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07-20-2006 01:53 AM  14 years ago
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Finally gone nitro
Ok, I finally made the leap from small electric Trex to a Raptor50. I haven't painted bodies in a while (about 10yrs now), but here's my first attempt since the 50 offered a good size canvas to paint. It's an older V2, still I think it should serve me well.



Is there anything I should look out for on this bird (I got with an OS 46) as far as maintenance or behavior in the air. I know it's easier to fly a bigger heli than small, but the size sure is intimidating compared to my Trexs.

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Marc
Love my life, love my wife but my heli is my mistress! :D
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07-20-2006 06:59 AM  14 years ago
Drew7601

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looks sweet!Loving life! Flying helis.
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07-20-2006 10:22 AM  14 years ago
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Don't worry about the size. You will soon get used to it. you will find it handles the wind well to. i have had mine in 15-20 mph and it just sits there.Don't Panic!! Oh no, not again!
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07-20-2006 01:50 PM  14 years ago
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Thanks guys! I was trying to achieve a sharp and clean look.

As far as flying goes, I think the worst part is going to be the initial flight and the first few minutes of hovering just to get used to the size difference, one thing I am looking forward to is being able to see it at 300' away from me (this was difficult with the Rex for me during FFF). I can't wait, I think I'll be getting her in the air by this weekend!!!!! The one thing that sucks is I only have a 6ch Tx but I have a TJ pro and a 401 gyro, so now I am TX shopping shopping for at least 7ch or higher! I'm glad I have an understanding wife!


Marc
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07-20-2006 02:22 PM  14 years ago
SPB

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Vert nice paint job. Simple and impressive. You might also consider paint the canopy with a black spray from inside. It will make it look more agressive.
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07-21-2006 01:05 AM  14 years ago
Escrima1

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You'll love it. Once you get use to flying the 50 the Trex will look like a dot if you fly it right after, so that you'll have to be careful of.
Bring lots of cleaning towels and a cleaner now.
I'm new, where is the reset button on this radio?
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07-21-2006 04:54 AM  14 years ago
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Aim for a 9C,, I love this radio and it will take you along way.Raptor 50 v2, OS 50, MX-400, Blade CP,,,Futaba 9chp, GV-1 gov., OS Hyper 50, JK SB-50 pipe, 9451
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07-21-2006 10:10 AM  14 years ago
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Whatever RX you buy don't spend twice. The 9C or the JR9XII are more than most will ever need. They don't come cheap but once you have one you should be set for a long time.Don't Panic!! Oh no, not again!
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07-21-2006 01:40 PM  14 years ago
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Yeah I've been keeping my eyes peeled for a 9chp, and planning on using my current 6ex for the camera mount. This is where I get sneaky because by setting my camera mount with the 6ex I will have my wife pilot the mount and get her use to the controls (this for one will get her actively involved in the hobby by doing the whole "quality time" thing and there is nothing she can damage as she will only be controlling pan/tilt and shoot). After that she can move on to flying the bird!

Marc
Love my life, love my wife but my heli is my mistress! :D
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07-22-2006 11:24 PM  14 years ago
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Well, after fixing a frozen clutch bell due to faulty bearing and realizing the 30 page service manual I downloaded and printed for my engine was not the correct manual, I think I should be ready to fly tommorrow afternoon. This is going to be sweet! I gave her a quick tune with the head unloaded and tomorrow I will give her a final tune up at the field and let her rip!Love my life, love my wife but my heli is my mistress! :D
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07-23-2006 02:00 PM  14 years ago
Jon the Rooster

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Rotary R/C Man, I'm Jealous!! I look forward to the day that I can afford to get a Raptor! By the time I get one, all this training with my Trex should make it Very Satisfying!!
BTW, nice Paint!!
and one more thing "DON'T BE AFRAID!"
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07-23-2006 09:31 PM  14 years ago
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Thanks Jon. I just got back from the flying field and after tuning the low speed with the head off we then went to tune the high speed with the head in place and it appears I have a blown clutch! I have some liners on order so I'm not to worried about it but it kind of p!sses me off cause that's another that it's going to sit in my shop getting stared at not being able to fly! It's weird cause they other day the clutch wouldn't disengage, I had to tear down the air frame and clean the bell and now it's doing the opposite. Strange thing is though when I start the engine the clutch seems fine (I feel the engine try to turn the rotor) but as soon as I let go and back away I get nothing not even at full throttle. I'm stumped, all I can do is change the liner and hope for the best.


Marc
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07-31-2006 02:04 PM  14 years ago
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Well, after being grounded for a week (by the heli, not my wife ) I finally got her flying!

Let's see, the starter shaft bearings where shot as well as the clutch bell upper bearing, the starter shaft is pretty worn, the one way on the clutch was toast but the liner was actually in good shape! I discovered that in a pinch the one-way out of a main gear from t-rex is an exact replacement fit for the one-way in the clutch on a rappy. Since I had the air frame a part I also replaced the rest of the bearings (I don't feel like splitting the air frame again any time soon!).

All in all, what a beautiful flight!! It's so different from my little rexs and the power on hand is very, very nice! I discovered it's an os 50 sxh engine (not the 46). What a finicky PIA to tune, very sensitive to adjustments. I've got it running pretty good now but my low speed needle is leaned right out and no one at the field seems to understand why (because it's running pretty good like this). It's got good transition from idle all the way to full throttle, the only thing that's really bugging me is at hover she seems to have a very consistent "miss", about every three seconds she seems to misfire just enough to twitch the tail about 5 degrees. A little more tuning may help. Any ideas on how to solve this would be appreciated, I'm running cool power 30% with OS A3 plug (I had a Mccoy 9, but it really did not like that plug at all).


TIA
Love my life, love my wife but my heli is my mistress! :D
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