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Asia Pacific F3C Open
American Adventure
JR Challenge 2004
How to setup your rotorhead
9Z for Dummies
3D Downunder
Victorian F3C Champs
Visit to Model Engines
Flying the Fury Tempest FAI
Pilot Profile - Pete (Panos) Niotis
Australian Trip 03
Introduction to the Century Predator
Building the Fury Tempest FAI
Professional Aerial Photography
Pilot Profile - Dwight Schilling
Pilot Profile - Russ Deakin
Pilot Profile - Dwight Schilling
Toolbox Essentials
Setup for F3C
Vigor Refit
Pilot Profile - Curtis Youngblood
JR Challenge 2003
Pilot Profile - Len Sabato
Helicopter Resources
Comparing the Webra 91AAR and the YS 91ST
Engine Tuning
Curtis Youngblood in New Zealand
Futaba GV-1 Governor
Pilot Profile - Malorie Zastrow
Scale: Flybarless Heads
Pilot Profile - Jason Krause
JR 10X
Pilot Profile - Mark Christy
Futaba 9Z WCII
Pilot Profile - Alan Szabo Jr
163km/h with a Vigor CS!
Raptor 60 V2
Low cost, high camera!
TSK & the Squirrel Part (V)
Follow up - Hirobo Freya
Follow up - Hirobo Shuttle RG
Sceadu 30 update
Hirobo Shuttle RG
Vigor CS - My thoughts
Bye bye little Ergo
Kyosho Caliber 30
OS 91
JR Voyager 50
Hirobo Sceadu
TSK & the Squirrel Part (III)
NZ Team Returns from Heli World Champs
Hirobo Freya
Fury-ous!
OS 50 Review
Millie vs CS (Part III)
Living with the CS
TSK & the Squirrel (Part II)
Promoting the Hobby
Ergo Z230 Gasser
Millie vs CS (Part II)
Millie vs CS (Part I)
TSK & the Squirrel
TSK & the Squirrel (Part IV)

Articles

This section is devoted to articles of interest such as product reviews, experiences, and views of aspects of the R/C helicopter scene.

Asia Pacific F3C Open
30th May 2004
An event I've really been looking forward to this year, the first ever Asia Pacific Open! This awesome trip was a huge amount of fun and experiences! This is a large article so set aside a bit of time!
American Adventure
16th May 2004
In late April I spent a week in Las Vegas for work where I caught up with the Szabos for an afternoon. This story is my adventures in Las Vegas and of meeting the Szabos.
JR Challenge 2004
29th April 2004
The 2004 JR Challenge was a great success, building upon the 2003 event with more competitors, more helicopters, and more maneuvers!
How to setup your rotorhead
18th February 2004
This is my attempt to explain a little about the complexities of head setup for F3C. Although this article is mainly oriented to F3C, the principles still apply to sport and 3D flying.
Futaba 9Z WCII for Dummies - Setting up a Helicopter
18th February 2004
The Futaba 9Z is an awesome piece of equipment although it can be intimidating at first! Here's how to setup a basic program for your model.
3D Downunder
15th December 2003
Australia's first event to promote 3D went very well despite the weather! Lots of great flying and great machines!
Victorian State F3C Champs
15th December 2003
With some of Australia's top pilots and some top guns from Hong Kong present, this was always going to be a hard event!
Visit to Model Engines Pty
15th December 2003
Model Engines Pty is one of Australia's largest distributors of modeling equipment and goods, I got to take a look through their Melbourne premises.
Flying the Fury Tempest FAI
7th November 2003
Now I've had some time on my new Tempest FAI, here's what I think of it!
Pilot Profile - Pete (Panos) Niotis
7th November 2003
Pete Niotis is an up-and-coming 3D flyer in the States, he talks about starting flying in 2000 through to competing in the recent Xtreme Flight Championships.
Australian Trip 03
7th November 2003
In less than two weeks I'm off to Australia to compete in a 3D and a F3C competition being held there. This is an overview of the leadup to this trip.
