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Old Mar 13, 2009, 06:55 AM
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1000'th Flight Coming on the Walkera 36

Well, I'm up to flight 997 on my Walkera 36. There are some mods like electrical system and some Align SS balls on the cyclic. Otherwise, the airframe is original, stock and well intact. Only the tail drive bearings have worn, and the swashplate plastic ball recently got too loose to fly anymore.
Not bad huh ? I think it's pretty good. Hopefully, I'll get my 1000'th flight anniversery in and it will keep flying as reliably as before. I want to give this thing a fair chance and see how far it will go.
Oh and the scary part, 997 flights and zero crashes, not even a hard landing. Hard to believe ? It's a nice stable flier.

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Old Mar 13, 2009, 11:15 AM
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congrats,roll on the next 1000 !!
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Old Mar 13, 2009, 01:24 PM
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Thanx Henry. Working on it, but the cyclic is getting to seem a bit slow after the MX400 CCPM and Trex head. I'm saving about 150g weight over a full 450 or clone with the MX400. Same head and -150g makes it fly pretty snappy. I do still like the 36 but after the snappy helis, it does seem to be a bit floaty, meaning it sort of floats at high speed but doesn't maneuver so fast. Nice for newbs though.

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Old Mar 13, 2009, 04:52 PM
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Wow. You count your flights? I don't keep track of anything. Would help a lot for recurring maintenance and battery analysis. I'm just not disciplined enough. My dad kept an insane log of everything he did to his car down to when he replaced the windshield wipers. When he sold me the car, he gave me the log and told me to keep it up to date. Its on the passenger side floor with mud and coffee stains on it untouched. Get to 1000 yet? Maybe better wait until tomorrow. You'd probably crash on Friday the 13th!
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Old Mar 13, 2009, 06:03 PM
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I made it to 1000 tonight. Now it's a new heli. Says a LOT for HS-65HB's. But I did install them at around 150 flights, along with an HS-56HB on the tail.
One important thing I found, keep good tight tail shaft bearings in it. They get sloppy then the tail slider can jam because the shaft can move and get the tail slider bushing pinched. No crashes but the tail got sticky, then I found it. I thought it was only dirty.

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Old Mar 13, 2009, 06:28 PM
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Dude, time to start learning to fly inverted. Sounds like you have upright nailed down.

I've been flying inverted for the past couple of weeks and it's been going well, until today. Was in a nice inverted hover tail in, flipped her over to nose in, and then went to crank the throttle and go do a 540 stall turn. My brain thought I was still inverted and I jammed the throttle down for full negative pitch in idle up. BAM! Straight down full speed with the blades at 3000 RPM.

This was flight 180 and was my first crash. I was a little cocky I guess. I started Flying Heli's first week on Jan '09. Guess I'm pushing myself pretty hard. But that's why I bought the Blade 400 beater.
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Old Mar 13, 2009, 08:19 PM
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Looks better than the one in which the guy had a heli strike but the rest of the boom tube was ok.

The battery looks like it might make it. I charged mine outside several times, and discharged it at 8 amps to make sure it wasn't gonna light. You can use 1156 tail lights to test the battery with. An 1156 draws very close to 2 amps so 5 in parallel will draw 10 amps. And it's a good way to test the battery capacity with them.

Looks like $40 ? damage ?

I thought I was inverted once, and flipped it upside down the slammed into the ground. Last fall I think. I'll try the inverted stuff later, by short bits at a time.

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Old Mar 13, 2009, 08:21 PM
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And I'm at 1002 flights on it now.

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Old Mar 13, 2009, 10:56 PM
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Congrads on your 1000+ flights from the W#36.

My W#36 lasted about 100 flights, it was total from an expected inverted piro flip crash, I did hover her inverted a few time and I've already got my money's worth.
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