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Old Jan 26, 2009, 04:33 PM
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Is the best flybar mod to just clip the weights off and get a couple of retaining collars to replace them?

How do you cut the cf?

Also won't this eliminate strikes and not hinder flight too much?
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Old Jan 26, 2009, 05:59 PM
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Heres the MIA 500 body painted OD green, now if i had some stickers and figure out how to get the LG to stay in place.
Great paint job color. Later on tonight I will post some new US Army stickers that you can use, we also did some new variations of the MIA MD500E with various other decal stickers. Stay tuned. Thank you.
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Old Jan 26, 2009, 07:00 PM
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Thanks Angelo Makes sence

On further inspection I noticed small nicks on lower blades from flybar I think to prove the therory. To prove this I took Racing Tire Chaulk Orange and colored ends of flybar and flew for 4 minutes nothing crazy just normal flying landed checked new lower blades nothing. Next I threw the thing around maxing out FF with full cyclic and feeding rudder sure enough death roll fell out the air and sure enough orange chaulk on lower blades. I guess this is all this little guy can take . My current flybar clipped weighted ends off. I guess it's true what they say rider till she bucks or don't ride at all LOL.
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Old Jan 26, 2009, 07:19 PM
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On further inspection I noticed small nicks on lower blades from flybar I think to prove the therory. To prove this I took Racing Tire Chaulk Orange and colored ends of flybar and flew for 4 minutes nothing crazy just normal flying landed checked new lower blades nothing. Next I threw the thing around maxing out FF with full cyclic and feeding rudder sure enough death roll fell out the air and sure enough orange chaulk on lower blades. I guess this is all this little guy can take . My current flybar clipped weighted ends off. I guess it's true what they say rider till she bucks or don't ride at all LOL.
So yours still hits with a shortened flybar? How short is is?
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Old Jan 26, 2009, 07:33 PM
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Is the best flybar mod to just clip the weights off and get a couple of retaining collars to replace them?

How do you cut the cf?

Also won't this eliminate strikes and not hinder flight too much?
The problem with a shorter flybar is it takes more weight to provide the same level of gyroscopic (centripetal) forces to stabilize the upper blade. More weight means . . .

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Old Jan 26, 2009, 07:37 PM
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A lighter flybar makes a snappier heli.
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Old Jan 26, 2009, 08:05 PM
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Great paint job color. Later on tonight I will post some new US Army stickers that you can use, we also did some new variations of the MIA MD500E with various other decal stickers. Stay tuned. Thank you.
You should look in to doing a OD green kit with the stickers, bet it would sell real well.
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Old Jan 27, 2009, 03:20 AM
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You should look in to doing a OD green kit with the stickers, bet it would sell real well.

Actually there will be two new colors added to the MIA canopies and full bodies for palm size helicopters. One of them is not quite OD green but something very close to army colors with army details.

Here are some preliminary shots of some of the decal stickers from a new MIA Decal Sheet (Available soon) applied to various MIA MD500E bodies-shells.
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I've been quickly scanning through this thread (and others) about rechargeable batteries for the mcx charger. I am already tired of buying batteries for my charger. Can someone tell me what rechargeable batteries are good for the charger? I would love to hear of a good place to buy some good AA rechargeable batteries in bulk also (20 or so). Thanks for the help.
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Old Jan 30, 2009, 12:58 PM
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Problem with Huey

Well, I finished the Huey body and got it mounted. I was pretty happy, IMHO I think it looks pretty good.

The I went to fly it. The first time, it barely got off the ground and spun when it did. I examined it, and the links had fallen out of the link guides when I re-assembled the head (I went against Mike's recommendation of leaving the top half of the body unglued to shoehorn it in, so I have to take the rotors off to mount the body) I fixed this and put the original body on, and it worked fine.

I just got a Tenergy 130ma battery and tried that with the Huey body. It flies, but takes a lot of throttle, 3/4 or more. It's less responsive, but i could live with that, it's more scale like. But after a minute, or less, it started wandering around on yaw. I think the higher motor speed/stress is causing a heat build up, causing the gyro to drift. The yaw problems get worse, then power goes down, and I'm landing with only a minute or so of flight.

I switched back to the stock body, put the same battery back in (no re-charge), and flew for another 4 minutes! The nimble performance was back, too.

