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RCX Expo Pix

May 20, 2013 No Comments
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What fuel is best for your engine?

May 14, 2013 4 Comments

There is a concern throughout the fuel industry that many of the world’s engine manufacturers are too conservative when recommending lubricating oil percentages for their products. A high lubricating oil percentage never hurt an engine … or did it? A growing body of experimental and practical evidence suggests that modern engines are being impaired by [...]

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Ivan Pettigrew: the Sage of Chilliwack

May 14, 2013 No Comments

Poet William Blake said, “Great things are done when men and mountains meet.” In the misty foothills of Chilliwack, BC, there lives such a man. Humble and unassuming, Ivan Pettigrew has become a legend of the electric RC community and a MAAC Hall of Fame inductee. His spectacular subjects and straightforward design philosophy have spawned [...]

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Big Scale Made Easy!

May 14, 2013 2 Comments

Large-scale helis (“large” in this context meaning anything bigger than 450 or 500 size) have a reputation for being expensive, complicated, and nerve-wracking to fly. The goal of this project was to have a scale heli that would be affordable, simple and fun. To fulfill these objectives, I looked for a scale body that would [...]

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Improve Your Hovering

May 11, 2013 No Comments

Having the helicopter properly maintained and setup is a vital part to any phase of helicopter flight, and I assume this has already been accomplished.  What remains are some of the advanced techniques to use when hovering. But before we get into actual hands-on hovering techniques, I think it’s important to discuss the basic principals, [...]

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Hot move: negative snap from inverted climb

May 09, 2013 No Comments

For this maneuver, the pilot enters from inverted flight and pushes to establish a 45-degree climb then he performs 1½ negative snaps. After the snap, another line segment (equal to the first line) is then executed. Once the maneuver is complete, the pilot must pull 135-degrees to exit in inverted straight and level flight. This [...]

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Micro Warbird Makeover

May 09, 2013 1 Comment

Over the past several years, the arrival of ARFs has provided a means for many to quickly get into RC flying. Today, preassembled models have improved to the point where many exceed the level of ability, interest, and even flying skills of the purchaser. No matter the reason, ARFs do fill a very necessary niche [...]

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Museum Scale H-34

May 01, 2013 3 Comments

Darrell Sprayberry of Dalton, GA has earned a reputation as one of the finest scale helicopter modelers in the world, and at this year’s Toledo Weak Signals Expo he placed first in the Helicopter class with his fantastic scratch-built H-34 Choctaw. Also known as the Sikorsky S-58, the H-34 is an iconic design–perhaps the best [...]

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