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08-10-2010 01:20 AM  8 years agoPost 1
Proseph

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So as you can probably see already Im new to choppers and my Honey Bee comes in the mail tomorrow.
I've flown an MSR for a while and I practice daily on the sim, other than that I am extremely new to choppers. I try and soak up info anywhere I can. I've been watching reviews on youtube as well.

What are a few things I should know and or do to the chopper before its maiden flight?
Any tips, insight or anything else is appreciated.
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08-10-2010 05:28 AM  8 years agoPost 2
BOB WHO?

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I can't believe my eyes; who's gonna tell this poor guy? I must resist, I must resist, I must resist, I must resist

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08-10-2010 10:19 PM  8 years agoPost 3
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First off, We should know which honey bee V2 you got. It could be this one--- just a guess----
http://www.helidirect.com/esky-fixe...opy-p-14271.hdx

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Before you get totally discouraged Proseph, There are RR members here who have had hours of fun with a "Low end" fixed pitch heli-- like toolman18 and Racin06. This hobby is more of a journey than a "right or wrong heli", and it's different for everyone.

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08-11-2010 12:15 AM  8 years agoPost 5
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Thats it, except its the green one. Im guessing the only difference is the color scheme.

I've been reading around the forum and people are recommending the Super blades and super paddles. Also a DD tail motor and Xtreme metal paddle control frame.

http://www.helidirect.com/xtreme-di...bee-p-13507.hdx

http://www.helidirect.com/xtreme-me...v1v2-p-7521.hdx

I've already bought an extra tail motor and much more so I plan on using all of my esky spare parts before putting on mods/upgrades. I know im gonna crash this heli quite a bit.

Any input is welcomed.
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08-11-2010 12:26 AM  8 years agoPost 6
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I've already bought an extra tail motor and much more so I plan on using all of my esky spare parts before putting on mods/upgrades. I know im gonna crash this heli quite a bit.
Good attitude Dude ! You will Crash, There is no avoiding it eventually !! Blades and maingears are the more commonly used up parts in my experience ( results may vary ) IMO the best upgrade for ANY heli , no matter what it is, is becoming a better pilot and alot of stick-time, Not CnC upgrades ! Only my opinion of course. I really like flying "low end" heli's, but it takes alot of patience and dedication to make it work right.

The easy way is to say I'm ganna get a bigger and better heli--- but it is really up to you, Proseph.

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08-11-2010 01:46 AM  8 years agoPost 7
BOB WHO?

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Doug is a mentor to many here (including me) so you're in good hands Proseph. But if you want to learn to fly helis you may want to consider a larger bird. In fact you may want to come out to one of the local fields around So Cal; you live in Los Angeles right? I can point you in the right direction around here.

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08-11-2010 04:15 AM  8 years agoPost 8
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It is my humble opinion that you should stick to the hbfp until you can out fly its capabilities. Only then will you be ready to switch up to bigger and better. Or go for the King 3. Just my opinion.

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08-11-2010 04:59 AM  8 years agoPost 9
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Hey all, thanks for the words of wisdom.

So i got the heli today in the mail. I got her up and running with the training gear on and flew it around. Well, more like hovered it until the battery ran out, but most importantly I had a ton of fun doing it.
I read the manual prior to flight and was reading about the proportional trimmer. Now, the chopper wanted to nose right. In my case I just trimmed out the rudder so it stopped. Should I instead up the RPM on the proportional trimmer?
I also noticed one other thing in my minuscule moment of flight. When pitching forward the heli would go forward and then pick up a pretty quick left pitch and push way off course left. Its probably mostly pilot error but any suggestions on why its doing so?
In fact you may want to come out to one of the local fields around So Cal; you live in Los Angeles right? I can point you in the right direction around here.
BOB WHO?
Im in Pasadena area, yea i'd love to get some info on fields and if there is a decent hobby store around to visit.

All in all good first day.

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08-11-2010 05:38 AM  8 years agoPost 10
BOB WHO?

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Proseph, if you want to fly helis and you are not discouraged enough to quit in the first few weeks then you stand a good chance to become a pilot. There are many ways to skin a cat and at least as many ways to become a heli pilot; we all have different opinions around this forum and most of us are right. How much time and money do you have is a good question and how bad do you want to learn is another? Most shops around here will not carry the Esky Brand for various good reasons so I recommend shopping for that brand online. I know Pasadena pretty well but don't know if there are many good fields around there. There is Apollo Field in the Valley near where the 101 and 405 fwys meet not too far from you. Also there is Whittier Narrows Recreation area near Rosemead and the 60 fwy. I like Arbor Park in Los Alamitos near the 605 and the 405 fwys. I fly there on Sundays. I recommend you making the trip to this field one Sunday and you'll see state of the art helis and great pilots both young and old. You'll get an eyeful at this field, nice people too. Oh yea I just remembered the closest site to you is a location where the 210 and 605 meet, like 6-8 miles from you (the southwest parcel of that T-intersection). I've never been there but I know guys fly there regularly. You will learn much faster if you fall in with a local group; they'll take you under their wing (so to speak). I'll help if I can.

