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05-30-2012 10:19 PM  6 years agoPost 21
!2Old2Fly

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North Bend, WA

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Hey, just saying "hi" to anyone who may still be here.

Life keeps taking me in all the wrong directions, and unfortunately, I've come to realize for now at least, I'm just not going to be a great Heli pilot. I just don't have the time.

BUT!!! I do still have my Walkera CB100, and still greatly enjoy buzzing around my apartment with it. I'm getting pretty good at getting it exactly where I want it. It's all upgraded with high perf. brushless motors, and I recently put the eXtreme landing gear on it. Love that gear! It looks like regular heli gear, instead of just a piece of wire.

The rest of my fleet is out of reach at the moment, but I'm hoping to change that soon.

Is anyone else still here?

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05-31-2012 02:46 AM  6 years agoPost 22
Heli_KV

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Ottawa, Canada

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Hey!

I am still here. Still flying. At least trying to...I do not fly HBK any more, although it is in a good flying shape, ready to go any time. All my attention is on 450+ size now and big helis (Logo 500 is big for me (actually huge)). Recently crashed it due to dumb thumb - pure stupidity, kind of "do not try moves, you are not confident with", 2 meters above the deck. Result is obvious - ground jumped. Interesting: all shafts survived, despite tail almost diappeared. Looked like a pretzel. Heli flies now OK after fixes. Took me a while to hunt for parts, $$$, etc.

Yesterday, my lovely discontinued Outrage G5 died. Fortunately on the ground. CC BEC failed and took one cyclic servo and Quark. Could it not just dye on its own? Looks like not - it is its feature. Hunting again for parts & $$$... What would be advise for 6v BEC? I have spare CC BEC, but I'm hesitant now to put it on.

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05-31-2012 05:07 AM  6 years agoPost 23
Gregor99

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Western Wa

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!2Old, good to see you are still around. I wondered what happened out in North Bend. I was out there two weeks ago. My daughter was performing at Boxely's.

I'm still flying, or at least trying. Progress is slow, but I keep at it anyway. Mostly flying the mCPX as that is only model I own I dare invert in my backyard. I tried it once with the 450. Though it ended well, the backyard suddenly very small.

The annual fun fly down in Snohomish is the end of July. Would love to have you come down say hi.

https://rc.runryder.com/t688715p1/?p=5751671#RR

Heli_KV: Sorry to hear about the G5. Very unfortunate but familiar story with the CC BEC. I've been using the Western Robotics BECs on my larger models. Expensive and perhaps overkill for a 450. This is the one I have on my 500. Its been solid for many years now, no brown outs. Its small enough for a 450.

http://www.dimensionengineering.com/products/sportbec

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06-04-2012 04:25 AM  6 years agoPost 24
Blusaber

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Ca

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Sheesh

I guess I need to say Hi kinda cool to see some of the old names.

I can't remember how long it's been since I was on here. Still have my Trex 450 and a mini titan don't fly them much but they look cool

Doc's told me I had six months to live in Jan 2012 If i didn't have a whipple (8 hr surgury) for Pancreatic cancer. Soooo I let them do their thing should have seen me scramble getting 128 pools covered they told me I'd be down for 3 to 6 months and maybe never be the same (40 percent complication rate with this surgury). Guys I gotta tell you there are some really cool people out there besides Ya'all. I had my wife and 11 other guys doing pools for me, one of them didn't even know me but his friend said I was ok and that was good enough for him.

I had a ton of people praying for me all over the country the last thing my wife said to the surgeon while shaking her finger at him was " he has a lot of people watching him there had better be a good outcome.

Well it's been very much a miracle to this point. I was back at work full time in six weeks feeling fantastic doing my chemo every other week.

I've lost 75Lbs not from the cancer but from eating right Docs are amazed at how well I'm doing so Never Ever doubt the power of prayer some times the answers are yes

Only thing on my bucket list is to fly planks so I bought a couple and as soon as chemo is over I'll wring um out

Hope every one is doing well and as I said good to see the good guys are still here

Gary

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06-04-2012 07:31 PM  6 years agoPost 25
!2Old2Fly

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Wow, now THAT's some heavy stuff! Glad to hear you're doing so well. Miracles do happen.

