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Old 06-12-2012, 07:29 PM   #41
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Double check the tail bearings, 90% of the time they are bad from the factory.
Would the tail bind while spinning if they were bad?
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:31 PM   #42
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all my newly built birds maiden with training skid... yes, even for the 700... looks funny as hell but better safe than sorry...
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:53 PM   #43
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Just maidened my 600e fb last Sunday. Had never even seen a heli bigger than my MCPx fly in real life. Man "WHAT A RUSH". Love the way those big blades bark. I think I was still shakin' an hour after I got home. Flew 3 batteries thru her & she flew great. Needs a little tweaking in the Tx to make it fly better. Was way too windy for me to fly (hover around) today. Hope to get her back out tomorrow. Drev.
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:39 PM   #44
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No fear. I OCD the heck out of my builds and rebuilds and my maidens are non events. I get to remaiden my Velocity 50 this weekend after I install the OS55 but not worried about it.
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:35 PM   #45
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Double check the tail bearings, 90% of the time they are bad from the factory.
Don't know where that statistic comes from. But I know align would have a huge problem on their hand if 90% of tail bearings in kits were bad.
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:42 PM   #46
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Someone mentioned above spooling up without blades. I do that on maiden and after big changes. Probably less applicable to fb helis but great for fbl. You can check a lot of things...
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Old 06-13-2012, 08:37 AM   #47
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Who's afraid of giving their newly built helicopter their first maiden flight? As you know, I just finished building my Align Trex 250 and finished installing the beautiful Hughes 500 fuselage. It is been tested, programmed, set-up, corrected, and ready for it's first test-flight. Or test-hover.

Anyway, I'm wondering how many of you have gone through this? You have this absolutely gorgeous helicopter that you WANT TO FLY! YOU WANT TO SEE IT FLY! But, your terrified to take off!
Have absolutely been there.

One word of advice, why not learn to fly it without the expensive fuselage?... that way the first few hard landings wont take too much of a toll.....

I was like you petrified. I am good on the sim, sports flying is super easy for me on there.

I had to learn to do something other than hover after I got my 30 (550 size) about 300 ft up and 200ft infront of me after being a little silly with hover practice. It was so far away I had no option but to turn it side on to see how it was moving, and then move into forward flight to bring it closer and lower. In order to get it back I had to do descending figure of 8's and on one turn I forgot NOT to turn nose in and realised what I had done halfway through.

I did have the benefit of lots of plank flying, which made things pretty second nature..

By the time it was back infront of me at an appropriate height and distance I found out I was actually much more comfortable with it moving than hovering.

At some point you are going to have to go for it, and possibly that is going to be when you have to rather than choose to

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Old 06-13-2012, 08:48 AM   #48
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Having crashed my heli yesterday trying to work out the receiver i have to admit im not looking forward to doing it again after the repairs :p
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:14 PM   #49
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11 years ago when I started this hobby, one of the first peices of advice that was given to me was in regard to my question, "Why do we only get 5-6 minutes of flight for all we spend?"

The simple reply I got was, "Cause your nerves can't handle more than that!"

That was so funny & so true. I flew 3 batteries today on my TRex 450 and my knees still shake sometimes when I have to recover from a bad move. NO LIE!!!
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Old 06-15-2012, 06:57 AM   #50
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Don't know where that statistic comes from. But I know align would have a huge problem on their hand if 90% of tail bearings in kits were bad.
Its very well known that the 450pro v2 kit has a tail bearings issue. Check the forums, majority of the time tail issues are a result of bad bearings from the factory. I had the issue myself and 2 others I know with brand new pro kits had the same thing.
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Old 06-15-2012, 07:08 AM   #51
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Can you imagine how Yeager felt?
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Old 06-15-2012, 07:14 AM   #52
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Maiden flight fear? hah! I have shaky legs whenever I lift off. It diminishes with flight time but every first take off I have an adrenaline shot. Sadly due to weather I have a brake so next time I'll go flying I'll be again frightened...
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Can you imagine how Yeager felt?
That being said, I even get nervous test flying my MCPX but its gotten a lot better since I saw the price of a 600. You must be white knuckling the heli all the way to the helipad.
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:39 AM   #54
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yep! i did the first time i got my b400 going after installing a brand new gy520 and bls257 combo, spent a lot of money buying it at LHS and a lot of setup time (had never setup a gyro before) after it sat in the cupboard for a long time

i was so nervous i just hovered tail-in for the first few flights until i got a feel for it again! as others have posted i still sometimes get a quick adrenaline shot on liftoff which fades as i fly - unless i stuff up then i start again!
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:00 AM   #55
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Just got back from meeting a Heli/RC heli pilot to go over my first build. He went through the setup top to bottom. He was concerned about a lot of things since it was my first build, but he couldn't find one thing to adjust! That made me real excited. So when we went out to the field to give it a test, he lifted my new 450 sport to a ROCK SOLID hover, ZERO vibe. He flew a couple circuits, set her down and handed me the controls. I nearly shit my pants! I was trembling and told him I don't think I was calm enough to try it. So I sat there just spooling it up and ever so slowly it lifted off the ground, That was it, it hovered for about 5 seconds before I let her back down. Man what a rush, I was still trembling with excitement after an hour drive back home. Now I gotta start getting some stick time!
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:13 PM   #56
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I"ll probably finish my first build this weekend, it is a Trex 450 Pro V2 FBL and I'm kinda nervous about the debut, but I'm also very excited.
I'm still not sure , if I should hold off on Maiden, until I have more time on Sim.
I haven't spent much time on Sim, because this build took all my time and all my money too . He he he .
I'm still learning on my mCP X, I can hover, go forward, back, and side to side, but I cannot just make the freaking turn.
Don't know what this heli would be like. Bigger = Better ; Bigger = Faster ; Bigger more expense. Problably all three right? Well, the last two worry me a bit.

So what do you guys think?
Should I wait on Maiden and have more time on Sim, or should I Just go for it?
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Old 06-20-2012, 02:29 PM   #57
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Always terrified of maiden flights and rarely do more than a bit of hovering. I have tilted so many you wouldn't believe, had bits fall off like the other day when the carby screw came out and it cut DEAD, and simply panicked!! Thing is I never trust a new bird, never trust my build and, even worse, my setup. It's the pilot that wrecks my machines, not the build.
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Old 06-20-2012, 02:34 PM   #58
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Did this maiden ever happen Varc?
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