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Winterize with WD-40

Dec 10, 2012 3 Comments

Now that the weather is turning colder many of you will be putting up your helicopters for the winter.  Although this is a time for general maintenance and cleaning I also recommend you spray down your complete helicopter with WD-40. The WD stands for water displacement and the 40 is the number of compounds they [...]

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Tail Rotor Stabilization

Dec 09, 2012 No Comments

Tail rotor design in full scale helicopters is an on-going science to reduce weight, noise, and power requirements while increasing efficiency and stability. Although these same design parameters are also important to our model helicopters, their effects are a lot less noticeable and can be overcome without seriously degrading flight performance. As an example, if [...]

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New Pantera Fiberglass Canopy from Audacity Models

Nov 28, 2012 No Comments

Audacity Models is an American company located in Florida, and their new red, white, and blue fiberglass canopy was inspired by our flag.  Adding to the bold Pantera P6 look are the waves in the stripes, which blend motion with patriotic emotion. Crafted of hand laid lightweight fiberglass, each is hand laid up in a mold, and once [...]

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Heli-Max AXE 100CP Helicopter

Nov 27, 2012 No Comments

The Axe 100 CP is one of the most innovative helis available. A flybarless, collective pitch head gives it a wide performance range with a low parts count, making it more efficient and more durable than a flybar design. Digital servos are used for speed and precision, with a full case design for damage and [...]

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The Hardline Solution charging combo from Progressive RC

Nov 23, 2012 No Comments

I was looking for a solution to charging a pair of 6s 5000 mah lipo’s for my Trex 700E when I heard of  ”The Hardline Solution” combo from Progressive RC. This combined an iCharger 3010B along with a Mean Well SE-1000-24 power supply in a PRC Hardline Case, along with all the accessories I needed. [...]

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More must-know LiPo Info

Nov 22, 2012 3 Comments

Last week, we discussed the basics of LiPo batteries in this post. Now, let’s get into what the numbers mean and how to choose a battery that’s right for your helicopter. Voltage All Lithium Polymer cells have a nominal voltage of 3.7v per cell, and when fully charged the cell should read 4.2v. Another important [...]

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Turnigy LCD Tachometer

Nov 21, 2012 No Comments

The Turnigy LCD Tachometer is used to measure the RPM of just about any rotating object.  It’s shown here being used by Tony Iannucilli to measure the head speed of Martin Cohen’s main rotor blades on a beautiful fall Florida day.  However, it can also be used on airplane propellers, calibrating timing belts, dynamic balancing [...]

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RCATS Smart Lithium Glow Driver

Nov 14, 2012 5 Comments

The RCATS Smart Lithium Glow Driver (shown here with optional orange protective glove), as well as their complete line of radio control accessories, are developed by fliers with years of experience in our hobby, are assembled in the US and backed by fantastic support, and are battle tested by R/C enthusiasts worldwide. This glow driver [...]

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