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06-28-2018 01:35 AM  88 days agoPost 1
torque

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bolivia , north carolina

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I had bought a helicopter and it just didn't want to stay in the air. It would develop a problem and go it. I would get it back in the air and then another problem would cause a crash. this has been going on for about 10 months. I finally took it completely apart, including bearings and rebuilt it. I am about ready to give it a test flight. I am sure others have had helis, that were a problem child

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06-28-2018 01:51 AM  88 days agoPost 2
rcflyerheli

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Granbury, TX USA

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Just curious, what heli? Sorry to hear about the issues.

Goblin 700, Trex 700DFC, Gaui X7, Logo 690SX, Logo 600SX; Trex 470 Trex 500
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06-28-2018 03:24 AM  88 days agoPost 3
Heli143

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Phenix City, Alabama

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Hi torque,
The only one I ever had was in the 80s when I was beginning in RC helis and they were not as sophisticated as they are now. The heli had no gyro back then

Roy Mayoral

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06-28-2018 12:04 PM  87 days agoPost 4
ICUR1-2

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Ottawa, Ontario

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The only helicopters I have had trouble keeping airborne was Century. There was always something failing. Tail hubs, intermediate shaft, clutch.
Still have one frame for display purposes.

Switched to Align ..... no more failures, just flying.

spending time, paying attention

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06-28-2018 01:56 PM  87 days agoPost 5
Ladymagic

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South Korea

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It happens to the best of us. It's pretty much standard practice to disassemble and reassemble a heli that was purchased second hand...some pilots are just not good builders. Seem like you should start to enjoy your machine more now that you've torn it down and inspected it.

But yes, my lemon heli was an Avant Aurora. Invested $3k+ in it, built it, and owned it for 6 years. It got off the ground 5 times in 6 years. It was hell to build, horrible to work on, awful customer service, and I never was able to gain confidence in it to do more than hover 5ft. No matter how careful and attentive I was, I could never get the head tuned or the vibes corrected.

My T-Rex 700N was doing great, so I didn't much care anyways...one day I set the Aurora on the floor to clean off my work bench and one of the struts snapped just from that....I was done...I stripped out my electronics and I threw that $3k pos right in the dumpster. I do not miss that thing at all.

Mellisa

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06-28-2018 02:42 PM  87 days agoPost 6
Richardmid1

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Leeds, England

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I've had a couple like that. Worst was my ElyQ Vision 50, original version, HA ElyQ didn't stay around long did they!

I then had a Trex 450 Sport which kept killing one particular servo on the swash! 4 times! Wasn't the FBL unit as it had just come off a perfect flying heli. Turned out to be static which for some reason hit that particular channel first and played havoc with that servo! I have the so called anti static belt on it aswell, could have been a bad bearing but I had given up on it at that point.

60% of the time, it works every time!

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06-28-2018 04:55 PM  87 days agoPost 7
utahbob

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St. George Utah

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I've been there!
My first heli..Kyosho epconcept electric..would not get off the ground unless everything was perfect..I burnt out 4 Futaba esc's..trying to fly with 8 sub c nicad batteries..I prevailed though and finally did enough flying to get me hooked on heli's!

I do a great decending funnel!

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06-28-2018 06:37 PM  87 days agoPost 8
GyroFreak

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Orlando Florida ...28N 81W

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My models had a pilot that couldn't fly (very well).

I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?

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06-28-2018 06:51 PM  87 days agoPost 9
spaceman spiff

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Tucson

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Sorry to hear of your troubles.

Holy water and a shotgun loaded with rock salt seems to work for the Winchester Brothers. "Supernatural" on Netflix is a great source of information on how to get rid of demons and various other nefarious entities.

I just sprinkled a little Holy water on my old Raptors. (and maybe checked all the details the night before flying too.) I also found a few minor upgrades that helped too, Quick UK clutches,,,,, they ran for years pretty much trouble free.

Post what you are flying, folks might have some specific tips on where to find the best Holy water and other tips that may help.

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06-29-2018 01:36 AM  87 days agoPost 10
torque

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bolivia , north carolina

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I don't think it was so much the heli, but the build. I talked to the seller
before I bought the chopper. he seemed knowledgeable and had several helicopters. within the next few days
I will put it back into the air. I had a friend in austraila and he had a heli, that he could not keep together.

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06-30-2018 10:30 PM  85 days agoPost 11
Eco8gator

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Palm Beach, FL

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My worst hell experience ever was with a Logo 20. All I can say is PCM lockout...

I never had fun with that heli because it would always lockout and crash.

I wish I could get one again and use modern electronics.

Xera Motors
ProBar
Minicopter
Thunder Power

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07-02-2018 10:32 PM  83 days agoPost 12
dialarotor

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Traverse City, Michigan

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Augusto did
Couldn’t get his heli out of the factory

RapRexSynLogo Pilot

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07-03-2018 01:30 AM  83 days agoPost 13
InvertedDude

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USA

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I am currently going through this
Freya 91 and Evo 50, I can't get the clutch/fan dialed to min specs. I have given up and put them both on the shelf. Working on Gaui NX7.

These are the only Hirobos that are not flying!

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07-03-2018 10:45 AM  82 days agoPost 14
Richardmid1

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Leeds, England

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InvertedDude
Freya 91 and Evo 50, I can't get the clutch/fan dialed to min specs.
Have you tried forgetting about run out and just balance them? If your having gyro issues you can play around with different mounting pads and locations.

60% of the time, it works every time!

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