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 Post subject: Interesting fixed wing gyro option
PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 6:01 am 
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Just picked up a 3DHS Bigfoot, and I'm planning on adding a gyro to it to play around with. THought about just dropping ridiculous money on the Cortex, but decided to check out other options first. There's a bunch out there, but this one looks pretty promising. I've read posts from guys using it on turbines and large gas planes, and have yet to read of any failures, mostly just people trying to figure out setup.

http://www.bluelight-tech.com/BL-3G.htm

It's even available from Amazon Prime, so I'll have it tomorrow.

Here's a long thread where the developer is doing great support, apparently he works for BAE as an engineer:

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthre ... 38&page=37

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 Post subject: Re: Interesting fixed wing gyro option
PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 7:35 am 
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Wow, that's an amazing price! Please do keep us informed on how that works.

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 Post subject: Re: Interesting fixed wing gyro option
PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2014 12:25 pm 
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Came today via Amazon. Impressive package. The Gyro itself is in a nice plastic case that's about 1.25" square. It has a great manual written in plain English and 128pg long, mini CD with software (goes right in the trash, it'll kill slot loaded drives), cables, and a screwdriver.

I downloaded the newest version of the software and firmware and it all loaded right up after plugging in he Gyro with a mini usb cable. The software interface has a quick start that would get up and running very simply, and then advanced tabs that have a billion things that I dont know about. Guess I'll need the manual.

First impressions are good. I'll try to get it installed tomorrow and flying Monday. I'd do it today, but I'm taking my kid to see jet dragsters tonight.

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 Post subject: Re: Interesting fixed wing gyro option
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Nice! Sounds like a lot of possibility then. Jet dragsters huh? Sounds like a quiet and relaxing evening. :lol:

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 3:08 am 
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Hello,

There may be another option coming in the next few months :D

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Wow


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 7:07 am 
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Thomas, you are such a tease! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Interesting fixed wing gyro option
PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:25 am 
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Awesome!

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 Post subject: Re: Interesting fixed wing gyro option
PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:14 am 
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Out at the field now with it and my computer for tuning, and phone for mobile hotspot. I'm also hot and taking a break, so I decided to write this up at the field.

I've flown twice with the gyro and I've got to say, I'm impressed. First flight was bad, I don't think I had saved the setup I did at home, so it was on defaults. It worked, but wagged. Second flight I transferred the trims from the radio to the gyro like the manual says, got the gain down a touch on the ailerons, and up on the tail, and it's pretty well locked in. It needs a bit of tuning on the pots to get the gains perfect, but as it sits, it flies better than without it. A powerful high wing taildragger like this is always a bit of a handful on a slow rolling takeoff and wheel landing, and with the gyro on, it tracks almost perfectly with very little corrections.

In the air it's bouncing around a lot less from the wind, and tracks through maneuvers very true, with almost no rudder correction needed on uplines where torque and P factor come into play. Haven't tried much beyond that, but the one hover I did was pretty easy, although to be fair, it was pretty easy before as well.

I consulted with the developer before installing it since the manual indicates just using Zeal gel on a gas plane, and that leads to a sloppy, floppy install. I was told to mount it firm, with some vibration damping. I had some Align PU gel (think Zeal Gel, but firmer and thinner) and used that to mount it to the airframe, then strapped it down tight with velcro. It doesn't move, it's very firm in there, but it must be good because it doesn't seem to care about the vibes.

I'll play with it some more, but as it is, I'm happy, and if I consider the price, ecstatic. Very nice unit.


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 Post subject: Re: Interesting fixed wing gyro option
PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:18 am 
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Thats very encouraging to hear

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