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Old 02-16-2016, 02:53 PM   #9921
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But it's Tuesday now. Come on!!!!!
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Old 02-16-2016, 04:53 PM   #9922
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Woo-hooo!!!!

My little Draken flys!

More later, I'm packing up at the soccer fields.
Even got some footage from my new gp4 on my new Mach 9 gimbal!
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Old 02-16-2016, 11:47 PM   #9923
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Wow. That was exciting!

Kind of windy, about 10 mph, around 55 F.

I was nervous as hell! The first 1/3rd of the vid was from the first 2 attempts.
First launch ended up nose in about 20 feet in front of me. I added up trim and tried again. This time I did a controlled glide into the ground. Not enough reflex.

Took her to the bench and turned in both clevis's 3 turns, dialed out my trim and tried again, which is the second 1/3rd of the vid.
My god was she twitchy! At full throttle she was a real hand full to fly. I thought maybe I did a calculation wrong!
Once I put the throttle setting to cruise she settled down some, but still twitchy. I got way too much throw dialed in, about 3/4 inch. A few clicks left trim and she was flying straight and level, Abet I was still being very careful in the turns.

Been awhile since I flew a 3 channel, and never flown a wing before.
I soon discovered that a few changes would be beneficial.

Upon landing, with knees wobbly and my heart ready to explode I decided to make only one change at a time. Good thing, too.
I decided to put some expo into the controls, tame her down a little.

Second flight.
Take off went off without a hitch, a hell of a lot better than the one in the vid. I wasn't recording the second flight.
All went very well, except I went the wrong way with the expo! No problems.
If I had to guess I would say 1/2 throttle is about 40-45 mph.
I flipped her into 2d hold mode and the stabilized mode kicked in making her more controllable.

Going to have to put dual rates on her. High speed I need to dial out some of the reflex and decrease the throws by around 1/2!

Once I do that, reverse the expo and dial out the right trim I put in she will be ready for the second outing.

In all, it went very well. I was extremely pleased. Despite my early launch failures absolutely no damage happened. Just cleaned off the prop and try again.
It's evident as hell that once I get her dialed in she is going to be a real nice flying aircraft. One that can cover some serious territory!

Can't wait to go out again! Unfortunately, one of the guys on the off shift has gout so I'll be covering for him for awhile.


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Old 02-17-2016, 02:47 AM   #9924
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Glad it worked out reasonably well Tom. You had me confused with the onboard from the hexa at the end. I was like, what's he on about, this is lovely and stable, lol.
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Old 02-17-2016, 03:40 AM   #9925
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Yeah, that was my new gimbal's first test with the GoPro4 on her.
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Old 02-17-2016, 05:01 PM   #9926
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Ah, of course.
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Old 02-29-2016, 04:50 AM   #9927
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Finally picked up a new work van

There's a funfly coming up at the club in May, so got something to look forward to, and hopefully get signed up again
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Old 03-02-2016, 05:03 AM   #9928
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Cool, dude! Been missing you around here. Get back to flying!

Went out for the 3rd flight with the Drak today. Figured out my bounce problem.
To begin with, I screwed up programming my mode switches. I had no manual mode.
This explained to me why I thought the bounce was airframe related, because every time I went into manual it was still bouncing.
Once I realized this I went to gains and went way down on them.

She flys so nice now! Still need to dial it in more. She really wants to climb in manual mode. I've taken 1 full turn of reflex out. Baby steps.
When I flipped her into 2d, ( stabilized, no altitude hold ), she pulled down level as can be.
Had Greg under the goggles. He reports the cruise speed is 47 mph at 11 amps. Good numbers.

In the end of the vid, I got too slow on final approach. She looses lift on one wing and over she goes into a flat spin. I push the nose down and throttle up while applying opposite aileron. She stops spinning and I'm just getting the nose up when she hits,, hard!
Only damage was to my nose cover.
Damn glad I had the lens protector on the new GoPro4! That little puppy just paid for itself. As you can tell, I didn't have it on all the way when flying.

So, think I'm happy with the gains where they are now. Once I get the reflex dialed in, that's about it. Time to go under the goggles, check out that new Crossfire system.


