2-17-02 It was nice to actually fly without having ANY problems or things falling off. ;) Did some HIGH rolls and general hovering around.. High and Low hovers. Flew for 2 tanks, then a storm started rolling in kicking my 1-2mph winds up to 25-40mph. Didn't appreciate making a turn into the crosswind and have that heli kick up 200 feet from its previous position. So, IT WAS GOOD WHILE IT LASTED. ;) HAPPY HOVERING!
1-12-02 I did not leave the face of the Earth. I just took some time off. MUCH NEEDED. Flew today for the first time since May of 2001! I found out that flying this is just like riding a bike. Within seconds of main rotor spin up, I was up and having a blast again. 2 Flights in and the F'ing end of the muffler came off about 100 feet up. I actually landed it without a scratch, LUCKILY. But Here we go again. Until next time.
5-20-01 Just some 'high speed' forward flight with some rolls today. The main rotor was slowing down for no reason...Attributed to the pitch slider being tight to the main shaft. One thing the manual fails to mention: When installing a new shaft, etc, the mast stopper needs to be tightened a little on each screw at a time..Dont just tighten one screw all the way, then move on to the next, and next.. This will make it uneven and prevent the pitch slider from moving freely. Anyways, took about an hour to get that corrected. It is moving better than ever.
5-13-01 Just did some simple flying around at a bit higher altitude than previous flight. Right when I was getting brave again, it started to rain.... Until next weekend then...
5-06-01 Did some hovering @ 2" to 6'. Thats about it for this one. The pitch slider loosened up a bit, but not enough too my liking. The heli flew perfect...Better than ever. No vibrations, everything tracking great. I'll be slapping in a different mast and that should cure the problem with the tightness.
5-06-01 Twas working on my addiction last night from 8:00pm till 1:30am and..the nexus is all assembled once again. Verified pitches..and she's all set. There is a problem with the pitch slider.. Its kinda tight (even when pushing it up and down by hand.) I tried oiling, etc. I don't know if its the servo, since its having a ROUGH time by looks and sound, or if the new main shaft is bent, which I have heard before so I wouldn't be suprised. Anyways, after a short start and blade spin-up today, if it doesn't loosen up, I'll either be putting in my other main shaft (1st), or replace the servo (2nd), or both. Don't know now, but I will on the next update.
5-5-01 Got the new nexus 3 days early.. Big thanks to Tower Hobbies for the 'speedy delivery'. Reassembling and soon to be hovering once again.. HURRAY!
5-02-01 After only 4 months of deciding if I should buy ALL the parts or just get the whole heli, I have ordered a new Nexus for 191.00. It'll be in on May 8. I have found that the parts for this bird are quite expensive. That's because Kyosho has lowered the kit price from 400.00 to 200.00 but has kept the parts at the origional price! Add 'em all up and you get about 400.00. That's making sense! Enjoy those crashes!
2-27-01 After last months disaster...I'm just updating everyone. I have made up my mind to just get the new kit, re-assemble, and go from there. (Nexus' are down to \\$189.00 bare bone) I received already, a small thanks to Futaba, the replacement servo...OOOH that does me alot of good...But anyways, once assembled, I'll be updating the log with more 3-D stuff hopefully. The Following is the list of parts needed to be replaced:
1-21-01 Well, Please excuse my language but now I'M PISSED OFF. I had two perfect flights with COMPLETE check-overs in between. The third, however, got interesting. I lost ALL TAIL CONTROL at 100 feet up. Regained control enough to bring it about 20 feet by my side and about 15 feet off the ground. Then it started to spin like a top....rolled on its side making the main rotors perpendicular to the ground, and went right in HARD. Pieces were thrown in a ONE HUNDRED FOOT RADIUS. The cause: THAT NIFTY SERVO WHICH CONTROLS THE TAIL ROTOR DECIDED TO CRAP OUT...and the rest is history. There's \\$224.00 in damage total. Last time I crashed, I came to the conclusion that this heli is only $199.00 unassembled....If I do get mine up and running, I'll prob. be getting a new kit for some replacement parts...It'll be cheaper than buying the individual parts. Now I know I'm on a bad luck binge..first with the mixing lever thing, now with the servo going dead..... I'm taking a break from this bull shit for a WHILE. (prob. a month or so...)
1-14-01 My first real attempts at doing some rolls....And it was awesome! Did about ten rolls at 500 feet up..(Just in case) Plus managed to pull a few inverted half-loops. (roll upside down, keep it inverted for a few secs...and then half loop out.) Practice Practice Practice...ya know.
1-13-01 After all was assembled and re-trimmed out, the Nexus is back flying like new. Just flew around today getting used to it again. It is actually flying better now than it has ever flown before. Tomorrow I'll be trying some 3-D flying. Fun Fun Fun.
12-24-00 Well, Here it finally is, my first crash. ONE OF THE REPLACEMENT MIX LEVERS from 9-3-00 was defective. One of them, on the side connecting to the ball on the swash plate had a bit larger diameter than the other. This diameter, after the below flights, increased by prob. 1/100mm, there by making it pop off during flight...The Chain Of Events: Mixing lever poped off, making a small vibration...big enough though to split the plastic piece on one of the rotor grips where the ball end is. Now, with no control of the main rotors what so ever, the heli came down to the ground. Before hitting though, the main rotors had enough in them to chop the tail boom in half. Then, wham, into the ground. It would have been ALOT WORSE had I been hovering any higher than 5 feet where it was. Anyways, because of this, the following items were destroyed much of which is being warrantied by Kyosho:
I Must say a BIG THANK YOU to AnnMarie @ KYOSHO for her PROMPT attention to this matter. Thank You Very Much!
