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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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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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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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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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Performing a Stationary Flip

How To: Performing a Stationary Flip

A stationary flip is one of the basic building blocks of 3D maneuvers. In it’s most basic form, it’s a loop performed without any forward motion. I like to perform them with pause at the inverted position. Let’s take a …

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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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Getting Started

Learn to Hover

Learning to fly RC helicopters can be challenging, but if you take it methodically and avoid some of the pitfalls and mistakes that I and legions of other modelers have made, I think you'll find it to be extremely rewarding...

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The Basics: Choosing the Right Heli and Gear

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After learning to hover and fly in forward flight, for most RC helicopter pilots, a natural progression is to learn basic aerobatic maneuvers such as loops, rolls, stall turns and pirouettes. However, today's RC heli pilots are looking for a lot more heart-pounding excitement and ultimate thrills, and this leads us into the 3D realm of helicopter aerobatics.

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