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Posted by kiwi_craig | Sep 14, 2018 @ 03:40 PM | 2,632 Views
Okay there are allot of complaints that the XK k120 min board has electrical reliability problems, and yes at times there are burn outs of tail motor plugs and the like. In my opinion most of the problems stem from fact the main board and the esc are hard linked, and the the main board cantilevers out past the the main chassis plate, any nose in "landing" results in direct impact to the main board and leveraging of the rigid links to the esc, this results in cracking of the board tracks and a dead board. Most off the time the factory sponge foam, whilst stuck to the chassis still has the protective paper in place on the board side so the board isn't actually fixed, it is solely flexing away on the two mounting screws.

the fix is simple, remove the board and esc unit, cut the hard esc links between the main board and the esc with side cutters

remove the black spacer blocks and further trim the links down close to each board.

Solder on flexible wires, I used plugs in between mine for ease of installation.

Mount the main board on double sided sponge foam and position just above mounting screws, do not use the screws, all they do is transfer vibration into the board.

use double side sponge foam tape and fix the ESC to the under side of the main chassis plate

connect your new wires - plugs

You will now have a way more reliable set-up.

On mine I extended the main chassis plate so it is longer than the main board, any nose on impact is now absorbed by the chassis rather than the main board.

been reliable and lots of flights and crashes without issue. Also seems that there is better power flow with cooler running servos and reduced motor temps are well. Winning all round and no down side.
Posted by kiwi_craig | Aug 22, 2018 @ 06:15 PM | 2,652 Views
Spektrum radio user - DX8 gen 1.

If you find the stock gimball sticks - springs overally stiff and have experienced the issue with the springs dropping off if you loosen the adjusters to far (with a pita that is) then here is the cure !

fit 4 by taranis springs, you need to order four of the below (even though it shows 4 springs in the picture the price is per spring.......)

springs is a fraction shorter so doesn't drop off the mounts at the loosest tension setting, and the spring is softer, feel is noticeable lighter and smoother, and now closer to my Devo 10 stick in feel = NICE

pictures to follow
Posted by kiwi_craig | Jul 23, 2018 @ 05:36 AM | 2,894 Views
really nicely made billet alloy cruiser, excellent detailing and great build quality

flies superbly once dialled in

auto return to home and auto land function when it detects low battery power is pretty awesome, worked perfectly.

looks fantastic cruising around the field thats for sure.

HobbyWOW JC300C #2 (4 min 32 sec)

HobbyWOW JC300C (7 min 31 sec)
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Posted by kiwi_craig | Jul 07, 2018 @ 11:34 PM | 3,461 Views
Okay guys, walk around video and detail photos

this is a very nicely made heli, enjoy !

First look HobbyWOW JC300C Heli (6 min 2 sec)
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Posted by kiwi_craig | Jul 07, 2018 @ 08:22 PM | 3,211 Views
Quick update on the dual emax esc setup, works superbly all round, can't fault it.

video of spool ups and check hovers in the garage, rather windy outside so no park flying today...........

used the simonK versions, 12 amp tail 25 amp main. totally plug n play, the good thing about SimonK software is it figures what is needed motor timing wise and applies that automatically........ NICE.

Blade 250 CFX dual emax esc (2 min 35 sec)

Posted by kiwi_craig | Jun 17, 2018 @ 04:16 AM | 3,592 Views
Picked up a cheap 250 CFX that needed a bit of a going through. Motor had tired bearings and squealed like hell in idle up and several other little gremlins tweaked feathering shaft, slight tweak in the tail tube and sloppy feathering shaft bushes. Chassis / servos / canopy all mint.

Motor - ran okay just sounded terrible in idle up, had a high pitched squeal out it went, pulled it down and yup both bearings notchy as hell and showing signs of wear on the shaft - time for a replacement.

In with a Turnigy 2627 - 4200kv. went up one size on the pinion - 13t to counter the minor drop in Kv value 4500/4200 x 12t = 13t and went with a steel lynx gear - nice. The Turnigy motor comes in a nice plastic case with plug ends, shrink-wrap and a spare main shaft and a couple of 0.5M pinions - 11 and 9t.

