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03-05-2008 12:33 AM  10 years agoPost 1
Ozz58

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Hi all,

I'm new to this forum, and as forums go this is the only one I have signed up on.

Little background, about 10 years ago I decided to buy a heli, but didn't want to pay an arm and leg so I went with a Concept.... ok it wasn't a great choice and many of you are probably saying "he wasn't very serious about getting into this hobby". Needless to say it was a nice one to learn with. I was able to hover with some forward flight.. not always planned. The Concept was flown many a times, and after getting tired of replacing the cheap plastic parts I bought a Shuttle ZXX. What a difference!!! This craft was flown many times back 8 to 10 years ago, I mastered (well at least I thought I masterd) hoovering, figure 8 and somewhat limited nose in. At first with training gear, but had over 20 flights without.

Of course I had a few minor problems, hard landings, and one time in the back yard I managed to cut down a small tree the wife had just planted. Oh well I needed the room to play.

I have a few questions as I'm looking into flying again, or maybe some more tree chopping.

After locating all my old Hobby stuff, seems the wife was hiding most my toys, I started reviewing everything. Everything seemed OK a little stiff, but nothing a little oil didn't fix. The radio (JR X-388s) batteries were dead as well as the onboard batts. The one upgrade I made was the OS Max SX engine, this was totally locked up. I disasembled and cleaned, seems to be ok now.

Sorry it took so long getting to the few questions,

1. After visiting many a web sites, is my old gyro OK? (seemed it worked fine back in the old days) Could it go bad? How can I check?

2. Should I put the training gear back on? Been doing a lot of playing with RealFlight as well as some toy indoor heli's.

3. After this many years in storage what should I do to bring this heli back to life? There wasn't much rust, just a few spots on the flybar.

4. Will my old OS Max SX come back to life? If not what engine should I get?

Not sure if this is all I should ask, but it's a start.

Thanks in advance for the help. Glad to finally find a forum.

Craig

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03-05-2008 12:46 AM  10 years agoPost 2
doorman

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Shuttle ZXX
The radio, even though you put a fresh battery in it should be sent to Horizon to have it checked over and have them install a new back up battery (recommended every 5 years) and let them give it a clean bill of health... (send the receiver also) and put a fresh 1500 mah battery in the heli...

Then I would say to clean the heli up, check to make sure that everything is turning freely and the proper direction and then start that old SX up and give it a try..... You also may want to change the tail belt just to make sure that there is no dry rot going on....

As far as the gyro, I am guessing it is an OLD mechanical unit and if when you turn on the radio and you hear that "HUM" it is most likely going to be working just as it did when you put it away... if it is a mechanical, it is nothing like the Heading Hold units that are out today, but for getting you back into the saddle it will do just fine....there has been a long argument about using HH for learning, but we are not going there!!!!

Also check your blades and see if you can see any dryness or cracking around the root where they attach to the blade holders... you may want to pop the black caps and CA the roots again just for safety, like we used to have to do!!!!!

Once you get all of that done, get out there and have some fun... I would suggest that you put the training gear on, if only for the initial test hops to make sure everything is going to go the right way, and as soon as you are comfortable in the hover/land mode take them off and get going!!!!

Best of Luck and WELCOME BACK!!!!!!! Stan

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03-05-2008 12:54 AM  10 years agoPost 3
himaxkeith

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make sure your radio is up to date with the narrow band check all your bearings for any rust and remove them and grease them also.Any rust could cause radio freq. noise or gliches may want to chech your eng bearings and maybe a new piston and ring also flush out the fuel system and change your clunk line inside your fuel tank if you have old wood blades may want to change them also long term storage they can get warped and cause a lot of tracking problens [never get them dialed in] a lot of sim time and i would go with the training gear also dont hurt may save you some money

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03-05-2008 01:13 AM  10 years agoPost 4
Ozz58

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Thanks guys for the quick replys,

Everything cleaned up nicely, took awhile but things are moving smooth.

Stan, funny thing is I also thought the belt would of gone bad, but after removing and inspecting it looks like new.

I am perplexed about the radio statement you made about sending it back, wouldn't I know if it had a problem after putting new batteries in? Shouldn't a normal pre-flight check reveal a problem?

Again, thanks for your replies,

Craig

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03-05-2008 01:26 AM  10 years agoPost 5
doorman

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Radio Check
Yes a normal range check could work but the memory back up battery being dead is pretty much a sure bet. Nothing like having your memory fail once everything has been reset. And Horizon has a very fast turn around...just a suggestion!!!!
Good Luck Stan

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