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Collective pitch conversion for Hornet micro-helicopter Collective pitch conversion for Hornet micro-helicopter
By Pat Mattes
For those who have enjoyed the Fixed Pitch (FP) version of the Hornet helicopter as much as I have, you should really enjoy yourselves with the Collective Pitch (CP) version. A CP setup allows you a far greater “connection” between your fingers and the helicopter control, resulting in more precise maneuvering and increased aerobatic capability.

(Added: Feb 25, 2003, Hits: 18650, Comments: 0, Rating: n/a)
Inside Story - February 2003 (Derivations) Inside Story - February 2003 (Derivations)
By Graham Stabler
Maximum power - A formula for the current at the point of maximum power for a given motor can be derived from formula in this article. This information is an addendum to the column, "Inside Story - February 2003".

(Added: Feb 23, 2003, Hits: 8573, Comments: 0, Rating: n/a)
Inside Story - February 2003 Inside Story - February 2003
By Graham Stabler
This month, Graham and crew are back a very large, six section column. (Actually, it is a column, a tip section, and four mini-articles.) It starts with an in-depth discussion about motor constants, which has more hard-core equations than any EZone article, and then moves on to articles on actuators, servos, receivers, and a section devoted to building a cheap wattmeter, "Rapid Prototyping in the Microwave", and finally, and "LiPoly Voltage Monitor".

(Added: Feb 23, 2003, Hits: 61597, Comments: 0, Rating: n/a)
E-Z Flight Giles G202 E-Z Flight Giles G202
By Mitchell Gerdisch
I've wanted a full-house Speed 400 plane in my fleet for quite some time, and the E-Z Flight Giles G202 fills that void quite well. Besides being an inexpensive kit, it builds very easily and quickly, and allows the pilot to perform all the standard 4-channel aerobatic maneuvers.

(Added: Feb 23, 2003, Hits: 7812, Comments: 0, Rating: n/a)
Alfa P-51 Mustang Alfa P-51 Mustang
By Greg Covey
The Alfa Models' P-51 is a beautiful looking plane and requires very little work to complete. It has great slow flying characteristics when kept light, yet when comparing the Alfa Models' P-51 to the P-47, on equal power systems, the P-51 is noticeably faster.

(Added: Feb 20, 2003, Hits: 65685, Comments: 13, Rating: n/a)
Graupner Cub Graupner Cub
By Fitz Walker
The Graupner Cub has great presence in the air and has no problems flying on windy days due to its larger size. With the Jeti motor setup, you can also use larger props that a typical glow .40 would use as well. Subsequently the Cub has made a great electric conversion, as the plane assembles very quickly, converts easy, and flies great.

(Added: Feb 17, 2003, Hits: 54193, Comments: 23, Rating: n/a)
Building a bigger warbird Building a bigger warbird
By Slope Nut
If you’re looking to build a bigger warbird, enlarging plans is the best way to go. Find a proven design, take your plans to your local copy shop, and then start building. You might be surprised at how successful an attempt you can make!

(Added: Feb 09, 2003, Hits: 16449, Comments: 0, Rating: n/a)
Helipad - February 2003 Helipad - February 2003
By Fitz Walker
I hope the holidays brought you many new flying toys to play with this year. Santa didn’t leave me with any new helicopter toys, but I did build an airplane over the holidays. It does hover, so at least I can try to imitate a helicopter with it. Speaking of hovering, this month’s column is devoted to making your helicopter hover better, inverted.

(Added: Feb 06, 2003, Hits: 13002, Comments: 0, Rating: n/a)
CNC Foam Cutting Machine CNC Foam Cutting Machine
By Tal Barnea
Conventional gravity operated foam-cutting machines with all table accessories, vertical cylinder cutters and crosscutting equipment, power supplies, and bows cost at least $650 plus for a complete setup. You can "make your own" CNC machine from purchases made at local hardware stores, electronic stores, and/or the Internet for about $300 to $500 plus your time and labor. Depending on the price, you pay for the stepper motors.

(Added: Feb 04, 2003, Hits: 138650, Comments: 6, Rating: n/a)
CNC Foam Cutting Machine CNC Foam Cutting Machine
By Tal Barnea
Conventional gravity operated foam-cutting machines with all table accessories, vertical cylinder cutters and crosscutting equipment, power supplies, and bows cost at least $650 plus for a complete setup. You can "make your own" CNC machine from purchases made at local hardware stores, electronic stores, and/or the Internet for about $300 to $500 plus your time and labor. Depending on the price, you pay for the stepper motors.

(Added: Feb 04, 2003, Hits: 19639, Comments: 1, Rating: n/a)
International and Model Hobby Expo 2002 International and Model Hobby Expo 2002
By Andrew Leonhard
The last time I attended The International Model and Hobby Expo was in 1991. I don't remember very many electrics on display. This year however, the shelves were full of them.

(Added: Feb 02, 2003, Hits: 6651, Comments: 0, Rating: n/a)