I flew this with the unpainted Huey body when I first got it, and it flew fine. I guess, despite trying to keep the paint as thin as possible, the paint has made it too heavy. I would have never thought that paint would add that much weight. Don't know what I'll do, there's really nowhere to save any more weight. Maybe I'll get that Walkera 3#4, that's what this body was originally meant for.

Maybe vacu-forming this in color sheet and just cutting out the windows is the way to go.
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Old Jan 30, 2009, 04:58 PM
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Well, I finished the Huey body and got it mounted. I was pretty happy, IMHO I think it looks pretty good.

The I went to fly it. The first time, it barely got off the ground and spun when it did. I examined it, and the links had fallen out of the link guides when I re-assembled the head (I went against Mike's recommendation of leaving the top half of the body unglued to shoehorn it in, so I have to take the rotors off to mount the body) I fixed this and put the original body on, and it worked fine.

I just got a Tenergy 130ma battery and tried that with the Huey body. It flies, but takes a lot of throttle, 3/4 or more. It's less responsive, but i could live with that, it's more scale like. But after a minute, or less, it started wandering around on yaw. I think the higher motor speed/stress is causing a heat build up, causing the gyro to drift. The yaw problems get worse, then power goes down, and I'm landing with only a minute or so of flight.

I switched back to the stock body, put the same battery back in (no re-charge), and flew for another 4 minutes! The nimble performance was back, too.

I flew this with the unpainted Huey body when I first got it, and it flew fine. I guess, despite trying to keep the paint as thin as possible, the paint has made it too heavy. I would have never thought that paint would add that much weight. Don't know what I'll do, there's really nowhere to save any more weight. Maybe I'll get that Walkera 3#4, that's what this body was originally meant for.

Maybe vacu-forming this in color sheet and just cutting out the windows is the way to go.
Could you possibly dye the material?
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Old Jan 30, 2009, 04:59 PM
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Looks great!

You might try cutting out the side windows.

You'll lose some weight and allow for better cooling.
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Old Jan 30, 2009, 05:04 PM
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Well, I finished the Huey body and got it mounted. I was pretty happy, IMHO I think it looks pretty good.

The I went to fly it. The first time, it barely got off the ground and spun when it did. I examined it, and the links had fallen out of the link guides when I re-assembled the head (I went against Mike's recommendation of leaving the top half of the body unglued to shoehorn it in, so I have to take the rotors off to mount the body) I fixed this and put the original body on, and it worked fine.

I just got a Tenergy 130ma battery and tried that with the Huey body. It flies, but takes a lot of throttle, 3/4 or more. It's less responsive, but i could live with that, it's more scale like. But after a minute, or less, it started wandering around on yaw. I think the higher motor speed/stress is causing a heat build up, causing the gyro to drift. The yaw problems get worse, then power goes down, and I'm landing with only a minute or so of flight.

I switched back to the stock body, put the same battery back in (no re-charge), and flew for another 4 minutes! The nimble performance was back, too.

I flew this with the unpainted Huey body when I first got it, and it flew fine. I guess, despite trying to keep the paint as thin as possible, the paint has made it too heavy. I would have never thought that paint would add that much weight. Don't know what I'll do, there's really nowhere to save any more weight. Maybe I'll get that Walkera 3#4, that's what this body was originally meant for.

Maybe vacu-forming this in color sheet and just cutting out the windows is the way to go.
Enamel or acrylics?
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Old Jan 30, 2009, 08:52 PM
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Big Guy - Dyeing is a possibilty. I was thinking of dyeing it a window tint shade, to darken the windows, then paint over, but just dyeing for color might be a way to go. Two possible problems, the dye would probably be transparent, and the windows would also be dyed.

Alpha Wolf - I would hate to cut out the windows and just leave holes, but it would lighten it up and also improve cooling. I'll have to consider this.

Rick - yep, I was using spray enamel. Guess I'll have to buy an airbrush. Acrylic really is lighter, isn't it?

Thanks for the suggestions, I'll post any changes I try.
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Old Jan 31, 2009, 11:02 AM
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I just finished installing a multi colored tail light on mine. The colors and blinking pattern tell me what the state of the battery is in. Warning me when it is time to land. haha. I love it. Lee
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