Originally Posted by Grumpy Vet
Thank you all for a warm welcome - I appreciate it. Keep in mind I'm a major novice...
I'll check out Techntoys too. I've heard of most of those mods....do you recommend doing them before really learning how to fly? I understand the soda can shim mod. Is the blade balancing just a weight checking? I read most of this long thread and I don't know what the dogbone guide mod is. Any info anyone can provide on that - I'd appreciate. Edit - will check reply from tigertoo later in thread.
I agree that both spare motors would be smart to order now....somehow just popping around in the basement I already managed to break one of the upturns on the skid. I'll add the other parts as well. I'm guessing the whole tail assembly includes the tail motor?
--- following up on Tiggertoo's post on chargers. I saw some good chargers that balance cells. What I don't get is what kind to buy. I saw the AccuCell referenced earlier in the thread - but I don't understand how the two prongs that come out of the AccuCell can be used with what I can only assume is a proprietary 3 wire plug on the charging part of the stock battery.
I think I saw earlier in this thread that someone went to a SS skid that will survive my inadequacies.....going to search for that now....and get those skid bumpers on order....
Here is what I know....I suck at flying this helicopter - but I'm having fun trying to learn.
Grumpy, the dogbone guides are at the bottom of the main rotor head, they are the flimsy loops that are around the dogbone links. they have been known to give up without reason. take a paperclip, one loop of the paperclip fits nicely, carefully bend it to follow the loops, solder the ends together and then a bit of 5 min epoxy or ca glueing it finishes that (keep the glue on the outside of the loop). Shimming the blade grips takes the sloppy 'feel' outta flights. yes, the main blades are weighed to balance them, unless you got a nice helo blade balancer. with the flybar, detach the dogbone links from it and check it is level (i switch it 45 and 90 and 180 degrees to be sure it is not heavy on 1 side or binding) i had to ca a wee bit of solder to the light flybar weight. DONT be sad that your skids failed, seems they do that often, especially in the colder climate. check back a few pages, i posted a landing gear mod thats CHEAP and survives even falls from 25 feet. (and the pontoons look rather fetching too)
Dont be sad you arent a pro flier, you got a heli that can take the abuse of the 'learning curve'. I never flew a copter before early dec '12. i went from TOY coaxial, to WLtoys v911, to the '45 in under 30 days. if i can do it, so can you mate. best advice is to try to not fly in winds over 3 mph until you are confident of your skills. practice hovering, then circles, then loops and figure 8's. this copter LIKES open spaces, it can 'crab' 20 feet in a turn EASILY. once you are more confident, winds to 7-10 mph can be alot of fun. i fly uprange on windy days and then 'fly' as the wind works the bird back to me.
main thing is ENJOY