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HelicopterKyosho Caliber/Quest Neo-Caliber series › Caliber 6 anyone flying this heli?
12-23-2008 10:57 PM  8 years agoPost 1
MartyH

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Other than a nice review in RC Heli magazine, I see virtually NOTHING about the Caliber 6 heli. is anyone flying it? Does anyone own one. It sure doesnt seem to have much of a following. I've been thinking about adding one to my fleet but not having the "warm and fuzzy's" with the idea.

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12-23-2008 11:40 PM  8 years agoPost 2
dkshema

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IT would be my guess that since the 6 is quite a bit more $$$-wise than the 5, and about all you get for your extra dollars is a pull-pull tail and some upgrade bling, the 5 is every bit that the 6 is, for less money.

If the 6 were actually UNIQUE and outflew the 5, and not just a warmed-over 5, it might be worth the price.

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12-24-2008 06:52 AM  8 years agoPost 3
MartyH

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....and wow is the Caliber 5 inexpensive!

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12-24-2008 09:00 AM  8 years agoPost 4
JFERA22

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Caliber-6

You could buy a cal-5 and add the EMS linkage upgrade for $35-$40 dollars which you should do if you get one and then there's the push pull tail to upgrade which i will do after I break mine.,But if you break down all the parts you need to upgrade the tail it gets too expensive! If I was in the market I would go stright to the 6 you will be right there by the time your done with the upgrades. You can get the cal-5 kit's for real cheep right now and they are well balanced CG and fly great with just the EMS Linkage upgrade. Stay Flying.

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12-24-2008 12:55 PM  8 years agoPost 5
ErichF

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An important upgrade that the 6 brings is the new auto one way bearing and housing. The 5 uses a bearing pressed into a hex pocket in the plastic molded pulley. The 6 uses a bearing machine pressed into a steel hub that is then bolted to the new style plastic pulley. This is very similar to the Caliber 90...only difference there being the 90 has a metal pulley. While on the subject, the 6 now comes with a 15T pinion for a 9.1 gear ratio, allowing higher headspeeds. Personally, I would like to see a ratio down in the 8s, but I do fine at 1950rpm as it is.

Oh, and my local 3D demo guy has not been able to blow out the tail on my 6, with a modest GY401 and 2954. There is no slop whatsoever in the 6 tail, even after a logged 9.8 hours flight time.

Erich

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12-24-2008 02:11 PM  8 years agoPost 6
MartyH

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Now thats info I can use! Thanks.

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12-24-2008 04:23 PM  8 years agoPost 7
dkshema

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The 15 tooth pinion gives you a ratio of 8.97:1, not 9.1:1. Seems that the Kyosho people have never been able to actually do math correctly when calculating gear ratios.

The 15 tooth pinion has been available as an option for the Caliber 5 for nearly two years, and there is nothing special about it. It happens to be the stock pinion that ships with the Caliber 4. Buy a Caliber 4 pinion, you get the 15 tooth pinion.

The new one-way clutch is nice, not an absolute necessity, the stock version works well for most. I would suspect if more 6's are sold, you'll hear stories about their one-way clutch failing occasionally, as well. I don't think I've run across any of the popular kits whose one-way clutches haven't had failures.

The Caliber 5 builds out very nose-heavy, by the way. I ended up flying a small 1100 mah NiMh pack in mine to get the nose weight down, but short of adding something way out back on the boom, I could never achieve decent balance.

It still flew well, but being nose heavy with no good way to fix it bothered me.

I replaced the stock TR blades with a set of 95 mm Radix blades, and the tail became very responsive, and held very well in its stock form. I found I had to grind away the stiffening ridges on the left side of the TR case to allow the ball link free and unrestricted movement on my 5 (at both ends of travel).

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12-25-2008 02:39 PM  8 years agoPost 8
heli-cuzz

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Pittston, Pa. USA

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Either way you go, you have a great flying heli.

Fury 55 NIB Furion6 CGY750 fbl helicopter-Frenzy CGY750 fbl nitro-Frenzy fbl NOBAR90

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12-25-2008 03:53 PM  8 years agoPost 9
BrentC

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Utah, USA

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I have a Caliber 6 along with a Caliber 5 which has the 15 tooth pinion and the EMS upgrade. After flying both there isn't much difference between the two. As mentioned, the new tail is nice and holds very well. I admit I fly the Caliber 6 the most because of the novelty. If you purchased the Caliber 5 and did the upgrades you would have a similar Heli. They are both nice flying Helicopters! It is one of the most stable helicopters I have flown. It's F3C heritage is very apparent. It flies nice smooth loops and rolls and tracks very nicely. To get more response, I recommend putting longer balls on the swash and taking the weights out of the flybar paddles. I think you would really like either Heli. I have noticed that the price overseas on the Caliber 6 has come down, maybe it will come down here. I haven't run a price comparison between the two, (Cal 6 vs Upgraded Cal 5), but it may be close if they drop the Cal 6 price.

That can't be good!

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12-26-2008 05:06 AM  8 years agoPost 10
JFERA22

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MONTEREY,CA

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Cal-5

Thats weird Dave My Cal-5 actually sits perfectly level when picked up by the grips. i even put a little biger onboard battery and now it's just a tad nose heavy.Who know's nice to see your posts from time to time we still need your knowladge around here take care my friend. Jfera22

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12-26-2008 07:30 PM  8 years agoPost 11
Kevinator9

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Palmerston North,​New Zealand

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I have a caliber 6 and it is a beautiful helicopter. Only other heli I am able to compare against really is a caliber 3 so I can't offer much insight over the caliber 5... I can say sadly however my one way bearing has failed me, it let go once and I thought it may have been the clutch, then it did it once more (neither time was it in the air, only jammed after a flight and I only noticed when I started it up) so I replaced it to be safe, probably could have continued using it but...

Andrew

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