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  1. Jul 9, 2019 #21

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    It was the norm for me to go flying alone but stopped after I had a nasty accident when my right hand came in contact with a 16" APC prop that was vigorously defending it's air space.
     
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  2. Jul 12, 2019 #22

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    Not RC related per se but I ordered and received my copy of the Saturn V flight manual. Not too expensive on Amazon and the 50th anniversary is coming up of course.

    I started working on the dimensions for the servo mounts for the horizontal stab yesterday. I took some basic measurements and came up with a design. I then traced the top of the servo to see how far above it could possibly stick. The stabs will have 1/16" sheeting so I'm thinking I should consider lowering it by a 1/16" at this time. Before I proceed I will throw a servo arm and ball link on to make sure though.

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  3. Jul 18, 2019 #23

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    I've been trying to get back to work on the Cadence but work keeps getting in the way.

    I made some tweeks to the design and decided to cut a sample tonight. The primary change is I lowered the servo mounting points 1/8".
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  4. Jul 20, 2019 #24

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    Our club had the annual Big Bird Fly In today so I took my son out to see that in the morning and then I returned in the afternoon to do some flying. I don't have a Big Bird per se so I just took the EF 48" Yak 54 and flew that. I just did 2 flights though.

    I also finished up the prototype of the servo box today. I used my scroll saw to rip to some of the 1/8" lite ply. I also had to sand a little on the lite ply after it was installed to be able to drop the servo in but after that it seems to be a good fit. I also need to check on the servo horn clearance and remember to make a hole for the servo wire before I glue them in. 20190720_110421.jpg 20190720_202327.jpg 20190720_204038.jpg 20190720_204655.jpg 20190720_205230.jpg
     
  5. Jul 21, 2019 #25

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    Well I didn't work on the Cadence today but I did go flying. I put 4 flights on the DeJaVu working on the Intermediate sequence. The first few flights went surprisingly well considering I haven't been through the sequence in over a month. Then I started trying to fine tune and that's where I put a lot of pressure on myself and started making minor mistakes that put me off more than I would've liked.

    I also believe a cell in one of my packs is starting to go bad. I'm going to individually storage charge the packs in the set and monitor so I don't have LiPo fire. 20190721_160637.jpg
     
  6. Jul 23, 2019 #26

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    I put the pack in question on storage charge yesterday morning before I left for a work trip. The pack seems to be OK when it's cool and the biggest imbalance is when it's hot.

    I may run a couple charge/discharge cycles on the battery to see how it does and see if maybe I just had a cell get really out of balance from me charging 4 5S packs (essentially) at a time.

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  7. Jul 28, 2019 #27

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    I went to the field yesterday to take advantage of not being rushed and the relatively nice weather. I just took the DeJaVu and put 5 flights on it working on the Intermediate sequence.

    I also charged each of the 5S packs in a set differently to see how they looked. The 5S pack I was having trouble took a little longer to balance than the others. Of course the newer Zippy Compacts were pretty good so I'm thinking it may just be the age of the GForce packs.

    I charged each set at 2C at the field using a CellPro charger dedicated to 1 5S pack. I'm thinking I may just use this method when I get new packs and get 4 sets to be able to charge each 5S pack independent of one another.
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  8. Jul 28, 2019 #28

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    Well trying to get some honey dos done before baby #2 comes along. I did manage to get started on the second servo box for the horizontal stab though. 20190728_195312.jpg
     
  9. Jul 30, 2019 #29

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    I worked on both the DeJaVu and the Cadence tonight.

    I've been having trouble with the landing gear on the DeJaVu spreading out and being loose. I had been checking the tightness of the gear bolts and didn't realize there were locknuts on the other side. When I had felt around under the plate before, it felt more like blind nuts. I got the gear snugged up and then I replaced the tires on the wheels.

    Now I just need to change out the arming plug.

    After that, I cut a piece of 1/4" balsa for the other horizontal stab servo box.
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  10. Jul 31, 2019 #30

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    So I've been thinking lately about helicopters. I really like the Synergy 516 but I haven't flown it in a while. In addition to that I am still worried about crashing it and a little intimidation despite it not being much bigger than the PROTOS I had before. So I'm thinking about selling it and getting an OXY 3 to fly and just sticking with the micro helis.

    Plus I also kind of want to get another warm or hotliner sailplane to play around with.
     
  11. Aug 3, 2019 #31

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    We had a club meeting this morning so I naturally charged up my 2 3S 1000's to fly some foamies. I took both the Byp Yak and the TH Edge 540. I started out with the Byp Yak which lasted about 30 seconds before I became overconfident, did a sharp left turn causing a stall, and dorked it.

    Not sure what I'm going to do with it. It's taking up space and it's depron. I can glue it back together but is it worth keeping when I also want to get a TH Crack Camel Biplane.

    I ended up flying the TH Edge 4 times. The last flight was also short but because Jeff (Pfieffer, former TOC pilot) 20190803_103235.jpg 20190803_103251.jpg 20190803_111403.jpg 20190803_204541.jpg took a turn on the sticks since he had mentioned wanting to get a TH foamy for flying at work. He made my 3D look like I was a hack of course. But he did not the odd tendencies the plane has and I have noticed. Ultimately it's a foamy and not worth making too much of a fuss over.

    We also had a couple other club members flying their TH foamies too which was a lot of fun.

    I've also been researching the Oxy 3 Sport. It's a pretty pricey heli by the time you get it together. I may just look in to getting an Oxy 2 since I can fly near the house and keep the 516. Will see. I'm just a sport flyer so I don't crash much and I doubt I'll ever really smack a heli around. I guess the main thing is going back to my 300X that I was able to get the cahones to try new stuff whereas now I'm too worried about crashing. I'm going to think about it.

    Another thing that would be nice is I could use my CellPro 4S to charge the packs so I could run my 2 CellPro 10S chargers for pattern and then just have to charge the packs for foamies and an Oxy 3 with the 4S.
     
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  12. Aug 4, 2019 #32

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    Finally got around to watching some of the old Smack Talk videos and I started with the one thing I can do other than hovering orientations and that's forward flight.

    Looking at parts prices between the 516 and the Oxy 3, the big difference is in the blades. So not something to bat an eye at but also not the end of the world. I also don't fly 3 mistakes high per the video.

    I'm thinking I may just keep the 516 and sit down with my transmitter and go through some of the motions. I'm not big on simulators and I've done stall turns before so I just need to retrain my movements.

    I would like to get another small reasonably priced heli like a Blade or an Oxy 2 but maybe my money is best spent on parts for the 516 for the time being.

     
  13. Aug 7, 2019 #33

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    Is that a Pilot 53" Yak I see next to the pattern ship? I've got one too with a Power 32 on 4s and HS-225mg.
     

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