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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 3:56 pm 
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I am around 3500 ft.

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 7:36 am 
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Had a busy weekend between continuing with getting packets into planting order at work and helping my wife repaint for her business. She doesn't have much use for the front of the shop and with all the pegboard my first thought was all the heli parts I could stock and sell. However, my travel schedule doesn't exactly work well for people who make orders and need them shipped fast. I would basically be the opposite of Shannon at OnlyFineHelis.com.

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Thankfully she let me have yesterday afternoon to go flying. I took the Slick, E7, and 300X. I was going to take the 600N instead of the 300X but cracked the autorotation gear by over tightening the bolt. That part is pretty much non-existent so I was kind of bummed since it was looking like I was going to need an updated hub as well for the new design to work. I found 2 places that claim to have the old part and they were being sold in a 2 pack instead of single. When I ordered, I put in the comments the correct part number and instructed the shop to cancel the order if it's the updated one (old is H60020, new is H60020A).

Only got the 300X once and no luck on the E7. I was doing some tuning on the DA 60 and getting it closer and closer. I have the low end pretty much set and now I'm just slowly working the high down until I get it to the sweet spot. The day was cut short by high winds from an approaching storm and the fact my throttle servo burned up in flight. I've had in a gasser for 8 years now. I did a maneuver, went to full power, recovered, and went to 3/4 stick and noticed the engine sounded like it was still at full. So I went to half throttle and heard the same thing so I chopped it to idle while flying straight and level. I was on the approach end of the field so I turned it downwind and hit the kill switch. To keep some power, as the engine almost died, I'd turn the ignition back on and let it make a small burst of power every little bit. Then when I was sure to at least almost make the runway, I just let it die completely and had a nice controlled uneventful landing.

On another note, a club member who doesn't like the new Slick design from EF/3DHS offered to buy mine for a great price. So I'm thinking about selling it and getting something else. I think I'm going to try to sell him the engine too and get something with a DA 70 maybe or go electric... :thinking

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 5:52 pm 
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Well I've decided that I'm going to sell my 89" Slick to the guy who wants it. I'm probably either going to get the EF 83" MXS or the EF 91" Extra.

I'm really leaning towards the MXS on electric. It's almost as big as a 50cc and with the electric I'm hoping to have to spend less time dealing with gas engines and having fun. Also, when we get that rare day of calm winds and warm temps in late Fall or the Spring, I won't be dealing with old gas and what not. Plus once I get the Dalton 300 going, it will become my primary plane in the flying months and the MXS would allow me to scratch that itch for something different.

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 8:12 am 
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That MXS looks saweeeet!

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:01 am 
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Very true, but so does a DA 60 so I might have to go EF Extra LOL.

Still haven't made up my mind...

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
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An order for a Red/White/Blue Edge 540 from Extreme Flight has been placed.

http://www.extremeflightrc.com/html/50ccEdge.html

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
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Well the Slick is gone. The guy flying in the last pic of it above is the one who approached me about selling it and the one who of course bought it. His price was more than I ever could have expected and he was the one who came up with the number but he loves the 89" Slick. I can't say anything though because when I had my 88" EF Extra, I might have done the same when they were no longer available.

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I also rearranged some other things in my shop so that I have the top of 2 shelves dedicated to being a charging area.

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
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I also need to thank Shannon at Only Fine Helis.

The store I ordered the replacement autorotation gear for my 600N waited until yesterday (Friday) to refund my money and let me know they actually didn't have the part. Shannon no longer had the updated one way hub so I ordered that from Lower Heli but he did have the updated autorotation gear that has the straight cut teeth I needed and also was working this morning because he already shipped it out.

I guess next time I mess up an autorotation gear, I'll need to get the one with the slant cut gears and also the updated gears for the torque tube. I think I still have a good supply of the straight cut ones so it was interested in finding compatible parts.

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
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