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09-27-2019 03:28 AM  9 months ago
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Toadster25

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Haven’t flown my Spectra for probably 2 years
How you guys doing. Haven’t been on here much lately. I can’t even remember the last time I flew my Spectea G with stock G231 and the best muffler, the stock muffler. Lol. I had so much trouble getting the engine to run good on different mufflers and then they would come loose.

I actually have pretty much given up on ever flying the Spectra again. After sitting in the basement all this time I’m not sure I trust all the old plastic parts to put it in the air again. Other than that I’m sure it would be fine.

I still fly my align 450l and Ive got 3 mcpx’s I fly around but I think the Spectra is probably grounded from now on.

What do you guys think? I think at the minimum I’d want to replace all the plastic ball links ends to be safe.
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09-27-2019 03:48 AM  9 months ago
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if the basement it was in was cool and not too humid (or bone dry) Id say that most of the plastic parts are just fine... its only been two years. yes replace the ball links. but honestly, plastic doesnt degrade much in good environments where temperature and humidity are stable and comfortable to most modern people and kept out of damaging UV light sources like direct sunlight.showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...
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09-27-2019 11:59 AM  9 months ago
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Take care of Carburator...

Disconnect and connect Every cable you have there...

Be careful with gyro mounting...

Check filters and clean the mesh...

With two years of inactivity, check radio programming... Step by step...

Battery pack? Use a new and fresh pack.

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Saludos cordiales,
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09-28-2019 10:25 AM  9 months ago
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Toadster25 Haven’t flown my Spectea for probably 2 years
How you guys doing. Haven’t been on here much lately. I can’t even remember the last time I flew my Spectea G with stock G231 and the best muffler, the stock muffler. Lol. I had so much trouble getting the engine to run good on different mufflers and then they would come loose.
you need a Helibug Spark on it
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09-29-2019 01:09 PM  9 months ago
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Discontinued...

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Saludos cordiales,
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09-29-2019 01:10 PM  9 months ago
aliazhar

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It will be available again, very soon!
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09-30-2019 04:35 AM  9 months ago
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So you moved from Texas to Maryland, and now you're going back in business?

-=>Raja.
MA 1005 Hanson 2703D, 4354 flts
Spectra 27 3DMax, 3445 flts
Whiplash V1-2 Hanson 300, 1980 flts
Whiplash V2 Hanson 300, 855 flts
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09-30-2019 11:37 AM  9 months ago
aliazhar

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rbort So you moved from Texas to Maryland, and now you're going back in business?
Yes.
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10-01-2019 03:44 AM  9 months ago
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My apologies for continuing off topic a bit but could you give more details about the Helibug Spectra conversion kit coming back? I just recently picked up an unbuilt Spectra kit and was wondering what to do about an engine for it. I had heard the RC format engine is a significant improvement over the PUH engines. Would love to know price and availability if possible.
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10-02-2019 09:32 PM  9 months ago
Carey Shurley

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The RC format engine has an advantage in that it has a built in cooling system that is very effective. The fan has a large diameter that also carries the magneto magnets so it provides better flywheel effect to smooth out engine impulses. Because of this it has a larger footprint however.

The Spark conversion accomplished two things, first off it allowed using the RC format engine which as mentioned has advantages and secondly and just as important it had a different engine mounting system which locked the engine to the upper chassis where the entire drive train is.

The biggest issue with the original Spectra is that the engine could move independently of the clutch/drivetrain. Despite the bottom engine mount plate being made of 1/4 thick c/f, the engine could still resonate. This resulted in chassis vibration regardless of how well the engine was balanced.

So for the Spectra, the Spark conversion was/is a major improvement. If it comes back into production I would highly recommend you get one for your Spectra-G.
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10-03-2019 12:32 AM  9 months ago
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vfinohio My apologies for continuing off topic a bit but could you give more details about the Helibug Spectra conversion kit coming back? I just recently picked up an unbuilt Spectra kit and was wondering what to do about an engine for it. I had heard the RC format engine is a significant improvement over the PUH engines. Would love to know price and availability if possible.
please feel free to email me on Helibug.
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10-03-2019 03:15 AM  9 months ago
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Carey Shurley The RC format engine has an advantage in that it has a built in cooling system that is very effective. The fan has a large diameter that also carries the magneto magnets so it provides better flywheel effect to smooth out engine impulses. Because of this it has a larger footprint however.

