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First-Flight Checklist

Apr 01, 2014 No Comments

• Initial test flights should be limited to hovering and very mild maneuvering. During this time check for proper blade tracking and any signs of vibration. Minor changes to the control linkages will bring the blades in track. Foam in the fuel tank could be an indication of an engine misalignment, while vibration in the [...]

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Are two rotor heads better than one?

Feb 20, 2014 3 Comments

Ask anyone to draw a picture of a helicopter, and in nearly every case they’ll sketch the classic “conventional” configuration with a single main rotor and an anti-torque tail rotor at the end of a long tail boom. This layout hasn’t changed appreciably since Igor Sikorsky clamped down his Homburg hat and lifted his original [...]

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Sneak Peek: Blade 600

Feb 05, 2014 No Comments

Over the last couple of years Blade RC, long a major presence in mini and micro helicopters, has released a series of larger helis ranging up to 550 class. With the Blade 600X they have raised the ante with a competition-grade 12-cell flybarless 600, and I couldn’t wait to build one. The Blade 600X Pro [...]

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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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