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Old 10-29-2013, 07:47 AM   #2161
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Damn that shit is fancy!! What's that go for? I have a couple of these cheapies, use them every time!!



I resisted the urge to maiden the wing at noght!! Bit i have it here with me and aupposed to be 5mph wind this afternoon so I shall maiden it today.
I got three of those for 6 bucks and they work just fine.
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:49 AM   #2162
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Batteries are 3s 3200 mAh 20c LiPo and I'm charging them at a 3.2 amp rate on the Onyx. I could not find a recommended charge rate for them but they are 1c batteries so 3.2 should be about right.
Ya, sounds about right. If you don't have a balancer or a charger that will balance you should get one.
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:51 AM   #2163
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Good point^^ I have gotten in to the habit of setting my TX down on the ground while I'm plugging in batteries or moving the airplanes to the flight line. I don't want anything to touch that throttle by accident! A 13" prop being spun by 16v wouldn't feel good.
I setup Throttle Cut on every model and use it faithfully. Another advantage of a computer radio.
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:02 AM   #2164
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Yeah that works too but i've flipped that switch by accident before! It's a long one that seems to catch on shirts and stuff. Hahaaa

Basically I don't trust myself so that's why the TX sits by itself when I'm powering up.
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:03 AM   #2165
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I'm flying 15 minute runs and my batteries are taking less than 1500 mah to top off. Is that in the ball park?

Yep, the Apprentice is very easy on the batteries.
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:04 AM   #2166
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Yeah that works too but i've flipped that switch by accident before! It's a long one that seems to catch on shirts and stuff. Hahaaa

Basically I don't trust myself so that's why the TX sits by itself when I'm powering up.
Yup....better safe than have scars like me.
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:10 AM   #2167
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I setup Throttle Cut on every model and use it faithfully. Another advantage of a computer radio.
x2. Btdt, not fun.

Modern Brushless speed controls typically will NOT arm themselves unless it senses the lowest throttle point on the transmitter. I don't know if the lower quality units from HK or the likes do that, so I typically buy Castle Creations or the likes, ones that I know won't arm unless the low throttle point is sensed.

Because of this arming feature, I either use the throttle cut or push the throttle stick to FULL throttle (sometimes a combination of both, to lock the throttle at full) before powering up the speed control- the ESC will power up, but will not arm itself for motor functions until it senses that low throttle point. Preflight protocols can prevent incidents from happening, and I practiced them until it turned into a habit. I can't even do anything else before powering up the model now, I HAVE to do a preflight.
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:57 AM   #2168
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The safest ESC I have is actually an older 45SS. It will not arm the motor unless the following is done. Turned on with throttle at lowest point, move throttle to full, wait for two beep and then return to lowest point.
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:59 AM   #2169
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Used this


and a friends Go Pro to film this
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Old 10-29-2013, 05:40 PM   #2170
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I may just be lucky, but to date I've never had an un commanded startup of an electric motor. I do not use an idle cutoff or an arming switch. Again, I may just be lucky, but I make it a point to always carry my transmitter with my thumb over the throttle stick, holding it in the min throttle position. I dislike making things more complicated than they absolutely need to be. More steps are more steps to forget or skip.

And just for reference, I always carry my stryker in my van, and almost always get a couple flights in at the field. This method has worked for me for the last 7 or so years. Not saying it'll work for everyone, but......
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:25 PM   #2171
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Nice vid RCP....very stable platform
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:28 PM   #2172
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Nice vid RCP....very stable platform
Thanks, it was a spur of the moment thing as a friend was using his Go Pro on his birds and asked if I wanted to put it on the Telemaster. I figured "why not" so we stuck a mount on the bottom and off we went.
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Old 10-30-2013, 02:56 PM   #2173
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Been flying R/C for about 25 years..planes, helis & jets...here's some float flying with a Go-Pro on an Ultra Stick...




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Old 10-31-2013, 02:47 PM   #2174
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Just found what I want for Christmas...
Looks very similar to the real one I used to have, many years ago.
http://www.e-fliterc.com/Products/De...ProdID=EFL2790



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Old 10-31-2013, 07:51 PM   #2175
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Just found what I want for Christmas...
Looks very similar to the real one I used to have, many years ago.
http://www.e-fliterc.com/Products/De...ProdID=EFL2790



It's back ordered at Horizon. Many of their best offerings are. They had E-Flight Apprentices for about a week. Now they are back ordered as well. I checked every day on the Apprentice, it showed up for sale and I bought one, a week later and they are sold out again. I would be diligent, snooze you lose.
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