Paul Tradelius

2011 AMA NATS and IRCHA Jamboree

Aug 06, 2011 No Comments

If it’s hot and the middle of August, it must be time for the AMA Nationals and the IRCHA Jamboree in Muncie, IN. The AMA NATS has flying events for all types of aircraft and helicopters, and brings together some of the best pilots and their equipment in friendly competition. The helicopter events are also [...]

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The Thunder Tiger Redline 56H Engine is here

Jul 27, 2011 No Comments

High performance and extreme power are the main features of the Thunder Tiger Redline series of engines. The Redline 53H helicopter engine was the first engine in this series, and has now been superseded by the new RL-56H with increased displacement and awesome power, making the Redline 53H/56H the best nitro power plant choice for [...]

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Building the Frenzy 90 3D

Jul 26, 2011 No Comments

This is the TZ-V2 “3D Frenzy Competition” .90 class Nitro powered helicopter from JS Models. The 3D Frenzy Competition 90 is undoubtedly the best value in a .90 class helicopter available! Featuring strong and lightweight G-10 main frames, 120 or 140 degree swash-plate, full metal main blade grips, an improved metal tail case and other [...]

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The Vibe 50 NEX is complete

Jul 22, 2011 No Comments

Evaluating the performance of a helicopter in flight goes beyond the design characteristics of the helicopter, and must also include the performance of the engine, rotor blades and electronics. The push-pull cyclic controls, combined with the speed and precision of the JR 8917HV (High Voltage) Digital Heli Servos enabled the NEX to respond to my [...]

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Building the Vibe 50 NEX Cont.

Jul 16, 2011 No Comments

The Vibe 50 NEX is a true kit taking 15 – 20 hours to build. And not only did I get to know this fine helicopter, the build was a fun time because everything is CNC machined to a perfect fit. Assembling each part gave me an appreciation for the quality and overall design features [...]

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ModelAvionics Link Maker 9000

Jul 07, 2011 No Comments

Although I certainly enjoy building helicopters, I have to admit that installing ball links on threaded rods is not my idea of having a good time. After both ball links are started on the rod they get harder and harder to turn as I try to get to the desired length. However, Model Avionics has [...]

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Vibe 50 NEX Electronics

Jul 02, 2011 No Comments

No matter what the helicopter, it needs a great control system to perform at its best. To handle the job for the Vibe 50 NEX I’m going to use the following: Cyclic servo – JR 8917HV (High Voltage) Digital Heli Servo rated at 0.06 sec with 220 oz-in of torque at 7.4v (2S Li-Po) with [...]

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Building the Vibe 50 NEX Cont.

Jul 01, 2011 No Comments

The Vibe 50 NEX is a true kit, with many bags of parts requiring the builder to really get to know the helicopter, which is a lot of fun, and also will be of great benefit for repair or maintenance in the future. Every part seems to be designed and manufactured with three things in [...]

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