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My General thoughts and musings
By Nigel on Saturday, 27 November 2010 3:53 PM
Well the weather wasn't the best for a flight, but I managed to find a gap in the weather to have a flight.  The winds were quite strong, but strangely only noticible when performing loops, flips and rolls.

This was also the first proper flight since I performed the silicon mod to the 3G sensor.

The heli is more twitchy at light skids, but seems very locked in once in the air.  My flips and rolls were a lot better than they have and the heli felt as though it was doing everything i was telling it to.

By Nigel on Friday, 19 November 2010 5:52 PM
Just a quick flight to see if i could notice any difference after doing the "silicon mod" on the 3g sensor which involves putting a blob of silicon on the sensors to "link" them all together in an effort to try and reduce vibration and oscillations.

The heli did seem a bit more stable whilst hovering about 1-2 metres off the ground.  I will have to wait and see when I go down to the field next weekend

I will probably need to lean off the mixture by a could of clicks as it is still running...
By Nigel on Saturday, 13 November 2010 9:39 AM

The flight went very well.  The Hatori pipe makes nice power and  doesn't bog as easily.  Given the 9 minutes of flight time, I think it is still running way too rich (and the max engine temp confirms this).

I performed my first (and second and third) inverted hover today.  They weren't very long (30seconds tops), but I completed them no probs :)

The flight lasted 9 minutes and max engine temp was 71c

By Nigel on Saturday, 13 November 2010 9:39 AM

I am liking the new Carbon Fibre blades from Hobby City. 

Not much new, other than some circuits and loops and flips.

Battery #7 took 1595ma to charge in 71minutes for a 7 minute flight

By Nigel on Thursday, 11 November 2010 6:47 PM

A nice little flight to try out the new blades that I bought from Hibby King.

They track very well and are balanced well too.  The heli seems a lot more stable again than it has with the wooden blades.

just basic hovering.

Battery #6 took 1616ma to charge in 61 minutes for a 7 minute flight.

By Nigel on Wednesday, 27 October 2010 7:02 PM

Test flight after cleaning the carb out a bit and also winding out the needle by 1 turn (richening it up)

Just hovering around the front yard.

Flight times were 5 and 6 minutes, with engine temps of 59 and 79

By Nigel on Sunday, 24 October 2010 10:33 AM
Beautiful conditions for flying.

I have installed a new pipe - Hatori 522, to fix the rattle in the old align pipe.  At this stage, I don't know if it has improved anything, as the engine has decided to run lean (as indicated by the engine temps

I still had a couple of nice flights though with loops, rolls and flips etc

The short 2 minute flight was annoying.  I decided to quit as the heli would idle beautifully, but would flame outwithin a minute or so of spooling up.

By Nigel on Saturday, 23 October 2010 10:00 AM
These were the first decent flights after the engine rebuild.

The first flight I took it easy.  I still did some flips and loops, but most of the flight was just doing circuits.

Second flight I stepped it up a little.  More flips, a couple of rolls and of course loops and stall turns.

The engine is definately quieter, but now I hear the rattle noise in the muffler LOL.  Also feels like it has a bit more power.  I think fuel economy has improved slightly as well.  Back to what...
By Nigel on Sunday, 17 October 2010 7:39 PM
Just a quick flight to check the motor after the rebuild (new ring and bearings)

Motor went well, started first pop into a nice idle.

The flight was just hovering about 1/2 to 1m off the ground

Unfortunately the flight was cut short (still had a small amount of fuel in the tank to use) as the plug had decided to die on me.  The engine would run fine with the glow starter but once that turned off, the engine would stall.

Max engine temp was 69 for the flight.of about 5...
By Nigel on Saturday, 9 October 2010 10:33 AM
Beautiful weather for flying today.  Best weather we have had for a while.

Both flights consisted of flips, loops, rolls, stall turns and piro stall turns.

Very enjoyable flights.  My back flips were very good, with me stringing together probably 10+ (I wasn't counting so im not really sure)  My forward flips weren't too bad, but were a bit wonky at times.

Rolls as usual need lots of practice, but im able to string a few together when flipping to the right. 

Each flight...
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