Introduction to the Century Predator
7th November 2003
The Century Predator is one of the newest machines on the market and has it's sights firmly planted on Miniature Aircraft's Fury. We have a brief look at this exciting new machine, hopefully in the near future we'll have an indepth report on this new machine which looks set to take the market by storm.
Building the Fury Tempest FAI
10th September 2003
Finally my Xcell Tempest FAI has arrived! This report details my comments and thoughts on the building of this exciting new machine!
Professional Aerial Photography
2nd July 2003
Airfoil Helicam has one of the best aerial photography implementations I have seen, John Ohnemus takes time to explain a bit about his company and products.
Pilot Profile - Russ Deakin
2nd July 2003
One of Europe's top 3D pilots and Model Helicopter World contributor, Russ Deakin discusses his thoughts on our hobby.
Pilot Profile - Dwight Schilling
22st May 2003
Dwight Schilling is one of Kyosho's leading pilots in the US and another member of the American F3C team attending the World Championships in Japan.
Toolbox Essentials
22st May 2003
Buying the helicopter and radio is just a start, you need all the support gear to keep your new toy running. Here's what I use.
Setting up the Vigor for F3C
21st April 2003
I get a lot of questions from people asking what they should set their Expo values to or what their curves should look like. This article illustrates the setup of one of my helis from which people can create their own personalised setup.
Vigor Refit
21st April 2003
After 240 trouble free flights, I felt it was time to give the Vigor a strip down.
Pilot Profile - Curtis Youngblood
15th March 2003
World F3C Champion and 3D legend Curtis Younglood answers a few questions.
JR Challenge 2003
15th March 2003
Review on an exciting new event we ran recently that allowed people of all skills to compete together to win the JR Challenge Shield!
Pilot Profile - Len Sabato
21st February 2003
USA F3C Team Member and Product Manager of JR Helis and Radios at Horizon Hobby takes time out to answer a few questions.
Helicopter Resources
21st February 2003
Another common question I'm asked is what are some useful videos, books, magazines and websites for learning more about our hobby. Here are some that I use.
Comparing the Webra 91AAR and the YS 91ST
20th January 2003
Bill Wegner does a high level evaluation of two of the most exciting big block engines on the market today!
Engine Tuning
20th January 2003
After many many emails asking what I learned from Curtis' visit, I've compiled an article on the tips I learned on tuning engines.
Curtis Youngblood in New Zealand
4th December 2002
Helicopter legend, Curtis Youngblood, with his wife Carla, visited New Zealand during November for our helicopter event of the year!
Futaba GV-1 Governor
4th December 2002
Nigel Brackley explains the ins and outs of one of Futaba's more complex accessories, the GV-1 Governor.
Pilot Profile - Malorie Zastrow
8th November 2002
Malorie Zastrow is one of the few female pilots in our hobby and she can do more than just hover! Featured in demos at IRCHA and the Joe Nall funfly, Malorie can more than foot it with the big boys, and she does it with a gasser!
Scale: Learning to fly the FlyBarless Head
8th November 2002
Dr Timothy Dawson tells us about his experiences setting up the Vario flybarless head on his Gas Huey.
Pilot Profile - Jason Krause
1st October 2002
Jason Krause has emerged as one of the leading 3D pilots on the globe, his artistic, innovative and daring 3D maneuvers will stun you!
JR 10X
1st October 2002
Following on from the review of the Futaba 9ZWCII, Hakim Tung reviews his JR10X.
Pilot Profile - Mark Christy
1st September 2002
Great Britain's Mark Christy is one of Europe's top pilots and is one of the top ranked F3C pilots in the world. Mark talks about his beginnings and ambitions in RC Helis.
Futaba 9Z WCII
1st September 2002
The 9Z is on the top shelf of radio systems and it's not cheap to buy, is it really worth the money? I couldn't be without mine!
Pilot Profile - Alan Szabo Jr
4th August 2002
If there was anyone who could truely be called the next Curtis, Alan is it.
