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Spirit System FBL :: Intro and Firmware Update

This video is the first in a series. I am checking out the Spirit FBL from http://spirit-system.com. This flight controller uses the same rescue (bailout) as the much more expensive Bavarian Demon flight controllers. It has vibration analysis,…



Futaba T8J Giveaway :: It’s Official! Register to Win!

This video is the official giveaway registration video! To say thanks to all of my subscribers — those who are brand new, and those who have been with me from the start — I am giving away a Futaba T8J Transmitter and Receiver combo.

I have to give a huge thanks to Futaba and Hobbico for providing this prize. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Now…go do what the video says and comment! NOTE: You must open…



CPO Raptor E550 3 Practice Flights Sep 26 2014

This isn’t a show off flight..but rather just me documenting a few flights so I can go back and review my own progression as a pilot. I’ll probably make a video like this from time to time, and YouTube is the easiest place to keep them, even for my own review.

Watch if you want, but don’t expect it to be very exciting. 😉

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CPO Raptor E550 23 Sep 14

 

So this is a pretty uneventful video in terms of what you might normally see posted as RC Heli flight vids. I actually struggled with whether or not to even share it. There are a few things going on here.

1. This is pretty much where I am at from a skills perspective. You see I have a long ways to go. The good news is that every time…



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

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 do. : )  I did spend some extra time talking through tail pitch and how to understand basic principles in how your tail blades effect tail pitch and the rotation of the heli.

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TT Raptor E550FBL Cyclic Servos and Head Setup

TT Raptor E550FBL Cyclic Servos and Head Setup

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, min/max pitch range, max cyclic deflection, and limiting swash travel.

I have found that there are various methods to head setup. There are several ways to achieve this, but this is my way. There may be other methods that work equally well, or…



GT5 USB Programming Dongle (ACE RC) Quick Look

GT5 USB Programming Dongle (Thunder Tiger) Quick Look

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 is a very nice way to set up the GT5. These should be available for purchase late March 2014 at Tower Hobbies.

Link for the USB Dongle:
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXEBSH&P=7

Link for the software:
http://www.thundertiger.net/downloads.php



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ACE RC GT5 FBL USB Programming Dongle

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, using the touch interface on the GT5 is pretty darn easy, my assumption is that programming via computer will be super slick. More to follow, so stay tuned!



TT Raptor E550FBL Frame Swap, Electronics Wiring, and Battery

TT Raptor E550FBL Frame Swap, Electronics Wiring, and Battery

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 you through how my electronics are mounted and wiring routing. It’s hard to do a video during that part, because there is a lot of trial and error to find the…



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

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

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 ARF heli. Not all programming options can be done with the sticks, but I show you all four settings we can modify.  Further programming requires the Castle Link USB Adaptor.

 

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

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 (see this video) to the use of icons and naming convention from the version 5.1 FBL in the manual (and telling everyone it is for 5.2).

So the big question is this: Are the settings in the E550FBL manual…



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

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

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 closer to finishing.

One take-a-way from this is that the GT5.2 FBL controller DID NOT COME PRE-PROGRAMMED from the factory as was advertised by Thunder Tiger. Well…it came pre-programmed, but for a different helicopter. It was programmed…



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

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 I decided it would be a good idea to post it here for those of you who are on the hunt for it.  Click the picture of the GT5.2 to download the…



TT Raptor E550FBL Battery Tray Mod

TT Raptor E550FBL Battery Tray Mod

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 the way forward (which appears to be required for optimum CG). I removed one of the tabs that were in the way and then reinforced that side frame area with a small piece of aluminum from…



CPO Raptor E550FBL VS Tarot 500 VS Tarot 450

Thunder Tiger E550FBL vs Tarot 500 vs Tarot 450

I originally posted some pictures comparing the difference in size between my new Thunder Tiger Raptor E550 FBL and my Tarot 500.  I got a request to include my 450 in that photo lineup.  So…here it is!  I will admit, the 450 feels like a little toy now.  It’s been a great heli…but it really doesn’t compare anymore.  I didn’t really understand until now…



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

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

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 a digital caliper.

There are several points of the build that aren’t very clear in the manual, so I hope this video is helpful for folks who are needing to build this heli. Even though…



CPO Raptor E550FBL VS Tarot 500-2

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

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 even though I am not quite finished assembling it and put it next to my 500.

Wowza!  It’s hard to comprehend how much bigger a 50mm difference makes in heli speak! To be frank, however, the E550 is running actual 550mm…



Thunder Tiger Raptor E550 FBL Battery Fitment

Thunder Tiger Raptor E550 FBL Battery Fitment

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 have my E550 and also my batteries, I know. Of course, what I don’t yet know is how the heli cg ends up with this battery in place. I won’t know that until…



Unboxing the 2014 Thunder Tiger Raptor E550 FBL ARF Heli

Unboxing the 2014 Thunder Tiger Raptor E550 FBL ARF Heli

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 came at a price that I couldn’t pass up. The timing was perfect!

Let me take you through the contents of the box, and as you can see, this heli is nearly built. It just requires a little bit…



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

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. Don’t worry…the full unboxing video will be posted soon. I just can’t do it right now.