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07-08-2008 04:05 AM  9 years agoPost 1
PA Heli-Girl

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First and foremost, I'd like to thank all of you for the support here on the boards. I know I haven't posted in quite some time. However, I've been very busy between my "day/real" job and building my T-Rex 600 Nitro.

I finished her up Sunday morning at around 1 am and had the first flight around 1 pm yesterday (had to sleep sometime despite my excitement!) I didn't personally fly her because: 1) I have enough respect for this machine to realize she is not a toy, 2) I am honest enough with myself to realize my weaknesses and know that I have no business flying her until she is cleared by an experienced pilot and 3) I am the best at crashing and she looks too darsh gone good to put one teeny tiny scratch on her.

Don't worry, I'll fly her soon enough. I just need more time on the simulator and possibly some time on a buddy box. Yep! My mentor, heli3dmax, feels confident that we can buddy box his JR 12X to my JR 12X. Granted the technology is there. However, he has never buddy boxed a heli with a student before. He's game. I'm game! And I will keep y'all posted.

Now for the build... I had so much freakin' fun building this little bugger!!! I may never get great at flying but I think I could make a living building these puppies!

I'm not that great at posting pics on forums either but I am going to give it a try just so y'all can get a sneak peak at Mair's first attempt at perfection.

Gosh! You folks weren't kidding when you said this sport is addicting!!!

Yak at y'all as soon as I can!

Mair

*Flyin' with a purpose*

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07-08-2008 04:12 AM  9 years agoPost 2
xcell1

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Nice job,hope all goes well for you....

Home Grown in South Carolina

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07-08-2008 04:39 AM  9 years agoPost 3
nabi

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looks like a very nice build Mair. building is fun .... (oh and it's addicting, in case you had not noticed .... lol .... )

couple of things, I'd put some velcro around some of the electronics (Gyro, Rx) so they stay put

best of luck with the new machine ....

nabi.

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07-08-2008 07:13 AM  9 years agoPost 4
OICU812

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Thanks for sharing your story, great work and keep it up!!!

...Once upon a time there were Nitros, flybars and frequency pins...

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07-09-2008 02:26 AM  9 years agoPost 5
xxl

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nice canopy

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07-09-2008 06:45 PM  9 years agoPost 6
HelividD

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Nice Super Pro! I have one myself and my girlfriend(HeliVidT) has a normal(somewhat.. LOL) has a 600N for her first machine also.

On the buddy boxing, yes, I am sure you all will be able to do it. I have been buddying with her for a few weeks now after not having ever done it before either. Our local highly experienced flyer fly's a 9303 and we "had" DX7's. After he setup the program and my girlfriend had her first flights with him, we purchased a 9303 for me also. We simply transferred the program he created and began buddy boxing. We have probably boxed a good 15-20 times since the first.

And what I would suggest and was suggested to me is to before doing the boxing, simply work out an "on the bench" session so you can get the routine of how your going to communicate and switch the box to and from one another. That is the most difficult thing(at least it was for us as I was very nervous about the switch and being able to hold it). Once we got past that, we have actually had tons of fun doing the boxing. We always talk about the fun we had together boxing on the way home.

Anyhow, if the 9303 can do it, I am sure two 12X's can. I like how on the radio you can give and take functions on the fly by simply pressing a couple button strokes. It really is extremely cool!

A few other people we fly with have been talking about boxing since we began doing it, so it is pretty addictive. LOL

But, beautiful Rex(though, I have the black version... He He He:cool , great building, and great flying and boxing! I am sure you will do well! And oh, nice Canomod! We have them on all our machines also!

D

P.S.-Like the other person mentioned, you want to velcro your receiever, the regulator and battery. We have all of those on the mounting tray velcro'd and also the loose wires. But you definately want to do the stuff on the front of your tray! :-)

Every time I fly I loose more hair! LOL

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07-09-2008 06:49 PM  9 years agoPost 7
HelividD

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Oh, one thing else I noticed on your setup(which btw is good for a first build! GREAT WORK!!!!), your remote receiver, you want to put it 90 degrees to the receiver on your front tray. Which you would either want to turn from the present position 90 degrees either clockwise or counter clockwise. So that the two antenna are horizontal instead of vertical. Great flying...

D

Every time I fly I loose more hair! LOL

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07-11-2008 12:57 AM  9 years agoPost 8
PA Heli-Girl

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All good advice and tips...

Hi Y'all:

Thanks for all of the kudos and the tips. I was going to add the velcro strips across the major electronic components then opted not to in order to give her a cleaner look. I also figured that I would be hover for a while and could possibly get away with out it. I know you all are right and the correct thing to do is get the velcro on.

HelividD: You mentioned the positioning of the remote receiver. I was thinking that I would be okay as long as I ran it perpendicular to the half antenna protruding from the front of the receiver. Do you think I'm still at risk for a potential blind spot where I have it now? I have two extra remote receivers for that unit and could mount a second one down the left side (inside of the frame) and position it on the tail boom brace. Thoughts?

