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A good buy and high quality parts...mostly.
on May 24, 2012
I recently purchased the 450 SE V2. The package arrived in two days and I was impressed with the quality and overall assembly.
I had heard stories of the Allen screws being loose and I checked all of them. A couple needed to be tightened but they were on the frame...not on critical components. I'll lock tite them later.
The directions are not very good, but I did get a disc with set up procedures from Cermak in California and I checked them all out in case I want to make changes...However...
There really is nothing that one has to do other than the following:
Put 8 AA batteries in the radio.
Set Knobs at 12:00
Idle up switch (3D mode) is on left and is not programmed from the factory but needs be in the back position for safety anyway. Same goes with the switch on the right.
Charge battery(s) ( have spares!): My box came with a 12 volt plug and balance charger. I've heard others only get the charger? If you need a 12 volt supply....12 volt- 1500- 2000mah is good. You can also go up to 16 volts input to the charger or use what I like which is a nice Turnigy multi battery balance charger. It does lipo 2s-6s, NiCd, Lifo.
Remove blades for first spin up!!!! This is important unless you want to risk stripping out gears and damaging other stuff. Plus, this allows you to see if everything seems normal and elevator, trims and tail are functioning normally.
Turn on radio FIRST with throttle down and right stick centered and all trims at center.
Plug battery into ESC...you'll hear beeps and see servo "twitch"
Heli is ready to go....Start with slow throttle up but only go to 60% max without blades. There's no need to over spin.
Re-Attach blades and get ready to fly.
On my first flight, the helicopter lifted off perfectly and I only needed to adjust the yaw left a tiny bit.
I hovered and then slowly made some nice circles and fast passes. A bad landing that caught the grass and crashed stripped out the main gear, bent the main shaft and cracked the blades. Plus a blade hit the tail boom and put a dent into it (didn't need to replace)
Luckily, I purchased critical parts including the complete rotor assembly with main shaft and gears.
1.5 hours later, it was ready to fly again. With helicopters this size and power you will crash and you will have to replace parts...it is something one has to accept when entering into the real helicopter realm.