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03-09-2008 10:08 AM  10 years agoPost 1
jjh23

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great britain, south west

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ive been given a complete and ready to fly nexus for nothing, it has never been flown before and this will be my first nitro helicopter ive flown, i no bit for these are not ready available but im gonna try it anyway
anything i should look out for, i usually fly a trex 450 and a logo 10

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03-09-2008 12:02 PM  10 years agoPost 2
Drunk Monk

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Preston, UK

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I had a nexus 30 and it's not a bad little heli for a beginner. Doesn't flip or roll properly without a few mods but for a beginner to learn hoving and moving around a bit they are ok. The only problems I had really were the links on the head kept getting worn quickly which meant they come off too easily. Have a look on ebay for some spares as there are still afew around. Also make sure you don't let the tail hit the floor when hovering as the gears strip for fun and you'll struggle to find replacements.

Apart from that enjoy it. Fly it till you can't get any parts then buy something better and swap all your gear over


Stephen

I only open my mouth to change feet.....

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03-09-2008 03:00 PM  10 years agoPost 3
Quickster

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Victoria, Australia

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There are heaps of nexus parts on ebay all the time! I started with a nexus 30 and they are not too bad. Mine looped and rolled pretty good. The other thing is that it shares alot of parts with the concept 32VR and some with the SRT also. Every now and then i see a new in box nexus on ebay, which would be worth it for spare parts too. Good luck and have fun.

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03-09-2008 07:16 PM  10 years agoPost 4
dkshema

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Cedar Rapids, IA

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Not a horrible heli as your first nitro, considering the cost! What motor, radio, and gyro are installed (or what will you be installing if it didn't come with those)? The answers to that question have a greater bearing on how well the heli will perform than the heli itself will.

Yes, the main gear will strip a few teeth easily if you happen to bump the tail rotor on the ground, or into grass.

Occasionally the small pin located at the bottom of the start shaft breaks, making it impossible to start the heli till you find a new pin or start shaft.

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03-09-2008 09:30 PM  10 years agoPost 5
jjh23

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great britain, south west

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the servos are very basic servos think they are futaba s3001 all around, and it has a mechanicle gyro which i was going to change to a CSM560 with a jr8700g tail servo i will check the engine later when i get home, i cant complane though i didnt pay a penny for it,
im just going to use it untill i get a bit better then change it to something else

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03-09-2008 10:22 PM  10 years agoPost 6
dkshema

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Cedar Rapids, IA

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The high tech heading hold gyro with a super fast servo in a Nexus may cause more trouble than it solves. The tail rotor uses a wire drive, not a belt or torque tube. The wire has the ability to wind and unwind like a spring. Heading hold gyros with killer servos can wreak havoc on the wire drive system.

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03-09-2008 10:50 PM  10 years agoPost 7
jjh23

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great britain, south west

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ahh i see, so maybe just put a standard gyro in or even leave as it is, the gyro is working fine anyway, when i get chance to try the heli out i will keep you updated

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03-09-2008 11:31 PM  10 years agoPost 8
dkshema

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Cedar Rapids, IA

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NO, the leaving mechanical gyro in is not that great an idea. For its time the mechanical gyro did its job. But compared to today's solid state gyros, it's not in the same league. The mechanical things were heavy, used a lot of current that would be better suited for use by the radio, and the performance was OK, but not outstanding.

Put in a decent heading hold gyro (GY240, GY401), but use a good, reliable servo on the tail that's NOT a digital high-speed servo designed for lightning fast tail control. It's the high-speed digital servo that would get you into trouble, not the gyro.

You can have the definite advantages of using a heading hold gyro without having to go whole hog and put the expensive servo on to control the tail. Save the S9254 or whatever for your next project.

