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My General thoughts and musings
By Nigel on Friday, 31 August 2007 10:00 AM
I decided to dye black some of the white plastic parts of my Mini Titan.
By Nigel on Saturday, 25 August 2007 10:00 AM
Was a very interesting 41st and 42nd flight today...

I hadn't changed anything on the heli or my transmitter, yet i was having a really hard time controlling the heli once in the air.  She was drifting all over the place, and would start sliding forwards.  when i would pull back on the stick slightly she would jump up about 1/2 to 1 metre depending on how much throttle i had wound in.  Even the head speed was all over the place.  But the head speed was varying from takeoff to takeoff.  If i landed and brought the blades to a complete stop, then took off again the head speed would be different.  Even when i switched batteries, it was still behaing the same.

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By Nigel on Tuesday, 21 August 2007 10:00 AM
Well a few more successful flights over the weekend - Four flights in total

Most of the flights i practised just left and right side in hovering, and getting used to the controls when left or right side in.  At this stage, i am able to hover right side in a lot more confidently and easily than left side in.

The last half of flight 39 and most of flight 40 I spent in forward flight and reversing back, and getting used to looking up at the heli with some tree-top hovering.

Was...
By Nigel on Sunday, 5 August 2007 10:00 AM
mmm Been a few weeks since my last flight   Unfortunately I have been busy with work or home life.

Anyways... You have got to love these lovely winter days... the warmth of the winter sun, just a hint of a breeze, and the sky speckled with clouds... mmm so warming... also wonderful weather for flying

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By Nigel on Saturday, 21 July 2007 10:00 AM
'Twas a beautiful winters day to go flying.  About 15 degrees, with only as slight breeze.

Mainly did hovering, although a couple of times git her up quite high - bout 5metres i guess, and got a bit scared and brought her down to an easily managable height - 2metres - for me anyways.  After this i just flew forwards slowly down the driveway and then "reversed" back.  Im thinking this is why i got such a good flight time for the battery charge used.

Flight lasted about 7 1/2 minutes

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By Nigel on Saturday, 14 July 2007 10:00 AM
I bought some Align 325mm Carbon fibre rotor blades.  I knew they would need spacers to work with the Mini-Titan, but thought i would make some myself.  Didn't have much luck... I could not get the blades to track properly.  So i decided to put my new set of stock wooden blades.  these tracked within half a blade of each other, and I was not able to get it closer than this. I took it out for a flight.  I had also changed the expo from +40 to +60 as suggested to see how it was.  I found it too slow...
By Nigel on Saturday, 14 July 2007 10:00 AM
Well... I went to ModelFlight, and bought the alloy Flybar control arms, and the Blade spacers.  All i need to get now is the Alloy head block and i will be able to put all the alloy parts on (head, flybar control arms, washout base)  I figure that head wise these are the most important bits to have in alloy.  That way you still have some cheap weak links in the event of a crash.

With the blade spacers in place, i switched back to the Align 235mm carbons (Align part number HS1231T).  The...
By Nigel on Wednesday, 27 June 2007 10:00 AM
Another great flight.

Similar to the last flight, i was taking off from under my back verandah, and moving out into the back yard and then flying back under the verandah.  I was doing this until the blades started getting really loud.  A "clacking" sound (similar to when a magpie swoops)  I brought her back under the verandah and landed.  Spooling down, i was going to check to see if all was ok.  it was then that i heard the rain on the roof...  It must have been rain hitting the blades that was making the noise.

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By Nigel on Friday, 22 June 2007 10:00 AM
Another 2 successful flights.  Basically more hovering and moving around my back yard.  i got 5:30mins and 8mins from the two packs.  Not sure why the big differences between the flight times. on the second flight, I put a piece of wood down on the ground to take-off and land on.  The piece of wood was only just longer than the heli, so provided a nice little challenge.

The backyard is a little more confined than the front yard, and i was experiencing quite a bit of turbulence.  I was actually...
By Nigel on Thursday, 21 June 2007 10:00 AM
And yet another good flight. Not sure how long the flight was, as i again forgot to start the timer.

I decided to try something a bit different.  I "walked" the heli around the back yard, and in and around the posts of the pergola and even did some take-offs and landings on the grass.  They were a bit scary, but i did them without any problems.

Battery took 1870ma to charge

till next flight

PS: I got word tongith that my youngest lad Connor is in hospital with a fever. ...
 
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