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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...
TRex 500 purchase and build

500 Build Part II

Posted 04-10-2008 at 11:51 PM by TGibe (The Grass Is Brown Everywhere)

Finished the frame and tail boom block tonight. Installed the servos, main gear, etc. It is starting too look like a real heli now

Some of the ESD work I did tonight:

-Installed metal bearing blocks and sanded them and the frame and verified continuity.
-Installed rdlohr's receiver mount.
-Installed a wire in the tail boom block to get continuity between the bearings and the boom.
-Used Aluminum hex bolts in the tail boom block.
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My 500 build begins

Posted 04-09-2008 at 10:17 PM by TGibe (The Grass Is Brown Everywhere)

Started my build Monday after work and made it most of the way through the head...Last night I finished the head and started prepping for the frame build...

Thoughts so far:
  • Finless videos are incredible I didn't use them on my 450 build until near the end, but I have to force myself to look at the manual as the step-by-step videos walk you right through everything...
  • After building an SEV2 as my first TRex I certainly appreciate the fac tthat the head was basically
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Ready to start building my 500

Posted 03-24-2008 at 05:14 PM by TGibe (The Grass Is Brown Everywhere)

I will have everything I need to start building this week. Now all I need to do is carve out some time

For my 500CF Kit:
  • 3 Hitec HS5245MG for Cyclic
  • GY401/9254 for the tail
  • AR7000
  • 600e full size servo mount
  • 600 gear for a wider stance (novelty item)
My ESD reduction kit:
  • Metal Tail unit
  • Metal Tail pitch assy
  • Metal Main shaft bearing blocks
  • Copper foil tape for boom block
Hopefully I can start the build the weeknd of the 5th as next weekend is pretty...
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Ordered a TRex 500

Posted 03-19-2008 at 10:50 AM by TGibe (The Grass Is Brown Everywhere)

Well I put it off as long as I could...

Placed my order yesterday for a 500CF and cyclic servos (HS5245MG).

After flying my 450 this past weekend I realized that my recent obsession with helis wasn't a passing phase and decided to move on the 500.

I still need to decide on a receiver (AR7000 or AR6200) and the gyro/tail-servo combo (JR770/8900G or 401/9257)...
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Focusing on the TRex 450

Posted 02-27-2008 at 10:54 AM by TGibe (The Grass Is Brown Everywhere)

After much thought I have decided to wait until the summer to purchase a TRex 500. I am really only beginning to learn how to fly the 450SEV2 I built in January and feel like I need to get more stick time on it before moving on to another purchase.

Of course, I may change my mind if I feel the small issues with the 500 get worked out before then, but it really is the best move for me right now.

I will just keep the cash set aside for the 500 purchase once I have built...
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