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Old Dec 24, 2007, 05:41 PM
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Yippee!
I made the leap! Goodby Christmas bonus!!!

I made the leap to a "real" helicopter today. I took adavantage of HobbyLobbys and Towerhobbies 20 percent off sale to buy a Dragonus II and a 7ch heli radio. I've been asking a bunch of questions on these forums, and want to thank everyone who replied to my silly questions.

How far will I get into my build until I need to buy servos (suggestions please) and a gyro (step in here also)? Or will the standard sized digital servos with the radio work?

I have so much to learn, and I wish to thank everyone in advance for your help I'm sure I'm going to need.

Merry Christmas!
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Old Dec 24, 2007, 05:59 PM
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in most cases you can get away with building the entire airframe without installing servos or any other electronics. For some frames it may be easier to install servos at a certain point in the build but nothing that should cause you to stop. I doubt the standard digital servos will fit your better off going straight to proven servos for this size class heli such as HS65 or similar. Good luck and congrats on the new heli!
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Old Dec 24, 2007, 07:19 PM
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in most cases you can get away with building the entire airframe without installing servos or any other electronics. For some frames it may be easier to install servos at a certain point in the build but nothing that should cause you to stop. I doubt the standard digital servos will fit your better off going straight to proven servos for this size class heli such as HS65 or similar. Good luck and congrats on the new heli!
Thanks. I thought that might be the case. How long does it take to put one of these contrapitions together?
Thanks, Jay
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Old Dec 24, 2007, 08:59 PM
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You can build the entire dragonus before servos are needed. I built mine completely then installed the electronics. Everything is externally mounted. If I remember right it took me about 4-5 hours to build the airframe then another 2-3 hours to solder up all the electronics and install everything and get it setup to fly.
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Old Dec 24, 2007, 11:30 PM
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just take your time to become "intimately" familiar with your heli's mechanics. I actually go slow on purpose because I enjoy the build process so much. Before you know it you will be done and getting that first maiden and of course before you know it you will be tearing down for repairs after your first crash... all part of the learning process but so worth it! I love this hobby.
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Old Dec 25, 2007, 06:21 PM
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just take your time to become "intimately" familiar with your heli's mechanics. I actually go slow on purpose because I enjoy the build process so much. Before you know it you will be done and getting that first maiden and of course before you know it you will be tearing down for repairs after your first crash... all part of the learning process but so worth it! I love this hobby.
Do you think I need one of those ball link tools for installing and removing the links?

Thanks, Jay
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Old Dec 25, 2007, 08:18 PM
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I use a pair of needle nose pliers. I can't justify how much a ball link pliers cost when the needle nose work just as well. If I do damage a ball link I've got a lot of spares already

With the dragonus I never needed a ball link sizing tool. The links were perfectly sized already. On other helis I have had to size the links.
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