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04-01-2009 02:41 AM  9 years agoPost 3041
odam2k

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Good point, I usually keep my grips pretty tight, much tighter than normally recommended....

I found a place to buy a Voyager E kit for about $150 shipped... I wonder if thats a good idea... I mentioned it to the wife, she didn't complain.... would that count as another heli? I guess it would since I'd probably keep em both flying even if this one won't track...

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04-01-2009 03:32 AM  9 years agoPost 3042
sonnyhad

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Odam, you can fly it with the blades so loose that if you hold it up, they will flop down! Just a tiny bit tighter than that, or even like that, but the heli will vibrate a little till the head speed picks up, only about a second or two. Experiment a little and let me know if it helps.

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04-01-2009 04:04 AM  9 years agoPost 3043
GMPCOBRA

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what the pros are doing now a days is spooling the heli up and then letting the head come to a stop with out moving the blades thay are tightening the blades grip bolts so the blades dont move. i have mint so that you can hold the heli on its side and the blades do not drop unless its is shaken but can be moved by hand

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04-01-2009 04:13 AM  9 years agoPost 3044
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well ya know odam that venture 30 is calling your name as we speak 200.00 with a os 32 and 3 futaba 9202 servos and a nice ksj pipe on it and i will include a rx pack so ya dont have to buy a battery just ad a gyro and reciever then install a throttle servo and a tail servo and fly. lol no batteries or esc to buy lol. the voyager needs a mommy its sitting in the corner whining for mommy lol

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04-01-2009 04:21 AM  9 years agoPost 3045
sonnyhad

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Hey Cobra,

Are they really making them that tight! I am surprised. I don't know but am experimenting, and find this working pretty good, I'll have to try that way as well! Hmm.

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04-01-2009 05:10 AM  9 years agoPost 3046
GMPCOBRA

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ya thay are i am not but with the kind of manuvers the pros make a boom strike is around every corner if the machine is not set up perfectly but i dont tighten mine to tight that i cant easly move them by hand with a little force dont think it needs to be that tight but just not loose

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04-01-2009 12:08 PM  9 years agoPost 3047
sonnyhad

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Dang, another windy day. I need to find a big building to block the wind!! It might be another simulator day!

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04-01-2009 01:20 PM  9 years agoPost 3048
odam2k

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That Venture 30 is tempting, and yes, I heard it calling my name last night... I thought it was my wife, but she was sleeping... lol

I may consider it next month if you still have it, I've exhausted my funds for this month... I know its a pretty tame machine, but maybe thats what I need for just cruising around

Raining here today, and windy... tomorrow is supposed to be nice, I hope to get up to the club after work and fly the rappy....

I have my blades so tight that its difficult to move them by hand... I keep them this way to prevent boom strikes when I crash, and it works... but I'll try loosening them on the Voyager and see if it makes a difference...

I started cutting out the templates for the foamy jet I'm building... finally... it will do 65-80mph and take off from grass or water. Should be cool...

I picked up another DS285 servo to replace my fried one, so will put those in a Blade 400 frame, and put it in the scale body along with a bluebird tail servo I ordered from hc. I have HS5065MG's in both my 450's, so 3 helis with awesome servos...

I also picked up a new wing, cowl, and motor mount for my Super Cub, have the fuselage on order, should be here next week... It's all beat to crap and flies really badly, so thought I'd clean it up and use it for night flying. I ordered some turnigy receiver switches, will let me use extra channels on the receiver to control lights... will be cool to see it come down and the landing lights come on.... he he

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04-01-2009 04:29 PM  9 years agoPost 3049
sonnyhad

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Yeah, that would be cool to see the landing lights come on!
Do you have a template for that foamy jet you are working on? Is that the one in the video where it was taking off from water?
That would be cool!

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04-01-2009 04:40 PM  9 years agoPost 3050
KdogTN

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Remember when your butt cheeks get tired its time to land
I have never herd it put this way but it's so on point. I use to be in this hobby a while back and just got back into it... Hours on the sim, about a dozen packs with training wheels on and being light with the hovering have lead me to believe that it's time to start breaking some stuff.. hehehe

Good luck!!!!

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04-01-2009 04:41 PM  9 years agoPost 3051
odam2k

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Yep, thats the one... I dunno if I can fly something that fast, guess I'll have to wear my glasses for sure

The build thread for it is at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=922465

The plans are included there...

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04-01-2009 04:43 PM  9 years agoPost 3052
odam2k

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Welcome KDog....

Hope to hear about your expoits What are ya flying? Most of us in this thread are pretty new at this, and have found an amazing group to share our experiences with. Keep us posted...

