Friday, October 20, 2017

How To's

F3C for Dummies

About 30+ years ago I taught myself how to fly a Carl Goldberg Gentle Lady glider. I would hand launch it, fly it, do it again and again and again. Eventually I moved on, joined a club called the FORKS and got into powered airplanes.

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Buying Used Machines

Buying used radio control helicopters online is something I have always been a little hesitant about. Everyone loves to buy new stuff for sure; I mean who can resist tearing open such a nicely wrapped package and having zero issues with the contents inside?

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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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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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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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RC System Performance: Latency & Resolution

RC System Performance Latency & Resolution

There are many factors that contribute to system performance. But this discussion is going to address the two mentioned in the introduction – ‘Latency’ and ‘Resolution’. In simple terms these are how quickly a system will propagate your commands to the model and how precisely it can represent those commands.

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Building Your Custom Flight Arena (Part 4)

Building Your Custom Flight Arena Part 4

When the plastering and contouring of the landscape and rock areas of a mountain feature are completed I paint the entire mountain in a base coat, usually white on the upper parts that are snow-covered, and grey and brown on the lower parts without snow. This base coat helps reveal mistakes that are very difficult to see in the confusion of papier-mâché and plaster. It also begins a layering of colors that give the mountain a natural look...

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Building Your Custom Flight Arena (Part 3)

Building Your Custom Flight Arena (Part 3)

Plan and build a dedicated flight environment to fly RC helicopter Work Operations and Rescue Missions in any weather at any time. When planning the layout of each terrain feature, particularly something high like a mountain, remember to keep heavy items in the lower section so the feature...

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Advanced Radio Programming

Advanced Radio Programming

If we look at each programming feature singularly, it’s relatively easy to appreciate what it offers and how we can put it to good use. However, when features are combined they often interact with one in other in ways that can make your head spin trying to wrap it around exactly what’s going on. Sometimes we just can’t put our finger on why our model isn’t behaving as expected...

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Building Your Custom Flight Arena (Part 2)

Building Your Custom Flight Arena (Part 2)

Building a flight arena is the same as building a set for a scale model train. Of course the terrain will necessarily be more vertical in nature, as suits a helicopter’s workplace, but the intention is the same. We are trying to provide a realistic area to fly the machines, and have as many diverse work sites as possible for the maximum amount of situations and scenarios...

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Building Your Custom Flight Arena (Part 1)

Building Your Custom Flight Arena (Part 1)

From the first week that I flew a small co-axial helicopter, I knew that I wanted to fly more authentic-styled helicopters and have proper landing zones (LZ’s) for the missions I intended to fly indoors with micro-sized helis. There is a unique thrill in making an approach to a mountaintop pinnacle LZ that is so high above the surrounding terrain that even a minor miscalculation will send your helicopter tumbling down a mountainside to be destroyed as badly as in a real situation...

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Rebuild Your Nitro Engine

How To: Rebuild Your Nitro Engine

Re-Power Your Old Engine for Peak Perfomance At the end of last year’s flying season my nitro engines seemed to be lacking the power I was used to. It was hot and humid, the air was thin and my helicopters …

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Learn How To Hover

How To: Learn How To Hover

As the saying goes, some of the most rewarding activities are also often the most challenging, and learning to fly helicopters certainly fits into that category. Indeed, merely hovering a helicopter has been compared to trying to balance a marble …

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You Can Learn To Fly 3D

At its pinnacle, 3D flight is a series of complex maneuvers tied together in a well-choreographed sequence, flown with precision, fast action and moves that seem to defy gravity. For onlookers, watching a top-notch flight is captivating and thrilling. For pilots, developing the skills necessary to master 3D flight is not only exciting but also a rewarding experience as they progress along the learning curve.

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Setting Up The Align 3G Flybarless Controller

Learn to Hover

Flybarless helicopters are all the rage these days. There are several benefits to going flybarless, such as reduced drag resulting in longer flights, few mechanical parts, and more stability coupled with more agility. However, for the longtime helicopter junkie like myself, going without a flybar and having to setup a flybarless controller seemed completely foreign. Recently, I had the opportunity to program my first flybarless helicopter, the T-Rex 700E along with Align’s 3G flybarless controller. I got the 700E from HeliWholesaler and after going through the steps, it now seems totally logical and methodical to me. Let’s take a look at what’s involved in setting it up!

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