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Posted by erdnuckel2 | Aug 20, 2014 @ 10:43 PM | 682 Views
(I am absolutely NOT good at math in general, but I like those simple math "thought games" ...)

In a post earlier today in one of the threads I follow, I mentioned my intention to write "a piece" about flying my HFP100V2 for two batteries this afternoon.
Because when I did this, a "nagging thought" suddenly entered my mind ....

...

I always time the HFP100 flights to exactly 5:00min. (this does not mean that I am "back on the ground again" after exactly 5min, but it means I will immediately land once I hear my timer go off)

SO,
today I did these two flights - and oftentimes this is all I manage to get in.
Now, many of you, I am sure, have heard about the "rule" that one can ... uhemm ... MAY call oneself an "EXPERT" after practicing for 10 000 hours.

and now lets start calculating:

one of my flights takes 5min, so it takes 12 flights to get ONE hour or in other words 120 000 flights to ..."call myself an EXPERT" in its own right.
IF I am able to manage those 2 flights a day, it will basically take a FULL week to get one hour of airtime - or in other words: It will take 10 000 weeks to be able to call myself an EXPERT ...
The interesting thing in this calculation is, that an average human lifetime encompasses about 4100 weeks !!! (going by the current life expectancy of a "western world male" - of about 78 or so years)
Now we have to take into account, that the flying...Continue Reading
Posted by erdnuckel2 | Jul 29, 2014 @ 10:39 PM | 1,413 Views
I found this gadget a few weeks ago at BG for 5\$. Upon closer "research" I found out, (having neither heard nor read about this since then) that I was - as unfortunately way too often - pretty late to the party, as these little gadgets are discussed in youtube videos since around January

Anyway, considering how much of our daily life is influenced by "things" that are powered through USB, charged through USB etc, it is - or so I thought - something rather relevant to our hobby.

Here is my video (way toooo late) ... what do you guys think about the charger doctor.

 charger doctor demo (4 min 13 sec)

Also, as I am really not too experienced in electronics, if I am missing something or make a mistake somewhere and you realize this, please let me know - this is also supposed to be a "learning experience" !!

And here is my theory - the reason why I really decided to post this vid ...

If I interpret the results from my test right, then I am charging the V944 batteries on about 2C and the V955 batteries even on almost 3C if I am using the stock charger. (this would also make a lot of sense with regards to my average charge times)
Now, many people may see this as uncritical, me however, I am a firm believer in the "rather-charge-your-battery-on-1C" rule to try and optimize the life expectancy of the battery (thanks to "optimal are" ...)
This is - to what I read here on RCG - even more to be taken into consideration with the not so expensive batteries (where a lesser quality could be expected)

So what is the verdict of the viewers ???

E2
Posted by erdnuckel2 | Jul 25, 2014 @ 01:59 PM | 1,615 Views
... and it did not work.

I started with the v929. I had an mjx 100. I still have (mainly because I put so much heart into my paint job) a HOTEN-X. I have a Scorpion (6 props, 3each top and bottom). The last ones were the Hubsan Q111 and the WLToys V272 (because they are sooo incredibly tiny and I got curious again)

But it just "didnt click"

Then came Curtis Youngblood with the Stingray (3D quad) - the first CP quad with cyclic control (variable pitch). This was the one quad that really can push my buttons for many reasons.

 Flite Test - Stingray 500 - REVIEW (8 min 53 sec)

and today, I was browsing around the MM site and I found this:

Posted by erdnuckel2 | Jan 01, 2014 @ 06:49 AM | 2,480 Views
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 to all my friends and fellow pilots here on RCG!

May the good days by far outnumber the bad ones!
I wish you all the best for the coming year (in particular health, as this seems to be the most important blessings of all ... and the basis for making the big wish come true ...

Posted by erdnuckel2 | Apr 07, 2013 @ 10:40 PM | 14,467 Views
Without a doubt, there are kinda enough "official" threads about the V912 - but as stuff has a tendency to "drown" in those big threads, I will "make" a little one here for myself (and anybody else interested), where I will try to "preserve" the things that are important to me
(if this helps anybody else along the way, all the better ...)

And the "system" will be the same as I try to uphold in all my other thread here in the blog (sometimes with less success than I would like) ... the first post will have an

INDEX:

Posted by erdnuckel2 | Feb 28, 2013 @ 01:52 PM | 4,896 Views
This is one that was "years in the making" so to speak guys, but I think I am finally fitted with the right tools to tackle this challenge! (at least I truly hope so , as it would be a painfully costly learning experience ... .)

