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First post, hello, and some questions.

Old 11-11-2011, 05:39 PM
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Default First post, hello, and some questions.

Hello, Everyone. This is my first post.

A week ago I went to my LHS and purchased my first helicopter, a starter one: blade MCX2. Right away I knew this was something I wanted to get into, so I decided to do the research for a helicopter that would be good for me: fun, well made, and which would last me a long time. I decided that it would be the T-Rex 500

I have 3 questions:

Question 1: The following is a list of the parts I purchased. Are these parts enough to complete a functional T-Rex 500:
a) 1 AGNKX017011A Align T-Rex 500 ESP Electric Superior Combo Kit with Servos & Gyro AGNKX017011A
b) 1 DYN4066 Dynamite Passport AC/DC LiPo 6S DYN4066
d) 1 FUTK7005 Futaba 7C 7-Channel 2.4GHz Heli Tx/Rx No Servos FUTK7005
e) 1 HMXE2025 Heli-Max Heli Training Gear HMXE2025

Since these parts are expensive, and since I'm a beginning pilot, I decided to invest in Co-Pilo 2, in order to protect my investment:

In the future, I would like to get the Airwolf fuselage.

Question 2:Is it possible to add that Airwolf fuselage to the T-Rex 500 with Co-Pilot 2 in it?

Question 3: I would like to get a couple of more batteries. Are these compatible with the T-Rex 500:

Please guys (and gals), go easy on me. A week ago I knew nothing about Helicopters. I'll try to keep up.


P.S. I've read here, in the forums, that it is a good idea to first practice using a heli simulator. That makes alot of sense to me. I got myself Phoenix 3 for that purpose:
Old 11-14-2011, 04:24 PM
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Default RE: First post, hello, and some questions.

Howdy !

In regards to your equipment, it's OK.  T rex 500 is a VERY good helicopter.  Packs a nice punch.  It seems however you are missing a motor and  an ESC (electronic speed controller) or maybe it was included with the bundle.  It runs the motor and receiver.  This particullar unit must be or should be programmed in various parameters such as Brakes, Batt. type, cut-off, Cut off voltage, Start mode, TIming and in gas engines Governor.  This can all be done via an ESC programing card which is far better than listening to the notes and following the flowchart if done via the TX.

Your co-pilot system seems to be the same as KDS' flymentor, they use a small camera facing the ground in order to provide guidance and instant  stabilization.  They are NOT so easy to set up.  I works like having a separate gyro for all your movements: lift, roll, pitch (or nick in heli lingo), and yaw.  Yes you can have a fuselage and auto pilot, however the camera has to be outside facing down.  (for obvious reasons)  The problem is that before installing any fuselage your bird has to be fined tuned to a silky smooth hover.  Because once the fuselage is in place it is much harder to reach ball links, adsjust tracking ect.

As far as the batteries is concerned you have to keep within the voltage required and can vary the current (mAh).  The higher the mAh the longer flight time they usually go like 20C 30C ect.  the higher C the more current.  Do not deviate on the voltage.

From your comment on heli flying, usually most people start with a coaxial heli in order to master hovering, then move to a fixed - pitch four channel to start your flat circles and banking (crabbing)  side hovering and FINALLY nose - in.   Move away from the coax as soon as you can hover it and fly it where you want it to go (because eventhough aerodinamically speaking are the same, the avionics on how they are achieved are far distant and thus the response.

While the T-rex 500 is a very stable and good machine, I would recommend mastering CCPM with a 450 clone or the likes.  Given that I do not know your ability I can not tell whether you'll be able to handle it without major crashes and /or injury.  Any heli 400 can be dangerous in not handled properly.  If you can start in he hobby with the auto pilot it will help you a great deal, however it can also prevent you from learning the proper way.  BTW auto pilots are not recommended for take-off or landing which brings us back to the learning  curve. 

Hope this helps  

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