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

Jan 06, 2014 1 Comment

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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Home-brewed Quads

Nov 25, 2013 No Comments

 I’ll admit that multi-rotors haven’t really been my thing. I’m not heavily into aerial photography, and helicopters are just more interesting to me. I do get a kick out of the remarkable work some of the AP wizards have produced, particularly Gary Graf’s amazing flight videos (see Gary’s YouTube channel, FPVFlightSchool, for some examples of [...]

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Preventive Maintenance

Nov 14, 2013 1 Comment

Electric helicopters are far cleaner and smoother running than their nitro-powered brethren, meaning that they tend to require less maintenance. This, however, can be both a blessing and a curse. I’ll confess to being a bit haphazard with preventative maintenance on my helis, with an inclination to think, “It flew fine last time As my [...]

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Electric Power & Performance Advice

Aug 20, 2013 No Comments

For power-hungry 3D applications and heavier scale machines, is it better to generate the required watts with more amps or with higher volts? Let’s look at some real-world examples and see what’s going on behind the curtain. JOULE’S LAW The crux of the problem for high-current power systems is that power losses increase with the [...]

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A Swiss Masterpiece

Aug 08, 2013 5 Comments

While the IRCHA Jamboree is best known for incredible 3D flying, there are also some outstanding scale models to be seen in the dedicated scale area.  This year there were some big and impressive scale models on display, but my personal favorite was a truly amazing Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King that was the handiwork of [...]

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Big Scale Made Easy!

May 14, 2013 2 Comments

Large-scale helis (“large” in this context meaning anything bigger than 450 or 500 size) have a reputation for being expensive, complicated, and nerve-wracking to fly. The goal of this project was to have a scale heli that would be affordable, simple and fun. To fulfill these objectives, I looked for a scale body that would [...]

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