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Posted by rossi46 | Mar 20, 2016 @ 09:29 AM | 1,370 Views
I'm noticing a pattern emerging here.

I'm so desperate to progress that I'm taking ill informed jumps instead of the sensible baby steps that anyone with half a brain would know to do. And each time, it ends the same - bag of broken plastic. Case in point has already been discussed in previous blog posts by myself, i.e. my assuming that my ten minutes of three channel, indoor flying would see me alright at the field with a V913.

Next came regular repair bills for 4 channel helis slammed into terra firma at a rate of knots, all because I didn't have the sense to try to get to know my machines and their capabilities properly.

More recently, I've jumped straight in with a Blade 200SRX and already, I've replaced five (yes, five!) main gears, two servos and two sets of blade grips. All because of stupidity, recklessness and sausage fingers. And trying to walk before I can run. I blame youtube, personally, but that's another story for another time.

I realise that it could be argued that the Hard Way is the best way to learn, but I'm getting pretty teed off with having to constantly fund my own impatience and ham-fistedness. My heli spares supplier is doing ok out of it, so I suppose I'm doing my bit to keep the industry going!

I'm thinking now, as I wait for alu blade grips and a $20 CNC main gear, that I'm going to swear to take it easy and not go crazy, but I know inside that my sensible head will only last until the first few minutes pass.

Can someone help a brother out and tell me that it gets better?
Posted by rossi46 | Feb 22, 2016 @ 03:21 PM | 1,759 Views
Don't you just love it when things seem to just fall into place?

I had a good feeling about today. I got up an hour earlier than usual and watched my favourite comedy on tv (King of Queens) before heading to work, armed with my trusty model 2 V911, now with 'paddle' type flybar upgrade and 3 spare batteries.

I was posted to a remote farm to take soil samples and gps-map the fields. Obviously, my first thoughts are on searching for a likely spot for a bit of flying.

I posted in the Did You Fly Today? thread that I flew all 3 batteries in a beautiful, secluded spot, completely without incident. No crashes or hiking to retrieve windswept machines. My landings still require work, but hey-ho.

I did the same again in the afternoon after charging all three batteries on my work's laptop. Just to prove to myself the earlier session wasn't a fluke

I got home tonight with about 15 minutes of daylight left, so I quickly said hi to my wife and jogged down to the football pitch (again) with my V912. This time, I wasn't going to rag my heli. I was just going to take it easy and let her do her thing. I suppose the time spent 'training' with the wee V911s is finally paying off, as we hovered, swooped and glided like veterans. Something just clicked. Something inside me just wanted to shout 'I get it!' At last.

As a small bonus, there was a package waiting for me when I returned home. It was the flybar and main gear, finally, for my V913. I spent the next hour or so,...Continue Reading
Posted by rossi46 | Feb 10, 2016 @ 03:58 PM | 1,953 Views
To continue from the last blog post - the Learning the Hard Way thing? I wrote the book.

I broke the swash and connecting bits (still not au-fait with the heli terminology yet..) of my new V913 the day after I received it. Replacements came soon after, but I've not been able to let her soar because of the wind, rain and getting home from work in the dark. Until today, that is.

I pulled up outside my house, ran inside, gave the missus a swift peck and ran outside with my lovely bird. I should say at this point that I've been flying my two V911s in the house and actually become quite proficient at buzzing pets, annoying spouses and generally not smacking furniture as hard any more. Those little birds are brilliant. Flying the V913 must be just like that, but on a bigger scale, right?

So, armed with juvenile excitement, I jogged the five hundred yards to the football pitches and launched the heli skywards. Straight up, then straight down on her nose. I ran to inspect the damage and there appeared to be none. Bolstered by this, I gave her full throttle again, but this time she rose up with her nose pointing down and started circling and spinning on the spot. A gust of wind from nowhere swept the heli 30 odd feet away from me and I cut the throttle. She came down heavily again, this time snapping the flybar in two.

If I'd had a tail, it woud've been wedged firmly between my legs as I trudged wearily back to the house.

I was cleaning the mud from the canopy later...Continue Reading
Posted by rossi46 | Feb 07, 2016 @ 06:31 AM | 1,860 Views
My story is this.

At xmas 2015, my stepson received a model heli of the three channel, coaxial persuasion from our local Aldi store. No one in our house had any prior knowledge of flying at all, but pretty soon, we were all bashing the poor wee thing off any furniture or wall within a 2 meter radius.

It was great fun while it lasted, but it didn't last long. I liked it so much though, that I bought two Syma scale coaxial helis from another local store and it's went nuts from there. Ironically, my kids are not much interested in flying now (it is six weeks since xmas after all!), but I've well and truly gotten the bug.

However, rather than jump straight in with hoovering up every small, medium and large three channel I could find, I should have done some research first. That way, my Syma fleet (six in total) would be in the hands of someone not bored with their very existence. Same goes for my now-grounded DH 9053 with failed tail motor.

No, if I'd been a bit more patient, I'd have seen that four channel and beyond, plus sim, is a far better way to go.

Maybe I wouldn't have jumped right in with CP stuff, but I'd at least have had something that had FFF from the word go. Now after spending far more than I'd like to admit, I have a decent fleet which includes 2 V911s, a V913 and a V912 en-route to my house (if that mailman ever gets here).

The second thing I did wrong was thinking my three channel skills were instantly transferrable to the V913 the day it arrived. On...Continue Reading