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Mavrikk Glow Plug Wrench

May 09, 2011 1 Comment

Glow plug wrenches have been around longer than I have, and they all do a great job. However, when installing a glow plug deep inside a helicopter my technique is to push the stem of the glow plug onto a small piece of fuel tubing.  I use this to feed the glow plug to the [...]

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On a personal note

May 03, 2011 No Comments

I know this is a helicopter section, but I thought I would share with you a very pleasant experience I had this past weekend while visiting my son in San Francisco.  We spent the weekend at the Thunder Hill racetrack, which is a couple hours north of the city, and I got a chance to [...]

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Pantera P6 Build and Review

Apr 25, 2011 3 Comments

Audacity Models  ( has just released their new Pantera P6 50 size nitro helicopter, which I will be building and reviewing here as well as in Model Airplane News magazine. Here are a couple of pics of the new helicopter still in the box just so you can get a quick idea of what it [...]

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Piro Flip

Apr 15, 2011 No Comments

One of the maneuvers I love to see performed is the piro-flip. Those of you who know how to do this make it look so easy and effortless, but I have been trying this maneuver on and off for the past several years without much improvement. The technique I’m working on is to master the [...]

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Welcome to my blog!

Apr 15, 2011 7 Comments

My name is Paul Tradelius and for the past several years I have written the RotorSpeed helicopter column for Model Airplane News magazine. My boss and executive editor, Debra Cleghorn, recently asked me to start this blog so we can be more interactive with those of you flying radio controlled helicopters. In the future I [...]

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