Nov 2, 2014

De-Anodizing Aluminum Parts

If you’re like me, then you probably like to keep things in your fleet fresh and exciting. This can be as simple as a quick and easy mod to the frame that makes something easier or a new piece of bling to kick it up a notch. Well, next time you’re thinking about dropping a… more »

A Fool-Proof Bullet System for Series Packs

Ever tried to run your 12S stick packs with bullets instead of using an EC5 Y-harness and accidentally plugged in the wrong two connectors? If so, then what followed was probably a violent explosion during which time you simultaneously burned your fingers, vaporized your bullet connectors, and soiled your pants. If you made the mistake… more »

Oct 24, 2014

How to trim your motor shaft

Big thanks to our friend and team SAB pilot Cris Trebbi for doing this tech-tip. Motor Shaft Trimming 101. So you’re almost done building that new heli, and you just can’t wait for the maiden flight. But you install the motor only to find that the shaft is just a bit too long for a… more »

Oct 14, 2014

VBar Gov w/ CC ESC Autorotation Bailout – No Idle

Setting up the CC ESC’s in conjunction with the VBar governor is pretty straight forward unless you want to enable the autorotation feature WIHOUT idling the motor. Here’s a step-by-step procedure for getting the autorotation bailout setup with no idle. *NOTE* For some reason this combination of settings/hardware will not appear to function when bench… more »

Jul 15, 2014

Diggin’ In Episode 4 – Troubleshooting 101: Supplementary Tech Tip

For all of you who have listened to Diggin’ In Episode 4 Troubleshooting 101, here’s the supplementary tech tip that we promised you with your very own crash checklist and fault tree to print out and take with you to the field! Just right click the two images below and save them to your computer,… more »

Apr 5, 2014

DIY Stick Packs

  Squeezing a set of packs down the narrow frames of some of the helis today can be quite difficult.  Connectors can get snagged.  Balance leads can get pulled apart.  This is where stick packs can make what used to be a huge hassle become a complete breeze.  They can completely change the way you… more »

iKon Electric Governor Setup

I’ve received a ton of inquires about the iKon internal gov and it seems to be a bit of a confusion when it comes to the setup.  I’ve included some step-by-step procedures here for setting up the iKon internal governor with a Castle Creations ESC and a Scorpion ESC.  The Scorpion would should apply ver… more »

Jan 26, 2014

Nail a zero pitch setup every time!

Blade tracking can be a thing of the past with this neat little trick.  It just so happens that a Scorpion 5mm phillips driver is a perfect fit in the blade grip hole on 700 class helis.  This works out great for checking zero pitch at mid-stick.  They key here is to align the bit… more »

Poor man’s Swash Leveler

So you’re out at the field and forgot your swash leveler at home. You’re hosed right? Wrong! Most of us keep a couple zip ties in our field box and here’s a neat little trick that will put them to good use.  Wrap one around the main shaft and pull it tight.  Take another one… more »

Jan 17, 2014

How To Reinforce Your CF Tail Control Rods

If you’ve been around long enough in the hobby, you’ve personally experienced a failed carbon-fiber tail control rod or seen a friend suffer from such a fate. The typical failure mode is either pulling the link rod right out of the CF due to improper gluing or splitting the CF tube so that the link… more »