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Horizon Hobby HobbyTown USA Convention
Horizon Hobby came out swinging with multiple new products in their room, but arguably their biggest news hadn’t made it in time for the show. Horizon has just picked up the Parrot line of rc products, which were not on display but we are told should start shipping in September. If you are unfamiliar with Parrot, they are a big name rc company with some pretty wild products like These.

On the surface side of things, Horizon had their new 2014 Vaterra Corvette, the gasoline powered Losi LST XXL-2, and the Pro Boat Rockstar 48 on display. While the Rockstar 48 was announced months ago, it is getting ready to ship to dealers and we must say it looks awesome (and massive!) in person.

There was also plenty of big news on the air side, notably the showing of Fat Shark FPV products and a number of new aircraft. Fat Shark is new over at Horizon but have already proven themselves at local flying fields as some of the best FPV gear on the market.

For new aircraft there was plenty to look at. The Hobbyzone Sport Cub S was being shown and looked to be an idea plane for beginners. The Sport Cub comes with Horizon’s SAFE technology and has a street price of $129 RTF. It even has a button to press if you get in trouble that will return it to level flight!

Hobbyzone also had a new F4U Corsair S. The F4U is a WWII combat airplane that is capable of very spirited flight, yet also comes with the SAFE stability system to save you (and the plane) should you get into trouble.

E-Flite had several new products and was showing off their new Adagio 280 BNF Basic, P-51D Mustang, and UMX Spacewalker RTF. We’ll be posting more information about these soon and they will be headed to your local Horizon dealers in the coming weeks. Hit up This Link to head over to Horizon’s official website for more information on all of the products they carry.

This concludes our HobbyTown Convention coverage, we would like to again thank the awesome folks over at HobbyTown USA for letting us join in the fun at their show, and Here is the Link you want to view our complete show coverage.

Great Planes HobbyTown USA
What was new in the Great Planes room? A whole lot!

Starting on the surface side, the Axial Yeti was in the room and getting tons of love. You’ve seen our review and soon you’ll be seeing them flying off the shelves of your LHS.

There was also a sighting of the new ARRMA Typhon 8th scale buggy. It was cool to get a chance to look it over first hand, and if it lives up to the hype of being a buggy made for hardcore bashing, it should be a great seller. We were told that its release date has been moved to sometime around the beginning of August.

The brother of the Typhon, the Kraton monster truck, did not make it in time for the show and we were told it is set to release about a month after the buggy.

Speaking of ARRMA, the brushed Mega series was also in the room and we hear they are just weeks away from hitting dealer showrooms. A lot of people have been waiting for these to drop, including us.

The 18th scale Dromida line-up were strong sellers last winter and have continued to be in high demand due to their low price point and high fun factor. Being such a success, the line has received a bunch of new products. There is a Desert Truck version headed to the market, as well as a version of the rest of the line being released with pre-installed brushless power systems.

The Dromida line-up will also soon be taking to the air with their new Ominus and Kodo (with video) quadcopter/drones. They look like a lot of fun and are street priced at $80 and $60 respectively.

Want to learn more about Great Planes? Click Here to visit their official website.

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Viper RC Xpert Servos
To support the HobbyTown show, Viper RC had a room to show dealers their complete line-up of brushless equipment and their new Xpert line of servos. We were lucky enough to get a hold of Nick from Viper to give us the tour, and we learning a lot about the design philosophy that Viper uses on their products. The crew at Viper are very proud of not only how well their brushless products perform, but also how well their Xpert servo line has been doing.

New in the Viper room was the ARC line of high-end on-road car products. A number of ARC chassis and bodies were on display and they all looked ready to blast around the local track.

Click Here for more information on all of Viper’s products on their official website.

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HRP Distributing
HRP Distributing is one of the biggest distributors of hobby products here in the states, so we dropped by their room at the HobbyTown USA Convention to take a look around.

On the air side of things, we found out that HRP now distributes Hubsan and Walkera quadcopter/drones. If you are a local hobby shop looking for a good source of these products, get in contact with HRP for pricing and more details.

On the surface side of things, their had displays for many of the lines they carry like Savox servos, Hobbywing electronics, Spaz Stix paints, G Made trucks, and CEN. Of note from Spaz Stix was their no shine exterior matte clear coat finish that easily turns a glossy paint color into a matte type of look. The “matte” look is all the rage right now, the Spaz Stix clear coat makes it super easy to attain.

If you are a dealer wanting to pick up some of their products, or if you just want more details on HRP, simply Click Here to visit their official website.