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06-05-2012 08:01 PM  6 years agoPost 26
!2Old2Fly

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North Bend, WA

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Hey Greg!

Wish I'd have known you were up here. My apartment is just a couple blocks from Boxleys, I would have walked over & said Hi. My daughter has sang in there a couple of times too.

Things in North Bend haven't worked out so well, take the clue that I'm living (alone) in an apartment. But I'm getting through it. I almost grabbed my FP the other day. There are a couple of parks around here that I could buzz around in. Then I remembered that I've just never gotten comfortable with that thing. I don't know what it is about it.

so for now, it's my CB100 in the apartment.
I can keep improving on orientations, and hovering, etc. I wish I had my sim, but that computer is at the house yet. I'll rescue it before to long.

I'm starting to consider a flybarless heli as my next step. But we'll see how things go....

Good to hear from everyone who responded! Nice to know there are least a couple of us left.

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06-06-2012 02:27 AM  6 years agoPost 27
Heli_KV

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Ottawa, Canada

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2Old - keep trying! As of FBL: I have my old trusty G5, which is FB and I have other helis, which are FBLs of bigger size. Honestly speaking, I feel more comfortable with FB G5, than with FBL Protos. Size matters - I am more nervous flying bigger helis. Probably $$$ factor. My G5, which is extended 450, hovers hands free (not exactly, but you know what I mean). Protos VBARed, also hovers hands free. I can hardly say a difference between both of them, except one is bigger and makes piro on the spot without sticks touching. G5 is almost the same. But there were countless hours involved in tuning. I sound like FBL is not worth it. It is. Does is give that much more difference over FB? Not in my case. Probably I am a bad flyer and just do not see a difference.

Anyway, good luck and keep trying!

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06-06-2012 05:04 PM  6 years agoPost 28
!2Old2Fly

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North Bend, WA

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FBL is just the latest toy really. I don't have any illusions of it making the heli easier to fly, it just adds to the coolness. lol

I think part of the head game here is that when I first decided on helis as a hobby, I thought, oh cool, I don't have to go to the field with this, I can just buzz around my yard (a better thought when I actually HAD a yard). I still have my fixed wings, but I don't fly them because I just don't get to the field anymore. That's where the heli's were supposed to come in.

Truth is, as the heli's get bigger, they get impractical to fly in the yard.

Then there's the issue of actually progressing.
The newer generation of 45 degree flybar heli's make them nice & stable, but also very limited in what they'll do. My CB100 is a prime example of that. They even make them in larger sizes so you could take it to the park & fly outdoors. And honestly, no one there would know the difference. They would just see a heli buzzing around, and hovering over things, etc.. But that gets boring fast.

But the conventional heli's just don't stay put like the 45 degree flybars do. lol

I need to get the rest of my life stable before I can really focus on heli's. I can't say how much I enjoy my CB100 though.
I buzz around in the apartment with it, and get more & more comfortable with visuals. Orientations have never really been a big problem, because of my background with fixed wing. But I find that my orientations are directly linked to forward motion. Once I drop to a hover, the challenge goes up.

I'm working on that. I'm starting to spend evenings with the TV on, and buzzing around the apartment.
I have 9 batteries for the CB100, and charge them 3 at a time. So flight time is just not an issue.
I do need to be careful with those upgraded hot rod motors though. The ceiling can seem REAL LOW REAL FAST. hahaha.

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06-06-2012 09:33 PM  6 years agoPost 29
Gregor99

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Western Wa

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My fleet is about 50/50 FB vs FBL. In my view there are two main things FBL can do for you. First, replace the flybar. That means no more FB interaction during flips, rolls and fastforward flight. This will affect some more than others. In my case, FBL is just more "pure" flight experience. Not superior, just more clean and accurate to my inputs fewer corrections required. Also helps in the wind.

The second is to provide artificial stabilization without impacting flight characteristics. The mCPX and the mSRX are good examples of this. Extreemly stable for thier size, just fully responsive and no odd tendancies like a 45 degree flybar would have.

