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Old 09-11-2017, 08:06 AM   #61 (permalink)
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That's what I'm counting on! She really does move around a lot - I like it !! Having a grass cushion underneath will help ease the nerves for sure.

Two more flights outside, more room, daylight, etc. Very nice! Need some bigger batteries though After 4 mins she's definitely ready to land.

Did not see the darting-off today when I switched trom Stability to Intermediate or Advanced. I must have caused that last night by countering the drift I was see in Stability mode. The drift is definitely there though - could be vibes - I see the tail fin and battery wires vibrating ... Haven't balanced the main blades yet - too much fun checking this little guy out

Still building that 'trust' between me, the heli and my relatively new DX6 (previously had a DX6i, lots of new things to learn). For some reason, with throttle hold on, when I select Stunt 1 or Stunt 2 the tail rotor starts spinning - main rotors are held off though. Not sure why ...

Last year I picked up one of those ISDT chargers that can easily be powered from an XT-60 equipped Lipo. I'm charging up one of my 3S 2200s - I figure I can get about 25 recharges of the little mCPS cells at the field with that pack



I think I can throw this heli, the DX6 and charger/Lipos in a backpack and bike to a bunch of parks around here that just became perfect mini-flying fields

What's the name of that little board you have attached to the ISDT charger for charging multiple 1S batteries?
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Old 09-12-2017, 07:02 AM   #62 (permalink)
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All set on the parallel charging board question. Being new to the board I guess the moderator needed to approve my first post, so it took longer than expected.

Anyway, I found this cute board on Amazon as a means of doing more than one 1S at a time.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I got my mCP S yesterday and made 3 flights on my DX8 (Get 1). Took a bit to get the radio settings right, but it flew very, very well inside. I need to do some further testing on the DX8 setup, but once I'm satisfied I could upload it since Spektrum has no plans to post the SPM for this discontinued radio. (Called them yesterday.)

I picked up this little guy as I'm getting back into the hobby again from 2014 when I purchased the DX8 / mCPX BL. The mCPX BL was just too much for me as a beginner, so it sat idle on a shelf till now.

The mCPX BL and mCP S are nearly the same size. Canopy looks to be the same, but landing gear is just a few (7mm) longer on the mCP S, the tail boom is shorter on the mCP S by a good 5/8".

I have a 230S and have been flying that outside with good success and wanted the mCP S for indoor practice when it's bad outside.

The supplied 210mAh batteries gave me a 4 minute flight before the (LVC page 12 in the manual) red light turned on inside the canopy. LVC on the 230S is much more pronounced as the rotor speed sound is clearly different as the RPMs drop, but not so much on the mCP S.

I picked up a 300mAh 35C pack from Pulse (only one the local store had) and it got a nice 5-6 minute flight inside from that one.

Ordered some of those nano-tech 35C 300mAh packs mentioned earlier from HK last night along with the aforementioned charger.

Looking forward to some more fun today!
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Old 09-12-2017, 09:32 AM   #63 (permalink)
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Here it is: https://www.hobbytown.com/1s-12batte...iABEgKYmPD_BwE

I had to make an XT60 to 4mm (?) bullet socket adapter cable for the SDT charger though.

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Old 09-13-2017, 02:18 PM   #64 (permalink)
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Had another spill during today's lunchtime flight. Grass field. FFF, 25 feet up, or so, lost orientation against bright white overcast Irma clouds. Hit TH just before impact (I think). She may have even bounced. Tail was blowing out fairly often today, but it was windy at times.

I thought "Okay, something definitely broke or bent this time."

Nothing Broken or Bent! Straightened the blades and finished out the flight.

If the brushless mod makes the heli more vulnerable to damage from spills like this then I might have to postpone that upgrade, for a while anyway.

Some average flight stats so far (over 98 flights):
  • Lipo: 300mAh Nano-Tech
  • Flight Time: 3:30
  • Used Ah: 132mAh
  • Discharge Rate: 38mAh/min
  • Average Current: 2.26A
  • Estimated Flight Time: 6:22*
  • Lipo: 210mAh Stock E-Flite
  • Flight Time: 3:30
  • Used Ah: 132mAh
  • Discharge Rate: 38mAh/min
  • Average Current: 2.26A
  • Estimated Flight Time: 4:27*
* Using 80% of the cell's capacity, leaving 20%.

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Old 09-15-2017, 07:34 PM   #65 (permalink)
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110 flights now!! Picked up two more 210 lipos from the classifieds, so 10 batts total.

Have had about a half dozen crashes, half dozen spool-up tip-overs, and about a half dozen knuckle-strikes while monkeying with the radio, switches, programming, etc. She bites hard enough to draw blood - stings pretty good too

Spindle has a little up/down play, not sure if that's new or if it's always been like that. I've changed blades to non-bullet versions and she still flies great The main gear can slip on the main shaft during blade/knuckle strikes without stripping teeth - Nice.

Stability mode is a little too restrictive for me. It appears to be an on-off option. I'd like a middle of the road option that doesn't restrict cyclic as much.

Here she is with yellow blades and some wind. This heli handles wind great:
F108 MAH01536 (4 min 47 sec)

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Old 09-15-2017, 08:56 PM   #66 (permalink)
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Modifications for mCPS
I have alread modified my mCPS mainly from Blade mCPX BL for coming Brushless motor in advance.

