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Techniques...

Quite simply, Techniques is a source of down to earth modeling information. It isn’t a magazine or a book. Instead, each volume of Techniques pinpoints a specific modeling task or problem and tells you how to do it or how to solve it. And, the best part is that each volume is only $3 including First Class postage within the US. A little bit higher outside of the US for the additional postage.

Each volume is typically four to eight pages in length and a full 8.5" x 11" in size. We even three hole punch each volume to make it easier for you to build your own custom modeling reference library.


R/C Techniques...

There are two different editions of Techniques. R/C Techniques covers the entire R/C field. You’ll find information on flying, building techniques, materials, adhesives, radio systems, and covering and finishing to name just a few of the areas covered.

R/C Techniques are $3 each, including postage costs. You'll find the R/C Techniques Index below.  

A complete set of R/C Techniques is also available for $60, including postage. You can purchase a complete set of R/C Techniques here:

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Electric Flight Techniques....
The second edition of Techniques, Electric Flight Techniques, gives you everything you've ever wanted to know about Electric Flight, from the spinner to the elevator, but didn't know whom to ask. All of the tips and techniques that usually take years of trial and error to discover are included. If you’d like to do it right the first time and get the most out of Electric Flight, Electric Flight Techniques is for you.

Electric Flight Techniques are $3 each, including postage costs. You'll find the Electric Flight Techniques Index below.

A complete set of Electric Flight Techniques is also available for $102, including postage. You can purchase a complete set of Electric Flight Techniques here:

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Orders shipped outside of the US...
For Canadian orders, there's an additional 50 cents, per volume, postage and handling charger. For other orders outside of the US, there's an additional charge of $2 per individual volume to cover the additional postage and handling costs.
 

 

R/C Techniques Index...

 

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Rx/Tx Battery Pack Testing

Everything you ever wanted to know about testing and evaluating an R/C receiver or transmitter battery pack. How do you know if a pack is large enough? Was it damaged in a crash? Is it still good after sitting idle for the Winter? The right way to use a cycler. It's all covered. For more details...

 

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Rx/Tx Battery Pack Charging

Everything you ever wanted to know about charging a receiver or transmitter pack. Slow charging, fast charging, field charging, trickle charging. It's all covered.  For more details...

 

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Control Surface Hinging, Differential and Servo Connections

What kind of hinges should you use? What is differential and how does it affect the way your aircraft flies? How should you make your connections to your servos? How are high and low wing aircraft different and much, much, more.  For more details...

 

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Two Simple Devices All Modelers Should Make

For under $10 you can make a simple device that will check charging current, a cycler's discharge current and cutoff voltage, and a servo's current draw. In addition, R-4 shows you how to make an ESV that's better than anything you can buy!  For more details...

 

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Soldering. Parts 1 and 2

If you'd like to learn how to solder properly, R-5 and R-6 are for you. We teach you step by step, the techniques we use at SR and then show you all the secrets to soldering all the different kinds of connectors, wires, and landing gear. These volumes are must haves.   For more details...

 

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Large Aircraft Wiring Techniques

If you fly large aircraft, R-7 is must reading and can save you an aircraft. Battery packs, wiring, charging, 5 cell receiver packs are all covered. Don't make the mistakes others have made.  For more details...

 

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Unique Tools Every Modeler Should Have

Here are some simple, inexpensive tools that make modeling easier and that will save you time and make you a better modeler.  For more details...

 

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R/C Aircraft Design


Have you ever thought about designing your own aircraft? Here, in simple terms, is all the step by step information you need. Nothing is left out.  For more details...

 

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Battery Power For Non-R/C Applications

Just about everything from computers to flashlights are powered by batteries. R-10 will explain the differences and tell you exactly what to buy for each application. It will also explain how to avoid some of the "sneaky" things some battery makers do.   For more details...

 

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Simplified Battery Pack Record Keeping

If you have a lot of packs, here's a very simple way to keep track of each pack's history and capacity.  For more details...

 

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Choosing The Right Radio System

Radio systems have become so complex that how can you know what to buy and what not to buy? R-12 takes you though all of the possible features and explains why you might want or might not want a particular feature.  For more details...

