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Hitec Power Peak D7 AC/DC Charging Station Main

Hitec Power Peak D7 AC/DC Charging Station Main

Hitec continues to bring you exemplary power and convenience with our latest Power Peak D7 AC/DC Charging Station. Armed with two independent 200-watt output ports, producing up to 20 amps of charge current each, the Power Peak D7 is capable …

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Save BIG with the Hobbico Friends and Family Sale

Hobbico friends & family rc sale

Get ready for good times with your modeling buddies. During the Friends and Family sale,  you’ll all enjoy great savings on over three dozen aircraft, vehicles, boats and more from Hobbico’s best brands. Everything from select Dromida drones to 1/8 scale ARRMA …

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Heli Blade-Balancing Tips

Heli Blade-Balancing Tips

Most heli blades that you can buy are really high-tech, and for the most part, they come balanced. No matter how much a manufacturer claims, I still like to check the balance of my blades! As a result, I trust certain manufacturers much more …

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JC Zankl: A young pilot gets his start with vintage models.

JC Zankl

These days most young pilots cut their teeth on simulators or ready-to-fly electric helis. Even fewer young pilots know anything about what really makes model helis tick or the challenging evolution that lead to what they are today. JC Zankl is a well respected pilot …

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Flying the Pirouetting Loop

Pirouetting Loop

In recent years the Pirouetting Loop has been a maneuver in the XFC and 3D Masters’ Known Maneuver sets. This is one of my favorite maneuvers because it looks very clean and precise and has many variations. Some variations include pirouetting globes, vertical pirouetting …

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RC Heli Pilot Profile Andrew Merlino

I got involved in this hobby through my dad, who has been flying radio control airplanes since the 80s. My dad has been a great mentor ever since I can remember. He used to take me to the field when I was little. When I started showing an interest.

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Heli Training Forward Flight Procedure Turns

This month, 1st U.S. RC Flight School’s progressive helicopter training series is aimed at helping new heli pilots learn forward flight procedure turns with greater efficiency and fewer mistakes.

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Multi-Rotor Flight Controller Boards

In this issue we are going to take a look at the heart and soul of any multi-rotor craft; the flight controller board or FCB. I was originally going to do a round-up of the various controllers that are available in the market today

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Making it Stick! Using the right adhesives for the task at hand

    Building a scale helicopter adds a new dimension to the hobby. Sport helis are strictly held together by screws, which affix aluminum, carbon and plastic components together. As soon as you enter the world of scale, you are confronted by a variety of materials you may …

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Transitioning to Inverted Flight

Transitioning to Inverted Flight

If you’ve been to a helicopter fun-fly recently, you’ve probably noticed that most of the top pilots spend more time inverted than upright! Being comfortable flying inverted is the first big step most pilots take toward mastering helicopter 3D flight. With a little practice, you, too, can add inverted flight to your repertoire.

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Tail-Rotor Setup

Tail-Rotor Setup

For your gyro to work properly, sound mechanical setup is essential. Only then can you focus on fine-tuning your electronics. Solving your mechanical errors with the gyro’s electronic features is a recipe for failure. The techniques shown are general and apply to most helicopters. I use an AlignRC T-Rex 600 in this example...

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Master the Tic Toc

Master the Tic-Toc

Playing a musical instrument, beating a video game and flying a model helicopter take time and practice. These and many other tasks all have steps that you must follow to learn to play the right keys or chords, learn when to push the right buttons, or how to move the sticks in the right direction to get the result you want. It’s hard at the beginning, but success starts with knowing what to do...

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