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Centering the Sub-Trim Debate: An In-Depth Analysis by Earl Haury

Various opinions exist as to how subtrims affect servo travel, especially when used with dual servos on elevators. This discussion shows data that can help understand subtrims. While the measuring equipment was setup I made a few more measurement to satisfy my curiosity. A comparison of the performance of old with new servos, trim effect, […]

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LiPo Battery Anatomy, Fire Behavior, and Safe Practices

Most of us who use LiPo batteries recognize that there’s some risk involved. The things have been overcharged, shorted, cut, nailed, etc. in numerous U-Tube videos that dramatically demonstrate the potential to make smoke and fire. There are also a variety of methods offered to minimize risk and manage a fire, with some being better […]

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Basic Aircraft Setup

BASIC SETUP AND TRIMMING GUIDE FOR ENTRY LEVEL PATTERN FLIERS Trimming an aerobatic aircraft is like learning the game of golf. When you first start out, the game seems fun. You have some good strokes and some good holes, but some call it beginners luck! Then, as you get a little more serious and buy […]

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The Real Secret Behind Rudder Authority

This is the foundation of the problems with performance of the model versus the performance of the modeler trying to fly it. The Beginning of Rudder Knowledge With the art of trimming, there is one basic difference that affects your results when it comes to a good flying model: The difference between the model’s ability […]

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Allure Unloaded

Out of the box the Allure is arguably “the” best flying monoplane currently on the market. It suits all currently available power systems including glow, electric and contra. All three power systems coupled with the Allure finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd at the 2015 US Nationals so choose your weapon! I have been flying my […]

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Measuring Incidence Angles and CG Location

We often refer to incidence angles, CG location, and control travels with respect to our pattern airplanes, but just how accurate are the numbers? Does it even matter? We each may have different criteria for making these measurements. Sometimes it’s just for initial set-up to the designer’s specs, or maybe for future reference as we […]

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Throttle Tech Add-On (Modeling Ingenuity at its Best)

The Throttle-Tech is primarily a device to ensure constant performance throughout a pattern flight with E power. A secondary benefit is its notification of battery status. Ever try to fly a sequence with a discharged pack? The T-T can help prevent that. There are two LED’s on the circuit board, a green and an orange. […]

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Triangulation Trimming: A First Hand Account

The following is an article written by Jason Arnold, an Australian F3A pilot and big supporter of our trim methodology. He has had great success with Triangulation Trimming, and he’s not the only one. Many around the world have followed Bryan’s advice from a distance with remarkable results. We asked him to write about his experience because it’s one thing for us to tell you that we know what we’re talking about, but another thing altogether to hear from someone who has experienced the difference first hand.

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Guest Author George Asteris: Get the Most Out of Your YS

I’ve been asked to share my experience with YS engines and the procedures I use in order to run and maintain the engines. Let me note that I fly YS engines exclusively and have done so for the past 30 years. One of the advantages of YS that I like is the amount of flying time I get. On a 20 oz. tank, I can fly almost 2 full sequences of the Masters pattern.

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Guest Author Earl Haury: Essential Tools

There’s an old saying that “A craftsman is only as good as his tools”. That’s certainly true for precision flying, and applies equally to all forms of modeling. One is not likely to win any model meet, or just enjoy a day of recreational flying, without frustrations if using poor equipment. Good quality airplanes don’t just happen, they’re built that way. It doesn’t matter much if they’re scratch built or an ARF, either must be built properly. This requires the use of the proper tools.

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Wheel Pant Installation Made Easy

Straight from the workshop of CK Aero and Bryan Hebert, here’s a simple and solid way to install wheel pants on your pattern plane. One thing that I think is important to remember is to mount your wheel pants high enough that the wheel pant does not drag on the grass. Although it looks very […]

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