HorizonHobby Previews the Losi Mini 8IGHT-T.
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This video features some fantastic camera work to capture an incredible mid-air collision between a World Models 80″ Mitsubishi Zero with a Fuji-Imvac 50 cc gas EI engine & a 450 size electric helicopter. Click HERE to jump right to the Tears.
Boca Bearings is having a contest, they are giving away a upgraded AR Parrot Drone 2.0. If you can take a picture and upload it to Facebook, then this contest is right up your alley. Contest ends March 11, 2014.
Here are the details directly from Boca Bearings:
“Boca Bearings is running a photo contest through our Facebook Page for a chance to win an AR Parrot Drone 2.0. We have upgraded the bearings with our Ceramic Hybrids. We also had a Wheel Antenna installed which doubles the flight range of the Parrot Drone.
Like our page and see the contest HERE
1) Take a picture of your favorite RC Car/Truck/Buggy/Truggy/Helicopter/Multi-Rotor/Boat/Motorcycle or anything else that you own.
2) Submit it into the contest.
3) Share your photo.
4) Vote and get your friends to vote once every day. “
I read an article in the Arizona Daily Courier which got me thinking. Should RC Planes be considered drones? This is a move the FAA is considering. Currently the US federal government considers Drones to be “Unmanned Aerial Systems. (UAS)” and technically that is why RC Planes may be getting some new restrictions in 2014. Continue Reading
These are some Innovative RC’s that have made it into mainstream media lately. Something a little different, but they deserve the attention.
This is an Airbus A380. It took the builder approx 5,000 hours and over eight months to complete this build. A380 is powered by four JetCat P120 jet turbines that can each deliver approx 30 pounds of thrust.
Builder is: Peter Michel, Pilot: Michael Bräuer
Lenght: 15.8 ft
Wing Span : 17.4 ft
Weight: 156.1 lbs
More details at CNET
Meanwhile, New Zealand photographer Chris McLennan was in Botswana, when he decided to mount a camera onto a radio controlled 4×4 buggy, nicknamed “Car L” and drove it up to a pride of lions. Watch the video to see what happens. By the way, “Car-L” survived his injuries and is ready for his next adventure!”
More details at metro.co.uk
And finally check this out, RC Heli blades that can spell out a message. The rotor blades are covered in a strip of LEDs that allow it to display glowing red messages to those watching it from below. The Heli comes with software that will allow you to send any message you want. This is availble at Toys.Brando.com for $39.90
Blade Helicopters has announced the Blade 180 QX and it has some great features at a pretty good price. This Ultra Micro Quad-copter, which is suitable for beginners, comes in RTF (Ready to Fly) and BNF (Bind and Fly) versions and it can be used indoors and outdoors. The Blade 180 QX also boast SAFE (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) technology. “SAFE technology is a revolutionary electronic flight envelope protection system. It also offers smoother flight capability that battles windy conditions for you and multiple modes so you can fly with the level of protection and assistance that suits any given moment of the flight.” In addition, this Quad-copter come equipped with a camera, which should produce some pretty cool 720p videos.
The RTF version is exactly that it has everything in the box including batteries and a micro SD card for the camera at a MSRP of $179.99. The BNF version has everything except the required 5+ channel DSM2 or DSMX compatible transmitter at a MRSP of $149.99.
If you decide to pick one up, they are available for pre-order now from Horizon Hobbies. The Blade 180 QX has a 5-10 minute flight time, so it may also be a good idea to grab a couple of extra batteries so the fun doesn’t need to stop right away.
Check out the Blade 180 QX videos below.
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To good not to share: Sony used a RC multi-copter to capture some amazing footage of the Hoheikyo Dam located in Sapporo Hokkaidō, Japan. The Dam is 336ft tall, it discharge two tons of water per second and holds 9.8 million gallons of water at bay.
The full story and more pictures can be found on Rocketnews24.com
UPDATE: To see the latest Oct 22, 2013 update from Hobbyking, CLICK HERE.
This is not good news if you like myself, have used HobbyKing to get your Lipo batteries. This is a copy of an email I received from them.
