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    Hello again rotor people,
    Went flying out over the Northern part of the state today satisfying the railroad suits desire to view their kingdom. Sat down in Valentine, Nebr. and had lunch at the casino there. They treated me to a big ol' steak and we spent just a little time at the slot machines. I donated about $80 to the Sioux Tribe. We then headed back here and I was done for the day by 5 PM. I know, I know, a tough schedule, but it's gotta be done. Next week I'll be hopping them over Kansas for three days and that should be it until late March or early April when they want to head out to Utah and Wyoming. Got some spot work around here for some ranchers to fill in the gaps.

    Okay now, how often have any of you ordered something from China and have it arrive in three days?? I came home today about 30 minutes ahead of a Fed Ex driver knocking on my door and handing me a brand new T Rex 500. That has to be the fastest I have ever gotten anything from China. Ordered on the 8th, delivered on the 11th. Needless to say I am pleased and will leave a shining bit of feedback on E Bay for them. Ripped the box open and everything is there and in perfect condition. OOH-YAH!!!!!!!

    Got the Venom charger via express mail today too so I got to tear open another box of toys. Now I am waiting for the batteries to show up. I am betting on tomorrow for those. Still have to buy the servos. There are some good deals on E Bay on the Hitec hs5245mg that Finless Bob recommends. I'll spend some time tomorrow looking at the Futaba S9257 and S9650 prices before I decide.

    For now the other 450 is boxed and set aside. I am anxious to get the 500 built and will be concentrating on it. Been watching some videos of 500s flying and I am even more anxious to get it done. Seems like that model has an amazing power to weight ratio. Makes a real cool sound too. A kind of cross heli/whistling noise and sounds as powerful as it looks.

    Magic,
    Glad to hear you got to fly. Surprise days off are great. Especially when they come with perfect weather. I envy you for where you live. Happy you didn't have to clean feathers out of a pile of heli parts too. That would have been a nasty mid air. That hawk is probably still wondering what the heck has invaded its hunting ground. Probably went home and told the wife and kids he had tangled with some kind of alien.

    David and Aaron,
    Good to hear from you guys again. Kinda figured the holidays had kept you busy.

    JD,
    Hope you are still feeling good. Playing a lot of music?

    Went back and snooped around on that scale squirrel they are giving away and it's the 1:6.8 scale. Measures in at 1640 mm / 5.38 ft. long, 430 mm / 1.4 ft. wide, 480 mm / 1.57 ft. high and weighs in at 4800 grams / 10.58 lbs. It's a monster. Wouldn't be hauling that one around in the trunk of the pontiac. Gonna be interesting to see who wins it on the 31st.

    Donica called early this evening. She was getting ready to sim for a while and then call it an early night. She has worked herself too much lately and is showing signs of exhaustion. I think I have her talked into dropping the extra shifts for awhile. Don't need her getting wore out and sick. She agreed and promised to cut back to just her classes. She said to tell all of you "hay" and hopes you are all having great times. We are hoping to be able to arrange to get together again next month. She is sceduled to work in Dallas beginning the second week of Feb. and I am giving serious thought to maybe pointing the black beauty South and going there for a week or so.

    Better sleep. I have to go out and start my 'slave labor' for Ames tomorrow and start working off the T Rex. I don't know yet what he has planned for me out there but it doesn't matter. I like hanging out in his shop and there is always free doughnuts.

    See ya later me friends.
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    Congrats!!! Yes that was fast shipping. What vendor did you get the heli from? I have had a few days off from the music so I have been flying a little. I like the 2100/3100. Both are so small that my TrexSA is no longer tail heavy and rolls a lot better. Jay you may want to also check for the JR 3400 or 3500 servo. Some of the guys are using them. I have heard warnings about the Hitec digital servo's that start with a "5" do not center well. Have fun on the build and I wish I could build one right along with you.
    Tell Donica that my numbers are in the 120's. She will know what I am talking about. I feel like a million bucks.

    Magic: watch out for the birds!!! Hows is the ASkipper running?

    David: The CopterX airframe cost me $204 and the motor/esc cost me 77. So as a complete kit less blades cost me
    $281. Add $36 for carbon blades I am at $317. The Trex SEV1 would have cost $395 and the V2 Trex would have been right at or above $500. My CX SEV2 flies just as well with a savings of about $200. The CX500 is listed at about $299 and the Trex 500 I can get for $449. In this case the Trex would be cheaper that the CX500 as the motor and ESC is included in the Trex. At any rate I shop around for the best deals. If any one is still interested in the Sceadu EVO.50 you can get them at Rons Heliproz south www.ronlund.com. At $239 for the ccpn version it a bargin.

