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06-30-2018 07:45 PM  4 months agoPost 1
dbldins

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Nicholasville,Ky.

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Has anyone used a swivel base for preflight tail setup? Wondered why i hadnt thought of it.

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06-30-2018 08:04 PM  4 months agoPost 2
switch26

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There’s really no need for such a thing as long as you follow setup instructions

Take offs are optional,landings are mandatory

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06-30-2018 08:11 PM  4 months agoPost 3
Flyin for Jesus

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Clamping a heli down to a swivel base can go badly.

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07-01-2018 03:19 AM  4 months agoPost 4
artimus

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There is a reason people dont use contraptions like that anymore....they didnt work.

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07-01-2018 12:03 PM  4 months agoPost 5
dbldins

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Just thought it would be a good way to have tx n gyro switches proper for spool up check then remove for completion of setup. I was always worried about my helis doing the chicken dance due to an off gyro setting during maiden test flight.

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07-01-2018 02:51 PM  4 months agoPost 6
Flyin for Jesus

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There are 2 things detrimental to a maiden flight if set wrong. ( concerning the tail )

First, is the Tx direction correct?
Second, is the gyro direction set correct?

Both of these can be tested on the ground while spooling up. Before getting light on the skids, do a rudder input and you'll know in about 1/2 second if both are set correctly or not.
I also give a little cyclic and see if the rotor tilts correctly. Nothing major, skids fully on the ground, but I can see when it tilts even just a degree or two, if it is correct.
After that, if you see no oscillations, go ahead and put it in the air.

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07-01-2018 10:01 PM  4 months agoPost 7
flyin dan

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Beloit Wi.

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Make a training gear out of 1/2 dia. wood dowels with plastic wiffle balls
fixed to the ends of the rods. Put it together in a x pattern and zip tie to the landing gear. Do first spool up on a hard surface, so it can skid around without much friction. If something is not setup right, it will keep it from tipping over.

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07-02-2018 12:40 AM  4 months agoPost 8
Daved Gutierrez

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My advice to you is that if you are not 100% sure whether your tail input and gyro correction are right by just looking at how it reacts to your input and by moving the tail left and right with only the receiver connected no power to the motor, I would go to a local club and ask for help, same goes for the swash plate input and gyro correction. This can be a very dangerous thing if you are not 100% sure.

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07-02-2018 02:51 AM  4 months agoPost 9
artimus

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Buckley WA

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Always check both tail servo direction and gyro compensation before flight...with tail blade straight up and downthe leading edge of the tail blade will go the oppsite of the direction of the nose of the heli...if you check servo direction the leading edge will go go left when you push the rudder stick right....on the gyro compensation the tail leading edge will go to the left when the tail is push to the right..... that will make sure it correct before spinning it up for the first time....

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07-03-2018 12:56 PM  4 months agoPost 10
Dan Minick

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When I was a super novice I tried a lazy susan hinge bolted to a table. It was a Blade 400, just about exploded when I spooled it up. If you had a super smooth machine it MIGHT work. The Blade 400 was a NOT a tight machine. In my opinion forget about it. Check, double check, triple check and go fly.

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