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Just buzzing around! Thursday - 4/19/2012 - Firestone field

Posted 04-20-2012 at 09:17 AM by Jermo

(writing this from my notes early yesteray and then will put in a current entry for today fri - 4/2012)
I'm pretty excited today because my Trex 500 should arrive USPS. I have high expectations but don't know that I'll get since buying a used helicopter is always interesting in some way.

The day started with a fresh tank and cool morning. We thought it was going to be muddy and raining. Instead we had a light breeze and a dry field with overcast skys. The pantera engine was fussy this morning. Tom said my glowpug was fouled...he's on the other side of the field.. how does he know this?? I pulled the plug and sure enough. The glowplug would heat up but had a huge gob of what appeared to be carbon on the top. I couldn't get the gob off without destroying the plug. Jeff let me borrow one so I'll get him a new one tonight.
After the plug change my Pantera fired right up. I'm still having an idle to mid range issue. Tom said I was still way too rich so I leaned in 2 clicks on the mid needle. The transition is much better. I think I need to richen the idle screw just a tad as I don't see much smoke. I'm not sure how it would have changed..maybe it's the weather?
I started my normal routine of hovering for a bit to feel the sticks then going into my tail in T patterns. Boy I'm getting better but am starting to tire of Tail in T patterns. After finishing that tank I asked Tom when I'd be ready to do a different orientation. He said I'd know when I'm ready and could change then. He said I could always sport fly to break things up a bit . YAY! I didn't know I could do that! LOL..
2nd tank was much more fun. I started with my normal hover then pointed the nose right and let her go. A few circles around the field and some lazy 8s later I was feeling pretty good. Hey I'm ready for nose in T patterns right??? well um.. LOL.. I came to my center hover spot tail in, Piro the tail to the right..so far so good.... ack?? tail is dropping what?? I punch the collective up and stop the piro, little down elevator.......ok.. skids are level, she's about 30' up....spun the tail back to me.. ... maybe I need more sim time .

It seems odd to me that I can fly circles and 8s, turning towards myself, flying towards myself no issues...but to just hover and piro then move hit a spot my brain didn't know that to do with....Interesting...

We plan to fly again tomorrow and Saturday is the York County Flyer's fun fly..

May all your landings be soft and your repair bills be modest....and remember... post flight is just as important as pre...
Jer
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    "The pantera engine was fussy this morning. Tom said my glowpug was fouled...he's on the other side of the field.. how does he know this?? I pulled the plug and sure enough. The glowplug would heat up but had a huge gob of what appeared to be carbon on the top."

    How does Tom know...by the sound of the motor. A very rich motor will sound grably. And after a while, the extra fuel will collect on the glow plug.

    Here is a good place to start with tuning your glow engine;
    http://www.rchobbies.org/cars_eng-tuning.htm

    And here is some pics of glow plugs that will tell you if your motor is rich or lean. (this is what Tom knows);
    http://www.rc-truckncar-tuning.com/G...g-reading.html

    Hope this helps!
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    Posted 04-25-2012 at 12:30 PM by rcnut rcnut is offline
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by rcnut View Comment
    "The pantera engine was fussy this morning. Tom said my glowpug was fouled...he's on the other side of the field.. how does he know this?? I pulled the plug and sure enough. The glowplug would heat up but had a huge gob of what appeared to be carbon on the top."

    How does Tom know...by the sound of the motor. A very rich motor will sound grably. And after a while, the extra fuel will collect on the glow plug.

    Here is a good place to start with tuning your glow engine;
    http://www.rchobbies.org/cars_eng-tuning.htm

    And here is some pics of glow plugs that will tell you if your motor is rich or lean. (this is what Tom knows);
    http://www.rc-truckncar-tuning.com/G...g-reading.html

    Hope this helps!
    Awesum !! thanks
    I'm really loving the flight times of nitro and it's not nearly as messy as I thought. Easy cleanup.
    Jer
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    Posted 05-10-2012 at 01:16 PM by Jermo Jermo is offline
 




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