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08-12-2010 06:44 PM  8 years agoPost 11
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Thanks BOB WHO? for all that info. Ill be checking out some of those flying fields as soon as I can.

So I took the HB out again yesterday for its second flight. There were 6-8 mph winds and for me and my beginner skills that proved to much. Slightly controlled crash into the grass but luckily took no damage. Rotor head popped off the ball bearing which was a 10 second fix. I retired for the night after that episode and played around on the sim instead.
I think my prop trim was up to high as well. Every time I increased throttle my tail would whip out to the right. Lowered the RPM today and will try again when time permits.

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08-12-2010 11:27 PM  8 years agoPost 12
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Thanks BOB WHO? for all that info. Ill be checking out some of those flying fields as soon as I can.
BoBWho is a Great guy who has generously sent (my poor ass) stuff over the years and asked nothing in return, but he hates Esky ( I still love ya Bob)

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08-13-2010 12:03 AM  8 years agoPost 13
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Hate is a strong word Dougie, I would not say hate. I would say though that many of us have outgrown the brand. Also most of us do not have the ingenuity or mechanical skills that you do. As I've said before, you could make an eggbeater fly if you had to.

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08-13-2010 12:17 AM  8 years agoPost 14
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you could make an eggbeater fly if you had to.
Thanks BoB, I do have pretty good mechanical skills and like to torture myself to some degree It is less frustrating to get a better heli from the get go but it still doesn't guarantee -- no crashes or mechanical failures. If we all look back at some of the most exciting times in this hobby it would probably be the first succesful hover, the first successfull forward flight and or the first inverted hover--- not what heli or gyro or ESC or motor we had at the time.

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08-13-2010 12:59 AM  8 years agoPost 15
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Yes, Doug is great pilot and yeah, I cannot outgrow HBK...

But, believe me (you don't have to) properly done King (which maybe is not a King any more) is great flying machine. Tic-tocs comes hard on it in comparison with better helis, but other then that I think up to level 9 it is all capable.

Edit: Speaking of levels I forgot to add link: http://www.chadrg.com/flightschool/

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08-13-2010 01:27 AM  8 years agoPost 16
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but other then that I think up to level 9 it is all capable.
I agree KV, the King has its limitations no matter what the upgrades. You are actually my heli-pilot mentor Heli-KV. But still, it is seeing what one can do with what you have. Only my opinion but everybody seems to ugrade to higher quality and bigger heli's--- thats all fine and good but the whole point and the whole reason the Esky forum was started in the first place was peeps needed a place to go when stepping up from the Eflite Blade CP pro

So now the Eflite pro, the HB King 2 and 3 isn't good enough anymore ! That's O.K, whatever, Everyone that got a better heli is going to compete in the XFC

The whole point of the Esky forum to begin with was to fly something everybody thought was a P.O.S. and standing "outside the box" , I guess I was wrong. Let's all get a LoGo or a Rave or an Align 450 pro or an Avant and pretend the Esky forum is the whatever Forum No point in having different forums if everyone is going to have and report on different heli's Let's petition Mark to have a "I love every single heli and have no preference forum"

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08-13-2010 01:44 AM  8 years agoPost 17
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Thanks Doug for sure, but so far I am hardly can be any mentor at all, except persistence with HBK. . It (HBK) suits me due to number of reasons.

As for HBK, we have to admit that really there is not many people flying it (you and me maybe) and it is seen on any forums, devoted to ESKY production. People hang there and here not because of HBK, but because of different reasons, which is fine. So now, I do not see reasons why not to post here not related to HBK topics. Otherwise, this forum will be completely empty and there will be only once a month post of maybe you and me, which will disappear after a while.

And in any case, if somebody has a question of ESKY production, there is a place where to come and ask, which is not bad.

So it is OK for me to talk here of not only ESKY stuff.

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08-13-2010 03:07 AM  8 years agoPost 18
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Let's petition Mark to have a "I love every single heli and have no preference forum"
Technically speaking, I think that would be the "General" forum.
But, lets face it, we've all ended up here because at some point we had, or wanted an Esky product. From there, relationships were formed, and friends made. We all come back here now because of those friends.

Annddd.. for what it's worth...
I'm still flying, or trying to fly, my HBFP! I just don't talk about it much because it seems a bit insignificant compared to everyone else on their bigger better helis.

Yet Anohter IT Worker

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08-29-2010 12:11 AM  8 years agoPost 19
gixxer

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I'm still flying my HBFP too. The motor or batteries are getting weak since it can barly hover now. I love these FP because i can fly in my back yark without fear of hurting someone with the low rotor speed and relitively small heli. My question to everyone is that would the Honey Bee v2 be a good replacement for the hummingbird FP. I've tried a esky honeybee fp in the past and the balance of the heli is off requiring to tape a quarter on. How is the new esky V2? Is it a worthy replacement for my old hummingbird?

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08-29-2010 12:25 AM  8 years agoPost 20
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Is it a worthy replacement for my old hummingbird?
Most likely better gixxer, I don't have one but I would suggest--- go for it Dude Most fella's these days are flying 450, 500 and 600 size heli's so your replies may be limited to some degree.

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