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10-31-2011 01:33 AM  7 years agoPost 101
Philly1

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mcpx and trex 500
I have an msr, 120sr, sr, blade 400, and now trex 500. The one I fly the most is by far the mcpx. I flew about 25 packs through it this weekend, 2 on the 400 and 3 on the 500. The mcpx is very solid in the air, even if it is windy. When I flew today there were random gust of wind. Mcpx did great, blade 400 was not as comfotable as it seemed to be pushed around a bit. The 500 was supper stable, couldn't even tell the wind was blowing. I love both the mcpx and the trex 500. I would recommend either. Mcpx allows you to be more aggresive and get your hand eye cordination down without to much damage during the early stages.

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10-31-2011 06:17 AM  7 years agoPost 102
Flying Foot Doc

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Check the feathering shaft as well. Actually figure on replacing it. Cheap repair costs. Andy

Inverted IS more fun!

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11-01-2011 09:05 PM  7 years agoPost 103
lee292

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Philly1, an MCPX will be under my Christmas tree! I'm looking forward to something "bashable".

Andy, I'll add a feathering shaft to my shopping list. Thanks!

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11-01-2011 09:37 PM  7 years agoPost 104
MichiganFlyer

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Put up the Christmas tree and tell the wife santa is coming Friday night.

Yep just change the feathering shaft. There cheep.
Moving your servos up and down slowly by hand will let you know if you stripped any gears in them. This is a good rule of thumb, if you don't have metal gear servos. If you do have metal gear servos then this will tell you if stripped the horn(servo arm).

Friends don't encourage friends to fly helis! It can cause part shortages.

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11-02-2011 11:53 PM  7 years agoPost 105
lee292

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Thanks for the info on the servos. I'll try 'em this weekend. The servos look like the typical 9 gram ones Hobby King sells, except for a better grade one on the tail. I have a new digital servo to replace it. Found a good deal on a "crash kit" (main shafts, feathering shafts, flybars, tail rotor shafts and gears) on eBay. Now, just have to wait for it to get here!

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01-01-2012 03:29 AM  6 years agoPost 106
MichiganFlyer

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Well, are you flying your mcpx?

Friends don't encourage friends to fly helis! It can cause part shortages.

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01-01-2012 05:29 AM  6 years agoPost 107
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Yep! Have a little open space in my attic and I've been bouncing it around, hovering for a few seconds, and then setting it down in a hurry before it hits something (sometimes too late)! Had to do a fix a couple of times now where the ball links popped loose after a less-than-graceful landing. I had to get the main gear back in place after one mishap. The main shaft has a flat spot that matches one in the main gear, and it slipped, giving the shaft some vertical play that made the blades out of track. Fortunately, got it pushed back in place. Gonna try it tomorrow to see if the fix works. Attic's unheated and it's gonna be rather cold up there, but not as bad as outside.

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01-01-2012 05:12 PM  6 years agoPost 108
Flying Foot Doc

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Checking the main gear on the shaft is a regular spot to check after each higher-than-planned-impact landing

Inverted IS more fun!

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01-01-2012 09:23 PM  6 years agoPost 109
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I'll keep that in mind!

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01-05-2012 12:46 AM  6 years agoPost 110
lee292

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Batteries?
One thing I've noticed about the MCPX is that it's either a battery hog or the stock batteries don't have much oomph. I may need to adjust my throttle/pitch curves 'cause it seems to bog down quite a bit. Does hobby king sell a replacement battery?

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01-05-2012 01:56 AM  6 years agoPost 111
Philly1

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Buy spyder 250mah batteries from progressive rc. They are a tight fit but are much better than the stock ones. I also have 3 300mah turnigy batteries from hobby king. They are garbage. I also have 3 250mah hyperion batteries and they are alright. The spyders are the best of the ones I have. And they are only about $6 each and they show up at your house in about 2 days. The mcpx will still bog but not as bad. You must use alot of collective management when doing rolls,flips,etc. Cant just bang the sticks. Hope this helps, good luck!

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01-07-2012 01:48 PM  6 years agoPost 112
lee292

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Thanks for the battery suggestion! Their combo deal looks exactly what I'm looking for. Busted a rotor blade the other day practicing hovers in my attic. Will definitely order the combo if my LHS doesn't have replacement blades in stock. The multi-battery charge lead looks neat, especially since I have a Triton charger, but I wonder if it's wise to charge several batteries at once. Opinions?

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01-07-2012 04:04 PM  6 years agoPost 113
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It is perfectly safe as long as you are charging all 1s, 2s, 3s, etc at the same time. Also about the same amount of discharge from all the batteries, and the same battery capacity. I charge my 3 hyperion 250mah and 3 spyder 250mah batteries at the same time every time. Just set the charger to a 1s battery with a total capacity of all the batteries being charged. Example for me 250x6 = 1500. So 1s, 1500mah battery. I then set the charge rate to 3amps. So I am charging them at a 2c rate. Done in about 30 minutes. There is alot of good information about chargers, helicopters, tx's on http://www.rchelicopterfun.com He has a write up about parallel charging under the chargers topic. Hope this helps!

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01-08-2012 03:11 PM  6 years agoPost 114
lee292

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Thanks, Philly1. I placed an order for the Progressive RC combo last night. Looking forward to getting it!

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01-11-2012 08:05 PM  6 years agoPost 115
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First Outdoor Flight
Flew the MCPX for the first time outdoors yesterday. Put the "outdoor" blades on and took off from a piece of foam board in my yard. I'm impressed how such a tiny heli is so stable! (maybe I'm just getting better at this?) I was able to hover without much problem and was even able to guide it to several gentle landings back on the foam. I ran into a bit of trouble trying to pirouette. It took off on me and I overcontrolled. At least grass is more forgiving! The batteries seemed to do a bit better, too.

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01-12-2012 09:11 PM  6 years agoPost 116
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Spyder battery fit
Got my combo pack from Progressive RC today, and you're right. The batteries are a tight fit! They're wider than the e-Flites, and I'm a little afraid I might shove a little too hard and break something. Would it be safe to snip the bottom strap on the landing skid / battery holder to ease inserting the battery? Other ideas?

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01-13-2012 02:17 AM  6 years agoPost 117
Philly1

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I probably wouldn't do that. Once you have run the batteries several times the battery will start to fit easier. I dont really have a problem getting my spyder battery in the holder anymore. At first I was nervous about damaging the battery. The holder will slowly stretch over time. Just be gentle with it and you will be fine. I have about 60 flights total on the spyders and it is alot better now. Hope this helps.

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01-13-2012 07:39 PM  6 years agoPost 118
lee292

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Thanks, Philly1. I was a bit concerned because I broke my landing skid right where the back pin enters the frame. I've since wrapped it with some kevlar thread and CAed it together. The fix seems strong enough now to take the extra shove needed to get the Spyder in.

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01-13-2012 09:25 PM  6 years agoPost 119
Philly1

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No problem. Glad you are happy with the batteries despite the tight fit. Keep us up to date on the progress or if you need any pointers

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01-16-2012 07:15 PM  6 years agoPost 120
lee292

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Is this normal or not?
I noticed that there's a ball and a ball link connector right behind the main shaft that aren't connected. If I try to connect the ball and the connector, I'll wind up bending the pushrod. Are they supposed to be connected? It seems to fly OK like this. Here's a photo:

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