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05-02-2005 10:43 AM  12 years agoPost 1
lloyd

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heres my new tail link rod.made it from a bicycle spoke,brazed on a thread(that comes with the raptor link) and poped a raptor link on with heat shrink to cover brazed area.done on both sides so no more z bend....the thickness is exactually the same as the original.about 5g more in weight...what do you chaps think...
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05-02-2005 01:48 PM  12 years agoPost 2
WRXRonald

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um...

but why?

why add 5g of weight pointlessly?

if you're doing it to eliminate the 'z' bend.... you've unfortutently overworked yourself.

simply use some wire-cutting needle nose pliers, cut the z bend off of the tip of the stock CF rod, then dabble a wee-bit of CA on the tip of what you cut off, and stick a ball link on the tip.

this eliminates the bend, is a FIRM hold on the link, and keep the stock lightweight CF rod.

sorry to pee in your cherios so early in the morn......

Good Day: crashed thx to dumb thumbs. Bad Day: crashed mechanical malfunction. Every Day: CRASH :)

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05-02-2005 02:59 PM  12 years agoPost 3
Gary Hoorn

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Being Creative

Come on guys, lighten up Being creative and working with your Heli is part of the fun of this Hobby! As for me I am always interested in what others are doing with their TRex. You never know, you may learn something! Yesterday at our Open House I saw a few TRexs and each had something done a bit differently. 2 had full size Rxs in them. I don't necessarily agree with all of the posts about chopping out all of the weight. A powerful motor beats weight every time. It was windy (10-15 mph) and Dennis Grove had the nitro guys looking as he did stall turns, inverted flying, hovering, continuous rolls etc. His bird has a full size PCM Rx and a Futaba 9650 Digital Servo on the tail.
Gary

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05-02-2005 03:06 PM  12 years agoPost 4
RICHW

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What kind of a camera are you using to get such good closeups??

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05-02-2005 03:26 PM  12 years agoPost 5
lloyd

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hi WRXRonald
thanks for that.you gave me another idea.im using a sony T1 camera.

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05-02-2005 03:38 PM  12 years agoPost 6
WRXRonald

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sure sure...

forum here for sharing ideas.... certainly wasn't being hard on your idea.


Gary--- i think i have a full size Rx in my bird. do you know the approx weight difference between a micro Rx and a full size? maybe a good route for weight savings---- of course... rx's not cheap... probably not worth that kinda money for that little savings if its 15grams or less difference.

heck, for $20 i cut 13grams off with a swap from stock landing gear/screws to MIA tough struts for Trex.

yes--- they do fly better in the wind with some 'gut' on 'em.

Good Day: crashed thx to dumb thumbs. Bad Day: crashed mechanical malfunction. Every Day: CRASH :)

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05-02-2005 03:48 PM  12 years agoPost 7
lloyd

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WRXRonald
i see you have the lehner motor and a rotor workz frame....that motor must WIP around?do u have any pics.
lloyd

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05-02-2005 05:47 PM  12 years agoPost 8
WRXRonald

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well....

sorry no pics at this point.... (lost me digi cam last summer taking pics of my car... then it suddenly just went missing--- i really haven't a clue on this one, still burns me up ) hope to be getting a new one relatively soon! ----- but i keep spending all my play money on this bird!

anyways....

yep lehner and rotorworkz...love it, flys awesome, climbs out like a mofo!

course again i haven't been to a bigger area to wring it out just yet... and just doing some practicing in my front yard the other day and i put her down into the driveway pavement pretty hard. held up well, no frame damage whatsoever. already re-built the broken stuff, but waiting on a tail pitch slider to get back in the air.

one of these days i won't crash all week long, and then i can make it to an open field out by where i grew up (newbury, OH) and do some REAL flying on the weekend.... being that i'm still learning, the lehner setup is more power than i know what to do with.

full throttle puts the bird out of reasonable sight in a real hurry

if you're deadset on sticking to a 3s setup, and don't mind the time waiting and the money to get one... .Lehner is where its at. could always go up to 6s at a later point with the lehner if you want... it is 2 motors in 1. just have to solder the points on the bottom of the motor differently to change the Kv rating to handle High Voltage--- and then the hard part-- find a pinion small enough to handle the HV setup, not easy.. i don't think an 8 or 9t pinion is readily available to fit the lehner shaft, 3.2mm i believe.

Good Day: crashed thx to dumb thumbs. Bad Day: crashed mechanical malfunction. Every Day: CRASH :)

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05-02-2005 07:35 PM  12 years agoPost 9
Gary Hoorn

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WRXRonald,
Weight difference with the Futaba PCM Rxs is probably 20+ grams depending on which micro RX you are using. The full size ones are definitely heavier. I am using the Himax 2815 3000 in the stock TRex and it climbs out like crazy. The total bling machine will sport an AON 3500
Gary

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