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04-01-2009 05:10 PM  9 years agoPost 3053
KdogTN

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Well, for starters I have my main Heli which is a T-rex 450se... I bought it from someone for $300... All electronics came with it. Hitech cyclic servo's and a 401 gyro with futaba tail servo. I purchased a DX6i transmitter with a 6200 receiver and have been having a blast with it... I was in this hobby years ago about 7 to be exact and am just getting back into it.. I remember my first Heli cost me close to $1,700 post electronics.. Glad to see those prices have come down... I am an EMT in the state of TN and literally carry my align carry case with me everywhere so when I get down time, I'm flying... I just purchased a CX3 to play with in my living room and torment my cat... I'm looking forward to spending more time on here helping out when I can and asking questions when I'm through pulling my hair out...

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04-01-2009 08:17 PM  9 years agoPost 3054
sonnyhad

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Welcome KDog!

Hey Odam, did you get that template printed? If so, did 100% print to scale?

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04-01-2009 08:46 PM  9 years agoPost 3055
odam2k

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Sonny, sent you an email, yep, its 100% full size, about a dozen pages all taped together...

Picked up 100 new #11 blades yesterday, so no excuses for ratty looking cuts on my foam this time... The plans call for 6mm depron, I'm using the stuff from the dollar store, its more like 5mm I think, hope it doesn't affect the CG at all... guess I can always adjust for that after.

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04-01-2009 08:50 PM  9 years agoPost 3056
odam2k

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KDog, you certainly are welcome to hang out here with us, we like to just yack about what we're up to, seek or offer advice when we can, and generally give each other support when we have those bad days...

So if we come through Tennessee, we just might see an ambulance parked off the side of the road with a heli flying around eh? <grin>

Mount a camera on it, and use it for work... can ya write that off?

Hmm, my first heli was a Blade CP Pro, and it too cost me close to $1700.00 (including parts) lol... and that was only last July...

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04-02-2009 03:55 AM  9 years agoPost 3057
sonnyhad

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Worked on the Raptor this evening, should have it all back together tomorrow.

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04-02-2009 04:09 AM  9 years agoPost 3058
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Whew, finally resolved the issue with the violent tail wagging on the Blade 400... This one still has me baffled, but it turns out that the gyro was reversed... I dunno how I missed that, but it never spun in circles, it would just start to wag, and keep getting worse and worse till it looked like it would tear itself apart. I usually check the gyro and rudder on the bench before I even take it outside, you know, power up, move the tail, check the way it changes the pitch on the tail blades... move the stick, check the pitch change...

Anyhow, the good news is that one of the Blade 400's is airworthy again.

So, the two 450's have HS5065MG cyclic servos, G401B Gyros (awesome gyros) one has a DS3400G and the other a S9257 on the tail. One of them has a plastic head on it still, but I have two more Copter-X CNC head/tail combos due to arrive this week... so both will have metal heads and tails... I've got the sonix 3500kv motors in them, one with a 13T and the other a 15T pinion! Wow, it rocks! I have two sets of CF blades coming for these guys... These will be my 3D machines, when I learn 3D <grin> For now, flipping, rolling, inverted practice, etc...

One of the Blade 400's, the one thats airworthy now, has HXT900's all the way around and a G401B gyro, it will get some FG night blades and the glow wire, so it will be my night 'copter... I picked up the LED's and copper tape tonight for the night blades... this will be my first ones not made with wooden blades...

The other Blade 400 will have the DS285's on cyclic, and I've ordered a bluebird BMS-375DD Digital Servo for the tail. It will use the GY401 futaba gyro, and will have the scale body on it, this will be my nice precision hovering machine Its the one in the middle here:

Thats the BeltCP in it there, speaking of which, it hasn't flown for ages... it needs a whole head, maybe I'll take the plastic 450 head and try it on there... should fit ok...

I started painting 4 canopies for the 400/450's and one for the Voyager tonight, got the primer coat on, gonna let it dry for a day or two... gotta figure out what my new paint scheme will be. I have a Raptor canopy already primed and waiting for paint too, so I'll be able to go to the club and line up 6 matching helicopters

Like this, only more

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04-02-2009 04:44 AM  9 years agoPost 3059
sonnyhad

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I was trying out the airbrush myself today, not sure what I am gunna end up with, but they wont be white!!
Question for ya, when you take the clunk out of the tank on the raptor, do you just pry the fitting out replace the clunk and fuel line and put it back in? I was about to take a screw driver to it, but thought i better ask before i screw it up! I have the engine out and cleaned up, worked some oil into it for awhile it doesn't look to bad inside. Will fire it up on Saturday more than likely. I greased all the bearings and will put it back together tomorrow more than likely, hopefully be able to fly. I'm gunna have to get a picture of my fleet soon.
****! I have 3 50sized and 3 450's and an mCX! Is this addiction at its best or what?

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04-02-2009 04:54 AM  9 years agoPost 3060
odam2k

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wow, wish I had 3 big'uns...

Yep, its like an o-ring around the clunk line,,, I think I just grabbed it and pulled and it came out...

you could use a small dull screwdriver blade I guess, or maybe a butterknife...

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