Thanks! Just got it all fixed up today. Got some 5/16 aluminum tube from the hobby shop, and tube bender from Lowes and whipped up a few spare skid tubes. Now all I need is for the wind to die down a bit, and for my new batteries to arrive!
Finally got my new batteries and got in a few flights this weekend on the Huey! It needs a bit more nose weight, and some blade tracking adjustments, but otherwise flew pretty well. Once thats done Ill re attatch the rocket pods and get the interior finished up.
Thanks Psy! It’s actually balanced a tad nose heavy, which took a LOT of lead under the pilot seats. The lurches were more my fault, I was trying to slow up for a low speed to hovering flyby, and slowed a bit too much. That’s why some turns look smooth, and only a few having lurching. Oddly enough, although I get minimal vibes starting on our fabric runway and grass, I get a pretty nasty vibe at about 75% rpm during spoolup flying off another fields paved runway. It goes away after RPM builds past about 85%. Seems that I’m exciting a fuselage resonance mode with the stiffer feedback. One suggestion over on another forum was to add a second set of mounts to the mechanics on the top side of the airframe. This changes the boundary conditions on both the fuselage and mechanics, and will hopefully bring that natural frequency out of the normal operations.
Yesterday, I put in 2 flights on the Huey and had a very close call. On the 2nd flight of the day, the tail started acting up. I got into a hover about 1-2 inches off the runway before it went into an uncontrollable yaw. I hit throttle cut, and there was no damage at all. On further inspection, the tail servo (MKS DS8910A+) was very jerky, and would randomly stick at certain spots. Guess its time for a replacement. I'm going to steal the one from the Apache so that I can have it ready for Helis Over Apache Pass this weekend.
Thanks Psy, was definitely a nice sunny day! There was pretty nasty direct crosswind (~15mph) that was keeping many of the fixed wing models on the ground. The Huey took the breeze without any issues, its quickly becoming one of my favorite models to fly!
Over the weekend, I entered a few of my helis in the Texas Scale Championships, and after 4 rounds of flying, took home 1st Place my the Huey! Added in the door gunners just before the event, and I love how they look on the Huey!