Our International Warehouse based in Hong Kong has been affected by changes in Hong Kong Customs policy. The new Customs Department policy is to inspect ALL parcels leaving Hong Kong (not just HobbyKing) and are refusing to accept shipments containing certain items. This has caused two major issues that I wish to address:
All orders containing lithium-based batteries that were placed between the 23rd of September and 2nd of October have been refused by customs and are being returned to our shipping dock in Hong Kong. Some orders not containing these items could also have been affected. This has also caused further delays to orders containing these items due to the backlog.
To remedy this, we at HobbyKing are upgrading all returned shipped items to a premium courier provider that will deliver your parcels to you shortly.
Due to the above issue, our Customer Service channel has been overwhelmed. This means that unfortunately all customers will have difficulty contacting Customer Service and for this we sincerely apologise.
If you are trying to contact customer service, please know that we WILL get back to you as soon as possible. To improve efficiency and improve response time, we request that you create just ONE support ticket. Your help on this matter is greatly appreciated.
To ensure that this does not happen again, we are: Continue Reading
I have been using Lipo batteries for about 4 years and the lesson that I learned after the first year, was that if you don’t put your Lipo batteries into storage mode, you stand a real good chance of ruining them. I ruined 4 of my 5 batteries that year, a very expensive lesson to learn. Since then I have been putting my Lipo’s into storage mode for the winter season and I haven’t lost one since. I try to use my batteries weekly, so this is really the only time of the year that I will put them into storage mode.
A fully charged Lipo battery causes damage to itself. The longer the battery is stored with a full charge, the more damage it will cause to itself. These batteries are designed for rapid discharge and not storage.
With winter rapidly approaching I thought now would be a good time to look into storing Lipo batteries and see if there has been any changes or advancements. I didn’t find anything earth shattering, but what I did find was a video from 2BrothersHobby which details the process and importance of storing your Lipo batteries for a winters nap. They did a great job with the video and I wanted to share it.
For more on 2 Brothers Hobby, check out 2BFly.com
FPV is something that we had touched on in a previous post, The Future of RC? While I was looking at some videos on YouTube, I came across this gem, it is an amazing FPV of the Sobeys/Canadian Tire area in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia. The video quality is excellent and the pilot seems to have mastered control of his craft. I found the video on Vintabilly’s Nest Channel, where there are plenty more great local videos featured.
“Flying Airkour in Lower Sack, NS over the Victoria Day weekend”
UPDATE July 31, 2013: This project has peaked a lot of interest, so we wanted to keep you updated. Great News, Witold Mielniczek has raised the required funds through his Kickstarter.com campaign and B is going into production and available for pre-order now at Bgobeyond.co.uk. Santa if you are reading this, please feel free to work your magic.
If you missed the original post, here it is.
Witold Mielniczek is a resident of Southampton UK. He has designed and built a Quadcopter/Car which he calls “B”. This is not just a really neat RC, but there could truly be a full scale practical application for B, such as search and rescue. Witold Mielniczek is currently trying to raise funds by July 3, 2013 to bring B to production. If you would like to pledge £320 approx $498 Canadian, you will receive a ready to assemble version of B. £370 or $576 Canadian will get you a fully assembled version. Both of these versions will require a transmitter. There are many different versions available, depending on your contribution.
For project details, vehicle specs, pricing and more, be sure to check out B go Beyond.
This is amazing. We really hope this goes to production, cutting edge thinking is great for the hobby. I wish I would have seen this before I ordered the TLR 22SCT.
Calling all HRM RC fanatics. You need to check out a forum called HRM Radio Control. We were thrilled to learn about this forum. It is a great way for people to come together to ask and answer questions, find out about local meets and to strengthen the local RC community. We here in HRM want a local area dedicated for RC vehicles and this forum is a great place to start. This forum has so much to offer there is something for everybody including Drifters, Planes, and Helis and it is run locally, so why not sign up and see if you can get together with some new people and have some fun.
Stop by and check it out. hrmrc.forumatic.com
A popular pizza chain is trying different ways to deliver pizza when the traffic is bad. Check out this MSN story for more details. Domino’s to deliver pizzas by RC helicopter. We don’t think this idea will fly, but it is nice to see some outside the box thinking.