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#1 Delaney

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Posted 28 July 2009 - 12:47 PM

Hey guys, long time lurker but I just got my hands on what seems like one hell of a steal.

http://cgi.ebay.com/...em=190324628324

Just saying hello and want to thank everyone for the wealth of info on the site. Also a special shout out to Charles Papert for his extensive reviews here and other forums. The set can't get here fast enough!
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Posted 28 July 2009 - 03:24 PM

Hi Delaney,

Im sure you will be very happy. Im flying a pilot which has the same arm and vest and its pretty good. You might want to sort out that all velcro vest to buckles. There is a pretty good article here http://www.dvinfo.ne...ps-buckles.html

I too would also like to thank Charles whos advice is always spot on.
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Posted 28 July 2009 - 04:00 PM

Hi Delaney,

Im sure you will be very happy. Im flying a pilot which has the same arm and vest and its pretty good. You might want to sort out that all velcro vest to buckles. There is a pretty good article here http://www.dvinfo.ne...ps-buckles.html

I too would also like to thank Charles whos advice is always spot on.


Yeah its the first thing I'll be doing once I get the rig. For me this was getting the merlin for the price of the arm/vest. Would like to move up to the pilot sled but the price difference is pretty substantial for now. In the meantime, I've actually been considering selling the merlin and using a Blackbird. Anyone have any thoughts about this?

Edited by Delaney, 28 July 2009 - 04:00 PM.

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#4 Sam Morgan Moore

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Posted 01 August 2009 - 02:46 AM

Hi Delaney,

Im sure you will be very happy. Im flying a pilot which has the same arm and vest and its pretty good. You might want to sort out that all velcro vest to buckles. There is a pretty good article here http://www.dvinfo.ne...ps-buckles.html

I too would also like to thank Charles whos advice is always spot on.


Yeah its the first thing I'll be doing once I get the rig. For me this was getting the merlin for the price of the arm/vest. Would like to move up to the pilot sled but the price difference is pretty substantial for now. In the meantime, I've actually been considering selling the merlin and using a Blackbird. Anyone have any thoughts about this?


The BB handle hole is the same diameter as the merlin/pilot - it works

I think the bottom offset mass and additional length increases stability over the merlin

both handheld stabilisers are kind of flawed by a lack of monitor making 'don juan' tricky unless you have flip LCD and also it can be a hazard not to see your feet moving over rough ground

IMHO ..

For the pilot arm to perform best it needs to be near max load which is over the spec of either handheld solution

S

Edited by Sam Morgan Moore, 01 August 2009 - 02:48 AM.

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