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Ultimate Scale Helipads

Jul 11, 2013 1 Comment

It’s easy to daydream about flying a helicopter rescue scenario when you’re practicing precision landings on the coffee table, but Gord Broadfoot, author of “R/C Helicopter Adventure Scenarios” turned those dreams into mini hangars and lifelike scenarios that he uses with his micro helicopters.  After seeing photos of Gord’s detailed dioramas, I was excited to [...]

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ANGLE WIZARD

Jul 11, 2013 1 Comment

One of the instruments we need in this hobby of ours is a pitch gauge, which is used to measure, set, and adjust the angle of the main rotor blades. Various forms of pitch gauges have been around for years, but all require a certain amount of interpretation in their reading. Wouldn’t it be nice-and [...]

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Improve Your Hovering – Continued

Jun 27, 2013 2 Comments

The final area to improve your hovering is to make corrections immediately when you see a need for them, which will require a control correction by you before the helicopter ever moves out of the desired hover position. As an example, to transition from a hover to forward flight the nose of the helicopter must [...]

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Improve Your Hovering – Continued

Jun 19, 2013 No Comments

It may seem the expert pilots are so good because of all their practice, and that level of proficiency can only be reached after many months, if not years, of practice. Part of this is true in that good hovering does require practice, but it’s also important to understand how to practice. Certainly your customers [...]

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AR7200BX 7CH DSMX Flybarless Control System by Spektrum

Jun 19, 2013 No Comments

Flybarless helicopters have become, and will continue to be, the wave of the future for our hobby. Combining lightweight, lower parts count, ease of setup and improved flight control are just a few of its benefits. And now Spectrum has combined their 7-channel DSMX® receiver with a BeastX, 3-axis MEMS stabilization system into a single [...]

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Keep your machine running right

Jun 12, 2013 No Comments

Periodically you should inspect your helicopters and ensure that they are in tip-top shape. To make sure something isn’t missed during the following inspection, I recommend starting from the nose. Certainly this list isn’t complete depending on your particular helicopter and the degree to which you do the inspection, so modify it as needed. CANOPY Remove and [...]

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Workshop Tips — Giant Scale Hinging Made Easy — With Video

Jun 04, 2013 2 Comments

One of the most important tasks to do with any giant scale airplane is to install your hinges correctly. I recently completed construction of my Balsa USA Fokker Triplane, and with this giant scale 33% WW1 fighter, I wanted everything just right. Lets check out those Hinges and how to install them. Hinging Made Easy. [...]

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Arizona Model Aircrafters — Engine Cowling

Jun 04, 2013 No Comments

Well, the last thing we have to do before breaking down the Balsa USA Triplane for covering, is to assemble and attach the engine cowling. The kit comes with a decent fiberglass cowling but for some improved scale appearance, I replaced the one that comes with the kit with an aluminum cowling from Arizona Model [...]

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