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Solving the Vibration Puzzle

Jun 22, 2012 No Comments

Hello Paul, I hope you might be able to offer some sage advice on a project that has me stumped.  I just completed a Century Heli / Funkey MD-500D body as an OH-6 “Loach”.  For mechanics I’m using my flybarless Chaos 600 with MicroBeast that I’ve been flying over a year and a half. I [...]

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Servos for 3D and Extreme Maneuvering

Jun 08, 2012 No Comments

For those of you flying extreme 3D maneuvers, servos are now being offered with metal gears. Made from a mixture of aluminum, steel and brass, these gears are 16 times stronger than the standard gears. However, they do have one big disadvantage, and that is they will wear over time. Depending on how hard you [...]

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Model Avionics RevGlow and TJ RevMax

May 23, 2012 2 Comments

The RevGlow is finally a lightweight switchless way of igniting your glow plug. The RevGlow powers the plug for 12 seconds as soon as rotation is detected by the ThrottleMax sensor, but will not power the plug if the throttle is above 25%.  Now you can have an added measure of safety to keep your [...]

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Servos: Is a high price tag worth it?

May 23, 2012 2 Comments

Since I’m certainly no expert on modern digital servos, I called Hitec RCD and talked to their servo expert – Mike Mayberry – to get the technical information for the rest of this article. And the first thing I asked Mike was what are we getting in these higher performance, and higher cost, servos? He [...]

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Getting to Know Your Servos

May 06, 2012 No Comments

Many years ago new radios came with four servos. These were not standard servos, or high speed servos, or high torque servos, but just plain ole servos. That’s all there were, and we were very happy to have them. Early radio manufacturers also used a specific color so their radios could be easily identified from [...]

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Training With A Flight Simulator – 2

Apr 26, 2012 No Comments

Flying a radio controlled airplane or helicopter is much like riding a bike. Someone can tell you all about riding a bike until they are blue in the face, but it does no good at all until you get on a bike and get a feel for the balance and control for yourself. And flying [...]

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The new Futaba 8JH Radio

Apr 25, 2012 No Comments

Futaba has recently released their new 8J radio, in both an airplane and helicopter version. Although at first glance it looks like most other radios in the Futaba line, it has some great new features, and at an extremely low price. This is the helicopter version which will default to helicopter settings when powered up [...]

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Training with a Flight Simulator

Apr 07, 2012 4 Comments

Although radio control airplanes and helicopters have been around for many years, it has only been since the early 1990s that simulators have been available to help us with the learning-to-fly process. For those of you who are too young to remember what computers were like back then, the personal computer (pc) was very limited [...]

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