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Posted by Mmon77 | Apr 05, 2014 @ 06:36 PM | 1,469 Views
When I started this hobby, my only interest was Multirotors. I've been flying them for a while now, and while they are fun, I wanted something different. I had seen videos of people flying helis 3d, scale and otherwise and I wanted to try it for myself. I've always been fascinated by them, but I was afraid of crashing an expensive model, knowing that they're difficult to fly.

Seeing that there are many reasonably priced micro-helis, that eliminated the "too expensive" part. My next decision was whether to get a FP or CP heli. Coaxials don't really interest me at all.

Alot of research on RCG and other sites seemed to suggest that the normal progression was to start with a FP heli, and move to CP after mastering things like orientation and control. Having flown quads, I thought I pretty much had those down. My 2 quads I've built fly much like I had read a CP heli does, since I never use self level mode. One could also argue that orientation when flying a quad is more difficult to see than with a heli. I had also flown CP helis in Phoenix RC, and I didn't think it was as difficult as some people make it sound. Though I knew that Phoenix is probably much simpler than flying one for real.

In the end, I decided to go with a CP. I had tossed around the idea of getting a 450 or clone, but I was afraid that the inevitable crash would ground me right away, so I went with a micro. I ordered a HiSky HCP100 from MassiveRC. I chose it due to good reviews, US parts...Continue Reading
Posted by Mmon77 | Oct 16, 2013 @ 05:03 AM | 2,126 Views
After flying the Syma X1 many times over the past couple of weeks, I'm making some progress. I've been able to fly in circles around my yard through an entire battery on a few occasions.

Trying to learn coordinated turns is not easy. I find that I actually do better when the quad is flying towards me because it's easier to see what's going on with it. When flying away from me, I seem to give it too much roll and I end up crashing in to the ground and "cartwheeling". It is still alot of fun though.

This thing never ceases to amaze me with how much abuse it can take. I lost control on one of the many days it was windy, crashed full speed into the side of my porch, and it fell down on my concrete patio. Not a single bit of damage other than the canopy popping off. It probably helped that I've learned to cut the throttle before I crash to avoid damage to the props.

I received the charger I ordered and wired up a parallel charging cable so I can charge all 5 of my batteries at once. That has really been helpful since I can fly for longer periods of time. Now if I could just get the wind to calm down for a while I'd be all set. Living in a small town surrounded by farm fields makes it interesting on windy days.

I think my next step will be to purchase a FS-TH9XB when funds allow. I'll flash it with ER9X and see how I like it. That way I will have a nice tx for whenever I decide to get another quad. I've also been checking out the Devo series with DeviationX...Continue Reading
Posted by Mmon77 | Sep 29, 2013 @ 11:03 AM | 1,678 Views
A few more flights yesterday and I'm getting much better at controlling the X1. It was somewhat windy, lots of gusts. I was able to keep in it my yard, and out of the trees. I had a few crashes, but nothing spectacular. I've gotten much better at recovering when the wind takes it and makes it do something I wasn't ready for!

Batteries are charging right now so I can fly some more today. Much less wind today, should be fun! I also ordered 2 more spare batteries last night. They should be here Monday or Tuesday, along with my charger. Just what I needed, another hobby to spend money on!
Posted by Mmon77 | Sep 28, 2013 @ 02:12 PM | 1,828 Views
I received my new Syma X1 and 2 spare OEM batteries yesterday . Charged up, and took it for it's maiden flight in my garage. So much fun! I practiced hovering and just getting used to the controls. I went through all 3 batteries and had minimal crashes, mostly just "unplanned" landings.

After a rest and recharge of the batteries, I decided since the wind had died down, may as well try it outside. Wow, that was way more fun! Getting used to controlling it in a slight breeze was fun. I had to be careful not to go to high, almost lost it over my fence at one point. Burned through all 3 batteries again, had some more exciting crashes, and one Kosem event in a low-hanging tree branch...the X1 was no worse for wear though. This little thing is tough.

I'm really looking forward to honing my skills with this thing. It's so much fun! In the future, I can see myself building a bigger quad, but for now, the Syma is just what I need to learn to fly.