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Posted by cfrank2005 | Apr 08, 2010 @ 08:29 AM | 3,318 Views
My ebay store is finally open. Check me out at
I am now stocking the Tarot450Pro, Tarot 250 CF and Tarot500 CF/GF kits with full range of spare parts. Soon to arrive to the Tarot stable is the Tarot450SE V2.5 which is belt driven, with 450Sports metal head and tail.
I am also the local distributor for Nine Eagles Solo Pro II helicopter with full range of spares. Shipment will be due in early May.
Posted by cfrank2005 | Mar 03, 2010 @ 09:26 PM | 4,175 Views
I just received my gyro off Ebay and tried it in my Tarot450 Sports and Pro models. I paired it with an Inolabs HGD-201HB. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it held the tail in HH mode. Standard setup was done in rate mode. The Xmhobbies 401B did not hold this well with this tail servo, but this gyro managed this tail servo superbly. I did some sports flying with loops, rolls, inverted and reverse flying with some tictocs but did not notice any noticeable issue with the gyro at all. I would highly recommend this gyro for any beginner looking for affordable option.

On another note, I have just started an Oztion store to help fund my lavish helicopter hobby. Check it out here:
I have also been trying to chalk up my feedback scores on Ebay in order to get a store open there as well. Looks for me on Ebay with userid 'austrc'. All my prices are in Australian dollars.
Before I forget to mention, I am listing Tarot250, Tarot450Pro and Tarot500 kits and full spare parts on my webstore. If you haven't tried Tarot yet, give it a go. You might be pleasantly surprised at the quality and price. Oh..and Tarot parts are 99.9% Align compatible as well. Bonus !!

Posted by cfrank2005 | Jul 06, 2009 @ 08:47 PM | 4,064 Views
Been very busy building my latest project, the Starmax FA-18C 90mm EDF foam jet. I have been following the thread here on rcgroups closely, and finally bit the bullet a month ago, and purchased a V2 kit from Mark, I also purchased the RCLander 90mm fan and motor kit. It has been a steep learning curve for me, being my first serious plank, and many thanks to all on the F18 thread and Mark for the help getting her together.
Instead of repeating some of my previous posts on the F18 threads, you can find them here:
Currently I am on final stages of building. I will be using an AR7000 receiver, and a 100A Turnigy ESC to power the motor. The retracts are powered by 3 x HS-82MG servos. The other 7 servos for the ailerons, elevator, rudder and nose steering are Turnigy MG-14 from hobbycity. Most channel connections on the rx have been sorted out and I'm on the final stages of sorting out the retracts using the JR Matchbox module, and re-inforcing the battery bay. Once this is done, I will be maidening the bird. Will keep you all posted of my progress in the coming weeks.
Posted by cfrank2005 | Jun 08, 2009 @ 09:49 PM | 3,633 Views
I have had the good fortune to purchase the Co-Pilot II Flight Stabilization System from FMADirect from their first production run. The four modules install snugly on my HK450 helicopter, includes the Avionics Computer, horizontal sensor, vertical sensor and the IR module.
For those of you who have not heard of it, the CP II uses thermal technology to maintain flight stabilization. Upon power-up, it has a PreFlight check function that tells the user the status of the sensors, ground and air temperature, trims for aileron and elevator, and battery voltage. It will then advise the flier if the CPII can be operated safely under the current weather conditions. I have configured the Aux2 switch on the Dx7 radio to be the on/off switch for the CPII.
With the CPII 'off' upon takeoff, I promptly enable the CPII in hover, and watched in amazement at how the helicopter stayed in the hover without any input from me. With only a slight change to the aileron trim setting using the IR programmer, I watched as the CPII system kept the HK450 in an upright hover, time and time again after attempting various flips and rolls.
A few things to keep in mind when flying with the CPII:
- when the heli recovers, it does not stay stationery in one spot. The helicopter will still drift from its own momentum or from any crosswinds.
- the flier has full control at all times over the throttle/pitch management and the rudder.
So, although the CPII will stop the heli from tipping over, as the flier, you will still have to manage the flying height (for recovery), speed at the heli is drifting and also the orientation (tail-in/nose-in) of the heli.
I have not yet had the opportunity to try the '3D option' which would enable the heli to recover into an inverted hover. I will update this page as I discover any more of its amazing features.

Frank's Sorties

Posted by cfrank2005 | Jun 08, 2009 @ 04:39 PM | 3,689 Views


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Posted by cfrank2005 | Apr 18, 2008 @ 07:47 AM | 4,059 Views
Been flying lots recently. The Dragonus has proven to be the best trainer ever for me. Have started doing nose-in hovering, and high speed left <=> right nose dives. Lots of fun and takes the monotony out of hovering. She's been through lots of crashes and many many parts replacement, the latest being her alu side frames and new digital servo to pair with the logitech 2100T. Also upgraded her swash and mixing arms to metal. She's very steady now with the upgrade.
Also, finally got myself a TT Raptor E620. Been eyeing one since I started on this hobby, and could not pass, on a great deal on it from an Asian dealer. Unit was just too pricey here in Oz. Planning to run 5000mAh 12S lipos with Scorpion HK-4035 motor on her. Should be damn fine machine when all together.
Latest addition to my fleet is the Mikado Logo 500 3D. Lightest machine for her size, bout the same size as my first plastic E-Smart. Flies like she's on rails. Very steady and confident in the air. I've run her on 6S lipos with Hacker A40 motor & Hacker 80A ESC. Gyro is the 401 with Futaba 9254. ScannerRC servos for swash.Will post some pics shortly.
Posted by cfrank2005 | Dec 06, 2007 @ 06:00 PM | 3,923 Views
Hi friends,

Firstly thanks for visiting. I have been dabbling in RC helicopters for over 6 months now (July 2007) and have been loving every minute of it. Through all the highs and lows, one thing I have learnt is patience and lots of it. I have made quite a few friends over this period and on various RC forums as well, and I would like to thank each and every one of them for all their patience and advice during my learning process, for without them, I could not have come this far.

My first exposure into RC helis was when I was 10, way back in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia when my dad took me and my younger brother to an RC airshow. I distinct remember being blown away by all the large scale rc planes, cars and helicopters. My interest was specifically on helicopters but did not pursue any of it due to financial constraints. My hobbies at the time was mainly into airfix planes and tanks.

Years later, now in Melbourne Australia, while looking around on ebay in June this year, I stumbled onto a section on RC toys, and need I say more, that must have awakened a long passion I have had since childhood for rc helicopters...very big and large rc helicopters . It was not long before I bought my first RTF, being a E-Sky Honeybee CP2 CCPM helicopter. During those initial stages of learning to fly the CP2, my LHS sales person, John suggested that I may be wise to start with a FP heli and then progress to the CP2. Thus my second heli was the Venom NR2. This was a good heli to...Continue Reading
Posted by cfrank2005 | Nov 15, 2007 @ 12:09 AM | 4,595 Views
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