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03-11-2010 06:27 PM  8 years agoPost 1
SB56

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Can someone tell me what the 6 channels in a 3D copter do. I understand a 4 CH?

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03-11-2010 06:33 PM  8 years agoPost 2
z11355

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3 for cyclic/collective/CCPM
1 for tail
1 for throttle
1 for gyro control
1 for governor/limiter (optional but common)

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03-11-2010 07:01 PM  8 years agoPost 3
SB56

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Channel desc.
See if I've got this,

1- Forward/backward
2- Left/right
3- Up/down
4- Throttle
5- Tail
6- Gyro

So the one for the gyro, what does it actually do?

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03-11-2010 07:11 PM  8 years agoPost 4
Wingman77

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the channel for the gyro adjusts the gain or sensitivity of the gyro.

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03-11-2010 07:18 PM  8 years agoPost 5
z11355

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right, almost all gyros use a channel to control their operational mode and/or gain/sensitivity.

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03-11-2010 07:23 PM  8 years agoPost 6
SB56

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Controls?
So now can you tell me how each of the channels are operated on the transmitter? Like what the left stick operates when moved up or down, left to right so on?

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03-11-2010 07:25 PM  8 years agoPost 7
Wingman77

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left stick up and down is your collective, left stick left to right is your tail or yaw controll, right stick up and down is pitch, and right stick left to right is roll.

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03-11-2010 07:59 PM  8 years agoPost 8
SB56

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left stick up and down is your collective
Can you explain the better?

left stick left to right is your tail or yaw controll
This operates the tail to change directions

right stick up and down is pitch,
This changes the pitch to go up or down

and right stick left to right is roll
Can you explain the better?

How am I doing?

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03-11-2010 08:06 PM  8 years agoPost 9
z11355

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>> How am I doing?

Honestly? You'd do a whole lot better if you took some time and googled around. you can find any amount of introductory information regarding what/why of model helicopters.

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03-11-2010 08:56 PM  8 years agoPost 10
Wingman77

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How am I doing?
not so good it sounds like you really don't understand how a helicopter flies at and if you don't understand a bit of the physics behind it, being told what the controls do is not going to benefit you much. It is not like driving a car where just hit the gas to go and turn the wheel left and the car turns left... and I have to ask, why are you asking these questions anyway?

here is a link to help you understand pitch and yaw.

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03-12-2010 12:16 AM  8 years agoPost 11
rotormonkey

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Things get a little confusing when throwing the term "pitch" around when dealing with helis since it sorta means two different things. This should sort things out for you:

left stick up and down is your collective
Collective or "Collective pitch" changes the pitch of the blades throughout their entire rotation. This is what makes the helicopter ascend and descend. On a model helicopter both collective and throttle are "mixed" into a single control so moving the left stick up and down controls both the collective and throttle at the same time.

left stick left to right is your tail or yaw controll
Yes, this changes the pitch of the tail blades to make the heli turn on it's horizontal axis (yaw).

right stick up and down is pitch,
This isn't up and down. By pitch here he refers to "pitching the nose" up or down. So it makes the heli go forward/backwards.

and right stick left to right is roll
roll = left and right.

The controls on the right stick are commonly referred to (on a heli anyway) as cyclic control. Any control you give to the right stick will cause the blades to change pitch through only part of the rotation, in effect making the helicopter tilt in whatever direction you've pushed the right stick.

Think of it like this. You push the right stick forward, as the blades spin, the one in the back always has positive pitch while the one in front has negative pitch. That makes the blades push the front of the heli down, and the back up thus making the heli go forward.

Now for those of you who I know are chomping at the bit to correct me - I figured I'd leave gyroscopic procession out of the conversation for the sake of simplicity

If it can't hover, it ain't worth flying.

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03-12-2010 01:35 AM  8 years agoPost 12
GMPCOBRA

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ya what rotomonkey said if you have a mode 2 transmitter whitch is verry common.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN ITS NOT SET UP FOR THAT, OH THATS WHAT YOU MEAN

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03-12-2010 01:52 AM  8 years agoPost 13
GimbalFan (RIP)

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if you have a mode 2 transmitter
To further confuse (temporarily), there are four 'stick modes' available on RC transmitters (also called TX's). Important Advice Alert! CHOOSE MODE 2!

Mode 2 is what 95% of RC heli pilots use, and if you're not using a Mode 2 tx you'll have a much harder time getting help learning to setup and fly.

Keep asking questions, SB56, no matter how silly they seem. In this hobby there will be plenty. Everyone was once new. There's much to learn.

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03-12-2010 02:14 AM  8 years agoPost 14
SB56

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Thanks to all of you for understanding whats it's like to be new to the sport of RC helicopters. Remember you're talking to someone that doesn't have equipment yet. I'm just trying to get a handle on things now, very angsious to get my hands wraped around a transmitter to see how things work. I'll probablly just set and play with the controls for a few weeks and try to learn how and why things work.

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03-12-2010 02:26 AM  8 years agoPost 15
GimbalFan (RIP)

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Have you got a decent computer, or access to one at home?

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03-12-2010 02:29 AM  8 years agoPost 16
SB56

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Yes, I have a desent PC.

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03-12-2010 02:32 AM  8 years agoPost 17
GimbalFan (RIP)

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Purchase Number One for anyone new to RC helicopters who's sure they'll eventually be taking the plunge is to buy a good RC simulator. There are several very good ones including Phoenix and Realflight.

Realflight G5 has the distinct advantage of coming with a controller that's much like the real one you'll use to fly your real RC helis. It's about $200 new. If you want to spend less, guys sometimes sell their older versions (G3 for instance) complete and ready to go for less than $100.

Get a simulator. Excellent learning tool, and great fun any time.

PS -- check the minimum system requirements to be sure your 'puter can run the simulator okay.

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03-12-2010 02:41 AM  8 years agoPost 18
SB56

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Yea, RC simulators seem to be highly reccomended. We have a couple of hobby stores about an hours drive from home. I think I saw a display about a RC simulator. I may check into that on my next trip there.

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03-12-2010 02:54 AM  8 years agoPost 19
rotormonkey

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If you're interested in the "how and why" things work, have a look at this:

http://www.udac.net/foreningar/rfkfyris/pdf-doc/CM.pdf

This is hands down the best read on RC helis I've seen in one spot yet. Great info, if a little daunting to wrap your head around when you're first learning

If it can't hover, it ain't worth flying.

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03-12-2010 03:00 AM  8 years agoPost 20
GimbalFan (RIP)

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This is hands down the best read on RC helis I've seen in one spot yet.
Agreed. Colin Mill is a bonafide RC heli genius.

Makes great avionics too (gyros and govs).

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