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Posted by N8LBV | Apr 17, 2016 @ 11:22 AM | 10,333 Views
Pieced together this one needed new servos shafts and an FBL.
Slapped on an AR7200BX.
Maiden Flight!

I like that one! (1 min 5 sec)

Posted by N8LBV | Mar 23, 2016 @ 03:25 AM | 10,685 Views
Except still running the lower powered stock 420 Motor.

Blade 450 X Maiden (1 min 2 sec)

Posted by N8LBV | Dec 22, 2014 @ 10:41 PM | 11,686 Views
Align Trex 550E AR7200BX

Set this all up for a buddy and did the maiden flight Last Monday.
It warmed up just a little here in Michigan.
It was super foggy out and winds were 7-10mph.

Trex 550E Maiden easy going flight! (1 min 34 sec)

Posted by N8LBV | Jul 15, 2013 @ 02:13 AM | 12,941 Views
Cordless Tree Trimmer (1 min 38 sec)

More Yard Work (1 min 3 sec)
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Posted by N8LBV | Apr 07, 2013 @ 06:09 PM | 13,153 Views
A little flying diversion while it's been windy.
Never even seen a box kite in real life, thought I'd try it out.
Quick cheap home made one.
Home Made Box Kite! (6 min 38 sec)


Posted by N8LBV | Nov 18, 2012 @ 12:21 AM | 13,931 Views
There's Also This:

Posted by N8LBV | Nov 17, 2012 @ 11:56 PM | 13,986 Views
Grabbed a really cheap tiny usb cam from China for $12
and am having a lot of fun with it on an mQx!
Here are some video links from day #1.

mQx High Altitude Night Flight (1 min 53 sec)

Blade mQx High Altitude Visual flight. (4 min 33 sec)
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Posted by N8LBV | Oct 16, 2012 @ 12:56 PM | 14,618 Views
You can' t really tell by the photo but that's printed on florescent 'glow' paper.
And it shows up VERY nice outside.
A step up in visibility over the stock canopy, which now that it's cold outside I keep cracking to pieces in simple crashes.

Posted by N8LBV | Sep 13, 2012 @ 10:20 PM | 14,431 Views
MQX-NightFlight (3 min 8 sec)

Posted by N8LBV | Sep 10, 2012 @ 09:04 PM | 14,619 Views
Eflite MCPx and MQx :-)
Wife ran the cell phone cam.

MCPx test run (1 min 38 sec)

mqX Flip (2 min 24 sec)
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Posted by N8LBV | Aug 14, 2012 @ 06:21 PM | 15,763 Views
Hmmm.. it seems that new USB logitech mice come with a free mQX canopy!

Posted by N8LBV | Aug 12, 2012 @ 10:32 PM | 14,926 Views
Pulled out of a $1 thrift store discarded nokia cell phone and repurposed.
I have a flashing bright blue in the back from an ESky Hunter.
Changed the resistor for full brightness @3.7V
Posted by N8LBV | Aug 12, 2012 @ 03:46 PM | 14,516 Views
When this is all I knew how to fly and I couldn't even hover the Belt CP V2..
And I was seriously wondering if I'd EVER be able to.
Lost it in the wind flying 300 feet up and cought some serious wind way up there.
I tried desperately to fly it back but the wind was too strong and I was already over a forest so just dropping it would have also resulted probably never finding it.


Posted by N8LBV | Aug 07, 2012 @ 11:04 AM | 14,693 Views
Do invoicing or go outside and fly the new MQx all day.

Which one would you do?
Posted by N8LBV | Aug 06, 2012 @ 06:05 PM | 14,546 Views
Sister bought me one!
I'm headed over there to go pick it up now!
Posted by N8LBV | Aug 03, 2012 @ 06:01 PM | 15,355 Views
But I swear it NEVER works.

Posted by N8LBV | Jun 23, 2012 @ 12:03 PM | 17,022 Views
Trying to replace the main gear on Belt CP V2 with Main Gear from Eflite Blade 400.

