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01-30-2013 02:29 AM  5 years agoPost 1
James

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I'm going to use a 5 blade rotor head system. I'm using the HC rigid V.2 for this set up. Question should i set up this helicopter first and test fly it with out the HC. Meaning confirm it runs smooth,setting up the pitch, throttle, all that stuff and test fly it. Then install the helicommand and go from there with installation instruction. I need some expert advice does and don'ts so I'm not wasting time if i should go straight into installing the system or wait.
I hope this makes since. I just want to use my time wisely and not do things twice if not needed .

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Jim

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01-30-2013 02:57 AM  5 years agoPost 2
TomC

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Hi James,

I sort of went through this ~5 years ago with my V1 HC-Rigid. I originally installed it on my already great flying flybarred 10s Trex600e.

I initially installed it with the flybar still installed to test out the ccpm mixing and horiz leveling. It also allowed me learn the HC software along the way. Also, left my tail gyro installed so I could see how it compared to the HC tail. You can easily bypass the HC-Rigid tail without any effect to the horiz self leveling btw.

Then I modded the head to FBL and went through the rest of the HC-Rigid setup. Actually still ended up leaving my original tail gyro installed because I felt it performed better. I know there are upgrades avail to update the firmware that improves the internal tail gyro but I have never bothered to do this.

With my new HC3-SX that I bought for my new TT X50e I have to admit that I initially set this heli up with an AR7200BX unit to setup and test fly it. Mainly because I felt a lot more confident with the Bx setup. Once I got this heli flying great I installed the hc3sx unit and did not have any problems with it (incl the tail btw). It's flying great and I love the captain rescue bailout.

Now, with experience on both units I probably would not bother doing all these baby-steps but looking back on things I'm glad I originally did them.

Just my $0.02 worth.

Cheers,
TomC

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01-30-2013 03:58 AM  5 years agoPost 3
James

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Hi Tom,
good advice i like the fact that the helicommand has its own built in rigid tail control that's built into it . I have been using the Futaba GY401 gyro with it's high speed servo that comes with it. I am very happy with its performance. So yes i would not want to use the HC tail control unit unless people say its much better then the GY401 gyro,its the only one i use for the past 10 years its always did a good job for me so far. My Hughes 500 with mechanics will be about 20 to 22 pounds once completed. I noticed the GY401 seem to hold heavy helicopter tails real well. I don't know anything about the HC tail control properties.

I'm very curious about something the little clear window that's underneath the helicommand unit attached to the boom if I'm correct it's for seeing the ground for it's eyes to see elevation is this correct ? I don't want to cut a hole into the bottom of my helicopter is there any way around this . I can still use the self leveling unit but it would be nice it could still stay at given height with out having to cut a hole. can you help with this matter

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Jim

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01-30-2013 05:33 AM  5 years agoPost 4
TomC

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James,

The clear window is a camera for positional hold. It only tries to hold an xy position and is only good for up to 2-3 m height above ground. It does not hold height btw. I never have seen this as a useful option and I just tape it over with black electrical tape.

Makes it easier to mount the main unit since it gives you lots more mounting options.

Wait until you get your unit and you will figure out where it's best to mount it imho.

Cheers,
TomC

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