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10-22-2009 02:32 AM  8 years agoPost 4761
itsjojo

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North East Pennnsylvania

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Flew my 450 and 500 in my back yard. The weather was just too nice here in Pa. Had to get out for a little bit. The 500 is a little big for my back yard but I did pretty well.
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10-22-2009 08:38 PM  8 years agoPost 4762
Melnic

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Columbia, MD,USA

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Amongst other flights, Maiden of my a friend's new EXI 450 I build up for him.

I think I finally have the $20 G401B gyro figured out.
I found it would move around inside so I added foam tape to the TOP side of the board. It comes with foam on the bottom but not the top.
It was pretty solid although there was no wind this morning.
I put different canopy and blades on it but here is what I build up for him:
EXI 450 Carbon Eddition
Alpha 400 Motor using 11T pinion and flat curve
Volcano 30A ESC
Tower Pro MG90S (I will have him get 65MG later)
Hyperion DS11-GCB on tail
G401B Gyro (I'm selling him the one I had)
DX6i Tx and AR6200 Rx (he had this already)

Watch at YouTube

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10-23-2009 01:21 AM  8 years agoPost 4763
MMike

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Holland,Mi-USA

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Perfect demo!

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10-27-2009 11:50 PM  8 years agoPost 4764
MMike

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Holland,Mi-USA

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Nice evening here to fly.

Flew the 500 - 450 - 250.

I like them all.

I'm struck by the fact that I've owned the 450 for almost 3 years and how much I still like it!

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10-28-2009 03:54 PM  8 years agoPost 4765
Melnic

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I flew the 250 this morning in calm conditions (fog mostly). The thing is really twitchy hot. Fast roll rates and will get up and go in a heartbeat. The 250 does not have flybar weights like my 450 does so that contributes to the twitchyness. But it manages to do things in a tight space. I did flips, inverted, loops, rolls and stall turns this morning. A 3S 800mAh 20C pack is good for about 6 mins of sport flying but any harder and I'd need a 25-30C pack.

I then test flew my 450 that I had the Hitec 65MG servos put into. There was a vibe going on. I suspected the tail due to the frequency and as I was putting it away noticed I did not tighten the tail box screws during the last rebuild. Fixed that and flew again and it was silky smooth. I did not notice any difference between the hitec HS65MG servos and the original cheapo Tower Pro servos or previous HXT900 servos but they flew just fine. One thing I did notice w/ the Hitecs that was measureable was when doing a swash leveling using a swash leveling tool, when I moved the cyclic around then back, the centering was pretty noticably spot on.

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11-04-2009 05:04 AM  8 years agoPost 4766
Melnic

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Just a minute or so of the 250.
This is the field's "hover area" which is enough room for plenty for this heli. If I move myself off to the side, I can pretty much do anything I want w/ this small helicopter.
Battery on camera died as the stuff got good

Watch at YouTube

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11-04-2009 09:33 PM  8 years agoPost 4767
Melnic

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In the 50's but I flew a few packs of low slow inverted just to keep loose.
I need to keep flying inverted till I'm not thinking about it.
Maybe tomorrow I'll do slow piros in the other direction.

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11-05-2009 12:18 AM  8 years agoPost 4768
DougsRC

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Mass.

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^ ^ ^ ^ ^ Very Awesome Melnic !!!!!!!!!!!!

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11-05-2009 12:52 AM  8 years agoPost 4769
Yukon_99

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Leominster, MA

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That's is a lot of performance from what looks like 60 RPMs.

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11-05-2009 01:32 AM  8 years agoPost 4770
shizack

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Aiken, SC USA

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That's is a lot of performance from what looks like 60 RPMs
He uses an Align pitch gauge. As we all know, the use of a magical Align pitch gauge enchants the blades, making the heli un-crashable and able to be flown in all weather conditions and in all orientations without even holding the transmitter with both hands.

Just flop in a chair, grab a brew, and watch your heli perform mAd 3dZ for 15 minutes on a single charge!

I got an Eflite gauge. Makes servos strip while putting on the canopy.

