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03-08-2008 05:31 AM  10 years agoPost 1
ez2bgman

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Well, Uncle Sam finally deposited my tax return so I went on a little online shopping spree. I am changing all my electronics except for the rx (Jr R921), the Revmax, and the SwitchGlo.

Here is what I will be installing this coming week:

Jr 8717's for the cyclic (currently Ace DS1111's)
Scott Gray ReactorX regulator (currently the Align 5.8v and Spektrum regulators)
2300 mah 7.4v Li-po rx pack (currently 2600 & 2400 mah 7.4v Relions)
Sparton gyro - once in stock (currently Logictech 6100)
Rotortech 610mm main blades (currently Radix 600mm)
Carbsmart - but I won't install it until I finish breaking in my YS 50 again
Aluminum RJX fan

This should prove to be a very lively combo. After much research I really like the features of the ReactorX. It is a dual voltage regulator, but unlike the Arizona reg. it is designed for high voltage systems. The cyclic servos (8717's in my case) plug directly into the ReactorX and then there are 3 leads from the ReactorX that plug into the rx for the cyclic servos. This gives either 6v or 6.8v (user selectable) to the cyclic servos with the ability to handle 15a continuous draw. Each of the 3 leads coming from the ReactorX that goes into the rx supplies 5.2v for the gyro, governor, and anything else you have plugged into the rx. This is as plug-n-play as they come. The cyclic servos will get a regulated 6.8v for the entire duration of the rx battery's charge, instead of 8.4 on a fully charged battery and 7v at the end of the charge. I would rather have the servos be consistent throughout the charge.

I will post pictures once I get everything in and set up.

Gary
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03-09-2008 01:04 AM  10 years agoPost 2
aviation

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New Set Up
Now you are talking some serious stuff, nothing but the best. You won't regret that move. The SGP reactor is second to none, you just can't get any better.

Congrat's on the move

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03-09-2008 01:13 AM  10 years agoPost 3
ez2bgman

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I am eager to get everything so that I can install it all.

aviation, are using the ReactorX now? Do you use a switch? I was thinking about not using a switch and just use the jumper that comes with it for my "switch".

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03-09-2008 07:12 AM  10 years agoPost 4
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Yes I do use a heavy duty switch and you need to use the jumper as well.

I have three of them one in each of my machines.

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03-09-2008 02:39 PM  10 years agoPost 5
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Yea, you can't get any better than the ReactorX for helis

I use it without the jumper at all initally, so the batter plug is the on/off. Then I got lazy of unplugging deans connectors with slippery fingers, so just use plug in the jumper to switch it off in between flights at funflies. I slip the jumper on my antenna when i'm prepping my xtreme for flight.

Only when i'm packing up for the day then i unplug the deans.

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03-11-2008 04:15 AM  10 years agoPost 6
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Well all my stuff arrived today. I felt like a kid opening presents on Xmas Day. I cannot wait to get everything in and set up.

The SGP ReactorX is a very well built and thought out piece of equipment. I am also amazed at how small the CarbSmart is.

I will post updated pics once I get everything installed and set up.

Gary
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03-11-2008 04:18 AM  10 years agoPost 7
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Bout time you woke up Gary!

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03-11-2008 05:27 AM  10 years agoPost 8
ez2bgman

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LOL... You know what I had to deal with today...

Gary
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03-14-2008 09:09 PM  10 years agoPost 9
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Here are the pics of the new gear that I put in my Xtreme 50
SGP ReactorX - one awesome regulator, set at 6.8v for the 8717's.

You can barely see it, but the aluminum fan is hiding in the fan shroud.

Rotortech 610mm 3D main blades. You can also just barely see a set of prototype R50 Kasama tail grips that I put on too.

CSM Carbsmart (installed and set up but will not be used until I finish breaking in the YS 50). Protech 7.4v 2300mah lipo rx battery to handle the power-hungry 8717's.

I cannot wait to get out to the field this weekend to test all this new gear out. I know the 8717's are gonna make a huge improvement. I also think that the Rotortech 610's will also be faster and have more "pop" than the Radix that I was flying. I will let everyone know the outcome.

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03-14-2008 09:13 PM  10 years agoPost 10
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Now that's one good setup!

Let me know if how the rotortechs fly against the radix. My previous experience with them was pretty fast cyclics and pops but autos wasn't as sweet as the radix. I'm not complaining though

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03-15-2008 12:40 AM  10 years agoPost 11
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Gary very nice setup.

You gave me some ideas to set my up. I will get the reactor from Scott

It looks great

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03-17-2008 06:38 AM  10 years agoPost 12
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Flight Report with the new set up
Well I got 3 awesome flights today at the field. These were the first flights with all the new gear that I installed.

Again it was very windy (15+ mph) but with clear beautiful skies. I got her light on the skids to check the tracking. One small adjustment was needed to get the tracking perfect on the Rotortech 610's. I went straight into a rainbow takeoff and then flipped it into tic tocs. The cyclics are definitely faster with the Rotortech 610's than the Radix 600's. The cyclics were crazy fast with the 8717's and ReactorX but I did notice some "ballooning" while flying into the wind. Other than the ballooning, she flew great.

On the 2nd flight I decided to swap the white MA 3D paddles for the factory paddles. The ballooning went away but at the loss of some cyclic response. I lowered my expo from 20% to 10% and that felt better. I still would like a slightly faster cyclic rate so I am going to get some 95mm V-paddles. In the mean time, I will reduce my expo to 0%. I may also move the ball on the long side of the mixing arm to the outer most hole to speed up the cyclics too.

My 3rd flight was the best. I pushed my Xtreme 50 very hard. Since I lowered the expo, the cyclic rate with the stock paddles was very good but not as fast as the MA 3D paddles. I did several tail slides, popping it inverted and then flipping it or doing some tic tocs. The response was extremely quick. During one of the tail slides I popped out of it less than 12 inches from the ground (the guys really like that one ). Death spirals, funnels, inverted forward and backward hurricanes were easily handled by the Xtreme 50, even in the wind. Minor corrections were needed during the hurricanes to combat the wind, but the maneuver was very locked in.

The Rotortech 610's are my new blade of choice. Not only are they faster on the cyclics then the Radix 600's, but they pop much more aggressive. They are quiet like the Radix 600's during sport flying, but are very responsive and aggressive in the 3D. They are a cross between the quietness and smoothness of the Radix but have the pop and aggressiveness of the TST V-Blades that I had. Auto's were also very good. They auto almost exactly like the Radix. I had enough headspeed to hang it for a couple of seconds. These are the best 600 size blade that I have flown.

On a side note, I noticed the engine not pulling quite as strong as it was the last time I flew. I had installed the new aluminum fan (which seemed to cool the YS 50 better) and when I reinstalled the muffler I don't remember using some RTV to seal it. Well when I got home I noticed some oil where the muffler and engine meet. I pulled the muffler off and sure enough it didn't have a perfect seal. This was my fault for overlooking it, but at least I know why the YS seemed to be working a bit harder today since there was an exhaust leak.

Overall I am Xtremely impressed with the Xtreme 50. With better paddles, I will have the cyclic rate up to my liking. Don't get me wrong, the cyclics were very fast (faster then the Knight 3D, 600N, and my Kasama upgraded Raptor 50 that I had) but I just want a bit more response. I will keep you up to date as I put burn more fuel.

Gary
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