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Choosing Heli Servos: Analog vs. Digital

Mar 28, 2014 No Comments by

  (Opener) Flybarless helis like this large Robinson R22 are rapidly taking over, but these impressive machines impose heavier demands on the servos. Let’s address a question that seems to cause a good deal of confusion (or at least misunderstanding) among helicopter fliers—whether digital servos are really better than analog, and whether they’re worth the [...]

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Are two rotor heads better than one?

Feb 20, 2014 3 Comments by

Ask anyone to draw a picture of a helicopter, and in nearly every case they’ll sketch the classic “conventional” configuration with a single main rotor and an anti-torque tail rotor at the end of a long tail boom. This layout hasn’t changed appreciably since Igor Sikorsky clamped down his Homburg hat and lifted his original [...]

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Sneak Peek: Blade 600

Feb 05, 2014 No Comments by

Over the last couple of years Blade RC, long a major presence in mini and micro helicopters, has released a series of larger helis ranging up to 550 class. With the Blade 600X they have raised the ante with a competition-grade 12-cell flybarless 600, and I couldn’t wait to build one. The Blade 600X Pro [...]

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Check your BECs!

Jan 22, 2014 2 Comments by

I recently had the pleasure of reviewing the Blade 600X, and I have found it to be the best-engineered 600-class heli I personally have flown.  The quality of construction is outstanding, the drivetrain is extremely stout, and handling is silky-smooth.  I look forward to getting a lot more flying time on this bird.  (See my full [...]

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Review: Savöx Brushless Motors

Jan 08, 2014 No Comments by

Savöx is well-known to modelers, particularly in the helicopter world, for their powerful digital servos.  What you may not know is that they also market a line of brushless motors for electric helis.  These motors span all popular classes from 450 to 700 size, and their quality of construction is excellent.   The 450, 500 and [...]

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Flight Tested: Heli-Max UH-60 Black Hawk & EC145 Eurocopter

Jan 06, 2014 1 Comment by

High-quality micro helis are everywhere these days, and with so many on the market, it’s hard to keep up with them all. That said, scale is my first love, so Heli-Max really caught my eye with two highly detailed models in 1/43 scale. The first is a Eurocopter EC145 and the second is an even [...]

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Gyro Programming 101

Dec 12, 2013 No Comments

Many low-time heli flyers making the step from Bind-N-Fly micros to larger helis struggle with programming heading hold gyros. The following is a general guide for programming gyros. It’s not intended to address the much more aggressive setups needed for full-on 3D, rather the goal is to program a typical gyro for sport flying. Because [...]

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LET’S GET ORGANIZED!

Nov 25, 2013 No Comments

Electric helicopters are great, but one challenge is the need to stock and keep organized a wide variety of spare parts. As a scale guy and scratch builder, it’s even worse for me because obsolete or damaged parts that most flyers would toss become potential raw material for some future project. I spend about 150 [...]

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