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  • Thailand Heli Blowout 2019

    Thailand Heli Blowout 2019
    March 30th and 31st brought me to Thailand Heli Blowout 2019 at the Thung Srikan Flying Field in Bangkok, (THB) Asia's premier fun fly and Competition. This would be my first competition and demos out of Australia. We arrived Thursday afternoon to the airport where we were greeted by my Teammates father Narong Poonoi who drove us off to the hotel to assemble helis for practice starting Friday. The weather in Bangkok was quite a shock to the system with temperatures above 35°c and humidity in the high 60's. Friday I managed to get in 7 flights of practice even with the chaotic flight lines, mainly set manoeuvers as that's what I was flying on Saturday. I made some good progress with the help of my teammates. Inbetween flights I was assisting the team with mechanical issues throughout the day where I could. I left Friday feeling better...

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  • Canteen Road Raise 2019

    Canteen Road Raise 2019
    So this time tomorrow one of our team, Jamie Nancarrow, will be setting off as part of Road Raise 2019 - a fundraising initiative first launched in 2015 to raise vital funds and awareness for CanTeen. Thanks to the incredible efforts of those involved in Road Raise, CanTeen has raised over $550,000 since 2015, and hope to raise close to $200,000 from the 2019 event. These funds help support young people coping with cancer in their family, rebuild their foundations and connect with others in similar situations. Read on as Jamie gives us further information on the upcoming ride. What is Road Raise? Road Raise is a seven-day cycling ride from Adelaide to Melbourne taking place from the 6th to 12th April 2019. It takes in the “Great Ocean Road” coastline of South Australia and Victoria, culminating in the participants riding just under 1,100kms in this 7 day period. This year twenty participants, including some CanTeen youth ambassadors, will be...

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  • Phoenix Models Scanner RC Plane - Product Review

    Phoenix Models Scanner RC Plane - Product Review
    A modern day classic The Phoenix Models Scanner 46 size ARF model hit Australian shores in early 1998. It was the brainchild of the late Tony Farnan and Phoenix Models who saw the need for a ‘second’ model for the beginner to transition to once they achieved solo status. The Scanner was awarded the Best Hobby Product of the Year at the 1998 ATA Toy and Hobby Fair and since then thousands of MAAA modellers have successfully flown a Scanner. This low wing model features a thick airfoil, parallel chord and a long tail moment which makes for very forgiving flight characteristics. It has proven to be an ideal model for the new flier who wants to graduate to something that is a bit more agile than the typical high wing trainer. Coupled with an OS 46 engine it makes for a great flying spo...

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  • Check out the brand new Blade Inductrix Switch Air!

    \ We have had some brand New RC Products arrive through the doors this week so let’s get into it and show you some of the nice items that we’ve got. RC Drone and Flying Wing all-in-one The Blade Inductrix Switch AIR is a brand new product from Blade. It’s super innovative and a really cool idea for a drone crossed with an indoor flying wing. The inductrix Switch AIR has multiple forms. You may already be familiar with the Blade Switch ‘Hovercraft’ ve...

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  • RC Heli Heatwave 2019

    RC Heli Heatwave 2019
    Hi all, Hamish here. I will be aiming to be a basic blog from this year's events that I attend. If you see me at any of the events please feel free to come and say hello, and ask for some advice if required. I hope with the heli scene growing again not only in Australia but worldwide, I will bump into some of you throughout the year. If not, you can keep up to date with me on this blog or Hamish Scott Heli on Facebook where I post flight videos, pictures, event and product information that I hope you all can make some use of. Happy Flying!  March 14th - 17th took me to Heli Heatwave 2019. This annual RC helicopter event this year made the move from Wagga Wagga to the NSW State Flying Field in Cootamundra for 2019. Heli Heatwave...

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  • RC Plane Events in Australia - 2019

    RC Plane Events in Australia - 2019
    If you are looking for some RC plane events in your state, check out the below list showing events coming up in 2019: GMAA/SMF ANZAC InvitationalProudly sponsored by Model Flight and SpektrumDate: 26th - 28th AprilLocation: Coolum, QLDMore info: Giant Model Association Australia If you know of an event that is not listed, or there are event details that need to be updated, please do not hesitate to contact Modelflight...

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  • How do I choose a battery connector?

    We're going to take a walk through the types of battery connectors on offer and also the ones that will work with multiple brands to make understanding your “plugs” that little easier. A majority of the batteries within the RC market come with four main plugs fitted, these are Deans, EC3, XT60, and JST, or some variant of these like EC5 (a bigger version of the EC3 which can handle higher current through it). All these serve a purpose. When fitting a new plug the Deans style are normally easier to work with (solder) if you have some experience as they have a small tab to solder onto. It means that any overheating of the tab while soldering can result in heat transferring to the plug housing, for beginners out there,...

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  • What is a Radio Transmitter Mode and what does Mode conversion mean?

    What does Mode refer to when purchasing a model aircraft radio transmitter (controller)? The Mode of an aircraft transmitter is the configuration of the primary flight control sticks. Typically Throttle, Pitch, Roll and Yaw. For the most part, transmitters can be purchased in either mode. For the minority that can only be purchased in a certain mode, brands like Spektrum, Jeti and HiTec can have a mode conversion performed. Mode 1 and 2 being the most spoken about, but Mode 3 and 4 also available in some cases. What Mode should I choose? This is a question we get asked regularly from new customers. In the early days of model aviation here in Australia model aircraft were traditionally flown on Mode 1 (throttle control on the right stick). This has...

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  • Can-Am Maverick X3 RC replica has arrived at Modelflight

    \ Axial Yeti Jr. Can-Am Replica Axial has teamed up with Can-Am to produce a realistic Maverick X3 rock racer in a 1/18th scale with a detailed Can-Am finish. This RC car comes with some great features and is ready to run out of the box. One of the big differences between this and previous Axial models is now that they're owned by Horizon Hobby some changes have been made to the electronic package. A Spektrum STX2 transmitter, receiver and a Spektrum servo are included as standard – it also uses a Dynamite 3...

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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 processor...

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