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my tutorials covering building, repairing, modifying, setting up and flying Radio control
of the tutorials are in PDF format, but are Zipped to create the
smallest possible file size, so you will need WinZip and the freely
available Adobe Acrobat
reader to view them.
as I hope, you find any of the tutorials useful, can I ask you
to please save them to your local hard disk rather than returning here
each time to download them again, as constant downloads mean a higher cost
to pay for the additional bandwidth on my server.
you have any comments on any of these, please do let me know, as I
always welcome comments, ideas, suggestions, critiques, corrections etc.
These will all help to make these documents as accurate and informative as possible
for all future readers.
click on any link below and save the ZIP file in your favourite chopper
docs folder, Unzip and read it.
are all being updating on a regular basis, so please pop back from time
to time to check out the current releases.
note, these documents are all Copyright Ian Turner 2009, and may not be
used for any other commercial purpose, or included in full or part in
any other document without the written permission of the author.
CURRENT HELICOPTER TUTORIALS (from July 2009 onward)
total beginners guide to RC electric helicopters
the title says, this is aimed at anyone that has never really seen an R/C
helicopter up close before. It covers all the stuff
to know before you even get close to trying to fly your new helicopter.
up a collective pitch helicopter (from ground zero)
tutorial covers in great detail exactly how to perform the
mechanical setup of the helicopter and how to get the radio components and servos aligned correctly. This is a MUST READ
for anyone that has just got a collective pitch helicopter.
2 - How
to correctly assemble and fit a Trex 450 style head to a Belt CP
is an advanced topic covering the right and wrong ways of
assembling and fitting the well known Trex 450 style rotor head.
There are several nasty pitfalls you can fall into unless you know
this rotor head fairly well, and this tries to help you miss the
to fit TowerPro SG90 servos to a Belt CP – and dodge the
Many people choose to change form the stock Esky servos to the
very popular TowerPro SG90 servo, which are stronger and more
reliable. However, there are a few things you need to know
before setting out on this upgrade, and this covers them in
to the full Reverse DTS modification for the Belt CP
detailed guide to one of the best known and talked about
modifications that is made to the Esky Belt CP helicopter. It
shows you exactly how to mount the servos that you have direct to
swash (DTS) operation between the servos and the sash plate, which
vastly improves the way the Belt CP flies.
to hover a collective pitch helicopter
is again aimed directly at the total newbie pilot, and goes
through each stage of learning to hover a R/C helicopter in great
detail. If you cannot yet hover, read this and it should
save you money and smooth your way through one of the hardest
things to do with an R/C helicopter.
on from the Hover to forward flight
the same way as the previous tutorial,, this moves forward from
the hover, and teaches you how to to start moving around under
full control, going from the hover all the way through to Fast
Forward Flight (FFF) and into flying circuits.
to fly basic aerobatics with a helicopter
Moving on again from the
previous tutorial, this one teaches you how to perform Stall
Turns, Immelman turns, Loops, Rolls and similar simple aerobatics
- not one for the faint hearted.
But don't be put off by
that, as you to *can* fly aerobatics if your learn how to do them
FULL & detailed guide to the Spektrum DX6i (V1.01) The
vast majority of helicopter pilots decide quite early on to move
up to a much better radio system. The Spektrum DX6i is one of the
most popular of such radio systems. But due to the many
options and configurations they provide, most people find them
almost impossible to configure initially. This tutorial goes
through all of the options in full detail, and will hold your hand
right through the process.
to setting up a DX6i & heli for the very
first time (V1.01)
tutorial is similar in some ways to the one above, but it follows
on by talking abut the changes you will need to make to your
helicopter when you switch it over to flying with the Spektrum
DX6i radio system.
pictures of my SeaWolf with Belt CP mechanics fitted
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