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My General thoughts and musings
By Nigel on Sunday, 20 April 2008 6:54 PM
I have just had the kids for the weekend and was able to get the parts for my heli (main shafts and tail drive gearset - metal).

The new parts went in with ease, and she was all back together and ready to be test flown   The hardest part was getting the collar 70mm from the end (as per the instructions.  I realised afterwards that i should have used the bottom collar and aligned...
By Nigel on Sunday, 6 April 2008 6:29 PM
I decided to do a flight of nose, left and right side-in hovering.  While getting a feel for the heli, i notided that the tracking was out, so probably ended up spending a couple of minutes sorting out the tracking.  Once i got this right, i proceeded with the hover practice.  The left and right side in's were going well, and for a while even the nose in hovering went well.  Although I ended up "bouncing" the heli off the ground a couple of times when nose in.  Didn't think much of it at the time,...
By Nigel on Saturday, 5 April 2008 4:03 PM
Well, i finally went to my first official conert.  Been just over a week now since i went, but i went

I have been to several after race conserts for the Adelaide Grand Prix's as a first aider, but never as a spectator.

The concert was at Festival Hall in Melbourne, for the band HIM ( and are a finnish band...
By Nigel on Sunday, 23 March 2008 2:57 PM
Finally it has been cool enough and i have had some time to be able to go for a fly again.

We went out to the local school oval again.  Unfortunately for Steve, there was a bit too much wind for him to get a good flight with his E-Go Cessna 182, with the wind flipping the plane over sideways, snapping the prop shortly after take-off.

I managed 2 very good flights of 8 and 8 1/2 minutes each, even with the wind as it was.  The first flight I just flew around getting used to the conditions,...
By Nigel on Thursday, 13 March 2008 11:46 AM
When is this heatwave going to end??

So far we have had more than 10 days with temperatures in excess of 35deg C.  It is just way too hot to fly the Mini Titan, or drive my RC Cars.

We even cancelled racing last weekend due to the heat, but they were still silly enough to run the horses for Adelaide Cup day. LOL

Hopefully this hot weather will cool down enough so i can put in some more flights, in the meantime, I will be rebuilding the diffs and shocks on my Hyper 7 Buggy.

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

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