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The trials and tribulations of flying my Thunder Tiger Mini Titan E325
By Nigel on Tuesday, 28 December 2010 8:25 PM

This was Jordon's second flight and the first using the buddy box system.  Took him a bit to get his eye in, but near the end of the flight he was getting the hang of it.

Battery #7 took 1736ma to charge in 66minutes for an 8 minute flight

By Nigel on Monday, 27 December 2010 7:19 PM

Just a quick hover in the front yard to see how the settings changed the heli.

I have upped the throttle curve for st1 and st2 to try and improve the climb out.  I also changed the pitch curve for st1 to 0-50-100 (was 30-50-100).  There was an improvement, but it was hard to really tell in the gusty winds

Battery #7 took 821ma to charge in 33:18 minutes for a 4 minute flight

By Nigel on Thursday, 16 December 2010 9:42 PM
First time flying at Etsa park and it was quite eye opening and intimidating with planes tearing around doing circuits having to avoid a couple of micro helis, whilst the bulk of the helis (blade 400s and smaller) were down the "dark side" of the stadium.

A couple of nice flights with the mini-titan.  Just lots of hovering (as i didn't feel comfortable venturing out to do circuits with the planes buzzing around).  It did allow me to fine tune the pitch curve for Jordon to learn with (dull it down around mid stick) and also to practice my nose in hovering.

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By Nigel on Saturday, 4 December 2010 9:06 AM

Congratulations Jordon on your first flight :)  Well done

This was Jordon's first flight.  He was only in control of the elevator and rudder, but he did very well hovering over the pad.

Battery #7 took 966ma to charge in 39:58 minutes for a 6 minute flight.

By Nigel on Friday, 3 December 2010 4:30 PM
Just wanted to sneak in a flight before flying tomorrow.

It was quite warm so only kept the flight short.  The temp of the battery was only about 46c and motor about 57 after the flight.

Flight consisted of circuits, flips and rolls.  Its quite challenging flipping and rolling the mini-titan as it doesn't have the power that the Trex600n has.  Still, I will improve them with practice.

Battery #6 took 863ma to charge in 34:42 minutes for a 4 minute flight.

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By Nigel on Saturday, 13 November 2010 9:39 AM

I am liking the new Carbon Fibre blades from Hobby City. 

Not much new, other than some circuits and loops and flips.

Battery #7 took 1595ma to charge in 71minutes for a 7 minute flight

By Nigel on Thursday, 11 November 2010 6:47 PM

A nice little flight to try out the new blades that I bought from Hibby King.

They track very well and are balanced well too.  The heli seems a lot more stable again than it has with the wooden blades.

just basic hovering.

Battery #6 took 1616ma to charge in 61 minutes for a 7 minute flight.

By Nigel on Friday, 10 September 2010 3:30 PM
Another flight to test ESC settings.  It also happens to be the 200th flight with the mini titan :)

The following ESC settings were used: 1-2 - Standard lipo cut-off 2-1 - Auto Motor timing 3-1 - No Brake 4-2 - Standard throttle response 5-3 - Heli mode No Governor

The motor and battery felt a little cooler than with the standard timing

Flight was just some small pitch pumps, a few piros and the rest hovering around

Battery #7 took 1555 ma to charge in 78:35minutes...
By Nigel on Thursday, 9 September 2010 5:36 PM
Nice conditions for a flight. 

This flight was more to test the changes made to the ESC configuration.

Motor timing was changed from Auto to standard

The following ESC settings were used: 1-2 - Standard lipo cut-off 2-3 - Standard Motor timing 3-1 - No Brake 4-2 - Standard throttle response 5-3 - Heli mode No Governor

Other than the motor and battery coming down warmer than usual, I could not see or feel any difference between the motor timings.

Flight lasted...
By Nigel on Thursday, 19 August 2010 7:30 PM
I am currently on holidays in Bundaberg visiting my youngest son and his mum and sister :).

The weather has been wonderful.  I left cold, wet and dreary conditions (15 max during the day) to end up with temps in the mid to high 20's :)

We found a nice park that had a nice playground and reasonably large park.  Unfortunately there were several trees around restricting the space for flying :(  But... thankfully the trees and the mini-titan came out unscathed.

The wind was creating...
By Nigel on Tuesday, 10 August 2010 5:37 PM

This was a nice little flight to see how well I had configured the DSX9 radio.

The heli flew nicely with just some trim changes required.

