Monthly Archives: February 2019

  • 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 380 s...

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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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