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04-05-2009 04:34 AM  9 years agoPost 21
GScott

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I flew a 3D for a year and never replaced anything that wasn't damaged in a crash. I couldn't believe after a year the links had no slop. It truely is the most underrated heli out there.

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04-05-2009 04:38 AM  9 years agoPost 22
Pureadrenalin

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I gotta say the only good thing alike about the align stuff is I could get parts locally. Other than that regardless of weight Compass no doubt.

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04-05-2009 05:19 AM  9 years agoPost 23
sinte

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yep, the k3d is definately under-rated and not carried by a lot of shops, hopefully that will change. if not i don't mind driving for parts or ordering on-line....the knight is worth it my goal is to get 2 up and running and have a good stock-pile of spare parts.....but like mentioned earlier i have'nt found any wear and tear yet, the only loose links so far have been throttle and rudder which is common on any heli.

Art, yeah move those ball-links in 1 hole on the servo horns, should be 11mm from center....you can also move the ball on the mixing arms out to tone it down too....if that's not enough there's always expo

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04-05-2009 05:11 PM  9 years agoPost 24
RAK402

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To add to what Jim (Sinte) suggested:

If you want to tone it down a bit around center and are flying JR/Spektrum, try activating "Swash Expo" in the Swashplate Menu.

Although this does not serve the same function as cyclic expo (it is intended to help eliminate CCPM interaction by compensating for the increase in the linear output to the pushrods to the swashplate when the servos are close to center), it will still make things a bit milder.

Collective and cyclic throws will have to be re-adjusted a bit after invoking this feature.

Team KBDD/Compass Team Manger/Experience RC/Team JR Americas/WR Field Rep

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04-05-2009 05:31 PM  9 years agoPost 25
artimus

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Great Hint....I will give that a try.
Are you guys running any differential on the Tail bell crank on the front tail servo conversion? Mine is setup linear but seems way fast on the tail ...
Maybe Its just me not being use to a hot setup heli.....

Fly Hard......Team Viagra

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04-06-2009 05:08 PM  9 years agoPost 26
artimus

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I had a chance to fly to Knight 3d for the first time yesterday.
I must say that is is much more responsive then any other heli I have .
It flys more like a 450 then a 6oo. ....very quick on cyclic response
I will need to dial in more Expo for sure....

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04-13-2009 02:31 AM  9 years agoPost 27
TheBum

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I am *so* tempted to get a K3D kit and rip the setup out of my T600N. I got my first taste of the Compass Koolaid with my Atom 500. The only thing holding me back is local parts availability. It's just so nice to be able to run over to my LHS Saturday afternoon after a crash or other issue and be back in the air on Sunday.

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04-13-2009 03:53 AM  9 years agoPost 28
James Kovach

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So buy the Knight 50 3D and keep the Trex 600N on the shelf. If you crash on Saturday, go home and swap everything over to the Trex 600N and go flying Sunday. When you get parts for the Knight 50, swappem back .

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04-13-2009 04:01 AM  9 years agoPost 29
Regie

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It's always a wise decision to stock on parts. Your best bet is to stock one whole kit. After a crash, get what you need from the spare kit and order them at the same time. When the parts arrives, toss them inside the spare kit.

Also, you mentioned that local parts availability is the only reason holding you back so I suppose money is not an object - get two fully running K3Ds.

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04-13-2009 04:16 AM  9 years agoPost 30
James Kovach

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This is what I like to do as well. One flyer and one doner for each of my helis. When I crash the flier, I repair it with parts from the doner. Then I order parts to repair the doner. Harder to do with the more expensive models some times though. But it is worth it if you want to keep in the air as much as possible. Only other way is to NOT CRASH! Yeah Right!

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04-13-2009 04:23 AM  9 years agoPost 31
TheBum

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Also, you mentioned that local parts availability is the only reason holding you back so I suppose money is not an object - get two fully running K3Ds.
I wouldn't say that. $450 vs. $900 is a big difference. I could probably swing the $450 plus shipping, but that's only by gutting my 600N and probably selling it.

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04-13-2009 04:43 AM  9 years agoPost 32
Regie

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It's all about having fun. That's the beauty of this hobby. You don't need to sell your Trex600 if you don't want to. As long as you are having all the fun, stick with it. Tho there's just a better one.

