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02-10-2008 10:49 PM  10 years agoPost 1
TJinGuy

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So today was to be my first attempt at hovering my new (and improved) bird! Oh I was so excited and adrenaline was pumping well before I got to the field. Once I got there I strapped on my dowel based training gear and off I went. There was little gusts of wind once in a while but it was mostly still. The temp was about 60F and not a cloud in the sky. The heli was set up so sweetly, well except for the tail, and it was running so fine. Thanks a million Fender! I don't know what I would have done without your help I got it of the ground 3-5 feet about 10 times and even held a decent hover for maybe 5 seconds twice. If I would have the tail better dialed in, I think I could have had some 15+ sec hovers. Of course it all had to come to an end and for a while I though that end would be a dead battery. But it wasn't. One time the tail got around 90 from me and I tried to set it down but it didn't go down so well. I got drifting right and ended up getting the rotor into the grass. Yep, time for some new parts.

But who cares it was awesome!!! She was in the air!!! And I love the radio!!! And I am still a little wired from the experience!!! Can you tell!!!

I went out today fully expecting to crash it and I did, but not until I had lifted off over 10 times. No matter what anyone says, today was a success

- Chris

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02-10-2008 10:53 PM  10 years agoPost 2
MMike

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Congratulations.

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02-10-2008 10:56 PM  10 years agoPost 3
Burlyman38

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Great job TjinGuy, I think that every guy here can relate to your first hover experience, mine just being a month ago. Keep at it, because real soon it will all start clicking together and next thing you know, you are burning full packs practicing your hovering.

Congratulation on your success today.

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02-10-2008 10:58 PM  10 years agoPost 4
tmaxx26power

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Anytime you get to play it's a success!

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02-10-2008 11:11 PM  10 years agoPost 5
jwhitacre

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Anytime you get to play it's a success!
That about sums it up If you don't enjoy every second of it there is something wrong I think this is the first time I have ever said this but Congrats on your flight and crash

Depleting the world of parts, one crash at a time!!

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02-10-2008 11:50 PM  10 years agoPost 6
slider46

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Sorry to hear about the crash but glad to hear your day went well otherwise... I would stick to an area that is smaller than a flying field until you get the hovering down to a natural reaction.. Do you have a spot in the house, or the garage you can hover practice in?? That would be ideal to learn in and get you skills up and going faster than if you have plenty of room for the heli to wander....

Tom..... No "D" flying....

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02-11-2008 05:26 AM  10 years agoPost 7
TJinGuy

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I have now had a little time to reflect after my learning experience earlier today. Something occurred to me. I was having to slowly but constantly correct the tail during my flight and I was not very good at it. So I grabbed my sim, grabbed the Axe CP, added a little bit of right rudder and tried to fly it. Man does that make things more tricky. It seems like a good exercise.

- Chris

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02-11-2008 05:36 AM  10 years agoPost 8
Burlyman38

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That is what finally got me my first steady hover, was when I finally got my HH gyro dialed in and set up correctly. Once I could forget about the left stick and just concentrate on the right stick, it made all the difference in the world. Now its coming a lot easier with both sticks. I have been helping my Dad fly his heli and right now he just has the rate gyro, which take some slight input on a consistent basis, but for me its controlable now. Anyway, TJ if you have the HH gyro, work to make sure it is set up right and dialed in correctly. If you do not have an HH gyro, I would recomend getting one. It will assist in the learning curve.

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02-11-2008 05:43 AM  10 years agoPost 9
TJinGuy

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Yup I do have a HH gyro, I just don't have it set up yet. Lets just say I didn't know how and I was very impatient.

- Chris

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02-11-2008 11:47 AM  10 years agoPost 10
DougsRC

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TJ, Pretty Cool Whats really cool about is this is what weeds out the quitters. Some guys would crash and say "screw this" rc helis are "hard" then throw it on Flebay. You have a crash and your still excited about it You saw the success and the crash was merely an annoyance 10 successful lift offs and only one crash---thats a 10 to 1 ratio Congrats

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02-11-2008 02:58 PM  10 years agoPost 11
TJinGuy

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Thanks doug

So the parts are ordered. I also ordered 2 Mega 1350s, new frame and enough plastic parts for a whole new head. I skipped the bearings because they were expensive and they'll probably hold up better than the plastic. Was that a good assumption? I still would like to buy a whole bare bones kit when Jags gets more in.