Main shaft:Solid carbon Lynx $7.59
Center hub:Lynx $15.25
Spindl shaft:HH $5.99
linkage:HH $4.49
Swashplate:HHL $11.99
Tail Blade:Lynx 42mm
Total weight:50.5g (included flt batt)
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Old 09-22-2017, 09:12 PM   #67 (permalink)
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WAY too hot to fly here - 95F!

Got some more spare mCPX parts from HopMeUp. I hope Blade offers the new mCPS canopy in different colors too - the older one's nose is too long, IMO. I like the green/blue color scheme though The mCPX/V2 canopies look a little better on this airframe than the mCPX BL ones, again IMO.
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Old 09-25-2017, 09:04 PM   #68 (permalink)
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Default Micro Surgery !

I suspected my main grips had some slop, but had nothing to compare them to.

So I ordered enough spare parts to build another air-frame (Yo HopMeUp!) and concluded my grips have a small amount of lateral play (in/out - detected by pulling on the grips) in addition to the up/down flapping movement, which appears to be normal. I don't know if it's been like this or a result of 100+ flights and a handful of crashes. I don't have my calipers handy to measure the thickness of the rubber dampers - maybe one is slightly thinner (?)

Luckily, I have a bag of tiny bearings, washers, step washers and shims from my Mini-Titan stash. Found a really small one and installed it on one side of the spindle. I wanted to add one to both sides to keep things equal/balanced, but the tiny grip screw isn't very long and I wanted to maximize the number of threads still in use. I didn't see any thread lock when I removed the screw, but I did put some blue on during re-assembly.

Lateral play is now gone, grip still turns freely. We'll see on my next set of flights if adding a shim to one side has any ill effects. It was a dicey procedure as the grip screws and heads are really really tiny! Hopefully I haven't opened a can of worms ...

Bag of tiny washers and shims:


Extra shim shown left of stepped washer:


Extra shim shown on the right:


Looks like the root of the blade can help keep the screw from coming out too far:


Ready for flight test. Hope the thread-lock holds:


-John
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Old 09-26-2017, 11:04 PM   #69 (permalink)
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The heli passed two 3-1/2 minute hover tests inside this evening without issue. Next test will be at the field in a couple of days ...
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Two more 3-1/2 minute test flights, this time outside, in wind, in IU1 and IU2. FF circuits.

No signs of lateral play. Blue thread lock must be working
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Old 09-27-2017, 07:36 PM   #71 (permalink)
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Using a 3S 3200mAh pack from my Apprentice trainer, I can charge all 10 of my mCPS batteries - 3 times! This uses approx. 82.5% of the 3S pack, leaving approx. 17.5% - just shy of 20%, give or take a few percent.

Yes, the charger uses a couple of watts, but typically my mCPS batteries are only 50% discharged (after a 3-1/2 minute flight), so it all works out in the end

I take what's in the PIC, the mCPS and my DX6 out to fly and I'm good for 30 flights. 40 flights if the mCPS batteries are already charged before heading out

That's a LOT of inverted practice ...
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Six more flights, 3-1/2 mins. each, in wind, inverted, half-piro flips, loops, rolls, FF, etc. Finally cooler weather !

Extra single shim in rotor head doing great, grip & screw nice & tight, all is good ! The wind spices things up considerably

Beginning to practice slower and closer inverted circuits. Getting very comfortable inverted





Blade mCPS Flight 121 - Slower and Closer Inverted (3 min 46 sec)

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Old 09-30-2017, 01:16 PM   #73 (permalink)
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Another wardrobe change Retro canopy & fin with orange blades & boom.



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Old 10-05-2017, 09:16 PM   #74 (permalink)
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Finally broke something! The tail boom. Darn picnic table
I replaced it with an extended length version - let's see what kind of trouble I get into now
I need longer straws ... and stronger glasses.
Indoor test flight/hover passed. Now the weather will suck ...
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Old 10-08-2017, 10:07 AM   #75 (permalink)
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Stretched tail boom is a keeper! The tail 'felt better' during this morning's test flights. Will get some more flights during lunchtime tomorrow.

Blade mCP S Flight 135 - Stretched Tail Boom (3 min 52 sec)

I was surprised at how well the 180 CFX flew, for a micro. I'm amazed at how well the mCP S flies, for an even smaller micro. Great job on the flight controllers and firmware Blade!

-John

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Old 10-16-2017, 08:02 PM   #76 (permalink)
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Time to try out some white KBDDs ...
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I think you are having more fun with this heli than I have had with my entire fleet! Fun stuff to follow. Curious to see if you notice a difference with the KBDDs.
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Having lots of fun for sure

Just wish there were more people posting about this heli. I thought there would be way more forum activity. I guess the XK K110 is where all the action is.

The KBDD tail blades have a different shape, so we'll see if they perform differently ...
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Hmmm ... don't think I like the KBDD blades.

6 more flights, sunny, clear, 70F and virtually no wind.

Tail blow-outs were ridiculous (with the extended length tail boom too).

Very little overall power left after only 3 minute flights.



I'm putting the previous blades back on (E-Flite Green main and tail) and if it flies 'normal' - which I suspect it will - then these are going in the trash.
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[QUOTE=FR4-Pilot;7471194]Having lots of fun for sure

Just wish there were more people posting about this heli. I thought there would be way more forum activity. I guess the XK K110 is where all the action is.

I don't see that there is much action over there either. Things are pretty quite though. Maybe the time of year....I have not flown anything now in a couple of weeks.
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