the Setup of your BlueRay RTF Helicopter.
Blueray Rx Ready
Note: you will need a 3S (3 cell) Lipo Charger. Get one that
does Balancing. Make sure you get one with a power supply or have
something to power it if it does not. Here are some that Xheli or other
that you will want to look at:
Note: you can get your Helicopter from Xheli and tools from Hobbypartz
where the prices are often lower.
AC6 (with internal Power suppply)
50W charger at DealExtreme with case (requires 12V power
can use an existing 2S/3S battery charger from your Fixed Pitch
Esky/Walkera/Exceed helicopter if you have one. It will just take more
time to charge and the charger does not protect you from faults as well.
Charger Category at Hobby City
Tools for Setup, operation as well as Crash rebuilding (in order of
Allen wrench set. Don't skimp on this. Get something that won't strip
on you. You will need 1.5mm, 2mm, 2.5mm. You will need 2 of the 1.5mm
ones. A L shaped Allen set is good to have for your second set but for
your initial tools, I recommend something like this: EXI
- Pitch Gauge. You will need to be able to measure the pitch
of the blades. Once again in the EXI
Tool Kit you get one or you can get one from the LHS that
works on 450 sized helicopters.
link pliers. Don't try to use your fingers or needle nose pliers on
ball links. Over time you will warp the ball links. Get a set of Ball
link pliers. Once again, found in the EXI
- Needle Nose Pliers (EXI tool kit has them)
- Small phillips head screwdriver (EXI tool kit has them)
- Wire cutters. (EXI tool kit has them)
Meter (for use to test your batteries at your flying location)
Some "consumables" you
will want to acquire:
Prep work before flying.
- Small Wire ties. For dressing up the wires after a rebuild.
double stick tape. I don't like the white stuff that has the green
scotch pattern on both sides. Instead, I prefer black "servo tape" or
better yet, at your Home Depot, you should be able to find 3M Scotch
4011 Exterior Mounting Tape. This is Gray with red plastic release
paper. You can use that to stick the Rx, Gyro or ESC back to the
helicopter. Use 2 layers for the Gyro. You will need this after a
rebuild if you have to change servos.
w/ sticky back. I put the softer fuzzy side on the batteries and the
hook side onto the battery tray. Only using velcro straps to hold the
battery down will allow it to slide out. I don't recall if the kit
comes with any velcro or not but you better use some
- Although this kit is
sold as RTF, It is highly recommended by many exerianced flyers that
with any RTF or ARF kit that you remove ALL metal to metal screws on
the helicopter and re-apply blue loctite. Some screws will already have
some loctite. If they are hard to remove, heat them up with a heat gun
or a hairdryer. Give the heat time to soak into the metal and get to
the threadlock. Blue Loctite or Permitex is what is
When checking pitch curves, disconnect 2 of the 3 wires going from the
ESC (electronic speed controller) to the brushless motor.
out the pitch curve in Normal and Idle up that is currently programmed
into your Tx. If you need to change them, refer to the RTF radio page
to run the PC software and inspect/change the curves. Pitch and
Throttle curves are a personal thing. Most 3D pilots prefer the center
stick to be 0 pitch. This allows anything above 50% for the
curve to be positive Pitch and anything below to be Negative Pitch.
Hover point should be with about 4 degrees of pitch
about 65-75% throttle. By default, the Blueray should have come so that
about 3/4 throttle is about 4.5 to 5 degrees of pitch, so hover point
is just around 3/4 stick on the collective/throttle.
recommended novice pitch curve (each of the 5 points measured with a
pitch gauge) is: -2,-2,0,4, 8 degrees. Remember, center stick is Zero
pitch. Novice pilots start out NOT flipping the idle up (3D) switch on
the Tx while training.
- My recommended Novice throttle curve (each of the 5 point
values as entered into T6config) is 0,50,75,85,100
- Verify that the swashplate is level (eyeball it) throughout
the movement of the collective stick. If not, you may need to do a leveling
procedure. (do it by eyeball if you don't have a swash
- Verify the Gyro is operating by doing a gyro pinch test. The
newest Blueray RTF helis come with an MKS292
gyro. They must be initialized in Heading Hold mode, if not
initialized, it will just continuasly blink at you.
should already be able to hover a Collective pitch or Fixed Pitch
helicopter before flying this otherwise you should be flying with training
installed. If you don't have training gear, you can make it
yourself with dowel rods and plastic whiffle balls screwed into the
ends. Just cut a hole in one side of the wiffle ball to insert the dowl
rod. Attach to heli landing skids with wire ties. Make sure
training gear is well centered and will not slide or it will make the
helicopter drift alot to one side.
- For the novice, lots I have a Training
- If you have not done so already, you will want to do a
throttle range calibration as found here:
has produced some good Setup videos. In addition to the advice above, I
have links to those videos plus my own commentary on them located HERE