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AMAIN.COM ECOPOWER IRIS 24-INCH RTF

Aug 27, 2014 No Comments by

Photos by John Reid This affordable quadcopter offers beginners the perfect platform for shooting video The stability of the Iris is outstanding and it maintains level flight until you move the control sticks. As a competent RC pilot, I'm pretty confident when it comes to flying airplanes; however, I'm not quite as skilled when it [...]

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HELI TALK: MOTORIZED TAILS FOR SCALE BIRDS

Aug 27, 2014 No Comments by

A practical alternative to “driven” tail rotors With its upswept tail and dramatically tilted tail rotor, the Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion is a real challenge as a scale subject. A direct-drive variable-pitch tail rotor can solve all these problems. (Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons) One of the biggest challenges of scale heli projects is how to [...]

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Your ultimate go-to for RC essentials!

Jul 17, 2014 No Comments by

Packed with the latest must-have RC products, our 2014 Buyer's Guide is just what you need to officially kick off the summer flying season! This special section features 300 of the coolest planes, helicopters, radios, engines, tools, and more. From giant-scale to micro models and everything in between, this guide includes everything you need — [...]

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HELI TALK: EASY BATTERY SWAPS

Jun 27, 2014 No Comments by

Installing a quick-change tray in a 12-cell bird Twelve-cell helicopters like the Blade 600 X o er outstanding power while keeping the amps within reason. Adding a quick-change battery tray makes flight prep fast and convenient. Twelve-cell power is the hot trend for helis in the 600 and larger classes. These high-voltage setups o er [...]

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HELI TALK: DIY NIGHT BLADES

Apr 26, 2014 No Comments by

Make your own LED night blades Making your own lighted blades really brings your night heli to life. You can add as many LEDs as you like and in whatever color pattern and spacing you choose. In my March column, I discussed the basics of modifying a heli for night flying using LED strips. While [...]

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RC Helicopter Buyer’s Guide

Jan 14, 2014 No Comments by

Helis are hot! Whether you’re looking to buy your first model or are upgrading to a heli that can perform awesome 3D aerobatics, the 2014 Radio Control Helicopter Buyer’s Guide is a must-have resource! Categorized by section, from engines to rotor blades and more, this exclusive, standalone guide will feature something for every heli enthusiast. [...]

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HOBBY PEOPLE X2

Dec 28, 2013 No Comments

Photos John Reid Fly fast with authority With the X2 out of ground effect, it steeled into a very stable hover with little stick movement needed. This is the high-performance X2 helicopter from Hobby People, which is a coaxial helicopter that is ready to fly out of the box. The only thing you will need [...]

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DURAFLY AUTO-G V2

Dec 28, 2013 No Comments

Photos Kevin Carroll An unusual bird with remarkable flight performance The Durafly Auto-G2 is a well-engineered design that flies great. Autogyros never fail to attract attention at the flying field, and this one is a ball to fly! Long before helicopters took over my life, I was fascinated with RC autogyros. For at least 25 [...]

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HELICOPTER JAMBOREE

Dec 28, 2013 No Comments

Electric news from the IRCHA flightline 48 Helicopter Jamboree Electric news from the IRCHA flightline By Jim Ryan 52 Durafly Auto-GV2 An unusual bird with remarkable flight performance By Jim Ryan 56 Hobby People X2 Fly fast with authority By Charlie Hynes Israeli phenom Eitan Goldstin was a well-deserving selection for the wildcard “Lucky 7” [...]

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HELI FLIGHT SCHOOL: THE FORWARD-FLIGHT ROLL

Oct 28, 2013 No Comments

Photos by John Reid Step up to aerobatics today! If you have been flying helicopters for a while now, you may be advancing into faster forward flight. One of the first aerobatic maneuvers I learned a long time ago was a straight forward roll. When you practice any maneuver for the first time, your first [...]

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