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01-17-2018 12:12 AM  8 months agoPost 1
wjvail

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Has anyone actually flown one of these yet? I've got one in my cart at AMain but I'd like someone other than a shill to chime in on their experience. The kit has been out for a few weeks now. Anyone got a few gallons through one with an opinion?

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01-19-2018 12:41 AM  8 months agoPost 2
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I don't have a few but the heli is rock solid to me. Great on fast directional changes the servos are amazing. I'm just not seeing anything negative at the moment honastly. Im running ar7200bx with the align servos that came with kit. The changes they made are good. I say go for it man! You won't be sorry. Also build was amazing easy. Everything really beefy.

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01-19-2018 12:53 AM  8 months agoPost 3
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The lack of discussion on this new heli is noteworthy. Given the question I asked, either no one has flown one yet, or everyone is a shill.

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01-27-2018 09:32 PM  8 months agoPost 4
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I have flown the crap out of it and so far I love it. The ONLY issue I heard wasn't from me but apparently the canopys are cracking. I've had mine on and off about a hundred times no issues. So either the plastic black inserts didn't get glued in or there pulling canopy from improper spots not sure. Other then that I haven't heard anything bad. I love mine!

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01-28-2018 06:12 PM  7 months agoPost 5
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Well. It's raining today and I can't go flying - a good reason to post a bit about this helicopter. I originally asked if anyone had flown one of these and got very little response... so... I'll comment.

To put things in perspective... This is the first Align kit I've built. Some of this may seem obvious to those that have built a few Align kits.

While I haven't built an Align, I've built helicopters for 30+ years. Not that it matters much other than it may help calibrate my perspective.

I'm pretty old. I don't fly hard 3D so I won't be able to comment on its mega ultra stick bangability. I'm in the camp that thinks crashing sucks so I try and avoid it. And I don't. Crash much.

Haven't flown it yet. Until it flies, it's not a helicopter. That'll come later.

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01-28-2018 06:15 PM  7 months agoPost 6
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The kit was packaged well but the seal was damaged. No matter. Everything was there.

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01-28-2018 06:22 PM  7 months agoPost 7
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Although the kit was package well and the box was undamaged, the canopy was cracked or damaged in several places. Apparently the weight of the items placed in it for shipment was enough to cause damage.

About the canopy... While it is well finished and well cut out, it is paper thin. I mean really thin. This makes it light for its size but I would really prefer it be much more substantial. For my flying the canopy is unsatisfactory and I will be shopping for an aftermarket piece.

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01-28-2018 06:34 PM  7 months agoPost 8
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There is really very little to unpack. Everything is loosely pre-assembled. The up side to this is that there is very little sorting of bags of screws, washers, etc. Further, there is no guessing how parts are to be assembled. They are already assembled.

The down side is that EVERYTHING must be disassembled and reassembled. It becomes something of a scavenger hunt to find the one screw I didn't remove, locktite, and reassemble. For instance, the tail assembly has many many small screws on it and they are all less than finger tight. While I thought I got them all, it was only after staring at the tail for a bit that I remember to locktite the setscrew in the tail hub.

You MUST work methodically and pay attention at ever step of the way or you'll miss a vital screw. Even retainers such as the bearing retaining nut at the top of the pinion in the pre-assemble gear box was only finger tight and not locktited. Same for the head and tail grip retaining screws. The grips were assemble properly but only loosely tightened.

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01-28-2018 06:41 PM  7 months agoPost 9
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Unique. I choose to leave the OEM grease. They put it in there so I assume it's recommended. I hope this is a maintenance free piece because it will not be easy to remove. It appears it will have to be dropped down to get out of the frames and that will require removing the engine.

I haven't removed and replaced the engine yet but it appears it will require removal of the skids and it should drop down. The fan shroud will have to come out with the engine.

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01-28-2018 07:07 PM  7 months agoPost 10
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I've chosen to install a low time OS 91HZ-R I had sitting around here unused. I don't believe the velocity stack will fit without modification to the fan shroud.

I didn't check the fan balance. It's microscopic. It's only slightly larger than the clutch - which is huge.

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01-28-2018 07:18 PM  7 months agoPost 11
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wjvail
It's raining today and I can't go flying. Sound like a good reason to post a bit about this helicopter.
Thanks for the pics and a look through non-align colored glasses, Bill. Very interesting.

So, is that gearbox totally sealed when the two halves are joined? Interesting point about maintenance...does the manual approach that subject?

