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08-03-2007 11:16 PM  13 years ago
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New to nitro, Need some pointers to good topics!
Hey all

Im in need of some pointers to a few good threads, I'm sure the locals will know which ones i need to delve over.

All my experience so far (around a year) is with electrics, mainly the t-rex. Recently i decided to delve into the world of nitro so of i went and got myself a raptor 30 v2 of ebay with all the things i would need minus fuel to get started. Since then i have aquired fuel.

I am now undertaking the task of reading as much as i can into the helicopter and how nitro works which brings me here. I'm sure this question has been asked many times before so i wont wast your time by asking it again, But i would be gratfull if you could point me towards some good topics on starting the helicopter, ect and things that i would need to know on the nitro side of things.

Any help would be apreciated.

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08-03-2007 11:51 PM  13 years ago


Jacksonville FL

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AMA 77227
08-04-2007 12:45 AM  13 years ago

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Find your local club and go talk to the guys.See what they are flying and why....
Indoor plumbing??? No, we don't need that!!!
08-04-2007 01:19 PM  13 years ago



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Hi Kyuuki,

Well with a Nitro, you are obviously going to need the following: -

1) Fuel
2) 12v Starter with starter rod
3) Glow lead
4) 12v car battery or other similar

I assume that you do know how to start your engine ? If not its fairly straight forward. Obviously DO ALL the pre-flight safety chaecks you would normally do with a heli, then make sure that the throttle stick is down and tick over, attach the glow lead to the glow plug on your engine, Insert the starting rod into the starter and place the rod into the one-way starter bearing on your heli, hold the head of the heli TIGHTLY then click the switch on your starter.

Thats starting in a nut shell, but I would reccomend that you try and find someone who knows what they are doinf so they can show, help and advise you as to neddle valve setting etc. etc.

Good luck
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08-04-2007 11:08 PM  13 years ago



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I found this on Helihobby on engine break-in page(You can find the whole thing here but I dont agree with his break-in procedure) I just pasted the part about starting.I do not think a heli engine should be broken in idling.

Step-By-Step Engine Break-In
Step 1: Install a new glow plug in the engine.

Step 2: Fuel the heli with your pump, but make sure to close the end of the fuel tubing leading to the engine with some fuel line clippers. You do this to keep the engine from flooding during the fueling process

Step 3: As a general rule, you can start with these settings. Close all needle valves and open them back up by turning the high end needle counter clockwise by two full turns, and open the low end by 1 3/4 turns. If your engine features a mid-range needle, it should also be two turns out. This should be a good starting point, but make sure to consult the manual that comes with your engine for specifics. You will adjust this as needed later.

Step 4: Turn on the radio and heli, and make sure that the carb is in the fully closed position while the throttle stick is in the down position

Step 5: Prime the engine by unclipping the fuel line clipper and turning the engine over briefly without the glow igniter plugged in (Edit- Not needed in my experience)

Step 6: Hold the heli by the rotor
blades and put a foot on the skids. Connect the glow plug igniter and start the heli using your starter.

Step 7: Once it has been started, make sure the engine will idle on its own when the igniter is removed. Let it idle like this and use your temp gauge to monitor the temp of the engine. With the settings above, the engine should be relatively cold.
08-18-2007 07:17 PM  13 years ago

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you dont really need step 4, ive never done that and its never been a prob
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