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Old 07-13-2016, 06:54 AM   #71
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Thanks Gary, that's pretty much along the lines I was thinking! That will ensure I still get a scale roll rate, without too much down aileron.
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Old 07-13-2016, 08:50 AM   #72
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I was surprised how well this centered the roll axis and avoided any adverse yaw. With one as big, slow and draggy as this you really notice anything like that.

First time was in the mid 80's and due to the simple reason of not enough channels. Back then I thought 6 was a lot, but with flaps you were out of luck if the Rx did not have a separate battery input. Never liked powering the entire system and one servo via a Y-connector.
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Old 07-13-2016, 09:02 PM   #73
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I remember when servo reversing was a big deal, letalone dual rates!
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Yep, I still remember my first Futaba 6 channel, a boxy gold case and screw-on antenna. Worked quite well actually.

First one with reversing and other functions was the Airtronics Vanguard from the mid to late 80's. Lots of switches under a flip down cover.

All this helped when doing setups, but learning good installation and geometry from the very start, and how to physically correct for trim and other issues was perhaps more valuable.

Mind you, I don't really miss the time it took to do so, with repeated flights to "Tweak" everything the way you wanted. Could not even begin to think what it was like for early heli modelers.

Now it's just a few button presses or scroll wheel turns to affect changes.
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Old 07-14-2016, 02:23 PM   #75
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I had a vanguard, 6 channel, then got the shiny new Challenger 720, all the bells and whistles for it's time, loved that one. I had one, can't remember what it was, but it scanned all the 72 MHz Freqs, picked a clean one, you accept, and voila, off you go. When I left Germany for Victoria, BC, the club there insisted I had to pick a Freq, because it wouldn't be fair to other flyers who were stuck on one Freq. Heaven forbid they should buy one if they wanted the convenience. I never flew with that club, they annoyed me so much with all their quirky rules and restrictions. No large aerobatic planes, no ducted fan, and while they were a MAAC club, they refused to recognize MAAC Instructor rating, and said I had to do a check out flight, with a trainer. Couldn't fly my Goldberg Sukhoi, Extra 300, or Ultra Sport 60 for the checkout, had to be a trainer! The whole time I was out West, I gave up flying, and just built stuff for others.
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Old 10-14-2016, 02:44 PM   #76
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looks great. The WACO is a cool looking plane.
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