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Keep your Engine Happy

Apr 17, 2012 7 Comments

Our readers are constantly coming up with great ways to maximize their enjoyment of the RC  hobby. Whether it is a simpler way to solve a recurring problem, or a better way to save some cash, our Shop Tips mailbag is always full. Here are a few tips for keeping your RC engine happy. Clean [...]

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Operating Temperature, what causes it in ESCs?

Apr 12, 2012 No Comments

How hot is too hot, we all know that heat is damaging to our batteries, ESCs and motors.  But what causes it and how can we keep it under control. Lee Estingoy from Castle Creations tell us what cause excess heat and at what throttle setting you can expect to see more heat generated in [...]

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5 Steps to Fly the Knife-Edge Spin

Apr 10, 2012 No Comments

In my opinion, the knife-edge spin is one of the most impressive extreme aerobatic maneuvers. It’s very demanding for the pilot and the airframe. First, I’ll describe the maneuver. In traditional knife-edge, the aircraft is rolled approximately 90 degrees from upright level flight. Then altitude is sustained by using “top” rudder. When the maneuver is [...]

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C-rating: what you need to know & why

Apr 06, 2012 17 Comments

Ever wonder what the right LiPo C-rating is for your various models?  How is C-rating actually rated?  We asked Lee Estingoy from Castle Creations this question and he gave us an insider’s view of this misapplied and understood rating.

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Mild to wild! Align’s new Trex 600

Apr 03, 2012 1 Comment

I always look forward to Align’s new kit introductions and am excited to review their new flybarless T-Rex 600EFL Pro kit, which includes the brushless motor and 600 3G carbon-fiber rotor blades. It is also available in various combo packages. The aerodynamics of the new 600EFL is vastly improved over the flybar-equipped version, and this [...]

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Throttle Setup Secrets

Apr 02, 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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Dave Scott: a passion for planes!

Apr 02, 2012 2 Comments

Dave writes many flight technique articles for Model Airplane News, he also runs the 1st U.S. R/C Flight School (rcflightschool.com), has published numerous books on RC flight and aerobatics, and in his spare time, he competes in full-size aerobatic contests. We got a chance to ask Dave a few questions about his airplane-rich life. Which came [...]

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Quick Shop Tips — Transmitter Tricks

Apr 02, 2012 36 Comments

Readers of our magazines are always coming up with useful tricks of the trades to get the most out of the hobby. Maximizing safety and convenience is often very easy. Check these out. Throttle Safety When you fire up your radio and then turn on your model’s receiver, you always want to have the throttle [...]

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