It’s finally happened. I’ve been comfortable flying circuits and loops for a while now. Comfortable means I’ve stopped worrying about it flying into my face. They’re still Pringles shaped and nowhere near pretty, but I’ve decided I’m ready. Finally gained an real understanding of what collective management and tail blowing out means. Before I was only able to guess at what people meant by doing pitch pumps. I only lost 1 shaft bearing for trying this, but I got a few seconds of inverted hovering out of it. I’m happy.
My lens B for the 808 keychain camera #16 arrived. I think it is better as a hat-cam than lens D.
Helis are not very picky about where you can fly, even though I’ve mentioned that a large space is good. Micro helis can be hovered inside a garage, in your bedroom, really just about anywhere. The ability to fly in small indoor area makes micro helis less affected by weather. Planes require a large empty space. Where I’ve been flying is way bigger than I need to fly the mCPX or mQX, but I feel it’s still too small for the UM T-28. There is barely any room to make it fly straight. Evil trees and their man made cousins also cause major problems. It also wouldn’t hurt to have thick grass for crashes and some sort of road for landing.
I’ve done my share of crashing into walls when starting out with the mSR, but the repair methods are a bit different. Heli repairs are usually done by getting a replacement part, then install the part. These parts are precisely engineered and fits like a glove. Maybe some measurement helps, but no tinkering required. Damages on the plane is another story. Every time the trees attack, the foam body suffers a bit of damage. Things get folded, torn, warped and bent. Repairs are less engineering, more arts and crafts. It involves a lot of molding the foam into shape then using glue and tape of keep it that way.
Helis are very quick and agile with amazing 3d potential. Flying helis requires quicker reflex and reaction times. Everything involves a ton of on the fly error corrections. Every single control is being used constantly. Rudders to keep the tail in line, collective to adjust the blade pitch, cyclic to keep the disc at the correct angle. Planes are very intuitive. Decide how fast you want to go and set a throttle, the aileron and elevator takes care of everything else (I’m sure rudders are useful too). I don’t want to say they are easy yet, since I haven’t been able to land the thing nicely. But once its up in the air, I feel pretty good about how to make it go where I want.
heli -- small indoor area ok, good to have large space repair by replacing precisely engineered parts complex maneuvers involving quick reflexes and timing plane -- very large space, probably wants a landing strip too creative repairs with foam, glue, tape and other materials intuitive to fly, need to be precise and plan ahead to land