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Old 06-02-2018, 01:00 PM   #121 (permalink)
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1.Always read the instructions.

2. Buy high quality helis and electronics (I like the German stuff and Futuba servos). It results in less to think about in terms of setup and maintenance.

3. Get a charger that shows IRs and donít parallel charge.

4. Buy an Oxy3 for training. Cheap to crash and flies like the big ones

5. Get a flybarless with a rescue feature and use it.
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Old 06-13-2018, 06:46 PM   #122 (permalink)
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Keep flying it... no matter what you think.
'Cause it ain't crashed until all the parts stop moving.
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Old 06-14-2018, 02:10 PM   #123 (permalink)
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Keep flying it... no matter what you think.
'Cause it ain't crashed until all the parts stop moving.
What if it's chicken dancing? lol
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Old 06-15-2018, 07:54 AM   #124 (permalink)
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Longest chicken dance. Total destruction rc crash (2 min 25 sec)
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Old 06-15-2018, 09:27 AM   #125 (permalink)
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LOL!, wow that was rough.
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Old 06-15-2018, 09:55 AM   #126 (permalink)
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Haha, think that was a rekit?
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Old 06-18-2018, 03:16 PM   #127 (permalink)
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Just shafts and links... Ahahaha.
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Old 06-18-2018, 06:47 PM   #128 (permalink)
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That will buff right out.

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Old 06-25-2018, 07:35 AM   #129 (permalink)
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I love these comments half way through the video:-

"I feel like going over and stepping on it to make it stop moving"
"No, don't do any more damage right now"

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Old 07-02-2018, 01:02 PM   #130 (permalink)
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Here's one I just learned...

Don't discard old parts until you know for certain they are damaged.

Background...
I replaced the spindle and mainshaft on my Trioblin 700 because of a tip over and the helicopter vibrating badly.

I thought all was well after the repair and started flying again. Surprisingly, the vibration was back and one of the blades was going way out of track. I adjusted the tracking and all seemed well. A flight later, out of track again.

Finally decided to take a closer look. Come to find out, the opening in the rotorhub where the dampers and spindle sit had been elongated. There is about .5 mm of movement up and down now... which translates to huge movement at the tip.

I couldn't find any damage on the spindle or mainshaft that I replaced, but I tossed them anyway. In retrospect, they were probably fine.
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Old 07-02-2018, 01:55 PM   #131 (permalink)
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Yeah I had to learn that lesson. What I do now is keep a box of throwaways and then go back through the box periodically to see what's safe to toss. I've pulled a few re-usable things out that box already.
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Old 07-02-2018, 09:41 PM   #132 (permalink)
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Yeah I had to learn that lesson. What I do now is keep a box of throwaways and then go back through the box periodically to see what's safe to toss. I've pulled a few re-usable things out that box already.
A similar but almost opposing strategy is to throw out anything that you replace in order to never accidentally use it again for repairs forcing one to diagnose what's wrong all over again.

I can never remember what was the symptom being exhibited and have a tough time determining if the part is new or good to go or not. You are potentially just revisiting what you were trying to cure previously.

After having thrown out a number of potentially still good parts I now keep those almost in perfect condition but ensure they're labelled with suspected issue. This has of course saved me downtime which can be a joy to avoid.
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Old 07-14-2018, 12:20 AM   #133 (permalink)
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Yep today! Did a firmware update on my micobeast felt a preflight wasn't necessary, spun up the ol' 550E and KABLAMO! Settings for some reason only god knows why went back to factory defaults. No matter how many hours you've logged us pilots must never get complacent with aircraft. Only my wallet and ego were hurt today but we all know... it could have been much MUCH worse. P.S. First day as a member on helifreak too, the ego is very sore.
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Old 07-14-2018, 09:33 AM   #134 (permalink)
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Yeah that's a rough one. I always at least check the swash and tail slider are moving correctly. I haven't caught myself with a mistake yet, but every time something gets worked on there's always the possibility the controls won't be right. It's easy to overlook.
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Old 07-31-2018, 04:13 PM   #135 (permalink)
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Its a money pit
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Old 07-31-2018, 06:12 PM   #136 (permalink)
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I always at least check the swash and tail slider are moving correctly...
^^ This!

I now do this before every flight on anything bigger than a micro. A couple of weeks ago, I powered my Align 800E and just happened to notice that the tail slider wasn't moving! The tail servo had failed to initialize. I knew that this is not that unusual for BL servos, but I had not been checking every time.

I love this giant, never crashed heli, and if I hadn't caught it... It probably wouldn't have killed me (I stand WAY back when taking off and landing this one), but I would have been seriously pissed at myself.

I do it religiously now
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Old 08-09-2018, 08:53 PM   #137 (permalink)
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Biggest lesson.... PREFLIGHT CHECK! why oh why did I think it flew yesterday, should be fine today!
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Old 08-16-2018, 11:57 AM   #138 (permalink)
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lesson learned several times before it stuck:

If something ain't right, take it home in one piece to investigate. You'll never find the problem in the air by flying it one more time.

"hrm..what's that sound? maybe I should just fly it around for a while to see what it might be."

bad idea

"that's a weird little wobble. maybe I'll fly it one more time to see if it gets any better"

it doesn't

"that wire looks like it's chaffing a bit. I bet one more flight won't hurt"

it will

"the radio/fbl unit doesn't usually initialize like that. hrm..I'm sure it's fine"

it's not

Unless you're 100% sure you've addressed the issue at the field, just take it home and fly another day, without taking $400 out of your pocket first.
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Old 08-16-2018, 02:13 PM   #139 (permalink)
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Default Check heli before walking away from crash site

After a crash, when you finish your walk of shame and arrive at the crash site, don't just pick it up and walk away. Be sure to first check for missing parts that may be lying nearby (e.g. plastic links - mCPX or main gear - K110). Once you walk away, you may not be able to return to the exact crash site location.

How do I know?

Well...
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Old 08-16-2018, 03:37 PM   #140 (permalink)
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lesson learned several times before it stuck:

If something ain't right, take it home in one piece to investigate. You'll never find the problem in the air by flying it one more time.

"hrm..what's that sound? maybe I should just fly it around for a while to see what it might be."

bad idea

"that's a weird little wobble. maybe I'll fly it one more time to see if it gets any better"

it doesn't

"that wire looks like it's chaffing a bit. I bet one more flight won't hurt"

it will

"the radio/fbl unit doesn't usually initialize like that. hrm..I'm sure it's fine"

it's not

Unless you're 100% sure you've addressed the issue at the field, just take it home and fly another day, without taking $400 out of your pocket first.
I couldn't help but laugh at all of these
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