 

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Basic Covering Techniques


Would you like to be better at covering a model? R-13 shows you all the tips and secrets to doing a perfect job every time.  For more details...

 

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R/C Flight Teaching Techniques

Do you teach others to fly R/C or are you a beginner yourself? Here are fool proof techniques that have been learned over 50 years of modeling and the teaching hundreds of modelers how to fly.  For more details...

 

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Ignition and Glow Battery Pack Systems

How do you choose the right battery and wiring for both spark and glow ignition systems? How do you get the most out of them? How do you choose the right glow plug?  For more details...

 

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Shop and Field Safety

This isn't the usual dry safety lecture. Some of the new building materials and adhesives can hurt or kill you if you don't know what you're doing. This is a must read for all modelers.  For more details...

 

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Giant Scale Control Systems

Flying a Giant Scale aircraft is different. Here are all the special techniques you'll have to learn and how to set up your control systems so that your aircraft will be easy to fly instead of it fighting you all the time. For more details...

 

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Wing Building Jigs

Have you ever used a wing building jig? Here's how to make and use them for the best wings you've ever made. For more details...

 

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The Buddy Box and R/C Checklists

Often overlooked, here's the right way to setup and use a buddy box. R-19 also includes a checklist for setting up your aircraft so that you won't lose it on the next flight. For more details...

 

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The 2 Cycle Glow Engine


Everything you ever wanted to know about the 2 cycle glow engine. Expert tips on how to start it, adjust it, and trouble shoot it when it's not running right or won't start. If you use glow engines, you should read R-20 For more details...



 

Electric Flight Techniques Index...

 

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Motor Battery Pack Charging, Parts 1 and 2

Simply put, here's everything you need to know about the care and feeding of your electric flight motor battery pack. You'll get more power, longer motor runs, and your packs will last longer if you follow the information included in E-1 and E-3.  For more details...

 

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Motor Wiring Systems


Here's how to wire your electric aircraft properly. Fuses, wire, switches... They're all included. For more details...

 

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Motors and Motor Timing

Everything you ever wanted to know about an electric motor and its timing, but didn't know who to ask! Make sure your motor is putting out its best and will last its longest. For more details...

 

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Motor Break In

How and why do you have to break in an electric motor? How do you do it faster and better without damaging the motor? How do you break in different types of motors? It's all included. For more details...

 

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Performance Problem Solving

Your aircraft's power system isn't performing as it should. How do you find the problem and fix it? Here's the step by step procedure. For more details...

 

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The ABC's of Electric Flight

Much of electric flight is written in what appears to be a secret code. What do all the names, numbers, and letters mean? E-7 is your secret decoder ring! For more details...

 

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Motor Speed Controls

You can't get the most out of your electric aircraft unless you understand electronic motor speed controls, inside and out. It can mean the difference between 3 minute and 10 minute flights from the same motor, prop, aircraft, and battery pack. A must read. For more details...

 

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Anatomy of a Nationals Winning Class A Electric Sailplane

Would you like to know what it takes to win the AMA Class A Electric Nationals? Here are all of the design and construction details. For more details...

 

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Electric U-Control and Power System Tuning

E-10 covers two significant topics. First, the conversion of an existing gas U-Control aerobatic aircraft to electric power and second, the relationship between prop pitch, gear ratio, and airframe drag. For the longest flight times, these three factors must be understood! For more details...

 

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Props, Parts 1 and 2

Everything you ever wanted to know about prop pitch and diameter and how they relate to the airframe, motor, gear ratio, and battery pack. For the best performance and longest flight times, this is the information you have to know. For more details...

 

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Speed 400 Systems

The Speed 400 class is the hottest thing in electric flight today. Here is all the information you need to get started. Suitable aircraft, motors, gearboxes, speed controls, and battery packs and how to put it all together. For more details...

 

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The Electric Conversion of the Hangar 9, ARF, Giant Scale Cub (Includes full size plans for the parts necessary for the conversion)

If you've been thinking about converting a large gas ship to electric power, here's all the information you'll need. We take you step by step through the selection and installation of everything you'll need. For more details...

