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  • What is an Electronic Speed Controller and how does it differ from brushed to brushless motors?

    An Electronic Speed Controller (ESC) is a device that regulates the power of an electric motor, allowing it to throttle from 0% to 100%. There are two styles of Electronic Speed Controller, Brushed and Brushless. Both work on the same principle. An ESC is made up of three key components. A BEC/voltage regulator, a Processer and the switching consisting of FETs (field effect transistor). Now let's get a little technical. The BEC/voltage regulator is a division of the ESC that will send a set amount of power (typically 5v 1Ah) back to your receiver to then power your servos. This also has a secondary function whereby if the battery that is driving the motor reaches its minimum voltage the BEC (Battery Eliminator Circuit) will reserve power for the flight critical controls, making sure the motor doesn't take all the power from the battery. The process...

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  • Understanding 2.4GHz Radio Frequency

    Understanding 2.4GHz Radio Frequency
    Many transmitters work on 2.4GHz protocols. What is it, and can I use any receiver with any transmitter? The 2.4Ghz band was first introduced to Radio Control by the Spektrum brand with the now famous Spektrum DX7 Transmitter. It replaced ‘crystal’ technology which consisted of the 36, 40 and 27mhz systems that were on a given ‘channel’. There were many reasons for the change, however the most relevant is to allow more available frequencies, or “spots”, for people to operate their models on. The 2.4Ghz offers incredible reliability, the shorter wavelength also brings less signal penetrating power (less range), however, this can be combated with a higher RF (radio frequency) power output which is built into 2.4Ghx Transmitter systems. Longer wavelengths like the old 36, 40 and 27Mhz bands did offer that long wavelength and penetrating power for a relatively low radio-frequency power outputs bu...

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  • What is SAFE Technology for RC aircrafts?

    What is SAFE Technology for RC aircrafts?
    As you are browsing through the Modelflight website you will notice that quite a few of the newer releases from Horizon Hobby are equipped with an S.A.F.E receiver but what is it exactly? What is for and how do you use it? 1. Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope S.A.F.E technology or (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) came about around five or so years ago in 2013 developed by the good folks at Horizon Hobby who essentially wanted to help or assist inexperienced RC pilots gain confidence when flying. The first time we saw SAFE it was partnered with a re-release of arguably the most popular training plane ever sold – The E-Flite Apprentice. This was an absolute game changer and revolutionized the way we look at the world of trainer aircrafts...

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  • First RC Boat - Get Started

    RC Boats offer a fun experience for people of all ages - but before you head out onto your pool, local pond or lake, be sure to follow these tips to ensure optimum performance and prolong the life of your boat...

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  • First RC Plane - Get Started

    So, you’ve just bought your first RC plane and are eager to get it in the air. The world of RC planes provides a thoroughly enjoyable and exciting challenge for people of all ages and skill levels; however, there are a few things you should know, prior to hitting the open skies for the first time...

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  • First RC Car - Getting Started

    So, you've just bought your new RC Car and are keen to begin your RC adventure! Before you get started, here are a few things you should know to help prevent damage and prolong the life of your car...

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  • Nitro vs Electric Powered RC Cars

    The Great Debate! Nitro vs Electric Power? What is right for YOU? The oldest argument in the book surrounding remote control cars is the choice of the power plant, the rev heads amongst us will say nitro is the only way to go for a realistic experience and the tech heads will back in the incredible performance of Electric brushless systems and the hassle-free nature of electric power. There are so many factors to consider when choosing a car and the type of power system that car runs will come down to a variety of factors. Ultimately the option you choose to go with will be dependent on the experience you wish to have and the time you wish to dedicate to the R/C hobby, let’s break down some of the Pros and Cons of both options...

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  • Trimming Techniques for Multi-Channel Gliders

    A gliding retrospective Written by Mike O'Reilly The Model Make every effort to have a ‘straight’ model This was important when you built your own model from balsa and foam, but modern moulded gliders rarely have warps or heavy panels Trimming The whole purpose of the trimming process is to make your glider easy to fly in a ‘hands-off’ situation. The easier it is to fly, the better it will fly. I like my gliders to be neutrally stable so they will fly hands off. This helps you to detect thermals in the first instance and to be comfortable flying your glider a long way downwind. Tow Hook Position With very few exceptions the tow hook should be placed in front of or on the CG. The ideal position also depends on flap and elevator presets so there is no definitive position. Moving the hook rearwards will increase the steepness of the climb...

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  • STEM Education and the use of Radio Control (RC) Products

    STEM is an acronym that stands for four increasingly relevant academic disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Rather than teach each area separately, STEM education integrates these disciplines for use in real-life applications and the use of RC related products can add a fun element that students can relate to. Remote Control toys are not only fun to play with, but they’re also a great way to educate students about robotics, mechanics and how to build and design. It is a great way to develop a student’s senses, mechanical and learning skills to promote their hand-eye coordination and problem-solving ability. They can be used to encourage them to work together as a team, thus enhancing their social and communication skills. Model...

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  • RC Plane Events in Australia - 2018

    If you are looking for some RC plane events in your state, check out the below list showing events coming up in 2018: Australian F5J TrophyProudly supported by Model FlightDate: 3rd - 4th NovemberLocation: Cootamundra, NSWMore info: http://www.lsfaustralia.org.au/ Scratch & Kit Built Scale RallyDate: 11th NovemberLocation: Cardina, VICMore info: www.pdarcs.com.au/scalerally Dawn Patrol to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Armistice to end World War 1 Proudly supported by Model Flight and Seagull ModelsDate: 11th NovemberLocation: South Hummocks, SAMore info: https://masa.org.au/ Na...

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