The Formula 1 class has become quite popular and one of the newest cars on the market is the VBC Racing LighteningF. The LighteningF looks pretty trick sporting loads of carbon fiber, scale appropriate wheels, tires, and wings.
* Hardened rear axle
* Carbon fiber front arms
* 2.5mm carbon fiber chassis
* Ball differential
* 7075 aluminum rear bulkheads
* Easy motor access
The part number is #D-05-VBC-CK04, it has a street price of $289, and they are available right now. Hit up This Link for more information over on the official VBC website.
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FlightPower has a new FP Series of LiPo batteries on the way. The FP series will offer a wide variety of voltages and capacities, and will come in 4 different discharge rates, from 25C to 70C. Also, there is a new FPRX series on the way for receiver packs. Charge rates range from 1C up to 3C and the Power packs come with the industry standard XH balancing connector. Close cell matching and rigid quality control enable FlightPower to give an industry leading 2 year limited warranty.
The new FP series packs will be available early this Summer, Click This Link to get more information over on the official FlightPower website.
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The Futaba crew has added 6 new S.Bus and S.Bus2 servos to their line-up. The new servos can give you an increase in power, they are made to take advantage of the power provided by 2S LiPo packs, and some of the models are water protected.
* S.Bus servos are highly programmable to optimize your install
* High voltage versions (HV) take full advantage of 2S LiPo power
* FUTM0131 – 133 oz-in & .12 speed at 7.4v
* FUTM0144 – 211 oz-in & .07 speed at 7.4v, water protected
* FUTM0719 – 54 oz-in & .16 speed at 7.4v
* FUTM0722 – 233 oz-in & .11 speed at 7.4v, water protected
* FUTM0724 – 111 oz-in & .08 speed at 7.4v, water protected
* FUTM0725 – 76 oz-in & .09 speed at 7.4v
These are available right now and you can get more information on Futaba S.Bus serovs at This Link.
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TrakPower has announced new 90C discharge LiPo packs. The 90C discharge rate gives more power than previous TrakPower offerings and they come in a wide variety of sizes to fit your needs. All the packs come with a hardcase for more protection and are approved for ROAR sanctioned competition.
The new 90C Trakpower packs include-
TKPC0605 1S 3.7V 6500mAh 4mm
TKPC0607 2S 7.4V 3250mAh 4mm
TKPC0610 2S 7.4V 4500mAh Shorty 5mm
TKPC0615 2S 7.4V 5600mAh Deans
TKPC0616 2S 7.4V 5600mAh 5mm
TKPC0620 2S 7.4V 7200mAh Deans
TKPC0621 2S 7.4V 7200mAh 5mm
TKPC0625 2S 7.4V 6000mAh Saddle Pack 4mm
TKPC0630 4S 14.8V 6700mAh Deans
TKPC0631 4S 14.8V 6700mAh 5mm
Prices range from $59-$159 and they are in stock right now. Hit up This Link for more information on all the LiPo batteries that TrakPower has to offer.
Time to take a chance on another BigSquidRC TGIF Mystery Link.
The new Futaba 10J is packed with features for you flying enthusiasts. It is the first “J” series radio to come with telemetry and it lets you download new software to keep it up to date. The 10J also has voice synthesis that lets you hear the telemetry as you fly, plus special programming for multi-rotor aircraft.
The part number for the airplane version is FUTK9200, the part number for the helicopter version is FUTK9201, and they both have a street price of $349. Both versions are expected to ship later this month and you can get more information at This Link on Futaba’s website.
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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 in²
* Weight- 3.75-4.5 lb
* Wing Loading- 25-29 oz/ft²
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.
Instead of a TGIF mystery link, please check out This Link over on Associated’s website about Gene Hustings. Gene recently passed away and was a legend in the rc industry as well as a founding partner of Team Associated.
Great Planes P-6E Biplane Gallery
Think the 350QX can’t get any better? Horizon Hobby has upgraded the firmware of the Blade 350QX to version 2.0, featuring a new flight mode built for ultra stable Aerial Photography and new features new and improved compass and GPS technology. In the new BNF and RTF versions, the quadcopter comes with an improved charger, and the start (arming) procedures have also been improved as well.