Anyway, this thread is gonna be about the different scale helis I intend to build over time (oh well, or at least the fuses for them ... ...)

INDEX:
(as usual!)

The "AS350 Ecureuil"
Posted by erdnuckel2 | Feb 28, 2013 @ 11:59 AM | 4,358 Views
Hi all,

it's E2 again, back to bug you with another blog thread. This one is going to be about (micro) heli challenges.
I know, I know - I did one like this about a year ago (and wasted precious cyber space ...) ... but that is surely no longer working - so let's try this AGAIN!!!

And as usual, I have all the best intentions, so here it is, the

INDEX:

Challenge #1: "Simon sez ..."
Posted by erdnuckel2 | Feb 07, 2013 @ 10:38 AM | 4,620 Views
I already started a thread like this before (inspired by the original ultimate heli challenge thread for the Syma107G) but it lay dormant for too long to still allow answers in it.

SO, I decided to try this again, this time no longer focused on the S107G, but to just throw out ideas on how to try and challenge your skill set with a micro heli ... be that CoAx, FP micro or even CP micro.
Off course, they are all suited differently to master specific challenges and sometimes one will be MUCH better for a particular challenge than another.

But the main point is just to put the idea out and show what I did.#

Right now, I have two items on order/in the mail for challenges to do.

The first challenge will be called "magic 8" and I have to thank Mike (chap1012) for actually coming up with it (even if it was just a JOKE, I think it is worth being taken VERY seriously, as I can imagine this to become a heck of a challenge ...

The second challenge will be called "Simon sez" and it is actually a dual challenge (start thinking about WHY I might call it the way I did, the solution will be posted in about a week or so, when I get the item I won in an ebay auction for it [ebay says ETA is next Wednesday ...)

THIS is gonna be gooood guys!!!

Looking forward to meeting all of you back here every once in a while ...

HAPPY FLYING to all of you ... and may the force be with you !

E2
Posted by erdnuckel2 | Sep 30, 2012 @ 10:23 AM | 6,500 Views
... NOOOO ... not what you might think!

I am NOT getting out of RC - but I finally realized that I will NEVER win! I wont be the one who dies with the most toys ... EVER!!! ...

So I decided to start slowly (but thoroughly ...) selling off the "toys" that would do better somewhere else than with me.
And every time I do, I will mention it here. Plus, the index will give me a "timeline" and also will keep my fond memories alive ... (IF there even IS anybody who actually buys the stuff)

anyway, hereīs the start:

INDEX:
• Blade 120SR hopups (RKH, XTREME) (09-30-12) ... #2
• new (OLD) V911 black/orange RTF (10-13-12) ... #5, #6 ((both) SOLD!)
• used like new SP270 RTF + Extras ... #7
• Xieda 9958 with tons of Extras and many mods! (10-31-12) ... #8

Posted by erdnuckel2 | Jun 27, 2012 @ 10:04 AM | 15,735 Views
You could subtitle this "E2 becomes E 2+x" I guess ...

YES! I will admit it, I finally broke down (AGAIN!!) ... and got my first multicopter, so this literally screams for a new thread in my ever expanding blog (... oh HOW to keep up with this ??? .)

Anyway, here is a little background on me and multicopters:
I have actually been watching them "from the sidelines" ever since I read the first time about them and saw a few vids a couple years back. More sometimes ... and sometimes less - but there was always something that kept me from "jumping in".

In the beginning that was clearly the price and also the size those things usually were. However, the fact that one of the most used frame materials was CF (did I ever say "I LOOOOOOOVE CF" ...) they have always been very tempting ...
(I think the first RTFs that were out were the Walkera UFO 5 and UFO 8, but I may be wrong there ... like I said, I watched from the sidelines ...)
But once the quads started getting smaller there was an increase in temptation, however, I managed to stay steadfast.

Then a friend of mine bought a Walkera Ladybird a few ... I guess months ... back and the temptation grew again ... (he had tried to convince me to get a quad quite a while before that - but the fact that it was a part of the hobby that was so heavily based on "DIY" and required lots of things I am not good at kept on keeping me away from quads ... or tri-copters, hexa-copter or octo-...Continue Reading
Posted by erdnuckel2 | May 16, 2012 @ 04:52 PM | 13,657 Views
This is going to be about the type of heli I am going to need the most help with -

My MICRO CP's:

I already kinda smuggled one of them into the FP thread (the NE SP100 3D) but as it does not really belong there and will always be an off-topic item, I decided to open yet another blog thread.

to start out with, remember the Posts I did about it on the FP thread:

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=154
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=155
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=156

so, from now on, I will continue my "Adventures in CP land" in this dedicated thread.

