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RC Helicopter Curves

This is how I do my curves on my helicopters. It is very basic set up and the curves and speed my change from heli to heli. This can be a good baseline for setup and you may tune your own curves from here.

First before setting up any curves make sure your helicopter motor is disabled.

The first thing I do is set up 4 curves, 2 throttle curves and 2 pitch curves. First let us look at the Normal mode Curves.

Normal Mode

Normal Mode Throttle Curve
Normal Mode Pitch Curve

 

I have set the throttle speed for normal mode at 80% throttle. When you throttle up the head speed goes from 0 to 80% by mid stick (point 1). That why the head speed will be full when you start to add pitch. Pitch will be at 0 when the throttle is at  when the head speed is 80 %. After this point you will not be adding head speed only pitch, as you move the throttle stick up. This way  when you switch to Idle up/stunt mode  the heli will not hop or drop. Also while in positive pitch if you switch to Idle Up/Stunt mode the head speed and the pitch will be the same. Note about negative pitch on normal mode — I always put some negative pitch on normal modes in case you need to hold the heli down tight during spin up, in windy conditions.

Idle UP/Stunt mode

 

Idle Up Throttle Curve
Idle Up Pitch Curve

When you switch to Idle Up/Stunt mode. You should be in a mild positive pitch. All positions above the center point (point 2should be the same in normal mode and Idle UP. Speed and Pitch will be the same. This way the heli will not move when you make the switch between modes.

Once the heli is off the ground you should switch to Idle Up and keep it there for the duration of your flight. This pitch curve gives you much more control during autos.

Taranis Speaker Upgrade

Love my Taranis, but found that the speaker was tinny and not very loud. Also I had no bass at all out of the speaker. I found many upgrades for the speaker online. I ordered the speaker and made an adapter. It was an easy install, only took about 20 minutes. The kit is available at our store.

Take out the 6 screws holding the two halves together and split the case. Disconnect the wiring to the old speaker and  remove the old speaker.

Then use hot glue to install the adapter.

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Then solder in the speaker connector then glue in the speaker.

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Put everything back together and you are set.

Kit is $12 at our store.

Enjoy.

Power Pod Upgrade for the Flite Test family of planes

After a few crashes on any foam board plane some parts start to weaken. One of the spots the starts to break or weaken is the power pod. I made a few parts to reinforce the front power pod. They are light and easy to install. They make the whole front of the plane a little more solid. Cut from lightweight birch plywood they work perfect on any Flitetest power pod.

The Kit has 3 peices.

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When assembled they form a strong motor mount.
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The assembly slides easily in the flitetest power pod.
IMG_20140530_203055Making a stronger power pod.

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Here is a quick how to video for the whole process.

As always you can get your kit at the store.