kjhsscioly wrote:It makes the event harder than wright stuff - you have to build anew everytime you want to change something.
chia wrote:Speaking of which, I finished my new helicopter! The rotor pitch is higher than I was aiming for - a little higher than the one of the kit I built, but much lower than that of my first attempt at a helicopter from scratch. Other changes include a longer motor stick, the fixed rotor (I went back to having one fixed rotor after the other one didn't work out so well...) raised to the level of the free one (so that they're on the exact same axis), a prop hanger made of wood (sadly not reinforced with aluminum tubing but with glue/tissue), and thicker wire for the prop hook.
So, I wound it up with 750 winds of fresh 1/8 (after a quick test flight on only 400 of old rubber just to make sure it wouldn't pulverize itself or careen around wildly when in the air) and added a little clay ballast at the bottom, and had a very successful flight (this far into the game I'm not going to say exactly how long ). Definitely at least as good as my first helicopter.
I'm afraid the hanger might be either too weak or have too much friction... we'll have to see what I can do about that. Also, the center of mass is much too high - exactly halfway between the ends, if not very slightly higher - but I don't want to add too much ballast because it's already at 4.10.
chia wrote:This one's only my fourth, if you want to count the blob I made last year (It works relatively decently for a lumpy 4.6 gram thingamabob with lopsided rotor pitches, but it would be second-tiered in competition this year because it uses an Ikara prop hanger).
Wait, I stole your wording for reals? Sorry, I tend to pick up phrases and such and not realize I took it from anyone or from where
RULEBOOK wrote:b. MATERIALS: The functional components (rotors, rotor blades, vertical stabilizing surfaces, and motor
stick) of the helicopter must be constructed only from wood, paper, plastic film covering, and glue. The
functional components must not be constructed from rigid plastic. The functional components may
be attached to each other using tape, thread, music wire, malleable wire, paper, metal or plastic tubes,
and/or rubber bands.
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