Also, I am so in love with my canopy. It is 1,000 times more beautiful than I thought it would be based on the web photo from the site I bought it from. They do an awesome job with their canopies.

Mair

*Flyin' with a purpose*

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07-11-2008 01:13 AM  9 years agoPost 9
PA Heli-Girl

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Oh! One more thing!

Its hard to see from these pics but did you happen to notice that my bottom main bearing block is a blue anodized metal main shaft bearing block and not a composite HN6011 bearing block?

Pretty nifty, eh?

Although, I'd like to take the credit, I actually got the idea from heli3dmax. He got tired of me whining about the fact that all three bearing blocks didn't match so he machined me up a bushing to insert into a main shaft bearing block... works like a charm. Thanks, heli3dmax!!! You're too darn tricky for your own good!

Later,
Mair

*Flyin' with a purpose*

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07-11-2008 02:03 AM  9 years agoPost 10
Smacka

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your remote receiver, you want to put it 90 degrees to the receiver on your front tray. Which you would either want to turn from the present position 90 degrees either clockwise or counter clockwise
I would not do this. There are three dimensions..."X"axis..."Y"axis..."Z"axis

Her main receiver is aligned in the "Y" axis. To do what you suggest would place the remote receiver in the same plane with the main receiver. This is a big no-no.

Right now she has her remote in the "Z"axis and the main receiver in the "Y" axis. This is perfectly acceptable.

The only thing she could do is to add a third receiver in the "X" axis BUT this would be overkill.

Respectfully,
Smacka

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07-11-2008 10:52 AM  9 years agoPost 11
HelividD

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Mair:

My mistake on the receiver. You and Smaka are correct. As long as it is perp to the main antenna, you would be fine. My confusion was in the placement of the antenna on the main receiver. On the 921 and AR7000, the antenna are located on the left and right side of the main receiver box instead of on the front, thus my confusion(:eek. Humblest appoligies. DOH!

And lets see, the bearing block idea was cool. I was hoping Align had included a metal lower bearing block to "complete" the sweet metal block setup all the way, but no joy. Ok, so how did he do this insert? Details, details... :-) I am envious now! LOL

And yes, the canomod is sweet. My girlfriend has the yellow version of the one you have on her machine and has it outfitted in red(boom, skids and gears). We considered that one, but she chose the red one. But yup, for the money, I also think they are great canopies(we should, we have seven of them.. LMAO)! But she is also thinking about ordering one from Insane Canopy when she gets past her hovering stages(which to be honest we are thinking in a just a little bit as she is progressing pretty quickly). His canopies are sweet also.

And for the Velcro, I would still and have wrapped the items that are on the(I can't think this early in the morning..)receiver tray, if nothing else but for extra insurance. You can and still will have a nice little install if you use like two pieces on the... I'll take a couple pics if I don't have them on the machine and upload them to show. It can still be very neat and clean(not to mention, easier to take apart than tie wraps that we used to use in the past).. Let me check and I will upload them to the topic..

That way I can "try" and redeem myself on the antenna snafu!!! LOL

Every time I fly I loose more hair! LOL

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07-11-2008 10:59 AM  9 years agoPost 12
HelividD

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Ok, I did have two of the super on here. I have rerouted I think some of the wiring since then so that the main wire bunch is a bit better. I believe the closer up picture reflects this. But you get the point on it.. LOL I think your "hiding" is much better than mine of that main bunch of wires on your machine.

Every time I fly I loose more hair! LOL

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07-11-2008 11:09 AM  9 years agoPost 13
HelividD

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WAIT! Man, I am glad I said something about that antenna! Mine is wrong! Though they said it wasn't critical, I have learned something. In the manual, it shows the AR7000 but the 921 is like the 1221 with one on the front and the side. Oh well, off to change that! Jeeze!!! DOH!!!

Thanks for pointing that out!

D

Every time I fly I loose more hair! LOL

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07-11-2008 05:35 PM  9 years agoPost 14
Smacka

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Please Do Not Feel Bad...

Thanks for pointing that out!
I am sure PaHeliGirl will respond in her own way...

For me, I am by no means an expert. Please do not feel bad about the antenna portion of your posts. You stated what you beleived to be true, and that is never a bad thing. A free exchange of ideas is how we all learn and grow together in our hobby. Your other thoughts were spot on, and greatly appreciated!

Have a great day!
Smacka

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07-11-2008 10:28 PM  9 years agoPost 15
heli3dmax

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HelividD!

Here is the mod you need for the lower block to match your upper bearing blocks!

The body of the sleeve is machined to an almost press fit so when green locktite is applied the sleeve is pressed into the bearing I.D. and it will never come out! And even if it does come loose the sleeve is machined high enough and insrted from the top so even if it would come loose it cannot slide any higher than the insert on the bottom of your main gear set up.

Even slid the whole way up it does not slide the whole way out of the bearing. I've been monitoring mine for a year and she's still going strong!

Hope you enjoy!

Now get out there and find someone who is experienced in using a lathe!

