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Posted by Powerdyne | Dec 20, 2015 @ 08:38 PM | 7,034 Views
Today, I purchased a Compass Chronos and figured I would kick off the Build Log of it now.

I know that the last couple of birds I have owned, I haven't kept up with their builds. This one is going to get the full treatment with lots of pictures and videos.

First, let's start off with some manufacturer's pictures and specifications. Then I will move on with my chosen electronics.

Compass Chronos 700

The Chronos is a helicopter in the 700 size. It is the evolution of 7HV Ultimate and also has some features that are very unique.
The CRS* rotor head is a completely new design. The hardness of the head damping is infinitely adjustable. This allows the Chronos to get optimized to all the different flybarless system and on each flying style.

In addition to the hardness adjustment, the new CRS rotor head eliminates a big part of angular errors with a new geometry. Tracking errors at high cyclic deflections are reduced and the helicopter gains precision. Exactly parallel linkages between the swash plate and blade holder and angled linkages between the servos and the swash plate are responsible for this.

The Chronos is using the same in flight indestructible maingear made from DELRIN. With 127 teeth, it is executed in module 1 and cnc-milled. It ensures a quiet running and an effective load transfer.
The frame is easy to maintain, has bushings and mounting points for the cable and is designed in two parts. This makes it very cost effective for a possible crash...Continue Reading
Posted by Powerdyne | Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:04 PM | 4,125 Views
As of today, I have taken the opportunity to become a Field Representative for Compass Model Helicopters.

I had considered doing so for other brands in previous months, but was not sure I wanted to tie myself to one brand of airframe.

After a discussion about the models available currently; I was offered the opportunity after being asked if I was interested. I decided to give it a whirl.

This is the first time I have been offered a Heli manufacturer Rep position. Sure, I am a KBDD Team pilot, and also part of Team OMG USA. Those component sponsors have proven to me that the product is solid, and I will only fly components that I believe in.

I look forward to my future with Team Compass, and can't wait to get a building on some Ultimate machines!

Happy Flying!

Posted by Powerdyne | Apr 26, 2015 @ 06:37 PM | 6,025 Views
This is a placeholder for my TSA 600E build log. Just purchased a killer deal on a kit from experience RC. 30% oof! Can't beat that price with a broken tail boom!

Known components:

Spartan VX1e Flybarless unit
KBDD 620mm Main blades (May go 600mm instead)
KBDD 96mm tail blades
Scorpion HKIII-4025-550Kv
Castle Edge 120

Will probably upgrade the head and tail to the Metal versions.

Posted by Powerdyne | Apr 11, 2015 @ 10:52 AM | 5,872 Views
Hey all,

Today I am playing around with a few settings in the developer Alpha version of the Robird software, and have found a couple of little idiosyncrasies with it. Namely for changing settings and having them stay changed.

In this instance, we will deal with the Spool up speed setting. What brought me to this was changing the settings, and then on my next reconnection the settings had not saved. I tried different methods of saving the settings, and finally figured out how to get the settings to save.

Going back to the welcome screen and saving the file there doesn't work for this. Because the spool up is controlled by the Governor settings in the Performance tab, but it doesn't have its own menu item on the standard software GUI, you actually have to make the change in the developer tab, then go back to the performance tab and change any setting by one point and then back, and wait for the setting to save.

Here's a pictorial step by step on how to do it.

**NOTE! - Before you start, it is highly recommended that you make a backup save of your parameter file, just in case something goes wonky!**

Do this at your own risk, I can take no responsibility for adverse effects caused by using parameters in the Developer tab in the Alpha Dev software!

1. Open the software, and connect your USB cable to the Robird.

2. Go into the Developer tab and scroll down to the "_gov" section to change your spool up speed. This is also where you can change...Continue Reading
Posted by Powerdyne | Jun 24, 2014 @ 03:42 AM | 6,432 Views
I just placed an order for a replacement head block and bearings for one of my helis, and upon checkout I was presented with a coupon code for 1-800-Flowers...

Looks like PayPal thinks I need to apologize to the wife for spending more money on RC stuff.

I just thought this was humorous, because normally I get codes for electronics repair tools, supplies, and such. This time their suggestion was for flowers. Looks like I am in trouble! I've been ratted out for spending a whopping $40.
Posted by Powerdyne | Jun 23, 2014 @ 05:46 PM | 6,328 Views
So toady, I had the day off. I got some yard work done while it was nice and hot outside, no wind, not a cloud in the sky. Finish up the yard work, go inside to shower, get done and look outside. Still nice!

Go out into the workshop, start packing up the helis and radio gear, grabbed the field tool kit and charger, my favorite flying cap, got my good sunglasses out, open the front door, and BAM.