    Gotta go for now,

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    Hello everyone. I just received for Christmas a Blazing Star. Still learning on simulator for the most. Only had it "up" for a few minutes. Would like to hear from other Blazing Star owners. Would really like to fly with others in Central Alabama. Steve

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    RE: Heli stuff and fellowship

    Hello gravity defiers,
    Looks like the timing on the work for the railroad was good. Had nice weather for most of it. Ran into some wintry stuff up along the Northern part of the state but not bad. As of last night the area we were in has turned to blizzard conditions with white outs. Looks like we are in for some bad stuff here starting tonight or tomorrow too. I am glad they want to wait until spring to go up into Utah. The part of that state we will be in can have some radical winter weather. Winter weather here can bring work though. There will no doubt be some lost cows and horses to go find for ranchers.

    Today I am playing the gofer at Ames' shop. Whatever anyone needs I'm on it. I had never been in his parts storeroom and it is cool how it's organized. I only had trouble finding one part so far and the computer found it for me. It's a busy place today with five planes in there getting various kinds of service. Ames has been gentle so far and hasn't worked me very hard.

    JD,
    I got the 500 from the link Magic posted. It's being shown now as closed. The link to the e bay store is
    http://stores.ebay.com/0-01shop-store
    The return address on the paperwork shows as Hobby Alliance LTD in Hong Kong. The tracking sheet shows that it was shipped on the morning of the 9th and delivered on the morning of the 12th. Only two days total time enroute. The papers show that it was in and out of customs in only two hours. Must have been a slow day there. That's where shipments from China usually get bogged down.

    Hey Steve,
    You have found a good place for heli help. These guys are just plain good. I'm not familiar with the Blazing Star but will go look at it and some of the info on it. One thing, when you have questions try to give all the info you can on your particular model and any upgrades you may have on it. That saves a lot of time.

    Gotta get back to my endentured service for awhile. One of the mechanics needs me to find some kind of little flow through double outlet pressure sensing fluid actuated 24 volt DC whatsit with a filter.

    Later pilots.
    A helicopter is 40,000 loose parts flying in formation, beating the air into submission and scaring the ground away.

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    RE: Heli stuff and fellowship

    Hey Steve !!

    welcome to the gang, there is a lot of knowledge and just plain common sense within this thread, so any questions you have don't be afraid to ask! nothing is too stupid, well, almost!!

    is your 'STAR' with the full ally head? i have seen them and wondered what the quality is like as it looked quite a fun indoor play thing!!

    stay with us, we all learn from each other!!

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    ORIGINAL: bikeweoka

    Hello everyone. I just received for Christmas a Blazing Star. Still learning on simulator for the most. Only had it "up" for a few minutes. Would like to hear from other Blazing Star owners. Would really like to fly with others in Central Alabama. Steve
    Not sure what that is but if you would post the web site you got it from and or pictures I am sure we can give advise. I am not from Alabama but I do talk funny like y"ll do.

    Jay has Ames had you looking for a sky hook yet? Or maybe some prop wash?

    I look at the site for 0-01 store and he still has 2 500 up for sale, Wow $335-$339.

    Matty wassssup.

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    ORIGINAL: bikeweoka

    Hello everyone. I just received for Christmas a Blazing Star. Still learning on simulator for the most. Only had it "up" for a few minutes. Would like to hear from other Blazing Star owners. Would really like to fly with others in Central Alabama. Steve
    I found your heli. As a coaxle it will be fun to fly just be careful charging the battery. Lipo batteries are dangerous so keep a good watch on them.

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    RE: Heli stuff and fellowship

    Jay another servo that you may want is the JRDS3517. pricy about $80 but the top dog daddy. Other folks are using the HS81, HS82, HS85 Hitec for more sport type flying.

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    RE: Heli stuff and fellowship

    Beat up sun burnt & tried would describe me tonight. Cold front came through today and kicked my tail pretty good. Knew it was comming and stayed out so I guess we deserved it. Couple of guys from Iowa came to fish. So we did.

    Chopper, You had me laughing pretty good at that told the family he had a encounter with an alien line. Glad your new bird was in good shape. That place had very good feedback. Looks like they earned it. I have not received my new batteries from Amain yet. I have had good luck with those servos so far, 200+ flights.