E2

EDIT 01-15-2013:
I have not even noticed this until now, this thread NEEDS an

INDEX:
Micro CP INDEX ... 1
Nine Eagles SoloPro 100 - 3D ... 2,3,6,28
SoloPro 100 - 3D: batteries ... 4,5,10
mCPX batteries ... 14,18,27
mCPX vs. SP100 - 3D ...15
mCPX: "shakes" ... 19
mCPX skids ... 26
mCPX: "new & improved" ... 35,38,40,44,70,72
mCPX BRUSHLESS ... 49
mCPX: RKH (RakonHeli) frame ... 54
mCPX: XTREME frame ... 55
mCPX: frame comparison RKH vs. XTREME ...56
nanoCPX: first impressions ...58,59
nanoCPX: batteries ... 60, 65, 68
nanoCPX: "BullsEye" ...67
nanoCPC skids ... 68, 94
mCPX: "new & improved 2": MH frame & Airtime skids ...
mCPX: XTREME "Turbo Motor kit" ... 74, 75, 77, 82, 90
mPCX: XTREME 550mAh batteries ... 80, 81, 82, 89, 104
mCPX: balancing the CoG (inc. video link) ... 83, 84
WLToys V922: INTRO - ITīs here!!! ... 96
V922: first impessions ...98
V922: Exploded View & Parts list (ie INDEX2/sub-index) ... 101
V922: skids ... 102
V922: the first video ... 103
nanoCPX: RKH (RakonHeli) aluminum frame upgrade ... 105
nanoCPX: new paint job ... 106,108
Posted by erdnuckel2 | Feb 20, 2012 @ 07:36 PM | 9,447 Views
Hallelujah!!!

(I apologize for starting the thread with a religious exclamation, but that one really seemed to fit ...)

Despite the fact that I am waiting for a whole bunch of packages and Big Blue just went to "insult" me with another "non-working" day (why do "normal" people have to work today, but the "better" ones in governmental positions, at big blue, the banks and on Wallstreet (among surely many others, but those are the most "notorious" ones ... ) do NOT ???

Anyway, ... despite the postal service NOT working (on the other hand, when do they ever work .) ... this could not really darken my mood -

because UPS DOES work and I got my FlySky 9X!!! Whoooo-peeee!!!

Initially I wanted to write the things I have to say about this TX in the V911 blog (as that bird is the one "responsible" that I even got (YET) another TX) but then I thought why not grab this opportunity by the b... uh ... horns and start a thread that at one point in time should contain bits and pieces about ALL the different TX's that accumulated in my possession over the last couple of years ...

... I know, I know - a truly herculean task ... but I am going to take this on anyway

So I will start out with the FlySky 9X, but there will be many more to come over time... and for this reason, as in many of my other blog threads ...

here it is ... the

INDEX:
• FlySky TH9X: Why?? (2,3)
• FlySky TH9X: what's in the box?/first impressions (4)
• Turnigy 9X pdf-manual link (it is the exact same manual as comes printed with the FlySky TH9X) (5)
• LiPo "conversion" for the FlySky TH9X (6)
• FS-TH9X and Esky Helis?? (7)

Posted by erdnuckel2 | Feb 10, 2012 @ 10:58 AM | 37,648 Views
EDIT 02-28-12:
... I just had to change the title (and subsequently the overall contents) of this thread (which was first supposed to be only my WLToys V911 thread) as I had to come to the "revelation" that it will not be feasible to do an individual thread on each of them (which is what I intended to do for the sake of "more order" and a better structure) because it turns out trying to do an individual thread on each of them will eventually lead to an awful lot of redundancies and headaches over what to put in which thread if a topic actually refers to two or more of those little buggers at the same time.

INDEX:
EDIT 02-24-12: (It's ABOUT TIME that I finally "populate" the INDEX ...
EDIT2 03-06-12I am really gonna change tha look of that index - I dontl like it "frizzled" like this ...
• V911 - my currently favorite CORTER (...) [as of 2-28-12] (#1)
• V911 First impressions (#2)
• V911 First few flights (#3)
• V911 Flight reviews (by OTHER people) (#4)
• V911 - Vendor links (#5)
• V911 Batteries (#6)
• V911 More flights - and "the single most important "revelation" regarding the V911 (IMHO anyway) (#7)
• The BIG comparison (#11)
• A "real TX" for the V911 - The FlySky FS-TH9X (#15,16,17,18)
• V911 "the first 'true fatality' ..." - "skid break" (#21)
• V911 Skid repair (#26)
• V911 demoflight in the office (12x9 ft.) - my first "official" V911 video (#27)
• Xieda 9958 by Great Wall - "
Posted by erdnuckel2 | Feb 08, 2012 @ 11:25 AM | 12,245 Views
Ok, so I decided to do a whole new blog thread on this bird anyway ,(even though I was considering to just "hide it in plain sight" inside the 120SR thread.

