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Old Jan 11, 2012, 03:30 PM
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I've read .. well most of the pages and have to add some info from my experiences into FF and RC to try to help out others.
1 - Fly what you are capable of Flying.
- Sure we all start out in the hobby with delusions of grandeur, aircraft with 472 channels, details that would impress the actual manufacturers of the aircraft, Speeds to hit Mach 1 and we end up with a wonky foamie where finding a pair of parallel surfaces is impossible. While we can strive for these levels of detail, we will never accomplish them in our lifetimes.
2 - know your limits
- Are you trying to fly a 1/5th scale plane in a barn? maybe an indoor micro in a huge field with winds gusting to 25mph. Are you accomplished enough to fly in an area where there's alot of people around? Buying into the hype whether from a hobby store and their videos or from others on message boards (like this one) we can see their ideal aircraft and might think we can handle the performance or lack there of. only YOU know what limits you have.
3 - If you're going to fly it, be prepared to fix it.
Whether prop or DF, nitro or electric. When you are flying, have a means to repair items that become damaged. Murphy is an evil Sadistic man and when you think you've covered all your bases, you find there's something you forgot.
4 - Have spare parts.
- With EDF's that come stock from a retailer, most will be woefully underpowered. Many people will perform upgrades to the batteries, the motors, the ESC's and even the fan units. People will tend to throw the old parts into their field box and head out to fly. It's been my experience in the RC car realm that should you have a problem with a motor or ESC, you reach into your field box (or track box) and grab a replacement speed controller, connect it and within the first minute or so, you're putting out a fire. Your old parts will not match your upgrades. The ESC you drop in might be a 25 AMP ESC whereas your upgraded motor will draw 45 AMPS. If this combo gets into the air, it's a flaming fireball when you push the limits.
5 - Label Everything
- Nothing is more frustrating than having to sort through what wire or servo connector goes where. This can all be avoided if you put labels on things. Have an unmarked stock ESC? Use a marker and write the amp and cell rating on it when you get it. Have a worn motor? Write it's specs on the can.
6 - Throw out damaged critical parts
- With the performance capabilities of today's EDF's, having a cracked rotor can be deadly. The velocity of a glass filled plastic item rotating at 50+K RPM's and moving at upwards of 200MPH is a recipe for disaster. A dab of CA glue is not going to prevent that blade from coming out. It's simply not worth the risk of injury for "one more flight".
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