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10-11-2012 04:26 PM  5 years agoPost 121
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Didn't think of that. Thanks John, I'll get them later this winter when I am doing the interior and nav lights. I have a Raptor 90 carbon boom left over from my 90 I was thinking of cutting down for it. But a longer boom would make it easier to get tail section on. mine is right in the fuse.

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10-11-2012 04:42 PM  5 years agoPost 122
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Do you mean the tail case is hard-mounted to the fuselage? I bet that involved some pain! I used the boom within my Agusta A109 because it was easy.


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10-11-2012 06:14 PM  5 years agoPost 123
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No, its just snug up in it. It was a pain in the butt to get the belt on!

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10-12-2012 02:23 PM  5 years agoPost 124
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If you get an opportunity, pull the main shaft out and remove the both main gears. Next, using the tip of your finger, rotate the AUD1011-2 gear to see how much resistance there is in the tail drive belt drive system. When there is proper tension there should be very, very little resistance. Calibrate our finger using the sport configuration, e.g. with the aluminum tail boom because there's a point where it's stiff and tightish and then suddenly it's nice and free. Anyway, if it's hardish to turn, the belt is too tight and is sapping unecesary horsepower from the system.

Perhaps you recall my saying I recommend running the tail drive belt loose enough you can hear it slapping tink-tink-tink on the inside of the aluminum tail boom during an autorotation. This is because cogged drive belts don't really depend on a lot of tension to operate properly.

As you know, I have resisted the complexity of a tail drive shaft system for years (torque tube). Your H500 model selection works within the confines of the straight versus bent tail rotor drive (as does a Jet Rander and others, but adding drag to the tail drive system by overtightening the belt is a no-no.


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10-12-2012 02:58 PM  5 years agoPost 125
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Ya I know. I think its a bit tight, but I can't get it to loosen any more. Was thinking of trimming 1/4" off the end of the fuse, But I think I will do the longer boom. But I don't want it to stick to far out. So I may try and cut down the Raptor carbon boom down and find a belt a 1/2" longer.

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10-12-2012 04:25 PM  5 years agoPost 126
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You may find it easier to slot the bottom of the fuselage, if this is how the frame mounts, than what you're proposing.


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10-12-2012 06:53 PM  5 years agoPost 127
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Ya, I think I will just use my cut off well and take 1/4" off the end of the fuselage. Then use my touch up paint to fix the cut.

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10-15-2012 12:26 AM  5 years agoPost 128
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Went to the field today. It was windy, 15-25 MPH!!! Here's a couple of pics. In the process of uploading the video's.

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10-15-2012 12:51 AM  5 years agoPost 129
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Here's the 1st video! I put my GoPro on my head to shoot the video.

Watch at YouTube

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10-15-2012 01:23 AM  5 years agoPost 130
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Here's the 2nd test with the GoPro mounted inside the cockpit for a pilots view!

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10-15-2012 11:20 AM  5 years agoPost 131
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Eugene,

I don't know which I liked better, the video of you flying the model with the GoPro looking through the windscreen showing the pilot's eye view, or the chortle of sheer joy as you placed the GoPro on your head in the video preceeding it. I quite frankly, instantly recognized that chuckling sound because I have let it out myself, most recently when I flew my Agusta A109 the first time.

Anyway, congratulations on becoming what many aspire to but lack the follow-through to achieve, a pilot of a scale model. Attaboy!

Two nits. First, I looked through your gallery and regarding the DS650 on the tail; is it still secured with just two screws or was that temporary and put in the rest of the screws?

Second, and more importantly, I'm hearing a tick-tick as the ESC begins. I believe it's before the motor begins spinning, though I may be wrong but regardless, it worries me because Panteras are tough (and like a Timex can take a lickin'. However, in general, they don't tick so what's the source?


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10-21-2012 12:22 AM  5 years agoPost 132
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Went to the field today. I goy my buddy Brian to fly the MD500E so I could see it how its suppose to look. And man it looks awesome!!!.

But he was losing power and brought it in. Just as he was about to set it down, it made a weird noise and just stopped. Luckily it was only a couple of feet so he just auto'd it. The clutch bell was extremely hot. Everything else was fine. A little closer look and I saw the pinion unscrewed from the clutch bell. So I will take the clutch bell off and check liner, and have the pinion big welded to the bell housing.

I checked the video and I could hear the motor spin faster at the end.

Will upload video shortly.

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10-21-2012 12:50 AM  5 years agoPost 133
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Here's the video. And yes the clicking noise is the clutch hitting the top of a screw head. Will fix that as well.

Watch at YouTube

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10-23-2012 01:57 AM  5 years agoPost 134
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Just ordered my cockpit and fire extinguisher from Sky Hobbies. Can't wait to get them!!! I think I will try and make the seats myself. Couldn't afford them right now.

Next is the nav lights. I have a Pico switch. Here's the nav light layout:
The Landing Light on the Nose is manually controlled by the Pilot with a simple "On/Off" Toggle located on the Collective Control.
The Red and Green Lights located on the Toes of the Skids are Position
Lights. So is the Clear Light located on the Tail. They are controlled
with a simple "On/Off" Toggle Switch located on the Instrument Panel.
This Toggle switch is located right next to the Toggle for the
Anti-Collision Lights.
The Red Strobe Lights on the Belly and Tail are Anti-Collision Lights
(see above).
I know I can't do each of those separately, already planned on just using 1 switch to turn them on.

Next I need to get all the antenna's for it. Here's some pics of the real 1. Can anyone help direct me in the right direction?

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10-31-2012 03:09 AM  5 years agoPost 135
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Well, I have decided to switch the rotor rotation back to CW. I have tried to figure out how to make the pinion and clutch bell permanently. Can't weld steel to aluminum. Darn it, it really is cool! Oh well, I guess I will get another set of blades and paint them so the paint scheme is correct but only going CW.

I also have my cockpit now. Just ordered nav lights for it today from RAM RC.

I will have to take about 1/4" off the end of the fuse so I can have room for belt tightening.

Now that the weather is getting bad I will just consecrate on getting the heli complete now and not worry about flying it right now.

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10-31-2012 12:57 PM  5 years agoPost 136
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Gene,

I'm glad you found RAM after we chatted yesterday. As experienced modelers know, RAM are very nice people and have been long time supporters of scale modelers. Their line includes lighting like NAV lights, rotating beacons, strobes, landing lights, and more to include sound modules, etc. Here's their website address:

http://www.ramrcandramtrack.com/


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11-02-2012 02:51 AM  5 years agoPost 137
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Here's some pics of my cockpit.

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11-06-2012 08:21 PM  5 years agoPost 138
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Very nice

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11-06-2012 09:04 PM  5 years agoPost 139
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Thanks Jose. I have decided to run the rotor clockwise because of the clutch coming loose. I wish there was a way to weld the steel pinion to the aluminum clutch bell..

Got a new pinion and clutch bell. But now have to order a bearing block for the top starter bearing. It melted from the heat of the pinion coming unscrewed.

Ordered nav lights from RAM last week. I got them Friday and tested them. Only 4 of the 5 worked right out of the package. Then slowly 1 by 1 stopped working. So no only 1 blinking light works. I called them twice and left messages. Probably busy. Will wait to hear from them.

So I found a site that has Super Bright LEDs. I will just get them. A $40 lesson.

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11-06-2012 10:16 PM  5 years agoPost 140
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Have you checked this site... I'm using their 5mm lights

http://www.rc-lights.com/categories/5mm-%26-3mm-LEDs

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