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03-12-2008 03:43 PM  10 years agoPost 9
Furious Predator

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Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

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since your just learning, your GOING to crash. and the problem with that is parts availability. Nexus parts are very hard to come by.

even if you have the skills, until you learn how the nexus works, and how to de-bug it, your going to have failures.

i was crashing my old nexus atleast once a month in my first year of flying. the second year i crashed maybe once. that was 3 years ago.

i can build the nexus with my eyes closed (im not joking).

when you have it setup nice, and your flying skills advance, it can be a great heli to fly. it is capable of any 3D move you can get enough power for.

in my last year flying the nexus 30, i was doing funnels, tick-tocks, rolls, loops, and i spent more time inverted then right side up. of course you cant compete with a larger machine with more power, but none the less, it will do it.

people who say the nexus was a POS not capable of anything, really didn't get to know the nexus, or didn't have enough pateience to try.

you should definatly change the gyro though, i started mine with a mechanical, and when i went Heading hold, it turned into a whole new machine.

currently my nexus is retired as a scale ship, its still a good crowd pleaser

Shawn
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03-13-2008 01:19 AM  10 years agoPost 10
jetranger

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PERHAM M.E.

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Nice Fuse
Who makes that fuse for the Nexus??

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03-13-2008 01:39 AM  10 years agoPost 11
Furious Predator

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Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

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Century sells them, they are made by Funkey, most excellent quality, much like their blades.

i baught the unpainted version and did it myself.
CLICK HERE

check gallery for more pics, plus a couple videos of it flying.

Shawn
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03-13-2008 05:14 AM  10 years agoPost 12
dkshema

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Cedar Rapids, IA

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I owned three Nexus machines for awhile. They flew, rarely gave me trouble. I sold two ready to fly to finance a fleet upgrade, the third one died a horrible death when the cheap Helimax Piezo gyro I had in it died mid flight. Piro'ed all the way down.

FP -- That's a great looking Jet Ranger you have. Beautifully finished. Your photog should get some credit for those pics. I sometimes wonder how much work it would take to fit an older Caliber 30 into one of those Funkey fuses.

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03-13-2008 06:51 PM  10 years agoPost 13
Furious Predator

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Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

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thats a Bell 222, not a jet ranger, but thanks

that heli has already been on the news once (check gallery for clip), and it has won a monthly photo contest for the AMA cover pic. I very rarely fly it, mostly at funflies just to reduce the risk of crashing, although i do my best to make sure it is kept up to the task. i dont do anything with it that you wouldn't see a full scale doing.

the nexus pretty much fit like a glove. only the radio tray needed to be trimmed back maybe an inch or so, but other then that, no mods at all were needed to fit the nexus...except one other mod. if you notice that the tail rotor is on the left side of the heli now just like the real 222

that was an easy mod, i just mounted the tail servo on the boom, and flipped the boom 180 degrees.

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03-13-2008 06:56 PM  10 years agoPost 14
dkshema

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Cedar Rapids, IA

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I knew that! D'oh! Eyes see one thing, fingers type another. Hope that doesn't happen this spring when I go out to fly again...

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03-13-2008 09:23 PM  10 years agoPost 15
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Gautier,ms

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Nexus
The Nexus is a great flying helicopter while not in the leagues of 3D Xcell it was not designed for it, not to mention the great price you got on it. It will do some 3D with good throttle management but I dont think that is why you are wanting to fly it in the first place. I have about 4 of them and a NIB kit and countless parts for that "OH Crap" crash. I do not like any of the current Caliber or the caliber line at all, with that being said I have not flown the larger caliber due to it being to costly for what I feel is a poor design, DKSHEMA and I have gone round and round about this. The only reason I make this statement is to confirm that at one time Kyosho had a great line of helicopters. I believe this must be a first but I do agree with DKSHEMA that a high speed servo is not needed for this helicopter a good Futaba 401 of JR500T with it's appropriate servo will be more than enough to take you right into areobatics once you learn to fly. Remember this though, if you crash good luck in finding parts no hobby shop I know of even carries any parts for it, you will be at the mercey of Ebay or maybe some guy locally has an extra one or even some parts.

Enjoy the day for we know not what tomorrow holds

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03-21-2008 10:57 PM  10 years agoPost 16
jjh23

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great britain, south west

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yeah im very aware of the parts situation or lack of
i am into basic forward flight at the moment so hopfully it will last a few flights.
ive got it all ready to fly, just waiting on the rubbish weather at the moment, hopeing to get out with it this weekend

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