Initial run up was nice, then down the park and the main motor esc gave up....... this is the third blade 2 in 1 I've had smoke the main motor circuit, had a 200 SRX go, then my 230S went out and now this one in the 250 CFX. No warning fine one minute - stop the next and the ESC is smoking hot......... I'm figuring they are crappola quality wise in the main motor circuit components........

Another aspect I really hate in the 230 and the 250 is the mule kick these esc give on start up. this is why so many people have hassles with these things tipping over on spool up.......... I did my own 2 esc...Continue Reading
Posted by kiwi_craig | Apr 07, 2018 @ 07:00 PM | 3,736 Views
USB -DSM2 DSMX Satellite binding tool. Guys, don't know about you but man I have a bear of a time trying to get DSM2 DSMX satellites to bind properly......

I spotted this nifty little USB tool that allows satellites to be bound direct, no receiver in the middle, so figured what the heck, lets give it a go

It works blipping superb, bound 5 units last night that I was convinced where defective - faulty, every damn one sparked into life and bound easy as ! I have spent countless evenings trying to get these 5 units bound with multiple receivers, two different radios till I was tearing my hair out.......

One tip I can advise is that some Sats needed to be plugged into the USB unit first, then plug the unit into the PC USB port - hit bind on the radio and job done every time ! I'd say any 5volt USB power source would be fine, doesn't have to be a PC, no software or any thing needed just plug n play

best $4 I've spent in a long while thats for sure !
Posted by kiwi_craig | Jan 05, 2018 @ 04:40 AM | 5,488 Views
After flying several smaller helis with triblade conversions, you can find my builds in my blog, decided to convert my sweet flying 300x using the new microheli setup for the 250 cfx, it uses a single swash locator arm similar to the 300x / CFX setup.

Given the 250cfx is a 300CFX chassis with a 230s tail i figured its odds on going to be an easy swap into the 300X as well

Nicely packaged and clear instructions, easy to assemble the rotor head.

Letting all the loctite curing overnight and will fit up and check the pitch range etc tomorrow.

Enjoy the parts pictures and assembly details for now. ...Continue Reading
Posted by kiwi_craig | Dec 07, 2017 @ 04:40 AM | 5,291 Views
Gartt 450L canopy, $12.99 delivered from banggood, really solid, nice paint finish, blippin bargain...... Has a nice almost wrap around ala goblin look.

Has a slot opening on the underside perfect for air flow up over the esc unit and to get airflow up over the motor as well.

Bargain !
Posted by kiwi_craig | Nov 06, 2017 @ 11:39 PM | 6,336 Views
As some will know there was a range of "issues" with the 2 in 1 esc on the blade 200 SRX tail motors, from my delving into this I have generally found the issue was more related to the wiring plugs, especially the slim line plugs in the tail rear section and people fitting the tail blade on backwards = instant motor over heat..

Others have added a standalone esc which I have done with success but have looked to go one step further and go dual stand alone esc's on brushless heli etc for ultimate tenability especially once the gutless main motor is ditched for some more respectable power wise ! 0n both the 200 SRX and the 230 S.

Builds in progress are:

Conversion of Blade 200srx with single 2 in 1 esc to initially a separate tail esc and then two aftermarket esc’s with replacement higher spec main motor (performance build).

Conversion of the blade 230 S to two aftermarket ESC’s with upgrade higher spec main motor.

200 SRX tail upgrades
Initial findings on my two blade 200 SRX’s – additional tail ESC, both are running three bladed heads, one with a stock main motor, the second with an up spec 210 watt - 4100kv motor (hobbyking EH200).

I have trialled two ESC units on the tails, DYS SN10A and DYS SN20A.

The 10 amp ESC is marginal and has resulted in motor overheating at times and are not recommended.
The 20 amp esc is performing fine and appears to be well suited to this application.

Next stage is to change the main esc out...Continue Reading
Posted by kiwi_craig | Oct 06, 2017 @ 03:37 AM | 5,741 Views
Been really keen to hop this up onto 3s power but the stock props develop a hell oscillation due to the blade profile. When Banggod came out with the 7045 3 bladers i knew this could be something, the 6045 3 bladers where nice and smooth but just not big enough

Ordered up two sets, red and white. The props are marked A and B and the tthreaded prop nuts seem decent and the included grip tool works fine. Clearance is okay to the shell resonably close in the front, miles in the rear.

