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Posted by RFDelie | Mar 02, 2013 @ 06:38 PM | 1,463 Views
Not related to RC, but I built myself a new computer and I wanted to share a few pics with my friends.

It has an:
AMD 8350 8 Core Processor, liquid cooled and overclocked to 5.0 GHz
32GB of RAM @ 1600MHz
Nvidia GTX 660 with 2GB GDR5
Posted by RFDelie | Dec 20, 2012 @ 08:46 PM | 2,012 Views
Well I have successfully setup my 450 sport to work well with the 3GX. I think all of the problems that I was having were because I used a DFC shaft. The shaft is shorter, and I did not have the correct amount of pitch throw. The 3GX setup requires that the blades have zero pitch at midstick. If I got to a point where I had zero pitch at midstick my servos were slamming into the frame at zero throttle (you also need a perfect linear pitch curve during setup).

Once I figured out that I could use the standard shafts I was fine. I made it through the setup without needing to deviate from the setup, and the helicopter flies really well with the 3gx sensor.

It takes a lilttle bit of a leap of faith to take off with the sensor. Just like standard HH gyros they do not perform like they should while on the ground and the 3 axis is the same way. But once you take off it does its job well.

The 250 flew really well out of the box, but I have never flown a 250 before so I had no basis of comparison, but with the 450 I get to see the difference between the FBrd and FBL setup.

I have not yet noticed any drawbacks from upgrading, but I do see some benefits. As I was setting up my throttle curves I noticed that I could dial back the TC a little bit which I bet will translate into more flight time. The second benefit I noticed is that the helicopter performs MUCH MUCH better in the wind. I was actually amazed at the difference. You still have to compensate for the transitional lift of the wind, but the helicopter gets blown around much less. The third thing I noticed is that pirouettes are very smooth with the 3gx sensor. If you have the heli level you can spin the tail around with very little cyclic movement.

It was cold so I was only able to get through one battery before I was driven inside, but even with this short flight I can honestly say that I am very impressed. I dont see myself going back to a FBRD heli.
Posted by RFDelie | Dec 17, 2012 @ 09:48 PM | 2,149 Views
I was flying my lovely 250 in my yard when all of a sudden it looses power and falls from the sky. No chance to auto, no servo power, just dead helicopter.

I track the problem back to the ESC. I send an email to amainhobbies. For some prospective I have spent over 1200.00 there since august. I advise that the ESC in the helicopter that I just purchased last week has gone bad, that it failed in flight and I have a bent boom, bent shaft scratched up canopy etc.

I recieve a very polite email from Dennis telling me that there is nothing he can do that I have to contact Tim at Assurance RC. I was not to happy about this, but ok fine.

I send a polite email to Tim at assurance rc, and what do I get. No "sorry for the inconvenience", no pleasantries whatsoever. The email contained an RMA number, the words ESC ONLY and an address. Thats it. He certainly puts the in assurance rc

I am deeply disapointed, this stuff is not cheap, I have spent a lot of money on align parts and I think that the least they can do is say they are sorry for sending a defective ESC with my $400.00 250 helicopter.

I think I have purchased my last align bird I have a certain amount of spare parts that should keep me in the air for some time, and if I need something like blades I will buy a different brand. I am a business owner, I cannot treat my customers like that and if I do I should not expect them to come back.
Posted by RFDelie | Dec 12, 2012 @ 09:38 PM | 9,518 Views
This was a great kit to assemble, for those of you who are building one I want to add a few tips that I figured out that may help you. Otherwise I followed the directions and the result was a great helicopter.
1) The upper and lower frame, the head and the tail come pre-assembled, this is so you know where the screws and other bits go and you see the part correctly assembled. You still have to disassemble the parts and apply Loctite to any spot that a screw attaches to metal.
2) I used a toothpick and applied Loctite to the inside of the feathering shaft before I attached the blade holders. Also you must apply grease to the outside of the feathering shaft before inserting it into the main housing.
3) The boom comes with a bearing around the torque tube and a rubber ring in a bag. The rubber ring goes around the bearing and the bearing is glued with CA to middle of the torque tube, be careful not to get any CA inside the bearing. Then you apply grease to the outside of the rubber ring and then the TT is inserted into the tail boom.
4) I attached the motor, head, servos, main gear before I attached the upper and lower frame.
5) The servo horns have two sides, one side will center better than the other. Test fit before you cut off the unused side.
6) The wiring is very difficult on this helicopter because of its size, but you MUST mount the 3GX gyro under the rear servo tray, and the servo ports must be facing forward. It is tight, but this is the best way to do it,...Continue Reading
Posted by RFDelie | Nov 16, 2012 @ 10:31 PM | 2,055 Views
While learning to fly I had a few crashes and my heli was looking a bit run down. Now that I have gone a while without a crash I decided to do a complete rebuild. Here are the finished results.