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How to connect the servos to the
controls on the Interceptor 400 to use it for learning to fly
The Interceptor 400 is a new entry in the 400 size
helicopter range, and it is not only an ideal, Low Cost entry level
helicopter for people wanting to learn to fly RC helicopters, but it is
also great for those wanting to fly advanced 3D stuff as well.
It is slightly different from many of its
"competitors in that it uses a 90 degree swash plate arrangement
with mechanical head mixing, rather than the more commonly used
electronic mixing with CCPM. Mechanical mixing does however make
setting it all up to fly successfully a lot easier.
One of the major things you need to be aware of is
that because the Interceptor 400 can easily do 3D manoeuvres, setting it
up as per the instructions will result in a VERY TWITCHY aircraft that
is less than ideal for learning to fly with, as those settings are the
ones to use when you want it 3D capable.
The fix for this is really easy - just make sure that
you connect the link rods to the servo horn using the 3rd hole out from
the hub, DO NOT USE THE HOLE ON VERY OUTSIDE.
What this does is to reduce the amount of movement the
servo transfers to the swash plate, making it much "softer",
and therefore a lot easier to fly for beginners.
In fact, when setup like this, the Interceptor 400 is
an ideal helicopter for learning, as the initial cost is low, parts are
very cheap and easy to obtain, and repairing it is also pretty