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Old Aug 05, 2012, 05:53 PM
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I found the most interesting article today. I was reading a little more about the Twister Skylift and ran across this:

http://www.modelflying.co.uk/news/ar...sky-lift/2219/

it talks about the original 72MHz Twister Skylift but the guy removed the original receiver and inserted a 2.4GHz Spektrum-compatible RX module into it so he could use it with his DX7. How cool is that?

That got me thinking... my Esky Tandem has a RX module that is separate from the mixer module. I wonder if I could potentially do the same thing with that helicopter? I'd love to actually have D/R and expo for the Esky Tandem! I'm going to have to research that a little more and see what I can learn about Spektrum (or Turnigy for that matter!!!) receivers.
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Old Aug 05, 2012, 06:23 PM
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I found the most interesting article today. I was reading a little more about the Twister Skylift and ran across this:

http://www.modelflying.co.uk/news/ar...sky-lift/2219/

it talks about the original 72MHz Twister Skylift but the guy removed the original receiver and inserted a 2.4GHz Spektrum-compatible RX module into it so he could use it with his DX7. How cool is that?

That got me thinking... my Esky Tandem has a RX module that is separate from the mixer module. I wonder if I could potentially do the same thing with that helicopter? I'd love to actually have D/R and expo for the Esky Tandem! I'm going to have to research that a little more and see what I can learn about Spektrum (or Turnigy for that matter!!!) receivers.
If you get a receiver that is small enough - why should this not work ?
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Old Aug 05, 2012, 07:50 PM
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If you get a receiver that is small enough - why should this not work ?
Just musing about whether there's something "proprietary" about the Esky mixer which would make it incompatible with a DSM2-style receiver. In the worst case, both pieces of electronics would go *POOF* and let the magic blue smoke out... Not eager to have that happen.
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Old Aug 05, 2012, 08:23 PM
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I found the most interesting article today. I was reading a little more about the Twister Skylift and ran across this:

http://www.modelflying.co.uk/news/ar...sky-lift/2219/

it talks about the original 72MHz Twister Skylift but the guy removed the original receiver and inserted a 2.4GHz Spektrum-compatible RX module into it so he could use it with his DX7. How cool is that?

That got me thinking... my Esky Tandem has a RX module that is separate from the mixer module. I wonder if I could potentially do the same thing with that helicopter? I'd love to actually have D/R and expo for the Esky Tandem! I'm going to have to research that a little more and see what I can learn about Spektrum (or Turnigy for that matter!!!) receivers.
When I had the Twister Skylift, (before they were 2.4GHz) I was using the Eflite EFLH1024 - 4 in 1 - 2.4GHz unit, powered with a larger mAh 2s battery, and using the Spektrum DX7 tx. It worked very well!
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Old Aug 05, 2012, 08:58 PM
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How cool!!! Thanks for the info, flyeraroo! The Skylift seems like it might be a really neat project to convert from the stock TX/RX to a modern protocol. Maybe I'll have to keep my eyes open for a used one sometime.
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Old Aug 05, 2012, 11:10 PM
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How cool!!! Thanks for the info, flyeraroo! The Skylift seems like it might be a really neat project to convert from the stock TX/RX to a modern protocol. Maybe I'll have to keep my eyes open for a used one sometime.
if you looking for used tandems ... there was a tandem rescue in the classifieds (sorry, no skylift)
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Old Aug 06, 2012, 06:14 AM
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What a Eflite tandem? I'm still really tempted to get one, I have the board for one which I have a proper tinker with for converting a Syma tandem to DSM2
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Old Aug 06, 2012, 09:37 AM
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Fortunately, I do have a EFlite Rescue in very good working condition.
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Old Aug 07, 2012, 10:54 AM
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Fortunately, I do have a EFlite Rescue in very good working condition.
That is probably because you have not replaced half the parts and kept it as stock
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Old Aug 07, 2012, 11:27 AM
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That is probably because you have not replaced half the parts and kept it as stock
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What's to replace? I mean, I guess you could replace the swashplate, shafts, and head with MicroHeli stuff--but why? The Rescue flies extremely well and I can't imagine adding the additional weight. It's much more fun as a flying model than a shelf queen.
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Old Aug 07, 2012, 01:03 PM
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I wish I picked up a spares or repairs rescue when I saw it for 10 buy it now on eBay.
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Old Aug 07, 2012, 07:52 PM
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How cool!!! Thanks for the info, flyeraroo! The Skylift seems like it might be a really neat project to convert from the stock TX/RX to a modern protocol. Maybe I'll have to keep my eyes open for a used one sometime.
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That is probably because you have not replaced half the parts and kept it as stock

LOL. I missed this the first time. Scotsoft is teasing me.

Seriously though, upgrading to a 2.4GHz system seems like a very reasonable upgrade to me. I've heard tell that numerous parts from the Blade CX can be used in the old Twister Skylift.
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Old Aug 07, 2012, 07:55 PM
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It is OK the British sense of humour has often caused the wrong impression but you should have known me better

It does sound like a good project although I have never seen a secondhand one come anywhere. Perhaps the CX2 might be an more available project
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Old Aug 07, 2012, 08:08 PM
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I just need to remember to re-read a few posts up sometimes so I can remember the context of the conversation. I'm following too many threads simultaneously.

On another topic, I had an odd experience with my Esky Tandem yesterday. I was flying it around my studio when suddenly I lost aileron control. The servo seemed to lock up in the center position. I barely got the heli down before it smacked into a wall and shattered the blades (not to mention the landing gear!) Even power cycling the heli didn't fix it. However, I found that by exercising the servo manually with my finger (with the power off) I was able to get it to move properly again.

Hmmm... perhaps it's time to pick up a few spare servos for this heli.
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Old Aug 13, 2012, 10:04 AM
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Uh oh. Now I've done it. I found a "never flown" RTF 72MHz Twister Skylift on ebay last week and won it.



Here's the RCG review of this heli:

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=934957

It's BIG. At least for my experience. The blade diameter alone is as big as my Tandem Rescue! I had to clear off an entire shelf on my heli-rack just so I would have a place to store it.

Still, it looks fantastic and sounds terribly exciting when the blades spool up. I've put it through two hover-only flights this weekend as I try to get used to how big it is. Of course, flying it with the 72MHz TX / RX is weird for me (huge aerial antenna on the TX and a "drag-tenna" on the RX) so I went out to my LHS before it closed yesterday and bought myself a Spektrum AR400 4channel DSMX receiver and installed that instead.

I only got as far as successfully binding it to my DX6i and verifying that all of the channels (save for rudder) are correct. I put everything back together and then went to bed last night as I didn't want the "maiden" with this new RX to be done while I was dead tired. Plus if I crashed there's NO way I could just put it down and go to sleep!

Wish me luck, everyone, I'll by trying it out tonight when I get home. I'm excited though as now I've got D/R and expo options that I can select!

Edit : Thanks also to flyeraroo for sending me the spec sheet for this heli's RX/3-in-1 setup. I took that to my LHS and showed it to them in order to make sure that I was getting the right thing! This is my first experience using a separate RX like this.
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