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Old Jun 30, 2012, 10:33 PM
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Pretty tough...Almost killed a $4500 plank though.lol...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3wCr308VfA

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Wow, that's an awesome pilot!
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Old Jun 30, 2012, 10:36 PM
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Wow, that's an awesome pilot!
That's Darrin Reid, Align pilot aka 'trainwreckk'
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Old Jun 30, 2012, 10:38 PM
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I had no choice but to cut the original connector off because 1 battery for a new heli just isn't going to cut it. I soldiered a micro deans on the heli and converted the stock battery to micro deans and Jst balancer plug while I was at it so I can use my regular charger. I have 4 nano techs 300's and 7 Electrifly 250's I can use untill better batteries are available.

I flew them all today with no trouble ran it for 3 minutes each. Looks like I can get 3 minutes at 100% throttle and 4 at 80.
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Old Jul 01, 2012, 07:41 AM
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Pretty tough...Almost killed a $4500 plank though.lol...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3wCr308VfA

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Awesome flying! I saw this vid on HeliFreak yesterday and it blew me away. Do you know how long this guy has been flying heli's?

Bob
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Old Jul 01, 2012, 08:19 AM
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DX8 neutral issue

I experienced slow tail drift on my Embla 450E with Microbeast and T-Rex 450S with Gyrobot 900.

I cheked the rudder servo monitor for my DX8.
Although the subtirm and the trim were set to zero, the monitor showed -1.
I applied a few clicks and the monitor showed zero.
I applied clicks until the monitor showed +1.
I counted the clicks from-1 to +1 and applied the half of the clicks for zero/neutral.

Then the tail drift disappeared.

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Old Jul 01, 2012, 08:58 AM
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I bought mine from HobbyKing but if I had to do it again I would buy from http://epbuddy.com/index.php?main_pa...bdlovg8ue1l632

Although they charge $10.00 more than I paid at HobbyKing by the time I paid shipping and customs it would have been cheaper to buy it stateside and much faster service.

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Wow, that's a monster charger for someone who just started! Looks nice, though. I just have a Hobby King Quattro 4X6 and a converted HP server power supply. It's worked okay to this point and will still work fine with 130 X batts. I'll just have to split them over the four charge channels. At 5A per channel, I can still charge a lot of batteries quickly. I could do 4 batts at 4C (Hyperion, not stock) and still be under 5A on a single channel. But, if I ever get into electric helis larger than 450s, I'll definitely need a charger with more muscle.
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Old Jul 01, 2012, 09:22 AM
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I had no choice but to cut the original connector off because 1 battery for a new heli just isn't going to cut it. I soldiered a micro deans on the heli and converted the stock battery to micro deans and Jst balancer plug while I was at it so I can use my regular charger. I have 4 nano techs 300's and 7 Electrifly 250's I can use untill better batteries are available.

I flew them all today with no trouble ran it for 3 minutes each. Looks like I can get 3 minutes at 100% throttle and 4 at 80.
Better batteries are already available. See RCBabbel for Hyperion 320 & 450 mAh packs, and also Thunder Power 325 mAh 65c packs that are a direct-fit: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1540831

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Old Jul 01, 2012, 10:59 AM
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Got my 130X on Friday, UPS came right as we were closing the office.

Hovered it in my living room Saturday morning and taking it out to the field today.

Those E-flight batteries are expensive... I found some Turnigy nano-tech 300mah 2S 35~70C Lipo packs at Hobby King for $3.58 each - dimensions are a bit different but they should work... hopefully (I ordered 5 of them)
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Old Jul 01, 2012, 11:36 AM
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wow, this looks like a really cool little heli !
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Old Jul 01, 2012, 11:53 AM
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Wow, that's a monster charger for someone who just started! Looks nice, though.
Yeah maybe but I am going for the gusto. I already have 15 batteries to charge and will be buying another 24 for my different helis'.

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Old Jul 01, 2012, 12:21 PM
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Well I just had my first sucessful hover, with the 130x, of a radio control heli for the first time in 20 years.

I first flew r/c helicopters starting in 1985 with a GMP Cricket. I was the only heli flyer in my club, and in the area, for years before a couple guys started in the early '90's. Learned to hover with the Cricket (without a gyro at first), learned forward flight with a GMP/Hirobo Shuttle, learned aerobatics on a Kyosho Concept DX then later a SE, and finally messed around with a GMP Rebel before getting burned out with heli's in '91. I have flown r/c since the summer of '73 and after giving up heli's in '91 never felt the urge to fly them again until a flying buddy started back up again with a mcPx.

Anyway, it took me a few tries to re-sync my brain and after having it flop around a few times I was able to pop it off the ground and was able to lock it into a solid hover for rest of the battery. I even moved it around slowly and landed it back on the spot on the driveway I took off from. Heady stuff for 54 year old guy who wishes I had the reflexes I had 20 years ago.

The technology in this little bird is incredible compared to the heli's I used to fly and the convenience of being able to practice in the front yard will be a big plus as I knock 20 plus years of rust off my skills. Going to need more batteries....

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Old Jul 01, 2012, 12:28 PM
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I first flew r/c helicopters starting in 1985 with a GMP Cricket. ...
Dang, man, you're a better pilot than I. I tried to learn on a Cricket but finally learned on an Schluter SX-81 in the 80's. What a smooth sweet flying bird that was! BTW, I'm 53.
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Old Jul 01, 2012, 12:33 PM
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Well I just had my first sucessful hover, with the 130x, of a radio control heli for the first time in 20 years.

I first flew r/c helicopters starting in 1985 with a GMP Cricket. I was the only heli flyer in my club, and in the area, for years before a couple guys started in the early '90's. Learned to hover with the Cricket (without a gyro at first), learned forward flight with a GMP/Hirobo Shuttle, learned aerobatics on a Kyosho Concept DX then later a SE, and finally messed around with a GMP Rebel before getting burned out with heli's in '91. I have flown r/c since the summer of '73 and after giving up heli's in '91 never felt the urge to fly them again until a flying buddy started back up again with a mcPx.

Anyway, it took me a few tries to re-sync my brain and after having it flop around a few times I was able to pop it off the ground and was able to lock it into a solid hover for rest of the battery. I even moved it around slowly and landed it back on the spot on the driveway I took off from. Heady stuff for 54 year old guy who wishes I had the reflexes I had 20 years ago.

The technology in this little bird is incredible compared to the heli's I used to fly and the convenience of being able to practice in the front yard will be a big plus as I knock 20 plus years of rust off my skills. Going to need more batteries....

dawg

Interesting you mention the GMP Cricket as last summer in a second hand store I saw the remains of an old heli. I bought it for 50 bucks and restored it over this last winter. It was a Cricket! All the parts were there except the canopy which is still available. Any way I had the maiden this last friday! She flew great with the original OS max 28 heli head motor. I still have to crank in alittle more pitch with my two crescent wrenches though lol. I am using an old 401 gyro and the tail holds well. A very interesting American made old machine from the early 1980's .
By the way congrats on your return to heli's!! In the 1980's I was all airplanes and started heli's in the late 1990's. But I do remember seeing GMP Cricket ads in the magazines.
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Old Jul 01, 2012, 12:37 PM
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The Cricket is a classic. Many a heli pilot from that day learn on that very basic machine. Basic but very functional. Have fun with it.
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Old Jul 01, 2012, 12:42 PM
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It is a lovely old bird isn't she!! I want to find the Huey GMP model to restore and maybe a competitor! When I go to fun flys I like to bring unusual stuff so the Cricket will bring smiles to I am sure. I also fly autogyros at them too.
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