Inspired to fly from my trip to the local r/c field earlier today I brought my Lama V3 heli out into the backyard. Flew around for a while and then “landed” a bit hard. Started up again and when I got the heli up into the air it started to do the mighty wobble. Shaking and swirling around the helicopter hit the grass. I removed the battery cable and inspected the heli and couldn’t see anything wrong so I connected the battery again and throttled up. Same thing – the whole helicopter just shaked uncontrollably (this time still on the ground). I disconnected the battery again and took a closer look and now I saw that the inner swashplate had separated from the outer swashplate. It was a but tricky but I managed to push the two pieces together again. In order to do this I had to adjust the servos to get the outer swashplate in the right angle.
After this happened the swashplate has separated a couple of times. But I don’t want to glue it in place if I want/need to change it in the future. So now my standard procedure before every take off is to check that the two pieces are tight together. I don’t know if it’s common with plastic swashplate but I’m thinking of buying the aluminum swashplate for my Lama.
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I also spent some time on the simulator tonight flying planes. Installed a new version of my r/c sim ClearView. My previous version was 4.98 and this version is 5.02. I don’t know but I think the system requirements for this latest version is somewhat higher. I felt that I was experiencing lagging or something, I’m not really sure. There was some difference in the feeling. I have to try it some more to pinpoint my feeling. Maybe I also should mention that the computer that I have the simulator installed on is not the latest and greatest…Well well, that will be a later issue.
I want my own r/c plane now!