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RC Helicopter Safety-Radio Controlled Helicopters Are Not Toys

December 5th, 2011 ·

Many people have a misconception that a radio controlled helicopter is nothing more than an expensive toy that is fun to fly. While RC helicopters are fun to fly, there are far more than just a toy and the failure to realize that when flying can result in serious injuries to yourself and others, and [...]

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7 Tips To Maximizing Your Battery Performance

November 21st, 2011 ·

Battery technology seems to have taken a leaping step recently, allowing electric RC models to go places where once only nitrous model could go. Leading this innovation are the Li-Po or Lithium Polymer batteries which has become the standard power source for electric powered helicopters, planes, cars, boats, and almost every other type of model. [...]

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RC Helicopter Tricks & Stunts

July 20th, 2011 ·

People consider the RC helicopters to be the most difficult remote or radio controlled vehicle in terms of precision navigation. This is true but once you start learning, you will find it to be a fun and enjoyable hobby. Piloting an RC heli can be a challenge and it takes many hours of practice before [...]

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Camera Options for Your RC Helicopter

July 10th, 2011 ·

Flying RC Helicopters can be fun; however, it requires a great deal of expertise and technical knowledge, which can be mastered with extended practice. You can add a number of accessories to your heli, one of the most popular being the addition of RC Heli cameras. Now, before I go into the details, here’s what [...]

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Stretching the Limits with 3D Flying Your RC Helicopter

June 30th, 2011 ·

Flying an RC heli is an extremely fun hobby. The newest and latest fad in the RC world is 3D, the options are endless and once you get use to the maneuvers you will be hooked. There are some very cool skill sets that you can learn and other RC fliers will soon be asking [...]

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RC Helicopter Maintenance

June 25th, 2011 ·

Flying RC Helicopters can be fun and rewarding. However, it is very important to maintain your RC Heli because they are expensive, and neglecting basic maintenance can cost you even more in the long run. Here are a few basic general maintenance tips: Canopy Maintenance: The canopy of your RC Heli should be detached and [...]

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Learning Pitch and Throttle Controls of Your RC Helicopter

June 20th, 2011 ·

Flying RC helis requires some technical knowledge. You don’t need to be a full blow heli pilot or an expert in aerodynamics and mechanical engineering to be able to fly an RC heli. All it takes is a bit of practice instruction and plenty of logged hours and you will be a professional in no [...]

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How to Choose the Right RC Helicopter Batteries

June 15th, 2011 ·

Choosing the right RC Helicopter batteries is very important. By far the most popular form of RC Heli battery is the LiPo (Lithium Polymer) battery. It has become a viable option over the fuel powered RC Helis. While choosing the right RC Helicopter batteries, it is better to go for LiPo batteries for the following [...]

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5 Important RC Helicopter Safety Tips

June 8th, 2011 ·

When you start out flying RC helis, you will be hooked immediately. One mistake many people make when first starting out is not getting proper instruction. The safety aspect is huge when you are taking up this hobby. RC helis can be responsible for serious injury, even life threatening accidents, as well property damage. On [...]

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Night Flying an RC Helicopter

May 30th, 2011 ·

Night Flying an RC Helicopter can be fun and those who are avid night flyers often describe the experience as being better than day flying. Good news is that, night flying can be done with both larger helis and micro helis. The basics requirement is that the set up needs to be appropriate and everything [...]

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How To Setup The Futaba GY401 Gyro

January 5th, 2009 ·

The GY401 gyro by Futaba is perhaps the most popular RC helicopter gyro ever. It’s simple to use, works with a wide variety of analog and digital servos and has a very attractive price point. Did I also mention that it does a great job at being a gyro and holding your heli’s tail rock [...]

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How To Solder Properly – Tips & Techniques

October 8th, 2008 ·

Cost: > $0 – $100+ Time: n/a Tools Required: Soldering iron, solder, stand, wire cutters / strippers, cleaning sponge, flux, qtip or cotton swabs, tip tinner. Optional – heatsink, fine grain sandpaper, alcohol Parts Needed: Something to solder Difficulty Level: Moderate (Things needed) Whether you fly an electric, nitro, gas or turbine RC helicopters, at [...]

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How To Make Flybar Weights

September 30th, 2008 ·

Cost: > $5 Time: ~ 5 mins. Tools Required: CA (superglue), hex driver, loctite, scale (optional) Parts Needed: Nuts or wheel collets Difficulty Level: Super easy (Things needed) Many RC helicopters, especially the smaller micro, mini and 450 sized ones can be a little sensitive and hard to control, especially in windy conditions. Enter flybar [...]

