There is some big news out of Champaign Illinois that Great Planes is now distributing RC4WD products. This arrangement makes it easier for GP dealers to stock RC4WD products. On the consumer side, it means more local hobby shops will have your favorite RC4WD scale parts on the shelf, or if not in stock, they will be easier to order in for you.
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One of the latest airplanes in Great Planes product line-up is a Curtis P-6E Hawk EP Biplane ARF. The P-6E Hawk was one of the best looking bipes of the 1930s and was the last biplane produced for the Army Air Corps. The new Great Planes version features incredible scale detailing for an authentic look, and was designed to be lots of fun while up in the air. The Great Planes P-6E comes ARF and requires a 4 channel radio, 4 micro servos, an ESC and motor, and a 3S LiPo battery and charger to complete.
* Length- 34″
* Wingspan- 43.5″
* Wing Area- 352 inÂ²
* Weight- 3.75-4.5 lb
* Wing Loading- 25-29 oz/ftÂ²
The part number is #GPMA1164, it has a street price of $249, and you can expect to start seeing them hit hobby shops in late June. For more information hit up This Link over on the Great Planes website.
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Great Planes P-6E Biplane Gallery
A while back a few of us around the office caught the flying bug. We love bashing vehicles, but planes just don’t quite take the same abuse. Our in house pilot 3DBill would take us out, get a plane in the air, and hand us the controls. This would normally result in two things. One, he rips the controller out of our hand and says ‘What are you doing!?’ or two, we look like we are trying to fly 3D when we are just trying to go straight until we smash into the ground and 3DBill yells ‘What are you doing!?’.
So it seemed like maybe we should look into a rc flight simulator. We have seen and played with RealFlight dozens of times at the kiosks located in just about every hobby shop on the planet. Those things are like a magnet, seriously! Have you ever been to a hobby shop and not seen someone messing around with it? So we picked up a copy with a controller and were ready to go!
Real Flight Simulator Gallery
The software and hardware installed without a hitch, and we were up and running in no time. Our version we were using was 6.5 (They update often) and consisted of literally 100′s of air vehicles. From foamies to giant scale planes, helis and quads. Nitro, gas and electric, it has them all! If you can’t find your perfect plane, you can tweak and modify them to get what you are looking for. There are also dozens of cool looking locations to choose from, as well as different scenarios. They also have tons of built in tools/training software to cover take off and landings, flight instruction, and more. I’m not kidding when I say you can start just about any question with ‘Do they have…’ and the answer will be yes.
To keep this short, I’m just going to mention some highlights of our experience. All the planes feel different, and this was awesome. I started off flying a ‘foamie’ because they are pretty easy to save yourself when you get into trouble, and they have a feel just like the real things. Then I changed over to a large scale plane, and whoa what a difference! I know I’ll never fly a large scale in real life, (cost, danger, skill) but RealFlight give you a chance to experience what that would be like, and how it would fly.
The question we always get ‘Is it just like the real thing? Will I be a pro after?’ The answer is no, but it’s darn close. We found that flying planes was slightly easier than flying the real thing. Using RealFlight is a great way to help get your bearings, and learn the controls. I don’t panic nearly as much when flying the real thing, as I believe RealFlight has given me the confidence and the skills to fly a little better, and work my way out of situations I get myself into. When it came to flying the quads, it seemed like it’s easier in real life than in the simulator. The simulator quads like the 1SQ didn’t seem to have as much auto stabilization as they do in the real world. So if you can fly one in the sim, you will have no problems in the real world for sure.
Yes you still crash, and parts/pieces go everywhere. Put it this way, I know never to attempt flying 3D with a nitro heli.. ever. We will leave that to the pros.
I find flying in the sim sometimes tranquil. It’s fun to just pick up in the evening and fly for a while. The kids love attempting to fly, and they are getting better. Maybe this summer I’ll give them a shot at some real world flight time and see how well their skills transfer over.
You can get the software with a few different transmitter options, or save some money (if you already have a transmitter) and the one with the transmitter interface. Our version used the InterLink Elite controller, and it worked well.
To sum things up, it’s fun to fly and experience all the different models. Something you could never do in the real world. It will help (especially new people) learn the controls, and get a better feel of how to fly. It won’t make you a master, but it will help you earn your wings. If you have been on the fence about picking it up, we recommend you do, or at least hit your local shop and give it a try in the kiosk. The support they give is top notch, and the constant updates and improvements are welcome additions.
For more information, to check out new versions, or to buy Click Here to head to the official RealFlight webpage.
Real Flight Simulator Gallery
Our friends over at Great Planes have sent out two new videos showcasing the features and flying abilities of some of their aircraft. In the first video below you can learn a lot more about the F1 Rocket Evo Sport Scale ARF and see it in action. The second video features the Escapade MX GP/EP ARF, showing how versatile it is and how well it can maneuver in the sky. Prices for the two planes are $179 for the F1 Rocket Evo and $139 for the Escapade. Hit up This Link for more information on them.
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Modeled after popular kit aircraft, the new Great Planes F-1 Rocket Evo ARF is made for fun times up in the air. It can be flown casually as a “Sunday flier” or it has the capability to be quite an aerobatic performer.
The F-1 Rocket Evo comes mostly assembled, cutting the amount of time it takes to get in the air. It comes covered in MonoKote and with pilot figure already installed. It can also be powered by either gas or electric, making it more versatile.
The part number is #GPMA1030 and it has as street price of $179. It should be hitting hobby shop shelves by mid-July and you can get more information at THIS LINK.
