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Sep 25, 2012, 11:15 AM
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If you have to keep nosing it down even with the gain at 10%, it's a good possibility that your plane is tail heavy.
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Sep 25, 2012, 11:29 AM
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Sep 25, 2012, 01:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Herman Munster
If you have to keep nosing it down even with the gain at 10%, it's a good possibility that your plane is tail heavy.
Good point, I must stress that you need to have a functioning flying airplane before you even put the Gyro in.
Sep 25, 2012, 06:52 PM
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Ok. Great analyzing guys. The plane is balanced perfectly. Without gyros its flying was excellent. The trouble began when I installed the gyros. I'm taking 'em out and using them for gyro installation training. You all've given me some great insight. Specially about using gyros to set things.

The bottom line is that somethng is out of whack. As long as I can't see my gyros I'll continue to have this problem. It's just gonna take some time to solve all these mysteries. I'm sure most everybody here went through this when they first got started, unless, there was someone on had to guide and check behind them as they go. And you guys have done a great job of thanks. Thanks for all your help. Will get back to you with future results..'Til then ... Cya.

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Sep 26, 2012, 01:22 PM
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That's nice, Futaba has a 2 axis gyro advertised in the AMA magazine. The GY430. But you can't see it anywhere on the Futaba RC site that is linked.
Sep 26, 2012, 08:23 PM
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yea, I saw the spewing out of sales release info but nothing else. Well, since it's $80 for a single axis gyro, I'd say Futaba is missing the boat. Bon Voyage!
Old Sep 27, 2012, 05:44 AM
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Sep 27, 2012, 08:18 AM
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so I'm a newbie to gyros on planes but find myself with a spare HK flight controller from a tricopter build and a stock gyro from my very dead blade 400.
I tried fitting the blade gyro to my PZ extra 300 elevator and found that regardless of gain setting the back end of the plane just bobbed up and down depending on speed....and when i say bobbing i mean tail raising and lowering a good 3 inch and got faster with speed, i landed and adjusted the gain several times and the issue continued without any improvement.

the only thing i can think that was causing the issue was the gyro was mounted some 2 inch forward of the CG, could this produce this effect??
Sep 27, 2012, 08:21 AM
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Originally Posted by blackbrabus
so I'm a newbie to gyros on planes but find myself with a spare HK flight controller from a tricopter build and a stock gyro from my very dead blade 400.
I tried fitting the blade gyro to my PZ extra 300 elevator and found that regardless of gain setting the back end of the plane just bobbed up and down depending on speed....and when i say bobbing i mean tail raising and lowering a good 3 inch and got faster with speed, i landed and adjusted the gain several times and the issue continued without any improvement.

the only thing i can think that was causing the issue was the gyro was mounted some 2 inch forward of the CG, could this produce this effect??
placement relative to CG does not make that much of a difference. Which gyro is it?
Do you have a pic of it mounted?
Did you do a surface test? (Lift tail and elevator should move up).
Sep 27, 2012, 09:43 AM
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Originally Posted by blackbrabus
so I'm a newbie to gyros on planes but find myself with a spare HK flight controller from a tricopter build and a stock gyro from my very dead blade 400.
I tried fitting the blade gyro to my PZ extra 300 elevator and found that regardless of gain setting the back end of the plane just bobbed up and down depending on speed....and when i say bobbing i mean tail raising and lowering a good 3 inch and got faster with speed, i landed and adjusted the gain several times and the issue continued without any improvement.

the only thing i can think that was causing the issue was the gyro was mounted some 2 inch forward of the CG, could this produce this effect??
That's probably because your control horn is too short. That's essentially what gain does anyway - controls the amount of throw relative to the change in attitude (in real world it's a little more complex, but you get the idea).
Sep 27, 2012, 09:46 AM
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Also, slop in linkages or poorly centering servo can cause wag or bob, since the plane only starts to react to the gyro after the slop is taken up, by which time it's too late and the gyro starts to move the other way.
Sep 27, 2012, 10:41 AM
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Melnic: Side bar (too much tv!); In an earlier post I mentioned using a GY48V on digital aileron servos and they were very noisy (jittery). You mentioned that a gyro like the GY520 would cure the problem...it did and I thank you !

In HH the gyro, set at 0 eliminates all movement as it should. In Rate, it operates perfectly when subtrim is set as you indicated on your mycoolrc site.

Following the GY520 instructions, the solid blue gyro light is on when in HH, but unlike other gyros, when in Rate, the solid blue light remains on as well; however, the gyro works perfectly as it should. Is this o.k.? I am just used to gyro lights going off on Rate when subtrim is set correctly.

On your GY520 install, did the blue light remain on in Rate?
Sep 27, 2012, 12:35 PM
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Yes servos are not helpful, you need good servos.

If you can't get good servos now, just don't use a gyro. A person can compensate with bad servos better than a gyro.

I recommend the digital servos from hobby king. JR servos are good enough, but too expensive.

Mick
Sep 27, 2012, 02:43 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Gedexas
That's probably because your control horn is too short. That's essentially what gain does anyway - controls the amount of throw relative to the change in attitude (in real world it's a little more complex, but you get the idea).
The horn is very short so I can give that a go and see if it helps.

Not sure what gyro it is but it's the standard one of the eflite blade 400, unfortunately I have removed the gyro so can't take a pic in place sorry.

I tested the gyro once I had fitted it and all was working as it should.

I will try refitting over the weekend and get some video and pics.


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