Yesterday I received my package with the Firefox from XHeli. It was packaged well (and contrary to a huge amount of stuff that comes late with the USPS, that one was actually right on schedule, but then again, XHeli only ships (or seems to ship) UPS)

However, when I opened the package my joyful excitement over the good packaging "evaporated" pretty quickly. If any store claims there helis are test flown before they are shipped, maybe they do - but XHeli most definitely did NOT testfly THIS ONE before sending it out (if they actually EVER testfly ANYTHING before shipping it out)

The swash was totally slant in a severe angle backwards - so the heli was absolutely NOT having any real forward movement (but all the more of it backwards!!! .). It took me a substantial amount of time to finally get all the linkages in length that would allow the swash to be what it is supposed to be ... ie LEVEL!!! (and the bird exhibited a backdrifting tendency even AFTER totally leveling the swash out ...)

I am not too happy with the plastic stuff either (more about this in a bit). On the pictures the rotor assembly looked to be made up of a lot of aluminum, which was one feature that had a positive influence on my purchase decision (unfortunately the quality of workmanship is not THAT convincing on these...Continue Reading
Posted by erdnuckel2 | Jan 04, 2012 @ 10:34 AM | 12,303 Views
PREFIX:

Hello everyone,

E2 here starting in the New Year ...

... or in other words, new year - new blog ... various reasons.

One of them surely is that I already had one blog that I intended to use for all my Blade helis, but unfortunately RCGroups seemingly deems any blog that has not"seen any action" in a certain time

(my guess judging from all my technically closed blogs ("technically", because I DID NOT close them, however RCG does not allow for them to be commented on anymore) this certain time is 100days)

is "UNWORTHY" of being kept truly open.

Another is, that I "played eBay" a couple of weeks ago (again), to be a little more exact in November ... and people shouldn't play (with) stuff that they are "not really good at", but whatever it may be I won ...

... an WHAT I won is a USED BLADE 120SR!!!

Now, as I had thought about this model anyway for a while, as after more than 3years with almost exclusively coaxials it is kind of time to make a step up (technically and in terms of the challenge the heli CAN present), to win the 120SR was not all that horrible after all.

So therefore, there will be a new blog on here that focuses ONLY on my Blade 120SR and all the beautiful (... and EXPENSIVE(!!!)...) thing that one can do with this heli.

I plan on "working this" along the same lines that I did with the V4 thread (and WILL keep doing) and hopefully people will find some interesting stuff in here, maybe sometimes even something they did not know yet or that got "lost" in the sea of the "official" (and by now seriously long) 120SR thread in the microheli forum

So let's get started on the topic of my Blade 120SR. But before "diving in, there should be a space here for (in my eyes) one of the most important parts/items of the blog - the Index!!

Enjoy!!!

INDEX:
How it all began .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. ..................... 2
Title change .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. ......................... 50
Posted by erdnuckel2 | Dec 28, 2011 @ 07:42 PM | 10,969 Views
Hello all,

I was thinking hard, which of my planned projects I would still start a blog for in the "old" year - and finally decided to do this with the SKYTEC DSS 3blade head system.

I already started an "official" thread about this quite a while ago, but it took me unbelievably long to even get my Skytec system. And I will use every opportunity possible to remind everybody who doesnt want to hear it, that this is to a LARGE part to blame on my friends from BigBlue (and red and white ...) - the US postal service!!!!!
Those guys really managed to delay a package that was shipped to me from Germany on August 26, 2011 and arrived in New York on September 1st, 2011 at 6:13am by an ABSOLUTELY unbelievable 2 MONTHS !!!!! (I got this package finally in the first week of NOVEMBER 2011, when I truly had already written it off ... (and tried to figure out how to mentally cope with the loss of hundreds of dollars courtesy of USPS)

Well, in the end I actually DID get it (the DSS) anyway and could start to try and figure out how this is supposed to be build.

It did not come with any type of instructions, but the "inventor" offered/offers his personal help in figuring it out ... should I really need this. He asked me to do some kind of a build report on the German forum as well (which I will do once I actually start building) but the main build description will be right here.