The Spark conversion accomplished two things, first off it allowed using the RC format engine which as mentioned has advantages and secondly and just as important it had a different engine mounting system which locked the engine to the upper chassis where the entire drive train is.

The biggest issue with the original Spectra is that the engine could move independently of the clutch/drivetrain. Despite the bottom engine mount plate being made of 1/4 thick c/f, the engine could still resonate. This resulted in chassis vibration regardless of how well the engine was balanced.

So for the Spectra, the Spark conversion was/is a major improvement. If it comes back into production I would highly recommend you get one for your Spectra-G.
Thanks for the input! I value your opinion and appreciate what you do for this segment of the hobby. I have a 1005 kit(with a PUH engine)and have had troubles with things coming loose over time. Also it does seem to run pretty hot although I don't have a lot of gasser experience for comparison. At one point I was really second guessing the Spectra build but now am feeling much more optimistic. Hopefully I'll be able to get a conversion!
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10-03-2019 03:40 AM  9 months ago
Carey Shurley

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Although I had some input to the Spectra design, unless you can get the Spark conversion I think I'd pass on getting one if I were you. If you want a Miniature Aircraft model look at the V2 Whiplash Gas. If you find a good deal on a V1 Whiplash Gas make sure you get the V2 upgrade kit before flying it much. Otherwise there are lots of conversions you can chose from.Proprietor - Gas Powered Helicopters
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10-03-2019 05:06 AM  9 months ago
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Carey Shurley Although I had some input to the Spectra design, unless you can get the Spark conversion I think I'd pass on getting one if I were you.
I wish I could have chatted with you earlier! A few months ago I picked up a box of new Spectra parts for $60. It had about about 70% of a complete kit. I didn't really think it through but bought in on an impulse. I had some X-cell parts laying around and ordered a few odds and ends from Miniature Aircraft directly and now have just about a complete kit for pretty cheap. As long as the conversion isn't too pricey, I'll likely give it a go.

Thanks again for your input. As an FYI, I did find out that the Helibug website should be updated shortly so I'll find out just how much of a "good deal" this all was soon!
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02-13-2020 12:30 AM  4 months ago
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I’m looking to get all new links for my Spectra with the flybar. I need 2 bags of the 0133-1 plastic ball links and one bag of these 0133, 133-2 and 0135 links. Anyone know the best place to get these in the USA or do I have to order direct from miniature aircraft?
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02-13-2020 11:58 AM  4 months ago
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Toadster25 I’m looking to get all new links for my Spectra with the flybar. I need 2 bags of the 0133-1 plastic ball links and one bag of these 0133, 133-2 and 0135 links. Anyone know the best place to get these in the USA or do I have to order direct from miniature aircraft?
About the only sources for parts in the US is Cajun Aircraft and Helidirect, unless Raja has them in his stock and wants to sell them. Otherwise you’re ordering from Germany. I’ve been happy with the German support for my MA heli, shipping is fast and reasonably priced.

https://www.miniatureaircraft.de/

You’ve got to get that heli back in the air, I remember back in 2009 or so when we flew our Spectras out at EPJ together. Good times.
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02-13-2020 01:17 PM  4 months ago
Toadster25

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I remember you too. I just checked HeliDirect and they have all the links I need in stock! Thanks

I’ve had issues with the grey colored links getting brittle and cracking after they get old. I pulled the spectra out of the basement to charge up the old nicad battery and was rocking the flybar back and forth when I heard one of the links crack. I wasn’t really planning to fly it but I would like it to be ready to fly if I want to.
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02-13-2020 01:50 PM  4 months ago
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I am surprised to see MA parts at helidirect.
https://www.helidirect.com/collecti...raft-heli-parts
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02-13-2020 01:53 PM  4 months ago
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Helidirect was announced as a dealer a little after IRCHA 2019. They finally started getting parts about a month ago.Nick Crego

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02-23-2020 08:45 PM  4 months ago
Toadster25

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I got all the links replaced now so I hope to get out and fly it a little this year.
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