I don't have a question, I just want to share an experience learned from the field yesterday with my fellow beginners. I'm just learning basic loops and rolls and learned 3 very important lessons. One from personal experience and two observed.
1. Throttle curve for 3D - I set my idle up 1 and and idle up 2 to fairly conservative settings after my first couple of idle up flights had the head turning very fast. This was a mistake. For idle 1 it's ok but for idle 2 you need to make sure your giving it plenty power. I went from full positive to almost full negative and while inverted my blades bogged so much she just fell like a stone. Conservative and 3D don't mix it's easy to underestimate the need for inertia in the head to change the direction of the heli. More altitude may have saved me but in my case probably would have just would have meant hitting the ground faster and harder.
2. Locktite is really important on feathering shafts. I observed a pair of blades being ejected from the head mid loop. The feathering shaft just came apart. Nothing looks more helpless than a pilot piloting a heli with no blades on it. It's the only crash I've seen so far where the blades survived intact.
3. The sim is great, really great despite the debates. Just make sure when you use it that you always engage your throttle hold each time you crash. Get in the habit so when you crash for real (which you will) the first thing you do is hit throttle hold. It's the best way to stop an expensive crash turning into a really
I have nerves of steel but thumbs of jelly!