Originally Posted by Prof100
I do have a suggestion for you. When you maiden set the gyro gain to zero. Once you get comfortable flying the plane you can bring the gyros on-line.
Thanks for this tip, it led me to further reading. I'll be installing the gyros but doing my best to mechanically trim the plane before utilising them. This will of course be after I learn to fly it! The way I look at it is once I have all the upgrades and bit and pieces hopefully the plane will hold up to my learning curve, if not I can replace what I need to and/or transfer the components. From what I've read about this plane I should be right as its reasonably tough and most damage can be repaired.
CPMBOY because I'm so keen to work on the plane I'll be strengthening the empennage and upgrading the wings with carbon fibre tubes and rods, replacing the servos and control linkages (horns and clevises (is that a word?) and loctite on the threads ), reinforcing with weave tape, upgrading the ESC to 30A, possibly adding some vents for cooling, running a 6x4 APC prop, balancing the aircraft for 2200 mAh 3S 20c batteries (removing nose washers), making stable platforms for the battery and some electronics out of balsa and a velcro strap, adding a small amount of spongy foam to the interior of the nose to cushion the battery in any impact, using the hook and rubber band method to secure the wings, checking any area that came glued from the factory and re-gluing if neccesary, installing gyros for the ailerons and elevators just for fun, flexing and possibly removing the ailerons and elevators and adding hinges and tape, flexing the rudder to free it up a bit and finally securing the cockpit with a rubber band as I've read you can lose it in flight sometimes.
Because I'm keen to experiment with foamies and DIY designs I'll be looking at upgrading the Tx/Rx which will also allow me to play with the gyros and mix in rudder with aileron for playing around. Any suggestions for around a hundred dollars?