Mending again

So having been flying the Genius indoors this evening, i thought I fix the broken ski yet again:


DIY weekend

Today my new skids for the helicopter turned up. I crashed while flying at Alan’s a few weeks ago and broke one ski of. It took just a few minutes to replace the skids. But after my crash last weekend I am now awaiting the arrival of a new servo.


I bought some disc brakes for my disc conversion project.


And then this afternoon I finally built a little stand, so that Tigger’s litter tray stay in the bath room, but we could also have a drawer unit there too.


Today we went to Waddesdon Manor, which is a National Trust property. The house wasn’t open, but we walked all around the grounds.



We are regularly seeing 32 in the car, not kph, not the channel on the radio, not the rpm, not even the odometer. No, the temperature, and believe it if you will, that is in C, not K or even F, yes Celsius. Pretty hot it has been and very humid, the humidity has been dropped as low as 68% recently, obvious now (in the evening) it’s up in the low 90’s. We hear that it’s going to be like this for the whole of September!

Hannah made some little cocktail pasties, 16 in all, though we only have 14 remaining now as we had to eat two because they are SO GOOD!! Like really really good, even thought the one I had was cold it was very still VERY GOOD! I am looking forward to eating the rest. I expect we’ll get a picture of at least one of them at some point.

Today I was flying the V120D02s around the living room when I touched the DVR, left a small mark on the front of it and crashed. Unfortunately the crashed caused the tail rotor to slip on one of the gears, so while taking it all apart to see what was the matter I got some great pictures of the content of the heli:

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We were invited to accompany Tibor, Zsuzanna, Bill and Dana on the Cortina cruise on Ramsey, for Tibor’s birthday. We enjoyed a lovely evening with them all.

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Also Tigger has been up to his old tricks:

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I received my gears for the helicopter servo through the post today, so I replaced them and tested the helicopter in the kitchen, all is now good, just need the wind to drop for some flying to happen outside.

I think the gears are missing upward of three teeth. Totally different subject, I was watching the news the other morning, there is a scrolling head lines bar across the bottom of the screen which I usually read if the news is dull. One head line read something like “…more than some people had…”. More than some? MORE THAN SOME? Who on earth do they employ to write their headlines? Indeed..

In quick succesion

Thought I’d take a few pictures this afternoon, as I felt these following topics were important for you to know. Such as the fact that I had repaired both my helicopters, the large one had the broken blade grip (as per the entry) and the small one had a broken skid leg, so I repaired it with some plastic and superglue. Also the Genius now have a chipped tail rotor, so I shall be ordering another one, two, maybe three or four as I seem to get through them pretty quick.

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I also made a box for carrying and transporting them without the worry of damage, being an eco friendly type, I made it from the original packaging! The box was/is constructed from corrugated cardboard, I was able to fold it accurately by flattening the corrugations using the a ruler and the back edge of a pair of scissors.

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Today I noticed that the AC unit is condensing a lot of water from the very humid air outside..

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You might be able to make out a puddle of water on the window ledge outside and a drip right in the middle of the second picture, its dripping about once a second.

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I struggled to create this entry as you can see from the above pictures, the first picture was the reason for including Tigger in this entry, but when he came and settled on me, well, I couldn’t resist.

Helicopter model

I have been spending some of my free time modelling the Genius FP in Inventor, a cad software package that I have access to at work. This link is to the PDF of the model, now I believe that if you have a PDF reader, ideally the Adobe one, that ti should open this file and you should be able to view it in 3D.. GeniusFP

Helicopter update

This morning I went looking for somewhere big and open to fly the helicopters. Having been exploring south of Sudbury last summer I remembered a quarry I had seen down that way. It proved to be a great spot to fly, very quiet, devoid of tall objects to crash into and set in the bottom of a valley. Perfect. I was able to fly fast and high without too many worries.

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The first flight went well, with the Genius, then I flew the V120D02s, I flew some very fast lengths of the open area, did some turns and was able to bring the helicopter back fairly confidently. Until I eventually did a turn close to the ground and touched the ground, with the helicopter rolled over at 45deg, one of the rotor blades detached from the head and went somersaulting through the air, landing a few meters away. I went on to fly the genius again and crashed a few times, but broke nothing. Upon getting home Tigger was keen to help with stripped the head down.

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Genius Crash

I am here alone now, Hannah is in the UK so I have been flying my helicopters a lot. I flew them both last night. Today Tigger returned to his home, having been on vacation with one of Hannah’s friends. He arrived back at lunch time, I tried to settle him in a little, but had to return to work. When I got home he was particularly affectionate. Later I took my helicopters out and had great fun, but on my second flight of the Genius I crashed, in fairly spectacular fashion. It was a little windy, so I had initially flown carefully, but having flown the V120 successfully I guess I was a little over confident, and brought the helicopter down from high up, maybe 20ft, in a swoop, with reduced power to try to combat the wind which was giving me too much lift. Down it came, into the asphalt.. That was the end of my flying for today. when I returned home I wanted to get a picture of the damage, however Tigger kept winding himself around my legs and showing interest in everything I tried to do, so I got a few pics of him too:

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And a video of Tigger too: