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THROTTLE SETUP TIPS

May 30, 2012 1 Comment

Proper mechanical setup is a very important factor in how well an RC helicopter will perform. With all the low-cost and very capable computer transmitters available it’s easy to lose sight of the basics of mechanical setup and rely on programming to overcome issues that should have been addressed mechanically. Many heli pilots I know [...]

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6 Must-Know Setup Tips

May 24, 2012 No Comments

Always make sure that the controls are set up correctly and move in the right direction. The swashplate should tilt right when the right stick is applied and it should tilt forward when the stick is moved forward. Check that the tail rotor responds in the correct direction and the gyro responds when swinging the [...]

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Review: AH-64 Apache with stabilization system

Apr 20, 2012 No Comments

Like most scale pilots, I want my scale Apache helicopter to fly smooth, just like the real full scale.  In the R/C world, you will find yourself having to deal with, 2 blade fly bar-less, 3, 4, 5, and 6 bladed heads that leave you with a hard to control scale helicopter. I wish I [...]

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Review: Novarossi .57 HR 3DS Heli Engine

Apr 20, 2012 No Comments

Contributor Rob Landry has been using the new Novarossi .57 in his Raptor X50, and he likes what he’s seeing! He writes, “I have gotten to really like this engine. Novarossi is my engine of choice in my on-road and off-road cars, and the new .57′s  3-needle carb makes a HUGE difference from the older [...]

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New Titan: 50-size electric!

Apr 17, 2012 No Comments

Using the proven design of the Thunder Tiger Titan X50, this electric, flybarless machine is sure to be a leader in its class! The Titan X50E is ideal for 3D flying and should be the heli to beat at this summer’s competitions. It also features machined aluminum control arms, hardened main and feathering shafts, carbon fiber blades, [...]

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Sneak Peek: Flybarless Rotor Heads

Apr 17, 2012 No Comments

Flybarless helicopters and their electronic control systems continue to be the wave of the future in model helicopters and are showing up in ever-increasing numbers at our flying fields. New precision-made flybarless rotor heads and advanced stabilization electronics are being developed to make flybars and paddles a thing of the past. The complete removal of [...]

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3D Night Flying

Apr 17, 2012 2 Comments

If you ever wondered what 3D RC Heli night flying is all about, check this clip out. Posted by RacerBoom, this bit of nocternal pyrotechniqes features Bobby Watts and Bert Krammerer at the Heli Invasion Night Show.  

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Engine out? Better know how to do an auto!

Apr 17, 2012 4 Comments

Every helicopter pilot should be proficient in performing autorotations to cope with engine or motor failure. They are demanding and should be practiced periodically. The model should have sufficient pitch range before you attempt this maneuver. A steady breeze of about 10mph will make initial attempts easier. The engine should be running at a fast [...]

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