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My General thoughts and musings
By Nigel on Friday, 19 September 2008 9:34 AM
Well as you can see, I now have another heli.  This one is a lot bigger than the Mini-Titan with a rotor diameter of about 1.35metres.  Each 600mm blade is nearly as long as the Mini-Titan LOL.

The heli was purchased 2nd hand in a "Bind-n-fly" state and has only been flown 3 times.  It has been built using Hitec servos - 475HB for the throttle and cyclic controls, and a HS5955TG for the tail, a Futaba GY401 gyro, Align 2-in-1 BEC/Glow igniter and an Align (OS) Hyper 50 motor. 

I have...
By Nigel on Tuesday, 9 September 2008 6:00 PM
Another nice evening for a flight.  Would have liked to get a second flight in, but was getting a little too dark.  Would have been fine if it didn't take so long to go and get fuel...  Oh Well

I put a board down on the grass to use as a landing pad, and took off and went straight into a left side in hover.  I got used to that and then just drifted the heli around a bit, a few piros.  Tracking was out a bit so I landed and adjusted the slave  blade shortening the main link by 1 turn.  Its a lot better than it was, but still not quite perfect.

By Nigel on Monday, 8 September 2008 9:13 PM
Well I have flight #100 finally over and done with  Yippeeeeeee

Was a nice arvo, hardly a breath of wind, until I set my heli down and turned it all on,  The wind whipped up and was quite gusty and turbulent.  I decided to fly anyways :)

Was a fun challenge controlling the heli as the wind threw it around.  I spent sthe flight just honing my hovering skills with a small...
By Nigel on Wednesday, 3 September 2008 8:12 PM
Flight #99 didn't get off the ground until I made some adjustments.

I had spooled up the heli and just lifted off.  I gave a bit of rudder then all of a sudden the tail swung out and a horrible noise. Dropped her down and then proceeded to investigate.

Thankfully all that had happened was the tail section wasn't tight, but had moved back slightly (and tightening up the belt).  This had moved about 2mm allowing the belt to get very loose.  Quick adjusment and I was back out with darkness...
By Nigel on Wednesday, 27 August 2008 6:30 PM
Was lovely later afternoon weather for flying.

2 more flights again in the backyard. First flight I spent the nearly the whole pack right side in hovering with a couple of piros.  The second flight I spent some time doing left side in hovering, but was having a bit of trouble due to a slight gusty breeze that had blown up, and also not feeling totally confident in the confined space of the back yard.

Right side in is almost automatic.  I still have to think about it, but its more "helicopter...
By Nigel on Tuesday, 26 August 2008 6:52 PM
Very turbulent in the back yard.  But was an enjoyable challenge keeping the heli in a stable hover.

I was able to keep the heli very stationary and manouver to land on a board that I had laid down.  When the wind wasn't so blustery, I even managed some short hands off hovers.

Practiced some right side in hovering as well. (couple of minutes worth)

I had setup a second "landing pad" at the other end of the back yard with the plan to fly to one, land, take off and fly to the other...
By Nigel on Sunday, 24 August 2008 7:18 PM
Went to Virginia Rec Centre for this flight.  Different place to fly, but is a nice oval.  Wind was slight but gusty, but not too bad to fly in

Even after adjusting the tail a further two turns out, it is still drifting.  The drift is getting less, so nearly there.

I was a bit more adventurous, with some nice circuits.  They are so easy compared to hovering nose in LOL.  Also did some right side in hovering

I am a bit disappointed that these dualsky packs are using more juice. ...
By Nigel on Sunday, 24 August 2008 7:12 PM
I reset the tail last night as per the instructions in the jr manual.  The tail is a lot better now, but still needs some tweaking as i am still getting a small amount of drift.

Both flights were basic hovering with some piros and slow forward flight thrown in.

Between the two flights, I lengthened the tail control rod by two turns, but still had a small amount of drift.

Weather was beautiful down at SARCH to day.  Pity there were only a few of us that showed up.

By Nigel on Saturday, 23 August 2008 7:07 PM
Didn't manage to get to SARCH this morning due to needing to do some running around.  Hopefully tomorrow.

Im still running the gyro in rate mode, but for the 2nd flight changed it to HH mode.  It had a really bad drift anti-clockwise (tail to the right), even after landing, and cycling the power on the heli it still drifted, so i switched back to rate mode.

Nothing much other than hovering and trying to trim the tail.

Flight times were 6minutes each flight.

Pack #4 took...
By Nigel on Friday, 22 August 2008 12:16 PM
I decided to finally bite the bullet and purchase a flight sim.  Having run Realflight G3.5 and 4, Reflex XTR, Aerofly Professional Deluxe and the favourable comments on the forums about Phoenix, I decided to go with Phoenix.

I must say that price did play a major factor in the pruchase, but more bringing it forwards than anything else.  I knew that if i got RFG4 or XTR that I would need a new computer first, but when I tried the demo for Phoenix, I was getting over 40 frames per second.  Even with all the graphics features turned off in RFG4 my computer was still barely able to hold the frame rate above 15.  The rave reviews that Phoenix is getting in the forums also helped "push" me in that direction as well.

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