The radio, although heavier than the DX7 feels very nice to hold and the stick movement is nice and smooth as well.

Battery #6 took 1588 ma to charge in 71:21 minutes for a 7 minute flight

By Nigel on Saturday, 24 July 2010 9:35 AM
With a new (brighter) canopy and given the near perfect windless conditions I thought I would try some circuits.

The circuits weren't too bad.  Considering this is the first time (that I can remember) that I have done any decent circuits.  They were about 30 metres in length with some reasonable turns at each end.  Even some banked turns.

I also did a few more stationary flips. 

Battery #7 took xx ma to charge in yy minutes for a 7 minute flight

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By Nigel on Saturday, 17 July 2010 1:08 PM
A nice 7 minute flight on the Mini-Titan.  Looking forwards to getting a new brighter canopy, so I can start moving the heli around more - performing circuits etc.

Besides basic hovering and small circuits, I also did a couple of flips.  Decent blades will definately improve the handling of the Mini.

The tail is nice, but still not as nice a stops as on the Trex600.  Piro speed isn't consistent CW to CCW either.  Just a bit of tweaking should fix that though.

Battery #6 took...
By Nigel on Sunday, 11 July 2010 10:12 AM
I moved the links on the washout arms to the outer holes to help speed things up. I also set the spartan gyro back to defaults to see if that would help improve the tail pirouette behaviour.  From the few piros that I did, I did notice the difference in the tail.  The stops were a lot better than they had been last weekend.

I had an enjoyable flight and didn't notice the difference, but I didn't really put the heli through its paces as the wind was blowing the mini-titan around.

Battery...
By Nigel on Saturday, 3 July 2010 10:00 AM
I sold the GY401 gyro that used to be on my Mini-Titan and with the money, I bought a decent tail servo to go along with the Spartan DS760 gyro she now has installed.

I setup the servo, which took about 1/2 hour, then took the mini up for a flight.

I spooled up with no rudder input.  It was holding really well.  I moved the rudder to see how it was going to hold, and DOH... it turned the wrong way LOL.  I managed to land and spool down, then proceeded to reverse the servo direction (gyro direction was fine).  Once I spooled up again, she was flying really nice....
By Nigel on Sunday, 27 June 2010 11:31 AM
Thought I should dust the cobwebs off the mini-titan properly with a couple of flights today.

First flight was just a get the feel for it.  Second flight I did some circuits, with figure 8's and a couple of stall turns.

The tail wasn't too bad.  It held very well, with some wag at times, but was still pretty solid.  A decent tail servo will definately help.

Battery #6 took xx ma to charge in yy minutes for an 8 minute flight

Battery #7 took xx ma to charge in yy minutes...
By Nigel on Monday, 21 June 2010 5:19 PM

This was a test flight after fitting the spartan gyro to the mini-titan.

This gyro really shows how bad and slow the spektrum servos are.

I got the tail dialled, but when doing piros, the tail has a really bad bounce (1/4 turn) when you stop.

New tail servo is now on the list

Battery #7 took 1536 ma in 66:43minutes to charge for an approximately 8 minute long flight

By Nigel on Saturday, 22 May 2010 9:51 AM
Beautiful conditions for a flight with hardly a breath of wind.

I was hoping to do circuits with the mini, but had orientation issues when it was about 30 metres away.  I have learnt with the Trex that even though the red canopies look good, they are hard to see, so I think I will be ordering some new canopies soon.

Also think I need better main blades and possibly a proper tail servo.  This used to be such a fun heli to fly and now its not.  Ever since the crash and I was unable to...
By Nigel on Saturday, 1 May 2010 9:08 AM
Another nice flight with the titan, although the tail is playing up and I suspect the tail servo, or possible binding.

It would be fine, then twitch and almost start wagging..

I started to move the heli around, doing small circuits (about 30metres long)

I might have to invest in another canopy and make it a nice bright one.  The darker colours (as good as they look) make it very hard to determine orientation.

Battery #7 took 1484 ma to charge in 77:34 minutes for a 6 minute...
By Nigel on Monday, 26 April 2010 9:19 AM

I haven't flown the mini titan for a while and given the lack of wind, decided to give her a flight.

Nothing special about the flight.  Just basic hovering - left and right side in.  The mini titan is soo twitchy after the trex

Battery #6 took 1630 ma to charge in 77:14 minutes for a 6 minute flight

 
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