It will be a while before the build actually happens but I thought I would kick things off with a few un-boxing photos.
Although I am very familiar with the Caliber series this will be my first gasser heli and first 3-bladed head so that part will be a bit of a learning curve. Because of this I'm not sure at this stage what sort of head speed I should be running, and choice of M/R blades. Stock gear ratio for this helicopter is 7.9:1 but I also have the option of 7.55:1, 7.73:1, 9.06:1, 9.27:1 & 9.48:1 so I'll have to crunch some numbers and see. If anyone as any input regarding this feel free to jump in.
For this build I will bet using the following:
Gyro: CGY750 (although I'm waiting to hear what Futaba might be releasing soon.....)
Swash servos: undecided
Throttle servo: undecided
Tail servo: BLS256SV
M/R blades: no idea yet
Powerplant: Zenoah G260PUH (stock at this stage, but I've been reading a bit about these being problematic in certain airframes without mods....time will tell)
Muffler: Stock Zeonah muffler was included but I have an Hatori GSH-29 #956 as well. The thing that struck me about the Hatori is the size - it is one big muffler.
I have a spare Quest 3-blade tail rotor set lying about so I will probably use that in this build. The ZG comes with high skids (as shown in the photo) but it is likely I'll use a set of standard low skids that I have in my spares box. I will also do the usual trick of adding an extra main shaft bearing in the middle ladder frame.
Many of the parts are similar or identical to the C60/C90/C90v06 and the ZG kit didn't really give any surprises except for the fact that it has a longer (900mm) tail boom made of metal not CF.
A nice touch by Quest was the inclusion of CA6504 gyro mount which is a upgrade part originally made for the C60 and goes between the top CF servo frames just in front of the starter wand.
Feel free to jump in with any suggestions or questions. More to follow.....