    Jim, The Airskipper has seven easy flights. He is taking the break in pretty slow and building his confidance back. Its so smooth and stable. You can tell the power to weight will be amazing with that Hyper and Align pipe. It really runs good.

    Steve, Welcome. You cant go wrong with sim time.

    Tried a new "tape job" on my 500. I can really see this in fff so my final paint will be someting close.

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    Hey guys!

    Magic i feel ya! we were out finishing the dock off at work and were out in the sun all day. nice, drilling concrete anchors and screwing them in whilst upside down, hanging over water !!!

    Jim: doooooood, actually had the weather and time to put four, yes four packs through me little bird! got through almost everything you told me to do apart from i forgot to take the printout i made of everything you wrote! DOH! one interesting thing: i trimmed the tail in rate mode and got it so there was a slight drift of the nose to the right, put it in HH and the nose drifts to the left!! i forgot to crank up the gyro sense but it was interesting to see it drift one way in rate then the other in HH!! was in a bigger area and started getting braver by doing some side in hovers which kinda scared me a lot! got it nose to the right and i nearly dropped it several times, had nose to the left and with the rotation that i was compensating for, it started slipping away from me and i just caught it with a fast swoop back to tail in. i really need to be near a LHS to get my confidence level up as i'm thinking a lot of the time whilst flying that i don't have the time or the money to get any more spares, which is obviously affecting my flying too![]

    green with envy! found out a friend got GIVEN by a friend of his a TT Raptor 50 with RDS8000 Tx and all the relevant sundry and it's already built and has been flown (so one would assume it's trimmed, etc.) [:'(]

    well fellow stick jockeys, time for me to hit the hay with the old nag!!

    keep 'em aloft

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    Oh yeah, Jay the other one is going to get a long weight from someone! got had by that one when i was a baby mechanic; they had me standing in the corridor of one of the sister squadrons for almost an hour! knew something wasn't right when people started going off watch at noonand still nothing was forthcoming !!!! DOH!

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    RE: Heli stuff and fellowship

    how can I tell?

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    RE: Heli stuff and fellowship

    is it a coloured metal or is the rotor head (where the rotor blades attach) plastic?



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    RE: Heli stuff and fellowship

    Matty, Just take your time while learning. Use that simulator a lot. Is does not matter if you have the part or not the (I hope I don't crash) is in everyones mind. The beginner is thinking "Crap I have to buy and wait for more parts". The pros are thinking " Crap I have it flying perfect now I have to start over again" Old grand pa like me would say "Crap were did I put that magnifying glass? Crap I dropped that screw again"

    I am starting a new project. I have ordered a scale 500E fuslage for my spare 450. It should be here in a couple of days, barring the artic weather. I could not fine what I really wanted. I want a body like Jays real heli but I can not find one for the 450 other than the cheap styrene. Darth has a really nice one in styrene but he wants $69 for it. Lots of detail. I may talk to him further and decide then. His stuff is very light and detailed. There are some very nice .30 and .50 size out there. May be one for my EVO.

    I have noticed some very good prices for 450 helis on the web. A Beam V4 for $299 at www.Amain hobbies.com
    Now is the time to shop around for stuff. The TT MINI TITAN for under 120 bucks. Terex clones for under $70.

    Take care everyone,

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    RE: Heli stuff and fellowship

    Speaking of which Jim :

    R2 hobbies - T-rex clone

    whadya tink?

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    RE: Heli stuff and fellowship

    Nope for a couple of reasons. 1: no lower support for the tail belt. A lot of side pressure on the main shaft lower bearing when you tighten the tail even loosly. 2: the tail slider has a single ball and will be sloppy. 3:The fames are very flimsy looking. 4: I do not like the main shaft mount that the shaft has to go through. It does look nice but for $169 I can get a Copter x and Trex SA and others where I can find parts at most LHS. This one looks to be on its own and is really no clone at all as far as the frame set up. Looks like it may have some HDX parts also.

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    cool, looks like the next one is going to be a copterX or T-rex if i'm feeling really flush!!



