Paul Tradelius’s Blog

XFC Heli Video by SKS Video Productions

Jun 27, 2011 No Comments

XFC 2011 features extreme performances and extreme machines, and is a must see event of the season, and is now available from SKS Video Productions. Held at the AMA headquarters, this year’s event had 14 helicopter pilots and 18 airplane pilots from around the world. The DVD’s focuses on freestyle competition by helicopter pilots such [...]

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Pantera P6 Final

Jun 26, 2011 1 Comment

Work on the P6 is complete, and I have made several test flights. The engine is a new TT53H Redhead, so I have been running it rich with a rather low rotor speed. Hovering is very smooth, as you can see in the photo. I really like the self-aligning fan block, and it’s ability to [...]

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New Hitec Charger and Servos

Jun 23, 2011 No Comments

I just received the two press releases on the new Hitec X-1 Battery Charger and their two new servos, the HS-7235MH and HS-7245MH high voltage. I have not yet had a chance to try either of these, but will report on them when I do. X1 PRESS RELEASEfinal Servos

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Pantera P6 Build Cont.

Jun 21, 2011 No Comments

The Pantera P6 is coming along nicely, and is almost ready for it’s initial test flights. All Hitec servos are installed along with the Futaba GY520 gyro, which is so small it almost gets lost on the helicopter. Here are a few pictures showing the completed layout.

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Pantera P6 Build Cont.

Jun 17, 2011 No Comments

Now that I have the TT Redline 53 H engine and the Hitec HS-7945TH digital multipurpose servos I can continue with the build of the Pantera P6. The first photo is of the right side of the helicopter showing the fuel mixture servo connected to my home-made fuel control. I used a soft nylon servo [...]

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Thunder Tiger RL-53H Ringed Redline Engine

Jun 14, 2011 No Comments

The Thunder Tiger RL-53H Ringed Redline Series Two-Stroke Helicopter Engine (Tower Hobbies stock number L5AHTG02) features CNC construction with a low profile cylinder head which is anodized a bright red. The two-needle carburetor uses a push/pull throttle lever and a heat insulator between the carb and the engine case for consistent performance under demanding flight [...]

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G-Force Spindle Tool

Jun 13, 2011 No Comments

It’s not very often that I need to disassemble the spindle in the main rotor head, but when I do it’s always a chore to get out the second retaining bolt. But now, using the G-Force 4-in-1 Spindle Tool (part # GFA7077) the job is a snap. Just clamp the tool on the spindle and [...]

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Flybarless Fury Continued

May 31, 2011 No Comments

The original receiver, battery pack and gyro have been removed. The CGY750 flybarless gyro is mounted to the right side of the frame with double stick tape. In a similar manner the new  Futaba receiver is mounted to the left side of the frame with double stick tape, and the new 3200 mah LiFe Source [...]

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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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