Though I much prefer to fly the larger models, I cannot get to the field as much as I like. This is where the mCPX comes in. Its small enough to fly in the backyard and stable enough that I can learn quite a bit on it.

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06-09-2012 02:36 AM  6 years agoPost 30
toolman18

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Portland Tx

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Sheesh

I guess I need to say Hi kinda cool to see some of the old names.

I can't remember how long it's been since I was on here. Still have my Trex 450 and a mini titan don't fly them much but they look cool

Doc's told me I had six months to live in Jan 2012 If i didn't have a whipple (8 hr surgury) for Pancreatic cancer. Soooo I let them do their thing should have seen me scramble getting 128 pools covered they told me I'd be down for 3 to 6 months and maybe never be the same (40 percent complication rate with this surgury). Guys I gotta tell you there are some really cool people out there besides Ya'all. I had my wife and 11 other guys doing pools for me, one of them didn't even know me but his friend said I was ok and that was good enough for him.

I had a ton of people praying for me all over the country the last thing my wife said to the surgeon while shaking her finger at him was " he has a lot of people watching him there had better be a good outcome.

Well it's been very much a miracle to this point. I was back at work full time in six weeks feeling fantastic doing my chemo every other week.

I've lost 75Lbs not from the cancer but from eating right Docs are amazed at how well I'm doing so Never Ever doubt the power of prayer some times the answers are yes

Only thing on my bucket list is to fly planks so I bought a couple and as soon as chemo is over I'll wring um out

Hope every one is doing well and as I said good to see the good guys are still here

Gary
Gary
Its nice to hear from you. Im glad you had a great outcome. Dont stay gone so long this time. Also, many of us are flying planks now. I like Extreme Flight Edge 540. Very stable plane. I also fly Twisted Hobbies Foamy planes. The Crack Yak is fantastic. I also have the Bipe foamy. These foamies are so much fun. Anyways, Good to hesr from you.
Brad

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06-09-2012 04:20 AM  6 years agoPost 31
Blusaber

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Ca

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Hey Brad

I spend way to much time drooling over all the cool planes and jets.

Should be more rlaxing for me than the helis the surgury has left me with nerve damage in my right hand (thumb and foreinger still numb) but they tell me It will come back just takes a long time.

You should see me working with the tiny nuts on a slowstick with numb fingers I am gett ing pretty good with my left hand tho. Should have seen the mess I made in the hostpital the first time I grabed a juice box left haned way to much fun

Catch ya later

Gary

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06-09-2012 02:19 PM  6 years agoPost 32
DougsRC

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Great to hear from Ya Gary ! You are one of my favorite RR members---right up there with Bradwick

Its Great you survived your ordeal, it must of been scary as hell

I've been flying a bunch of homemade planks, one even resembles a redtail hawk----other birds don't know what to make of it

Also been flying McpX,s--one stock and one brushless, they are so cheap to fly its refreshing . You can literally have no damage 9 out of 10 crashes.

Watch at YouTube

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06-12-2012 05:10 AM  6 years agoPost 33
Blusaber

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Ca

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Hey Doug

Thank you for the kind words

You stop scaring those birds with your hawk plane

The realy funny part was I was never scared. Now popping ballons with your flying machine THATS scary. One of the guys from upa and his wife took me to the hospital to this day he still tells me he can't believe how I was that day, I just tell him if it was going to be my last day I was going out smileing

Hope all is well with you and your family

Gary

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07-23-2012 02:54 AM  6 years agoPost 34
fenderstrat

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Aston,Pa

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BLUSABER,wow your story is inspiring and makes my money/unemployment struggle of the past 18 months seem insignificant.Things could always be worse.Glad you are recovering.

Heres a flight of me just tooling around the backyard having some fun.Kinda small for the ATOM when its fully grown in but I'm working on SMOOTH and PRECISE upright.Now that I am confident in my upright skills,I am going to do it all over but inverted then start putting it all together.Things will start falling into place fast now that I am flying every day again...and LOVIN it

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