Had a very close look Ian and not too sure I "want" to adjust the settings just yet.... I'm still tuning myself in to the standard mode and am managing to control the helicopter a lot better now..... the "video" should be ready in 5 minutes
OK Mike. You have pretty good control now anyway. The change doesn't make it faster; it just makes the controls react faster so you can get out of trouble a bit quicker.
I think for a faster ride, it's the single blade calling!!
The thing is, I've flown really crappy ones for quite some time, so I've always been in danger of an accident, but these are a doddle.
I spent this afternoon bombing my daughter which was quite funny. She threatened to tell my Mum!!
The best way is slow and easy and only when you have space and feel confident, start the tricks!!!
When I started with this sad hobby, I did it through little steps. It does pay off since it avoids those crashes. I haven't crashed it at all and in fact, it's quite a slow one in comparison to what I've been using. It's slightly less stable outside because it's so light and it has a full body. The Blades are better ion that respect, but this is absolutely spot on for indoors.
Try hovering and correcting the wandering with the joysticks. Really tiny movements that hone up your stability very quickly.
At this rate, your mate is going to be quite impressed with what you've done, but I suspect he'll put you through all kinds of hurdles to get it under control. (Or at least the club will)
It really makes you want to fly a big outdoor one doesn't it?
You have a good grip of that, Mike. You love the pirouettes eh? You'd be throwing up in there!! Actually, you have a good space there to fly it in without banging it.
Trouble is, if you bang them hard, they can be a bit unstable in flight and wobble around so they become very hard to fly.
You have a good take off there and a landing as well. The take off is always hard because the rotors make a bubble of air underneath them so the heli tends to try to slip off the bubble sideways or forwards or backwards as you're going up.
Give it a tine forward thrust and it'll take off like a real one instead of straight up!!
We're sad buggers eh? However, this thread has been read 1000 times nearly!!!! So you guys reading, buy a heli and we can all fly over the house and bomb the cat, dog or daughter!!
You could put the settings up, Mike. You have it under control. It doesn't actually go faster, it just reacts faster.
You're right, they are extremely addictive. If you want your mind taken off work, these things do it!! You have to concentrate quite hard to fly them.
A real heli reacts slower and in comparison you make minor adjustments whereas on these things, the adjustments are relatively crude by comparison in relation to its size.
The stunt stuff in the air is pretty easy 'cos there's nothing to hit. The problems come when a wall gets close - it attracts the heli or the ceiling, or even worse, both!!! Then you're fighting strong air currents and your first tendency is to panic and overcompensate and then ...... boom!!
You're on the edge of disaster with a mini heli.
The other complication is you're not in it, so left/right changes, depending on which way you're going, rather like the cars.
It really makes you want to fly a big outdoor one doesn't it? Ian
indeed, I have been flying Robinson R22's out of Panshanger, near Hatfield for a long time, but I have put my name down for one of these to play with, it is the black one at the end of the clip, fingers crossed they are going to be manufacturing them in the UK now that they have the investment backing from the Kuwaiti's
We're sad buggers eh? However, this thread has been read 1000 times nearly!!!!
That's because we are all just a bunch of boys at heart and boys love their toys The main man is hopefully coming over tomorrow with his helicopters so, if he doesn't mind, I'll take a video of him flying one.... probably the MCX2 so he can show us just what can be done with it.... I think his has the rod like tail boom on it plus a few other tweaks.
He has also built a strange helicopter out of an airfix type kit and it flies! He actually builds his own too which is quite a skill
It would be great if a few members here got on board AND uploaded some vids to youtube... that's another "first" for me, I always thought you had to pay to upload stuff onto youtube but you don't.
Tomorrow I shall be flying in one of the toilets, I will do a room a day , I will use the toilet seat as a launch pad. The kitchen will be fun and so will the CD room (where all my CD's are stored)..... I can make a few helipads out of stacks of CD's
Not sure how this thing will fly in the old part of the building but will hover it above a coal fire to see how it performs ONLY when I am full control of it
That looks fine. It looks like you're getting very close to the wall though. I always worry about that!!
When you get anxious, you're dropping the throttle and then compensating by revving up quick!!!!
Did the heli get attracted to the wall? Then you had to think ..... which way to turn the rudder?
I use a heavy reverse if I get in that position so it comes right back from the wall.
The only thing is that a smooth ride doesn't look so good on a video. Like Chris said - he likes the crashes!!!!
Anyway, you're doing a lot of direction changes there.
I am DELIBERATELY taking it close to the edge to learn how to control it near walls / ceilings.... easy enough to fly in free space but "edging" takes a bit more skill, I am learning how to compensate for the "edge".... I reckon, once I have flown in every room in the house, that I can become one man in perfect unity with his machine type of thang.... just a matter of time
Get your wallet, fill it with £55 and throw it at the wall. Feels a lot better.
Touchwood..... I have had a fair few "crashes" (on camera) and ZERO damage has occured.... they are quite resilient little things.... as long as you throttle down immediately (when you hit a wall) it should be OK..... Some damage "could" be done to the blades if you kept the throttle up
By the way, spare blades are a couple of quid a pop and I don't "plan" on replacing my blades ever..... almost hitting a wall? Throttle down and take better care next time..... there is "skill" required here Ian, and (with everything) it will take time to become a master.....
I have stopped trying to run before I can walk and am now practicing precision takes offs and "hovering" accurately with aid of the trimmers..... slow steps, it's the only way to go