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Posted by bebev | Mar 16, 2012 @ 04:16 PM | 3,265 Views
Esky Big Outdoor Lama Upgrades

My BOL was purchased used with everything stock, but also included the fiberglass shark canopy and aluminum tailboom with the mount and boom supports.
Unfortunately with the shark canopy and boom installed it became too heavy for the stock motors to lift. Having read about the brushless boardless upgrade I decided to try it.

Upgrade #1:
A 370 size coaxial brushless conversion combo from an ebay seller (wowmodel) (
This kit has 2 ADH300L 3000Kv motors
2 e-Power 20amp brushless ESC's with the power and motor connectors
2 brushless converters which I didn't need to use.
Additionally I purchased:
An Align RCE 550 gyro, a Dionysus Design Coaxial Mixer, and a better than stock battery. I also put into use a Futaba 7C FM TX with a Hitec Electron 6 Rx which I already had.
Following Simon's brushless/boardless setup guide, the setup worked nicely.

Upgrade #2:
The aluminum blade grips were kind of worn and beatup looking and needed to be replaced, so with Lee The Tree Guy's recommendation I went for the best from Skytec:
I got not only the Skytec blade grips but also the Skytec gears, swash plate, the hubs, the flybar, etc. plus Lee the tree Guy's extended inner shaft

Upgrade #3:
Phase-II Viper blades, that have good stiffness and durability having survived many crashes and awkward landings. I have had the same original set for two and going on three years now without being...Continue Reading
Posted by bebev | Feb 10, 2012 @ 01:58 PM | 3,522 Views
My Upgraded and Modified CX2
(02/10/2012)(Updated 11/2/1015)

Modified-Upgraded CX2

Motors: Brushless Outrunner Turnigy 1811-2900
ESCs: Turnigy Plush-10Amp
Rx: Orange 6ch DSM2
Tx: Stock LP5DSM
Gyro/Mixer: Asan GA250 Gyro modified and reprogramed
Swash plate and blade holders are from an Esky Lama 2/3
Blades: Phase II Acro CF
Fly Bar: Boomtown Hobbies 6.75"
Tail Boom: Boomtown Hobbies
Landing skids: Micro Heli from Boomtown Hobbies
Battery Holder: A cut to fit credit card using rubber bands to hold the battery
Canopy: CanoMod fiberglass TREX 250
Battery: A 3 cell Thunderpower 910 mah
Stock CX2 parts: Frame, servos, inner and outer shafts, main gears and motor pinion gears

Flight characteristics:
What I feel describes this most is "Stability and Precision".

These two features make it very docile and easy to control for indoor flying particularly in small tight spaces which contain lots of obstacles that must be avoided. It will now fly where before I could only fly an E-flite MCX.

Outside flying is also a joy. Using an 11.1V battery it has the power and stability to handle a breeze easily without being bounced around and blown into a tree.

Another feature a like is its more scale like flight.

As for speed, I cannot comment as to how fast it can go only to say fast enough for me which is faster than the stock setup.
Posted by bebev | Jun 30, 2011 @ 04:28 PM | 3,277 Views
My first successfully mastered Single rotor fixed pitch helicopters.
The Walkera CB180Z Pro Wind rider and the Walkera 4#6s. Now I don't have to wait for the air to be dead calm to fly. Both of these birds handle a light wind quite well.