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12-29-2009 05:10 AM  7 years agoPost 1
Melnic

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So I picked up a Flasher 450 from an online friend, He gave me a really good deal on it that I could not refuse even though I have it up to my eyeballs in 450's. I took this on as sort of a challenge to get it flyable then sell it to a friend of mine that is looking at going electric. It came with lots of goodies that he was unloading. I also purchased his T6 radio and Rx.
I stripped off the Hitec 65MG servos. I repaired one of them that had a stripped gear. Yes, 65MG was stripped! Yes, it can happen.
I repaired the Xheli Blueray head that came with it. I think this was one of his early projects, Both thrust washers were installed with the large OD on the outside and one side had BOTH with the large OD. Dampers were both worn on the outside rings so I replaced with spare stock dampers. I accidently sliced the tail belt during re-assembly. The Blueray head had some loose screws in it (I bet it might have affected the flight too). Motor mount was bent.
This heli has seen some "action" to say the least. I think he was flying it over pavement

I have the alpha 400 w/ a 12T pinion in it. And put the included volcano esc in it. I put stock Blueray servos that I recently repaired by replacing the plastic gearsets ($.80).
A Fitec 9257 analog servo ($11 shipped) that I purchased with nothing to put it into is in the tail and the gyro is a Mystery G410B that came w/ the Heli.

I have a couple more hours left on it but I did test out the electronics and reconfigure the radio tonight. I have a keychain cam that I might load onto the canopy for the maiden (or is it re-maiden?) flight.

Canopy will be a cheap plastic canopy that was from my existing stock and blades will be one of the CF pair that came w/the Heli.

The fella I have in mind was talking to me about having something to fly circuits around at parks that he might pass up while traveling around making sales calls. He has flown Nitro 30 sized helis on and off over the past 10+ years. I want to sell it local so I can fly it for them to let them see how it will fly before they buy plus give them a test flight.

I'll post when I've made more progress with video and any info if I end up selling it.

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12-30-2009 12:03 AM  7 years agoPost 2
Melnic

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I think it's ready to fly.

I am using a pair of Fiberglass blades I already had and will use the CF blades that came with this deal on another heli. So $125 +$11 into it, I was able to rebuild a complete RTF heli w/ radio plus salvage 3 Hitec 65MG servos (minus a gearset) and digital 5065MG servo (will be a spare for another heli of mine that already has 5065MG on cyclics).
Plus I have 2 spare tail assemblies, 2 more spare metal head assemblies and I tallyed about $50 In blades and other misc spare parts.

I mounted the cheap keychain cam on a spare plastic canopy using a method someone posted on RCG. If I don't fly it in the back yard in the next couple days, my club is meeting on Jan 1 at the flying field. Possibly to fly off of snow cause it may snow up here Wed night.

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12-30-2009 12:17 AM  7 years agoPost 3
tryan02

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A Gy240 would look good on that heli.

You also know the 3D guy's grind down the CF frame a bit and mount the gyro on the bottom of the tailboom block? Cause the paddles can hit the case. And to think I just sold my TREX450SEv1 airframe with motor and 315mm CF blades plenty of spares and a case for $75 a few months ago would of made a good bird for this guy. But its in the hands of a new guy he flies with no fear so he will need a few spares.

No Really I am the club President!!!

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12-30-2009 02:50 AM  7 years agoPost 4
Melnic

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GY240! No way. I'm keeping that one.... This bird is gonna be sold sometime by the end of the spring..

yea, I've seen how they do that w/ the gyro.
I guess it's gonna take at least one gyro smash before I do that myself. Hmmm, maybe I should go ahead and do that w/ the brand new 520 anyway I think I can position it so I see the LED on the corner anyway. Maybe that's why they put it on the corner? .... good thought.

But at least in this case, it's a $20 gyro. So far i've not hit the gyro w/ a paddle but I don't do extreme stuff I guess. This guy won't be doing anything close to what I even do. Plus I want him to see the LED too.

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12-30-2009 02:59 AM  7 years agoPost 5
tryan02

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Canton, Missouri

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led there is an led on a gyro?

It doesn't take long to figure out its not working.

Since the guy is an on and off pilot I thought he might have a few mishaps with it is why I mentioned it. You know a flybar bender. Its not the flying that breaks it its the crashing.

I too always top mount them but I think it may of been slider that brought it to my attention that the flybar swings ridiculously close to the gyro at full tilt maybe a 1/4" away so even a little flybar bending blade strike could hit it.

No Really I am the club President!!!

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12-31-2009 01:36 AM  7 years agoPost 6
slider46

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Ocala Florida

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Yes I did bring that issue up along time ago about the gyro. IT usually happens when the heli drops from the air suddenly causing the paddles to deflect down and wack the gyro mounted on top of the boom... As most of you already know the flybar paddles will strike the boom in a hard landing too.....I always mount mine under the boom just for safety....

Tom..... No "D" flying....

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12-31-2009 02:27 AM  7 years agoPost 7
Melnic

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I looked at this particular 450 and the flybar can't tilt far enough to hit the gyro. It would have to be bent downward to hit which I've yet to see, I always see them twisted. Is this supposed to be on all 450's, the trex's or some other 450?

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12-31-2009 02:40 AM  7 years agoPost 8
slider46

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It's not just a 450 issue it will happen with any size bird... with the flybar at it's lowest point above the gyro, how much room do you have? The flybar will bend an inch or more in a hard landing. You might think that it can't happen but that is when it does....

Tom..... No "D" flying....

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12-31-2009 03:36 PM  7 years agoPost 9
Melnic

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I measure a 1/2" clearance. I see the probability of a gyro strike in a bad crash on this heli as possible, but extreamly low. I'll leave it as it for a $20 gyro.

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12-31-2009 08:22 PM  7 years agoPost 10
Melnic

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Flew for a little bit.
I did not have to touch a thing on the Tx, no trim or tracking adjustments or gyro gain changes were needed.

Keychain cam velcro'd to canopy. I need to tilt the camera so as the heli is tilted, camera will be straight:

Watch at YouTube

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