BTW the parts list needed to get my heli back up and running is pretty short and includes main blades, both ring-like push rods, feathering shaft, and a servo arm. Good thing I had the extra wide super dooper training wheels on it (two 3ft dowels and 4 ping-pong balls), thanks for the idea Tex

edit: I also noticed that my tail blades have green tips

- Chris

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02-11-2008 05:23 PM  10 years agoPost 12
tmaxx26power

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TJinGuy, I would have ordered the bearings also, I know they can get costly but it's not uncommon for them to get damaged in a crash. Using bad bearings can lead to all kinds of issues from mechanical to electrical problems.

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02-11-2008 07:22 PM  10 years agoPost 13
JBURR49

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TJinGuy,be sure to save your broken parts.I'm going to mount mine like a trophy.Kind of like when you first solo in a airplane,they cut off your shirt tail.Great going!!

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02-11-2008 07:24 PM  10 years agoPost 14
TJinGuy

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Yeah I could keep it like a histogram. 1st flight date with the broken pieces below it. 2nd flight with the broken pieces below that and so on. Hopefully the parts would taper off as time went on

- Chris

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02-11-2008 07:30 PM  10 years agoPost 15
Burlyman38

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I just keep mine in a box under the cabinet. I look at it once in a while to remind me not to be too overly ambitious and to take "baby steps" just like Bob.

TripleB
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02-11-2008 08:47 PM  10 years agoPost 16
J_Cunny

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"Good thing I had the extra wide super dooper training wheels on it (two 3ft dowels and 4 ping-pong balls)"

Wow, I thought I was the only one here using the "extra-long" training gear...Bought four sections of carbon rod, trimed them down to about two and a half feet each. I removed the pingpong balls off of the smaller gear and installed them on these rods. Looks a little "gawky" but sure has helped me out. I'm still doing the garage hover attempt thing. I have about a 4 foot square of room that I'm calling a "box" to learn in. The longer gear helps out as it sticks out farther than my blades, so for the most part I've been able to save them so far. I have had a couple of "tip strikes" on the extreme edge, but have been able to repair them with clear tape. My replacement ESC has arrived according to USPS, so I might just get to make a few more attempts later.

JC

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02-11-2008 10:12 PM  10 years agoPost 17
TJinGuy

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Where did you get the carbon rod?

- Chris

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02-11-2008 10:36 PM  10 years agoPost 18
J_Cunny

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I found mine at the local H0bb*town USA (although the kid behind the counter said he didn't think they carried them). Funny thing was the bin for them was right next to his counter. Think the correct dimmension for the circular fixture (one that sits under the actual skids) was about 0.070" I think. What I did was take my existing training gear there and try out the rods until I found a match. If memory serves they come in about 4 foot lengths. I remeber cutting mine in half (there abouts) and I still had about 3 inches left.
I like the carbon because they flex more that the dowel and aren't as heavy. Gives kinda a springy effect, and I haven't broke a strut yet. I still suck at a hover, but I hope I'm getting better. They have definately saved blades for me so far.

JC

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02-11-2008 11:16 PM  10 years agoPost 19
Texas Dar

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"OMG" Way to go TJ. 10 times......! Could you have givin it tail stick and brought the tail back? OR, let it continue to Pin-Weel till it came a bout and was tail at you? And I would want more like a 10sqf of room for drift. And make sure the garden tractor is out behind the gurage. Hear say, they can jump right out and get ya. (just what I hear)Dont want to make the heli pad to small at first.
AND GUY's, should I be getting the HH Gyro first too, before I evan start my hovering? Im running stock. Gyro thing is all new, and I dont want to try and learn this one if I dont need to,making it thus more confusing trying to for get about stk one. Way to go "TJ" I can hear Ice-Cubes in the glass over yonder the West Ridge Right Now.......! "I'll 2nd it and have one with-ya. Do I hear 3rd's......?

Mommy Said, I Can "Come Out & Fly With You Guys"

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