Southampton Model Aeroplane Club
Radio controlled single rotor craft with tail rotor stabilisation, helicopters, became viable in the late 1970’s and were very popular in the early 1980’s. Before that date they had been only of interest to specialised builders and experimenters.
At that time helis (as they began to be called) were exclusively glo-
Aerobatic helicopters were largely restricted to positive G manouevres, although it was not long before inverted flight was achieved. The model shown here is a 1987 Hirobo Falcon 808 with OS50H motor, clutch and CSM solid state gyro.
In the 1990’s electric helis started to appear but were limited by the use of brushed motors, mechanical speed controllers, and ground based (car) batteries so that the heli was tethered, and therefore effectively restricted to indoor use only.
In the 2000’s proper electric helis arrived, at least for indoor use, with brushless motors, electronic speed controllers, and electronic solid state gyros. This model is an e-
More recently fly-
The pinnacle of modern outdoor helis is the fly-
More recent is the arrival of multirotors, such as the DJI Phantom. This is an early DJI Phantom I with 3-
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