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11-08-2019 08:08 AM
Keyrigger
Re: Minicopter Diabolo 800+ 2018 BE

Thanks guys. If you zoom in on the blades, you will see the cover pieces I did that I made from aluminized vinyl (Cricut). They looked fantastic and I was hoping they would last a long time but that was not to be. While competing in an F3C competition at that club, a heavy cloudburst came down near the end of my routine. I heard a loud snap and saw something flutter off the helicopter. At first, I thought it was a bird strike, but there was not enough of a cloud of feathers for that to have happened. The very next thought was the covering and sure as shootin', when I finished and landed, the tip covering was missing on one blade. The weight was negligible so no out of balance shakes happened as I spooled down. The rain drops struck the leading edge of the blade on which the covering started about a quarter inch from the leading edge. Hydraulic pressure peeled off the tape so as long as I never flew in rain, I would put a new piece on to replace the missing section. Lesson learned, unless the pieces wrap around the leading edge, they will peel off sometime in the future so all pieces have been removed, sigh. Take care.

Don
11-07-2019 09:04 PM
Freeskiken
Re: Minicopter Diabolo 800+ 2018 BE

Looks awesome !!! I love the orange color. Its visible in all kinds of sky, grey or blue.
11-07-2019 08:15 PM
Keyrigger
Re: Minicopter Diabolo 800+ 2018 BE

I did a bit more work to improve the visibility. I can really see this one way out there. The landing gear is made from two sets of the regular tilted struts so that the skids do not visually distract from the angle the helicopter appears to be in the air. The gear are the taller rear struts. I also tilted the chassis to the right for better takeoff stability. The airfield in the background is the Triple Creek RC Club outside of Riverview, Fla, one of the best places I have ever found to fly. A couple of other clubs give it a run for its money but the unobstructed view is to die for.

Don
11-07-2019 06:28 PM
Dennis Pedersen
Re: Minicopter Diabolo 800+ 2018 BE

I really like the stock simple canopy's. Looks great in the orange and black, just like exotic sports cars and there perfect one color paint jobs with black trim. I agree with you Ken, I think a Diabolo 700 UL would be an awesome heli ! Hmmmmmm
09-05-2019 08:43 PM
Freeskiken
Re: Minicopter Diabolo 800+ 2018 BE

Very nice helicopters. I had a Diabolo 550. I have always wanted to build a Diabolo 700 light version.
09-05-2019 05:18 PM
Keyrigger
Re: Minicopter Diabolo 800+ 2018 BE

Thanks. The more I fly it, the more I realize that it was THE helicopter for my type of flying. I wonder what a top ranked F3C pilot could do with it?

Don
09-05-2019 05:07 PM
Freeskiken
Re: Minicopter Diabolo 800+ 2018 BE

Again it looks great!! I like the orange canopy. They are amazing looking helicopters.
09-05-2019 04:54 PM
Keyrigger
Re: Minicopter Diabolo 800+ 2018 BE

Small update. I ended up going with a much more visible canopy and some very contrasting graphics. I also bought the second set of landing gear to make the "High" level gear more suited for F3C. Along with it, I also got the original tube skids as the CF skids just don't do much for me. The blades have been replaces with Rotor Tech 106mm Ultimate tail blades and Rotor Tech 760mm main blades. What a sound the make as the helicopter is very quiet. Take care.

Don

PS: I have christened it "the Great Pumpkin"
05-16-2019 09:43 PM
Keyrigger
Re: Minicopter Diabolo 800+ 2018 BE

Thank you. I chatted with a few friends when I was at the Spring Fling in Virginia. They had mentioned the landing gear being angled as it is on this helicopter and a number of other new (and some old) helicopters can be a visual distraction when trying to set a helicopter into a level hover. I scrounged around the shop for some (ahem) other landing gear that could take the place of the originals. I have clearance at the tail from the bottom of the tail fin to the blades but I am sure that I will be chewing a lot more grass than I have been. I'll take a couple of shots when I next get out to the club. Take care.

Don
05-16-2019 02:12 PM
Freeskiken
Re: Minicopter Diabolo 800+ 2018 BE

Beautiful Heli !!!!
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