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08-17-2017 09:29 PM  11 months agoPost 121
g5sean

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Lookin' good Andrew. Looking forward to you getting that baby in the air man!

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08-18-2017 12:32 PM  11 months agoPost 122
Thumper217

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Thanks Sean. I'm trying to have it ready for Dalton. Still have to work out the tail control system and a few other items on the check list but I think it will be ready.

Hope to see you at Dalton.

Andrew

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09-08-2017 12:56 PM  10 months agoPost 123
Thumper217

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IT FLYS!!!!!

After a lot of help and support from the folks attending Dalton this year I was able to at least get her in a hover. At the last minute I decided to switch FBL systems from the Skookum 720 to an older 3SX updated to the Bavarian Demon. I couldn't get the Skookum to work the way I wanted it too with the JR XBus system so I put it on the shelf.

It's going to take many flights and adjustments to get everything dialed in but at least I know that it can fly and didn't blow apart when I spooled it up for the first time. The mechanics performed flawlessly, I was really happy with them. I have to brace the vertical portion of the tail boom better as it was noted that the tail gear pod was twisting during flight but that can be easily fixed.

A got a lot of help from many people but I want to particularly thank Butch, Sandy and Stan for taking the time away from their own flying to help me get her in the air. I'm sure I could have done it without you but the end results would have most likely been a disaster!!! so thank you, thank you, thank you!

Unfortunately I don't have any pictures or videos as I was a little busy when she was in the air and couldn't work my camera and the radio at the same time, besides it would have been real shaky footage cause I was a little nervous. So if anyone has any pics or video feel free to post them here as I would love to see it!

Thanks,
Andrew

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09-09-2017 01:46 AM  10 months agoPost 124
bwellmaker

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Nice job Andrew,

A couple pics for the maiden

Watch at YouTube

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09-09-2017 02:46 AM  10 months agoPost 125
g5sean

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Man those mechanics sound smooth baby!

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09-10-2017 03:21 PM  10 months agoPost 126
Thumper217

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Thanks for posting pics and video Butch.

Sean, they are very smooth, even Butch, the S-76 expert, commented on how smooth they are.

I had a few more flights on it after that first one and each one was better. Did some tuning in the Demon and my nerves started to calm down ever so slightly.

Andrew

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10-10-2017 12:24 PM  9 months agoPost 127
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This past weekend I was the first opportunity I had to fly since Dalton. Saturday was spent getting ready for a storm that decided to go elsewhere, which I'm sorry for those that were affected but glad it didn't come here. That meant that Sunday's weather was dead calm and perfect for test hovering. While getting ready to go out I went back through my radio to check all my settings and it occurred to me that the AUX2 channel had originally been set up for the boarding steps using the XBus system and programming. However, this channel is now being used for my head gains. The problem was that for the steps I had adjusted the servo speed down to 30% and never changed it back to 100%! This is one of the reasons I was struggling so much to keep the heli in a stable hover in the video above.

On Sunday as I spooled up I noticed huge difference immediately, before I even got it off the ground. It didn't have the sickening tendency to tip over while spooling up and once I got it into a hover it was rock steady.

Yesterday I started flying circuits and almost got into some trouble because of a lack of planning and thought on my part. before now I never gave much thought into my flights. I would just take off and fly around. The extent of my planning was something like maybe I'll try some low passes or hover taxiing or such but never gave any thought into collective management or wind direction because it never really mattered, there was always plenty of power and pitch when flying a 12 Lbs helicopter. I learned real quick that's not the case anymore! After I completing a few circles I decided to come into a nice gentle tail in hover, the problem was I didn't plan it out and I was facing down wind so as the heli came out of forward flight it was facing down wind too and just started to drop I added some collective and she was still dropping, more collective still coming down, I was almost at the top of stick travel when the wheels started to disappear into the grass and the heli finally decided to change direction and pull up. I definitely need to practice anticipating my maneuvers and taking into consideration a lot more variables like wind direction and the weight of the heli.

The good news is she was super smooth in forward flight and I am having fun flying it. Going to try and get some more video of my flights this weekend.

Thumper

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10-10-2017 03:37 PM  9 months agoPost 128
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great news and yes, bigger and heavier require different attention, techniques thought process in flight and much much more.
Anytime you decide to change even the smallest detail from an original plan, go back to the beginning and look at everything. the servo speed on the aux channel for the steps oversight would probably have gotten me too, I know I have done that sort of thing before. glad you got that sorted out and she is feeling more comfortable to fly and you have more confidence in her. keep us posted

drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft

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10-10-2017 04:04 PM  9 months agoPost 129
ssmith512

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She's a PIG!!

I have experienced the SAME thing with Airwolf. Down wind turns really caught me off guard the first time as well. You must stay ahead of these big birds for sure.

One excellent bit of advice I received from the Jedi council last year at Dalton - if you find your self in a vortex ring state descent, push the nose over and transition into forward flight. She will almost immediately stop falling out of the sky.

Glad to hear she is flying well!

Steve

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10-10-2017 09:11 PM  9 months agoPost 130
Keygrigger

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Good to hear that you have got it up and in forward flight, even though it nearly turned you into a quivering little boy, lol. I'll be at the Triple Creek Club in the Riverview area for nearly two weeks. They have an all electric event called the Watt Fest this coming weekend and two weeks from now is the helicopter contest and fun fly called the Fall Classic. Lots of flying and fun to be had and they are a great bunch of guys. Nice 270ft. asphalt runway and running cold water with power all along the flight line for charging. Take care.

Don

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01-03-2018 09:22 AM  6 months agoPost 131
DennisH

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I can't believe you have it flying now! Looks Great!
I couldn't get the Skookum to work the way I wanted it too with the JR XBus system
I took my XBus system off as several advised me to do so. Everything is working good.

It looked touchy. Many have told me the 3SX works pretty good in Scale Heli's.

Dennis

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05-07-2018 12:33 PM  72 days agoPost 132
Thumper217

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Second Maiden???
I couldn't ever get really comfortable with the JR DMSS/Serial/skookum combination even after I switched over to the HC 3SX. It worked and flew but my confidence was low and there for my nerves were always on edge when flying (more than they are normally). So in light of the confusing JR situation I decided to make the switch to Jeti/Axon and I am really happy with the results. With a lot of help from Peter, Darrell, Evan and JC the new gear is all set up and shes flying better than she ever has.

Watch at YouTube

Thumper

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05-07-2018 01:15 PM  72 days agoPost 133
bwellmaker

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UIH,

Flippin SWEET!!!

Good to see another one of these machines in the air.

Nicely done Andrew,

B

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05-07-2018 02:14 PM  72 days agoPost 134
ssmith512

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NICE!!!

Steve

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05-07-2018 09:17 PM  72 days agoPost 135
g5sean

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Outstanding Andrew!

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05-08-2018 12:26 PM  71 days agoPost 136
Thumper217

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Thanks guys, I appreciate it. The goal now is to keep flying it so I can get more comfortable with it while I fit the cowlings and add details.

Still looking for a contact to get more pictures of the full size...

Thumper

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05-11-2018 03:53 AM  69 days agoPost 137
DennisH

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Andrew,it's looking great! And still learning, I have several who told me the same thing with the Skookum's. I have two Scales I am working on and flew the first one last weekend. Everything is great, but I am having issues with the tail calibration, but still have a few other things to try. Take Care, Dennis

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