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Hitec at HobbyTown USA
The big news in the Hitec booth was their new Lynx 4S. This is the first surface transmitter Hitec has put out in quite some time, and this was the first chance we’ve been able to lay our hands on it. The ergonomics on the 4S were very nice, it had a nice weight distribution, high quality foam on the wheel, and the trigger/wheel/grip relationship felt quite natural. The trigger also felt like it had a light rubber coating, making it non-slip on the finger. The 4S is also loaded with all sorts of high-tech goodness on the inside like car/boat/crawler mixing, PC link support, and bi-directional telemetry for speed, rpm, temp, and voltage. As far as availability goes, the Lynx 4S is still a ways out, we were told it should start hitting hobby shops around November.

Also new from Hitec was their X1 Pro charger and power supply. The press release photos did not show just how small the X1 Pro is, seeing it in person we were impressed with how little space it will take up on your pit table or tailgate. While it might be small in size, it can charge batteries at up to 16 amps, which is more power than most chargers on the market.

We had a great time talking with the Hitec crew and learned a lot from them, to take a look at all their products simply Click Here to visit their official website.

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Killer Body RC HobbyTown USA
The crew from Killerbody RC was located in the main show area and had a bunch of new bodies on display.

Perhaps the most impressive new product in the Killerbody line-up was their new Alfa Romeo body for the Traxxas XO-1 (the first two pictures in the gallery below). Body choices are pretty slim for the XO-1, so the big Alfa body should make a lot of XO-1 owners happy by giving them another choice.

Killerbody also had multiple new on-road/rally bodies. All of these were very highly detailed and many were set-up for use with light kits to add even more scale realism. The Lancia Delta and Alpha mounted on cars in the pictures below are some examples of these.

Pictured above is one of the new monster truck bodies from Killerbody. These were designed to fit larger MTs like the E-Maxx, Savage, and MT4 G3, and they are available pre-painted with several different graphics. Multiple scale detailing options are available to make them look as real as you want them to.

Killerbody was also showing off some of the new graphics available on their pre-painted short course truck bodies. You can see them being held by Killerbody marketing person Julie in one of the pictures below.

For the scale off-road crowd, they also had several of their new “Horri-Bull” bodies on hand (first picture, lower row in gallery 2). These are made specifically to fit on the Axial trucks, and there are loads of add-on scale parts that can be bolted on to blow the scale realism factor through the roof.

All in all, Killerbody had an impressive display of what they’ve been working on to bring the highest levels of scale realism to the rc body world. To get more information on all of their products, simply click This Link to head over to their website.

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Pro-Line Racing Convention
The folks over at Pro-Line Racing are huge supporters of the rc hobby and were out in full force at the HobbyTown USA Convention. Inside the PL room were able to take a look at some of their latest products including their new car/truck stands and the new kit version of the PRO-2 Buggy. As always, the Pro-Line crew was super affable and we had a great time bench racing with them about the hobby. To get a closer look at all of their products, just hit up This Link to head over to their official website.

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Ares HobbyTown USA
Firelands Group, which is primarily sold at HobbyTown USA stores, brought their “A game” this year showing a bunch of new products at the convention.

Helion RC is Fireland’s surface line-up and they unveiled two new products at the show. The Impakt 12B is a new 1/12 scale buggy designed to be bash worthy, affordable, and fun. While being listed as a 12th scale, it looked to be about the same size as most 10th scale buggies (wheelbase on the 12B is 11.8″, width is 8.39″), but it should sport a remarkably low price point of just $139 RTR. It comes with scale detailing like a roll cage and driver’s head, all-weather electronics, and a 1500mAh LiPo battery. It looks like a great way for someone to get started in the off-road side of our hobby.

Helion also had their new Rivos boat on display. The Rivos is a RTR that is fairly good size at 28″ in total length, making it big enough to handle some choppy water on the local lake. Its electronics are water cooled, it comes with a brushed 550 motor, and it has a very affordable street price of just $149.

Ares RC is the brand name for the air products from Firelands and they had plenty of new products on display too. The most exciting new product they had on display we can not post pictures of, or even really talk about at all, but it is something like we’ve never seen before, and something that even us car/truck lovers really wanted to get our hands on. Expect more information on this product to start leaking out of Ares compound in the next few weeks.

Of the items we can talk about, it’s hard to decide what was more exciting, their new Ethos FPV quadcopter/drone/multi-rotor, their new Ethos PQ nano quad, or their new Nanos FP75 helicopter.