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04-13-2009 04:49 AM  9 years agoPost 33
Regie

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This is what I like to do as well. One flyer and one doner for each of my helis. When I crash the flier, I repair it with parts from the doner. Then I order parts to repair the doner. Harder to do with the more expensive models some times though. But it is worth it if you want to keep in the air as much as possible. Only other way is to NOT CRASH! Yeah Right!
No offense sir, you mean "donor" heli. I was confused at first. There's a way to lessen the crash, speaking of which. I don't do any manuever which I can't do on the sim perfectly. That would result to a pilot error crash if ever. 2nd, I spend plenty of time on pre-flight and post-flight check. At least, it would lessen the mechanical failure crash. Although there's the 3rd reason for crashing which is beyond our control - the quality control.

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04-13-2009 02:52 PM  9 years agoPost 34
GScott

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I've never kept a 2nd kit for spares. There are alot of parts that you will not need in 99% of crashes. Stuff like the head block, engine mounts, etc... When I only flew one 3D I would keep booms, skid mounts, main shafts, spindles, flybars, skids, and boom supports. Add a tail hub, tail shaft, bottom plate and you are covered for most crashes. Also keep in mind some parts from other helis can be used. Most use the Trex 600 boom supports and 440mm flybar. I also use the Vibe 50 skids but others use the 600n skids. A Sceadu 50 spindle can also be used if you can't find a stock one. Don't let parts availability keep you from trying a 3D. It's the best flying 50 out there and holds up very well in a crash.

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04-13-2009 03:16 PM  9 years agoPost 35
Regie

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Don't let parts availability keep you from trying a 3D. It's the best flying 50 out there and holds up very well in a crash.
Very well said. I could have said the same thing. I only had to replace my belt after 135 flights on the 8th crash. That's because the boom split in two and the belt rubbed against the sharp edges on the way home. I never replaced any part yet from the swash upto the main grips to date. The links are still tight as they were on the first flight. The greatest news is, parts are darn cheap. You get waaaaaay more than what you paid for.

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04-13-2009 04:25 PM  9 years agoPost 36
TheBum

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If it happens, it won't be for another couple of months. My next priority is a night rig for my Atom. I do have a bite from someone who may be interested in buying my 600N airframe, but even if he did decide to buy it, I wouldn't get the funds from him until after the Knight was ready to fly.

One concern I have about the Knight is the comparative lack of space for mounting electronics. This is one area where the 600N shines. I would like to move my Multigov (pre-Pro), CarbSmart, and AR7000 over and add a different regulator (it's a good opportunity to replace my Align 2-in-1) and a Switchglow (or the new channel-controlled glow ignitor whose name escapes me at the moment). Are there any third party electronics frames for the Knight or do I need to rig up one myself?

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04-13-2009 04:29 PM  9 years agoPost 37
jaxrotor

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A Sceadu 50 spindle can also be used if you can't find a stock one.
Doesnt the Knight have the 8mm spindle now?

http://www.jaxrc.com

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04-13-2009 04:56 PM  9 years agoPost 38
acoustic0309

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Mishawaka ,IN

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bum,
alot of people buy the 600n gyro mounting plates. here's the mod thats done on mine and even with the align 2-1 there's still plenty more space.

Compass Models
Common Sense R/C
nice heli....wanna see it crash?

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04-13-2009 05:18 PM  9 years agoPost 39
hornet dave

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One concern I have about the Knight is the comparative lack of space for mounting electronics. This is one area where the 600N shines. I would like to move my Multigov (pre-Pro), CarbSmart, and AR7000 over and add a different regulator (it's a good opportunity to replace my Align 2-in-1) and a Switchglow (or the new channel-controlled glow ignitor whose name escapes me at the moment
You know, I would have a hard time trying to fit all that gear on MY 90 SIZE FREYA!

I got a fever! The only prescription is MORE 6HV

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04-13-2009 11:14 PM  9 years agoPost 40
Regie

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Doesnt the Knight have the 8mm spindle now?
jaxtor - there are still many people who prefer the 6mm. So right now, there are two variants - an 8mm and 6mm.

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