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HelicopterAudacity Models P6 Pantera - Tiger 50 › Mid-Season flying review
07-09-2008 12:12 PM  9 years agoPost 1
MartyH

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Well, its July and despite a sidetracking forray into electric airplanes, I have finally managed to crack open gallon #15. The Tiger 50 had the honors. Oh, the sickness seems to have leveled off as I sold two Pantera kits but picked up two Raptor 90's. I have yet to exceed 14 nitro helis. Maybe the fever has broken?!

So how has your Summer been? Are you getting to fly as much as you had hoped? Anyopne struggling to get get their Pantera or Tiger flying? Lets get you in the air. What do you need?

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07-09-2008 01:51 PM  9 years agoPost 2
Kuwaiti3Der

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fuel

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07-09-2008 02:53 PM  9 years agoPost 3
Herc

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...time.

I flew two tanks on the weekend and two last night in the Pantera. Haven't flown the Tiger in months and I can count on one hand how much the Pantera has flown since March.

Things should slow down next month and hopefully get the Pantera out more as well as some of the rest of my fleet.

Glad to hear some are flying.

Cheers, Shayne

Tiger & Pantera 50s
BRC Intrepid Gas
Predator Gas SE
Hirobo SST Eagle 2 98
Evo 50s

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07-09-2008 03:16 PM  9 years agoPost 4
MartyH

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Fuel is the one thing I can't help you with. I grabbed what I could, where I could, when I could. I have 12 gallons left on hand.

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07-09-2008 06:14 PM  9 years agoPost 5
rsalazar

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Time

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07-09-2008 06:29 PM  9 years agoPost 6
MartyH

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Ok, I lied, I cant help you with time either. I'm short on that as well.

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07-09-2008 06:31 PM  9 years agoPost 7
rsalazar

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Marty, I was hoping you had the answer about time, oh well

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07-09-2008 08:21 PM  9 years agoPost 8
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My Pantera's been down since the Huntsville fun fly. Several months now. Just when I think I've got it fixed, I find something else wrong. I was busy flying my new Vibe 50 until I totalled, and I mean totalled her last week. Flying the 90's now. We've been lucky as our LHS has had fuel in stock.

I was Spektrum when Spektrum wasn't cool

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07-12-2008 02:49 AM  9 years agoPost 9
billm

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Dear uncle Marty.
I have been working 14 hour days 6 days a week. In the wee hours of the morning I am rebuilding Pantera I. She had 70 hours of flight time. The BBC and Pantera III are flying well in my dreams.
This sunday I hope to fly all day.
Should I fly early in the morning before the wind kicks up? Or should I fly in Eve after the wind dies down?
Mybe I just pack a lunch and fly all day.
Your thoughts on how to kill another gallon would be nice.

My name is Billm. Cough, and I'm a Heli Holic

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07-12-2008 03:38 AM  9 years agoPost 10
MartyH

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Well, hopefully you run it through the carb and spent out through the muffler as opposed to running it raw out onto the ground through the hole made in the fueltank from a stick found upon impact.

I have my Tiger apart for new frame halves. That gentle boom strike (didnt even damage the main blades) I had this past Spring during a forced auto broke one of the mounting locations for the boom support. I had it epoxied and wire tied together and have many flights on it like that but it came loose again. I am finally changing out the frame halves. Everything looks fine except I need to make sure I glue the inner race of the bearing to the tailbelt pinion shaft. I intentially left that dry when I initially assembled the heli to see if it would really spin on the shaft. It hasn't ruined the shaft but you can see it has been spinning so it'll get glued this time. I have several gallons of fuel through this airframe now. The bearings, the clutch and all gears look perfect.

Its nice to be turning wrenches electively. I dont mind the opportunity to go through the Tiger and look it over. I do wish these heli's had a servo tray like the Raptors. 6 screws and all of the electronics slide out and back in undisturbed instead of having to remove each and every servo down to the last screw.

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07-17-2008 03:11 AM  9 years agoPost 11
billm

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My update is I look forward to flying the BBC.
I did fall off the 12 step program and got a Plank ARF last weekend.

My name is Billm. Cough, and I'm a Heli Holic

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07-18-2008 12:43 PM  9 years agoPost 12
MartyH

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Yeah, sorry to hear about the plank Bill. I've been consuming electrons as much as glow fuel lately myself. BUT, I'm trading mowing duties with another club member in exchange for him building my current MS Composit Blade Runner project. It's an EPP aerobatic plane. This guy places carbon stiffening exactly where it seems to do the most good and his stuff flies great. He's always handing me a transmitter. Anyway, this has allowed me to get back on the reassembly of the Tiger. Which reminds me,I never ordered those servo screw inserts yet. I'm dropping the Fromeco 5200ma battery and Arizona regulator/pin switch in favor of a 2700ma 5 cell NiMH and Spectrum regulator for the tail.

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07-19-2008 06:36 PM  9 years agoPost 13
MartyH

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I have the Tiger back together. I have dropped the Fromeco 5200ma battery and Arizona regulator w/pin switch in favor of a stock, traditional slide switch, 2700ma 5 cell NiMH battery and a Spectrum VR5203 5 volt dual output regulator for the gyro and tail servo. This helped tidy up the wiring some, didn't cost any weight and removed cost from the heli.

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07-26-2008 04:06 AM  9 years agoPost 14
billm

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Just pulled a very tired hyper out of of the pantera.
New power plant is installed. Hope she will fly better then the BBC ship.

My name is Billm. Cough, and I'm a Heli Holic

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07-28-2008 12:15 AM  9 years agoPost 15
billm

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New Hyper installed. The pantera is flying great.
I have been spoiled with the bbc power and grace.
The Pantera is back up to speed like she should be.
The problem is the bbc is much more fun to fly.
I just might have to find another bbc motor and get another mod from JB. sorry gang. The hyper ship is a wonderfull intro to the hobbie.
Once you fly a bbc.....It's hard to go back.

My name is Billm. Cough, and I'm a Heli Holic

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07-28-2008 02:21 AM  9 years agoPost 16
MartyH

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If you want another 61, I have 3 right now.....or a Thunder Tiger 70 that isn't installed in anything right now.

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07-28-2008 02:30 PM  9 years agoPost 17
MaxAdventure

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mid season turning point 27 july

back to the original topic:

Time is still a huge issue, fuel isn't. Nitro is making me smile, Lipos might bankrupt me.

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07-28-2008 07:33 PM  9 years agoPost 18
MartyH

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I hadn't been able to fly for a few days. When I finally did and smelled the nitro fuel I was burning.....I LOVE that smell.

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07-28-2008 07:38 PM  9 years agoPost 19
rsalazar

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Between time and weather, I am not winning

Soon, I will have to say, flying, what is that?

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07-31-2008 02:33 AM  9 years agoPost 20
billm

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rsalazar,
looks like you have had bad weather for flying.
Up here in the Pacific northwest we have great flying weather all year round.....Rain,Snow,Wind..summer for 10 weeks and start over.
Oh, and flying at 2200 feet MSL to boot.
We fly all year long and you just have to dress and adjust the needle every weekend for the rush.

My name is Billm. Cough, and I'm a Heli Holic

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