Fit and balance is really good. Threads on on the prop nuts are good, nuts are marked for left hand and right hand. Seems like an excellent product.

Hover time is around 8 minutes + on 2s. On 3s its as smooth as, no more oscillations and death wooble on spool up, YAY ! Finally a prop that works and has decent flight time. Motors remain cool.

Test fly this weekend but intial indoor testing it seems damn nice.
Posted by kiwi_craig | Sep 30, 2017 @ 01:57 AM | 5,970 Views
V950 Hughes 300c part 3

Rotor head update. Swapped out the stock plastic v950 blades for 2 sets of trex 250 fibreglass units . Online reviews warned that they can vary in weight between matched pairs so to get three matched was a chore - a fair amount of tape on one, but otherwise they balanced out nicely overall. Secondly they are thinner at around 3mm, added blade 450 plastic rotor shims on the bottom then selected thin steel gearbox shims over the top. Bit of effort getting the tracking spot on. They look great and the stiffer section adds crispness to collective and cyclic response. And they are dirt cheap from hobbyking and if you have the patience required to balance and shim them they do provide a nice setup.

Another rotor blade worth investigation is the new lynx Oxy 2 blades , lynx quality and a sharp price.

Replaced the failed stock tail motor with a Walkera Master CP unit, cheaper than the WL part and has the pinion gear already fitted which also matched the 950 setup.

added blue tinted acetate "doors" goes nicely with the yellow canopy.

Overall it is flying really nicely and I can see it being a fun park flier from here on in

V950 - Hughes 300C scale build with triblade rotor head (5 min 6 sec)

Posted by kiwi_craig | Sep 17, 2017 @ 03:00 AM | 5,759 Views
Landing Gear Update

Got the alloy landing gear on, looks great. One thing to watch, you need to feed the battery through from the very rear now ; the rear alloy frame means you can't get it into place from the bottom !

top flying struts to the semi scale tail boom done, the lower struts to come (out off suitable ends) and to find some more scale like rear fins.

overall I think its looking pretty good !
Posted by kiwi_craig | Sep 16, 2017 @ 02:55 AM | 6,221 Views
The triblade is getting a new scale body - Schweizer 300c. Based on some old syma canopies, thanks Murray! the fit up was quite straight forward. Allot of trial fits to decide on the drilling points for the lower front canopy pins.

After allot of trying it just wasnt possible to get the canopy to overlap the rear canopy pins and remain with the battery tray tucked into the lower canopy edge. Hot glued on some plastic hex standoffs to tie into the canopys rear mounts, these are needed as the rear section "fuel drum" vibrate badly if not secured.

See my blog for details of the triblade conversion.

Intial test hovers, all good.

Next stage is to add an alloy landing gear setup and some additional rear stays for a better scale appearance and the boom tube covering and correct tail fin.

The yellow is growing on me and I know it will be easy to see flying....Continue Reading
Posted by kiwi_craig | Sep 02, 2017 @ 01:44 AM | 5,938 Views
Upgraded main motor and tail blade, now ditching the blade 2in1 esc unit. Test unit for my UH-1 Huey build, turnigy 18a plush main esc and dys xm10a unit for the tail. Bench test all plug n play, dead easy. Plush is exactly that, plush with its nice smooth start and 2A bec to power everything. Dys is flashed with blheli so we can tune that in to !

Now to clean it all up, and detail it out , test fly it and fine tune the esc units then fit up into the huey shell.

Now to do the same on my powered up 200srx tri blade with hi po main motor.... A soft smooth start will be great on that as well.
Posted by kiwi_craig | Aug 08, 2017 @ 04:13 AM | 6,527 Views
okay so we know the V950 has a lag in the pitch curve and tends to be jumpy right at the hover point, I've tracked the pitch vs throttle settings and compared to the MCP head which flies allot nicer. This is for the linear throttle , minimal negative hover at mid point setting.

with the Devo 10 / Deviation software CH( which is a trim for the pitch a correction can be developed to further smooth the curve.
Posted by kiwi_craig | Jun 09, 2017 @ 04:44 AM | 10,473 Views
After the less than stellar experince with the BG blue alloy shocks - i decided to return to the CPV quality shocks, this time around i went for the remote reservoir rear shocks, they come with three pairs of springs for fine tuning.

