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Posted by Saxguy1000 | Nov 07, 2014 @ 03:31 PM | 22,223 Views
Any advice before I put the new wings on? First time

Man, just got done with my rebuild of all foam parts. I must have put 18 hours into that thing. Could have easily built a 40" ARF in that time.

Biggest thing I can tell you is to create two blocks to put between the wings to insure they are totally square with each other. I made mine out of several 500mah battery boxes. Lay the plane down on it's back to get the top wing totally flat. Keep it there when you glue back the cf rods. Hint on the rods: check to see if they fit in the little holders BEFORE you glue in the holders. Some aren't clear of plastic. I used foam-safe CA on the flying wire connections with a toothpick to place the smallest bit on them. Used foam tac for gluing lower wing to fuse and struts to both wings.

NOTE: insure that your struts are facing the right direction and not upside down. The holes will face the interior, but you can have them reversed--left for right--and upside down. Guess how I know this.

The order I used was to glue the lower wing on first and painstakingly assured myself that it was perfectly perpendicular to fuse. Glued the two struts to the lower wing with weights on them to hold them flat, and placed the top wing into place to hold the struts stable. When mostly dried, I put the blocks on the bottom wings and glued the struts into the top wing. I checked a dozen times to ensure the...Continue Reading
Posted by Saxguy1000 | Dec 06, 2013 @ 10:21 AM | 22,220 Views
My blog has an example of why this is so important... Burns HURT!!!

Flite Test : RC Planes for Beginners: Batteries and Safety - Beginner Series - Ep. 7 (18 min 47 sec)

Posted by Saxguy1000 | May 05, 2013 @ 07:42 PM | 24,691 Views
Here is my DX8 settings file for the 120SR.
  • I mostly fly outside so the default is F Mode 0. Warning... I've got it set for FFF in this mode!
  • Flight Mode 1 is very tame and I use it to hover indoors or outside with no wind.
  • FM2 is not set, so it's similar to the RTF Tx (only better.)

Let me know how you change it up and you may teach me something! Write me if you have questions.

Posted by Saxguy1000 | Jan 01, 2013 @ 10:47 AM | 22,704 Views
TBE (Toilet Bowl Effect) can be rather frustrating when you are trying to nail down the problem. After months of experimentation (as many of us do), I came to the conclusion that there is no "silver bullet" in solving it. I had seen a need to place this on my blog, but only when I crashed so bad that I had to replace all the head parts, blades and shafts, did I finally solve it. The problem is in your parts, though. Here's the checklist I go down:

[ ] Pull out the main shaft with head
[ ] Remove head from shaft
[ ] Inspect main shaft for hairline cracks - twist a little & push down slightly on ends to see what shows
[ ] Take apart the main blades
[ ] Inspect the feathering shaft (I have NEVER had a problem, but some do)
[ ] Inspect all the plastic linkage balls to see if they are still straight and not cracked
[ ] Inspect blades for symetry
[ ] Assemble head with blades
[ ] Use two shot glasses to balance the head with blades extended straightened out (tighten them for this test)
[ ] Balance the blades by adding small pieces of clear tape on the bottom edges (or top, if you don't mind the looks)
[ ] Check the flybar for bends in any direction - they need to be straight
[ ] Balance the flybar - I sand the ends slightly to achieve perfection
[ ] Inspect the linkages to see that they are not bent or twisted
[ ] Insure that the balls/linkages move easily or use paper bag or pencil graphite to smooth
[ ] Assemble all
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Posted by Saxguy1000 | Jul 04, 2012 @ 02:45 PM | 23,821 Views
From post 7954 September 25, 2011

Guess where I spent the afternoon? In the emergency room due to a lipo blowout.

I use a Thunder Power 610C charger which has served me well for a year. I was charging a Tenergy 3.7V 500mAh 15C battery with a Tarantula Eight-in-One RC Charging Cable. I had noticed that this battery had quit early on me on a flight yesterday and, in testing with a voltmeter, I saw that it was not fully charged. I thought that maybe I had accidentally missed charging it with my other 6 batteries, so I put it back on to be charged. I knew there was something strange about how it was acting. It was charging too long and the the charger was not shutting off, so I shut it down before it finished.

Not thinking about it again, I prepared to charge another battery, but got up to open the window. While I was up, I heard a "whoosssssh," turned around to see the battery blowing smoke like an Estes rocket engine on take off. I immediately knew that I had to get it outside the house before it burnt the place down. I always charge batteries in a safe place, but I feared this thing could shoot around or explode or something. Well, I picked up charger in all to quickly take it outside, but in the process, I flipped the burning battery on the wires onto my hand.

You can see in the photo that I have 2nd degree burns on my right hand. Not too bad, really, but I now have a burned hand and a burnt floor where the battery broke off the charger.

Here's the analysis:
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Posted by Saxguy1000 | Jun 23, 2012 @ 08:05 PM | 23,205 Views
I measured the e-flite main blades along with the Solo Pro 328. I think I found it why I like the 328. The width (cord) is at the widest point and the length (span) is from the center of the hole to the tip.

