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Old 02-21-2019, 10:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Quest Neo-Caliber 50

I had a build thread going on over on RR about my Neo-Caliber 50. It wasn't complete, but I'm working on it again. I figured that I might as well re-create that thread here (as best that I can).

Anyway, I bought this heli from RCJapan a few years ago. I finally got the time and motivation to finish it. At first glance, I was a bit disappointed, as it came out of the box nearly 90% assembled. I enjoy building, so that was a let-down right out of the box.

Since, I've been very pleased with the assembly and quality. Quest did a pretty good job with the updates from the original Caliber. I've had to make a few modifications, but nothing major. Just normal RC Modeling stuff...

Since I can't in-line photos with this forum software, , I'll try to explain what I've done. First, I don't really like the Quest canopy. Don't get me wrong, it's very well made. It's thick fiberglass with a very nice paint job on it. I wanted the old Caliber canopy and was lucky enough to find one on Kyosho's USA store (the last one). It's a caliber 4 canopy. I think the C3 is the same canopy. I also was able to get the original Caliber tail fins. Quest did a nice carbon fiber update to these, but I chose to continue with the original look.

I used ProModeler servos; I've had good luck with these and the price/performance/support from John can't be beat. The FBL controller is an Ikon2. I did have to remove and lower the gyro mount on the servo tray to accommodate the Ikon2 to fit under the canopy. Not a big deal, it only needed a few mm of clearance.

I had a NIB YS .50 so that is the power at the moment. I still had an MP5 laying around, so that will join the YS.

I've got the short mast and low profile gear on the way from RCJ. It should be a fine looking machine when it's all done. I'm hoping to get it completed in a few weeks. It's time to fly here in the Southern US.
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I liked the older canopy too.

I still have one on my Caliber 700.

It is very different looking and not everyone thought it was attractive, but it stands out and gives the machine a very different and (IMHO) very cool look.
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I followed this on RR! Looking forward to seeing it complete and what you think about how it flies.
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I got a box of parts from RC Japan last week. It turns out that my model shipped with the low-profile skids. So, take a note if you order one of these. At least I have an extra set on hand now.

The short main shaft looks far better. It's an easy install too. Hopefully, I can finish this thing and see how it flies.


EDIT: It turns out the 'low profile' skids are, in fact, a bit shorter than the original ones. Not by much, but it'll still be a worthwhile addition.
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Looking good, sir.
I just now found this thread. Following.
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Looking good, sir.
I just now found this thread. Following.
Thanks man. I'm a little slow in getting it finished, but I'm making some progress. Sure helps when the weather starts getting nicer!

Speaking of progress, I got the low-profile gear installed. It's a fairly subtle difference.
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That is a subtle difference.

I think the Caliber 700 had the lower profile gear as stock.

I can't find any photos of mine at the moment.

Great thread, by the way!
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That is a subtle difference.

I think the Caliber 700 had the lower profile gear as stock.

I can't find any photos of mine at the moment.

Great thread, by the way!
I use the Quest E12-787 lower profile skid on my Quest Neo Caliber E6-600 (equal Neo Caliber 50). It fits with very little modification. Here is an older picture. The skid pipes had then been shortened.

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I had a build thread going on over on RR about my Neo-Caliber 50. It wasn't complete, but I'm working on it again. I figured that I might as well re-create that thread here (as best that I can).

Anyway, I bought this heli from RCJapan a few years ago. I finally got the time and motivation to finish it. At first glance, I was a bit disappointed, as it came out of the box nearly 90% assembled. I enjoy building, so that was a let-down right out of the box.

Since, I've been very pleased with the assembly and quality. Quest did a pretty good job with the updates from the original Caliber. I've had to make a few modifications, but nothing major. Just normal RC Modeling stuff...

Since I can't in-line photos with this forum software, , I'll try to explain what I've done. First, I don't really like the Quest canopy. Don't get me wrong, it's very well made. It's thick fiberglass with a very nice paint job on it. I wanted the old Caliber canopy and was lucky enough to find one on Kyosho's USA store (the last one). It's a caliber 4 canopy. I think the C3 is the same canopy. I also was able to get the original Caliber tail fins. Quest did a nice carbon fiber update to these, but I chose to continue with the original look.

I used ProModeler servos; I've had good luck with these and the price/performance/support from John can't be beat. The FBL controller is an Ikon2. I did have to remove and lower the gyro mount on the servo tray to accommodate the Ikon2 to fit under the canopy. Not a big deal, it only needed a few mm of clearance.

I had a NIB YS .50 so that is the power at the moment. I still had an MP5 laying around, so that will join the YS.

I've got the short mast and low profile gear on the way from RCJ. It should be a fine looking machine when it's all done. I'm hoping to get it completed in a few weeks. It's time to fly here in the Southern US.
Quite interesting that the nitro version got push-pull tail linkage! Do you notice any advantage?

By the way, would you share the link to your RR build thread? Thank you.
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