Paul Tradelius’s Blog

Cheap & Easy Muffler Fix

Dec 16, 2011 1 Comment

I really like the Curtis Youngblood Muscle Pipe on my O.S. 90 engine. It’s small and compact, lightweight, looks good and does a great job of letting the engine breathe for maximum power while keeping the noise down to a pleasant level. Unfortunately, I had another one of my mishaps which caused the mounting flange [...]

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Hitec Full Pack Telemetry System

Dec 12, 2011 No Comments

Hitec has recently released their new HTS-SS BLUE Full Pack telemetry system for electric powered helicopters, gliders and fixed wing aircraft. At the heart of the system is a compact “Blue” sensor station which collects data from each sensor of your electric powered helicopter, and sends it back to your transmitter via the Optima 7 [...]

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Thunder Tiger Flybarless Head

Dec 10, 2011 No Comments

Thunder Tiger has recently released their new flybarless rotor head conversion kit for the Titan X 50 and Raptor 30/50 helicopters, both of which are available from TowerHobbies. However, be careful when ordering because each has their own stock number. Use LXBMDZ for the Titan X 50 and LXBMEA for the raptor 30/50. Each head [...]

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A new QuadCopeter by Hoverthings

Nov 21, 2011 3 Comments

One of the newest forms of our hobby is the quad-copter that we are starting to see advertised more and more. Until recently I had not seen one in person and was only familiar with the advertisements in the magazines. However, at a recent helicopter fun fly hosted by the SPARKS of St. Petersburg, Florida [...]

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Build a simple Canopy Holder

Nov 14, 2011 No Comments

This past weekend I went to another great helicopter event put on by the SPAKS club in St. Petersburg, Florida.  It’s always a pleasure to visit their field because they always make everyone feel so welcome, but this time it proved even more enjoyable because I got to meet John Cook and his son Justin. [...]

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New RealFlight 6 Simulator

Nov 09, 2011 No Comments

Simulators do exactly what their name implies. They simulate. This means they are not true to life, but very close. At least has been the case until now. The Great Planes RealFlight 6 R/C Flight Simulator with Interlink Elite Controller and Heli Mega Pack with 47 Extra Helicopters is as close to real flying as [...]

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Back from vacation – LiPo care

Oct 28, 2011 No Comments

I spent the last few weeks in San Fran visiting my son and granddaughter – who just turned one yesterday. As you can imagine, she is the apple of my eye, and so close to walking. I was so hoping she would walk while I was there – but no such luck. But any day [...]

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Converting the Pantera P6 to a flybarless head

Sep 27, 2011 No Comments

The new Pantera P6 flies just great the way it is – with the standard flybar. However, flybarless operation does offer some distinct advantages, so after talking to John Beech at Audacity Models, I decided to convert the stock head to flybarless operation. The first problem was the short distance from the blade grip ball [...]

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About the author

A regular contributor to Model Airplane News, he is also the columnist for our “Rotor Speed” helicopter column. Paul has been flying RC helicopters since the early ‘80s and now enjoys all types of rotary machines, including scale and aerobatics, and he continues to experiment with modifications to improve performance.
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