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Old 01-05-2011, 01:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Going FBL for the start of the season...MICROBEAST!

Been doing A LOT of reading, and am leaning heavily toward the MICROBEAST from BeastX. In fact, I almost pulled the trigger on one today.

But I'm undecided on which head to get. I can't decide between the Align or the Compass 6HV style head.

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I would probably wait till the new futaba system comes out.. just my opinion..
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Old 01-05-2011, 05:12 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I would probably wait till the new futaba system comes out.. just my opinion..
Problem is it requires a Futaba transmitter for now. That and the price. Wife and daugther are going to Florida for a week, so my budget is limited.
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Been doing A LOT of reading, and am leaning heavily toward the MICROBEAST from BeastX. In fact, I almost pulled the trigger on one today.

But I'm undecided on which head to get. I can't decide between the Align or the Compass 6HV style head.


IMO, you can't go wrong with the BeastX. I have it on one of my 700s now and love it. Good price, simple set-up (no laptop), and it works!
I'm in the process of putting one on my 600.

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I'm waiting on the release of the latest V-bar with the governor, it will certainly simplify my overall set-up with the inclusion of a governor and Rx.
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Old 01-05-2011, 09:51 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Just to say,,,I would go with the align head and myself,Iam useing the 3g on my 600 but want to try the beastx on my 550e..Ive heard good feed back on the BEASTX cant wait to try it!
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Been doing A LOT of reading, and am leaning heavily toward the MICROBEAST from BeastX. In fact, I almost pulled the trigger on one today.

But I'm undecided on which head to get. I can't decide between the Align or the Compass 6HV style head.

Hello Bob_O;

Align and the Compass 6HV style head, both are good.

So far, go throught the Align manual setup on 3G, it is very simple.

Then, i download the MICROBEAST manual, it seem to be very complex.

Here is the pics on Align 600 3G



Here is the FBL Controller Unit, FL760



This is me and the Align 3G.



This is me and the Align 600 3G


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It is not for the start of the season, but rather the rest of your heli life....
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:25 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Nice pics... And yes, for the rest of your heli life! I cant wait to get the funds to get my carbsmart and FBL.... Sigh, dreams in the meantime. While Im on the thought, OS 55HZ or FBL? I dont do any 3d yet, and with proper collective management the 55 really isnt needed. Thoughts?
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Nice pics... And yes, for the rest of your heli life! I cant wait to get the funds to get my carbsmart and FBL.... Sigh, dreams in the meantime. While Im on the thought, OS 55HZ or FBL? I dont do any 3d yet, and with proper collective management the 55 really isnt needed. Thoughts?
Hello Siconic,

I also don't do any 3D yet, just inverted.

I did on forward flight, 540 stall turn,big loop, roll and eye level auto rotation.

So far so good. Align does it again.
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my fbl 55 has plenty of power
It may take you awhile to get used to the "feel" of a FBL
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Nice pics... And yes, for the rest of your heli life! I cant wait to get the funds to get my carbsmart and FBL.... Sigh, dreams in the meantime. While Im on the thought, OS 55HZ or FBL? I dont do any 3d yet, and with proper collective management the 55 really isnt needed. Thoughts?
I would vote for FBL first, the OS 55 later. The reduced drag of FBL will give you a bit of a power boost and you can experience FBL for yourself sooner!
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Old 01-10-2011, 01:00 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Just ordered the MICROBEAST!!

Still undecided on which FBL head to go with. I just read today where Align has redesigned their FBL heads to incorporate the swash driver as an integral part of the head block. I'll wait a few weeks to see what develops there.
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Old 01-10-2011, 01:23 AM   #14 (permalink)
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You might consider the Synergy 50 size flybarless head. It is very clean and works well with my MicroBeast. http://synergyrchelicopters.com/?p=300.
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Just ordered the MICROBEAST!!

Still undecided on which FBL head to go with. I just read today where Align has redesigned their FBL heads to incorporate the swash driver as an integral part of the head block. I'll wait a few weeks to see what develops there.
Good choice on the Microbeast BobO!

I have the new style 3G headblock on a 700 and it's pretty slick.
No question of phasing whatsoever with the swash driver arms bolted directly to the head. Some people have said that they prefer the KDE version because its beefier but, the Align head is no smaller than their original head and I don't think anyone had a problem breaking headblocks before; and it's $40 cheaper.

Plus, you get to continue to use stock parts which is a big plus for me.

Can't wait to hear your thoughts, once you get your FBL machine in the air!


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Do you have a link or a pic of that new style head jstarks? I havent seen or read anything about that.
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Old 01-10-2011, 04:31 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Do you have a link or a pic of that new style head jstarks? I havent seen or read anything about that.
https://www.helifreak.com/showpost.p...4&postcount=14
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Do you have a link or a pic of that new style head jstarks? I havent seen or read anything about that.

Here is where I got it:
http://grandrc.chainreactionweb.com/...duct_info.html

And here is a fellow freaker's, installed:
https://www.helifreak.com/showthread.php?t=267210

I don't know if they are available for the 600 yet, but if not they should be available soon.

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Interesting. Descent price too. Thanks for the links guys.
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Old 01-13-2011, 05:08 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I'm going to shed come weight from my heli with this FBL conversion.

My current setup has a 5.7 ounce TP 2S 7.4V 3600mah receiver pack, and a 1.1 ounce Fromeco Sahara regulator.

I'm going to swap both those out for a 5.0 ounce, 2100mah 6.6V LifePO4 battery.



Also, I had been using 1.25 ounces of lead on my tail boom clamp to get proper CG with the regulator and heavy battery, so I'll be able to remove that as well for a total weight reduction of:

3.05 ounces!!
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