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Check your BECs!

Jan 22, 2014 2 Comments

I recently had the pleasure of reviewing the Blade 600X, and I have found it to be the best-engineered 600-class heli I personally have flown.  The quality of construction is outstanding, the drivetrain is extremely stout, and handling is silky-smooth.  I look forward to getting a lot more flying time on this bird.  (See my full [...]

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Amazing flight demo by scale NH90

Jan 22, 2014 No Comments

You can admire a scale machine on the ground, but when it takes off it’s a thing of beauty. In this video, the pilot demonstrates Drop-N-Goes, Evacs, Recon Maneuvers, Skimming, Air Assaults & Flying Below Radar techniques in strong winds at Markham Park [Australia] with his Graupner Scale NH90 Combat Helicopter. Note the retract action during Touch & Go’s! Thanks [...]

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Review: Savöx Brushless Motors

Jan 08, 2014 No Comments

Savöx is well-known to modelers, particularly in the helicopter world, for their powerful digital servos.  What you may not know is that they also market a line of brushless motors for electric helis.  These motors span all popular classes from 450 to 700 size, and their quality of construction is excellent.   The 450, 500 and [...]

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Gas Power Tips & Tricks

Jan 08, 2014 1 Comment

  The new O.S. GT15HZ gas engine is specifically designed for our helicopters to replace a 91 size glow engine. Until now gas engines have not been designed for our use, and have therefore been almost impossible to mount to our helicopters, did not come with the needed muffler system to extract maximum power, and [...]

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Flight Tested: Heli-Max UH-60 Black Hawk & EC145 Eurocopter

Jan 06, 2014 1 Comment

High-quality micro helis are everywhere these days, and with so many on the market, it’s hard to keep up with them all. That said, scale is my first love, so Heli-Max really caught my eye with two highly detailed models in 1/43 scale. The first is a Eurocopter EC145 and the second is an even [...]

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Gyro Programming 101

Dec 12, 2013 No Comments

Many low-time heli flyers making the step from Bind-N-Fly micros to larger helis struggle with programming heading hold gyros. The following is a general guide for programming gyros. It’s not intended to address the much more aggressive setups needed for full-on 3D, rather the goal is to program a typical gyro for sport flying. Because [...]

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Preventive Maintenance

Nov 14, 2013 1 Comment

Electric helicopters are far cleaner and smoother running than their nitro-powered brethren, meaning that they tend to require less maintenance. This, however, can be both a blessing and a curse. I’ll confess to being a bit haphazard with preventative maintenance on my helis, with an inclination to think, “It flew fine last time As my [...]

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Getting Started in Scale

Oct 28, 2013 1 Comment

A well done and nicely detailed scale RC helicopter model is a rare sight at most flying fields. One reason is that most scale models are complex and time consuming to build and can be costly. A great way to get started in scale modeling is with one of the 450-size electric conversion kits.  This [...]

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