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My first Plank.. a secondhand HK foam Decathlon

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Posted by Gygax | Mar 26, 2013 @ 07:55 AM | 2,522 Views


i bought this heli cheap from ebay, based mostly on the healthy forum activity for it here -
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1540154

i never posted on that old thread.. but i actually read every single post of it over four days.. i learned a lot and was haunted in my sleep by terms like swashplate and gyro..
ive spent the two and a half months since, alternately flying, fixing and modding this clumsy, sloppy, shonky, cheap plastic toad of a heli. with the help, advice and comraderie of the guys here -
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1773527

ive learned yet more and improved my stock 9116 no end. thanks to everyone for the inspiration and bush mechanic engineering ideas.

the main problems with this heli seem to be..

extremely poor quality control overall.. its always a good idea if you buy on of these helis to go over EVERY solder joint on it, check for crystaline appearance, dull grey, not enough solder, too much solder/bridging terminals. owning and being mildly capable with a soldering iron is a great asset when maintaining a 9116. i have had to go right over all the pcb solders and motor terminals several times after severe crashes, and each time i have had to replace a pcb (i accidentally hacksawed it when i was cutting the frame)

shonky quality main and tail motors.. the main motor is variable in amount of flights before its cheap brushes wear down.. the tail is really pissy and ddies at about 40-50 flights depending on how you...Continue Reading