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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Irene

As promised, here are some pictures of my newest time killer. After buying the Picco Z, and flying that around for a while, I realized I needed something with a little more power. I did some research and found just the bird, the Blade CP. It is a 6 channel collective pitch helicopter, which means that it will fly forward, backwards, side to side, and up and down. It will also fly upside down, although I'm light years away from doing that.

Here is a pic with the old helicopter.

The controller. Lots of buttons and switches.

The canopy with a few additions.

The only negative so far is that I don't have a great place to fly. I use the Tomahawk range in back of our building, which is good unless it is windy. So I can only fly a few days a week. I'm done with ground school and have moved on to learning how to hover. It is quite difficult but I'm learning. Someone compared it to balancing a marble and a sheet of glass, which I think is accurate. The controls are very sensitive and you are constantly adjusting to what the helicopter wants to do. Good times!

I've only crashed once (at least once hard) so far, and I bent a piece that I had to replace. Other than that, things are going pretty good. Hopefully soon I'll be moving past the hover stage and doing some real flying shortly.

13 comments:

Brian said...

Oh Irene! She's a beauty!
That's cool Sack. I'm told those are really tough to learn how to control. I saw on the internet that Irene comes with a crash repair kit and a well written instructional flight manual. Hopefully those were included. Maybe by the time you get back you'll have that puppy figured out. Next thing you know you'll be figuring out some sort of airdrop system to drop off doggy treats to the neighborhood K-9s or something.
That's awesome man. Can't wait to here more and see her in action. Oh Irene!

Stay smart, stay safe.

Ole' Buddy B.

Sack said...

B,
She did come with a crash kit, it has a spare set of blades, tail rotor, and landing gear. I haven't needed to use anything but the blades yet, they are coated balsa wood, so if you hit them on anything they break. But, they are set up that way so you don't bend anything important. I have found a bunch of neat web sites that really help out with the repairs.

Yeah, I'll be buzzing around, harassing Dan's RC 4x4 and hopefully keeping Benjamin entertained.

Jim said...

Sack,

Man that looks like a blast. I've long wanted to get in to that kind of thing. Maybe it's time to start setting aside some $$$? Hope things are going well for you there. Drop me an email sometime soon.

Jim C
Thinking Right
http://thinking-right.com

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