Dec 26, 2013

Generator Maintenance: How to Keep ‘Er Running Smooth!

If you’re anything like me, you run your generator to death during the regular season without even thinking about performing regular maintenance. You may also be like me in that I’m a cold-weather bastard, not a warm-weather dick, so that I means I get a bit more down time during the winter months. So, what… more »

Dec 23, 2013

How to set CG

  Making sure that the center of gravity (CG) of your heli is directly over the main shaft is a crucial part of setup.  This can effect how flat the disk stays while the heli piros and, in some cases, can even cause the heli to drift if it’s way off.  So whenever you change… more »

Dec 9, 2013

iCharger 308/4010 Duo charging settings

Upon receiving and using my iCharger 4010 Duo for the first time I noticed that at higher amperage settings I wasn’t getting anywhere near a full 4.2v per cell on my batteries.  I dug into the settings a bit more and have come up with what I personally believe to be a great balance of… more »

Nov 3, 2013

Disk Loading and Solidity: The Math Behind “The Feel”

Ok, so you’ve heard the terminology before, but you never quite understood why someone would be using the phrase “disk loading” in relation to their heli, right? There is a reason, trust me… Let’s start with the basics…the math, that is! 😉 Disk loading is an easy calculation to perform. What you need to do first… more »

Oct 25, 2013

Setting Gear Mesh

Getting that perfect gear mesh between the pinion and the main gear can be quite the challenge.  However it is not something to overlook the importance of.  As too tight of a gear mesh can lead to premature gear wear and excessive heating which will cause the main gear to fail early.  While on the… more »

Oct 13, 2013

How To: Setting Up the HP DPS-1200FB Power Supply

Alright, guys! I’ve gotten TONS of requests for a tech tip that describes how to deal with the mini-marvel that is the Hewlett Packard DPS-1200FB power supply, so here we go. For those of you who are curious about the specs, check this out: 1.5″ x 7.75″ x 3 1/2″ and weighing in at around two… more »

Oct 1, 2013

Bearing Measurements

So you’ve decided that you’re tired of paying twice the cost for a low quality bearing just because it has a brand name on it and are ready to venture in the world of buying your bearings by size and in a tad higher quantity.  You find your favorite bearing website and are a bit… more »

Sep 30, 2013

Blade 700X TT Shimming

The Blade 700X has a great TT gear design and plenty of robustness to it, but unfortunately the gear lash is a bit off.  It was most prominent in the rear but still found in the front as well.  Good news is this is easily remedied. If you remove the TT gear from the tail… more »

Blade 700X tail control arm

Like a lot of people I think the 90* tail control arm could be a bit more robust on the Blade 700X.  Now I never had any issues in flight with the stock arm but it just seemed a bit flexible for my taste.  What I did to fix this was take some two part… more »

Aug 11, 2013

Phasing – The free performance upgrade

So you might have heard the term swash plate phasing or maybe even seen it in your FBL system software but what exactly is it?  Well swash plate phasing is the angle of relationship between the swash plate and the head. Why is it important.  Swash plate phasing directly affects how the helicopter reacts when… more »