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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 by

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 by

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 by

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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HELI TALK: THE OPENPILOT PROJECT

Oct 28, 2013 No Comments

This month, I’d like to shift gears and take a look at the OpenPilot Project (openpilot.org). What is OpenPilot? Simply stated, it’s a global community of more than 4,000 UAV and RC enthusiasts who collaborate on stabilization and autopilot systems that they produce at a fraction of the cost of commercial products. Once a design [...]

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THUNDER TIGER: MINI TITAN E325S

Aug 31, 2013 No Comments

Photos by John Reid A 450-size flybarless heli that is receiver ready out of the box The Mini Titan E325s is a new addition to Thunder Tiger's ever-growing helicopter line, which includes various sizes of nitro and electric options. This fully 3D, flybarless model is receiver-ready and nearly ready to fly right out of the [...]

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MUSEUM SCALE H-34

Aug 31, 2013 No Comments

This year's Toledo Expo featured some outstanding helicopters, but without question the class of the field was Darrell Sprayberry's impressive scratch-built Sikorsky H-34. This big machine was two years in the making and features a wealth of ingenious details. Darrell Sprayberry of Dalton, GA has earned a reputation as one of the finest scale helicopter [...]

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