12-4-00 BE SURE TO CHECK THE BALL ENDS ON THE MAIN ROTOR GRIPS. Mine were VERY loose, I found out. No accident, but kinda scared me. I was flying earlier and just taking a break. At least I caught it before my heli became a pile of garbage. I usually go over everything for tightness, etc...but I have never to this day checked the ball ends on the rotor grips...But I will from now on. All in all though, a great day of flying. Pulled a few barrel rolls, and practiced 2 autorotations. I'll be taking a break for about a week or two. I need to send in my radio for warranty repair. (Throttle hold switch is no longer attached). I hate it when that happens!
11-23-00 Just having fun today with some high speed, nose down, forward flight 'bout 70-80mph, along with practicing level flight about 1" from the ground going between 20-30mph. I still have not adjusted my pitch curves perfect enough for full 3-D...I tried a loop-started at about 20' up. When the heli was pointing straight up, it was completely above me (a big no no)...But anyways, it fell to the right and I lost control of it for a split second. I did however regain control before it could give a palm tree directly below it a hair cut. ITS STILL IN ONE PIECE.
11-19-00 Today, I decided to try some out and out desert flying. I do not recommend this. I had been flying at local parks up until now. Grass is a hell of a lot more forgiving than hard desert dirt and shrubs. Taking off kicks up a whole lot of dirt and sand. I took off 2 times before it was time to call it a day. I had to take apart almost everything to clean it up and make it suitable for flying again. Still had a blast though.
10-8-00 Twas a bit windy today. Went through 1-1/2 tanks of gas when the battery for the transmitter got too low for safe flight. But, the time flying was scary at times. The heli (of course) would be going about 50-60mph with the wind and only 10-15mph against the wind. Plus, landing was hard to get right, but when I did actually land it, I was sure that there were no STRONG gusts of wind. Was my first real shot at some heavy gusts, but I could still handle it ok. I don't think that I'll be flying under those conditions again though.
9-24-00 Perfect day for flying. Hovering at 200 ft. Into high speed forward flight. Snapped 2 rolls and a half-loop. Getting the hang of the sluggish stock s type s. (Sluggish in 3-D anyways.) Just NEED a 3-D upgrade and SOON. But still having a blast. Had 2 Unintentional Auto Rotations today from about 10 feet up. (Ran out of gas like a dumb as*!) Landed perfect....No Damage!
9-17-00 Practicing figure eights, high-altitude hovering, and hi-speed forward flight. Fun Fun Fun.
9-4-00 Again, practicing figure eights, along with nailing a roll and a roll into half-loop.. Kinda scarry, but I'm sure with the appropriate paddle upgrade, should have better response. Still have not had one crash on this nexus from day one! HURRAY!! I CAN FLY WITHOUT HELP!
9-3-00 Received in the mail today a warranty replacement Mix Lever from Kyosho. All Nexus' from April 2000 on were shipped with defective ones. PLEASE CONTACT KYOSHO OR YOUR NEAREST DEALER TO GET THE REPLACEMENT BEFORE IT FALLS OFF DUE TO FAILURE!!! Anyways, after replacing the mix lever, I started hovering at knee level, followed by high-altitude, well, about 150 feet, circles and figure eights....Practice Practice....
8-27-00 Started the first few flights with the training gear back on. Got comfortable with everything again, and off with the gear. Flying great so far. Started with some hovering at 4' above ground about 3' in front of me. Then moved into some high (70') figure eights, and circles..each time bringing it to the same position hovering.
7-29-00 Going over the Nexus for tomorrows flight....Found the control lever had failed and was missing the linkage ball going into the pitch slide ring. (The ball actually sheered off from the lever. I've been told that it must have been defective since it usually does not break on that end, usually the servo linkage end.) Off to the hobby store for another control lever and linkage ball. I'm on vacation next Saturday for two weeks, so this log will remain dead until I return...Hopefully to cooler weather!!
7-23-00 First day without training gear on! The clutch locked up, so I disassembled it and found that there were a few grains of sand binding it up. (Accidently landed on a baseball field..throwing a bunch of sand.) I cleaned it out, reassembled it, and back flying later on for a tank just to see that everything was fine.
7-20-00 Found out today that the Nexus will need some adjustments to make it 3-D ready. No incidents, but it definitely does not 'snap' into moves like I thought it would due to upgrades needed. I worked today on full backwards flight, and miffed a few figure eights. I'm pretty excited that I have not come even close to crashing this heli. It is VERY STABLE when correctly trimmed out. No wind today--Hands free hover @ 4 feet altitude! Look out Youngblood, here I come!! (just kidding)
7-19-00 Now, I have started to fly before work during the week for about 1 1/2 hrs. I think that I am 'addicted.' The nexus has remained in tact so far. It is getting easier now and I have definitely got it under control. Practicing full forward flight, figure eights at between 50-100 feet and then bringing it to a hover about 3 feet in front of me and about 4 feet altitude.
7-16-00 Another good day of hovering around. The helimax gyro is very sensitive to the heat in Phoenix. Once it hits 95 degrees, I have to turn it almost all the way down to make the tail wag disappear. If you're flying in above 90 degree temps, I recommend purchasing a different gyro. It still takes me about a tank of gas to get my knees to stop shaking!...But I'm having a blast. The nexus is staying together very well. Complete post flight check overs WILL keep your bird in the air.
7-4-00 I now have over 20 tanks thru my Nexus. I started by trying to hover perfectly at 3 feet. Got that under control. Now, I have moved already into full forward flight, with no problems at all! The highest I have dared to go so far is about 30 feet. This is just after 1 day previous of trials.