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Posted by Sudsak | Apr 26, 2017 @ 05:16 AM | 1,809 Views
Took a five year break from the hobby but I'm starting back up with a purchase of a Syma X5C-1 for now.

Charged up my old Walkera Ladybird and the Devo 10 TX and tried to fly. I'm horrible. Still having a hard time with that damn thing like I always have, the thing is so squirrely.

It's interesting to see the advances in the hobby in the last 5-6 years.

I'm hoping the X5C is a little easier to fly. Looking forward to seeing some of the camera footage as years ago no inexpensive quads even had cameras, now it seems you can't find one without!
Posted by Sudsak | Jul 06, 2012 @ 05:39 PM | 3,004 Views
The booms on my mQX were split of course, so I decided to buy the new thruster booms and replace them.

Not so fast! There are no screws holding in these motor booms, they are supposed to be a "friction fit". Welll of course the new ones do not fit, they are too loose. Dammit I liked my mQX. Now it's just sitting till I figure out what to do.

Silly me just assuming replacement parts should fit.
Posted by Sudsak | Jul 01, 2012 @ 10:40 PM | 3,057 Views
Just practicing lately. Flying mostly my mCPX, but also the mQX and the Walkera Ladybird.

Specifically side-in and nose-in hovering. It's taking a lot more practice than I originally thought. Some may pick it up faster, but it's slow going here. I'm getting pretty good at side-in, but still when I turn that nose in facing me I usually loose it within 30 seconds.

Practice, practice, practice!
Posted by Sudsak | Jun 25, 2012 @ 07:01 PM | 3,544 Views
I don't know what to do with this thing. I only flew it briefly before it broke. It's those carbon fiber booms, they split all the time. If you can twist the motor back and forth on the end of the boom then the cf boom is split. It should be solid with no or very little movement. Another weak spot is where the boom connects to the motor with that short very small screw, that's where mine broke initially.

Eight little brushed motors just seems like too much. Fix the easy splitting booms and improve the motor mounting points and it would be better.

I think I'll put the SpaceWalker aside and take the funds I would have used for parts for that and try the Walkera Scorpion.
Posted by Sudsak | Jun 19, 2012 @ 04:28 AM | 2,974 Views
Replaced main shaft, main gear, swashplate, blade grips, and the entire tail. She flies nice.

Also, I got this battery for it:

Big difference from the stock batteries! Longer lasting and more power.
Posted by Sudsak | Jun 16, 2012 @ 07:35 PM | 3,204 Views
Well I got a new swashplate and also a main shaft because that was split. This "carbon fiber" that these companies use in these helis is a joke, it splits far too easy. There has to be a stronger material.

So after installing the new swash and main shaft I discovered now I need new blade grips, the bearing inside of one of them fell apart. Great quality Blade!

This helicopter has been a huge pain the ass for me, but your experience will probably be better. I have always been cursed with bad luck in these kind of things. Still not in the air
Posted by Sudsak | Jun 13, 2012 @ 06:08 PM | 3,406 Views
Just a newbie to the hobby, three months in now. Here's everything I own:

Blade mCX2 (donated to stepson)
Blade 120SR
Blade mQX
Blade mCPX2

Walkera V200D02 (retired, junked)
Walkera Ladybird
Walkera Super FP
Walkera SpaceWalker

Walkera DEVO 10 TX
Spektrum DX7s TX

So that's the deal. Enjoying the hobby but you really have to have patience and deep pockets, neither of which I have a lot of. I'm still horrible at nose-in flight, but I'm making slow progress. As long as the tail is facing me I can fly very well!
Posted by Sudsak | Jun 11, 2012 @ 08:23 PM | 3,054 Views
So I decide I'll go back to the LHS before they close at 8pm because they aren't open on Tuesday. Now that I know what I did wrong I'll get another new swash. I really want to fly the mCPX.

So I get home and start installing it. When I go to snap on the elevator servo link it doesn't fit. The ball is too small! The ball where you snap on the elevator servo linkage is too small. It's the same size as the balls on the inner ring ... It isn't supposed to be that small. Manufacturing defect? It's the same part number, BLH3509.

I love this hobby!
Posted by Sudsak | Jun 11, 2012 @ 06:29 PM | 2,986 Views
Well I enjoyed me mCPX for a few days. It actually is pretty durable. This was my first CP helicopter. Happy now that I know how CP helis work.

But... the swashplate came apart one day after flying. No problem, I'll go to the LHS and get a new one. Did that, came home and installed it. A little bit of a pain but went smoothly for the most part until the end. After I snapped all the links back in place I discovered the pitch was off. Instead of zero pitch at half stick I have zero pitch at full throttle. No problem I said, I'll just adjust it.

Ok, I think it's adjusted now. Hard to say. Let me just snap all the links back in place. Oh no this one is real difficult to snap back on ... more force? Ok...

Oh no! Now the plastic ball on the swash is actually bending. I bend it back. Well now it's just soft and ready to break.

Great! Now I need to drive 30 minutes up to the LHS and spend another $12 dollars and try this procedure all over again! Nope. Not today. I'll just fly my 120SR and mQX for now. *Sigh*

I'll get back to it soon enough, just very frustrated with the hobby right now.

EDIT: Yes I now know that the links only pop on one way. All I had to do was twist the end around to the other side. Yes, I'm an idiot. Thanks.
Posted by Sudsak | Jun 11, 2012 @ 06:07 AM | 3,551 Views
There is a blog here. Interesting. I very well may use this.