Paul Tradelius’s Blog

Turnigy LCD Tachometer

Nov 21, 2012 No Comments

The Turnigy LCD Tachometer is used to measure the RPM of just about any rotating object.  It’s shown here being used by Tony Iannucilli to measure the head speed of Martin Cohen’s main rotor blades on a beautiful fall Florida day.  However, it can also be used on airplane propellers, calibrating timing belts, dynamic balancing [...]

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RCATS Smart Lithium Glow Driver

Nov 14, 2012 5 Comments

The RCATS Smart Lithium Glow Driver (shown here with optional orange protective glove), as well as their complete line of radio control accessories, are developed by fliers with years of experience in our hobby, are assembled in the US and backed by fantastic support, and are battle tested by R/C enthusiasts worldwide. This glow driver [...]

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Lithium Polymer (LiPo) Basics

Nov 07, 2012 No Comments

Years ago everyone was using ni-cad batteries, so choosing the right battery for you helicopter was easy. However, now with the advancements in li-po batteries, it can sometimes be difficult to know which battery is best for your application.  My TREX 700E shown here uses a 2-cell lipo for the receiver and servos, and a [...]

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The Real Flight 6.5 Simulator is Here

Nov 06, 2012 2 Comments

Simulators do exactly what their name implies: they simulate. This means they are not true to life, but very close.  At least this has been the case until now. The Great Planes RealFlight 6.5 R/C Flight Simulator with InterLink Elite Controller and Heli Mega Pack with 47 extra helicopters is as close to real flying as you can get without being at the [...]

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Idle Needle Valve Adjustment Techniques

Oct 24, 2012 1 Comment

Idle Needle Valve (NV) Adjustment – The photo shows the three needle valves on the OS 90 HZ engine. The main needle valve is on the bottom by the fuel tubing, with the mid-range needle valve on top.  The idle adjustment is the one in the center. Once the main NV is adjusted, it’s now [...]

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RIPPER OBL 44/49/50 Series Helicopter Brushless Motors

Oct 17, 2012 1 Comment

The ACE RC Ripper OBL outrunner brushless motors are the latest series of helicopter motors designed for electric conversions or stock e-powered models ranging from medium-size helis to 3D aircraft.  Configured with curved magnets, all OBL motors deliver high torque & high RPM at maximum efficiency for longer flight time and cool temperatures. Although this series of brushless motors do not require  any [...]

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Spektrum Radio Development [video]

Oct 16, 2012 No Comments

Matt Micarri shares news about Spektrum’s new 7200BX heli receiver as well as the latest on Spektrum radios.

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Horizon Hobby at IRCHA

Oct 16, 2012 No Comments

Steve Petrotto shares the latest on Revolution blades, E-flite motors and recent Blade heli offerings!

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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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