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06-22-2009 01:10 AM  11 years ago
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!2Old2Fly

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The Difference
Well, I did it. I got cocky & took the FP out for a little excersize.
I'm not nearly as comfortable with the FP, and have retired it from out front flying, there just isn't room (and nope, I didn't crash it).

I discovered the biggest difference between Frankenheli with a balance bar, and the FP with a full flybar.

With the balance bar, when you let go of the controls, everything goes back to 0, and it stops.
With the FP, if you let go of the controls, it keeps going what ever direction it was going in last.

To stop Frank, I just let the sticks center.
With the FP, I have to give opposite stick to counter what ever it was doing last.

Frank is teaching me lots with getting very comfortable with the orientations, and such, but also teaching me a lot of lazy flying bad habits.

Don't care though, because Frank is a ton of fun to fly, and I enjoy the stuffin's out of it. And that's what this is supposed to be about.
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06-22-2009 01:18 AM  11 years ago
DougsRC

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And that's what this is supposed to be about.
You got it 2old, don't let anyone tell you Frankenheli is a piece of sheet, you enjoy it so its good
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06-22-2009 02:09 AM  11 years ago
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I wonder what would happen if I replace the flybars with metal weights on the king2.ಠ_ಠ HBK2 built with inexpensive parts! ٩๏̯͡๏)۶ Gaui425
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06-22-2009 02:13 AM  11 years ago
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Nothing good, because it is Bell-Hiller system and flybar stabilises heli not by only weights, but returning blades to proper position and at the same time, flybar eases load on servos. It is too different principles on coax flybar and in CP or FP flybar.
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06-22-2009 02:30 AM  11 years ago
!2Old2Fly

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Frank ain't a "normal" heli.
It's a coax that I took the top rotor off, and put the balance bar on the remaining rotor (with larger blades, and some appropriate mods, and extra bits & pieces).

For a single rotor heli, it has the coax stability, but better maneuverability. It's an odd little heli. I'm sure that when I finally get comfortable flying my 450 Frank will be to boring to bother with. But for the moment, I'm enjoying it.

If you're looking for something like it, the closest you can get off th eshelf is the Nine Eagles Kestrel 500 SX, or the Free Spirit. I'm using some of the head mechanics from those on Frank. Mine differs in that I use a 5g brushless tail motor, and full separates, with a head lock gyro. The Nine Eagles don't. Mine is also based on the Blade CX2 chasis, where Nine Eagles developed their own.

Believe me, I almost break out in a sweat if Frank gets to close to anything. Much of it was hand made, or modified, so parts are a definite problem.

Edit: I just tried these links, and they don't work... tiny url has been hacked.. What a shame that people have so little to do, and so little respect that they feel the need to do things like that.

Here's the free spirit.
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The 500SX

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Frank looks more like the Free Spirit, except it (currently) is using the forward canopy from a Blade CX2. (gotta get time to paint the new canopy some day!).
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06-22-2009 02:46 AM  11 years ago
what_the_helli

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2old we want pics of frank!!!I put the fun in dysFUNctional :)
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06-22-2009 02:53 AM  11 years ago
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Wow! My respect to your designer skills.
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06-22-2009 04:39 AM  11 years ago
!2Old2Fly

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This is an older photo of it. I've reworked the tail since this was taken, and am using a smaller lighter motor & a better rotor. But it gives you the idea.

I put about 10 batteries through it today, just cruising around out front. Probably the most I've flown it in any one day. Just had a ball.

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