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09-09-2006 06:16 AM  14 years ago
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LaserGecko

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Gameplan & Trim settings vs. Not knowing what the hell I'm doing
OK, so I think I know the answer to this, but...

I've been practicing with the Impala Trainer on G3. Honestly, I think I'm getting pretty decent at breaking off the training gear. It seems like the damned thing is just inherently unstable (oh yeah, it's a helicopter), but geez!

Does it need to be trimmed out on the remote at all or is it just my lack of experience? Other posts lead me to believe that hovering in one spot on G3 is harder than it is in real life, but I ran into the same issue with the Blade CX on its first couple of "flights". Of course, I've only flown that outdoors and there was intermittant light wind, too. It was dead calm until about 10 minutes into the session. I couldn't detect any wind until I saw the heli being affected by it. (must get garage cleaned out!)


Also, what's a good gameplan for getting my sealegs with helis on G3?

Is there a way to start off a little closer to the model?

I have to admit that I found slope soaring with a glider actually fun and relaxing after a heli session this morning. :-) I'm hoping that learning to fly on G3 then going to real life with a nitro bird will be like learning to fly kites in the Ozarks' wind and then finally getting to fly on the beach: get decent at it the hard way first.


Thanks much,
Jason
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09-09-2006 06:57 AM  14 years ago
AGRAV8

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try this
get off the sim training gear, use the small one without the pod (except the .049 powered finch).

make certain the trims are all centered, and the left front switch is FORWARD (this turns on the HH function as well as idle up).
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09-09-2006 12:17 PM  14 years ago
bagobitz

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Don't you just love the auto-reset?
I nearly wore out my finger ,pressing the red button.

It does come , eventually, just keep at it...and take the Impala without the trainers.


I read recently(in the Sim forum? ) that you can alter the "real time" by reducing the physics section percent ,to slow down the action.

Sim heli's are so cheap, I just pile and replace as often as needed
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09-09-2006 12:27 PM  14 years ago
dgshaffer

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You may want to try a larger heli as well. They're a little more forgiving.

I agree that the sim makes it out to be more difficult that it is in real life. The one advantage in real life flying is that you now have the benifit of depth perception.

It does take a lot of practice.

There are two very distinct ways to learn how to fly these things, the fast way, and the slow way. If you want to get good really fast then get two identical helis and a LOT of spare parts. As soon as you wreck one, imediately reorder the parts you need and use the parts in stock to rebuild. That way you're allways flying but perpetually broke!

The slow way is a lot less fun but you can still afford to pay your other bills
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09-09-2006 12:59 PM  14 years ago
bagobitz

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dgshaffer.- I tried the fast way, average= £75 a minute
As I said to the LHS..pilot's lessons for fixed-wing are only £75 for a WHOLE HALF-HOUR...and no bagobits to pick up
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09-09-2006 01:32 PM  14 years ago
dgshaffer

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What's in your field box!!!

A credit card and a big plastic bag!!!
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09-09-2006 04:51 PM  14 years ago
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Actually, I flew a couple of batteries worth of flights last night at 2am when I got home from work. It was dead calm and I didn't have nearly the problem holding a hover in the same general area. There were still a couple of "how did it get that high?" moments, but it was much more manageable. I may run it back to the hobby shop (it was the owner's used setup) to see if the fore/aft cyclic is working right. It doesn't seem to be nearly as responsive as it looks in the video.

Man, if we only had one of these to trim my Mom's ferns instead of those balsa wood rubber band planes back in the day!

I think pinching the sticks instead of thumbing them definitely helped, too. The more I play around with the CX, the more I think it is a great investment to get your feet wet with helis.
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