Paul Tradelius’s Blog

Flybarless Fury Conversion

May 28, 2011 No Comments

I have had this Miniature Aircraft Fury for more years than I care to remember, and it has always been a great flying helicopter, so I thought it would be a great candidate to convert to flybarless operation. The stock head, wash out unit and swashplate were removed and replaced with the RJX Flybarless Head [...]

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Red Black RC Swashplate from HeliFlightCenter

May 21, 2011 No Comments

For all the years I’ve been flying helicopters (which is longer than I care to admit) all swashplates have had the same basic design. They all use a center ball which rotates in all directions. Although this has always worked well some slop could develop over time with a lot of use.  Some companies such [...]

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Pantera P6 Build Cont.

May 15, 2011 No Comments

The build on the P6 starts as I wait for the servos and engine. This is a pic of the basic rotor head and swashplate, which come fully assembled. There are so many factory assembled parts that I would almost consider this to be an ARF vs.  a kit.  Note the one-piece flybar cage. The [...]

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Heli Engine Bearings

May 12, 2011 2 Comments

I received the following question from Tony about his engine bearings. I have a question on bearings rusting in helicopters. Specifically, my heli engine bearings never seem to give me any problems. My airplane engines, stored in the same environment and using the same 20/20 heli fuel seem to all corrode and rust up within [...]

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Mavrikk Glow Plug Wrench

May 09, 2011 1 Comment

Glow plug wrenches have been around longer than I have, and they all do a great job. However, when installing a glow plug deep inside a helicopter my technique is to push the stem of the glow plug onto a small piece of fuel tubing.  I use this to feed the glow plug to the [...]

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On a personal note

May 03, 2011 No Comments

I know this is a helicopter section, but I thought I would share with you a very pleasant experience I had this past weekend while visiting my son in San Francisco.  We spent the weekend at the Thunder Hill racetrack, which is a couple hours north of the city, and I got a chance to [...]

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Pantera P6 Build and Review

Apr 25, 2011 3 Comments

Audacity Models  ( has just released their new Pantera P6 50 size nitro helicopter, which I will be building and reviewing here as well as in Model Airplane News magazine. Here are a couple of pics of the new helicopter still in the box just so you can get a quick idea of what it [...]

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Piro Flip

Apr 15, 2011 No Comments

One of the maneuvers I love to see performed is the piro-flip. Those of you who know how to do this make it look so easy and effortless, but I have been trying this maneuver on and off for the past several years without much improvement. The technique I’m working on is to master the [...]

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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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