So after my shiney new N2 crashed 2 minutes into its maiden due to a servo arm breaking and then following a rush to get it repaired I managed to put the blade grips on back to front and stuck it in 30 secends into the 2nd attempt at a maiden I was starting to feel a bit disheartened.
My club mate Thumb Rocker took pity on me, he took the heli away and spent the week repairing it and setting it up again so that we could go for the 3rd maiden this weekend. I was very cautious, checked absolutely everything, checked it again, spooled it up on the ground without take off for half a tank of fuel checking that everything was doing what it should then got it back on the bench and checked everything again.
Because I'm convinced that I'm the jonah in all this I asked Thumb Rocker to do the first flight for me. No canopy this time and an old set of 600 blades cause we didnt want to take any chances, it took off, it did a couple of gentle circuits, it did a piro, it did a pitch pump, it did a pitch pump/piro and stripped the main gear!
Still at least we got a about 90 seconds flying out of it this time and he managed to land without destroying it! I just dont know if that counts as progress or not?