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Paul Tradelius

Red Black RC Swashplate from HeliFlightCenter

Red Black RC Swashplate from HeliFlightCenter

For all the years I’ve been flying helicopters (which is longer than I care to admit) all swashplates have had the same basic design. They all use a center ball which rotates in all directions. Although this has always worked well some slop could develop over time with a lot of use.  Some companies such […]
Pantera P6 Build Cont.

Pantera P6 Build Cont.

The build on the P6 starts as I wait for the servos and engine. This is a pic of the basic rotor head and swashplate, which come fully assembled. There are so many factory assembled parts that I would almost consider this to be an ARF vs.  a kit.  Note the one-piece flybar cage. The […]
FPV/Photodrone 600x120

Heli Engine Bearings

I received the following question from Tony about his engine bearings. I have a question on bearings rusting in helicopters. Specifically, my heli engine bearings never seem to give me any problems. My airplane engines, stored in the same environment and using the same 20/20 heli fuel seem to all corrode and rust up within […]
Mavrikk Glow Plug Wrench

Mavrikk Glow Plug Wrench

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 […]

On a personal note

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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