At first I want to "clear out" a misunderstanding I was continuing to...Continue Reading
Posted by erdnuckel2 | Dec 25, 2011 @ 01:15 PM | 10,097 Views
... to be learned are taught every day in life - and some people pick up faster than others.

My lesson for today is the following:
I want to keep some structure and order in my blog posts, which is why I started threads about so many different topics.
Unfortunately it is much more difficult to keep up with the different topics than I thought - and so I did not really write about some of them in half a year or more.
More unfortunately, RCGroups seems to think that any topic that is older than a few months (I guess it is 3 and a half ... or 99days to be more exact) DOES NOT MERIT DISCUSSION any longer - as they did technically CLOSE all my threads that I did not post in for an extended period of time. (ie, they are not officially closed, but it is not possible to post replies on them anymore ... actually, you know what ... !!!)

I am very disappointed that this happened, but this taught me todays important lesson (not in the greater scheme of things, but in my own little world):

IF you want to make sure it is possible for people to post replies to stuff you put in your blog a long time ago, you WILL need to post an "ANTI-expiration bump" every other month, or you WILL loose the opportunity to discuss a "seasoned" topic later on

(and I do unfortunately have a few that I would have wanted to "stay alive" ... despite the fact that I do not care all too much for some others ...)

Anyway, remember that, if you want a structured blog and dont post on certain topics frequently (enough) you MUST bump them (the guideline is [very unfortunately] USE IT or LOOSE IT!!)

So I am going to insert here an index of the threads that still work (its not that many of them) and otherwise I will just start over ... its the cirlce of (thread) life ...

E2

DONT think EMS means actually faster .................................................. .................................................. .......................... 2
Posted by erdnuckel2 | Dec 24, 2011 @ 04:50 PM | 11,224 Views
Sure, I should have started this thread years ago, and fill you all in on all my wonderful experiences with the broke "blue giant" in a much more timely fashion ... and it would have been soooo much fun.

But I havent started any thread in December and I had another one (or more ... .. ...) experiences that really made me get off my lazy B utt and finally start "going postal"

Reasons for this are plenty, but here are some (all stuff that really happened to me over the last roughly 3 years since I am dedicating so much time and money to heli .... (and to shipping costs ... arrrrrrrgh!!!)
• ... like the one package I sent to someone to have it picked up at the post office ... I got many calls what might have happened to the package and he probably was at his post office a dozen times ... always getting told there is nothing there - and then I got it back about 8 or 9 MONTHS later ... with a note written on it that it had not been picked up ....
• ... or like my birthday package from my mom this year - almost 5 pounds of German chocolate which I cant get here. I got it - a month AFTER(!!!) my birthday in a plastic bag ... looking like a truck had run it over and all moist and smelling of mold. It had a nice note printed on the plastic bag stating they USPS delivers over a billion pieces of mail a year - and only a disappearingly small number of them gets lost or damaged. Well, thank you very much, its really no consolation if exactly my birthday
Posted by erdnuckel2 | Nov 12, 2011 @ 08:41 AM | 11,423 Views
Today is a special day (for me). Sometime last night the number of visits to my blog crossed 5000

Thanks a lot to each and every one who did or still does stop by there occasionally.
I hope I be able to keep on posting stuff that is of interest and maybe even helps one or the other every once in a while ...

Thanks again for the visits!

E2

Posted by erdnuckel2 | Oct 25, 2011 @ 10:25 AM | 18,138 Views
Prefix:

As the title says, I leave this as a statement and question at the same time, and I am generally open to discussion.
My personal opinion, however, is that it definitely is the most versatile one (much more so than the main competitor, the Blade CX), as with usually changing nothing but battery holder, skids and fuselage one can "transform" this heli from one into a totally different one (and considering the current pricing for the necessary parts it is a roughly 20\$ transformation to practically have a new heli ... at least as far as appearance goes!!!)

Hi All!!

Yet another new thread on my blog (some may shake their heads and ask "WHY???" ... but there is madness to my method, as I hope will become obvious in the course of the thread.

I also started this one, because once again, I just could not resist ... I got an A300 coming from Xheli (kind of really was a no-brainer to me looking at 109\$ shipped, including an aluminum carrying case).

This also brings me to the first major statement:
The V4, the most versatile CoAx - but why?
Well, it all started out with the Lama V4 the great-grandfather of V4's so to speak (and my third rc heli at all - after realizing I made a big mistake by getting the original Walkera 4#3 as an absolute beginners heli and then getting a Colco Apache 64 which I pretty quickly noticed nobody seemed to own but me)

So from the LamaV4 Esky went to the Co-Comanche, the Dauphin, the Hunter and finally the A300 - ...Continue Reading