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Mustang-6 Mustang-6's icon
 2008-05-28 17:00:40
As a newbie to this addictive sport, I would like to extend my thanks to Si who test flew
my new TREX 600 Super Nitro Pro and trimmed it for me, and to Stan for helping me start
my first nitro and also to Mark (white van) who I thought was going to leg it with my new
heli with a West 50 in it (thanks Si for the additional outlay on top of the kit, only kidding).
And by the way, Si's son Mattew is an inspiration to us all at that age in the way he flys,
NO FEAR and confident with it. Great bunch of guys who have given me the confidence
to progress in this sport.

There is so much to learn, but the first thing I need to understand is how to set up a
West and run it in. Si has set it up initially but I have nearly emptied a gallon of fuel
already and wondered when additional tuning is required. Matt at Midland Helis thinks
I am mad buying a West and is looking forward to me rebuilding sooner rather than

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Sbrown5925 Sbrown5925's icon
 2008-05-29 02:51:32

I remain unsure why some are biast against these west engines to be honest. If they have not actually tried one, then maybe they should. I like every one else I know, pay full retail price for them. The reason I am using them is that they develop so much more power than the OS hyper and suffer no lean to rich problems through out flights. They don't need carb smarts or any other device to remove breaking rich tendancies.
I just like to have a consistant powerful engine that simply works.

What you do find with them, is that as you run them in, they need to be leaned slightly. We find that the engine will effectivly run richer for the same setting, so unless you do lean it, it will run slower and smoke alot more.

I noticed with yours on it's second outing at the field, that the head speed had dropped from my initial setup and thus, it was what we call "nodding". This was agrevated by the training undercarriage.

Next time I am around at the field and you are up to fly, I best have a look for you and tweak the engine to bring it back to a comfortable head speed, removing that slight nodding. So this is basically in answer to your question regarding the engine setting and when to adjust it.

A point to note is that the west has a very hard liner and it takes a long time to run in. If you over lean the engine too early, you can take glow plugs out a little frequently. This reduces as the engine runs in, which can take as long as 6-8 gallons. This sort of engine is inline with Nova rossi which also develop shed loads of power, but take extra time to run in compared to the softer type of engine, like the very popular OS.

Glad your clearly enjoying your new hobby. I will remember to bring that 4 with me when I go flying so we can sort out the membership etc, if thats ok?


Mustang-6 Mustang-6's icon
 2008-05-29 06:56:59

Thanks for the advice on the West. I will be attempting to
fly at the field this weekend, weather and family permitting.
No probs with the money.

How was the clubman 3Dx ?, see you were judging....

Gazza.. smilie
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Adminmain Adminmain's icon
 2008-05-29 12:42:26
Clubman 3d was ok. Standards during the comp did not seam to be as high as previous years. Weather was unkind to an extent due to the strong on-crowd wind.
Lets hope for a lot less wind next weekend for us to fly.

si smilie
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