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A blog on my TRex 600 Nitro Helicopter
By Nigel on Saturday, 8 January 2011 10:30 AM
Weather wasnt the best - warm and muggy, but the storm clouds looked awesome :)

A couple of excellent flights.  My flips and rolls are improving where more and more of them are consistent and "tight"

A couple of the fly-bys that I did with barrel rolls left and right I nailed, with the heli looking like it was on a wire and spinning around this wire.

The second flight I did some inverted nose in hovering, holding it for quite a while.  I even did a piroette whist inverted :)

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By Nigel on Monday, 3 January 2011 9:57 AM
Beautiful day for flying, although it started to warm up and get a little uncomfortable (heat wise) later in the morning

No new moves, but rather just practicing existing.

Lots of slow piros, piro stall turns, flips, rolls and loops.  A very small amount of inverted hover (hold at top of loops)

I feel that my flips and rolls are improving, getting more consistent due to better pitch control

I can never work out why the first flight always uses more fuel than subsequent...
By Nigel on Saturday, 1 January 2011 10:50 AM
For the first day of the year the weather started off not too bad, but then the wind whipped up a bit.  Still ok, but was a southerly which I don't enjoy as much as when from the nothern sides.

Despite the wind, I still had two good flights.  The rolls were a lot better than they have been as were the flips.

Some inverted hovering - loop, hold inverted for 5-10 seconds, then complete the loop.

Flight times of 10 and 11 minutes, with engine temps of 93 and 103

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By Nigel on Saturday, 25 December 2010 9:41 AM

Beautiful conditions for flying.  Humid and slightly warm with no wind.

Nothing new with this flight, just loops, flips, rolls piros etc.

Small amount of inverted (10sec)

Very enjoyable flight

Flight was 10 minutes. Max engine temp was 106c

Merry Christmas!

By Nigel on Saturday, 18 December 2010 10:00 AM
The weather started off crap, but improved as the morning progressed.  The wind was still annoying and gusty, but at least it was flyable

I made some changes the the 3G software setup last night after performing the "silcone mod" to the sensor a few weeks back.

I was not prepared for the dramatic changes in the heli's behaviour.  It has gone from an OK flying heli to an awesome flying heli :)  It felit like it was on rails.  It would do as I told it and do it very well.

I also...
By Nigel on Saturday, 4 December 2010 9:06 AM
During the week I leaned the main needle off so it was 1.5 turns out.  This seemed to work well for the first flight, but given the ambient temp (and the bogging when doing flips etc), I decided to richen the mixture up for the second flight to 1.75 turns out.

both flights consisted of flips, loops, circuits, rolls, piro stall turns and some inverted hovering.

Second flight I also just had a bit of fun "freestyling it" zooming around the sky

Engine temps were 104 and 109 for...
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.

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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 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

 
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