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Monday, October 3, 2022

Doug's Domain

Doug Vetter, ATP/CFI

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Getting Started
or "why an X-Cell Custom???"

I began my search in the early part of spring 1996, by dusting off a valuable RC helicopter resource, Ray's Complete Helicopter Manual, I had purchased when it was first published in 1989. Although this book is now slightly out of date (even in its current third printing), I would consider it as a good, inexpensive place start for the prospective heli builder. Before I could think about building, I had to make a few critical decisions about the radio and engine to mate with the X-Cell.

Before I get too far ahead of myself, why, an X-Cell, you ask? Aren't there other inexpensive helicopters out there and aren't they the best ships to learn on....especially if you say there's a high probability of a crash at some point during the learning process?

Several established pilots told me...