163km/h with a Vigor CS
4th August 2002
A police man turned up at one of our funfly's with his radar gear and clocked our helis. The results were interesting!
Raptor 60 V2
18th June 2002
After the demise of his TSK Acrostar, Alton Rodgers decided to try the bigger brother of the Raptor 30.
Low cost, high camera!
18th June 2002
Malcolm Messiter writes about his aerial photography exploits with a Raptor 30!
The Squirrel and the TSK (Part V)
27th May 2002
George's Squirrel is all finished!
Follow up - Hirobo Freya
27th May 2002
David Deluria relates his experiences of owning one of the most popular 60 size machines on the market, the Hirobo Freya.
Follow up - Hirobo Shuttle RG
27th May 2002
Hakim follow's up with an article on his Shuttle RG after having flown it for a while.
Hirobo Sceadu 30 flying impressions
3rd April 2002
After a few months of flying, Hakim gives us his impressions of the Hirobo Sceadu 30.
Hirobo Shuttle RG
23nd February 2002
The Rolls Royce version of Hirobo's legendary Shuttle!
Vigor CS - My thoughts
4th March 2002
I write my thoughts on my new JR Vigor CS.
Bye bye little Ergo
4th March 2002
The helicopter that I learned to fly on has finally left the fleet...
Kyosho Caliber 30
2nd February 2002
Could this be the heli of 2002? Kyosho's answer to the Raptor is here!
Nothing beats cubic inches!
24th January 2002
I try out the new OS 91, OS's contender in the new 'monster engine' market.
The Squirrel and the TSK (Part IV)
19th December 2001
George's saga continues. In this episode George deals with final preparations before painting!
JR Voyager 50
20th October 2001
The JR Voyager line is replacing the tried and tested JR Ergo. We take a look and see if it's a worthy successor.
Hirobo Sceadu
20th October 2001
The legendary Hirobo Shuttle is finally being replaced after well over a decade of service. Hakim Tung takes a look at the 30 size ARF version.
The Squirrel and the TSK (Part III)
20th October 2001
George's TSK with Squirrel fuselage takes to the air for the first time!
NZ Team Returns from Heli World Champs
27th September 2001
Last week Aaron Williams and George Schneider got back from representing New Zealand at the World Champs heli in Muncie, Indiana, in the US. George tells us what it's like mixing it up with the best pilots in the world.
Hirobo Freya
26th September 2001
Hakim Tung tells us about one of the hottest 60 size helis on the market at the moment, the Hirobo Freya.
Fury-ous!
26th September 2001
Looking for something a little different from his Millie, Ken Kammerer decided to check out the new machine that's taking the US by storm, the Xcell Fury.
OS 50 Review
26th September 2001
The engine that will turn your 46 size heli into a missle!
Vigor CS or Robbe Millennium? (Part III)
6th September 2001
After stating that I was going to get the Millie, I changed my mind...
Living with the CS
6th September 2001
John Knox talks about what it's really like to own the Vigor CS
The Squirrel and the TSK (Part II)
6th September 2001
George gives us an update on the progress of his latest scale project - a Funkey Squirrel fuse on a TSK Mystar 30.
Promoting the hobby
6th September 2001
Spreading the word and encouraging people to take the plunge and get into RC helis.
Ergo Z230 Gasser
17th August 2001
Some thoughts on JR's petrol version of the Ergo.
Vigor CS or Robbe Millennium? (Part II)
17th August 2001
After a whole lot of deliberating and a hell of a lot of thinking, I've made up my mind. It sure as hell wasn't easy though!
Vigor CS or Robbe Millennium?
26th July 2001
At the moment, dealers for both machines are offering me very competitive deals to get one of these machines. What do I go for? Both machines are high quality and both have good reputations...
The Squirrel and the TSK (Part I)
26th July 2001
George, one of the more enthusiastic fliers at my club, is putting a Funkey Twinstar fuse on his TSK 30..
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