03:34 PM  13 years agoPost 10
sabooo

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Allentown, PA area

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I prefer to set up with no expo in the radio. Lets me be sure of nice linear motion of linkages, etc. Once I'm happy with the setup, I dial in my chosen settings for flying.



I was going to take up Origami, but someone said the local club folded.

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12-11-2004 04:32 PM  13 years agoPost 11
wolfdad

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Southern Maryland

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swatley,
You have some absolutely outstanding advice here, however let me add one more recommendation to these....no matter how hard it is, find someone with heli experience (the more the better) to walk you through your first set-up. Everything the above individuals have said is correct, however until you actually see and feel how it is done, a lot of this will still be totally foreign to you and heli set-up is critical and one step builds on the proceeding step, so if it is screwed up at one point, it will be even more screwed up at the end.

There is a ton of virtual information out there and the Raptor technique site is outstanding, plus if you don't have Ray's authoritative helicopter manual, get it. This having been said, you can read until the cows come home, however seeing, touching and feeling the correct set-up procedure will make it all understandable. I would also recommend you have that same individual with you for your first flight. If you don't know of anyone who has the experience, try the pilot locater for someone in your area.

On the expo question, I think that is a matter of prefernce for all of us. Just starting out for the first time, personally, I think 30 to 35% expo is a wise decision, however I would also recommend bringing it down as quickly as experience allows, however, during set-up absolutely no expo or D/R should be used.

wolfdad sends...

"There are those who have...and, those who will" IRCHA #2117, AMA #70068, Turbine Waiver #105

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