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06-03-2011 06:36 AM  9 years ago
heliflyer7

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P.S. I like the Navy trim scheme, something different.

I need a pilot, where did you get and who makes yours?

Thanks

Jack
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06-03-2011 11:45 AM  9 years ago
FloridaHeli

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heliflyer7,

Wish I could take credit for the Navy trim but Larry Smith of bolarheliresearch.com did the initial build and obtained the decals.

The pilot also came with the heli. I've seen the exact same guy in another Lama

Don't know where to get him though.

Why did you install asymmetrical blades on the heli? I understand flat bottom blades give more lift. Since we don't go inverted we don't need air foil on both sides. Just curious.
This hobby is WAY too expensive!!
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06-03-2011 03:10 PM  9 years ago
heliflyer7

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To be honest, I never really considered, the blades being asymmetrical or not. They were standard Heli-Max blades. I know what you're referring to in terms of the type of lift we're looking for, but I believe at this point in time, most any blade you buy has some degree of asymmetricy built in.

That being said, I believe there are varying degrees of asymmetricy depending on whether sport or 3D flying is being considered. They are generally referred to as being semi or fully symmetrical.
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06-03-2011 09:20 PM  9 years ago
heliflyer7

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Shot a backyard video today: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWboR6TjJvU
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06-04-2011 03:38 AM  9 years ago
FloridaHeli

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heliflyer7

Nice video. You are very comfortable in all orientations of the heli. Good scale piloting skills.

I bought some open mesh material from Hobby Lobby today. It is not the diorama framework. They did not have it, but something else I found in the knitting area. It was cheap at $0.59/12" square sheet. The best thing is it comes in several colors. I got a sheet of black, orange and red. I'm going to try to fill the muffler opening with red and see what that looks like. I'll post photos if it looks good.

If you ever take the side panels off could you post some photos of your engine mount? Always nice to see what is on the other side of the fence.

Starting the Airwolf-e next week. The second Lama will have to wait until that is done to begin work on it.

Thanks for sharing.
This hobby is WAY too expensive!!
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06-04-2011 04:15 AM  9 years ago
heliflyer7

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Thanks for the kind words. I have been pushing my personal envelope a bit lately, realizing that I am in fact in control of the heli and not vice-versa. Particularly in iffy conditions, a veteran plank flyer once told me, "the aircraft doesn't know if the wind is blowing or not", I think that kind of says it all.

Funny, I had considered painting the screen orange or red myself. I think it would look really good, please post pix.

I've got a Trex 700e flybarless in the box waiting right now. I believe I will enjoy what I have: an eShuttle conversion, the Lama, Trex 450 Pro, and XRB Lama before I start it. It may end up waiting 'till winter, though I doubt it :-)

Curious to see your next Lama as well as the Airwolf. Always glad to help out.

Jack

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06-04-2011 05:16 AM  9 years ago
FloridaHeli

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Jack,

Appreciate the photos. 180 deg opposite from mine. I'm using a Scorpion 4025-880Kv motor that is an out runner but supported at the top with the shaft coming out the top. I don't have photos. When I received it from Chuck Nowell, RR member who built conversion parts, I was so excited to get it in the air that I totally forgot to take photos. Next time I do some dis-assembly I'll take photos and post them. Chuck is a superb machinist.

I'm looking forward to starting the 2nd "Bell Bloke" eLama. I ordered 6 feet of 1/8" brass angle to make the baskets like Bell's. I may end up with 2 sets; one for each eLama.

Enjoy the helis. I'm going flying Sunday.

Tom
This hobby is WAY too expensive!!
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06-04-2011 02:17 PM  9 years ago
heliflyer7

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Scorpions are great motors. Look forward to seeing that mounting scheme next time you pull the covers. I've done electrical soldering my entire life, but never with other materials. When you do build the baskets some photos and brief explanations would be wonderful. Always willing to try something new with a little guidance.

Fly Safe!

Jack
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06-05-2011 04:57 PM  8 years ago
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Hi Guys, it's great to see the 'Old' Lama still being converted and with 'Newer Technology.'
When I did mine 7 years ago folks had never seen 2 'large' scale looking helis that were electric ie the Bell and the Lama.
At the time Li-pos were still a black art for most, and now they are everywhere! I even wrote a jokey post here, about li-po electric out performing glow in 3D helicopters....and now they do!!
My Bell 47 is still going strong on it's original gear and it still looks the same as the day I first built it, and the Lama too.
I will post up some more detailed pictures for you and hopefully this should help some.
It's worth noting that my Lama has the Century Bell 47 undercarriage because it has a wider track for the wire carriers. It also means I can do terrific run on landings at nearly full speed into wind on short grass (will post video of that if I can find it)
Also my Lama has oversized main blades as detailed in my build. This is because in those days lipos were only 5C on peak. This is also why I had to have 8000mah packs on the Bell and Lama... now you are fine on 5000mah.
I do think also that nowadays I would use the Scorpion motors over the Hacker as they are way better value and seem to be just as reliable and you guys have done great installs with them.
Great to see you Guys having fun with your machines, all the best
Bell Bloke.
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03-08-2013 04:57 PM  7 years ago
EdgardoJr

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Great conversion!

Any DIY tips?

Motor KV?
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03-17-2013 01:48 PM  7 years ago
heliflyer7

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LamaTest Flight
Knocked the dust off of the Lama and did a personal POV flight. Still having tail rotor issues. They have been exacerbated, for some reason, since I did the three blade tail conversion. Not sure what's going on. In some ways, it's smoother in rate mode than in HH??

Watch at YouTube

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