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The Importance of Understanding RC Helicopter Fuselage

 

 

 RC Helicopter Fuselage
The world of RC or radio-controlled helicopters is a rich and exciting one, but you would be surprised at how many newcomers do not realize how important an RC helicopter fuselage really is. In fact, people coming into this hobby do not always even know what the fuselage is! In truth, it is a surprisingly simple concept, and we are going to discuss not only why it is so important but also what all you need to know about it.

Now, the fuselage itself is actually the body of the helicopter, or of a plane and it is the primary part of the same. It includes not only the tail, but just about everything else as well. There is one exception. A “flying wing” type of aircraft does not require a separate fuselage. Helicopters do, however.

The fuselage is very important when it comes to yaw control. Specifically, the left and right controls are used along with the helicopter's torque. The spinning of the primary rotors create this force. The first instinct of the fuselage, in response to the way the blades spin, will be to spin very fast, but in the opposite direction. You cannot have an equal amount of thrust and torque, or else the fuselage of the helicopter will not spin around at all. When you have more thrust than torque, then the fuselage will yaw in one direction. It will yaw in the other direction when there is less thrust than torque.

Due to the relationships between thrust, torque, and fuselage, you can understand why it is important to pay attention to how you are powering your RC helicopter. One wrong part, one wrong move, and you will find yourself with a helicopter that will not fly.

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