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How to Set Up the Paddles and Blades for RC Helicopters

By Edited Jun 5, 2016 0 0

RC Helicopter 6
Radio-controlled helicopters are also known as RC helicopters by many hobbyists. There are model aircrafts that are different from RC airplanes due to the way they fly and being constructed. RC helicopters may differ from other aircrafts because of their collective pitch which convey that they have blades that can rotate on their longitudinal axis to reverse lift resulting in an easier maneuvering or steering control.

Pitch is the level of movement (up and down) of your RC helicopter.
There are some RC helicopters that have good aerobatic capabilities but could also be difficult to fly and control due to the way these aircrafts are designed. If you want to talk about an RC helicopter's paddles and blades, you also need to consider its pitch because it is generally controlled by the position of the throttle on the remote transmitter.

Things You Will Need

  • RC helicopter
  • Extra flybar
  • Sturdy rubber bands
  • Pitch gauge

Step 1

RC Helicopter 1 (17499)

Locate the motors of your RC helicopter and start disconnecting its main and tail rotors. Look for the flybar (smaller bar) which sits on a horizontal position above the main rotors with the paddles attached to its ends then start leveling it in place. The paddles are the short-looking blades of your helicopter.

Get another flybar (an extra or backup) and place it on a vertical position with one end against the installed flybar while the other against the horizontal chassis bar of your RC helicopter. Fasten or tie them through those sturdy rubber bands to the spare bar at both points to tightly secure it in place.

Step 2

RC Helicopter 2 (17500)

Turn the transmitter and radio receiver on your RC helicopter but avoid starting its motor. Start moving the stick of your throttle on the RC transmitter up to the midpoint level. Make the top line of the gauge parallel with the flybar by putting a pitch gauge through the center of the main rotor blade.

Read and remember the pitch of the blade and examine in contrast the pitch reading with the recommended pitch of your RC helicopter's manufacturer. Take note that the helicopter paddles and blades are set up correctly if the pitch is within its recommended limits. You need to make certain adjustments if ever the pitch is not on its recommended limits.

Step 3

RC Helicopter 3 (17501)

Adjust your RC helicopter's pitch by turning the control link. These are the metal poles that combine or connect the box looking rotor assembly on your RC blades. Mechanically alter or set your RC helicopter's pitch until the reading matches the recommended settings by its manufacturer.

Turn the control and add length to the connection or link between the rotor assembly and the blade so that you can add pitch to the helicopter's blades. You can also make the control link length shorter by simply removing the pitch. Do these measurement and adjustment settings for the next rotor blade of your aircraft.

Step 4

RC Helicopter 4 (17502)

Decrease the throttle control on your RC transmitter and turn it off. Look for the the battery of your RC helicopter's receiver and disconnect it. Remove the pitch gauge and spare flybar then detach the battery from the aircraft. Complete the set-up process by reattaching the motors to the blades.

Closing Statements:

The blades and paddles of your aircraft should be properly set-up through the use of a pitch gauge for an effective flight control. The pitch of an RC helicopter's blades and paddles is important via the RC helicopter's level of flight movement.

An uneven pitch with a single bar providing more pitch than the other one can imbalance your RC helicopter's flight. The right amount of positive pitch makes the RC helicopter fly smoothly and evenly. Too little or too much pitch decreases your ability to successfully control the aircraft in flight.

Tips & Warnings

Flight controls allow hobbyists to control the collective and throttle which are generally linked together. Flight controls also allow hobbyists to control the cyclic controls known as pitch and roll, as well as the yaw, often referred as the tail rotor. The different kinds of helicopter controls are mainly carried out through the small servo motors, called as servos.

RC servos are remote control devices that hobbyists generally use to fly their toy aircrafts. These devices are usually manipulated via radio-controlled models and are mainly composed of an electric motor. A "piezoelectric gyroscope" is generally used on the yaw or tail rotor control to electronically adjust the control signal of the tail rotor servo.

The common RC helicopter's power sources are electric batteries, gas turbines, Nitro (nitro methane-methanol internal combustion), petrol and gasoline. Some hobbyists are now starting to collect for practical electric helicopters that are rapidly being manufactured and developed. If you start to search them online, they are becoming popular just like the nitro helicopters.

RC helicopter brushless motor engines connected or integrated with a high-performance lithium polymer battery are commonly used nowadays due to its price and practicality. RC helicopters engines usually have methanol power two stroke motors. You can also buy an RC helicopter that uses gasoline or has a jet turbine engine.

Electric helicopters are more practical to fly and collect compared to the expensive gas-turbine aircrafts. The high price of gas-turbine aircrafts generally make these flying toys unattainable to the common masses. RC helicopter hobbyists nowadays are usually looking for improved flight performance and affordability of prices.

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