Apr 21, 2009

Aileron Fairings

After my rough landing with the Easy Glider, I started looking for a solution to the problem with the aileron servo control arms hanging too far down. At first I tried to find a way to shorten the control arms, but I couldn't get enough control throw. Searching on the internet yielded an interesting solution, PVC aileron fairings that would entirely cover the aileron servo arm, and pushrod. I ordered a set and then I had to find time to install them.

They come molded together on one PVC sheet and they must be cut apart. I delicately cut them apart and sanded the edges. I pondered how to attach them to the wing, and I finally decided on clear packing tape. This worked quiet well, two strips of tape on either side, and one small piece of tape on the front of the fairing supplied all the holding power needed.
Yesterday, I took it on a test flight, and landed in a field of tall grass. I inspected the planes final resting spot, and it looked like the fairings had deflected a fair amount of grass. It looks like I won't be having any more troubles with the aileron arms and stripped servos for a while.

Apr 2, 2009

Indoor Diversion - Venom R\C's Micro Rescue Heli

A year or so stopped by the hobby booth at the local airshow, and made an impulse purchase of my first ever micro heli. Now micro heli's are almost everywhere, and I've had opportunity to play with a few. Some of these little heli's are heavier than others, and some are better constructed and more durable, but all are loads of fun. They are designed to be flown indoors with an infrared transmitter, providing an up close flying experience.

These little helicopters are all two channel, one channel is to control the speed of the fixed main rotor (lift), and the other controls the tail rotor (yaw). They are weighted in the nose to keep them moving forward while flying. My heli didn't move forward very fast, so I placed scotch tape between the skids to deflect the rotor wash and create some more forward movement. This works quite well, though it adds a little weight, and when your this small, any weight is your enemy.

If your in the market for a micro heli, I'd probably be more inclined to recommend one of the Airhog micro heli's over this Venom Micro Rescue. The Venom is too heavy with its plastic shell, making flight times short, and it seems to lack decent forward motion, without modification.