E-flite. 27mm wide, 144mm long, ~14* pitch
328. 27mm wide, 145mm long, ~15* pitch (15mm)

Comparison - CX3 "B" blades. 27mm wide, 155mm long, ~15 pitch (20mm)

My pitch gauge only goes to 12*, so I had to eyeball the degrees over it. I'm pretty sure it's accurate, though.
Posted by Saxguy1000 | Jun 17, 2012 @ 11:26 AM | 23,237 Views
In case you ever wondered...

The KV value of Xtreme SR 120 motor is 14500kv.

I had to get this directly from Xtreme. This puts it on line with their brushless motors.
Posted by Saxguy1000 | Jun 16, 2012 @ 06:41 PM | 23,419 Views
This is what I started out on. Since then I've done mixes and change up settings to suit my preference and my 120's tendencies...

Here is my DX8 settings for the 120SR. I mostly fly outside so the default is F Mode 0. Warning... I've got it set for FFF in this mode! Flight Mode 1 is very tame and I use it to hover indoors or outside with no wind. FM2 is not set, so it's similar to the RTF Tx (only better.)

Click here: #8574
Posted by Saxguy1000 | May 30, 2012 @ 10:44 AM | 24,302 Views
Originally Posted by 1Pilgrim
Where did you find those heat sinks?
Here are the heat sinks that I use and recommend for the 180-size motor and the 8mm tail motor for the Blade 120 & Solo Pro 328.

1st - the one I recommend: Helipal. I just found this and I think that I'm going to order one for future use.

2nd - the one I'm using that works great: Xtreme

3rd - This one looks lighter and probably does the same:
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Posted by Saxguy1000 | May 22, 2012 @ 05:39 PM | 24,042 Views
I have solved the TBE. My heli is now rock solid in air... I took the pivot bearing from a broken swash and put it in the center of the flybar. Wasn't too hard to do.

Take an old swash and pop out the collar (the center part). Take a rotary tool or round file and carefully enlarge the hole in the middle of the flybar as much as possible to fit the bearing. Carefully sand down the plastic collar until it easily slides into the hole.

Take care that the the inserted collar does not bind or restrict the bearing from moving. Use a tiny dab of epoxy to glue it in--careful that the the glue doesn't slop into the moving part. (Ask me how I know!!!) I constantly kept the flybar moving up and down until the epoxy set.

Voila... you've got the most stable flybar and heli for no $$ (if you are using a broken swash).

I should add: Take time to balance out the flybar. I just trimmed a little plastic from one end until it was good.

This is a shot from above the flybar:

This is a shot looking from below:

Posted by Saxguy1000 | May 02, 2012 @ 06:02 AM | 23,342 Views
Our hobby needs all the encouragement we can give it! Here are some idea to make a group event fun! Please help us leader-pilots out by adding your ideas here, also!

o Set up various height hurdles to go over and under (PVC pipe makes it easy and cheap)

o Place hula hoops like a large hopscotch, number them with big numbers (small paper bags at the side with a weight to hold them in place). Make rules of which number order they have to do.

o Speed races for 2 or more!

o If you have a child slide, make that a part of a confidence course - land on it, slide and fly off before hitting bottom.

o Get some helium balloons and tie to 6-8 foot ribbons with a weight to keep on the floor. You can use these for a slolum, or place them two-by-two as gates to go go through.

Posted by Saxguy1000 | Apr 08, 2012 @ 12:14 PM | 23,575 Views
Posted by Saxguy1000 | Apr 01, 2012 @ 01:42 PM | 24,175 Views
Why buy a balancer from China or someplace when you probably have all the parts available?
Most balancers are not intended for micro helis or airplanes, anyway. So, here's a terrific "how to" to do your own.

Parts needed:

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One 6-12" standard metal pushrod (or 2mm straight wire)

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Two small collars (see Dubro)

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Posted by Saxguy1000 | Mar 12, 2012 @ 09:37 PM | 25,437 Views
Well, I did it... I built a heli from scratch parts and it works great. The 328 head with the Bell-Hiller mixer is absolutely the best mod I have ever done. I am sold on this combination! Before I go any farther, here's a quick video of how stable this baby is:

Blade 120 SR Cross With Solo Pro 328 (1 min 53 sec)

Here is a list of + and - points:

+ Eliminates TBE and most of the rocking
+ Acts more like a CP heli where if you tip the blades it'll keep moving in same direction
+ Is absolutely excellent in wind! I had this on the trial run out in a 17mph wind with 32 mph gusts and I was holding better than ever!
+ I really like the 328 blades. They are better shaped than the 120's and seem to be a bit more rigid. They don't seem to break easily judging from the scratches on the first crash.
+ The CNC swashplate upgrades for the SR120 work with the Bell system.
+UPDATE! The combination of the—
o stock 328 head,
o Xtreme flybar mount (center)
o Xtreme Spare Rods and Paddles for SR120 FlyBar
is a SUPER combination. It makes my heli come alive!! (HINT: Set your dual rates to low. You'll be surprised how much more response you'll be getting!)

– The flybar breaks way too easily. I hit a twig on a tree, landed hard and broke the thing. (See above comment for solution).
– Parts are not easily obtained. Have to order from China.
– The 328 main shaft is drilled for the head screw so it's a must. It leaves about 2mm...Continue Reading