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    RE: Heli stuff and fellowship

    Hey levitating lunatics,
    I'm 'on duty' at Ames' shop and having a ball. These guys are a kick to work around. All friends and love what they do. They haven't sent me searching for any nonexistent parts yet. Ames had me go looking for one today that I thought was going to be the expected spoof. He wanted a stainless steel housing for a reverse osmosis filter assembly. I thought "oh yeah, here it comes. Now I am in for the roll of laughter and hoots from the entire staff". But, turned out it is a legitimate part for the drinking water system on a corporate jet. Cleans the water so they can mix their scotch with pure water I guess. Not only am I earning a new heli, I am getting educated. Ames says that by quitting time tomorrow we should be square on the debt. I may come out more just because of the fun I'm having (the free doughnuts help too). These guys really have a system going here. Aircraft roll in one end and out the other nearly continuously. Debi has the office ticking like a swiss army watch and everyone stays in a good mood. Tomorrow we dolly in the black beauty for a little service. They will go through the tail rotor system to be sure it is in good shape and change out all the filters on the engine. That's what I call timing. Ames will have me working on my own heli and still get the service fee. Hmmmmm, nicely arranged.

    Got the batteries from AMain yesterday. Those are some hefty packs compared to what I'm used to with the 450s. Set up to charge them out on the patio and the Venom charger juiced them up perfectly balanced. I think I'm going to like that charger a lot.

    Still haven't got the servos ordered yet. Still leaning toward the futaba S9650 all around.

    JD,
    Real happy to hear you got in some flying. I can identify with the frustrating wait for decent weather. It has turned afoul here again and is cold and windy (of course). The wind here is the worst of it. Being way out here in the flatlands we have a big share of wind. Can't seem to get anything arranged for indoor flying. Folks out here on the frontier are so unfamiliar with the helis I can't seem to get them convinced that I won't be destroying their property. I once thought about leasing a second hangar at the airport but there are never any available. Thanks for the info on servos. Hey, if you want to try and use the scale squirrel I have I'll give it to you. I won't be using it. I think I am going to pay the price and get a fiberglass kit. Let me know and I'll send it your way. Donica said on the phone today that she read your post and (her words) is dang tickled your counts are where they are and said to remind you to test, test, test. She sends her affection to everyone here and to let you all know she is catching up on her rest and is back to a normal schedule. She sounded cheerful (as always) on the phone. Promised to fire up the sim tonight.

    Magic,
    Wow, fishing off the coast. I am wishin' I was with ya. Lots of good freshwater fishing around here, but I haven't been ocean fishing for a long time. Nothing compares to that. Sounds like you have gotten good service out of your servos. Pardon my dumbitity, but I lost track. Which ones are you using?

    Matty Matey,
    Ya got yer whirley gig a flyin'. Good news there me friend. I'd wager a stout or two you are a happier chap now. I'll hold one in the air for you tonight and cheer you on. It's a lot of fun trying the new stuff isn't it? Keeps the whoopee level up where it belongs. Yes, saw and experienced some of the practical jokes in the military. Mostly pulled on the midshipmen (officer cadets) on their training stints. Even saw one fall for being sent after 10 feet of chow line. Saw one sent up on the antenna deck of a Navy ship to sweep up rf dust too. Myself, I got takin in being sent after a bos'n mate punch. Got one, got pissed and gave it right back. Took a look at that heli you mentioned. I don't know about that one. I have never seen that frame design before and it looks to be quite spindly with serious sheer points where the screws hold it together. Only one main bearing too. I would be leery of that. Balsa wood main blades are scary. The belt appears to pass through some kind of idler at the front of the boom that looks like it is just a couple of rollers mounted on plastic. I would be afraid of that as a failure point. The head and tail assys look a lot like T Rex stuff but it's hard to tell if they are of the same quality.

    Steve,
    Took a look at the blazing Star last night. Cool little bird. Are you flying it yet? That exhaust tube on it would look good an a scale body.

    Someone is hollerin' for a part of some kind out in the shop. I best be getting back to me duties.

    Later me friends.
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    Thanks Jay I will take it and give it a whirl. I will PM my address.

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    RE: Heli stuff and fellowship

    Jim finally got my kinetic set with that bump at 25% throtle curb to help me make a soft landing thank, thougth i have no more work to do but flying Sunday I went to the field to train on my litttle plane just 5 local people allways there, well fllying with my trainer with the 2 tx hook a new guy came along and with out asking turn his radio on on my chanell, Guess I wont be flying my heli this weekend will need to work on the plane, we hate trees and fences etc but that day I loved that three save me a lot of work, just telling my story so safety is is not 100% in you, to save your bird when you have Jerks in underground field, any way after all the work we do for our helis is a MUST to make sure there is only 1 person flying at a time. hope this help someone
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    Hey Mar

    hope you postured that the broken off prop blade was going to be inserted where the sun doesn't shine on the culprit???[:@]


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    RE: Heli stuff and fellowship

    Chopper, I used the Hitec Hs 5245MG, Digital, the one Finless uses. They come with a metal arm that is perfect.

