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01-28-2007 02:27 AM  10 years agoPost 1
kmagvette

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I am still learning to hover the CP nose in, can do side hover, slow forward fligth and backward flight. I have a simulator as well - huge help. I'm wondering what mods make sense, if any. My main motor is toast, thought about going brushless (HDX Conversion) just because the motor looks more durable - I have upgraded to Li-Po batteries..

I am considering a better radio and/or gyro as well. But I don't want to spend money for the sake of spending. I don't mind buying a radio because I will be buying a fixed wing electric in the spring. Do radios have exponential rates? If so, does this help beginners calm down stick inputs? I have about 30 packs through it and no damaging crashes, but the sticks still feel twitchy, simulator as well.

If the radio is a decent thing to improve upon, any suggestions for radios that work well with fixed wing as well?

Thanks upfront for all suggestions/opinions.

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01-28-2007 02:35 AM  10 years agoPost 2
slider46

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A new radio is probably the best upgrade to do, at least a 6 channel or better I like Futaba many will say DX7 or JR it's your choice... And a direct drive or dual tail motor set up... The best MOD your ever going to get is learning how to set up and fly what you have. It's really not the heli it's your flying skills that need inprovement. It takes alot more than 30 packs thru a heli to understand setup and flying...

Tom..... No "D" flying....

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01-28-2007 03:04 AM  10 years agoPost 3
Gino CP

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I'd get an 8T main motor, an 11.1v 730-1000mah lipo, lipo charger and dual motor tails. This gives you more flight time to log on to those much needed flight hours to learn.

The dual tails gives you 20 hours flight between changes. The stock tail motor lasts about 10 hours. If you don't mind changing every 10 hours, the stock should be fine for now.

The stock main motor lasts about 20 hours.

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01-28-2007 03:27 AM  10 years agoPost 4
slider46

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Your going to need a motor anyways get the brushed 370 motor with the 9T pinion gear on it. It come in the AEK kit if you don't have symetrical blade already buy that kit... Are you using 11.1v lipos???

Tom..... No "D" flying....

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01-28-2007 04:24 AM  10 years agoPost 5
MisterBiggshot

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The 370 motor in the AEK works great! I experimented with some orion brushed motors and the stock 4 in 1. Things didnt work out to well.

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01-28-2007 04:48 AM  10 years agoPost 6
Gino CP

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Yeah, that is a good upgrade.

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01-28-2007 05:02 PM  10 years agoPost 7
kmagvette

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How brutal is it to set-up a different radio such as the DX7? Do you need to go to a different receiver/gyro combo right away OR can you ease into it? I see other posts suggesting specific programming. I won't have trouble with the programming piece - kinda do that for a living - but I have no clue what values to use. Do you get exponential rates on the sticks?

Thanks for the motor suggestions, that will save me some bucks. The toasted motor was the AEK motor - I'll get another one.

BTW, if you change receivers I imagine you need to do something for speed controllers for the main and tail motors - what do you do here?

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01-28-2007 05:24 PM  10 years agoPost 8
stickyfox

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Rochester, NY - US

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If you have a CP Pro, you can lose the E-Flite receiver and basically plug and play. If you have a CP with a 4-in-1, you have four options:
1:replace everything and get a gyro and ESC's
2:sell your 4/1 to someone who fried theirs and buy a 3/1
3:hack your 4/1 and turn it into a 3/1
4:get a Futaba FM transmitter on the same frequency as your E-Flite one

In most cases you can get it flying with the default settings on the radio. You'll figure out how to trim everything out. Expo is a matter of personal choice. I am always screwing with the radio settings as my preferences drift.

-fox

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01-28-2007 06:44 PM  10 years agoPost 9
RaptorBee

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Minnesota

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Kmagvette,

If you buy a Futaba radio (I use a T7CHP) you can buy a single conversion crystal for your 4in1. No need to buy a radio on the right frequency.

This would be my first upgrade suggestion - gives you access to throttle and pitch curves, expo, revo mixing etc.

Second would be a DD or twin motor tail - makes it easier to fly when learning to hover, and opens up possibilities for advanced stuff.

After that just add parts as necessary to keep it flying.

Then the sky is the limit - CNC parts, HH gyro, Brushless motors, seperate electronics, HDX3000 belt drive conversion..............

Most people will choose to go to something else before this stage, but go with what suits you best.

RaptorBee

T-Rex 550E Flybar
T-Rex 450SE
E325 Mini Titan

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