Looking forward to your flight thoughts.

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01-28-2018 07:45 PM  7 months agoPost 12
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So, is that gearbox totally sealed when the two halves are joined? Interesting point about maintenance...does the manual approach that subject?
No. It is not sealed. Study the picture below. Notice the pinion gear is not in the plastic case. Notice the gear on the left is exposed. The "ends" are exposed to allow the pinion gear and main gear to engage the intermediate gears. I anticipate being able to lube the gears by lubing the pinion and allowing it to transfer to the rest of the gear train.

The gears themselves are fairly good size and appear to be quite hard. I don't expect a problem. The manual says "Make sure to inspect the gears after every flight. Clean the Idler Pulley and Clutch Bell Helical gear surface if necessary and apply some moly grease to ensure working efficiency and keep durability." Again, my hope is that this is a relatively maintenance free area.

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01-28-2018 09:56 PM  7 months agoPost 13
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Came with a brown(ish) towel but no head button. Can we get this reversed?

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01-28-2018 11:06 PM  7 months agoPost 14
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I have flown the crap out of it and so far I love it.
Great, can you post a pic of the Icarus mounted in the airframe? What pipe are you using, and can you get a pic of it too, I'd like to see the clearances.

Edit: Well...I can't figure out how to get back to the "new" posting interface, but regarding Bill's post of no head button: That's garbage. They didn't include a head button!?!? Maybe that's an upgrade. Geez..

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01-29-2018 01:16 AM  7 months agoPost 15
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There is a lot of carbon in this kit. It seems like more than most kits. There is a lot of long edge lines. Like all kits I've built, the edges are sharp. I sanded the edges before assembly.

It's a messy job that slows the build down but pays dividends in the end. Remember, the first line of defense for avoiding cut servo wires and fuel lines is to remove sharp edges before they cause a problem.

I used 220 grit wet/dry paper.

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01-29-2018 01:23 AM  7 months agoPost 16
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wifeorheli
I have flown the crap out of it and so far I love it.
Did the NovaRossi head fit the shroud? The Align shroud has an interior deflector for "shorter" heads. Did you have to remove this?

I've installed an OS largely because that is what I had on hand but I see several different engines going in this model. I've really been looking for a helicopter to try a NovaRossi in and this will likely be the one. The last I heard you were waiting for an engine from Italy. I assume it arrived, or did you buy one from PlanetHobby (as your tag line suggests)?

As Joey said, can you post pictures???

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01-29-2018 07:20 AM  7 months agoPost 17
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They didn't include a head button!?!?
There's an obvious place for a head button but it doesn't come with the kit. It took a while to find at AMain. Align calls them "head stoppers" - and they are backordered.

https://www.amainhobbies.com/align-...n7006af/p234052

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01-29-2018 04:21 PM  7 months agoPost 18
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About servo installation....

2 of the cyclic servos mount to some fairly small pieces that are in turn screwed to the frame in the area of the main mast bearing blocks. These are fairly small fiddly bits but installation is easy, they fit well and they appear sturdy.

The third cyclic servo is simply mounted in a provided hole in the frames. PEM nuts on the back of the frame make installation simple.

Obviously this is a direct to swash servo layout. It is a feature I'm looking forward to playing with.

The tail rotor servo mounts between the frames in the rear of the helicopter and is a straight shot to the T/R gear box. It appears to be an effective installation. The installation is completely functional but seems like it has more pieces than I would have thought necessary. It requires 8 screws, 4 washers, 2 brackets, and a carbon plate. This a place were I would have expected a molded single piece of plastic.

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01-29-2018 04:35 PM  7 months agoPost 19
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More about servos... Some may have noticed I didn't mention the throttle servo. My build has stalled as the frames will only receive a mini servo for throttle. I have a full size MKS sitting here for the purpose but it won't fit without modification to the frame. The throttle servo is mounted to the "inner" frame so opening up the hole would not be easy.

I have bags of micro and standard servos sitting here but I've decided to order a mini. That'll be here late this week.

Soo... If you're considering this build, either make certain you have a mini available before starting, or modify the frame to fit a standard servo before assembling the frame.

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02-04-2018 05:13 PM  7 months agoPost 20
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I've begun to worry that there is zero interest in this helicopter and that I'm talking to myself.

Anyway. I'll press on.

Progress slowed this week while I waited for a few needed items. I believe I now have all the bits I need to finish this project. I spent yesterday working on installing the electronics.

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