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Old 03-15-2012, 09:11 PM   #241 (permalink)
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Oh yes i cannot but agree with you. Nitro is a little more tinkering. Tho so far i didn't have to that much i must say...

I wanted big electric one too (and still wouldn't be bad) but problem is how much it costs initially. Say 600 or 700, even if you don't have any nitro equipment at all (so you have to get started, pump and stuff like that) it's still by far cheaper to go nitro. However then you need to keep buying nitro to run. So after some (long) time electric is cheaper and easier to run. But when you start from scratch in big class, nitro is a lot cheaper to get. Only one reason. Batteries. For 600 you need 12S packs and they are expensive, really expensive... And obviously you won't be able to fly with one 12S pack, you need 3-4 at minimum so there... We calculated it with friend and basicly this sole reason decided i will go try nitro...

But whatever you choose, get bigger it is totally worth it!
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:28 PM   #242 (permalink)
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Ahhh - I see your point clearly now. Yes, bigger batteries, and multiples of them - I can see a bit of a drawback there ... of course !

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Old 03-16-2012, 11:27 PM   #243 (permalink)
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Speaking of the foam pontoons on the skids ...

Today, I HAD to take them off. It turned out to be pretty windy after work and coming out of downwind loops the helis (all three of them) were going so fast that the pontoons were actually being pushed off the skids towards the back of the heli. I know I should secure them with zip-ties or rubber bands, but up until now that's never been a problem.

Anyway the sun was behind me and it illuminated the skids very well so all was good



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Old 05-05-2012, 10:04 AM   #244 (permalink)
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The Mini-Ts now have a big brother - a Swift NX 550:







Build log --> http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1625381

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Old 05-20-2012, 06:18 AM   #245 (permalink)
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Nice. I have the same fluorescent red and yellow Mini Titan decals.

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Old 06-27-2012, 10:36 PM   #246 (permalink)
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This heli still flies as good as she did when she was newly built. Only had one minor servo problem so far (HS-55, replaced it). The bright orange Hi-Vis decals really stand out. Still running with that $12 motor too All plastic head, CF blades, no tracking issues.

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N223R7A4BRU[/ame]

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Old 11-20-2012, 07:24 PM   #247 (permalink)
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[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nGN69v5Vko[/ame]

Got some nice weather and took two Mini-Titans (and the Swift 550) out for a spin. Nothing fancy, just two relaxing and fun flights

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Old 11-21-2012, 02:23 AM   #248 (permalink)
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I will be doing that today. Got a friend wanting to get some flights on so he is bringing raptor50 and x50 to my little mini titan. Can't wait to maiden the new one though. I should have the blades for it by my next weekend off.

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Old 11-21-2012, 08:57 AM   #249 (permalink)
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Good luck on that maiden - that's always a rush for me

It's awesome that your wife volunteered to video the event for you too
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:28 AM   #250 (permalink)
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She didn't have a choice, she paid for part of this build. Blades were sent out today so I am looking good for a maiden flight next weekend off. Now to order the satallite cable I need for my rx.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:42 AM   #251 (permalink)
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Sounds like a plan

I'm ordering my X-mas gift early - an old NIB Swift 16 ARF kit and a handful of spare parts.

Tis the season
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:02 PM   #252 (permalink)
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Blew the dust off of this thread's original MT and took her to a new field. She's been sitting on the shelf for a while as I've been flying my 550s exclusively. I think she enjoyed stretching her wings in the big open sky ...

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Old 06-21-2013, 02:33 PM   #253 (permalink)
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Looking good john. I just put mine up for sale on a local rc forum. After 20min flight times I have lost my interest in Tue little electrics.

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Old 07-16-2016, 03:04 PM   #254 (permalink)
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Haven't flown my SE in about 3 years - Wow! Time goes by quick!

Took her to the field, along with my V1 with torque tube, and they did great. Tightened up a few ball links, finally enabled the governor on the HobbyWing 40A Pro ESC. Currently set at 80% throttle - I think they need a little more, 85% or so. Also had to increase the tail gyro gain to 85%.



5-year old lipos still doing fine too! My original V1 still needs to get some air time - it has the most flights of all three.

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Old 07-24-2017, 06:30 PM   #255 (permalink)
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My original V1 got some air time today - 1st time in about 3 years.

Put some 350mm RotorTechs on. Still running the original Exceed RC 3500kV motor ($11). Still running 2200mAh 35C nano-techs from hobbyking (purchased in 2011). Hitec HS-55 cyclics still going strong too.

With these larger blades she has some serious climb-out capabilities - even at 2200-2400 RPM





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Old 04-08-2018, 06:39 PM   #256 (permalink)
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Time for some work on this ol' heli

Had to make a band-aid for a cracked tail pitch control slider. Cut a small piece of credit card, pre-bent it, then CA'd it over the horizontal crack. Without the band-aid the bearing could pop out, then there's no tail control.



Also moved the heli over to my DX6 from the DX6i. Had to re-setup all of the servo sub-trim, reverse, swash, dual rates, expo, throttle and pitch curves, etc.

Then I swapped out the original HS-55 cyclic servos for HS-65MGs that Trini92 sent over - Thanks Mark! I had to make some servo spacers from a large zip-tie. Also had to file away more material from the servo holders as the 65's are a little wider than the 55's.

After 3 test flights I'd say she's ready for some more action
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Old 04-09-2018, 01:05 PM   #257 (permalink)
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Nice McGyver-ing John!

I sold my 2 MT's several years ago. Otherwise, I'd still have some spares that I could have parted with.

I'm hoping to get outside soon. This cold weather is getting old.
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Hey Dave! Yes, this continued cold is rotten for sure. Hopefully we'll get some decent heli-weather soon ...

I remember you selling yours. Mine have been sitting quietly waiting for me to fly them. Actually, I'm only going to fly one and keep the other two for spare parts. Hopefully that will last for a while. I finally sold off my Blade 400 stuff so my E325s are my only 450s now.

My plan is to continue where I left off with this heli years ago before getting 'distracted' with 550s, planes, FPV, multi-rotors, semi-scale, etc. I've spent the last half-summer (and whenever I could fly since then) practicing more inverted flying on the Nano and mCPS. Let's see what kind of trouble I can get into with this heli now

A Castle Creations Talon35 ESC is on the way - time for a better governor and improved overall throttle performance.
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Old 04-16-2018, 08:37 AM   #259 (permalink)
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Cool.

There are still some parts floating about.
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Old 04-22-2018, 06:14 PM   #260 (permalink)
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I have noticed a decent supply still exists on Ebay, although the prices haven't dropped at all it seems

I had some great flights this weekend, and this old heli was part of the fun. I removed the HobbyWing Platinum 40A and installed the Talon35 and set it up for Gov-High/AutoLipo mode. Basically, all of the wires were either too long or too short, so I had to spend half a day cutting wires, re-soldering connectors and rigging servo extensions. It seems to work great - I really like knowing what my head speeds are!

MTE3254 (5 min 35 sec)


So this is a stock Mini-Titan, all plastic (no metal), with Align CF blades. I'm still running the Exceed Alpha 400 motor (3500kV), with an 11T pinion. Hitec HS-65MGs on cyclic, HS-5084MG on the tail, Futaba GY401, green paddles and stock tail blades. DX6 G3, with DSM2 6CH receiver. Going to experiment with some different head speeds. Might change to one of my OBL 39/37 3700kV motors or a 12T pinion ...

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