Supposedly it's a direct replacement.
The shaft and main gears assembly once installed is binding (much harder to turn than normal).
But only as soon as I get the little long screw all the way through the holes in the tail rotor gear (bottom) and main shaft and small 'tube'.
The metal 'tube' is the small part that fits into both of the gears (main gear & tail rotor main drive gear and what couples to the one-way bearing on the main gear.

It all turns very nicely and freely until I get that screw through the bottom gear.
The shaft is not bent.
I've had it apart and back together 5 times and am still scratching my head trying to figure it out..

I've disconnected the tail belt to make sure the binding is not anything to do with the tail or the belt drive shaft..

It starts to bind as soon as I get the long screw through all the holes at the very bottom of the main shaft.. I don't even have to get the nut on it before it tightens up the rotation..

It turns but it's much harder to turn than normal
If I simply take the screw out of the bottom of the main shaft it all turns very nicely with ease..

It's got to be a simple problem and I've had no sleep and I'm being stupid.

Crap I need to dig out /find the the old gear and see if this Eflite part is my problem :-(


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Posted by N8LBV | Jun 07, 2012 @ 05:05 PM | 15,347 Views
This thought hit me like a ton while driving back to the office yesterday.
What I really need to do (once I get everything repaired) is so damn obvious and I should have
Thought of this before..
I need to play with idle-up or stunt mode a little at a time and not all at once as ESKY stock TX
was having me try it.
Now that I have the DX6i I can try this out a little at a time and try all kinds of different throttle
and pitch curves CAREFULLY by setting the basic area RPM+pitch Id like to play with and try out
in NORMAL mode and be able to gradually increase the stick up to reach this play area at
mid stick or stick instead of just blasting it at myself with the flip of a switch!!
Geese.. the way I was going about it (ESKY stock style) was to have a perfectly flying helicopter in normal
mode and then flip a switch have it go full RPM at guessed blade pitches have the tail suddenly shift
instantly somewhere between 90-120 from where I had it and have a heli pointing nose-up or nose down close the ground and suddenly have to deal with the situation on a heli that seems super over responsive and all but uncontrollable.
Ive got out of the mess 4 times but the last time I hit the blades on the ground with a very loud POP!
Crap I wish I would have thought of this better approach BEFORE I wrecked it.
I could have tried higher head speeds and various blade pitches a little at a time and got used to it in stages instead of the everything at once mess this thing is...Continue Reading
Posted by N8LBV | Jun 06, 2012 @ 11:39 AM | 15,622 Views
Belt CP V2:
I still suck at this thing on idle-up attempts..

I don't really have 'settings' I can share because I just keep changing them..
I was generally setting normal mode to have a bit higher head speed to help get me used to more responsiveness, by applying less blase pitch at mid to 3/4 the way up, also this heli has 315mm blades making it even more touchy.

On idle-up I was using a straight 0-25-50-75-100 for pitch curve (like the stock TX was)
And for throttle curve I had 100-85-85-85-100 (like stock TX)..
Stock TX had a problem where at mid stick if you switch back to normal mode the blade pitch would jump to +5 and the heli should shoot up 25 feet into the air.. when switching to idile up it would do the opposite, and was NOT settable or programmable...
With the DX6i I've tried to adjust normal mode to a higher head speed to match the hovering point so I could switch to idle-up and have about the same lift-level and ~85% full rpm..
I've not got it quite right and yesterday I made it even 'touchier' than stock..
As soon as I go into Idle-up it's all over the place and I'm fighting to get it back under control.
I had this same problem with the stock TX.. but saved it the other 4 times I tried this..
yesterday I lost the battle and wrecked it.
I feel like an idiot!! I've been flying it for well over a month without crashing..
The moment I try to experiment and play with idle-up I wreck my helicopter that I had all setup so nicely.. and was flying very...Continue Reading