Fit up was straight forward, the lower bush was a fraction wide, i had some hps 5.7mm ball ends that fitted straight in, job done. Went with 900cst silicone oil, tad heavy i think.

not as large as the HobbyKing Vandal alloy shock (they are huge) as per my other FY03, decided to go 10mm shorter - 85mm, shock has the same shaft travel due to the remote reservior, ride height is nicely lowered.

The heaviest springs are definitely firm enough based on the calibrated finger squeeze test !

Looking forward to testing this !
Posted by kiwi_craig | May 21, 2017 @ 01:48 AM | 9,630 Views
sick of the screaming tail blade on the 230s when flown with gusto - here's a solution !

the new generation of micro brushless quads are also bringing allot of options with smaller 2, 3 and 4 " diameter blades. Eyeing up the data I settled on the DYS bull nose 3045 tri blades. These are made from a durable and flexy material. diameter is smaller than the blades tail rotor = 82mm vs 75mm for the DYS, the dys has a fraction more pitch from the eyeball micrometer.

allot of the smaller quad blades use a 5mm bore so a blade spacer is needed, by chance GWS make exactly what is needed.

the stock setup relies on a key - flat edge to lock the prop for drive. the quads rely on sandwiching the blade between washer on the prop drive snout. Pretty easy to add 2 washers and a spacer tube to make up the diameter difference between the blades small dia prop shaft and the quads 5mm size. tighten down between two washers and your good t0 go.

hand testing and running the tail motor at full throttle for 30 seconds and then 1 minute did not induce over heating, there is more thrust than the stock blade thats for sure.

price is like $1.50 for a pair, okay your only going to use one of them but at that price who cares............. miles more durable and improved thrust at full throttle.

pretty funky translucent colours

needs a back washer , thin prop centre spacer (gws 5mm units where close to spot on) and a larger front washer.

Miles more durable and looks neat to boot.
Posted by kiwi_craig | May 20, 2017 @ 02:14 AM | 10,459 Views
The 230s is a nice flier and a great trainer but lets face it, its no power house, the little 3900Kv Motor has been dumped in the new 200s for a more powerful unit and blade went with the 300x / cfx motor in the 250cfx, which shares the same rotor head as the 230s.

My 230 is destined for a huey scale shell but i wanted a boost in power so it can fly with decent authority with the weight gain. The 230 s chassis is pretty restricive space wise and whilst the blade 320 motor out of the 300x/cfx/250cfx is an option its quite tall and would likely stick out the bottom of the chassis and i'm betting is going to be allot harder on batteries.

By chance i have two FZW 2625 3900kv motors that where originally offered in the MJX F45 brushless kits. These motors run sweetly on 3s and provide good performance. Ive had one runnng in a v950 and it was preety decent power wise. Only odd detail on these motors is the 2.5mm shaft size, so drilling the blades pinion and or an aftermarket 12t 2.3mm pinions is required and is easy enough.

Eyeballing it, it all looked spot on fit wise so into it!

I hade to use a flat file to nudge the openings a fraction on the blades motor plate, reused the orginal motor mount screws.

Decided to drill an aftermarket 12t pinion, longer overall than the blades unit.

Due to the increased motor can height the esc is now run under the chassis like on the 200srx, this actually makes it allot easier to see the low voltage led on the...Continue Reading
Posted by kiwi_craig | Apr 08, 2017 @ 08:04 PM | 10,268 Views
The weather has been rubbish with allot of wind, decide to take the V950 down the park and get a short outdoor flight in.

Meet all expectations, flies very smoothly and has good cyclic and collective authority , and has a decent turn of speed when cranking on the throttle.

Stock motor handles the tripple blade head without worry and easy 8 minute fly times +

brushless tail is the next project then this gets loaded in an AS355 body shell as a sport flier.

V950 tri blade (3 min 30 sec)