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Old 03-02-2016, 03:57 PM   #9929
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Cheers Tom, it's been so long! Not sure how the fleet is gonna hold out against the new tech, but I hope for more changes in the future. Your video footage has kept me watching from afar at times in awe!

The job and life is keeping me busy though, Jack just turned 7 and changes this year to my access arrangements, hopefully to suit the job better. Taking up to 12-16 hrs a day in the week and then having Jack on Saturday's and Sunday's most weeks, it's gonna be difficult to fit in still. But, my job now has me travelling the country. I'm down near Jonnyheli's neck of the woods tomorrow, and I travel down to Birmingham near Grant, alot too. I've always wanted a nosey round his workshop if he'll let me But for now, I got to stay focused on this job. Its building up nicely, and glad I made the choice to go back to plumbing. But the main thing is, I pass the motorway junction almost once every week, which is 1 mile from the entrance to the flying clubs new home. (Not a coincidence either)

I'm just determined to sort the freakin 600 out this year. Few more tries with the FB head, new battery, possibly upgrade the align VR, once all mechanical problems and electrics are checked over again. Just wouldn't be right to do the FBL upgrade in case its an electronic problem (Amps or dodgy wiring I feel, if not mechanical). Anyway repeated that I'm sure and procrastinated enough, time to start doing stuff again!
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Old 03-14-2016, 10:21 PM   #9930
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Well, it's official. This is on it's way to me, the replacement for the Hexa.
Nice thing is all my gear will transfer over. Even my gimbal will mount up to her, once repaired.

The spec sheet calls for 28xx motors, but that is for an x3 configuration. my 2216's in an x6 configuration will work out just fine.
It's a heavy frame. There are much lighter tri's out there, but it is rugged. Actually this is lighter than the SkyHero.

Looking forward to putting her together, but considering it's coming from China, free shipping, I suspect sometime around May. That will put it real close to the Hartsel spring meet. We'll see is I can get it done.

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Old 04-30-2016, 04:45 AM   #9931
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Actually got round to pulling the 450 off the shelf and charging packs up and giving her a spin up inside. Been wanting to get her out for a hover, but winter has been having its last laugh this week.

Not been going well at work with a new boss. Long story but wanting to change again. Just as things seemed to be settling down, my back appears to be shot! Hoping I can keep the van long enough to make it to the fun fly on the 11th May. Just aiming to get out this week to blow off the cobwebs. My laptop dead now (found the air vent clogged with dust and overheated the CPU!), so aiming to get that replaced as a priority too!

Hope you fellow northern hemispherians are looking forward to summer breaking, as I am!
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Old 06-11-2016, 08:03 AM   #9932
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All right, you silly kinigets. Time for a teaser.

Our annual fpv meet is father's day weekend and yours truly is more than ready to go!
Going with me this year will be the Drak with its new LRS, the new Y6, and my little hot rod, the 250 quad. Got about 20 set of props for it!

What else is new? I'm glad you asked! I picked up a new Protek quad charger. No more running out of battery's.

Everything is all packed and ready for Thursday to come around.
I haven't flown for awhile, been busy getting ready to retire. It's a lot of work!
My freaking job is going out of country, forcing me into this. As worn out as I am I realize that I'm at that point now. No sense trying to find another place to work. So, I'm busy getting ready to downsize. Got the entire house, except my home theater, all packed up.
That's the main reason for my absence. What's your excuse?

So, stay tuned. When I get back I expect to have some great pics, some great vids, and some great stories! See if we can't kick a little life into this dead thread!
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Old 08-07-2016, 03:33 PM   #9933
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Another new toy, almost done, a VAS micro-wraith. Ought to be quite fun!
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Old 08-10-2016, 12:20 AM   #9934
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And, one more,,,, just for luck.
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Old 08-10-2016, 02:34 PM   #9935
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You're out of control Tom!

Looks awesome. Be sure to let us have some flight reports, or better still a video.

Mostly I've been gardening. Just can't summon up the enthusiasm to fly. Can't put my finger on why, but I've been clearing and digging over perhaps 250 square yards of nettles, brambles, and general weeds to try and make a bit more lawn. Feel better for it, but slightly guilty for neglecting my flying.

