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Turbine-powered EC135

Jun 16, 2014 4 Comments

You have to see this helicopter next to its pilot to believe that it isn’t the real deal! YouTube’s Flynlyons notes, “Most people who see the EC135 are stuck by her beautiful lines and that fenestron tail, however once you see this amazing aircraft in the air you’ll understand why so many RC helicopter pilots [...]

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Fly the Tumble

Jun 12, 2014 No Comments

This 3D maneuver can only be performed by a fully aerobatic-capable RC helicopter.The maneuver is a series of flips, during which the heli slowly travels forward to create the sense of an athlete performing tumbles in a gymnastic routine. This maneuver can be done forward, backward and even in circles. STEPS TO SUCCESS Step 1. [...]

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Making helicopter pushrods: a fast & easy solution!

Jun 11, 2014 No Comments

Charlie Hynes has a lot of helicopters, and he found an easier way to assemble pushrods and ball links, using his cordless drill. Check out his how to! A lot of helicopters come with ball links and pushrods that need to be assembled by hand. Here’s how you can use a drill motor instead of pliers [...]

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Super Constellation Flies Again!

Jun 11, 2014 19 Comments

You don’t see large prop-powered commercial aircraft anymore, so this model of the 1950s Super Constellation L-1049C  is a special treat. Max Ulrich built the all-wood plane from enlarged Don Smith plans and in this video is flying it at the Oldtimer Meeting in Switzerland. It’s powered by four 4-strokes. Thanks to RCHeliJet for posting this to YouTube.

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Engine out? Better know how to do an auto!

Jun 10, 2014 No Comments

Every helicopter pilot should be proficient in performing autorotations to cope with engine or motor failure. They are demanding and should be practiced periodically. The model should have sufficient pitch range before you attempt this maneuver. A steady breeze of about 10mph will make initial attempts easier. The engine should be running at a fast [...]

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FAA approves drone flights over U.S.

Jun 10, 2014 2 Comments

This week, the FAA approved the very first commercial flight of an unmanned aircraft over U.S. soil! BP has approval to fly an AeroVironment Puma AE over its pipelines, roads and equipment at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, the largest oilfield in the U.S. The 9-foot-span Puma AE is an electric aircraft that’s waterproof and equipped with [...]

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Russian Gunship from Down Under

Jun 09, 2014 No Comments

Check out this 1/6.7-scale, turbine-powered Mil 24 Hind from Down Under … New Zealand, that is! This beauty is from Heli Classics and flown by NZMC club member Carl.  Thanks to RCheliclub NZMC for taking these videos and posting them on YouTube. If you’re interested in getting your own, East Coast Scale Products can sell you a partially [...]

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5 STEPS TO FLY THE ROLLING TUMBLE

Jun 05, 2014 1 Comment

This is an impressive 3D maneuver, and while you’re learning, it’s important to break it down into short segments. Before you attempt it, make sure that you are proficient with rolling at a fairly fast roll rate. Second, make sure that you know how to perform a typical tumble. Let’s start by refreshing your memory on the tumble. [...]

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