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03-09-2016 02:00 AM  21 months agoPost 1
rbort

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Today was busy with all kinds of stuff! Started out the morning late coffee and cereal exactly like Ray said and then I decided to pull the gas out of the snowblower as I was running out of heli gas. Tomorrow is supposed to be 70F so I don't think I need the snow blower any more, really been a bust winter especially for snow lovers.

Anyway, I got about 50oz of fuel from the snowblower and added another quart to 2.6oz of oil and had enough to go around for the day. Spectra, Whiplash and Raptor loaded in the truck and ready to go.

I head down to the field to get going on the flights, figured I'd start 1 each and then go from there. After my 1st flight, Ed showed up on a motorcycle ride and decided he is going to go home and get his new drone and come back. I said great go for it I'm here for the duration and while he was gone I was flying the whiplash only to find out I'm losing power all of a sudden at full collective, what's going on? I land to take a look and the baffle is coming out of the Century V2 pipe, whoops. I shot a little video of it, check it out:

Watch at YouTube

I guess its time to put the zimmerman muffler on, though without the baffle it is now equal to the TRM muffler in sound/noise level, and makes more power than with the baffle (Wally used to take this out on purpose for more power - actually raced with that at IRCHA), but I'd rather more quiet and the sound of the zimmerman is really nice so time for an upgrade

Since Ed was back and flying I decided it would be a good time to log flight #3000 with the Spectra and have him take a celebratory picture. That flight went without a hitch and Ed filmed some of it with his drone, maybe he can pull some pictures or video from there and post here, we'll see.

Lastly a guy showed up with his dog to watch while I was flying the last tank for the Raptor, flight #8 for the day. (I had 2 on the Spectra, 3 on the Whiplash, and 3 on the Raptor and pretty much burning the entire mix for today). His dog loved chasing the Raptor around man that dog spent like 10 minutes easy chasing it up and down the runway. Finally the owner decided to take some videos and I had him forward them to me, check them out pretty funny stuff!

Watch at YouTube

Watch at YouTube

I was a little concerned about the engine, man if it quit for some reason and I had to land suddenly I was worried about the dog, I asked the owner if he could call her back and he said yes she's pretty good about that. OK, well we had some fun and I decided to land earlier with 2 minutes left in the timer so I would be 100% sure I'm not going to run out. Had him call her back and landed safely. The previous flight when he wasn't there I actually ran out of fuel and couldn't make it back to the LZ for the first time in a while, ended up in the "tall grass" to the left of my truck. A quick video of that...

Watch at YouTube

That's what I was worried about, if I had to do this with the dog chasing and she finally caught the helicopter while its still spooling down (for sure that dog was quick) it could hurt...! In this short video you could see that dog way off in the distance before coming to visit me.

All in all a great day, enjoyed it as always

Today, 3822 days later, or 10 years, 5 months, 17 days including the end date,
I've completed 3000 flights on the MA Spectra-g!

Pictures below:

All queued up and reach to rock and roll.
Muffler tip coming out of Century V2.
Spectra-g just as it landed flight #3000.
The count of the previous flight.
The new milestone for Spectra-g's around the world!
Had to take that picture, looking good
That guy's picture of his dog chasing the Raptor.

-=>Raja.

MA 1005 Hanson 280, 4142 flts
Spectra 27 3DMax, 3210 flts
Whiplash V1 Hanson 300, 1440 flts
Whiplash V2 Hanson 300, 207 flts

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03-09-2016 03:15 AM  21 months agoPost 2
Gearhead

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I know a couple people with that many flights on their plastic glow helis

Jim
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03-09-2016 03:37 AM  21 months agoPost 3
rbort

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Cool!

I wonder how many bearings, glow plugs, and gallons of nitro does it take to keep one in the air for 900 hours?

-=>Raja.

MA 1005 Hanson 280, 4142 flts
Spectra 27 3DMax, 3210 flts
Whiplash V1 Hanson 300, 1440 flts
Whiplash V2 Hanson 300, 207 flts

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03-09-2016 03:49 AM  21 months agoPost 4
Ace Dude

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Congratulations!

  

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03-09-2016 03:57 AM  21 months agoPost 5
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I wonder how many bearings, glow plugs, and gallons of nitro does it take to keep one in the air for 900 hours?
what does that matter if those pilots are enjoying what they like

Jim
Buzz Buzz Buzz

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03-09-2016 04:09 AM  21 months agoPost 6
xcellgasman101

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Congrats raja,, that is a lot of time spent in the air with the same bird. Again Congrats. XGM/VGM

John Crotts
www.soonerhelicamproductions.com

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03-09-2016 04:06 PM  21 months agoPost 7
rbort

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Thanks guys!

Its been great all these years flying gassers, my favorite activity by far.

Next goal this year is the 1005 up to 4000 flights before its 19th birthday on 9/22.

-=>Raja.

MA 1005 Hanson 280, 4142 flts
Spectra 27 3DMax, 3210 flts
Whiplash V1 Hanson 300, 1440 flts
Whiplash V2 Hanson 300, 207 flts

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03-09-2016 05:19 PM  21 months agoPost 8
turboomni

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Congrats Raja!! I guess I am on the other side of the coin. I haven't flown anything since last September.
I too wonder how many gallons and glow plugs it would take to fly the 900 hours. I cringe at the thought of 30.00+ a gallon for 30% and 5 flights a gallon.