Already own a 350QX? Never Fear! The firmware will be made available early April for current 350QX owners, and at this point Blade Helicopter states: ‘For owners of the original 350 QX (BLH7800/BLH7880) an optional upgrade solution for the firmware will be available by early April for a nominal fee’. Personally, if one has already paid over the $470 plus tax for the quadcopter, the software upgrade should be free like the updates for Spektrum controllers. Unless for some reason it’s more than just downloading an update. Maybe I need to buy a cable?
The new 350QX V2 will be on hobby store shelves shortly. The prices still are the same for both versions of the quadcopter ($470 for RTF and $420 for the BNF), but look for the ‘A‘ at the end of the part number (BLH7800A and BLH7880A, respectively) for the updated software. For more information, check out Blades website via This Link.
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RC4WD has a sweet new Hardened Steel Driveshaft Set for all you Tamiya Bruiser owners. The driveshafts are made from hardened steel to be extra tough and they were designed to look just like their full scale counterparts.
* Weight- 2.75oz
* Shaft end hole size- .2″
* Shaft outer diameter- .3″
* Short shaft travel distance- 3.15″-3.74″
* Long shaft travel distance- 5.11″-5.7″
The part number is #VVV-S0107, the street price is $89, and you can get more information by clicking Right Here.
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The latest product from MIP is one of their Shiny Puck CVD drive systems for Schumacher KR and SV2 buggies. The Shiny CVDs are made from steel to be more durable for modified motor use, and MIP Pucks are said to provide smoother acceleration and better handling out of corners.
* 100% made in the USA
* Two sets of holes in CVD bell
* Replaceable pucks make it easy to keep drivetrain fresh
The part number is #14100, they have an MSRP of $85, and you can get more information at This Link over on the official MIP website.
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After months of teasing, Pro-Line has released full information on their new PRO-2 Buggy Conversion Kit. The kit comes with everything you need to convert your Pro-Line PRO-2 to a buggy, and it can be converted right back to a truck when needed.
Modeled after a Class 1 Desert Buggy, the supplied body and roll cage are loaded with scale detailing for a sharp look. Plastic window nets add to the scale appearance, but won’t pull out like rubber netting. Pro-Line light buckets can easily be added, as can a wing if you plan racing or just like that type of look. Also, the narrow buggy body is sure to suffer from a whole lot less parachute than a typical short course truck, making it easier to jump on windy days.
The part number for the conversion kit is #6254-00, the street price is $78, and you can get more information by simply clicking This Link.
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Pro-Line Buggy Conversion Kit
Pro-Line Buggy Conversion Kit
There is nothing like using the right tool for the job. Hudy has announced two new turnbuckle wrenches to make it easier to work on your rig. In both 5.5 and 6mm, the Hudy turnbuckle wrenches are hardened for long life and hand ground for a perfect fit.
The part number for the 5.5mm is #181055, the 6mm is #181060, and you can get more information at This Link over on the official Hudy website.
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As you all know, we LOVE the Estes Proto X around here. It’s fun to fly, durable, and easy on the budget. We all own at least one. Well Estes just announced the new Syncro Quadcopter. The Syncro is still nano sized, and almost identical to the Proto X, though it looks like it’s going to have a little more back end support.
We just discovered that you will be able to buy a replacement battery ($5.50) as well as motors ($9.99 for 4). Something that was not available on the Proto-X. We are very excited about this, as our months of abuse have taken a toll on our quads, and having the ability to replace some parts will be a huge plus!
* Weight: 11.5 grams
* Dimensions: 1.75″in diameter.
* 100mAh 3.7v Lipo w/ USB charge cord
* LED lights to indicate front of quad
* 2.4GHz radio system w/ digital trims
* One piece PCB frame
* Requires two AAA batteries for transmitter
* Comes with 4 spare blades.
The part number for the Estes Syncro is #004609, it has a street price of $39 and they will be available very soon.
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Estes Syncro Gallery
For 2014 the Hobby Pro PRS1 2wd buggy has gotten some updates and improvements. The PRS1 still comes with mid and rear motor capabilities, but boasts upgrades like new carbon fiber shock towers and US spec springs. Some of the other updates include-
* Worlds Edition shock pistons
* Larger spring cups to fit 12mm springs
* Gold shock shafts
* 25 degree kickup & new top plate
The 2014 Hobby Pro PRS1 has a street price of $289, is scheduled for a late March release date, and is available from Hobby Pro USA and their dealers.
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Hobby Pro 2014 PRS1 Buggy