The Ethos FPV quad comes RTF out of the box with everything needed to fly first person view. We saw the quad demonstrated and it seemed to work flawlessly. The camera provides a good quality picture (1080 HD at 30 or 720 HD at 60 FPS) and is mounted on an anti-vibration mount to help keep the picture steady. The transmitter comes with a large screen (4.5″) and a sun shade to make it easier to see while out flying. The quad used on the FPV model is fairly large at 18.75″ in length, and we were blown away that the street price was only $299 RTF.

The nano quad scene has blown up since the Proto-X entered the market and Ares unveiled their entry into the class, the Ethos PQ. The PQ is truly tiny with a length of only 63mm and comes with an auto flip mode. Price? $49.

The last new product in the Firelands room was the Nanos FP75 helicopter. With a length of 6.75″ this is a small helicopter, but features 3 or 6 axis stability control modes. The FP75 will be priced at $69.

Overall, it was easy to see from walking the room that Firelands Group is working hard to put out a lot of new, innovative products, look for them soon at your local HobbyTown USA store.

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RC4WD HobbyTown USA
If you are hardcore into the crawling/scaling scene, you known exactly who RC4WD is, and we got the pleasure of hanging out with them yesterday. RC4WD wasn’t showing off any unannounced products at the show, but they did have a wide variety of trucks, wheels, and axles on display. After spending some face time with the RC4WD crew, we were impressed with how easy they were to talk to, and how hardcore they are about getting even the smallest details right on their products.

Want more information on RC4WD products? Click Here to visit their official website.

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HPI Hot Bodies Booth HobbyTown USA Convention
While it may seem that HPI/Hot Bodies has been a bit quiet the last couple of years, their room at the HobbyTown USA convention had multiple new vehicles on display.

The newest model in the HPI/HB room was the spank’n new Ty Tessmann edition D8T Truggy. This new nitro truggy kit features new suspension geometry and various lightweight and aluminum upgrade parts. After looking at it in person, we really wanted to stuff it our backpack and take it home.

For the scaler crowd, HPI was showing off the ’73 Ford Bronco Crawler King that they first announced at Nuremburg. The body looks sweet, and it comes with high-end crawling tires right out of the box.

HPI was also showing off their latest Micro RS4, this one being a Discount Tire version. Like many of the other Micro RS4s, this version comes as a ready to run and features an impressively detailed body.

Another vehicle that HPI first teased at Nuremburg, a 1/10 BMW M3 Flux was also on display. The pictures below, taken in a dimly lit room, do not do justice to how good looking the BMW was.

We also asked about the upcoming HPI Cue, a 1/32 scale buggy that was not on display in Lincoln, and were told that it is indeed coming along nicely. We were also told to expect a very affordable price point on the Cue when it does hit the market (like around the $50-$60 price point!).

Want more information on HPI products? Hit up This Link to visit the official HPI website.

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2014 Hobbytown USA National Convention
The HobbyTown USA National Convention is going on right now in Lincoln Nebraska so we are firing up our show coverage. Later today and tomorrow we’ll be doing a series of posts to give you a taste of what it is like to attend their big show.

The HobbyTown National Convention is where dealers from across the country gather once a year to have fun, talk shop, and look at the latest hobby products from various manufacturers. The show is held inside of a hotel with some manufacturers putting up displays in a spacious exhibition area, while others rent out rooms to show their products in a more intimate setting.

The BigSquidRC crew would like to give special thanks to HobbyTown USA for generously allowing us to cover their show, and to all the vendors and manufacturers for taking the time out of their busy show schedule to show us around their booths.

Want to see what the HobbyTown show was like last year? Simply Click Here.

Helion Dominus Contest
The good folks over at HobbyTown USA are giving away one of the new Helion Dominus 10SCv2 short course trucks. The 10SCv2 features 4wd, a brushless power system, and is made for bashers like you. The contest ends later today so hit up This Link to get your entry in now.

Read more HobbyTown USA news at This Link, or check out our Dominus 10SCv2 review Right Here on BigSquidRC.

hobbytown_orland Not wanting to leave fellow RC enthusiasts out on the chance for some good old pushing and shoving (and maybe some biting), we just got word that our localOrland Park Illinois Hobby Town store will offer 25% off all Helimax Helicopters! (sorry.. quads are not in on the deal). But if you have been thinking about getting a new heli, 25% off sounds like a good time to get in there! Sale starts Monday, November 25th at 10am and goes to Sunday, December 1st!

If you stop in, make sure you tell them Big Squid says hello, or at least make Kevin run around the store and get things down off of a high shelf.