Crash T-REX 450

Hi all ! As we're enjoying a very bad weather for a few weeks now, i'll use this time to share some pictures of my first crash with the T-REX 450. This one was due to the big distance of the heli and a grey sky (I lost the orientation). The crash were pretty bad mostly because I panicked and forgot to stop the engine.. Any way 40€ latter it was back in the sky !

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As you can see, the main shaft was bent pretty hard..

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All the broken parts..2012-09-27 20.02.39

Stay tuned !

The T-REX 450 filmed by our quadcopter

We tried for the first time to fly together and that was pretty cool, until Benoit crashed the T-REX... Never forget the idle-up when looping with a collective pitch heli πŸ™‚

For some copyright reasons, you might have to go on youtube to see the video....

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vveG6S--FlU[/youtube]

We'll surely try again really soon with our soon coming FPV kit πŸ˜‰

Align's T-REX 450 Sport v2

Ok, so after flying with our quadrirotor, I wanted a machine capable of doing a more aerobatic flight. So I started looking at CP helicopters. A CP (Collective Pitch) helicoptere is a particulare type of heli that is able to independently move its blades. For instance, the two blades can take a positive pitch which will sustain the helicopter in the air, or it can give a different pitch (Called cyclic pitch) regarding the position of the blade, to make the helicopter move in a particular direction. See this Wikipedia page for more informations about it.

So, after a while, I decided to buy a class 450 heli (rotor diameter around 700 mm), mainly because of the low price of this class and also for the ease of use (and also, it's less dangerous than a 700 with a rotor diameter of 1m50 !). I bought the TREX 450 Sport V2, as the Align brand has a really good reputation among the Internet.

The box arrived 10 days after shipping, and my first impression was : that's a very tiny box !

Everything inside this box is tidy.

Let's open all those sub-boxes, to discover that there is a significant number of parts πŸ˜€

One great point with this kit, is that it comes with the electronic (motor, ESC, servos) and i had to add my newly converted to 2.4Ghz Eclipse 7.

Let's now have a look to the assembly. I knew what to expect here has I read a lot of things on the Internet about it. Clearly Align masters the subject and the assembly is really straightforward.You just have to follow the manual. Don't forget to double check if the pre-assembled parts are well threadlocked.

Head assembly

This is clearly a masterpiece, it's beautiful and there is no backslash. the only (related) problem is that the links are tight so you have to lapp the plastic screeds. Here again, it's really well documented on the Internet. On the pictures, you may have noticed that I inverted the main shaft. Be careful or you'll have a big backslash between the frame and the head.

Let's now have a look on the carbon frame assembly.

Nothing to say here, just follow the manual :-)Oh, just, don't threadlock the rear screws (where you insert the tube) as we'll need to loose it to put the tube and adjust the tension of the belt.

Let's focus on the AC assembly. Almost nothing to do here for me as it was well locked from factory.

A little word about the main gear : to adjust the backslash between the motor and the main gear, one tip is to insert a piece of paper between the teeth, so there is around 0.1mm between them, as given by Align.

Last part of the job before the adjustments : the electronic. Just screw the servos, make them horizontal when the TX is at neutral, and it's done ! Also put a little strip of foam between the frame and the gyro to absorb vibrations.

Annnnnnd it's done : it took me two days to do it, but it was the first time I did it ! I think I would take 5-6h now to assemble it again.

Later we'll talk about the first flights, maintenance, and the first crash I had after 50 flights ! Stay tuned πŸ˜‰