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Old 01-29-2009, 01:36 PM   #201 (permalink)
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yup. practice is the key. has your learning curve started to flatten out yet? mine has, but when i feel comfortable enough tail in i'll have to start all over with side then nose in. i'm going to paint 1 skid a bright color so it helps me with orientation when i start side, or nose in.

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Old 01-29-2009, 01:41 PM   #202 (permalink)
 
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Old 02-08-2009, 12:37 AM   #203 (permalink)
 

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Is it normal when you're soldering on a Dean's connector as in the 101 video (pre tinning and reflowing) to have the metal connector melt the plastic just enough to go crooked? This happend on both of my tips on the male connector and I had to bend them to make it able to fit. It's really a shame because it's on a nice 55amp ESC. Should I desolder them and do it again with more support for a better connection? It still works, but it's hard to connect/disconnect. Thanks for all the vids though, it's been a huge help =D Stay up!
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Old 02-08-2009, 01:52 AM   #204 (permalink)
 
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I have had that happen before. You probably don't want to hear this, but it's probably a good idea to get that connector off there and throw it in the trash. If you have more Dean's use it, if not order more. You want to take your time and make sure you have a good solid connection. I've found that if you are heating up the metal connector so much it is melting the plastic then there is something flawed with you technique. You may be holding the soldering iron to the metal prong for too long, you might have a dirty solder tip not allowing for a good transfer of heat to get the solder to melt, but enough for the plastic. My suggestion would be to practice a few times on some spare wire and connectors until you get the hang of it. Of course don't forget to slide the shrink tubing on the wire before you start soldering
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Old 02-08-2009, 05:55 AM   #205 (permalink)
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The melting deans plug - Is it better to use one of the solder irons like a 150W Weller type and heat quickly, or is it a more delicate process like heat up the metal furthest away from the plastic until the solder runs?

All clues much apprecated, like is there a rule of thumb on soldering iron wattage / item to be soldered?

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Old 02-08-2009, 11:45 AM   #206 (permalink)
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Its not a delicate balance but is a balance. Too cold a iron and you have to hold it on there too long to get the solder to melt on both the wire and the terminal thus you can melt the connector or get a crappy solder joint. Too hot an iron and no matter how quick you are you will melt the connector.

A tip you can do is put the connectors together when soldering. This will help pull some heat out faster and keep the terminals lined up should you slightly get the connector too hot.

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Old 02-08-2009, 02:20 PM   #207 (permalink)
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I bought these from Heliproz. I've not tried it yet but it looks like an excellent idea. You basically convert the connector to a bullet type soldering point

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Old 02-09-2009, 02:45 AM   #208 (permalink)
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Might give them a try, plus have more practice soldering as Bob and other guys suggest

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Old 02-17-2009, 01:58 PM   #209 (permalink)
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:24 PM   #210 (permalink)
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Thanks chopstick, I have updated the info in the first post of this thread.
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Old 02-19-2009, 11:11 PM   #211 (permalink)
 

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These videos are awesome for us newbies! Unfortunately I've been having all kinds of problems with them. I've tried IE in XP, and Safari and Firefox on MAC OS X and have the exact same problems. If I stream them they start up and appear to be fine, but then fail at random times into the video. If I download them they'll play for awhile and then I get a pop-up that the file is corrupt. I've verified that the entire file is in fact getting downloaded.

Is this something I'm doing? It's failing on three different systems that I've tried.

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Tried on a fourth system (another MAC using Safari), and got almost all the way through the dual rates video in streaming mode when I lost sounds. Video kept going but I couldn't get any sounds, even if I went back to earlier in the video. There's definitely something buggy going on with the video server.
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Old 02-19-2009, 11:35 PM   #213 (permalink)
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just tried the ccpm 1 vid, and it streamed just fine. try a pc instead.
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just tried the ccpm 1 vid, and it streamed just fine. try a pc instead.
Some of them work fine (CCPM vid 1 being one), and others do not. On of my systems is a PC ("IE on XP"), but the problems are consistent from machine to machine.
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Some of them work fine (CCPM vid 1 being one), and others do not. On of my systems is a PC ("IE on XP"), but the problems are consistent from machine to machine.
Are these all at the same location using the same internet connection? Could have something to do with it. I never stream, always download. I have never had any problems downloading, or any corrupt files or anything. It does prevent me however from downloading more than two at a time. But as an IT Pro, I get that.

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Old 02-27-2009, 12:17 AM   #216 (permalink)
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Nice work - Thanks for the well organized set-up!!

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Old 03-02-2009, 04:29 PM   #217 (permalink)
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Finless, your video on servo 101 was great. Do you know where I can find plastic gear sets for exceed 8g servos?
Thank you for all your video information... very helpful.
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Old 03-02-2009, 07:40 PM   #218 (permalink)
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It does prevent me however from downloading more than two at a time. But as an IT Pro, I get that.

i've had 8 of the finless videos downloading at ounce. bandwidth got split between them, but 8 at 1 time.
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Old 03-04-2009, 01:37 AM   #219 (permalink)
 
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i've had 8 of the finless videos downloading at ounce. bandwidth got split between them, but 8 at 1 time.
Really? Anyone else? I can't download more than 2 at once, as soon as the 2nd download is done it'll start the third. I figured this was by design as I've designed some of my clients sites to operate this way for bandwidth purposes.
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Nope, 2 at once has been my limit also.
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