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09-15-2007 05:43 PM  10 years agoPost 1
nrad2000

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Never owning a RC vehicle of anykind and never played with nitro engines and fuel, I have now successfully hovered my Raven 50SE at 50 feet above ground (tail in) on one full tank holding steady in one spot.

Things I have learned on Runryder:

1. Never run engine without blades.
2. 2oz tank is not my backup fuel tank.
3. remove exhaust plug from exhaust to start engine.
4. Never turn on engine without turning on the radio first.
5. Blades only go on one direction.
6. 600mAh battery pack is not enough to power radio, digital servo's, gyro, and tail servo.
7. Turn off the helicopter first before the TX power.
8. Never buy cheap starters.
9. Never go cheap on servo's
10. Never go cheap on batteries and chargers.
11. Buying NICE Tools makes maintenance easy.
12. practice - practice - practice.

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09-16-2007 12:30 AM  10 years agoPost 2
Pistol Pete

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hopefully you also learned pre and post flight check up.

indeed good news.

~~Enjoying the hobby one flight at a time~~

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09-16-2007 12:51 AM  10 years agoPost 3
nrad2000

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I inspect my helicopter before flight and clean helicopter after flight.

I mainly check main/tail blades - blade bolts/tightness, servo rodes arn't too loose, fuel line - wear/discolor/leaks, fuel, batteries are cycled and charged night before, rotate rotors for unusual gear sounds, servo and electrical connections are secure, look for loose nuts and bolts (this I do loyaly).

every once in a while i would range check (should it be every flight?).

Post flight - First thing I do is check engine temperature. As soon as the blades stop I stick my finger on the back plate than pull out a temperature reader out of my pocket and read the head and crankcase. Bring the helicopter back to hanger and wipe off blades, clean any fuel or oil, and thats about it - until next pre flight check.

After my 4th tank I stripped apart the helicopter and inspected all moving and non-moving parts. I don't know how often I should do this but I find it relaxing - I love trouble shooting and tinkering with things.

Am I missing anything? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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09-16-2007 12:57 AM  10 years agoPost 4
Pistol Pete

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looks like you are in the right path
every once in a while i would range check (should it be every flight?).
yes!!!! i would and do...better safe than sorry.

keep a flight log as well...not all parts last a lifetime and the airtime gives you an idea when to replace...like that timing belt in your car

~~Enjoying the hobby one flight at a time~~

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09-16-2007 01:14 AM  10 years agoPost 5
nrad2000

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Thanks Pistol_Pete.

I do have a question. I'm thinking of posting it - it's been bothering me ever since I started this hobby.

I have a century Raven 50SE. The solid steel main shaft and tail rotor shaft both have this black finish. When I first assembled the rotor head the swashplate did not move freely - so did the tail assembly. I took a sand paper (fine) and sanded off this black stuff exposing shinny metal. All the sliding parts move freely. Would this be a potential problem later? Was their a purpose for the black finish? Applying oil did nothing.

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09-16-2007 01:20 AM  10 years agoPost 6
Pistol Pete

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rust protection...just keep it oiled!!!

dont be afraid to ask anything in here...no such thing as a dumb question...but dont be surprised at some of the asnwers

~~Enjoying the hobby one flight at a time~~

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09-16-2007 01:27 AM  10 years agoPost 7
nrad2000

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Rust protection - that makes sense. Is nitro exhaust sufficient for lubrication?

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09-16-2007 01:49 AM  10 years agoPost 8
Pistol Pete

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nope...it actually attracts moisture.

HERE is what I use and highly recommend for practically ANY application hands down.

can be mainly found at marina stores.

EDITED:

My A/C unit is about going on 21 years old...the outside compressor with its dissimilar metals is what kills them in less than 15years here in the sunshine state...and the reason its still working is because of this product.

Once I dropped a marine VHF radio in the water...dived after it immediately and removed battery...opened and sprayed this stuff...replaced battery (well something had to short) and still working.

Same thing with servos, motor on an electric plane that took a ditch...still working as well.

~~Enjoying the hobby one flight at a time~~

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09-16-2007 06:28 AM  10 years agoPost 9
legoman67

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Nanoose Bay B.C, Canada

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yup, youve been taught right.. LOL good work!

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09-16-2007 01:42 PM  10 years agoPost 10
Morris

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Hong Kong

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Nrad200, may be you wish to add one more to your list

a good Flight Sim

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09-16-2007 04:01 PM  10 years agoPost 11
mjsb

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Laredo, TX

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That list could be endless.....but at least you have a list.

I am not sure what I have learned in RR but I am sure it is a lot....and not only about helis.

Good luck!

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