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06-06-2010 04:48 PM  8 years agoPost 1


Benton, Ar

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Of course I'm new to helis, so I bought A nice used Trex 600n from these forums to give it whirl. No one at my club flies helis so I drove to another another club for the locals to re maiden it to make sure all is right, which it was then I strapped on training gear and then began my hover training and all went well, sim time was paying off.

Back at my field the training continued,scooting left, right, forward and backward then BLAM I dipped the tail too much coming backward and broke a tail blade and spun the rear housing 90 degrees, but that was all the damage I could see. New blades,and off we go.

Then the fun starts, tail shaking that comes and goes.Back home I find loose screws in the tail housing, lock tite and go fly, tail shakes that still come and go.Back home I tear the whole tail down and dont see anything wrong.Fly again, any time I try anything other than hovering the tail shakes violently, go back home.Read up on gyro, and back to the field and play around with gyro gain. still shaking with anything other than hovering.

As I try to think to myself, why in the heck do I want to learn to fly these darn things, how much can I sell it for in its present state.Problems that spanned 3 weeks of trying to fly, trying to fix, I decided at least I can hover pretty good, I guess I can at least take off my traing gear. Thats when it happened,smooth as butter.

Turns out the damn traing gear I built was causing all the problems, I guess harmonics fighting with the gyro in anything other than hovering. Actually got to fly circuits around the field yesterday.

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06-06-2010 07:19 PM  8 years agoPost 2

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Hehe - been there done that with training gear on my Rappy 30. Except that it lasted all of about 5 seconds before my mate landed it (he did the first test flight!) and we took the gear off, otherwise the heli would have shaken itself to bits! That's how bad the harmonics were


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06-06-2010 08:30 PM  8 years agoPost 3


Leesville, LA

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Good one. I'm still super new and working on my hovering but I did notice yesterday on my 450 that with the gear on it, the shaking can cause the tail to wag as the gyro tries to compensate. That was with the first couple of flights where I left the canopy on. After pupping the canopy on the wag was gone as was the majority of the gear-shakes. Kind of weird.

I have also read that a lot of people recommend taking the gear off once you start trying to fly. Maybe this is one of thier reasons?

Awesome to hear though and I'll have to remember this for when I finally get to the same point. hehehe..

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06-06-2010 09:42 PM  8 years agoPost 4



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well one things for sure, if you can hover and land it's time to take off the Training Gear (IMO)..

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06-07-2010 01:32 AM  8 years agoPost 5

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Tucson , AZ

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I never used training gear myself during my learning phase. I did hover and fly a Blade 400 with training gear on and it felt soo weird. Wasn't so bad hovering, but forward flight is when it really got strange.

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06-07-2010 02:44 AM  8 years agoPost 6
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Marion, Illinois- USA

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Fixing and troubleshooting is very difficult if you don't have anyone knowledgable to work with. Congratulations on the fix.

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06-09-2010 06:00 AM  8 years agoPost 7

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Delphos, Ohio

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I remember a long long time ago when I took off the training gears that I had. I was so nervous. ha ha. I still have the whiffle ball contraption some where

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06-09-2010 11:51 AM  8 years agoPost 8


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Still have mine too somewhere but HEY I still neeed it somedays m LOL

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06-18-2010 12:51 AM  8 years agoPost 9

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New York

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My first hover with a training gear lasted about 30 sec. One of the dam rods with the ball fell off from the vibration and then I started to panic "HOW AM I GONNA LAND" LOL... Well I did very gently, I then removed the training gear, refueled and did without it. I'm now starting basic 3d.

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