I know that you're very excited. you want to fly it. You want to take it out. But before you do all this, you need to INSPECT it!
Blade does a pretty good job at setting it up for out-of-the-box flying, but still, you need to make sure that everything is in order before you can go around and fly your baby!
First thing you want to do is a general visual inspection of the B450. Make sure that it's not been damaged in shipping (obvious dents, scratches, etc).
After you've looked at it a bit, you will want to check a few technical things. Here they are:
- Disconnect any 2 of the motor wires located in the nose of the frame.
- Turn on the transmitter (TX). Make sure that the proper model is selected.
- Plug your helicopter battery.
- Make sure there's no trims set on the TX. If so, set them to center. Sub trim is fine as Blade might have done it to fly straight out of the box.
- Disable Throttle hold, put the TX in Idle up mode, and put sticks to center.
- Check tail operation. Put gyro gain to 50% on TX, then move rudder stick both ways, make sure servo doesn't bind and that the tail blades are fully centered with no stick input.
- Check swash level. It should be fairly close to level (eyeball is usually fine).
- Check stick control operation (make sure that left is left, and that forward is forward!)
- Check belt tension (refer to the tail assembly)
- Check the blade grips on both tail and head. make sure there's not too much free play, and make sure the blade bolts have the proper tension.
- Inspect the main blades for chips.
- Disconnect the battery.
- Put transmitter in Normal mode. Put throttle stick to bottom (fully lowered). Enable throttle hold.
- Connect the motor wires.
- Connect the battery. (Make sure that the transmitter is on, with the proper model selected, set to normal mode, throttle stick fully lowered and throttle hold is ENABLED before you connect battery).
The next step is to do a simple spool up to see that everything is working properly. Just take the B450 out, put it on a flat surface about 20' away from everything (you included). Disable throttle hold and SLOWLY spool up the motor. Make the motor spin so you can still see the blades turn. If you can't see the blades turn, lower the throttle stick. With the blades slowly turning, check operation of the cyclic on the transmitter. left, right, forward and back, as well as rudder input. If all is well, spool a little faster. and repeat the cyclic / rudder verification. If at any point while spooling up the heli wants to tip over, note where it wants to go, and correct the swash with the ball links. It is normal that the heli wants to go to the left on the ground because of the way it is designed. It should want to drift left, but not bank (tip) left. Keep doing it in steps until the heli becomes light on it's skids. When you can get it light on it's skids without the B450 wanting to tip over, take it up about 3 feet, stabilize it, keep it there for about 10 seconds, make a mental note on where it tries to go by itself, and set it back down. Adjust the links to compensate the drifting, and you'll be all set!
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