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Year's ago I took a job in Texas and when I started work I discovered that I had been "sold" on the job as much as I had been selling myself to the company.

After 2 weeks of discovering how this new job was even worse than my previous one, I returned to the former job (with a big pay increase) and coined the phrase "The Grass Is Brown Everywhere" to explain why I returned.

The acronym TGIBE became my username on many forums and accounts over the years...
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500 Build Part VII - Finally done!

Posted 05-19-2008 at 04:48 PM by TGibe

Finally was able to complete my build and take the bird out for a maiden flight.

Here were the final steps:
  • Set the head up with norm pitch curve between -3 degrees and +11 degrees [37, 43.5, 50, 75, 100] and a throttle curve of [0, 65, 80, 90, 100]
  • Charged three of five 6s2600 batteries.
  • Checked main blades for balance (they were balanced out of the box).
The maiden flights went well as I was able to take both my 450 and 500 to the local field over the weekend. It was the first time I had flown the 450 in over a month. It sure takes a while to get the coordination back when you are new.

After 5 flights of mostly hovering and circuits I spooled up the 500 as the wind was beginning to pick up and annoy the 450.

The 500 didn't mind at all. What a stable bird.

I did have to add more expo to the tail (45%) as my shaky thumb was causing my turns to look like stutter steps ...

I made it through the three packs I had charged (I had two more at home uncharged) and then packed it up and called it a success.

Thanks to all the freaks who helped me out.
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