Ronnie L.
Team Air Thunder

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07-11-2008 11:41 PM  9 years agoPost 16
HelividD

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Smaka: thanks dude. :-) I really thought I was doing that one right until I thought about what you were saying along with her pic's(thanks heligirl) and said "wait dude, they are right, what the h*ll", lol.. Suffice it to say, all four(well 3&1/2 at the moment) are switched now.

Heli3d: darn it! I had gotten excited.. Hmmn, I guess I have to see if I can ask someone I fly with on that one then.. Hmmnnn. I wonder. I will have to talk to him tomorrow to see what he can do. I don't know why they didn't do a lower one.. Who knows, but that is awesome!

Ok, I ate too much and now I need a nap... LOL Later dudes and dudettes...

Every time I fly I loose more hair! LOL

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07-12-2008 03:35 AM  9 years agoPost 17
PA Heli-Girl

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Whoa! You boys have been busy! *smiles*

Hi Y'all!!!

You've been having all this fun while I've been out. All good stuff! Thanks for posting the bearing pic, Ronnie. That was much easier than scanning and uploading a napkin drawing. These were about the best pics that I could find to showcase the lower bearing block mod.

We're all going to the field tomorrow and I'm bringing all my gear to fix up my copters. I plan to add the velcro straps to my 600N electronics and patch up my CP+. I did such a fine job fixing the tail boom the last time I cracked it in half that this time, I couldn't get it loose from the main frame. I had to buy a whole new frame and now I have to basically start from ground zero. *shruggs* Oh, well... that is half the fun.

Nonetheless, tomorrow will prove to be a very fun filled day. I am looking forward to it. I have a few more things to pack then its off to la, la land. See ya at the Post by 8 am!

Good night, everyone.

Mair

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07-12-2008 03:53 PM  9 years agoPost 18
HelividD

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OMG man thats sweet! Any chance you all could bore me out one or two and I could buy them? I don't know if the guy can do them "yet". I will have to check with him, but if you could Ron, I would be grateful(there is a bless and a curse for having so many helicopters I tell ya).

And you cracked your frame? Wow, deep. The easiest way I found to get the boom off is to take the whole mount assembly off with the screws that go into the frames(I think of the top of my head there are 12) and self tap into the boom mount. Once you have that out, all you have to do is lift and pull the mount and boom out of the frames(taking care to get the boom mounting slots out of the holes first. That is the hard part(well sort of..LOL). Once you have that out, then you have to face what I think is the most annoying part of working on the helicopter, the tail bellcrank link. That always takes me a good five minutes to get back on. Anyhow, just pop that off and your good. Once you loosen the four bolts that hold the boom in and crack the halves apart(those can be tight also), you have your assembly.

With practice, I have gotten to the place that I can swap out a boom in about 20 minutes now. It really is a pain on one of my machines for those halves of the boom holder though.

And good flying heligirl and 3D! We are heading out also after a stop to the hobby shop for some little items.

Good flying to all!!!

Every time I fly I loose more hair! LOL

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07-13-2008 05:59 AM  9 years agoPost 19
PA Heli-Girl

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Woop! Let me clarify...

Hi HelividD

Let me clarify... I have been crashing my Cp+ and not my T-Rex 600. Where the Cp+ is concerned, there are no screws... didn't crack the frame... I glued the tail boom into the frame and couldn't get it back out after I cracked it in half. Therefore... I had to buy a new frame and remount every thing to it.

As for my T-rex 600... Let me start a new post, cuz my day was AWESOME!!!!

Mair

*Flyin' with a purpose*

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07-13-2008 06:49 AM  9 years agoPost 20
PA Heli-Girl

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My first flight on a REAL heli!!!

Oh MY GOOOOOOOOOOD!!!!!!!!!! Today was so freakin' awesome!!!

heli3dmax is DA BOMB!!!! We, or should I say, he downloaded my program to his 12X, tinkered with it for a few minutes via da buddy box cord-n-what-not, struggled for only a bit until Smacka came over and set us straight… THEN we were off and running!

First, I must say... heli3dmax is one of the most brilliant pilots I have ever seen for both airplanes and heli's. He's been flying since he was knee high to a grass hopper and it most definitely shows. 99.75% of our "First time buddy box heli experience" success was due to his expertise. He's freakin' AWESOME!

For me... This machine is so unbelievably smooth. I found myself trying to over compensate between the wind conditions and the inefficiencies I am used to in my cx2 and cp+ compared to a REAL machine. It didn’t help that I haven’t flown or SIM’ed in 6 weeks due to events beyond my control… Nonetheless, after 3 successful buddy box flights, my T-Rex is “in tact” and my confidence is up knowing that heli3dmax can scoop me from the depths of hell at a nanosecond’s notice.

Oh… and on the drive home… I could smell the scent of nitro methanol on my hands and I re-lived the entire experience all over again. Thank goodness no State Troopers were around to drag my hinny back into reality with a “speeding ticket” Ah, ha, ha, ha!!!

Mair

*Flyin' with a purpose*

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