2014 Thunder Tiger Raptor E550FBL ARF : From Buying to Flying

This page is where I am tracking all of my videos and random content associated with my new Thunder Tiger Raptor E550 FBL ARF (Almost Ready to Fly) helicopter from Hobbico. I titled this as “From Buying to Flying” because I am literally documenting everything from purchase to maiden flight. This will hopefully be a great reference for folks interested in buying the E550FBL or those who have bought it and may need some help getting started. As with all heli manuals, they are enough to get an experienced builder going, but tend to be lacking lots of little details that leave the beginner builder scratching there heads. Myself included!

Come back to this page as often as you wish! I’ll be updating it as I go.

Here it is. Enjoy!

TT Raptor E550FBL Tail Setup (and a bit about tail pitch at center)

TT Raptor E550FBL Tail Setup (and a bit about tail pitch at center)

March 31, 2014

In this video, I take you through my tail setup.  This is a continuation from the last E550FBL video where I was working on the cyclic servos and head setup. This setup takes much longer to explain than it actually does to...

TT Raptor E550FBL Cyclic Servos and Head Setup

TT Raptor E550FBL Cyclic Servos and Head Setup

March 21, 2014

In this video, I take you through my assembly and setup of the cyclic servos and run through the complete head setup on my Thunder Tiger Raptor E550FBL heli. This includes swash leveling,...

GT5 USB Programming Dongle (Thunder Tiger) Quick Look

GT5 USB Programming Dongle (Thunder Tiger) Quick Look

March 18, 2014

This is the Ace RC Thunder Tiger USB Programming Dongle for the GT5 flybarless controller. I am using this with my GT5.2. I am using a Mac for this, but Windows works the same way once you get the program installed.

This...

ACE RC GT5 FBL USB Programming Dongle

ACE RC GT5 FBL USB Programming Dongle

March 14, 2014

I love it when I get cool stuff in the mail!  This, folks, is the ACE GT5 USB Programming Dongle.  Don’t worry, I’ll hook you up with a video soon showing how to program the GT5.2 via the computer. While I have to admit,...

TT Raptor E550FBL Frame Swap, Electronics Wiring, and Battery

TT Raptor E550FBL Frame Swap, Electronics Wiring, and Battery

March 8, 2014

In this video, I go over the frame swap I did as a result of receiving the heli with broken canopy mounts. Tower Hobbies got me a quick replacement, and so now that I have that I can focus on continuing the build.

I take...

Castle Talon ESC Stick Programming and Throttle Calibration (TT Raptor E550FBL)

Castle Talon ESC Stick Programming and Throttle Calibration (TT Raptor E550FBL)

March 6, 2014

This is a quick video to cover how to do throttle calibration and stick programming on your Castle Talon ESC.  This particular ESC is a Talon 90, that came with my Thunder Tiger Raptor E550FBL...

PID Menu Map from Ace RC GT5.1 to GT5.2 – Specifically PID Mapping (E550FBL)

PID Menu Map from Ace RC GT5.1 to GT5.2 – Specifically PID Mapping (E550FBL)

March 5, 2014

So, Thunder Tiger has really managed to confuse a lot of folks with their new ARF Raptor E550FBL.  From the incorrectly configured GT5.2 FBL controller (

Raptor E550FBL Electronics Setup – S.Bus RX, TX, and GT5.2 Configuration

Raptor E550FBL Electronics Setup – S.Bus RX, TX, and GT5.2 Configuration

March 5, 2014

In this video, I take you through the basic setup of the electronics on the Thunder Tiger Raptor E550 FBL. These are the very basics needed to continue the setup process, and they will be refined as we get...

Need the ACE GT 5.2 FBL Manual for your Raptor E550FBL?

Need the ACE GT 5.2 FBL Manual for your Raptor E550FBL?

March 4, 2014

Being new to the Thunder Tiger “system” and the GT 5.2 FBL flight controller in particular, I found myself looking for the manual that had a little more detail than “quick start” information. It actually took me a while to find it, so...

TT Raptor E550FBL Battery Tray Mod

TT Raptor E550FBL Battery Tray Mod

March 3, 2014

In this video, I share my solution for getting my large 5000mah batteries to fit in the battery tray on the Thunder Tiger Raptor E550FBL. There are two tabs up front that prevent a larger battery from fitting all...

TT Raptor E550FBL : Installing the Tail Boom Assembly and Adjusting Belt Tension

TT Raptor E550FBL : Installing the Tail Boom Assembly and Adjusting Belt Tension

March 2, 2014

This video begins the build process for my new Thunder Tiger E550 FBL helicopter. The focus in this video is the tail assembly, from boom to tail blades. I also include a section on how to easily check belt tension using...

TT Raptor E550FBL VS Tarot (Align) 500 – A Size Comparison

TT Raptor E550FBL VS Tarot (Align) 500 – A Size Comparison

March 1, 2014

I’ll be honest. My new Thunder Tiger E550 FBL seems HUGE in comparison to my former largest heli in the fleet, my Tarot 500 (Align 500 ESP clone). I decided to mock up the E550...

Thunder Tiger Raptor E550 FBL Battery Fitment

Thunder Tiger Raptor E550 FBL Battery Fitment

March 1, 2014

If you have seen my previous post about battery fitment in the new 2014 Raptor E550FBL, then you know that one of my outstanding questions was with regard to how the larger 5000mah batteries will fit into the frame. Now that I...

Unboxing the 2014 Thunder Tiger Raptor E550 FBL ARF Heli

Unboxing the 2014 Thunder Tiger Raptor E550 FBL ARF Heli

February 28, 2014

I’m excited to share the unboxing of my new Thunder Tiger Raptor E550 FBL ARF (Almost Ready to Fly) rc helicopter. I’ve been wanting to move to a 550 sized heli for a while, and this one...

I got my Raptor E550 FBL Today, and it came with a broken heart!

I got my Raptor E550 FBL Today, and it came with a broken heart!

February 28, 2014

I was soooo excited when the UPS man showed up with a big box from Tower Hobbies. I have to get off to work, and was only home because of a medical appt this morning. But once it showed up, I couldn’t resist taking a peak....

Thunder Tiger Raptor E550FBL Maximum Battery Size?

Thunder Tiger Raptor E550FBL Maximum Battery Size?

February 26, 2014

You might have noticed that I have ordered the new Thunder Tiger E550FBL.  I need to order some batteries  for it, since it calls for 6S 5000mah, and I don’t have any of those. I was checking out my...

I did it. Thunder Tiger E550FBL!

I did it. Thunder Tiger E550FBL!

February 24, 2014

Time to call the wife. Or maybe I should grab some flowers on the way home and tell her in person, LOL!

I had been eyeing the new Thunder Tiger E550 FBL Raptor since I heard about...

 

 

 


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