Won't be pristine lawn or anything, just to create a gap between the green house, a small fenced compound for general building stuff, and the head high weeds.

If I can mow it weekly it will keep the weeds at bay and away from the areas those two areas that were being overgrown.

Glad to see you haven't lost your flying mojo.

Cheers

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Cheers, Andrew!

Despite how busy I am, what with selling my house, getting ready for the day they let us go, I'm still building, at least. Not much flying, really. Seems like whenever I get a day off work I'm busy or the weather sucks.

Vids, pics, you bet.

What a bitch the me-262 was. Couldn't get the motors to start. Somehow, I must have switched something in programming because that is what it took.
All I have left to do is flight controls and balance now. Can't wait!

The Wraith, the new esc should show up today, so tomorrow I can finish things up and hopefully do a test flight on both Friday.

More updates this weekend.
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Well, both maiden flights went extremely well!

ME-262

Both vids below are of the launch and recovery of the fighter.
As you can easily see, on launch I goosed the throttle. Nose instantly went airborne and I fought to push it down. As the nose drops the main gear comes off the ground and she's airborne!

Power is off the scale. One vid, the guy clocked a stock one doing n123 mph! I figure that's not too far off.
She flys like a dream, however, there is one bad habit. When turning the nose goes down slightly and the tendency to snap roll increases to the point you have to be prepared for it.
Landing was a snap. My god, does this thing have a glide slope! Low bounce tires are on the list for immediate upgrades.

After landing, when she went into the weeds one main gear collapsed. Not being in the game so long, these new fangled servoless electric retracts proved fastenating to me. What a great idea! What the hell took so damn long? Really, really nice. Had to disassemble it to reset the gear and was I'm pressed how simple and rugged they are.

The micro-Wraith.
Greg gives her a toss for me,,, and botches it! Me, I dance her an inch or two above disaster and then I get the wings level. Good-by world!
Fast, slow, it does it all real well. Goinjg to take me some time to get used to 3 channel control, but I was impressed. Just a few clicks of trim and she flys on rails.
A speed demon, to just dancing above stall, she flew supurb!



So, two fresh maidens, and two birds going home intact. Can't beat that!



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Old 08-16-2016, 04:17 AM   #9938
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Indeed you did sir. What a sneak. I look forward to some close up 3D with that one. Congratulations on the successful two maidens.
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Old 08-26-2016, 01:51 AM   #9940
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Wohoo! Maiden of the Park 1100 is done!

All went exceptionally well, despite the 17-22 mph wind. Didn't even need trim, though I think the cg was a tad too far aft. Due to the wind I only got 5 minutes of flight before I gave up. Out of that I got in 2 landings.

Flys slow as hell, even at full throttle. Snap around the sky! Ought to with almost 3 inches of throw on everything. No dual rate or expo. Really don't need it as slow as she fly's.

Wind pushed me too far out once and I lost orentation. After bouncing all over the sky and getting about 2 feet off the ground I finally got upright figured out and with maybe 6 inches left in altitude I recovered and brought her back for the last time. Not that wrecking at the speed she fly's would damage anything!

Finishing her up she turned into a real bitch.
I'm running an Orange receiver and somehow during binding I accidentally switched her to hi-speed mode and burnt out 3 new servos!.

No vid this time. It was just a quick and dirty.


Finished up changing out all the servos on the Ranger. Got sick and tired of burning out servos. So, she's ready to test out, again.

Drak, ready.

Micro-Wraith, what a kick to fly! video issues. Added a regulator, so ready to test it out, too.

Me-262, freakin awesome to fly!

Y-600, done and good to go.

QAV250, just rip snorting fun.

And, the Cub. Started working on it, again.
Found a muffler for her.
Went back and forth about adding smoke. Especially with these new mach 9 smoke systems, but decided against it. That shit gets into everywhere! Na, my son is familiar with this planes history being scratch b uilt. I want to keep her clean so when the time comes he can add it to his man-cave.
Time not to strip her down, again. Got a can of hairspray to coat her with before adding the Sig Koverite material. It has a nice weave pattern to it that really makes her look the part after doping.
Can't believe I'm closing in on finishing her. Only been 10 years or so in the repair.
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