 

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Trimming a Sport Aircraft For the Longest Possible Flight Times

Have you ever noticed that some people get much longer flight times than others? Here's the key information you need to trim a sport, non-sailplane, ship to get the most out of it.  For more details...

 

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Multi-Motor Electric Flight

Wouldn't you like to fly a multi-motor aircraft? Here's all the info you need. Motor selection and wiring, speed controls, battery packs. It's all here plus complete wiring diagrams for many different types of installations. For more details...

 

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Electric Soaring, Tips and Techniques, Parts 1 and 2

Here's everything you need to know in one place. Trimming your aircraft and setting up your radio system. Finding lift and staying in it, avoiding sink, and getting out of lift and returning safely to the ground. Plus spot landing techniques and a whole lot more.   For more details...

 

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Electric Flight Q&A

A bunch of the most often asked questions by our readers and the answers to those questions. A must read. For more details...

 

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Designing Electric Flight Power Systems

The single question we're asked most often is, "How do you decide on the right prop, motor, gear ratio, and battery pack for a given aircraft?" Here's all the information you need to answer the question. For more details...

 

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Motor Mounting Systems

What's the right way to mount an electric motor? Here are a bunch of ways that you can easily adapt to your own aircraft. For more details...

 

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Balsa Selection Made Easy

One of the keys to a successful electric design is the materials you use and the most important material is balsa. Here's everything you need to know in order to understand, choose, and use balsa properly. For more details...

 

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Battery Eliminator Circuits

If used properly, a BEC (Battery Eliminator Circuit) is one of the real advantages of electric flight. If selected or used improperly, they will cost you an aircraft. Here are all the do's and don'ts that will keep you out of trouble and add tremendously to your enjoyment of electric flight. For more details...

 

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Motor Maintenance


To get the most out of a motor, you have to maintain it properly. Here's how to take it apart, check it, adjust it, lubricate it, and put it back together. Plus, gearbox maintenance too. Another must read. For more details...

 

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Aileron Servo Installation


Here's the right way to install that aileron servo . Done properly, it looks good and flies great. Done improperly and it can cost you an aircraft. Here's all you need to know. For more details...

 

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Micro Electric Flight


Would you like to give micro electric flight a try? Here's all the information you'll need to get started flying these 1.5 ounce ships! Aircraft selection, construction techniques, motors, props, battery packs, and charging. It's all covered in detail. For more details...

 

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A day at the Field


Come with us for a day at the flying field. Look over our shoulder and watch us charge, adjust, and fly our personal aircraft. For more details...

 

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Wiring Power Systems Properly

You've noticed that some aircraft seem to have a mile of wire inside. Here's how to wire your aircraft correctly with a minimum of muss and fuss. For more details...

 

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Brushless Motors

Brushless motors are expensive, but are they worth it? Here's everything you need to know to make the right decision. You'll know if a brushless motor is right for you. For more details...

 

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Inexpensive Motor/Gearbox Combinations

You don't have to spend a lot to enjoy electric flight. Here are six motor/gearbox combinations that are very inexpensive yet fly as well or better than the expensive alternatives. A must read if you think electric flight has to be expensive! For more details...

 

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Sub-Micro Indoor/Park Flyer Radio System and Sub-Micro Servo Installation

Finally, there's a sub-micro radio system specifically for indoor and park flyer electric flight. The receiver and 2 servos weigh .7oz.! The system is reviewed plus mounting techniques and pushrod construction specifically for sub-micro servos. For more details...

 

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Adhesives and Lightweight Strength

How to use modern adhesives (cements, water soluble glues, epoxies, and CA glues) In addition, design and equipment layout considerations that add strength without adding weight are discussed in detail. For more details...

 

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Gearbox Maintenance

The disassembly, repair, lubrication, modification, and reassembly of both inline and offset gearboxes. 29 photographs illustrate every step. In addition, the little known “right” way to install the popular Master Airscrew gearbox is shown in detail. For more details...

 

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E-Zone Discussion

If you’re an electric flier and you’re connected to the web, you need to know about the E-Zone. 27 recent electric flight questions posed by visitors to the E-Zone are answered in detail. Pack charging, internal impedance, cell matching, multi-motor installations, amp meters, down thrust, CG location, and wing warps are just some of the topics covered. For more details...

 


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