    Gota run, my lady is waiting in the hot tub. LOL



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    I was a good sport a sorry did it for me can wait to see him at the field flying an test my tx batt, huup, thats why a I have a 2.4 gz in my heli

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    RE: Heli stuff and fellowship

    Hay, hay, hiya all you high frequency wave tossers,
    I've missed y'all. Turned myself into a workaholic for a while. Got all obsessed with mendin' up hurt folks. Wore myself to a frizzle and I'm glad Jay talked me into cuttin' back. I'm all rested up now and feel a lot better.

    I turnt on the sim last night and put myself through 2 1/2 hours of practicin' some of the basics along with trying some just plain over my head stuff too. Found out I can get two bounces out of a heli if it comes in at just the right speed and angle. Kinda like skippin' rocks 'cept pieces parts come off the helis. Just for the heck of it before I quit for the night I tried one of JDs skiddin' landings. Forget what you call them JD. Doesn't work on the sim as far as I can tell. Just flops along tossin' pieces around. Anywho, that ended my session on the sim with a giggle.

    Not gonna try to catch up with everything here or this would get too long and I promised myself some simmin' and a movie yet tonight.

    JD,
    I'm tickled, real tickled to hear your counts are down. Knowin' your stayin' healthy is important to me mister. It's good to hear you got to fly. Y'all have had some uncomfortable weather lately and I bet you're glad to see some calming. Been unusually cold here with temps in the 40s and lots of clouds. Doesn't look like that's going get any better for a few days. Better'n the low teens and snow that Nebraska is havin' though. So, you're gonna adopt that little scale body Jay has eh? I will be lookin' forward to seein' what you turn it into.

    Mr Magic,
    Ohhh, glad to hear that birdie and your heli didn't have to fight for airspace. I would hate to hear of your heli gettin' broke and I'm glad the bird didn't get hurt either. Yeah, probably freaked on seein' that big ol' spinny headed critter zoomin' around. I bet the wife accused him of havin' one too many on the way home. Oooohhh-hot tubbin' with the lady. Now that's how to spend some quality time. I surely like the pink on your heli. Mine is still the solid blue for now. Jay has some extra canopies and has started layin out a paint job on one for me, but is keepin' it hidden from me. Says he wants it to be a surprise. If I know him, it's gonna be cool. thank you for the help findin' a 500 for Jay and parts for it.

    On that subject, thanks to all of you for helpin' out. I'm excited for Jay and lookin' forward to seein' it flyin'.

    Hay Steve,
    you've found a buncha good people here. Hope you come back a lot. Good to see another fellow southerner on here. I'm a Louisiana girl (Farmerville) and JD has already mentioned he's one of the funny talkin' folk too. Watch out though. These smart headed heli nuts on here will be gettin' you into bigger and fancier helis if you give them half a chance and you'll be lovin' it. Equality, Alabama. Not too far West of big ol' Martin Lake. My Daddy and brothers have made several trips out to that lake (Cherokee Bluffs area) and had some mighty fine fishin' there.

    Matty old bean,
    Your just a nut you know. Like your jokes a lot. Hoohaw, you got to fly your flitter machine. That's good to hear. How's that little angel Naiya doin'? Keepin' her dad on his toes?

    Mariano (Cool name),
    I'm sorry to hear you got frequencied out and messed up your plane. You were a good boy 'bout it though. Does make ya want to (as my dad would say) git some payback. That other boy needs some learnin' on field courtesy. If it happens again maybe standin' him up with his back that lucky tree and givin' him one of those finger waggin' talks would do it. 'Course, tossin' a rope over one of the branches for visual effect might help too.

    Whoa, gotta quit and git ta gittin' on the sim before it gets late. I just can't seem to get tired of talkin' to y'all.

    See y'all in the sky,

    Donica

    Helicopters don\'\'\'\'t really move. They sit still and make the world move around them. Keep \'\'\'\'\'\'\'\'\'\'\'\'\'\'\'\'em whirrin\'\'\'\'\'\'\'\'\'\'\'\'\'\'\'\'


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