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Great Planes F-1 Rocket Evo Gallery
The newest plane in the line-up for Great Planes is the Cirrus SR22T. The Cirrus has a lot of things going for it, the first thing being its scale detailing. A molded fiberglass fuselage and MonoKote covered wood wings and tail are used for light weight and great scale looks. The plane is finished in an authentic Cirrus trim scheme and includes running and landing lights for even more scale detail.
The Cirrus can be set up to run either a glow engine or to be electric powered. This adds to its versatility, now and down the road. Some of its other key features and specifications include-
* Easy assembly
* Large canopy is easily removed to access radio gear
* Pre-hinged ailerons, flaps and rudder
* Wingspan- 69″
* Weight- 7.5-8.25 lb
* Length- 47.8″
The part number for the Cirrus ARF is #GPMA1363 and it has a street price of $349. Early July is the expected release date, click THIS LINK for more information.
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Great Planes Cirrus SR22T Gallery
The new Great Planes Rifle 1M EP Sport ARF reaches speeds of 130+ with a “speed” power system, and 90+ mph with a “sport” power system. If you are looking for the thrill of sheer speed the Rifle 1M should impress you.
The Rifle comes as an ARF, meaning you’ll need to supply a radio system, a motor, speed controller, a battery and a charger. Otherwise the Rifle 1M takes very little in the way of final assembly, meaning you’ll be flying in a jiffy.
The 1M designation is for its wingspan, 1 meter, making it a fairly large size that is both easy to see and control at lunatic speeds. The part number is #GPMA1806, the street price is $160, and it should start hitting shelves in mid May. Click on THIS LINK for more information.
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Great Planes Rifle 1M Gallery
We were the first to break the news a few weeks ago on our Google Plus show, Cubby then talked a little about all the details we had. Then again when all the other websites were claiming HPI was bought, we assured people that it wasn’t the case. HPI has now confirmed what we have been saying all along since we broke the news.
Here is the official announcement from HPI Racing about their exclusive distribution deal with Hobbico/Great Planes.
“In light of recent media speculation, HPI would like to confirm that it has appointed Hobbico/Great Planes Model Distributors as their exclusive distributor for HPI RC Cars in North America. This distribution partnership is a further extension of the HPIâ€™s exclusive distribution network that is operating very successfully throughout the rest of the world.
We would like to be clear that Hobbico has not purchased HPI, HPIâ€™s assets or the rights to any HPI products. Hobbico/Great Planes Model Distributors have simply purchased the necessary product inventory to enable them to provide the service levels required from an exclusive distributor in such a large market area. Their comprehensive distribution facilities will ensure fast and effective supply of the entire HPI product line.
As the exclusive North American distributor, Hobbico will also be providing first-class customer services utilizing their extensive facilities and knowledgeable staff at their headquarters in Champaign, Illinois. The customer service facility will be operational for the HPI product range beginning March 1st, 2013.
HPI USA will retain its headquarters in California, where we will continue to develop market-leading products and maintain relationships with our high-profile corporate partners. HPI Europe will handle centralized purchasing and logistics operations, resulting in more efficient accessibility of global product demand. These combined efforts will enable North American shops and customers better and faster access to HPIâ€™s kits, spares and support.
This exciting partnership will enhance HPIâ€™s presence within North America by giving both companies the opportunity to concentrate their efforts on their own specialized areas of the business.
HPIâ€™s dedication to product development, marketing collaborations and our distribution partners will ensure HPI will remain the front runner in the worldwide RC market.”
So there you have it folks, expect big from HPI and Great Planes in the years to come. For more information on all of HPI’s fine products HERE is the link to their official website.
Another week has flown by and is in the books, why not give your luck a try on a TGIF Mystery Link?
While talking to a friend of mine over at Great Planes today, I learned they recently picked up the ST Racing Concepts line of hop-up parts. STRC is a well known aftermarket upgrade company that should be a nice addition to what Great Planes already offers their dealers. For you our reader, this should mean that you’ll be seeing more STRC parts in your local hobby shops. Most hobby shops are already dealers for Great Planes, so it will be easy for them to throw some STRC parts on their normal weekly orders.
Have you read our STRC Axial EXO hop-up review? If not, check it out HERE.
Unfortunately, Hobbico didn’t have any beans to spill to us as far as new or upcoming products, but they still have a very large presence at RCX, showing off a ton of their relatively new products like the DuraTrax VW Baja Bug (which we recently reviewed), and all of their recently acquired Team Durango products.Â Check out some more pics in the gallery below.
RCX 2012 - Great Planes/Hobbico booth gallery
In what is probably good news for most Team Durango fans, Great Planes will now be distributing the full Durango product line. We sort of guessed this would happen after Hobbico purchased Durango, but it’s good news because Durango parts and kits will be available through Tower Hobbies! That will make it MUCH easier to get parts and things very quickly, plus GP has some great support!
Make sure you head over to Team Durango page for vehicles or details.
As part of our coverage on iHobby 2011, we are going to try and bring the show to you, by posting up info on some of exhibitors here. If you can’t make it, you can at least see what you’re missing!
This is only like…1/3 of the Great Planes booth! We’re talking a HUGE and awesome booth
Great Planes is bringing back their America’s Best R/C Sale for 2011.Â Last year’s sale saw a ton of great deals on products all across the R/C spectrum, and this year is sure to be no different.Â Great Planes is promising savings of up to $50 on more than 100 products from their various brands, which includes DuraTrax, Tactic, Futaba, AquaCraft, and more.Â But that’s not all, if you pick up RealFlight G5.5 during the sale, you’ll get a $20 gift certificate for free stuff.Â Just like last year, the Best R/C Sale will be taking place through participating hobby shops all over the US.Â The sale starts on April 20th and will run until June 30th, so you’ll have just over two months to get as many deals as you can take.
Keep an eye on the Best R/C website for more info.