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Ominus Unboxing

I was lucky to get a new toy from our friends over at Hobbico: the newest addition to the Dromida by Revell line, the Ominus Quadcopter RTF. This quadcopter is built to be tough and the beating review is in process, but for now enjoy these unboxing pictures!

The Dromida Ominus is on hobby store shelves now (Part: DIDE01**) and is yours for $80. I think this will be a hot seller so grab yours now!

For more Dromida news on BigSquidRC, click here!

 

SAC Heli Fun Fly 2014

Last Saturday (Sept. 13), 3DBill and I got to hang out and fly with the local RC helicopter pilots at Tinley Creek flying field in Matteson, IL at the annual SAC Heli Fun Fly. We got to see a variety of helicopters, pilots, and even a plane or two during the all day event. Check out the below gallery and see the other 11 after the jump…

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Our uber flying guy, 3DBill just got his hands on the new Simplecopter Mini Tricopter 250, so he sent over some unboxing photos.

The 250 size is becoming a popular choice because it’s small, yet just big enough to hold a decent camera or FPV setup.

The Mini Tricopter frame comes with the landing gear for $34.99, and to get it up and running will probably cost you about $150 with needed electronics. (minus lipos and radio).

You can get more details and place an order over at the Simplecopter Mini Tricopter Website.

Also, you can see from the pictures we will be going with the motors from Buddy RC on this build. You can get more information on them at this link.

Watch for the finished build and review coming soon!

Get more Simplecopter News here on BigSquidRC.

We tossed in a Blade MQX for size comparisons.

SAC Heli Fun Fly

So I spoke very highly of my trip to Indiana for the IRCHA Jamboree last month, probably enough to make you curious as to what do you see when professional RC helicopter pilots take to the sky!

For all you midwest/Chicago metropolitan area RC enthusiasts, the Surburban Aeroclub of Chicago is hosting their annual Helicopter Fun Fly this Saturday. This year they have a list of pro pilots making appearances to meet everyone and show off their skills, including Mitch Marozas and the others listed on the above flyer! I met most of these pilots at IRCHA, and can’t wait to see them again. This is a free to spectate event, and AMA helicopter pilots can join in the fun for $10.

I will be there representing Raging Rotors as well as being a team pilot for HobbyTown Orland Park (aka I’ll be working and flying). I will be flying my 350QX, 200QX, and more! Stop by the HobbyTown table and say hi!

Until next time, Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!

Blade 350QX2

I’m sure I wasn’t the only person a little jealous that the new Blade 350QX2 AP Combo came with new bells and whistles of better Receiver coverage, bigger battery, and more. Luckily for us the 350QX V2 gone, and now we have the 350QX2! Still featuring the same RTF and Bind-N-Fly packages, the 350QX2 touts these new enhancements:

  • White Battery Hatch (BLH7902)
    White battery hatch compliments the primarily white design of the 350 QX2.
  • 3,000 Mah LiPo Capacity Battery (EFLB30003S30)
    Allows for longer flight times and helps to better account for the weight of an action camera.
  • New AC/DC Battery Balancing Charger (EFLC3016)
    Charge your LiPo flight battery to perfection with this 3S compatible 3.5A charger.
  • New Full Range Receiver (BLH7801A)
    Refined full range receiver improves connectivity.

With new enhancements, always comes a change in price. The new 350QX2 RTF (BLH8000) is priced at $499.99, and the BNF (BLH8080) will sell at $449.99. No need to wait though, the quads have already shipped and are on hobby store shelves now! For more information check out Blade Helicopter page Right Here.

For more Horizon Hobby news on BigSquidRC, Click Here.

200QX Cruising

In all things multirotor, I was excited by Blade Helicopter’s announcement about the new 3D flight modes for the 200QX. I for one quickly ordered the new props, dragged my update cable out of the 350QX case, and was quickly on my way to being ready for inverted flight. Check out the video and my impressions on the upgrade after the jump…

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GauntletALSIceBucketChallenge

As I write this, Brian was challenged by HobbyTown Steve to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge for charity, and has a mere 20 hours to deliver!

Even more impressive, Steve has set the precedent! Using my new Flamewheel 550 from DJI, I let the bucket drop by flying away with that hexcopter.

See the video below and comment to help encourage Brian!

 

VX1e Flybarless System

Hey guys, during my time at the IRCHA Jamboree, I got a neat little scratch card that ushered me quickly to the Spartan RC booth. I won myself a new helicopter gyro system for flybarless 3D helicopters called the Vortex VX1e. Newly released for purchase first at the Jamboree, I got to see what makes it a great system.

Here are the details from SpartanRC:

Tail - Based on Spartan’s market leading gyro technology the Vortex is capable of delivering exceptional tail hold and consistent yaw rates even at eye-blurring speeds of over three full turns per second.

Rotor - The cyclic and collective controls are smooth and precise with a very solid feel and impressive response time. Factory calibrated sensors and Spartan’s proprietary piroette compensation technology enable your helicopter to remain locked in through piroette moves.

Receiver - The Vortex is compatible with all radio systems using individual channel connections to the receiver. Additionally it supports single wire connection for most popular protocols and direct connection to 1 or 2 Satellites. Three channels of the radio system can be routed to the Vortex’s AUX port to control accessories like lights and glow igniters.

Below you can find my unboxing of the flybarless unit, which will go into my new Goblin 570.

The VX1e is currently priced to sell at $150, with that price is only for a limited time. More details about the VX1e and where to order it can be found on SpartanRC’s website Right Here.

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If you didn’t see it already, I took a lot of pictures over last weekend when I was at the IRCHA Jamboree 2014. I even walked out of there a winner! In a lot of cases, pictures do the Jamboree justice, but there still is a lot one can talk about that the pictures can’t start to describe. I thought I’d make a few points of what I saw whether it was pilots, products, experiences, or just things I wanted to point out in general. See what I have to say about it all after the jump!

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IRCHA Welcome Sign

This past weekend I had the privilege to join my fellow helicopter and multirotor pilots in Muncie, IN near the headquarters of the AMA for the IRCHA (International Radio Control Helicopter Association) Jamboree 2014. This almost week long festival is a combination of RC helicopter competitions, product showcase, and shopping for all things RC Helicopter. There were speed competitions, product demonstrations, partying, fireworks, and all kinds of fun. Don’t just read about it: check out the gallery below and a ton more after the jump!

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Goblin 380 Flyer

Hot off the press at IRCHA 2014 JamboreeSAB Heli Division adds one more collective pitch stunt helicopter to their line: a 380 Size (380mm approx blade size)! Called the Goblin 380, this helicopter only has 38 parts outside of bolts/bearings, which is the lowest part count for a helicopter of that size, EVER! Built to handle a 6S LiPo power system, this helicopter will definitely give the Align 450L Dominator package a run for its money! No pricing, but more details to come from SAB later this month or beginning of next…for now just enjoy the flyer above.

For more helicopter news on BigSquidRC Click Here.

sumo_wrestlingAlright, I know that the FAA and AMA are still pretty deadlocked on the new rules as interpreted by the FAA and how it really makes it difficult to be a hobby pilot. Now, the stories and definitions will keep changing as the news is passed along, but I wish to make a few comments towards these rules, as well as my own version of the rules I’d like to see for FPV flying after the jump…

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Invertix CanopyLike a kid in a candy store, I quickly got to work building the Invertix 400 from Encore RC and Bobby Watts. It took a couple of hours (I’m very careful with all my builds, so actual time may vary), but she came out looking great!

Check out more galleries after the jump!

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