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horizon fpv challengeThe folks at Horizon Hobby have put out a cool video featuring the new Blade Nano QX FPV quadcopter. In the video below you’ll see “The Steve”, Horizon’s version of The Stig, going to head to head against “The Red Giant” on a very cool quadcopter course that even includes a bowling section. Yes, the video shows bowling with rc quadcopters! The video is short and worth a watch so check it out to see what kind of fun you can have with FPV quads.

The Blade Nano QX FPV with Fat Shark Teleporter V4 5.8GHz headset shown in the video is available right now with a street price of $419. To get more details hit up This Link over on the Horizon Hobby website.

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Parrot Bebop Drone and SkyController BundleHave you ever wondered what the difference was between a $89 camera equipped quadcopter and a $900 model? Quite a bit actually. For example, the Parrot Bebop is an upper mid-range quadcopter/drone that generates its own Wi-Fi hotspot to instantly share video or images. The Bebop also features a Parrot P7 dual-core CPU, a quad-core GPU, and has 8 GB of flash memory. All of those are fixed to a magnesium shelf that helps dissipate heat and acts as an electromagnetic shield. And… the Bebop runs on Linux, with SDK coming soon to make it easy for the developer crowd. Throw in all the “normal” stuff a GPS equipped quad can do, and you can say the Parrot Bebop is loaded with features.

* FPV ready
* True piloting experience with precision joysticks and pads
* Instantly share 1080P video
* Live streaming on smartphone or tablet
* Stabilized 14 megapixel camera with fisheye lens
* Wi-Fi MIMO range up to 300 meters
* 180° vision controlled by the pilot
* Embedded GPS with Flight Map control

The Bebop Drone is priced at $499, or is street priced at $899 when bundled with the SkyController. These are expected to ship the first week of December, to get yours on pre-order simply hit up This Link over on the Horizon Hobby website.

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Carl Zeiss Cinemizer OLED Virtual Reality GlassesAt iHobby this year we got to check out in person the latest and greatest in virtual reality glasses, they were in the Cinemizer booth and they sure looked awesome. The Carl Zeiss Cinemizer OLED glasses that we tried were very comfortable and gave an absolutely amazing image when using them.

The folks over at Horizon Hobby have picked up the Cinemizer virtual reality glasses and they are now shipping. In our hobby they are used for FPV (first person view) flying or driving, and these are some of the best high-end units that you can buy.

* Hi-res 870 x 500 OLED display for each eye
* Adjustable side pieces
* Separately adjustable diopters
* In-ear headset w/ 3.5mm audio jack
* 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio

The part number is #3DS1909127, they are street priced at $789, and they are shipping right now. Hit up your local Horizon dealer to pick up a set, or you can hit up the Official Horizon Website for more information.

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Blade 350 QX3The crew over at Blade have set out to make it easy for anyone to shoot spectacular aerial video with their new 350 QX3. With simple controls, GPS features, and a 3-axis stabilized camera, even new flyers can take quality footage with the 350 QX3.

* 10-15 minute flight times
* Improved GPS performance from mast-mounted antenna
* 5.8GHz Wi-Fi link for iOS and Android devices
* Return home, smart flight, and AP flight modes
* Width: 18.3″
* Length: 18.3″
* Height: 7.5″
* Weight: 33.7 oz

The unit comes three different ways. You can get it BNF with SAFE technology which has a part number of #BLH8180 and is street priced at $449, or you can get it RTF with a part number of #BLH8100 at $499, or you can get the high-zoot AP combo RTF that has a part number of #BLH8160 and is priced at a cool $999. To get yours before anyone else on your block hit up This Link to pre-order over on the official Horizon Hobby website.

It is time for another very hot TGIF Mystery Link!

Pro Boat Blackjack Catamaran Brushless V3Our friends over at Pro Boat have announced a Version 3 of the Blackjack 29″ Catamaran. This version has a new fiberglass hull for better durability and a new 6 pole 2000kV brushless motor for even more power. A huge 120 amp ESC now comes with a big EC5 connector, while a Spektrum DX2E with DSMR takes care of business on the radio end when you are flying across the water at speeds up to 45 mph.

The part number is #PRB08011, the street price is $429, and they should be available now. Click Here to get more details over on the official Pro Boat website.

Thank Goodness It’s Friday! Why not try a BSRC Mystery Link?

AVC BasicsSince we first got our hands on AVC Stability Control we have found it an invaluable tool for making our trucks easier to drive. Today we’ll be doing a short tutorial on what parts and pieces that it takes to put AVC in your truck. In later installments we’ll go over how to calibrate and install the AVC system, as well as how to fine tune it to your needs.

Why do we use AVC in our bash trucks? We don’t normally use it in high traction conditions, however, when the going gets slick we dial up the AVC. Stability control helps keep our over powered bash trucks from constantly spinning out when we get on the gas. With the AVC dialed up we can get on the gas harder coming out of corners and it can help us drive a straighter line when pounding the gas on a straightaway.

What vehicles can you install AVC in? All types really, from that electric Losi Mini-T of yours all the way to an HPI 5B gas buggy, AVC can work in them all. Short course, drag cars, buggies, truggies, whatever you might have, AVC can make them easier to drive.

Exactly what is needed to put AVC stability control in your truck?

1. The “brain” of the AVC stability control is the receiver, therefore you’ll need a Spektrum 4210 receiver.

2. A DSM2 Spektrum transmitter. Because the brain of the AVC control is in the receiver, you’ll need a transmitter that will bind to it.

3. Digital servos. The AVC technology only works with digital servos, so if you are running an electric car you’ll need a digital steering servo, if your install is in a nitro or gas car, you’ll need digital steering and throttle servos. Does it matter which brand? We’ve used AVC with Spektrum, Futaba, Hitec, Savox, and Xpert digital servos without issue.

