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First time build - Tricopter, need help from expirenced builders:)

#25
Just gt my DX8 tday :D WOOP WOOP

It's sooo sweet, glad i choose this one :) Already been through the menu twice and it's sooo easy to setup even for a complete newbi like me :) if you never tried RC and is going to buy your first Radio... buy this one!
Just want to say that HK should speed up their delivery time and I would be a happy man :)
 

Cyberdactyl

Misfit Multirotor Monkey
#26
Glad you like the DX8. One unlikely caveat that's VERY important. . .and almost cost me damaging mine. The DX8 comes with the timeout (too long not being used, but on) set to vibrate and buzz. If on an inclined table, it could possibly vibrate off and fall. I had my drafting board inclined several weeks ago and it started buzzing and vibrating and it was on the edge when I came in from another room. I learned my lesson without doing damage, thank goodness.

Yes, HK is sloooow. And of course if you have any out of stock items on your order, or "jit" items such as the fiberglass quad frame. . .forget it. The fastest I ever get stuff from them is three weeks.
 
#28
HobbyKing.com Buddy codes!
Bought 20 feb. so hurry!

Wireless 9 in1 Simulator Adapter
http://www.hobbyking.com/buddy.asp?code=A9EBFC58-C97B-4187-AE72-E5155C276259

Turnigy Receiver Controlled Switch
http://www.hobbyking.com/buddy.asp?code=580D08E1-2CF3-413D-9F53-1089A7460568

Turnigy Talon Tricopter (V1.0) - Carbon Fiber Tube (3pcs)
http://www.hobbyking.com/buddy.asp?code=B2CEBD33-8F13-449C-94F1-681B4FD0F3EB

Turnigy Talon Carbon Fiber Landing Gear (2pcs/bag)
http://www.hobbyking.com/buddy.asp?code=CF1929DD-7665-4170-A459-A5D5D18B6ABF

Thrust Bearing 3x8x3.5mm (2pcs/bag)
http://www.hobbyking.com/buddy.asp?code=2BCA4433-2214-4FCE-B2BA-F2E23642968E

3x30mm Sockethead Screw (10pcs/pack)
http://www.hobbyking.com/buddy.asp?code=593DDB24-ACE4-45B5-BD5A-97C223128A53

Hex locknuts M3 10pc
http://www.hobbyking.com/buddy.asp?code=E72D7439-749D-45D2-80C3-EFDB59B58884

Hobby King Discovery Buzzer
http://www.hobbyking.com/buddy.asp?code=37D4C3FB-FA3C-499F-B514-0D065D5F781F

Hobby King Quadcopter Power Distribution Board
http://www.hobbyking.com/buddy.asp?code=05CCA122-C568-4781-8573-8E62D14B1B8D

NTM Prop Drive Series 28-30A 750kv / 140w
http://www.hobbyking.com/buddy.asp?code=1F868BDC-91DB-45C7-B2FE-28D972C0AAF3

Slow Fly Electric Prop 1045 SF (4 pc - Green)
http://www.hobbyking.com/buddy.asp?code=FE544217-6323-457D-AE35-8F16042DA258

Slow Fly Electric Prop 1045R SF (4 pc - Green Right Hand Rotation)
http://www.hobbyking.com/buddy.asp?code=1FDAAB88-F5ED-4A42-9588-556CAA4598C5

TGY-306G-HV High Voltage Ultra Fast/High Torque MG Digital Alloy Cased Servo 3.7kg / .05sec / 21g
http://www.hobbyking.com/buddy.asp?code=568552FA-8CD6-42C5-89B3-D9016CF1A159

10CM Male to Male Servo Lead (JR) 26AWG (10pcs/set)
http://www.hobbyking.com/buddy.asp?code=6394E0CE-E3CA-4527-9CE1-9D8B17F31402

Scorpion Lipoly Lock Strap 205mm (Small) x 3
http://www.hobbyking.com/buddy.asp?code=EA5FBA34-101F-4F49-BB01-7A2FEB2452F3

Lithium Polymer Charge Pack 25x33cm JUMBO Sack
http://www.hobbyking.com/buddy.asp?code=F042BF2B-307B-4F43-BB97-9707D5A48779

On Board Lipoly Low Voltage Alarm (2s~4s)
http://www.hobbyking.com/buddy.asp?code=F3E626C9-509C-43D6-9A19-D86267803A43

USBasp AVR Programming Device for ATMEL proccessors
http://www.hobbyking.com/buddy.asp?code=6F7EA503-2593-4E87-A6F5-F6503320C37C

Atmel Atmega Socket Firmware Flashing Tool
http://www.hobbyking.com/buddy.asp?code=25C22BBE-2E11-4351-B821-9725D772F531

5.6mm x 12mm M3 Nylon Threaded Spacer (10pc)
http://www.hobbyking.com/buddy.asp?code=D0C98662-0C72-43CE-B6A9-51084930F2A4

M3 Nylon Nut (10pcs/bag)
http://www.hobbyking.com/buddy.asp?code=D0C95543-28FA-4908-90C7-EA67E4A5CDAB

M3X10 Nylon Screws (10pcs/bag)
http://www.hobbyking.com/buddy.asp?code=369D96EF-521C-4D43-80FF-C771D53DEB26

