1. What timer settings are you guys flying yours on..? Ive bnf mine to my DX6i and its come up @ 6 mins... is this about right or can you get more flight time without killing the lipo...?
2. Has any one heard any more about when we are going to see lipos in stock as i know once i get properly up and running with her im gonna want more than one lipo...as im sure some of you have already found...!!!
Hi, personally I dont use a timer for the 120 sr, the speed controller cut off is perfectly fine, when battery reaches close to its low voltage it slowly lets the heli land at a perfect ratio so no damage and Im pretty sure battery will last as long as its supposed to last and you will use the max flight time, (Well over those 5 min) I think i did about 50/60 cycles by now and no loss in flight time whatsoever yet. The main reasons why the limiter is there is to avoid you overdischarging the battery and obviously also not to lose power completely in mid air.
On a bigger heli (450 +) the timer is important because if the speed controller cuts off when you doing what a 450+ cp can really do or if you are really far with your heli or plane you might be in trouble; besides you do need to watch your voltage on those bigger, unstable hardcore lipos.
Keep in mind that the SR120 is normally purchased with its own transmitter which doesnt have a timer and the normal pilot, without any particular knowledge or a programmable TX will recharge the battery when the speed controller limiter kicks in and he cant fly anymore, I am positive it has been timed and engineered with that in mind, hence the fact my 120's battery life hasnt yet shortened.
The new DX8 from Spektrum apparently got telemetry and will give you the voltage on your display in real time (Guess who is wasting another 300 pounds soon?) Wanna buy a dx6i anyone? Good condition , nice setups included! :P
I called Horizon hobbies Thursday and have been told that sr120 batteries were being put trough customs in UK and apparently will be distributed to retailers this week? Will see.
Ill put up another post tonight with my settings on my dx6i for Blade SR 120 and MSR, I Am really happy with them now. I have shy throttle curve, low rates and expo for indoors or when friends want to have a go and proper max throw, throttle and response for me outdoors.
If I was you id get also the MSR. MSR Its ok indoors and out (even with a little wind after a bit of practice, rates, setup and cusker mod, see below) 120 SR not, its definitely an outdoors heli, it rocks, even with some wind. But itll end up on the roof or in your neighbour 's dog jaws if you fly it in the backyard too freely, It wants a nice big open space and you can really give it a go, but if you can afford it, having both will let you enjoy longer and have more stick hours.
Also Dont forget a simulator, a decent one, you will get in to bigger helis, I guarantee that!
If any of you planning to get or already got an MSR I also STRONGLY reccomend the swash CUSKER mod (CUSKER RC, LLC. - Home)
It costed me 20 dollars with delivery, takes ages to arrive, when you get it you feel like an idiot for paying so much for a tiny piece of alluminium, then you fit it on.. (not straightforward, needs a bit of patience but its fun to fit)....and the real MSR hell breaks loose. The geometry changes and it flies at silly speeds, its REALLY fast, even faster than the 120SR, you give it some quickl elevator and it puts itself at 45 degrees and attacks the air as if it was the enemy, even with some wind, apparently it even loops, did not try it yet but it feels like it can if at the right height!
Just get cnc blade grips and cusker, forget frame upgrades and other crap, your MSR will not fly (if at all) as well as before with them, maybe add the 160 mha turnigy lipos (see below) if you want extra time, then set your rates and enjoy! And it still keeps the perfect stable hover as before, just a bit more twitchy!!
The only thing i dont like of this little bird is the landing gear which breaks just by looking at it.
If you have a prog radio just customize it as you wish, you can get both MSR and SR 120 to feel a little similar to a cp heli with a bit of tweaking to counteract that annoying rubber band effect you get on them, i guess due to the angle of the flybar, which is also what gives them a near-coaxial stability. When i get my little hd camera back Ill take and post some vids of them both flying outdoors.
(they sell the lipos above in UK cheapest i seen 17 pounds for 5 on ebay, from hobbyking in US I bought 5 of them for around 9 pounds inc delivery, its not the 7 pounds i save , its the principle..)
HobbyKing Online R/C Hobby Store : Turnigy 160mAh 1S 30C (E-flite, Minium compatible))