I built the Nexus about 2 months ago. Last Sunday
I finally had time to try and fly it (yeah I know,
I have other hobbies as well). I had spent a total of
about two weeks on RealFlight Deluxe practicing 20
minutes a night hovering in place. I can actually fly the
thing without cutting my own head off now :).
This is a Tower Hobbies special with Hobbico training
gear. Building it was cake. This is my first heli,
and my first flying model in about 18 years (I am 29). I took it
to a local hobby shop which specializes in Heli's and the
owner there checked the build and helped me adjust everything
on a bench. I had been racing RC touring cars for a while now
so nitro engines and lots of mechanical bits didn't scare me much.
I flew three tanks, and was fortunate enough to have
help t*** it and flying from a veteran flyer on
the first flight. No buddy box, just shouts of left, right,
kill power, run for your life!, etc...
The first flight was just short hops getting the
helicopter "light". It tended to wander a bit and the
tail rotor response was very very fast. Ok it wandered a lot.
The second flight I got about 1/2 to 3 ft high and
the training gear picked up a harmonic frequency from the
helicopters vibration. The traing gear started to oscillate
up and down about 6 inches peak to peak. This was bad and
I was instructed to kill some power, and bring it down.
Hearing the Wiffle balls clacking on the tarmac was not
entertaining (at least not for me). Very nerve racking.
The third flight I loosened the training gear *** bands
and the harmonic vibrations went away. The heli flew just like
the simulator. It was a bit trickier, a whole lot more responsive,
and induced way more adrenaline than the simulator.
I landed it and was instucted to breath. It was dark so I was done.
Wow, I am hooked, these are very cool toys/models.
I installed a remote glow connector to make starts easier. This should
All in all, I am impressed that it flew so well "out of the box".
I recommend to anyone trying one of these to take it to someone with
experience who can check it over and verify everything is going
in the right direction (gyro isn't reversed, collective and
throttle mix right, Pitch range is good, Rotors balanced properly
Cost to play was:
Heli/Engine (OS32)/Radio/Gyro -617
Deluxe Flight Box/Starter/Fuel Pump/Fuel - 275
Blade Balancer, tracking tape, training gear - 70
Real Flight Deluxe - 250
Any helpful tips/comments for a newbie are completely welcome.