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04-01-2005 02:25 PM  13 years agoPost 1
jjp

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OK, After reading many post and building my hawk sport, I'm ready to fire up for the first time this weekend. Is there anything I should know before I proceed. Should I run the engine slower for a tank or two to break in the engine. I have training gear. I can fly a fixed pitch hummingbird, but I know this will be way different. I had someone look at all my radio settings and said they should be fine to start with. As for all the linkage it also looks good, but I know I may have to adjust things once I hover. Wish be luck and will post how it goes. Thanks to everyone that has posted tips and information. It has helped a lot.

Thanks, jjp

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04-01-2005 02:40 PM  13 years agoPost 2
RCfan

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Follow the engine's break-in instructions to the letter; pay particular attention to the needle settings and ensure they're set to factory default.

Perform a proper radio range check before attempting to start the heli.

Verify that the gyro is working properly, primarily that it's not reversed. If you run a heading-hold (HH) gyro, turn off HH mode before walking the heli to it's take-off location.

Before starting the heli, ensure the throttle is at idle (low stick) in normal mode.

Before turning the engine, get a good, solid grip on one of the main blade holders. In case the motor starts at a high rpm, you need to prevent the main rotor from spinning and taking shots at you.

Make sure you know how to shut off the engine quickly in an emergency. If you're radio supports throttle-cut, make sure it completely shuts-off the carb. Throttle-cut is different from throttle-hold!

Have you charged all your batteries??

If at all possible, get an experienced pilot to give the heli a once-over at the field and even let him/her fly the first time.

Being you're first time ... DO NOT FLY IF YOU'RE ALONE! Avoid the temptation to fly if there's no one else to hear you scream in case something bad happens.

But most important of all ... HAVE FUN.

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04-01-2005 03:11 PM  13 years agoPost 3
NewHeli

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Did you fix the countergear assembly? If you don't know what I mean, do a search on my sn (NewHeli) and find my posts about countergears...this is a must to fix!!!

Good luck
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Nathaniel Rice
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04-01-2005 04:29 PM  13 years agoPost 4
BC Don

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"CounterGear" Assembly? I checked through the posts and there is a reference to this but it seems that the "fix" is to make sure the tail wire guide doesn't move. I've done this by following the instructions in the manual - CA'ing the little plastic guide into the tube.

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04-01-2005 08:02 PM  13 years agoPost 5
Gearhead

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braking-in

get help for you first few tanks !!, and keep in mind your tuning and your pitch & throttle curves do affect each other some, if you have to much pitch and you have a low head speed your motor will have to work harder so it will get hotter quicker, because there is no thrust bearings in the main blade grips on a Sport you will want to run a head speed of 1700 but not much more than 1750, so for you first tank listen to your head speed, hopefully someone will be there to help you,,,

OS ringed motor,,,
I just hover very very rich for the first tank, so rich it will just barely hover 3,4ft off the ground, it should suck down it's first full tank in about 5,6 minutes, then for the 2nd next tank lean it out 2 clicks, 2 more clicks for the 3rd tank,,, I do this for 3,4,5 tanks until the power starts to come-up yet she is still quite rich, and fly around a few 3,4 tanks till I lean it again, then I will lean it 2 clicks and fly for 2,3 tanks, lean it 2 clicks and fly it for 2,3 tanks,,, so now the power is up yet she is still nice and rich~ too rich, and you may have burned the first gallon, fly her this~too rich for your 2nd gallon then I will start leaning for good looping power (if your not looping yet then just fly around rich) every time you land to lean it feel the back plate and the bottom of the cylinder and don't let it get burning hot ,,, (if it's a TT motor I suggest you run it richer for an extra gallon or 2),,,

if its a non-ringed OS motor 32,,,
you need to get it hotter than a ring motor for it's first flight, not super hot but just a little hotter than warm,,, start it rich, hover for 1/2 a minute, and land and feel the back plate and the bottom of the cylinder, if it's cool and rich lean it 2,3,4, hover again land, get the power and heat up, a non-ringed motor needs to be very warm for it's brake-in,,,

good luck, ask what you need, get help for you first few tanks !!

Jim

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04-01-2005 09:07 PM  13 years agoPost 6
NewHeli

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http://www.runryder.com/t149412p1/

This topic contains my post on fixing the countergear assembly.

NewHeli

Nathaniel Rice
Team YS Engines

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