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Thread: R/C helicopters
04-03-2010, 04:10 AM #436
Thanks to these guys on this thread, I have a pretty large fleet now. I like the little helis and planes because it's a great way for me to take a 15-minute break from the computer without getting involved in something that takes a lot of time. Of all of my helis, the mSR gets used the most, with the Falcon 40 behind it. I know the F40 is a cheap heli, but I think it's a heck of a lot of fun and it performs great.
I blame all of you.
04-03-2010, 09:57 AM #437
the msr was a little to much for me inside the house and the yacht, out side was great though. I think they really needed a in between . I still havnt flown the madhawk, i bought the desert camo version so theres no place to put the crash bars on it.
04-03-2010, 12:29 PM #438
04-03-2010, 01:53 PM #439
yeah, i bought 30 something dollars worth of spares. the week i ordered mine from xheli they were out of the sport version and i really liked the desert camo. itll still be a while before i give it a shot. the reviews claim it very easy to fly? do you think its easier than the msr?
04-03-2010, 04:01 PM #440
here. They are all the same though and that radio is really no better than the standard one.
Easier to fly than the mSR.... I think so, in most cases since it doesn't exhibit a lot of the mSR's quirky snap-back thing at zero-stick. Since it's larger than the mSR, it will also get damaged easier in a crash. You can also fly it outside very easily on a calm day.
04-04-2010, 04:17 PM #441
Here are some photos of the Exceed RC Madhawk 300/Walkera CB180D/180Q. It's far better made than the Falcon 40, and it's also self-stabilized so it's very easy to fly. I think it's a great helicopter, though I don't like the shaft driven tail rotor design. The performance of the tail rotor is fantastic though.
04-05-2010, 09:05 PM #442
By the way, if anyone wants to get started with a very inexpensive and reliable collective pitch heli, this is the only way to go: http://www.xheli.com/wahm22ehe6ch.html
Basically, the 22E looks like it's loosely based off the Dragonfly 4 (Falcon 40), which is good. It also has an aluminum baseplate, which is good.
I'll have a report on it soon.
04-07-2010, 11:38 AM #443
Well Mr. Scream and Fly, you must have gotten lucky with your SR. I finally got my gear from the UK, installed it adjusted everything and started to get the feel for the controls again. Hovered it a bit in my living room, it was drifting a little to the left as usual, but before i had much time to adjust the trim it started to spin counter clock wise, i stopped and charged the batt to be sure it wasnt the problem. After it was charged i tried it again, no better all it does is spin as fast as it can no matter how much stick I give it. Messed with the gain, no change no matter where its set. So I stop and check it out, the tail motor is bad I guess, it only spins half speed and doesn't come on until half throttle. If i squeeze the motor body it seems to pick up a little speed so i think the brushes might be worn out. Horizon said they were sending me another one, we'll see when its changed. Not thrilled at all, the only good news is nothing else was messed up, and the bearings in the grips work good.
04-07-2010, 05:39 PM #444
I'm sorry to hear about that. It sure does sound like your tail motor is bad. They are very easy to replace though, and I hope that corrects your issue. Once resolved, I think you'll really love the SR. Remember that it's not a self-stabilizing heli, so it will always drift if you release the sticks.
I flew my Falcon 40 this morning and had a bad nose-in crash. It still flew fine after, but the canopy and battery tray are destroyed. I really like the F40.
04-07-2010, 08:21 PM #445
Yeah i understand about the drifting, and the motors are no prob to replace. I just think is sucks it only lasted what amounts to a few min. The new one I will break in before I run it, I'm sure I'll love it, I enjoyed the few seconds I hovered it yesterday, it flew pretty nice. Can't wait.
04-07-2010, 08:33 PM #446
So Greg, you have a new heli and super cub bnf coming?(read that on rcgroups.com) Thats gotta be 20 plus now
04-07-2010, 11:08 PM #447
On a similar note, my Exceed Raptor G2 came today and this things is very impressive. I haven't flown it yet, but I will this week
04-08-2010, 10:33 PM #448
Well i got the tail motor fixed, had to pull it apart and bend the brushes closer together. They were worn uneven and still need to be replaced, hopefully I'll get the new motor tomorrow. As far as the rest of the flying, I'm not really having much fun yet, not having much luck either. I really didn't expect it to be so difficult. Went through 2 sets of blades and 1 main gear, and messed up the plastic on a set of CP blades. Tried them to see how much better it responded. It was a lot more responsive, and the head speed was much faster. Went back to the stock blades and 1 set of flybar weights. Was hovering it pretty good (so I thought), then it drifted into my fence, so now I need to go back to the hobby get new blades, feathering shaft, the landing skids are broke from a few times setting it down hard. Not what I would call a good day of flying. I hope it gets easier, cause at this rate I won't be able to afford replacement parts. Is it just easier to fly these things instead of just trying to hover? I can fly the SIM pretty good, loops, rolls a little inverted but as soon as I try to fly the real thing it all goes to hell. Well I hope to have it back together tomorrow so I'll let you know how it goes.
04-09-2010, 12:09 AM #449
I'm not sure what your experience is with helis, but the SR is by no means a trainer. The collective pitch helis are the hardest to fly (usually) but like driving a V-bottom boat, it will come natural to you with practice. I definitely suggest you get a fixed-pitch heli first. That will save you a ton of money. I fly my Falcon 40 almost everyday as a trainer and it's fantastic - they run $90 ready-to-fly from XHeli and they're very inexpensive to repair. Yes, I think it's easier to fly the machine rather than just hover it. It's like a bicycle - when in motion it's easier to maintain balance. Just build up to it slowly and it will become second nature. I'm a long way from being a pro though.
Speaking of collective pitch helis, my Raptor G2 came today. This looks very well made. I'll fly it tomorrow to see how it is...
04-09-2010, 05:34 AM #450
I just flew the mSR alot before this. They made the SR look sooooo easy to fly on the demo video. I'll have to get mine back together and see how it goes. Yesterday afternoon when I thought I was doing good, something didn't seem right while I was flying it, it turned out that the feathering shaft was bent so I hope i have better luck when I get it back flying. If I buy another chopper before I learn to fly this one, the wife will kill me, she already hates how frustrated I get with this one.