I will be
posting comments on the products which I have used, where they
are still relevent as up-to-date items.
Originally the first
reviews covered the following items;
Futaba 9Z 1024 WC2 Heli radio,
Robbe Cuatro, 90 size 3d/F3C helicopter
Webra 91AAR engine
Futaba GY601 gyro with S9251 servo
Futaba S9252 and S9350 servos
Futaba GV1 governor
Futuba FF9c Heli Radio or Hitech Eclipse
Thunder Tiger Raptor v2, with TT39 engine
TT Carbob Blades, 55cm, 120g
Futuba GY401 gyro with S9253 or CSM
Futuba S9202 and S9001 servos or Hitech
To date I
have owned the following helicopters, excluding my first heli
which was 'borrowed' from my father. An electric SkyLark
EH-1 dating from early 1980's.
Shuttle 1985, with OS28, JR Apex 7, Morley Pilot Authority Gyro
Learnt hovering, including nose in, tight
hovering figure 8's in the front and back
garden, plus Stall Turns. I can remeber my
first circuits like it was yesterday.
30 SE 1989, with JR X347 Radio, Futuba 153BB gyro
Learnt faster circuits, spiral dives -
got my first scale body (Hughs 500E).
3. Kalt Space
Baron 30 S, 1994, with SC engine, Futaba 153BB gyro
Learnt to hover upside down, and my first
auto when the SC needle fell out. Did my
first inverted hovering, using 1989 Futaba
153BB gyro (mechanical gyro).
ZXX, with OS32SX, 1994
Learnt backward loops, rolling auto's,
flips etc. Plus started crazy club competitions,
like slowest auto down wins, and first
auto to 'slam-on-the-pad' wins, losers finds
an alternative spot to land. Always ran
with a Futaba 153BB, with modified springs
which were reduced by 2 loops, and the
damping increased by using tiny foam
inserts placed inside the springs - even
today these gyro's still work a treat.
60, OS61SX, Bergen Frames and Upgrades, JR 120BB Gyro, JR PCM
Learnt pirouetting flips and loops, first
demo'ed May 1995 after Sandown at club field,
then at Scottish Nationals that year,
and later at Charmouth. I beleive it was
another 6 months before another UK pilot
performed them. To this day I wonder
if I was only second person to do them
in the World, the first being Curtis.
The JR 120BB gyro was a mechanical gyro,
and it was unmodified.
ZXX, with OS32SX, 1994
Bought as a backup when working to get
the XL going reliably. To give the XL it's due
once I'd sorted the quality and design
issues it was my most reliable heli, doing
over 50 hours without a crash. Did some
backwards auto's but the slipper clutch
was a waste of space and hindered auto's
unless set to slip excessively.
7. Robbe Futura
SE, with Rossi (modified by Bob Johnson), using JR 1000 gyro
Performed Chaos with this, in May 1996
between 4 and 10 foot altitude.
This was on the Sunday evening of Sandown,
at my local Portsmouth club, what
I would give to get a copy of the video
taken by a Southampton Model Boater. It
was my best flight, as everything had
come together by then. Shortly after I retired
from flying with a brief return in 1999
but I still wasn't fully motivated and didn't get
to my level in 1996 - however the 3d Masters in 2002 was a turning
I got the urge big time!
came next - some of the following;
Caliber 30 or Raptor 30 v2
Sceadu 50, OS50sx, Hirobo 3rd bearing
block, DTDS gear set, SAB 600 carbon
Vigor CS, OS91sx or,
X-Cell Fury Extreme, OS91sx or,
Robbe Futura SE, Millenium or Nova, OS91sx,
I still have a number of routines planned,
dating back to 1996. I had
intended to show some at Sandown that
year, but alas it wasn't to be - a shame really
as the weather was perfect the weekend of '96,
light winds and blue sky ;-)
you posted along with a full review and details of my next model.
Prior to this I'd covered a top of the range 60,
aimed at 3d, f3c and artisitc aerobatics, as well as general fun
flying and hot dogging down at the local field. I'll was re-learning
with this, a number of skills with lots of practise to regain my former level.
Simple things like remebering to put more fuel in after a flight
were high on the list.
my next helicopter will appear here, along with articles submitted
by others on their helicopter projects.
I have also been flying many of the latest models, including Align Trex's, Blade, Mikado, Gaui. My thoughts on these will be a future article.
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