TL-242 Thread Locker & Sealant Medium Strength
http://www.hobbyking.com/buddy.asp?code=C520717E-49FC-4D1A-BC80-0DF190D0D09D

Polyester Velcro Peel-n-stick adhesive side V-STRONG (1mtr)
http://www.hobbyking.com/buddy.asp?code=4359360B-D34A-48B6-A236-09F845CF07DB

Peel-n-stick foam tape. 10x5inch 4mm thick
http://www.hobbyking.com/buddy.asp?code=62D3BDDE-828D-4B47-BBD5-CCD6194AED89

Turnigy Pure-Silicone Wire 16AWG (1mtr) Red
http://www.hobbyking.com/buddy.asp?code=2EEE85B1-3F6C-454F-99FA-DB8DA99AAF7E

Turnigy Pure-Silicone Wire 16AWG (1mtr) BLACK
http://www.hobbyking.com/buddy.asp?code=499057A8-3030-4D0F-A108-1DD48D232503

High Density Waterproof LED Flexible Strip - White (1mtr)
http://www.hobbyking.com/buddy.asp?code=E18D37EE-7633-4FEB-A7F6-64D418DE164F

High Density Waterproof LED Flexible Strip - Blue (1mtr)
http://www.hobbyking.com/buddy.asp?code=80FD735C-D19D-4159-A1F5-BEFC6BD40D89

Turnigy Heat Shrink Tube 50mm BLACK (1mtr)
http://www.hobbyking.com/buddy.asp?code=ABD55FD3-55F5-48C8-A1CB-94BF372C050B
 

Cyberdactyl

Misfit Multirotor Monkey
#29
Thanks very much xibit.

Oh how I wish I had known of a buddy code list like this four or five months ago, I would have saved myself around $80, because I have purchased most of the above list.

I worked up last week up how much I've spent "ramping up" for quad and tricopter parts and the associated support paraphernalia material and the transmitter and it makes me cringe.
 

Cyberdactyl

Misfit Multirotor Monkey
#31
Yes.. I bought THIS from DX Extreme for $20. In addition to the dongle and cable you ALSO get ALL the simulators.

I'm sure this is another example of the Chinese blatantly pirating software, but if you've gone as far as buying the 9-in-1 to bypass the USB keys (dongle), you might as well go the next step and get the whole package.

It's several hundred in software.
 

Cyberdactyl

Misfit Multirotor Monkey
#33
Bought it in early October. Just as advertised. However, the only sim that you can update is Phoenix 4. That's ok, because Phoenix 4 is my favorite anyway.
 
#34
i did look at the dongle you link to, but i chose the wireless due to space limit in my apartment, and i already got enough cables as it is. Also i bought the Pheonix RC used from a local RC club, and the dongle doesn't work (cable broken i think) so i got it for a sweet price.
Now i'm just waiting (yes still waiting) for HK to send my parts... suddenly there was a JIT item in my order... (they didn't check that when they got my money 20/02-2013), first when they actually went to pack my order like 2 weeks ago, THEN they found out that the frame wasn't in stock at that warehouse. Now they say it will be shipped Monday (2 weeks after they ordered the JIT from another warehouse), so lets hope they actually sends it, and next time i need something, i will gladly pay more so i don't have to wait a freaking month just for them to send my order...

HOBBYKING IS A JOKE - STAY AWAY FROM THEM IF YOU CAN

Sry for all caps but i think it's important that people know what a joke that company is. they don't give a flying f*** about their customers. They take your money, and then they think they got all the time in the world to handle your order. if some one did try to compete with them, all they had to do is keep stock on their items and send your order within 1-2 weeks and HK would slowly die (my dream world)

And if it's not clear... yes i'm really pissed at HK
 

Cyberdactyl

Misfit Multirotor Monkey
#35
Oh yea, HK runs hot and cold. I've done about ten orders with them. and the fastest I receive an order is three weeks. My longest order, with no backorder or JIT has been around 5 weeks.
 
#36
I have over 20 orders with HK, only had 1 bad 30A red brick and have had acceptable order wait times. Overall i think they are fine considering a 30A ESC at my LHS is about 50-65 bucks, I can buy 5 including shipping from HK. the prices far out weigh the time and the CS aspect.
 
#39
Well i just got a mail from them that i think you should read, that might explain why every one have been waiting on their orders to be sent. and my order history tells me that this issue they have started around 20/02-2013:

Customer Service Chat
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbycity/store/uploads/174451477X974582X1.png

I know that i'm not that kind in my way to respond to some of the things he say but i was really pissed off, and with very good reason when you read the response

Response the day after
http://upl.io/i/z762g0.PNG
(uploaded to my friends upload site)

This issue would have been fixed 3 weeks ago if any one other than Ricky/Thomas have listened to me and called that warehouse instead of just requesting an update via their system. I told them to call and they said they would but NONE other than this guy actually did. So 3 weeks with incompetence from HobbyKings side could be avoided if they just had called their warehouse.
 

colorex

Rotor Riot!
Mentor
#40
Good to hear you got a response!

However, don't be too excited about that free gift. It might be something nice and useful, as it might be nice and not useful to you. And in the worst case what you'll get is a sheet of stickers.

Anyway, Happy they got it fixed FINALLY!