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The Electric Helicopter Beginner's Guide v17Toshiyasu Morita

The Electric Helicopter Beginner's Guide v17Toshiyasu Morita Mark Pearson Copyright 2000-2006 Toshiyasu Morita Copyright 2005-2006 Mark Pearson

Table of ContentsPreface ............................................................................................................. xii 1. Things You Should Know ................................................................................ 1 1.1. Helicopters require a SIGNIFICANT TIME COMMITMENT ...................... 1 1.2. Repairs are expensive .......................................................................... 1 1.3. Hovering is difficult to learn ................................................................... 1 1.4. Airplane experience may not help .......................................................... 1 2. Types of R/C Helicopters ................................................................................. 2 2.1. Single rotor helicopters with fewer than four channels ............................. 2 2.2. Coaxial helicopters with two to four channels ......................................... 2 2.3. Multirotor helicopters with four channels ................................................ 2 2.4. Four to six channel single rotor .............................................................. 2 2.5. Summary of skills ................................................................................. 2 3. First Helicopter Selection Guide ....................................................................... 4 3.1. Things to consider when selecting your first helicopter ............................ 4 3.1.1. Recommended first heli choices ................................................. 5 3.1.2. Recommended second heli choices ............................................ 5 3.2. Clones ................................................................................................. 5 3.2.1. Design problems ....................................................................... 6 3.2.2. Cheap plastic used for critical parts ............................................ 6 3.2.3. Low quality electronics ............................................................... 6 3.2.4. Nonstandard electronics ............................................................ 7 3.2.5. Sloppy tolerances on molded and/or CNC milled parts ................. 7 3.3. Classification of helis used in this guide ................................................. 7 3.4. Overview of selected machines ............................................................. 7 3.4.1. Lite Machines Corona ................................................................ 7 3.4.2. Ikarus Fixed Pitch Piccolos (Fun or ECO) .................................... 7 3.4.3. Ikarus Collective Pitch Piccolos (CP upgrade/Pro) ....................... 8 3.4.4. Ikarus ECO Lite ......................................................................... 8 3.4.5. Ikarus ECO 8 ............................................................................ 9 3.4.6. Ikarus ECO 16 .......................................................................... 9 3.4.7. Ikarus Viper 70/MS Composit Stinger 3 ....................................... 9 3.4.8. Ikarus Viper 90/MS Composit Stinger 6 ....................................... 9 3.4.9. Feda Skylark/Century Hummingbird/GWS Dragonfly ................. 10 3.4.10. JR Voyager E ........................................................................ 10 3.4.11. Kyosho Concept EP - discontinued? ....................................... 10 3.4.12. Mikado Logo 10 ..................................................................... 10 3.4.13. Mikado Logo 20 ..................................................................... 11 3.4.14. MS Composit Hornet FP ........................................................ 11 3.4.15. MS Composit Hornet CP ........................................................ 11 3.4.16. MS Composit Hornet II ........................................................... 11 3.4.17. Maxir SE ............................................................................... 12 3.4.18. Robbe Spirit L-8/Eolo R22 ...................................................... 12 3.4.19. Quick Quick EP 10 ................................................................ 12 3.4.20. Quick Quick EP 16 ................................................................ 12 3.4.21. Zoom 400/Shogun 400/Zap 400 ............................................. 13 3.4.22. Align T-Rex 450X .................................................................. 13 3.4.23. Align T-Rex 450XL HDE/CDE ................................................. 13 3.4.24. ARK X-400 ............................................................................ 14 3.4.25. Hirobo XRB SR (Sky Robo) .................................................... 14 3.5. Summary of helicopter sizes ............................................................... 14 4. Recommended Configurations ....................................................................... 16 4.1. Beginner configurations ...................................................................... 16 4.1.1. Corona - brushed configuration ................................................ 16 4.1.2. Corona - brushless configuration .............................................. 16 4.1.3. FP Piccolo - brushed + Piccoboard ........................................... 16 4.1.4. FP Piccolo - brushed - separates .............................................. 16 iv

The Electric Helicopter Beginner's Guide v17 4.1.5. FP Piccolo - brushless - separates ............................................ 17 4.1.6. GWS Dragonfly - brushed - separates ....................................... 17 4.2. Intermediate configurations ................................................................. 17 4.2.1. CP Piccolo or Pro - brushless - separates ................................. 17 4.2.2. T-Rex 450XL ........................................................................... 18 4.2.3. Zoom 400 ............................................................................... 18 4.2.4. Logo 10 - brushless ................................................................. 18 4.2.5. ECO 8 - brushed ..................................................................... 18 4.2.6. ECO 8 - brushless ................................................................... 19 5. Brushless Motor Upgrade Paths ..................................................................... 20 5.1. Corona upgrade paths ........................................................................ 20 5.1.1. Corona motors usable in an ECO 8 .......................................... 20 5.1.2. Corona motors usable in a Eolo ................................................ 20 5.1.3. Corona motor usable in a Voyager E ........................................ 21 5.2. Piccolo upgrade paths ........................................................................ 21 6. Helicopter Parts Selection .............................................................................. 22 6.1. Control system ................................................................................... 22 6.1.1. Receiver ................................................................................. 22 6.1.2. Antenna .................................................................................. 22 6.1.3. Gyros ..................................................................................... 22 6.1.4. FMA Copilot ............................................................................ 25 6.1.5. Revo mixing ............................................................................ 26 6.2. Servos ............................................................................................... 26 6.2.1. Swashplate (cyclic) servos ....................................................... 26 6.2.2. Tail (rudder) servo ................................................................... 27 6.3. Batteries and related items ................................................................. 28 6.3.1. Batteries ................................................................................. 28 6.3.2. Battery connectors ................................................................... 29 6.3.3. BEC (battery eliminator circuit) ................................................. 30 6.3.4. Wire ....................................................................................... 32 6.3.5. LiPo battery monitor ................................................................ 33 6.3.6. Battery mounting strap ............................................................. 33 6.4. Motors and related items .................................................................... 33 6.4.1. Motor ...................................................................................... 33 6.4.2. Pinion ..................................................................................... 40 6.4.3. Motor connectors ..................................................................... 41 6.4.4. Main motor ESC ...................................................................... 41 6.4.5. Tail motor ESC ........................................................................ 43 6.5. Other ................................................................................................. 44 6.5.1. Modifications ........................................................................... 44 7. Support Equipment ....................................................................................... 46 7.1. Hand tools ......................................................................................... 46 7.1.1. Screw/hex/nut drivers .............................................................. 46 7.1.2. Ball link pliers .......................................................................... 46 7.1.3.

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