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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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200QX Flight CheckHere at BigSquidRC we love to run our RCs hard and with that we are always prepared to buy parts when you can’t help but say, ‘Did I do that?’ Multirotors are no exception, and with this ‘Cubby’ style rant I will tell a tale of how I have already needed to mothball one of my aircraft for the rest of the season.

After watching me fly, my buddy picked up one of the newer multirotors from a big company, and was having a blast. A few days ago, he cracked the body on it after a failed flip attempt. Like a good friend (and customer), I got a quick text and I immediately went to order his part. Turns out that the big company is already out of parts for their new product: no props, no body, no screws, no motors. The worst part? The parts will be unavailable until around September 20th! I hate to sound cruel, but you’ve GOT to be kidding me. Especially with a new product, you would hope distributors and manufacturers would be prepared for providing parts, or at least ordering more when the reserves start to get low. Either way, looking at, I’m hosed.

Now, this could be an anomaly and I am just upset because one of my favorite aircraft just got put in the hangar for the rest of the season, but this is not the first time this has happened to me. In 2012, the same company stopped carrying motors for a certain aircraft all winter, Christmas-time this past year I could not get parts for a different company’s aircraft, and in 2014 I could not get wheels and tires for an RC car for over 8 months, besides this last backorder debacle! I understand that predicting demand is difficult, but in some of these cases there weren’t any parts available even at release.

If there’s a lesson to be learned: Prepare, or Never Release a Product Without Parts Support.

The Invertix 400 is coming along nicely, and can’t wait to share more with you guys. Until next time, Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!

Invertix400 Box Front

A while back I posted the first details of the EncoreRC Invertix400 full-3D capable quadcopter developed by Bobby Watts. The following weeks my email blew up from readers looking for more, or hoping we’d get to fly one and show off video. After talking with Mr. Watts for a few weeks, he got us our own Invertix to build and test! The review is coming soon, but check out all of the unboxing pictures after the jump…

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Blade 200QX Quadcopter by Horizon Hobby – Review

200QX Up Close

In a RC World where quadcopters are becoming THE thing to pilot, Blade Helicopters took the popular 350QX platform and shrank it. Luckily, there was no movie starring Rick Moranis, but I did get the opportunity to give the 200QX Quadcopter a good test and you can see my thoughts on the aircraft after the jump…
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quad_band

Everyone know’s I’m a sucker for automated drone stuff, and there is something about this video. It ‘looks legit’ yet part of me thinks, wow it would be tough to pull that off. That all being said, I’m pretty sure I’d pay to see this in real life as a small concert, or be able to buy the ‘drone band in a box’ kit for my house to enjoy.

Check out the video below of a handful of drones playing a few different tunes.