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04-26-2011 07:25 PM  10 years ago
integy2

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+1 Mini TT.

Love this bird.
(Good flight end up with ...... big smile :D)
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04-27-2011 01:39 AM  10 years ago
Red Sand

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Ok - more assembly.

After redoing the tail (first photo below), movement is now smooth, unrestricted, the way it should be. That was a really great learning experience. I will build the tail correctly the first time, next time.

I am ready to add the servos which arrive tomorrow.

I will also be learning how to balance the blades - the blade balancer will arrive with the servos.

I plan on flying this beach on Saturday - the weather looks really great!

Thanks everyone - happy flyin',

RS


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04-28-2011 03:20 AM  10 years ago
Red Sand

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Getting ready to toss this stuff into the heli.

Looks like I'll have to add some 4.5 or 5.0 mm spacers for the servos.

I adjusted belt tension, got the right mesh w/pinion & gear, and tightened everything up w/thread lock (where applicable).

Getting the radio programmed, the gyro setup, and even the ESC set right has been difficult for me in the past. I'm going to approach this "little by little" until I get it right.

Thanks everyone.
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04-29-2011 01:49 AM  10 years ago
Red Sand

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Having a problem with servo fit.

I think by using longer screws with the "extensions" (2 nuts) as shown, the servos will work out great.

I have longer fasteners on order - we'll see how this goes next week.

Sorry for the delay.

Thanks everyone.

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04-29-2011 03:08 AM  10 years ago
JOLT

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Uno momento:

You said you were going to forego the training gear. I would get the training gear for your first couple of hovers. If you are not going to use a swash leveler and this is a first for you, it might be a good idea to strap on some training gear to prevent a dreaded tip over. You never know how it will drift on the first time up.

I have always used some on my little guys for the maiden. Those skids sure are small and unforgiving until you get confidence at half throttle.
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04-29-2011 12:32 PM  10 years ago
Red Sand

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Thank you JOLT

I have some 0.25 square balsa - I plan on creating my version of custom training skids. If my landing gear breaks, then I'm fine with that - I have tons of this stuff.

Also, after placing the heli far away and in a large, unrestricted air space, I plan on "jumping" up to about eye level quickly. This is what I learned from flying my tiny FP heli.

Thanks again - better to have training gear and not need it than to . . .

I also plan on going to the flying field and having someone help me - look it over, test it, blah, blah, blah.

Happy flyin',

RS
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04-29-2011 06:00 PM  10 years ago
Newbe Guy

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I read in an article @ building this bird and about its servo fit... I think HE was putting in HiTec 5065's and he needed to grind a little away with dremel, instead of using shims as this way the servo horn remains in the "designed" position.

Im pretty sure this is the same heli. Anyone else read that in the mags recently?

Either anyhoo, I wish you happy flying.
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04-29-2011 07:41 PM  10 years ago
Red Sand

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The desired servo location is probably best determined by using the Ace servos which are listed in the user manual. I guess I could get the dimensions, then figure out the servo horn location and so forth.

As my servos are shown in the photograph, there is only about 1mm clearance from the back of the servo to the frame plates of the heli therefore, I'm guessing this is the correct location but I won't really know for sure until I fiddle around with it a little more.

This "figure it out as you go" part of r/c heli's is often challenging and sometimes quite frustrating for newbies.
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04-29-2011 08:44 PM  10 years ago
ThumbBumper

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rebuilt more often than Joan Rivers' face.
+1 - Now that's just funny!

Seriously, enjoy the new purchase and welcome to the madness. Just a word of caution...... addicting!
If it ain't broke, go fly some more!
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05-01-2011 07:13 PM  10 years ago
Red Sand

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I created "training landing gear" today. It's an ugly contraption but it was free. I should have parts here soon so I can install the servos and finalize the build. I think I will go ahead and install as much as I can and adjust the radio settings as far as I can without the servos being installed. I guess I could go ahead and get the gyro ready?

I also need to remove the green flybar paddles because I have white ones that will arrive with the other parts. I'm glad I didn't C/A the green flybar paddles that are on there now.

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05-05-2011 02:04 AM  10 years ago
JOLT

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Great looking heli you got there....have you gotten it airborn yet?

Awesome gyro too. I see a lot of people skimp on the gyro in the beginning and pay for it in the end. That GY520 will carry you through the 90 size you will be building by the end of summer
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05-05-2011 03:56 AM  10 years ago
Red Sand

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. . . have you gotten it airborn yet?
Not yet!

My parts will arrive Tomorrow (Thursday) and I hope to have it totally completed and flying on Saturday, weather permitting and if I'm able to find someone qualified to help me check it out at the flying field.

BTW, my flying field has a fairly large dedicated area just for r/c heli's - it's an awesome place. Matt Botos flies there!
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05-05-2011 10:19 PM  10 years ago
JOLT

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Botos??---SWEET!!

You have a recipe for success in him alone. Well known for his helpfulness. I see a Synergy in your future my friend and it's gonna be an exciting year for their new and highly anticipated releases.

Please keep us posted on the progress when you get it together and a couple pics if you can.
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05-05-2011 11:20 PM  10 years ago
Red Sand

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Yes! I will definitely get an N5 - I already have the engine.

Parts arrived today and I performed just a little more work:

* Swapped green paddles for white
* Preliminary installation of three servos

I installed washers under the M2 screws - it seemed like a better solution to having two rather small M2 heads tightened against the plastic sides of the servos. The length of the M2 screws I ordered was perfect for the two servos which attach to the side.

I would like to continue working on this tonight but I have a large assignment due tomorrow. One of my peers dropped the ball and the boss gave me the extra work - lucky me, eh?



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05-06-2011 01:15 AM  10 years ago
SplinteredBird

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Do you plan to wrap the servo wires with mesh(what I call "snake skin" or anything? Reason I ask is because quite often the carbon fiber frames can be REAL sharp and cut through those wires pretty easy, especially over time and in flight.I love my flying lawn mowers!
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05-06-2011 01:43 AM  10 years ago
Red Sand

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Yes - I use paint trim tape. Maybe I should have taken a rounding bit and added a round to the edges with a Dremel. I've also heard of people gluing fuel line onto the edges to protect wiring from damage.

Bah, gimmie some trim tape and we'll call it done - I'm cheap.

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05-14-2011 04:45 PM  10 years ago
Red Sand

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Getting closer to finishing:
  • Servos & gyro installed
  • Grommets on canopy installed
  • All batteries & battery tray now have velcro applied (w/"industrial strength" adhesive)
Now, all I have to do is figure out how to program the radio and adjust and setup the main rotor, tail rotor & gyro, and ESC, balance the blades and . . . I think I'm missing something, probably lots of things.

It would help if I knew what I was doing, eh? (ha)

Thanks

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06-07-2011 12:53 AM  10 years ago
Red Sand

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Does anyone want to comment about my wiring? (see photos below)

I spent a long time - a very long time making this what it is. I've never done this before.

THANKS!!!

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06-09-2011 10:59 PM  10 years ago
californiaflyer

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It could be cleaner. Usually we aim to have the heli as "clean" as possible with no wires showing. If you are still just setting up, having the wires like that will give you easier access in case you need to work on it.
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06-10-2011 08:19 AM  10 years ago
Red Sand

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It could be cleaner. Usually we aim to have the heli as "clean" as possible with no wires showing. If you are still just setting up, having the wires like that will give you easier access in case you need to work on it.
I can relocate the wiring inside the c/f plates, no problem. I'm new, learning. I'll make sure nothing interferes with the tail belt, or either the main or tail rotor gears.

Thanks very much.
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