22 MPH gusts of wind, and black clouds looming on the horizon, quickly moving in.

In the space of 10 minutes it went from beautiful flying weather, to bipolar mania.

So now I'm sitting here with 10 fully charged packs, 2 freshly tuned and ready to spool helicopters, and getting ready to fly in the Sim instead.

This Spring (and now summer) we have had a LOT more rain than I remember having in years previous. I'm seriously getting a little fed up with this. I guarantee when I am back in the shop tomorrow, slaving away to meet client demands, it will be beautiful weather... Until I get home.
Posted by Powerdyne | Jun 01, 2014 @ 05:38 PM | 6,724 Views
Seriously, Memorial day weekend, I dirt napped one of my favorite 450 helis, and required some parts. Now normally, I would have spares on hand, but it just turned out that my last crash kit had been used previously, and I had forgotten to replenish.

This would not be a problem for me if there was an LHS nearby that actually stocked the brands I use. We have an LHS right here in my home town, but the only heli stuff they carry are parts for Helimax, and Blade helicopters. I don't have any issue with either of those brands, but at the moment, I do not own any helis that most of those parts will fit. Sure I can get bearings and hardware there, but If I need actual components (Batteries included) they have to special order them. The next closest Hobby shop is a HobbyTown USA that is 65 miles away. They carry Align, but not a whole lot, and I would have to drive for an hour each way to get a few parts, then order the rest online anyway.

I own Align helis, and "Align compatible" clones., and I have a propensity for Tarot Helis. The Heli in question used to be a CopterX 450 Pro, but is now upgraded with Tarot, and Align Parts.

My crash took out the usual stuff: Main shaft, Feathering Shaft, Blades, Tail boom, Tail rotor shaft, Main gear... etc. It also took out skids, and my canopy mount posts... (Heli BOUNCED) when it hit.

Normally if I order parts online, I try to do a "one-stop-shop" from the same online merchant. However, being Memorial day...Continue Reading
Posted by Powerdyne | May 22, 2014 @ 12:56 AM | 7,102 Views
I'm glad that May 21st is gone now. It's 01:21 as I begin writing this, and the only thing I can think is that I am relieved that it's officially a new day.

THis may seem like a random ranty entry, but it is RC related in a way later on. Lots of exposition though.

From time to time, I get a day that just makes you wish you had hit the power off button on the alarm clock, rolled over, and not gotten out of bed until it was over. Today was definitely one of those days... To start the day off, I decided to repair that leaky faucet in the kitchen sink that's been dripping away like mad for the past couple of weeks.

The wife and bought a new faucet assembly a few days ago, but I hadn't gotten around to changing it out. I gathered up the tools, took everything out of the cabinet to make room, and set forth on my venture to have a new faucet and relatively leak free plumbing under the sink.

To set the tone for what is to come, let me mention that our house was built in 1956, meaning that any new additions to the existing plumbing or electrical typically involve some sort of retrofit, even if a previous repair took place five years previously. It really amazes me that so much can change with plumbing supples in so little time due to new codes being changed. It's not that I don't expect this kind of thing. Improvement on an idea is a good thing. But when minute changes to a pre-existing part during a run happen that you are unaware of, it can become a seriously hairy...Continue Reading
Posted by Powerdyne | Apr 27, 2014 @ 01:01 PM | 6,900 Views
After Crashing my favorite Hausler 450 Frankenbird this last time, I decided it was time for a rekit. Parts replacement was getting more expensive than just rekitting the ol' girl, so she's going to be rebuilt for a friend as a trainer so I can have a new 450.

I put it off for a long time, dumping lots of replacement parts, time, and money into my first 450. I've had a few different 450 kits, and some larger helis, but I wanted to do something a little different this time around. So, I will be doing a semi-budget build using CopterX and Tarot parts.

The Heli will be built as a normal pod and boom bird, but will most likely end up going into a wacky little project inspired by a photo that has bee floating around the internet, and on Facebook recently that can be traced back to a Rotary Forums post.

More on that part later though. For now I am just building a standard but modified heli that will eventually get a 480 Stretch treatment, and then later go into a custom made Traxxas lexan VW bus body shell.

However, I want to get all the parts together to build it normally first to my spec.

For the main frame build, I settled on a CopterX 450Pro V5 DFC Belt drive kit from eHIROBO.


I will be replacing a lot of parts on this kit with Tarot upgrades, because well... I like Tarot stuff. Most of the upgrades I will be putting on are aluminum frame parts to add a little extra weight to the bird, as I will be running a 6s setup for 480 sized birds later on. for now it will stay 450 to ease the initial build of the frame and to get it flying for a while before I commit to the "scale" wacky build.

I will be making a few changes as I go as warranted, or needed to modify the airframe.

Next post: Tarot upgrade parts list.