That’s it! In our next installment we’ll walk you through an actual install and set-up process of an AVC system in our review Pro-line PRO-MT. Want more AVC information right now? Check out This Link over on the official Spektrum website.

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Horizon Hobby iHobby 2014
Our friends at Horizon Hobby are showing off a lot of new products here at iHobby 2014.

Perhaps the biggest news from their booth is that Horizon is now distributing Anki Drive Products to hobby shops. You may have heard of the name Anki Drive before, they make some very innovative phone controlled battle cars that you may have already seen in big box stores.

Also new in the Horizon booth was the Losi XXX-SCB Brushless RTR (Street $349). The latest edition of the SCB comes with a powerful Dynamite brushless system, AVC stability control, and new Eclipse SCT tires.

The Vaterra K5 Blazer was a big hit in the Horizon booth, turning heads with its scale appearance.

The tiny new ECX Beatbox and Kickflip are also on display, expect these to be one of the bigger hits of the 2014 Christmas buying season. In person they look like a load of fun to play with.

Horizon also had numerous air products on display, including their recently picked up Fat Shark line that even our own Cub Reporter is enamored with.

If you want to learn more about all the different products from Horizon simple click This Link to visit their official website.

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HobbyZone Fazer Quadcopter
The nano sized quadcopter wars are really heating up for the Christmas buying season. The latest entry into the class is from HobbyZone with their Faze RTF Ultra Small Quadcopter.

The HobbyZone Faze is an RTF that comes with everything you need to get flying inside the box. The Faze’s small size makes it easy to fly indoors, while its affordable price point makes it easy on your wallet. Some of its key features include-

* Easy to use flip mode
* Low, medium and high rate select-able from transmitter
* Comes with spare props
* Comes with 100 mAh LiPo and charger
* Weighs only 12.2 grams
* 2.4GHz transmitter that runs off two AAA batteries (included)
* USB charge cable

The part number is #HBZ8300, it is street priced at $39, and it is expected to hit hobby shops in mid October. For complete details hit up This Link over on the official HobbyZone website.

The entire BigSquidRC Bash Crew hopes you have a great weekend. Why not take a chance on a TGIF Mystery Link?

Parrot Rolling Spider Horizon Hobby
While Parrot might not be well known among hardcore rc hobbyists, they certainly make some interesting products. For the surface crowd they are known for two machines, the Rolling Spider and the Jumping Sumo. Both are capable of insane stunts and are controlled via the Bluetooth connection on your mobile device.

The Spider and the Sumo are getting ready to hit the market and the folks over at Horizon Hobby let us know they will be stocking them. These are bound to be some of the hottest rc products released this fall, if you want one you should get on the pre-order list now.

The part number for the Jumping Sumo is #PTAPF724002 while it is street priced at $159. The part number for the Rolling Spider is #PTAPF723002 while it carries a street price of $99. Both are expected to start shipping to Horizon dealers in September. Get more details about all the Parrot products that Horizon carries Right Here.

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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.

FatShark Horizon Hobby
Here is some great news for you FPV (First Person View) Pilots out there, FatShark products are on their way to Horizon Hobby. This means not only will FatShark products be easier than ever to get at your local hobby shops, but Horizon will also have some exclusive bundles that make it easier than ever to fly FPV.

The FatShark bundles coming from Horizon have been specially selected to make FPV less confusing for first time users and they are ready to use out of the box without requiring a HAM license.

FatShark products from Horizon should start shipping later this month, get more information at This Link over on Horizon’s website.

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Horizon Hobby Road Trip
The crew over at Horizon Hobby are hitting the road and they invite you to join them. This summer Horizon is hitting various full size events across the country to show off their products, put on demonstrations, and to hang out with you, the rabid rc hobbyist. Check out their schedule below, and you can hit up This Link for more information.

* June 21-22 4 Wheel Jamboree Nationals, Springfield, MO
* June 27-29 Street Machine Nationals, Du Quoin, IL
* July 11-13 4 Wheel Jamboree Nationals, Bloomsburg, PA
* July 18-20 Chevy Car Craft Summer Nationals, St. Paul, MN
* August 9-10 Quad City Airshow, Davenport, IA
* September 19-21 4 Wheel Jamboree Nationals, Indianapolis, IN
* September 26-28 Route 66 Mother Road Festival, Springfield, IL

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Horizon Hobby Big Squid
During our Southern California Road Trip, the fine folks over at Horizon Hobby were kind enough to let us drop by their offices for a visit. The Horizon offices are home to such brands as Vaterra, ECX, Losi, Pro Boat, and TLR.

While some of the Horizon brands are intended for hardcore racing, we soon learned that all the guys at Horizon were very basher friendly. We found that they honestly care about hardcore bashers, and are especially concerned about first day noobs. We had several long conversations, many of which centered around things we could be doing to make the hobby more noob friendly. It was nice to find the IFMAR and National Championship drivers sitting around the conference table were very much like us, simply wanting everyone to have the best experience possible in the hobby.

After the bench racing session the Horizon crew grabbed one of their new Losi Mini 8IGHT-T Truggies and we headed outside to get some serious bashing in. We found the Mini 8IGHT-T a blast to drive, and that the Horizon guys were just as hardcore about their bashing as we were. It’s nice to know the people designing the next generation of bash vehicles drive them like they stole them, just like we do.

We not only had a great time hang’n with the Horizon guys, but also learned a lot about the hobby from their perspective. We would like to give Jukka, Rich, Ray, and our homie Scott Hughes a super huge “Thank You!” for taking the time to visit with us.