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Aerobatics Made Easy: Negative snap from an inverted climb

Apr 18, 2012 No Comments

This is the second maneuver of the 2012 IMAC Advanced routine.  It requires the pilot to enter from an inverted flight and push to establish a 45-degree climb then perform 1 ½ negative snaps. After the snap, maintain straight, upright line segment, then pull to exit and establish a level inverted flight.  Hear what Jason [...]

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Reversing the motor, does it make a difference?

Apr 16, 2012 2 Comments

There are two ways to reverse the rotation of our electric motors; you can just switch any two of the three wires leading to the motor, or you can reverse it on the ESC programing.  But is one way better than the other? We asked Lee Estingoy from Castle Creations this very question.

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C-Rating, what does it really mean?

Apr 13, 2012 5 Comments

Battery manufacturers have made great improvements in the battery C-rating over the years and we modelers have embraced this advancement in technology.    But, is it possible to have too high of a C-rating and can we take advantage of it?  We asked Lee Estingoy from Castle Creations about this and here is what he had [...]

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Operating Temperature, what causes it in ESCs?

Apr 12, 2012 No Comments

How hot is too hot, we all know that heat is damaging to our batteries, ESCs and motors.  But what causes it and how can we keep it under control. Lee Estingoy from Castle Creations tell us what cause excess heat and at what throttle setting you can expect to see more heat generated in [...]

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Timing and ESCs, can you get more power?

Apr 11, 2012 1 Comment

Many racers like to use the timing program on ESCs to extract that extra bit of power from their motors.  Does this really work?  We asked Lee Estingoy from Castle Creations if it is possible to extract more from your motors by adjusting the timing.  Here is what he had to say.

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C-rating: what you need to know & why

Apr 06, 2012 17 Comments

Ever wonder what the right LiPo C-rating is for your various models?  How is C-rating actually rated?  We asked Lee Estingoy from Castle Creations this question and he gave us an insider’s view of this misapplied and understood rating.

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Sensor or sensorless speed controls, which one is right for you?

Apr 05, 2012 No Comments

A questions we often get here at Model Airplane News, is which ESC is best, sensor or sensorless.  Therefore, we decided to ask Lee Estingoy from Castle Creation if one was better than the other was.   If you always wanted to know the ansewer to that, all you have to do is watch the video. [...]

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Dave Scott: a passion for planes!

Apr 02, 2012 2 Comments

Dave writes many flight technique articles for Model Airplane News, he also runs the 1st U.S. R/C Flight School (rcflightschool.com), has published numerous books on RC flight and aerobatics, and in his spare time, he competes in full-size aerobatic contests. We got a chance to ask Dave a few questions about his airplane-rich life. Which came [...]

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