Align Dominator 450L

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Gary Townsend

Helicopter

Align

Align Dominator 450L

2 flights, 0.13 hours flying time, 0 crashes

12 flights, 0.63 hours flying time, 0 crashes

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Sat, 22 Jul 2017 09:00
Leicester Model Aero Club
2 flights
I really felt like I was getting back into it today after my recent year and a bit without flying.

Shockingly after sliding a Turnigy battery into my Logo and tightening the strap it burst into smoking, but luckily it didn't actually go up in flames. I managed to pull it out (it wasn't plugged in to the ESC, so the lead was just dangling out the front) and toss it across the grass so no damage was done to the heli. It was a slightly tight fit sliding the battery in (no puffing though as this was a new pack having only flown 1 to 2 flights, but the plastic frame needs a gentle sand just to make it slide in a little looser), but I don't believe that was the reason, and I'm still extremely surprised that it happened. In the moment it was absolutely shocking, so a very lucky result to have no damage.

I tried flying a few different moves today including several attempts an pirouetting loops, a few of which were starting to form not actually that bad, but as usual a few heart wobbling moments throughout todays flying for me, but you've got to push I suppose if you want to give yourself a chance at getting better.

Richard was very good about 1 1/2 years ago around the time he started to fly his 700 size helis, but now after seeing him fly today it's obvious that he's progressed to being...... not trying to make his head swell any bigger...... but it's simply correct to say a brilliant pilot.

I'm looking forward to next time and what a great day indeed.
Sat, 22 Aug 2015 07:10
Central Model Helicopter Club
4 flights
A very nice session. My flying not really as good as last week, but was okay I suppose. Amazing weather again and low wind until about the last hour and a half during which it had picked up a bit, but still quite nice. I have the dominator setup to fly about as nice as the 450x so that'll now be spending more time in the air.

Sun, 11 Jan 2015 10:00
Whitwick Flying Field
4 flights
The 450L is flying again. I ended up giving it to a friend to fix after already having spent about £135 and getting nowhere, and after moving the mini VBar to the lower middle position and changing the motor (about the only part not already replaced) it's all mended. Strange though, as bench testing the motor revealed nothing. It's extremely unlikely to be moving the VBar that fixed it, as for the first dozen flights of its life before the problem just spontaneously appeared, it was fine. It might be that one of the motor bearings was dodgy, but only to the extent that it caused a vibration problem when under load (so checking the motor when just in my hand revealed nothing). Anyway I might move the VBar back to the top rear position which will prove it 100 percent. Okay then, a nice little session. The heli needs the cyclic rates close to doubling for it to be like my 450x, but still, it was very nice to just fly it around. I'd forgotten how fast it is, and how fast it accelerates, which was great fun. The wind was only half what the forecast stated, but it just started to pick up a bit as I was leaving.
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:00
Whitwick Flying Field
1 flights
I've swapped the VBar for the one in my TREX 550E. Problem still the same but now it rotates to the right as well and still very aggressively. Clare was with me ready to flick TH as I was finding it difficult to keep it level and flick the switch at the same time. I can't believe it, I was so convinced it was that. I've bench tested with blades off at very high RPM and worked the cyclic and absolutely no twitching, so something is upsetting the Gyro aspect of the VBar it seems. So now thinking it's perhaps a faulty BEC supply voltage from the stock ESC, I've ordered a new one which hopefully will be here in the morning. I'll keep you posted.
Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:45
Whitwick Flying Field
1 flights
This wasn't really a flight as it was an almost uncontrollable hover for about 5 to 10 seconds. I had experienced a severe jerking/rotating forwards about 5 weeks ago just after attempting to take off, and I'd had 1 flight before this and noticed towards the end that this problem was mildly starting to occur. During the second flight it quickly got worse and I was forced to land. Today some weeks later I tried again after carrying out a full mechanical inspection and checking the servos, (all seemed to work perfect) and it was a bit of a nightmare as stated above. Since the servos seem to work perfectly and the violent tilting forwards happens the instant it lifts off, my guess is it's a faulty sensor within the VBar. Anyway I stripped one of the front torque tube gears, so I'm picking one up tomorrow, and hopefully before the end of Saturday I'll have a chance to have another try having borrowed the VBar from my Trex 550E. I'll keep you posted.


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