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Filming Your Flights: Lights, Camera, Action!

Posted by Todd Breda on |

  • Category: 11 April 2017, How To Guides - Basic, Tips and Tricks
  • We've all watched the ubiquitous YouTube videos of First Person View (FPV) flights where a small camera is mounted to an R/C model taking the viewer along for the ride. I've been recording and publishing some of my flights for several years now.  It's quite easy and often rewarding, especially when I go back and watch videos from years ago, bringing back many a fond (and sometimes not so fond) memory.  Here are some tips and tricks I've learned along the way that hopefully you find helpful. Camera  When I first started filming my flights I was using the really...

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    Gyros: Clearing Up The Stigma

    Posted by Todd Breda on |

  • Category: 11 April 2017, Gyro Stabilizers, Tips and Tricks
  • One of the most unfortunate things to happen in this modern era of high tech in our R/C hobby is the misconception surrounding gyros, especially from some of the older generations. The prevailing narrative is that gyros "control" your model, somehow removing you as the Pilot In Command.  Or that a gyro is recommended because your stick skills might be lacking.   Neither of these narratives are true.  A gyro in its simplest form is a device that helps counter the effects of variable wind/weather by making slight adjustments to the control surfaces.  These adjustments in no way hamper or override...

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    Are You Initializing Your ESC?

    Posted by Todd Breda on |

  • Category: 7 April 2017, How To Guides - Basic, Tips and Tricks
  • A very common reason a customer might call us is because they can't get their ESC to work.  They bought a new airplane from us, receive the shipping package, excitedly put it together, following the instructions, charging the battery, binding the airplane to their radio, checking their control surfaces that are working, then they add some power to the throttle to check the motor and... Nothing. Many assume they have a faulty ESC.  They call up and in 99.9% of the cases, one of our Customer Support Team Members kindly explains the problem, which is that the ESC has not been...

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    The Top 5 Things To Help You Get Started

    Posted by Todd Breda on |

  • Category: Beginner Guides, Tips and Tricks
  • Getting started in electric R/C flying can be an extremely fun and rewarding endeavor.  That wasn't always the case.  Years ago technology was limited, especially in electric flying.  Thousands of potential R/C flyers undoubtedly walked away from the hobby in frustration after not seeking the appropriate guidance and training.  We've all heard the stories of the guy (let's call him "Bob") who invested in a nice model, took it out to a flying site (or perhaps NOT a flying site!) with no flying skills whatsoever and proceeded to smash it into pieces.   Angry and frustrated Bob decides the hobby is a...

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    How To Land Your R/C Model Airplane

    Posted by Todd Breda on |

  • Category: Beginner Guides, How To Guides - Basic, Tips and Tricks
  • There's a saying in the world of flight:  Takeoffs are optional.  Landings are mandatory. Indeed, once you are airborne, the only mandatory part of your flight is the landing (hopefully successfully and in one piece).  I've always said a bad landing can ruin a good flight.  Executing a great landing isn't only a good way to keep your aircraft and it's landing gear happy, it's immensely rewarding and a great way to end a nice flight. So today I am going to walk you through the secrets to execute a successful landing.  For simplicity sake I will use a high wing...

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    Things You Might Not Be Doing (But Should)

    Posted by Todd Breda on |

  • Category: Beginner Guides, Tips and Tricks
  • Whether you are just getting started in the hobby or have been flying R/C models for years there's always good practices, tips and tricks that come along that are worth knowing about and utilizing in your every day processes and procedures.  Here are a few to consider.  I will add more tips and tricks to this article as time passes.  Balancing Your Propeller Consider this in the "mandatory" category.  Not everyone balances their propellers but they should be.  While some come from the factory already balanced, most are not and require balancing to avoid excessive vibration in flight.  An unbalanced propeller can lead...

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