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05-06-2005 05:24 AM  13 years agoPost 1
ppridday

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Detroit Lakes MN

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Finally decided to bust out of the Real Flight world and try my Rappy 50 tonight. I took it over to my new found heli flying friend so he could go through all of the sequences for me. Want to definitely do it right the first time. I showed him all my new goodies and the training gear that I had made (dowels & whiffle balls) but had yet to install. He told me to put it on later & showed me where to zip tie it etc. The sucker fired right up and about a minute later he had it hovering nicely. Trouble was it was kind of gusty by his place & it was pretty tight quarters. He said that we should go out another day that isn't as windy where we have more room to play. He then showed me all the shutdown sequences, the defueling and general once over of the heli. I packed it up and headed home with a smile on my face. Once I got home there was not a breath of breeze and it was still warm and light out, so I thought I would go through the startup again etc. Everything went perfect until I noticed the glo lighter left on the remote plug. Doh!!! Spooled it down and removed the glo lighter. Then of course as anyone would, I spun it back up again, just to hear it, then watch it get light on the skids. Cool.... Then I tried a few 6" bunny hops and finally a 10 second 24" hover. Wooohoooo!!!!!! Suddenly I realize, HOLY CRAP!!! I haven't got the training gear on.... Down softly, shut it down, do the post fly defueling etc. etc. Went inside, changed underwear, and now I can't wait to get back out and go again. This is just way too cool. And I thought buying it and looking at it was great!! Is it the nitro exhaust that makes you feel like this????

Please forgive the newbie cherry popping babbling.....

Gotta go clean my baby...

Paul

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05-06-2005 06:57 AM  13 years agoPost 2
Krypty

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Welcome to the addiction

.....and it only gets better everyday.

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05-06-2005 12:24 PM  13 years agoPost 3
crowfly

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I would suggest that you not use zip ties on the training gear. Try using rubber bands. Pull the Legs of the trainer gear together to form a tall, skinny, X. Set the heli over the gear so that the main gear is straddling over the trainer gear. Now spread the "skinny" X apart with the wood dowels on top of the main gear. Rubber Band the wood dowels to the mains. With the wood dowels on top, & rubber banded to the mains, you now have a nice set of shock absorbers. Try it. It works great.

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05-06-2005 03:11 PM  13 years agoPost 4
Gary

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Welcome to the insanity of heicopters. The thrills come with regularity when first getting started. A 6" hover is something to jump up and down about. Wait until your first attempt at FF. Oh, and make sure to breathe.

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05-06-2005 03:22 PM  13 years agoPost 5
rockyjames

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Wow, that sounded just like me when I started. EXACTLY! I wish I could go back and do it all over again. It was so exciting!! Just wait til FF. Thats the underwear changer.

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05-06-2005 04:00 PM  13 years agoPost 6
mobywho

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Congratuation on your first hoover! I too have the same exprience including leaving the glo lighter on the bird one time. The funny thing is that when I buy my first glo lighter I go through alot of looking just to find the smallest one for it to fit in my pocket. But, after that one incedent I got the largest one I can find which is the Pro Driver MK II.

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05-06-2005 06:04 PM  13 years agoPost 7
BC Don

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Congrats, it only gets better (worse?) from here on in. You get to the point where you can hover and start to fly around. You subscribe to any Mag that has anything to do with RC helis. You log onto RunRyder dozens of times during the day to see what is happening. You cruise web sites making lists of all the things you "need". You buy another heli, radio, gyros etc. Someone offers you a deal "you just can't refuse".

Then it rains out and you mope around the house, drive out the field in the hopes that the rain (predicted at 100% with a driving gale with no clearing in site for days) will let up.

You fly in wind, "some" rain, and when its well below zero.

Welcome to the addiction - don't say you weren't warned.

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05-06-2005 07:07 PM  13 years agoPost 8
AndyH

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I never used training gear - I just spent a lot of time on the sim and then sort of "bunny hopped" around till I got the hang of it. As long as you don't go very hi (under 2ft) and don't just slam the collective stick down or slam the sticks anywhere - you should be fine.

PS - don't blame me if you don't use the trainin gear and biff it!

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05-07-2005 12:26 AM  13 years agoPost 9
arceye

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BC Don

You have the whole thing there in a nut shell that must be the most accurate explanation of heli flying I have ever seen.

