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Posted by Suko | Aug 19, 2019 @ 12:01 PM | 1,983 Views
When I first got my Spektrum Dx6i years ago, I found that learning to use the "new" computer radio was a daunting task. So many options and settings and figuring everything out took forever. Even once I figured out what settings I needed, I quickly discovered that it was incredibly time consuming to set up each new airplane model I had one at a time. When I upgraded to the new Spektrum Dx6 (black transmitter), I told myself that I was going to standardize everything and make a tempalte file. That way, whenever I got a new plane, all I had to do was copy the template, reverse a few servo directions and be ready to roll. It's been a few years now and I feel like this was a fantastic idea and I want to help other people out by sharing my methods.

I have made a video of this process for people to watch. But I recommend also reading through these directions here if you have trouble.
Spektrum Tutorial: How to Setup a Model Template (21 min 40 sec)






First off, why do this?
As mentioned above, it's a huge time saver. Not having to set up dual rates and your switch positions for EVERY model in your hanger is very convenient. However, there's also the benefit of having each and every plane share the same switch positions. My plane's landing gear switch is ALWAYS in the same place, as are my flaps and my High/Med/Low rate switch. Having a standardized switch layout means that in an emergency, you know what switches you need to hit without needing to think about it....Continue Reading
Posted by Suko | Apr 04, 2019 @ 11:55 AM | 12,025 Views
It seems like there's always a lot of questions on how to setup the Lemon stabilizer in a plane. There's a lot of guides out there, but it seems like that first setup can be daunting to a gyro newbie. I created this guide to help out some who may be needing some setup help.

First, let me make it clear that there's 2 different Lemon gyro types currently on the market. The Lemon Stabilizer and the Lemon Stabilizer PLUS. I personally prefer the standard Lemon Stabilizers, since the PLUS versions are a bit more complicated and more tedious to setup (IMO). Before you get started, make sure you know which version you are using. The standard lemon has the satellite port next to the dials. The PLUS model has a recessed button. This blog is discussing how to set up the STANDARD Lemon Gyros.

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Please note: In order to utilize all 6 channels on a Lemon Stabilizer, you MUST have a 7+ channel transmitter. I know this doesn't make sense, but trust me. If you have a Dx6 and you have a 6ch airplane, this guide will not help you. There are gyro options available that can work, such as the admiral gyro receivers and the orange gyro, but the standard Lemon gyro is NOT recommended if you have a 6ch transmitter and a plane that requires all 6 channels.

Why? Because with a standard Lemon Gyro, the GEAR channel turns the gyro on/off. This means that...Continue Reading
Posted by Suko | Apr 20, 2018 @ 12:01 PM | 26,744 Views
This guide will go through the process of combining flaps with flight modes. I can confirm that this works with the new (black) Dx6 and Dx7 and I assume it can work with any of the new "black" transmitters that have Spektrum's newer UI. However, I know that this trick is NOT POSSIBLE using a Spektrum Dx6e and I suspect it might not be possible on the Dx8e, but I haven't confirmed this yet.

So, what's the point of linking flaps with flight modes? Good question.
Have you ever had a plane where you deploy the flaps and the plane dives or climbs dramatically? Have you ever deployed flaps (or flaperons) and noticed your plane rolls a bit left or right, but flies fine with flaps up? Having flight modes linked to flaps can help you take care of these issues in-flight in real time without the need to land and go through your Tx settings.

How does it work?
By combining the FLAPS and FLIGHT MODE (which I will abbreviate as FM) onto a single switch, you can set independent trims for each flight mode and flap setting. This means that each flap condition (Flaps Up/Half Flaps/Full Down) will have independent trim from the other flap conditions.

How do we set this up?
I made a video and you can watch it as I go step-by-step through the process. There was no script and I had to hold the phone myself while navigating the menus, so it's not the best, but it will tell you what you need to know.
Setting up flaps with flight modes on Spektrum transmitter (4 min 1 sec)
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Posted by Suko | Jan 12, 2018 @ 01:35 PM | 29,231 Views
I’m going to go over a summary of the gyro units I have knowledge of. There’s many brands and options out there, but I’m only covering what I’m familiar with. I’m not going to pretend to be an expert on something I don’t own or use.

I need to emphasize that if you have specific questions that aren’t answered in this blog, please see the manual and go to the discussion page for that specific unit and ask there. This blog is intended to be a high-level help guide, not a guide on how to get every little detail dialed in.

So, in no particular order, let’s take a look at some gyro options.


The OrangeRX RX3S 3-Axis Flight Stabilizer w/DSM2
Source: HobbyKing https://hobbyking.com/en_us/orangerx...-receiver.html

Manual: https://hobbyking.com/media/file/523...X520622X49.pdf
RCG Discussion: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...ght-Stabilizer (I think this thread is for both the Orange RS3X receiver unit and standalone gyro unit)

Pros: Can use on a 6ch aircraft w/ a 6ch transmitter. Relatively simple setup.
Cons: DSM2 only, not DSMX. Partial support for flaperons. Setting up gyro correction/control surface direction is unintuitive.

In my opinion, this is the simplest of the gyro/Rx units, but it does have some limitations. This unit can do flaperons with the AUX channel, but only one of the ailerons will get gyro correction while doing this. This unit does support toggling the gyro on/off using the AUX channel from your...Continue Reading
Posted by Suko | Jan 11, 2018 @ 05:01 PM | 28,313 Views
It seems like there's always a lot of questions on how to setup the Lemon stabilizer in a plane. There's a lot of guides out there, but it seems like that first setup can be daunting to a gyro newbie. I created this guide to help out some who may be needing some setup help. Specifically, this guide is made for the Freewing F-16 V2. However, there's no reason this setup couldn't also be used on similar 6ch aircraft utilizing flaperons.

Firstly, there's 2 different Lemon gyro types. The Lemon Stabilizer and the Lemon Stabilizer PLUS. I personally prefer the standard Lemon Stabilizers, since the PLUS versions are a bit more complicated and more tedious to setup (IMO). Before you get started, make sure you know which version you are using. The standard lemon has the satellite port next to the dials. The PLUS model has a recessed button.

Please note: In order to utilize all 6channels on a Lemon Stabilizer, you MUST have a 7+ channel transmitter. I know this doesn't make sense, but trust me. If you have a Dx6, this guide will not help you. There are gyro options available to you, but the Lemon Stabilizer I reference in this article won't work if you are trying to utilize Flaperons. See the next post for help using a 6ch radio.

This is the standard version w/ Satellite unit:
https://www.lemon-rx.com/index.php?r...product_id=128

I could walk through the entire setup process, but I think you'll have a better understanding if you read the first few posts of this thread and also...Continue Reading