Setup is everything, All my heli's can fly far better than I can pilot them

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03-09-2016 09:10 PM  21 months agoPost 9
don s

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Must have gotten up plenty early to get 3k in a day...

E820, Raptor G4N, X50F/E, E620, Forza 450, and some planks.

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03-09-2016 09:18 PM  21 months agoPost 10
RM3

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does kicking my heli out of frustration into the air count as a flight?

showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...

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03-09-2016 09:22 PM  21 months agoPost 11
don s

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does kicking my heli out of frustration into the air count as a flight?
Twice if it bounces.

E820, Raptor G4N, X50F/E, E620, Forza 450, and some planks.

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03-10-2016 03:02 AM  21 months agoPost 12
Toadster25

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Nice to see someone still flying the spectra on a regular basis. I've still got mine but I think I probably only got maybe 5 flights all last year on three different days spread through the the summer.

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03-10-2016 04:10 AM  21 months agoPost 13
turboomni

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Nice to see someone still flying the spectra on a regular basis. I've still got mine but I think I probably only got maybe 5 flights all last year on three different days spread through the the summer
And how did she do??

Setup is everything, All my heli's can fly far better than I can pilot them

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03-10-2016 02:23 PM  21 months agoPost 14
JuanRodriguez

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Mr. Buzzzz Buzzzz Buzzzzz wrote:

what does that matter if those pilots are enjoying what they like
Raja,

Don't worry about foolish comments like this..... All you need to do is consider the source...

Congrats on your accomplishment !

Been there, done that and old enough to know better.....

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03-10-2016 04:58 PM  21 months agoPost 15
vfinohio

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Congrats on your achievement!

Just out of curiosity, now that you have logged all the flights, do you have a favorite out of the gassers that you own? And if you do have a favorite, why - sentimental? durability? flight performance?

I had hoped to get a Spectra myself before MA went under. Maybe someday still....

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03-11-2016 02:23 PM  21 months agoPost 16
RM3

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and he has to drive out to the field...sometimes shovel snow, wear a heated TX glove or wait for the rain to stop....

I would be hard pressed to get 1/10th of that number of flights even if I lived on open acreage.

The man is addicted for sure.

showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...

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03-11-2016 02:50 PM  21 months agoPost 17
rbort

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Helis

As far as what's best, the Whiplash would be hands down the best 3D gasser of them all. I got new gears main and tail from Josef and they are CNC cut alot smoother and 100% true making the machine freewheel even better than before.

The Spectra-g would come in 2nd best, its a little heavier than the Whiplash but it has a very fluid transmission that allows it to auto forever and a day. One day I did the spin test video on youtube between it and a Century Radikal, and some guy accused me of taking out the main gear to do that test, its THAT good...

The 1005 would be 3rd due to the fact that it was a mechanical mix heli, but I made it better by modifying it to become CCPM. It flies alot better that way, but still I would rate it third due to alot more parts and stacked frames. it also uses the PUH engine which isn't as smooth and can overheat, though I've correct that with a Wally fan. Lastly I would rate the Raptor as between the Spectra and the 1005, due to running an RC engine so its quite smooth and flies well, but its mechanical mix. Its generator runs off the tail rotor robbing very very slight amount of auto hang time, making it 2nd to the Spectra and 1005 which are in the same class together for best hang time (same fluid system).

RM3, you know I don't mind the snow and/or flying in the cold with the heated radio glove, that solved the winter woes. Now summer is worse than winter for me, and yesterday it was starting, I went to fly when it was almost 70 degrees out, two things I noticed:

a) a little less power from the engine at full collective and
b) a little cloud of baby bugs as children learning to fly and hovering over my face. Soon they will figure out they need to land on my glasses and walk into my eyes, right now instinct just tells them they need to fly over my head. Great, spring is coming, preferred the dead of winter honestly!

Edit, Oh yeah, and I killed two mosquitoes yesterday, looked a little bigger than "stock", maybe they were queens, can you believe it? I hope it gets below freezing again and destroys the first batch that hatches.

-=>Raja.

MA 1005 Hanson 280, 4142 flts
Spectra 27 3DMax, 3210 flts
Whiplash V1 Hanson 300, 1440 flts
Whiplash V2 Hanson 300, 207 flts

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03-11-2016 05:02 PM  21 months agoPost 18
AtTheCross

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congrats!!

ASI Green Mongoose CY29RC - 67 flights

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03-12-2016 02:29 PM  21 months agoPost 19
vfinohio

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Thanks for the thoughtful reply. I'll keep that in mind if I'm someday able to get a gasser. Here's to the next 3000 flights!

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03-13-2016 06:06 AM  21 months agoPost 20
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I do not fly nearly as much as Raja but I do own a 1005 and a Spectra. My Spectra I converted to FBL and the difference was night and day. I installed a Bavarian Demon with full bail out and although tough for me to set up at first,,it was worth it. A real power improvement that was noticeable without the flybar. And the precision improved greatly for me. As for my 1005 when min air was going out of business I bought lots of parts for the Spectra and 1005. I decided to keep the 1005 stock and replaced all sloppy links ,bearings etc to bring her up to factory standards of the time.
The 1005 is not nearly as precise as the Spectra before or after the FBL upgrade but it has a charm all it's own. When you get used to it it is still very fun to fly. My plan is to keep it as from the factory,,flybar and all.
If Min Air does offer the Whiplash gasser again I will be first in line. It will complete the line of gassers offered by Min Air.

Setup is everything, All my heli's can fly far better than I can pilot them

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