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Old 11-29-2010, 08:00 PM   #1
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Default Walkera HM V400D02 2.4Ghz Flybarless Series RTF

Well, I gave in once again.....

i ordered a Walkera HM V400D02 2.4Ghz Flybarless Series RTF and was wondering if anyone here has had any experience with it (good-bad-etc) ?

i couldn't find any parts anywhere in the states but ordered a bunch of parts from China.

it's supposed to be here late this week and the parts a few days later.

I've spent so much money on Blade CP, CP-PRO and
CP-PRO-2, SR and Blade-400's that a few more $$ can't hurt

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Old 12-01-2010, 03:38 PM   #2
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Looks like you are one of the first... can't wait to read your flight report letting us know what you think of it!!!
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Old 12-01-2010, 03:50 PM   #3
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we'll , if ups doesn't lose the package it's supposed to be here tomorrow

they have lost the last to items that were supposed to be delivered to me.

gone off the face of the planet ....

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Old 12-02-2010, 04:07 PM   #4
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Default WOOOOOOOOOOOO!! It's here

well
ups pulled in with the Walkera HM V400D02
i took a couple of pics while unpackaging

first impression: great lookin' heli for $149

read the manuals while battery topped off

manuals just as well be in Greek

make very little sense

anyhow, heli and controller bound instantly

verified servo directions and travel

looked for loose fasteners, there were none

it's too big for me to feel comfortable doing it's maiden inside so i took it outside in the yard

winds 5-15. yea

laid down a dog mat on the grass and cautiously lifted off

it just hovered like a cx2, wait

no, it was much more stable than any cx2 i ever flew

it just sat there

winds gust from every direction, takes minimal stick

hovered for about 3 minutes and said hey, fly it like you stole it , so i took it on up to 15' and flew a simple pattern or 3

this heli loves wind!

anyhow

landed and had to get back to work

battery is charging as we speak

when i finish work will fly again

if i can get someone to vid will upload

if this thing keeps working like it does now i will be one happy camper !

it flys so much better than my blade 400 that there is no comparison.

i cannot believe it is a cp heli.

enough ranting,

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Old 12-02-2010, 06:41 PM   #5
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Thumbs up

flew another battery after work
can't wait for my parts order and extra batterys to get here

wind was 5-10 , gusty and variable

the Walkera HM V400D02 doesn't care

it is solid as a rock in hover , flying figure eights or just flying the pattern.

i fly 3d slabs but am a simple sport flyer with helis so no real craziness will be done by me.

i havent adjusted the gyro or anthing.

i havent even touched a trim button !

out of the box, perfect trim, blade tracking spot on also.

after this last flight i went over the heli again. no loose fasteners.

neither motor runs hot. just slightly warm to the touch.

ran the last battery 7 minutes and still had power for a controlled landing.

anyhow,

first day: impressed

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Old 12-02-2010, 09:11 PM   #6
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Are those brushed motors it uses?
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Old 12-02-2010, 09:14 PM   #7
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yes they are. but hey, they are dirt cheap and both could be changed out in 5 minutes if you had to.

my motors are only warm to the touch after a 7 minute flight.

i'm logging flights to see how long they last

gonna fly another battery (the only one i have to fit it) in the am

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Old 12-02-2010, 09:30 PM   #8
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Old 12-03-2010, 09:47 AM   #9
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Do they make a bnf version to use with the 2801 tx?
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Old 12-03-2010, 09:50 AM   #10
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i dont know, its so new
but i bet they will

i flew 2 more batterys this am

first batt was 5 mph winds

second gusting to 15 again

this one is a blast!

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ps: i really like the 2603

you can set dr/expo gyro ruddermix

cant believe $149, free shipping for a heli of this quality
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Old 12-03-2010, 09:54 AM   #11
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Looks like it uses the old 60#B stacked metal frame? If so, just be very careful to inspect it after any hard landings... they tend to bend a very slight amount and it throws everything out of wack!

Is the one-way a separate unit or is it part of the main gear?
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Old 12-03-2010, 10:06 AM   #12
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i've been checking all fasteners after each flight and everything has stayed tight

the motors still are only warm after 7 minutes, we'll see how long they last

i have no idea what a "one way" is

remember, i'm a slab pilot

pardon my ignorance

have been flying helis 3 years no 3d, just sport flying

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Old 12-03-2010, 10:21 AM   #13
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No probs... the one-way is the one-way bearing in the main gear that enables the blades to spin without the main gear turning... it only works when the blades are spinning clockwise, hence the name "one-way".
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Old 12-03-2010, 10:27 AM   #14
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once again, i plead ignorance

my main gear and rotor appear to be solidly connected

i cannot turn the rotor either direction without the main gear turning

have held the main gear and turned and it appears solid

all i see are upper and lower support bearings
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Old 12-03-2010, 12:36 PM   #15
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Default Hi Otter, Yes!

I placed my order today, should be here in 3-4 day----If the cosmetics mimic the performance, I will be happy! A very nice looking Heli!

Was going to order a 450D01 but problems with Manufacturing has delayed release of this model! I agree, a steal at 149.00 Sweet deal, I appreciate your comparison with the Blade 400, I would rather tear this puppy up vs. T-Rex-450 Pro

I will also let you all know what I thinkwhen she arrives!

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Old 12-03-2010, 12:42 PM   #16
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i'm headed out right now to fly another battery

wish my other batterys would get here


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Old 12-03-2010, 01:14 PM   #17
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Default Hi Otter

Where did you order your spare parts---? Regarding the battery, who did you order that from?

Thanks----Hope your Flight was good!!
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Old 12-03-2010, 03:22 PM   #18
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here's where i bought a battery today

http://www.wowhobbies.com/HM-V400D02-Z-30.aspx

i also bought nearly a whole heli in parts from helipal in china. they've got nearly every part.

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Old 12-03-2010, 03:26 PM   #19
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Default First Damage Report

flew several batterys today as quick as they would charge

after last flight was tinkering with the controller and decided to see what low rate movement
looked like at the cyclic.

heard a grinding sound (very familiar of course) and found the right rear servo is stripped.

no crashes, no hard landings, just stripped.

of course we know cheap servos do strip

the odd thing was, the heli still flew the pattern just fine

gonna see if i have a servo that will work

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Old 12-03-2010, 03:31 PM   #20
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Wow hobbies sells bnf. But I hate them. Lol
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