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Sep 20, 2012, 03:23 PM
FPV it is!
Thats ok, not a feature I need to worry about now

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Sep 20, 2012, 03:58 PM
FPV it is!
Any advice for taking care of my new batteries? Do they need to be cycled? I have a Turnigy Accucel-6 charger.
Sep 20, 2012, 04:26 PM
They can often perform better after a few cycles. I mainly try and charge mine at 1C most times and not run them below 80% capacity so as to be easy on them.
Sep 20, 2012, 04:46 PM
FPV it is!
Ok that sounds good!

I feel confident that I'll be doing my first test flights tomorrow after work! Tonight I'm charging batteries and balancing props.

Now I just need to figure out the failsafe options... there are 2 failsafes if I'm not mistaking, one for the transmitter (Turnigy 9x) and one for the flight controller.. hmmmm

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Originally Posted by flitelab
They can often perform better after a few cycles. I mainly try and charge mine at 1C most times and not run them below 80% capacity so as to be easy on them.
Sep 23, 2012, 02:51 PM
FPV it is!

First successful test hovers!


Worked out some issues I've been having with the props (temporarilly while I wait for new props) and took it outside today for some short test hovers. The first hover was very wobbly so I tuned it down some but it's too gusty outside to actually see results.

It flies!

Sep 25, 2012, 08:19 PM
FPV it is!
Awesome!!! I'm starting to get this thing dialed in! Been hovering around in stabilize mode tuning parameters with my channel 6 options in MPNG, I've got it fairly stable now.

Tonight I got brave and decided to try a new mode so I setup a flight mode for ALT hold and wen't outside to test it. It worked good, although I think that mode needs some tuning.

This is awesome!!!
Last edited by Titus Gordon; Sep 25, 2012 at 08:45 PM.
Sep 26, 2012, 04:15 AM
One quick fix for the props while the new ones make their way there is to put a layer or two of heat shrink on the bottom half of the motor shaft so the prop fits snug. Just add enough to make up the size difference. Shrink each layer over the previous. Just be sur to keep it below the top of the prop a bit so nut tightens down ok.
Sep 26, 2012, 08:50 AM
FPV it is!
That's what I did

It only took one layer of heatshrink to make the difference.

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Originally Posted by flitelab
One quick fix for the props while the new ones make their way there is to put a layer or two of heat shrink on the bottom half of the motor shaft so the prop fits snug. Just add enough to make up the size difference. Shrink each layer over the previous. Just be sur to keep it below the top of the prop a bit so nut tightens down ok.
Sep 26, 2012, 08:52 AM
Ahh cool, glad you got it, props should hopefully be there this week anyway.

I just did a similar approach for the new wooden 10" Gemfan props on my F550 setup since the wood props have no adapters. Quick and easy and simple to remove.
Sep 26, 2012, 08:58 AM
FPV it is!
I ended up ordering a set of NTM 28-26 motors to replace the ones I have, I don't trust the prop adapter on these ones. I was taking a propeller off the other day and just the torque from that popped off one of the adapters, they are some kind of compression fitting onto the shaft. Just doesn't feel like I can trust it.
Sep 26, 2012, 09:31 AM
Some of those prop adapters are a poor fit. I've had similar issues with Suppo motors so end up replacing them with a tighter fitting adapter in some cases. I do prefer the bolt on adapters though, the Tiger and iPower motors use that type as well.
Sep 26, 2012, 09:48 AM
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I ended up ordering a set of NTM 28-26 motors to replace the ones I have, I don't trust the prop adapter on these ones. I was taking a propeller off the other day and just the torque from that popped off one of the adapters, they are some kind of compression fitting onto the shaft. Just doesn't feel like I can trust it.
i hate those press on prop adapters...but I got a tip from another RCG member and it works really well...JB weld!! mix a little of that up and slather on the motor shaft and put a little of it in the adapter where the motor shft presses in and you are golden!!

It works really well...and if you need to take the adapter off for any reason later, just heat it up a bit and it comes right off...
Sep 26, 2012, 09:52 AM
FPV it is!
Nice tip! I'll keep that in mind.
Sep 26, 2012, 09:56 AM
Also if you lightly rough up the shaft with a file or sandpaper it will help them hold better.
Sep 26, 2012, 10:16 AM
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Also if you lightly rough up the shaft with a file or sandpaper it will help them hold better.
i tried that too and it didnt work well for me...but that is just my experience...maybe i didnt rough it up enough...but i love the JB weld...in fact i had to do one last night ...should be ready for flight today....


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