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Armattan Quads V-Tail Review (355mm)

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3DBill here, V-tail quads are a bit more exotic than the average quad. They have four motors like a traditional quad but the tail motors are tilted to provide thrust to turn so it has tail control like a tricopter. Lets check out this back yard beast. Hit the “Read More” to continue onto our thoughts..

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BigSquidRC Quadcopter Shootout 2 Looks 1

The wait is over, and our second Quadcopter Shootout has gone live RIGHT HERE. This time around we tested the Ares RC Ethos QX 130, the Blade 180 QX, the Align M242, and the LaTrax Alias.

All of these quads were bigger than the last shootout, and have more features, and plenty more power. RC Quadcopters the world by storm lately due to their ease of flying, and people’s new obsession of aerial photography. Video coming soon!
Ok, enough chit chat, head on over and start reading our Quadcopter Shootout 2


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Hey guys, it’s 3DBill here with something a bit different for you:

Multirotor (Tri, Quad, Hex, and Octo-Copters) aircraft are the new rage and quadcopters are THE item to pick up this Christmas at all the local hobby shops. Tri copters are a bit different from your standard quadcopter and quite fun to fly as well. Read More to check out the review and video of a fun tricopter kit from Simplecopter!

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estes proto x quadcopter review
We’ve been flying (and bashing) the Estes Proto X quadcopter (part #4606, $39) for a few weeks now, it is quite the fun little flying machine. Here in our mini-review we’ll tell you what we thought of our experience with it.

Time to bash- The Proto X takes to the air faster than just about anything you can buy. We measured that it took the included USB charger about 6 minutes to charge the battery. Other than that, you had to pop two AAA batteries in the transmitter and you were ready to fly. There was a brief calibration process which consisted of sitting the quad on a level surface before you began flying, but this literally takes 2 seconds.

Ease of flight- If you are used to flying other small quads set on a training mode, the Proto X is harder to fly. Its small size does make it harder to control, but we had numerous first timers fly it with success. Granted, it might take them a couple of packs to get used to the feel, but the Proto X is stable enough even for first timers.

Power- The Proto X has plenty of power. You can fly high, totally dump the throttle, and have more than enough power to pull out before hitting the ground. If you accidentally give it too much throttle, the Proto X instantly jumps skyward.

Runtime- We measured runtimes between 3 1/2 and 5 minutes. The USB charger seemed to like certain USB outputs more than others, on some it wouldn’t charge as long and the quad would fly for just over 3 minutes. On other USB outputs it would charge longer and flight times were over 5 minutes.

Bash-A-Bility- The Proto X was tough. We managed to throw a few rotors, but they are easy to pop back on. We also managed to break two rotors, thankfully spares are included in the box. Other than that, we didn’t break anything, even after playing quadcopter demo-derby.

General thoughts- I think every member of the bash crew had a great time with the Proto X. The small size of the Proto X means we could fly it just about anywhere, and because it was a bit of a challenge, we kept coming back for more. We highly recommend the Estes Proto X to anyone looking to have some fun in the air.

Want more Estes news? Check out This Link right here on BigSquidRC.

Spaz Stix Paint Review

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Recently several major paint companies have tossed in the towel. One of the few companies left is Spaz Stix. These paints are known for being very different and cool colors. While they make regular colors like blue, they also make Electric Blue Fluorescent. Why settle for orange when you can have color changing Orange/Purple /Teal. So besides the cool names, how does the paint go on? Do you have to be a pro to use the stuff? Keep reading to find out..

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Heli-Max Axe 100 SSL Brushless Helicopter Review

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When we saw the original press release for the Heli-Max Axe 100 SSL, we were sort of blown away by what they were claiming, and what you could get for the price. When it comes to heli’s, we haven’t really done much in the way of reviews except for some ‘dual blade’ stuff, but the specs on the Axe 100 SSL really made us take notice. Would it be as cool as it sounds? Can it really do decent 3D flying for that price? Keep reading to find out..

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MaxAmps Soldering Iron Review

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Having a decent soldering iron is an essential part of the RC hobby. At some point you are going to need to solder a connector, or something, so you should probably get a good one. Is the new soldering iron from MaxAmps the one to get? Keep reading to find out..

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Traxxas QR-1 Quad-Rotor Review

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Adding yet another quad to the quadcopter craze, we take a look at the Traxxas QR-1 Quad-Rotor. It seems like we have been flying quads more than driving vehicles lately, but it has been a nice change. So how does the first flyer from Traxxas hold up against the other recent releases? Keep reading to find out..
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Heli-Max 1SQ Quadcopter Review

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If you haven’t noticed, Quadcopters are the ‘in’ thing right now. Everyone seems to be coming out with one, and price isn’t always the best way to make a buying decision. The new Heli-Max 1SQ was one of the first to the market in this new craze, keep reading to see if we think this is ‘the one’, or if you should look at other options…

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Ares RC Ethos QX 75 Quadcopter Review

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Quadcopters have suddenly become all the rage. Everywhere you turn, someone is releasing a new one to the market. The Ares RC Ethos QX 75 has thrown it’s hat into the ring, and is ready to take on the competition. Turns out this one has a few tricks up it’s sleeve, and we even have a video showing off a few of these tricks. Keep reading to find out how this rc quad stacks up….

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Pro Match Racing Race Edition 2S 7.4v 30C 5200 Mah Hard Case

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Back when matched Ni-mh cells were all the rage Pro Match was a big, and trusted name. Obviously, it’s all about Lithium based cells now days and Pro Match Racing has changed with the times. Today we’ll be taking a look at one of their budget 2S Lipo packs, their Race Edition 30C 5200. How does it stack up? Let’s see…

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Ares Nano Micro Chronos CX 75 RTF Helicopter Review

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It seems like all bashers have a place in their heart for some sort of flight. Either with foam plans, or nano helis, most of us own at least one. We recently got our hands on the new Ares micro heli, and decided to put it to the test. Would it satisfy our need for air time? Keep Reading..

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THE VS Tank Pro Review

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We recently got our hands on two VS Tank Pro vehicles. The M4A3 Sherman (USA) and the Pz.753 (German) seemed like good choices. We opted for the infrared instead of the Airsoft versions because we knew with Cubby around we’d have bb holes in walls and bruised shins. On the official VS Tank website the vehicles look pretty dang cool, so how do they look in person? How do they operate? Keep reading to see our review…

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