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12-28-2010 07:18 PM  6 years agoPost 1
3djam

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Hi All,

It's been three years since I've flown my heli and I'm keen to return to the hobby. I'd be really grateful for your views and advice on my set-up:

Heli - Hirobo Sceadu Evo 50
Engine - OS 50 (non-hyper)
Exhaust - Zimmerman muffler
Tx - JR3810 (35MHz)
Gyro - CSM 560 micro
Governor - CSM Revlock RL10
Tail Servo - JRDS8900G
Collective Servo - JRDS8411
Cyclic Servos - JRDS8231
Throttle Servo - JRDS811

The heli has almost every quick uk upgrade. When I was flying regularly, I was able to do mild 3D.

I reckon I should change to 2.4GHz radio. Should I get a module for my JR3810 tx or just buy a completely new tx? Are modules reliable and would it work with my JR servos?

My engine was never that smooth so I'll buy a new engine. Should I go for an OS50 Hyper, or the new OS55? What about the YS56? If I went for a higher power engine, would I have to change my exhaust also?

I will definitely change the receiver battery. I understand that most heli flyers are now using 6V. Do I need to change to 6v? If so what do I need to buy to convert?

Sorry for all the questions and for the long post. However, I would be very grateful for some help in getting my set-up right.

Very many thanks in advance.

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12-28-2010 07:27 PM  6 years agoPost 2
jschenck

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I'd suggest you don't upgrade anything to begin with. All that equipment is fine.

Do replace all the batteries. I'd start off with a replacement 4 cell pack over 2500mah at least "A" size cells (no "AA" cell packs!).

Replace *all* the fuel lines, especially inside the fuel tank.

Replace the rubber dampers in the head.

That engine is the easiest to tune out of all the engines I've messed with. If the piston and ring are in good shape I wouldn't replace it. Replace the bearings inside the engine, very inexpensive and should make it run like new if the rest of it is in good shape.

If you find yourself liking the hobby again and spending time then start looking at getting a Lipo setup for your heli. I like the Align 2-1 regulator for 50 size since it has a built in glow plug lighter. When you are ready to buy a new radio come back and do some research. There are lots of good options. Personally I'd recommend buying a new radio rather than purchasing a 2.4Ghz module for your existing radio.

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12-28-2010 07:36 PM  6 years agoPost 3
thenewguy

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Corvallis, Oregon Where there is liquid sunshine!

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Also change the bearings in the motor.

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12-28-2010 07:50 PM  6 years agoPost 4
Jeff polisena

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westpalmbeachflorida usa

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+1 on batteries and fuel line . If your not hard 3d and want to replace motor hyper 50 is simple to tune ,the ys and os 55 are a little more to tune plus you have pipe . Enjoy what you have and get feet wet there is alot of cool stuff out now.

I stole it ,flew it and gave it back ;)

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12-28-2010 08:41 PM  6 years agoPost 5
heli papa

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shannon,NC

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Sounds like good info these guys have given youWELCOME back to the hobby

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12-29-2010 11:24 AM  6 years agoPost 6
3djam

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Many thanks for the replies and advice.

Do I not need to change my radio gear to 2.4GHz though?

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12-29-2010 12:36 PM  6 years agoPost 7
helismash

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Gloversville, NY - Fulton

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If your radio works fine, I wouldn't change unless you are looking for some of the new features in the new transmitters.
WELCOME BACK TO HELI'S!

Hey, Who put the ground there!
T-Rex 500/T-Rex 600N FBL/T-Rex 600E PRO/T-Rex 700N/T-Rex 700FBL

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12-29-2010 04:08 PM  6 years agoPost 8
Puffy929

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N W Ohio

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I have been running the module since they came out with absolutely no problems.

TRex600Nitro YS 50 JR9303Converted to 2.4 TJ Pro

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01-01-2013 11:52 AM  4 years agoPost 9
3djam

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UK

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Hi Again,

Happy New Year!

It's been a long time since I've been on the forum. Due to personal commitments I was unable to start flying my heli again and all my plans had to be put on hold for a while. Things have settled down now and I'm ready to rekindle by passion for RC helis. Thank you to all who replied to this post way back in 2010.

Is the advice still extant today? Has anything changed significantly? I was thinking of buying a new radio system for my heli (I only have a 35MHz radio) - perhaps a Spektrum DX8? Would this be a good choice? I am a JR user but from what I've read in magazines, their 2.4GHz system cannot be used with BNF helis. Is this correct?

Any and all advice is greatly appreciated!

I'm really looking forward to getting my heli back in the air again.

Thanks in advance.

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01-01-2013 01:14 PM  4 years agoPost 10
FlyingBeaver

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Mississauga, Ontario - Canada

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JR radio would work fine with BNF, as long as it's DSMx (same technology as Spectrum uses)

Recently JR developed their own protocol - DMSS, which would not be compatible with DSMx (which all current BNF models use)

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01-01-2013 02:09 PM  4 years agoPost 11
3djam

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UK

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Thank you very much for correcting my misunderstanding of JR's compatibility with BNF.

There seems to be so many new systems now it's difficult to understand what is compatible with what! The hobby has moved on so much since I flew regularly - I have some learning to do!

Thanks again.

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01-01-2013 08:08 PM  4 years agoPost 12
HeliSmith

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Chico, CA

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Don't upgrade anything until you make sure you are really ready to fly again. Nothing pisses me off more than dropping a few hundred bucks to find out I only spent a couple weekends with the guys. It is tugging at your heart, you will be back eventually.

If you showed up to my field guys would be helping you get back flying again if you had enough pieces to do so. 3 or 4 guys would surround the heli looking it over, a receiver pack would show up from somewhere. 2 guys at the nose would be checking all the settings for you. Go to an active heli flying field it will educate you in a flash.

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01-01-2013 08:31 PM  4 years agoPost 13
Pitlnmx

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Washington Pa

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I am also getting the itch its been about 6 years since i been in the air I purchased a Nano for myself over the holidays and have spent my day cleaning up the EVO and 9C.

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01-01-2013 08:32 PM  4 years agoPost 14
Santiago P

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South West, Ohio

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That is sound and wise advice from HeliSmith

Also, there are other products using similar BNF technology such as AnyLink that works with any radio.

Have fun on this comeback

S

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01-03-2013 09:43 AM  4 years agoPost 15
3djam

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UK

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Guys,

Thanks for your advice and encouragement. I'll spend some time completely stripping down my heli and thoroughly checking it over. It hasn't moved from my garage for a few years!

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