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02-22-2014 05:39 PM  3 years agoPost 1
rcnut

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I ordered the Agile 7.2 heli Thursday night, after the disturbing news about MA closing their doors and I having all three Whiplashes’.

I will be using the AR7200BX, MKS BLH 950/980 HV servos running on a straight 2 cell LiPo, Xera 4530 500 motor, and a CC 120HV opto ESC.

So I am looking forward to this build and then the test flight, providing we get some warmer weather soon!

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02-22-2014 07:53 PM  3 years agoPost 2
ren

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Welcome to the family let us know if you have any questions during the build!

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02-28-2014 12:08 AM  3 years agoPost 3
rcnut

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My kit finally arrived! I'm so excited. I noticed some crinkling on the heli box, possible from UPS… Upon inspection, I noticed the little CD is broken. And I believe that was the instructions…so I'm printing them out now from the internet! Nice to have a backup source!

Oh, printer is done…gotta go build!

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03-03-2014 08:49 PM  3 years agoPost 4
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Build update...

... let us know if you have any questions during the build!
I do have a few questions...

1.) On the tail output shaft, mine came with a red anodized sleeve. I believe this goes between the gear and collar (the collar with a step).

2.) The boom support clamp is bigger than the boom outer diameter, and my kit came with a piece of heat shrink tubing. Is the heat shrink tubing used under the clamp to protect the boom?

3.) I have a package of rubber combing? It looks to be glued around the edges of the canopy???

I couldn't find anything in the instructions showing any of these or a picture in the parts list.

I'm 9 hours into the build and I'm laying out the wiring. It took just under 8 hours to build this heli, and for me, it went fast! I like how this heli was engineered and well thought out.

As I looked over the parts and pieces, I didn't think this heli would be strong enough...until I started building it! The only issue I had was trying to thread the m3x3 grub screws into the landing gear. The first one stripped half way in! Ok...I managed to get it out without ruining the landing gear. I used a bigger grub screw and driled the hole a little bigger for the screw, now everything is well again!

I can't wait to get this heli in the sunlight with the canopy on. I really like the color scheme. The metalic red is very sexy looken!

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03-03-2014 10:29 PM  3 years agoPost 5
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1. Not sure what red anodized sleeve your talking about. Can you take a photo?

2. The heat shrink goes between the boom support collar and the boom. Protects and help it keep from twisting.

3. The package of rubber can be used on the sides of the main frame where your batteries would rub, or you can put it on your canopy if you'd like I suppose. I just cut a small piece off and put one on each side with a little dab of CA to hold it down.

The grub screw does into that landing gear pretty deep. Your basically threading the plastic as its going in. Have to be sure you have a nice strong 1.5mm driver. I have a set of Scorpions what I used to drive that down.

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03-03-2014 10:32 PM  3 years agoPost 6
ren

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1.) On the tail output shaft, mine came with a red anodized sleeve. I believe this goes between the gear and collar (the collar with a step).

Correct it goes between tail gear and collar.

2.) The boom support clamp is bigger than the boom outer diameter, and my kit came with a piece of heat shrink tubing. Is the heat shrink tubing used under the clamp to protect the boom?

Yes correct, set your boom braces and get the tubing close and the heat it do not reduce it all at once in case you need to adjust.

3.) I have a package of rubber combing? It looks to be glued around the edges of the canopy???

Some people use it like that I use to cover frames where the batteries go.

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03-03-2014 11:00 PM  3 years agoPost 7
rcnut

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Ok, thanks! Now I feel kinda silly about the rubber going around the frame protecting the batteries.

I've noticed there seems to be some kind of coating on the carbon fiber. It is "slick" enough that my velcro doesn't stick to it very well. I had to scuff up the with some 320 grit sand paper in order to get it to stick well. Is this normal?

As for gluing the rubber around the frame…I find good ole household Goop works very well!

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03-03-2014 11:21 PM  3 years agoPost 8
ren

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Yes there is a coat on the CF you can clean several times w alcohol and then it will stick.

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03-04-2014 12:23 AM  3 years agoPost 9
rcnut

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Yes there is a coat on the CF you can clean several times w alcohol and then it will stick.
That's interesting! And the reason for that is??? This would work great with nitro. It would resist the oil from penetrating into the carbon fiber…over time.

I wonder if this coating would make the carbon fiber non-conductive?

Here is a pic of the tail…I hope I built it right…

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03-04-2014 12:54 AM  3 years agoPost 10
ren

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Tail is good ! 0 play right!

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03-04-2014 12:54 AM  3 years agoPost 11
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Is that a two part sleeve and collar? Mine only has the collar so that's probably why I was a little lost on that.

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03-04-2014 01:56 AM  3 years agoPost 12
ren

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Yes it is two part, sleeve and collar. But you change later if you ever crash you can put the update design.

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03-04-2014 01:59 AM  3 years agoPost 13
rcnut

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There is absolutely no play in the output shaft! Thank You! This is one cool heli, can't wait to fly this beauty!

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03-05-2014 02:07 PM  3 years agoPost 14
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Here are some pic's of the build. I'm in the process of laying out/installing the rest of the electronics. I'm also trying to find a place it mount my Relion 5200mAh pack...I have the flat and square pack. The flat pack will not fit up front, canopy rear mount won't line up. Maybe the rear plate just under the boom might work...

I have the ESC connectors soldered and the unit mounted. All the servos and DSMX satellite are connected to the AR7200BX. I am getting ready to bind the AR7200BX and start programming and adding the linkages to the swashplate and rudder...then more programming!

Even though the build went lightening fast [for me]...I'm taking my time here! ...and it has been SNOWING ["again!"] since midnight. The snow is forecasted to stop sometime after lunch. Every 3 days its been snowing!... Have I mentioned how much I'm hating all this snow? Summer is never getting here...winter all year long!

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03-05-2014 06:33 PM  3 years agoPost 15
Ace Dude

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Those are some beefy looking tail gears.

  

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03-06-2014 01:43 AM  3 years agoPost 16
RPM 1.5

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Tail gears on the 5.5 Agile are GOOD also NICE !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ray

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03-06-2014 03:12 AM  3 years agoPost 17
Schuster_Helis

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Looks Great! Can't wait to get your thoughts on first flights.

Jim
Team ME, Pulse lipo, Castle Creations

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03-10-2014 12:39 PM  3 years agoPost 18
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Had the guy's over last night, it was a heli palooza! There was heli's everywhere.

I finally powered up my new Agile in the hopes of setting up the servo linkages to the swashplate only to discover I am missing the two 38mm links for the pitch and aileron? We looked through everything 3 times, but no links. I'll be ordering some replacements later today. There small so I should have them in a couple of days.

On to the next project!

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03-10-2014 07:18 PM  3 years agoPost 19
abwomack

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linkage rods

warehouse has been notified and your parts are on the way

Allen Bryan

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03-11-2014 01:37 PM  3 years agoPost 20
rcnut

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That's awesome! Thanks! You guys rock!

I've been working on other stuff trying to keep this heli on the workbench. I have 3 other heli's to fix/modify...Trex 700 convert to gas, a quadcopter that needs programming, a gas problem Whippy, and a 75-100 amp charging station to build, all waiting their turn on the bench......I need a bigger bench!

To many projects all at once!

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