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My General thoughts and musings
By Nigel on Wednesday, 13 February 2008 9:11 AM
As i think i mentioned in an earlier blog, i have a full size tail servo (as provided with my DX7 radio)  This meant that i had to add some weight to the front of the heli to counter-act the larger servo.  A 2500ma AA NiMH battery so far has been providing the additional nose weight, balancing the heli very nicely.

Given that the battery is not really a nice thing to have sitting in the front, i have been trying to work out something a little more practical to use to balance out the heli. ...
By Nigel on Tuesday, 12 February 2008 8:58 PM
I definately prefer flying on an oval to my back (or front) yard.

Don't get me wrong... Flying in the yard is convenient, and nice and challenging due to the additional turbulence associated with houses and trees being in "close-ish" vicinity, but it is a lot easier flying on an oval where the trees and buildings are a fair distance away.  I guess it keeps your concentration up, but also the downside is that you are always flying with the heli only a couple of metres away from you, so when...
By Nigel on Sunday, 3 February 2008 9:10 PM
Did something different today with this flight...

My brother-in-law and me went to one of the local school ovals for flying.  He was going to fly his E-Go Cessna 182, and of course me flying my Mini-Titan.

His maiden flight didn't go too well, even though he got it off the ground, a cross wind planted it into the ground with it cart-wheeling.  Thankfully no real damage.  The motor was pushed back slightly, and the rear tail fin came unglued.

My flight on the other hand went very...
By Nigel on Friday, 1 February 2008 9:12 AM
I was able to pick up a new set of the Align 325mm Pro carbon blades last night.  A bit cheaper than the first set (thank goodness), but still $52 for the pair.

I set about making sure the blades were balanced equally and used Finnless' video "Blade Balancing 101" as a guide.  Finless has put a lot of effort into his videos, and they are well worth keeping as a reference.  These blades required no balancing.  The balance was spot on, straight out of the box . ...
By Nigel on Wednesday, 30 January 2008 8:30 PM
Blasted Ants!!!!!

About 4 minutes into the flight i discovered I was standing on an ant pathway.  The little buggas were crawling up my legs and biting.  I set down my heli, but unfortunately I didn't kill the power altogether, but just left the head spinning to keep her planted on the ground.  Or so i thought.  The wind was starting to pick up a bit, and while I was busy trying to kill some ants, and the heli tipped over

By Nigel on Tuesday, 29 January 2008 12:59 PM
Well i am now officially a committee member for Southern Districts Model Car Club.  I have been an un-official committee member, helping Glenn out with the running of the nitro track at Morphett Vale, but is nice to be officially on the committee.  We have expanded the committee this year,  going up to 5 committe members.  All positions were deemed vacant (as they always are at an AGM).  After nominations and voting etc, Jarrod remained as President/Chairperson, and Denise as treasurer.  Glenn took...
By Nigel on Tuesday, 29 January 2008 12:42 PM
Finally i manage to get some time when the weather isn't too hot or windy.

Another flight down (or should that be up?? LOL) with no dramas (phew!!)

The flight was mainly just hovering around, with a small bit of right and left side in.  I am having trouble with the sudden increase in responsiveness of the heli, so i am having to relearn a lot of things.  I am still able to hover in a smallish area (approx 2m square) about 15-20cms off the ground, but just need to get my confidence back...
By Nigel on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 8:46 AM
A relatively uneventful, but rather interesting flight...

I created a ball link resizer by squeezing a spare ball with a pair of pliers to create a rough surface, I then went through and resized all the links so that the rods would fall under their own weight.  Some of the connections were very tight and took a fair bit of sizing to loosen them up.  After I had done this, I decided to see what sort of difference it made to the heli.

Well... What can i say...  The heli was a lot more...
By Nigel on Thursday, 27 December 2007 7:18 PM

Another good flight and again, uneventful.

It was a beautiful day for flying on Christmas day, a slight breeze, temperature in the mid to high twenties. 

Most of the time I was practicing left side in hovers.  I used the normal setting with the slower head speed as i was in a smaller area and find the heli a lot more docile.

Flight time was just over 8 minutes

Battery #2 took 1753ma to charge

By Nigel on Sunday, 23 December 2007 10:20 PM
Its funny... I get to the 50 flight milestone, and now my hands have gone jelly like LOL...

I spent most of the time in ST-1 (80% throttle), but switched back to normal mode when the wind picked up a bit.  I was just doing hovering, with some right side in, and a small amount of left side in.

I still get really nervous when the wind picks up a bit.  Specially if it is blustery, but it helps me to get used to having to make corrections all the time.  I must have the heli trimmed pretty...
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