A soul in tension is learning to fly

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11-05-2009 02:27 AM  8 years agoPost 4771
itsjojo

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North East Pennnsylvania

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Most of my helis are down for some small reason. I missed yesterday. I knew I would fly today in the evening. I pulled out my old CP Pro and tuned it a little and put her down on the driveway. Quirky little sucker. I managed to have a lot of fun with it. It was pitch black outside. I had the spotlight on and couldn't fly too far.
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11-05-2009 02:53 AM  8 years agoPost 4772
Melnic

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I think it dropped to about 55RPM at the end of the pack?

here is a plank flight from today. Got this plane in the 90's and converted to electric last spring

Watch at YouTube

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11-05-2009 07:31 PM  8 years agoPost 4773
jwhitacre

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Tarentum,PA- US

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Ran a pack out fighting the wind the whole time 20-25mph winds are a little more than I would like for a 450 but it survived the flight

Depleting the world of parts, one crash at a time!!

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11-05-2009 08:04 PM  8 years agoPost 4774
!2Old2Fly

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North Bend, WA

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Took Frankenheli outside for more testing.
I'm starting to suspect that the flybar may not be gone long.

FWIW: The house should be done by the end of the year.
Then I can really start to focus on my flying again. Right now I don't get enough time to keep my skills up, and it's the old one step forward, and two steps back thing.
And trying to fly frankenheli flybarless isn't helping any.

Yet Anohter IT Worker

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11-08-2009 02:23 AM  8 years agoPost 4775
jwhitacre

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Tarentum,PA- US

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Did some flying off the back deck today. I usually just go down into the yard to fly because of the support beams on the deck for the roof but got adventurous today. Once I got past the first landing I was good Unfortunately my 450 has developed a slight constant wag like it's hunting but it does it no matter what gyro setting and it just started today I'm going to tear it down tonight and see what's going on. EDIT: found the problem, seems I lost a tooth on the tail belt. I guess after almost a year it was due to go

Depleting the world of parts, one crash at a time!!

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11-08-2009 09:48 PM  8 years agoPost 4776
racin06

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Indianapolis, Indiana

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I had about 20 minutes to spare today and hurried over to a local elementary school and flew the Mini Titan one flight. The winds were gusting up to 15 mph...very trick conditions because the wind was turbulent and variable from 7 mph up to 15 mph. However, like I told my wife after returning..."I owned the wind today." Really, it was not that big of a deal. I also managed a couple of flips, rolls and a little inverted. I give alot of credit to my windy flying skills to learing to fly FP helis in the wind, which are MUCH more difficult in the wind versus a CP heli.

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11-09-2009 12:01 AM  8 years agoPost 4777
itsjojo

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North East Pennnsylvania

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Blowing leaves all day and was exhausted. The weather was so nice. Daylight was limited and time was running out. I got out the 500 and let her rip. I went a little wild. 2 packs later I got her on the ground in one piece! Gotta love it.
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11-09-2009 12:24 AM  8 years agoPost 4778
Heli Bob

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Puerto Rico,Carolina

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doug you need to get a video camara like melnic

Beam E4(md-500e),Gaui 200,T-Rex 500,E-flight MCX.

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11-09-2009 12:54 AM  8 years agoPost 4779
fenderstrat

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Aston,Pa

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just got back from Lums Pond state park,home of the Delaware rc club.it was absolutely georgeous today.had a blast,as there are some really great pilots there and I always try to learn something.

tried some nose in funnels for the first time,went well, but I will clean them up a little before i get some vid,so they look nice and pretty for you guysyes of COURSE I will get vid

I gotta say also,trying to learn stuff like funnels would take so much trial and error without the sim.with the sim you have the basic stick movements down before you even try it for real so you are already ahead of the game,saves so much time and battery mah,and crashes.plus on the sim you can work on the bailout moves first,so you immediately know how to bail out.I trhink this is what saves most of the potential crashes.

anywho,had a great day of flying,watched some awesome flying,and talked helis/planes all day long.cant get much better than that.

Compass helis Support Team
PerformancePlusRC field rep
Mini Titan/SE
TEAM KBDD

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11-09-2009 06:44 PM  8 years agoPost 4780
Melnic

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Columbia, MD,USA

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Funnels, I need to work on that. Can't stay in them very long just yet.

Rebuilt the EXI after a dumb thumb last week. Less than $15 in parts (including blades). Flew today but mostly flew a new .40 sized Cap232 for the maiden flights. Nitroplanes kit that is Sub $100 and they no longer carry it but it did not do too bad at all. Will make a good "beater" plane for this winter.

I turned over the CF EXI 450 to my "buddy"/student. He gave up on the Blade 400 last summer after crashing about 4 times and has recently spent HOURS on the sim preparing to fly again. Today he did an entire pack tail in hovering to get his feet wet.

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