Posted by ducatirdr |
Apr 20, 2012 @ 06:36 AM | 2,801 Views
My car can't hold all my planes and helis - I bought an SUV
My condo is too small for all my planes and heli's - I bought a house
My radio can't hold all my planes and heli's - I bought a new TX with SD card
My life is full with friends that share this great hobby - I get on the internet and connect with people around the world.
Thanks everyone for making this hobby so much fun.
I have had the worst luck with the new Parkzone micro/mini servo's found in the smallest RTF planes and heli's. First my Citabria lets go of the rudder in mid air and then the Sukhoi rudder follows suit the same day. What are the chances. I found replacement MCX servo's and was able to fix the Citabria but the Sukhoi has the servo go full deflection in one direction and that's with the new servo. Not good. This stuff is just above toy quality and I'm not purchasing any more of it. Just too fragile for me.
I had a crash with my E-Flite Beaver that was a real cause for concern. I was flying along great and then lost all control of the plane. With DSM2 and a JR9303 DSM TX I thought loss of control were a thing of the past. But I learned that my mistakes can add up and lead to a crash.
I used a battery that had been in a minor crash. Sure it held voltage but it would react under load differently than a healthy battery. Flying with this battery and a ESC BEC driving 6 servo's and a 9ch DSM2 RX = brown out
Not binding my TX to RX after setting up the plane. You can see what the fail-safe location of your servos are in on a DSM2 RX when you first turn on/plug in the battery to the RX. For a second the servos go into their fail-safe mode and then the TX takes over. Well in my case the servo for the flap and aileron were still at Gear and AUX1. That's full throw.
After crashing I didn't know that I could read the led light on my RX to tell me if I experienced a brown out. While I know what happened it would have been nice to have actual proof.
I rebuilt my Beaver and flew it today with new batteries. It actually looked and flew great. When it first hit the ground I wanted to toss it in a barrel but now you'd never know it was in a wreck.
Posted by ducatirdr |
Dec 29, 2007 @ 07:05 AM | 4,461 Views
My background with RC started when I was a teenager. I learned to fly RC planes back when there were no ARF's. It was all stick build and all winter to complete. I took a lot of time off from the sport and then got into electrics with a purchase of a Parkzone FW190. It promptly ended in a pile in the dumpster. So I picked up a trainer and started to learn again.