|1. Engine Settings
2. Throttle Curves
3. Pitch Curves
4. Radio Setups
|Engine needle settings:
These settings should only be used as a reference. There are many things that effect your specific needle settings such as the amount of nitro you use, whether you use a muffler or a pipe, if the engine is still in the break-in stage, and even the weather has an effect.
These settings are based on using Power Master 15% Nitro 20% oil, and flying at 400 feet above sea level.
|Engine||Low Speed Needle||High Speed Needle|
|TT 36 Pro||1 1/2||1|
|TT 39||3||2 1/8|
|Leo 37||1 1/2||5|
|OS 50 SX-H||23 degrees toward rich side||1|
|TT 50 Pro||2||4|
These are settings I have used on my machines and work for my specific configurations. You should only use these as a comparison. The best thing is to know how to setup the throttle curve for your specific machine. For normal flight mode, you hover the helicopter and adjust the center throttle point (this is for NON-3/4 stick hover setups) until you get the head speed you want to run. Then set the 1/4 and 3/4 points to be 10% above and below the center point value. For the top point I set this to 100 then do a climbout and follow the instructions I have on engine tuning. For the 30's this will work out as is. For the larger engines I have found that the power to weight ratio (on Raptor helicopters) is so good that I still get overspeeding and have to decrease the top throttle point to around 70. For 3D mode you do the same as above for hover but instead adjust the 3/4 point for the hover speed. Then when you get that value, duplicate it on the 1/4 point. For the center point, adjust it so when you do a 0 degree descent that the head speed stays the same.
|Raptor 50 (OS 50 SX-H)||20,26,41,46,70||100,61,54,61,100|
|Raptor 50 (TT50)||19,30,40,50,100||100,52,42,58,100|
This applies to all helicopters, not just a 30 or 60
These are some basic settings, I recommend you read my page on pitch settings.
9 degrees will give a good climb out, but if you just want to climb out like a rocket you can increase the pitch, however this will not be so good for 3D flying because you can reach stall angles. Remember that the total pitch is your collective input plus the cyclic input.
|Starting pitch||Normal mode 0,5,9
Flight mode 1 disabled
Throttle hold -4,5,9
|Setup for 3D||Normal mode -4,3,9
Flight mode 1 -9,0,9
Throttle hold -9,0,9
A common question I get is 'What are the settings for my radio', I would not be able to give exact values as there are many differences even between identical setups. Besides it is best to do the setups individually to give the most optimal settings. I can however give some pitch setting to go with for learning to hover. I have setup a lot of helicopters and for those just starting out I always setup 0 degrees blade pitch for bottom stick position, 5 degrees for the middle stick position, and 9 degrees for the top. You do not need any negative until you start flying around in forward flight. Zero will keep you from banging the helicopter hard on the ground and also with only 9 degrees travel from bottom of stick to top that means the collective will also be much less touchy then say a 3D setting. Now I do recommend doing the 3D setup but after setup use the pitch curve to set the blades for 0,5,9. Info on the 3D setup is <here>
As for throttle curve I always use all 5 points and set the middle three to 10% increments such as 40,50,60. The top point will be 100% and the bottom point will depend on if the radio has a throttle cut feature that is active. If it does then set the bottom throttle curve point to 20%, if not then set to 0%. ex. 20,40,50,60,100
The following examples are for reference only, I recommend you read my pages: Radio Setup Overview and Radio Setup.
|R30_01||Airtronics RD6000, Leo 37, Raptor 30 setup for 3D|
|R50_00||Futaba 8UHF Super, OS 50, Raptor 50 setup for 3D|
|R50_01||Airtronics RD6000, OS 50, Raptor 50 setup for 3D|
|R50_02||Airtronics RD6000, TT 50, Raptor 50 setup for 3D|
|R60_01||Airtronics RD6000, OS 61 LX, Raptor 60 setup for 3D|