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My General thoughts and musings
By Nigel on Sunday, 29 August 2010 8:42 AM
Wasn't a bad day for flying.  Not as nice as the weather in Bundaberg, but still nice.  About 13 degrees and a bit of wind and clouds that were blown away mid morning.

The flights consisted of the usual stuff... piros, forwards and back flips, loops, stall turns etc.

I barely had enough fuel on the first flight, with only about 2-3mm in the bottom of the header tank after the 10 minutes.  The second flight was better with about 3/4 of the header tank.  I leaned off the main needle by...
By Nigel on Thursday, 19 August 2010 7:30 PM
I am currently on holidays in Bundaberg visiting my youngest son and his mum and sister :).

The weather has been wonderful.  I left cold, wet and dreary conditions (15 max during the day) to end up with temps in the mid to high 20's :)

We found a nice park that had a nice playground and reasonably large park.  Unfortunately there were several trees around restricting the space for flying :(  But... thankfully the trees and the mini-titan came out unscathed.

The wind was creating...
By Nigel on Tuesday, 10 August 2010 5:37 PM

This was a nice little flight to see how well I had configured the DSX9 radio.

The heli flew nicely with just some trim changes required.

The radio, although heavier than the DX7 feels very nice to hold and the stick movement is nice and smooth as well.

Battery #6 took 1588 ma to charge in 71:21 minutes for a 7 minute flight

By Nigel on Saturday, 7 August 2010 11:28 AM
It was chilli morning for flying and the icy northerly wind didn't make things any better.

The repaired tail blades held up really well, but the heli was very twitchy for some reason.

The flights were still enjoyable though, with lots of flips and loops with a few rolls thrown in.

Two flights, 11 and 14 minutes.  Max engine temps were 84 and 92

Edit:  I found out why the heli was possibly twitchy...  Two of the engine mount screws (muffler side) had come out meaning the...
By Nigel on Saturday, 24 July 2010 9:35 AM
With a new (brighter) canopy and given the near perfect windless conditions I thought I would try some circuits.

The circuits weren't too bad.  Considering this is the first time (that I can remember) that I have done any decent circuits.  They were about 30 metres in length with some reasonable turns at each end.  Even some banked turns.

I also did a few more stationary flips. 

Battery #7 took xx ma to charge in yy minutes for a 7 minute flight

By Nigel on Saturday, 17 July 2010 1:08 PM
A nice 7 minute flight on the Mini-Titan.  Looking forwards to getting a new brighter canopy, so I can start moving the heli around more - performing circuits etc.

Besides basic hovering and small circuits, I also did a couple of flips.  Decent blades will definately improve the handling of the Mini.

The tail is nice, but still not as nice a stops as on the Trex600.  Piro speed isn't consistent CW to CCW either.  Just a bit of tweaking should fix that though.

Battery #6 took...
By Nigel on Sunday, 11 July 2010 10:12 AM
I moved the links on the washout arms to the outer holes to help speed things up. I also set the spartan gyro back to defaults to see if that would help improve the tail pirouette behaviour.  From the few piros that I did, I did notice the difference in the tail.  The stops were a lot better than they had been last weekend.

I had an enjoyable flight and didn't notice the difference, but I didn't really put the heli through its paces as the wind was blowing the mini-titan around.

By Nigel on Saturday, 3 July 2010 10:00 AM
I sold the GY401 gyro that used to be on my Mini-Titan and with the money, I bought a decent tail servo to go along with the Spartan DS760 gyro she now has installed.

I setup the servo, which took about 1/2 hour, then took the mini up for a flight.

I spooled up with no rudder input.  It was holding really well.  I moved the rudder to see how it was going to hold, and DOH... it turned the wrong way LOL.  I managed to land and spool down, then proceeded to reverse the servo direction (gyro direction was fine).  Once I spooled up again, she was flying really nice....
By Nigel on Sunday, 27 June 2010 11:31 AM
Thought I should dust the cobwebs off the mini-titan properly with a couple of flights today.

First flight was just a get the feel for it.  Second flight I did some circuits, with figure 8's and a couple of stall turns.

The tail wasn't too bad.  It held very well, with some wag at times, but was still pretty solid.  A decent tail servo will definately help.

Battery #6 took xx ma to charge in yy minutes for an 8 minute flight

Battery #7 took xx ma to charge in yy minutes...
By Nigel on Sunday, 27 June 2010 11:31 AM
After a couple of nice flights with the mini-titan it was the Trex's turn hehe

First flight was the usual flying, circuits, figure 8's, stall turns, stall and stall piro turns, piros and forward flight piros.

Second flight I did a few extra things. :)  A couple of barrel rolls and 3 or 4 loops. Near the end of the flight I decided to do some autos.  I started off at a couple of metres, then increasing the height.  Before teh fuel got too low, I guess I had worked up to about 20 metres. ...
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