But to make it worse for me its bloody windy and raining at the moment where I live


Kasama Head :(
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05-07-2005 01:26 AM  13 years agoPost 10
SkateFreak

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hehe,
I dont know why but i learnt to hover in the stupidly small garden we have...
Untill i realised flying Nitro was permitted in the fields around the village (but i'm the only heli owner *grumbles)
So now i bearly have a guts to hover in the garden where i learnt lol!
And now that i'm good at it i'm flying in this huge field where i'm afraid i'll lose visual of the heli lol!!!

Ironic really *grins*

-Jvr

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05-07-2005 03:19 AM  13 years agoPost 11
Phranque

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Then it rains out and you mope around the house, drive out the field in the hopes that the rain (predicted at 100% with a driving gale with no clearing in site for days) will let up.
OK, very red faced, I am guilty of this one. I will load up, get the "are you really that desperate" look from the wife, which is when I mention that little clear spot on the weather radar, which looks like it's headed in the direction of the field. I will show up, and of course it will be pouring, the wind sock will be sideways........but the worst part.....

THERE WILL BE OTHER PEOPLE THERE!!!!!!

At this point, it turns into a BS session in the gazebo. And if that clear spot does happen to hit, there is a mad dash to burn a half tank of fuel.

Flying a heli is like seeing the Matrix, it is a mind bending experience.

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05-07-2005 06:29 AM  13 years agoPost 12
ppridday

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Detroit Lakes MN

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Okee Dokee. More flying today. Did all the honey do's and got a couple of tankfuls in before we had to go out. This is absolutely awesome. Not what I would call controlled hovering by ANY stretch of the imagination but i could at least get it moving back to where I wanted it to go most of the time. I did put the training gear on ( cuz AndyH refused to take the blame if I biffed it without ) with some elastics, but put them on the bottom instead of the top as crowfly suggested. I used 3/16" dowel instead of 1/4" so the sag in the dowels pretty much negated the "suspension effect" of hanging them. I can see the upside of that though with a stiffer training gear. Close to the end of my first tank a small gust came up and the next thing I knew my 18" hover was a 6 ft. hover. Yikes!!! Of course I brought it down too fast. No boom strikes or anything but it did hit hard enough to pop the zip ties holding on the landing gear. (TJMan, who I bought it off of suggested this as he said that if I doink it into the ground and the gear is bolted on, my nice new carbon landing gear would likely snap. Definitely a good call there) Filled up a second tank and off again. Tragically it was then off for a night of dinner & drinks with friends. I of course bored them with tales of my mighty hovering feats. Probably not a lot unlike the dreaded slideshow presentations of last years vacation etc.
Now the really bad part. About a week ago I volunteered to help some friends tile their kitchen tomorrow. This was of course before I knew I could keep this baby in the air at all. Serious bummer here... I figure there must be at least one doctor who is an RR guy that could write me a note so I can get out of this...

Ciao' for now.....

"There's someone in my head, but it's not me..."

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05-07-2005 10:04 AM  13 years agoPost 13
SkateFreak

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hehe, sound jst like me
Kicked up the work over the weekend and now that i can fly i'm still waiting for my hours to come down
One question people!
Now apposed to metal bling, anyone think it would be possibly to get a rappy with as much plastic, and grease any bearings/metal, and waterproofing the radiogears the easy part.... But i'm thinking a rain heli *grins*

Imagin that! Only question is could the clutch handle getting get (if thats likely) and other mechanics? (although wouldnt the shell help protect it a little?!)

Not trying to hijack the thread tho

Nothin better than boring everyone with heli talk *grins*

keep up the progress and best of luck gettin outta the tiling job

-Jvr

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05-07-2005 12:57 PM  13 years agoPost 14
Ted Toth

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Myrtle Beach S.C.

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congrats great story
been there done that
Went inside, changed underwear, and now I can't wait to get back out and go again
way too much information....

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05-07-2005 02:15 PM  13 years agoPost 15
ppridday

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40 m.p.h. gusts today. Gone tiling for brownie points.

P.

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05-08-2005 01:51 PM  13 years agoPost 16
AlanR8

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Another tip....start lining up the credit cards......you'll need them!

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05-08-2005 03:43 PM  13 years agoPost 17
ppridday

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No kidding there. I've found that out already. The old Visa is getting a little scorched at the edges already. The other thing I have to practice is wife management skills. Unfortunately she is quite smart and sees through me in an instant. I'm going to have to step up the tactics a notch. This will include such strategies as searching out stores nearby the LHS that appeal to her. "Hey honey, I notice that there is a really big shoe store next to the hobby shop down in the cities. Hey, while you're there could you grab me a case of fuel." Something like that anyway. I'll have to polish it up a bit.

P.

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