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How To Repair / Replace Servo Gears

July 26th, 2008 ·

Cost: $5 – $40 Time: ~15 mins. Tools Required: Small screwdriver or hex driver (to remove servo screws), flathead screwdriver, tape, white grease (optional) Parts Needed: Replacement servo gears Difficulty Level: Easy – Moderate (Tools needed) Whether you fly RC helicopters, RC planes, gliders or race RC cars, there’s a good chance at some point [...]

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How To Hover An RC Helicopter

July 23rd, 2008 ·

The main goal of hovering an RC helicopter is to keep it in one spot with as little moving or drifting as possible. Ultimately, you’d like it to remain absolutely motionless, but in a non perfect world, that’s nearly impossible as there are too many factors that will cause drift or motion. For the beginner [...]

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How To Calculate Your RC Helicopter’s Head Speed

June 29th, 2008 ·

Why would you want to calculate the head speed of your RC helicopter when you can simply measure it using a tachometer? Believe it or not, there are a couple of reasons, the most obvious being that you might not own a tachometer. But the more common reason you’d want to be able to calculate [...]

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How To Tidy Your RC Helicopter’s Wires

June 2nd, 2008 ·

Cost: $10 – $50 Time: 1 – 2 hours Tools Required: Scissors / wire cutters, lighter, pliers, hobby knife, heat source (blowtorch, soldering iron, heat gun, hair dryer etc.) Parts / Supplies Needed: Nylon wire wrap, heat shrink tubing Difficulty Level: Easy (Before) (After) When I get a little free time, besides spending it with [...]

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How To Crimp Servo Plugs / Pins

May 31st, 2008 ·

Cost: $5 – $25 Time: ~10 mins. Tools Required: Sharp knife, soldering iron, pliers, wire strippers, wire cutters, crimping tool (optional) Parts Needed: Servo pins, servo casings, servo wire (optional) Difficulty Level: Easy (Tools needed) Why would you want to know how crimp servo plugs? Believe it or not, there are a few reasons. First, [...]

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How To Paint Your RC Helicopter Canopy

April 7th, 2008 ·

Cost: $20 – $200 Time: 2 – 10 hrs Tools Required: Airbrush & compressor (optional), safety goggles Supplies Needed: Primer, paint, paint thinner, masking tape, dish soap, 400 grit sand paper, clear coat, rags, automotive spot putty (fiberglass canopies). Optional – detail tape, decals, stickers, steel wool Difficulty Level: Easy – Difficult (stuff you need) [...]

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How To Setup The Futaba GY611 Gyro

March 24th, 2008 ·

While the Futaba GY611 gyro is fairly easy to setup, the manual that comes with it isn’t the easiest to understand and doesn’t how to set the gyro up for your average pilot. If you need a copy of the Futaba GY611 manual, you can download it from here. If you’ve been struggling with the [...]

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How To Build A Swashplate Levelling Tool

March 21st, 2008 ·

Cost: < $5 Time: ~10 mins Tools Required: Glue gun, level, Dremel / rotary tool (optional) Parts Needed: Washer, bubble bits Difficulty Level: Easy Yes, I know you can buy a swashplate leveler at most hobby stores, or from any number of online sites, but why buy one when you can easily build your own [...]

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How To Track Your RC Helicopter Blades

January 14th, 2008 ·

Whenever you purchase a RC helicopter whether it’s used, ready to fly, almost ready to fly or a kit, you’ll want to make sure that the blades are tracking perfectly. If your blades aren’t tracking on the same plane, they won’t have the same pitch and provide the same amount of lift which can cause [...]

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How To Balance Your RC Helicopter Blades

January 12th, 2008 ·

With almost every new or used RC helicopter, whether it’s an RTF (Ready To Fly), ARTF (Almost Ready To Fly) or a kit you build from scratch, the main rotor blades should be balanced before your first flight. Some RTF and ARTF models claim the blades have already been macthed and balanced at the factory [...]

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How To Crash An RC Helicopter ~ Videos

January 5th, 2008 ·

Having experienced a few RC helicopter crashes of my own, I thought I’d share some videos of crashes other people were lucky enough to catch on tape I don’t know whether it’s a morbid curiosity, that people like basking in the misery of others, or the anatomy surrounding a crash, but many people are fascinated [...]

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