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Old 02-03-2018, 01:40 PM   #341 (permalink)
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No I meant Rochester NY.
I was being obtuse - its the English humour.
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Old 02-06-2018, 12:44 AM   #342 (permalink)
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Twilight flight this evening - the last battery, it was getting pretty dark out.


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Old 02-06-2018, 01:33 PM   #343 (permalink)
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That was good and nice smooth flying. The nav lights showed up well. I am not very good in marginal light. If I fly the heli away from me a little I can't see the orientation.

I flew three packs this afternoon but it was a little breezy so just poodling about and not pushing the envelope.
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Old 02-06-2018, 02:02 PM   #344 (permalink)
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Thanks.
That's why I like the lights, helps with orientation.
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Old 02-08-2018, 11:06 AM   #345 (permalink)
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I'm getting a lot of practice flying in the wind!!! Another day with quite a breeze, it seems incessant at the moment. Last year we had lots of very still days in winter ad great flying weather. Just practicing normal stuff as I don't want to push it in the wind.
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Old 02-08-2018, 11:20 AM   #346 (permalink)
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Any wind above about 5-8 mph makes me nervous.
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Old 02-09-2018, 01:50 PM   #347 (permalink)
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Installed a new frame this morning (for the fourth time).

I went proactive all up on this bich this time, and put some plastic cement and a couple of pop sickle stick braces on the weak parts this time.

If I ever get to the point of never crashing, or hardly ever crashing, I may go the RKH CF frame route.
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Old 02-09-2018, 02:55 PM   #348 (permalink)
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That should help with the frame. I am thinking of doing something very similar.

I was out flying today, once again in far from ideal weather. It started to rain but I decided to carry on then all of a sudden it turned to hail with quite big hail stones so I decided to land and pack up. As I was landing I could hear the heli being hit and see it juddering a bit so I reckon my heli knows what its like to be machine gunned now!! No damage though.
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Old 02-09-2018, 03:22 PM   #349 (permalink)
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I reckon my heli knows what its like to be machine gunned now!!
Now it's a war bird!
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Old 02-09-2018, 03:24 PM   #350 (permalink)
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Installed a new frame this morning (for the fourth time).
I read it here somewhere and it proved to be a solid advice - don't screw the skids to frame. Use double sided tape instead.

Additionally I used liquid tape on the frame. So far so good
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Old 02-09-2018, 04:07 PM   #351 (permalink)
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Yeah, I really need to do that.
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Old 02-09-2018, 05:36 PM   #352 (permalink)
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I plan to reinforce mine with some superglue and pieces of a thick black ziptie
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pieces of a thick black ziptie
Good idea. Should have just a minute amount of "give" to soak up energy in a crash.
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Good idea. Should have just a minute amount of "give" to soak up energy in a crash.
exactly
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Old 02-09-2018, 07:50 PM   #355 (permalink)
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I plan to reinforce mine with some superglue and pieces of a thick black ziptie
I used to do a lot to try and strengthen the 230 frame. Super glue will not stick to the frame very well. It will, but then pops of very easy later. Try some 2-part epoxy. Gorilla glue version used to work pretty well. It helped to scuff up the surface also.
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Old 02-09-2018, 08:11 PM   #356 (permalink)
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First couple flights I broke landing gear twice. The third time I broke landing gear and one side of frame. Then I broke other side of frame and landing gear. I replaced frame sections and made a backing plate from a piece of perforated circuit board I had laying around. I got the longer screws from the lhs Traxas clutch screws IIRC. Havent broke anything since and I had it hit pretty hard several times since. I since got a piece of carbon fiber plate and after I get a cross slide vise for my drill press I will mill one out and replace it. Looks crude but it works great.
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Old 02-11-2018, 05:39 PM   #357 (permalink)
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Too windy to fly today so I've built up a feathering shaft and head tonight with the RKH metal grips. They have a hexagon hole for the blade nut both sides and there is no difference top to bottom, but the allen head of the blade bolt fits inside the top hexagon hole. Without a clear top and bottom, like the Blade plastic grips, it is easy to connect the blades up with the links on the leading edge rather than trailing edge. When doing this I replaced the dampers and found that the blade grips were too tight against the dampers so I had to shave a sliver off each damper to get the grips to rotate freely and yet have no end play - not sure if this is normal practice.
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Old 02-13-2018, 05:20 AM   #358 (permalink)
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Still too chuffing windy here. Its also a cold wind for us southern Brits but compared to some USA temperatures I suspect its quite warm at about 40F. Roll on spring - I hate the winter.
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Still too chuffing windy here. Its also a cold wind for us southern Brits but compared to some USA temperatures I suspect its quite warm at about 40F. Roll on spring - I hate the winter.
ye too wet n windy here too
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Old 02-15-2018, 11:08 AM   #360 (permalink)
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Sneaked out for three packs this morning before I was dragged shopping by the other half. It was still too windy really but I am getting more confident in the wind. The only thing I don't like is when the heli seems to hit an air pocket of down draft as it can suddenly plummet quite a few feet. I keep it up around 20ft min now to give me a chance.
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