There seems to be camera equipped quads everywhere you turn, where are the helicopters? Well here is one, the new Heli-Max 200FP V-Cam. The 200FP was designed to be easy to fly for beginners and comes with a 720P HD video/still camera. More highlights of the 200FP include-
* Electric fixed-pitch helicopter
* Stable enough to be flown indoors or out
* Comes with LEDs on rotor blades for low-light flight
* 7.4V 1000mAh LiPo battery and balancing charger
* Includes 2.4GHz radio gear w/ dual rates
* Includes 2GB memory card
* Includes everything you need except AA batteries for transmitter
* Weight- 8.63 oz
* Length- 16.53″
* Blade length- 6.9″
The part number is #HMXE0857, it is street priced at $199, and these are expected to start hitting hobby shops in November. Get full details at This Link over on the Heli-Max website.
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Heli-Max 200 FP Gallery
Dromida, well known for their affordable 18th scale off-road machines, has just announced a second quadcopter called the Ominus. The Ominus joins the Kodo as the first two machines in Dromida’s air arsenal.
The Ominus is an affordable quadcopter made for everyone from beginners to experts. A gyro is used for stabilization and its four different flight modes allow you change how the quad flies as your skills advance.
* Comes with 2.4GHz radio system
* Fully assembled and ready to fly
* Includes everything you need in the box
* Has a rechargeable LiPo and USB charger
* High power motors
* LED lights
* Includes one extra set of blades
* Weight- 3.6oz
* Length- 9.4″
The part number is #DIDE01**, it is street priced at just $79, and these are available right now. Get full details at This Link over on the official Dromida website. If you are looking to order one online, Head to This Link
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Dromida Ominus Gallery
Update: Now with video!
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.
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HobbyZone Faze Gallery
We first got to lay eyes on the Dromida KODO a couple of months ago at the HobbyTown USA convention, now more information has been released as it nears its ship date.
The KODO is Dromida’s first entry into the air market. It was designed as an entry level quadcopter, easy to fly and easy on the pocketbook. The KODO comes fully built and ready to fly, and it even comes with an on-board camera to add to the fun. At 3.5″ in length the KODO can easily be flown indoors, while three gyros and accelerometers allow even first timers to make successful flights.
The part number is #DIDE0005, it is priced at $59, and these should start hitting hobby shops next month. Click Right Here to check out the official Dromida website.
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For all you air fanatics, Castle Creations has a new ESC coming to their Talon line-up. The Talon 120HV can handle up to 6000 watts of continuous power and features a built-in 20 amp peak BEC.
* Voltage range- 3 to 12S LiPo
* Width- 2.01″
* Length- 3.81″
* Height- .8″
* Weight- 6.56 oz
* Maximum continuous current- 120 amps
* Aluminum case, optional 40mm fan
* Extensive programming with Castle Link software
The part number is #010-0131-00, it has a street price of $199, and they are expected to shipping later this month. Hit up This Link to check out more Castle Creations products.
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It seems like nearly everyone has a Smartphone or Tablet, now that is all you need to practice flying an rc airplane. How? RealFlight Mobile has just dropped and is available for both Apple iOS and Google Android. RealFight Mobile comes with one flying field and two different airplanes to get you started, but 6 other planes and 3 more flying areas are also available for download. RF Mobile simply makes it very easy to learn how to fly.
* Presets for beginner, intermediate & realistic
* Uses onscreen joysticks for control
* Two different camera modes
* Adjustable control sensitivity
* Adjustable physics for speed, stall severity, & autopilot assist
Get more details at This Link over on the RealFlight website, or simply Click Here to get it for your Apple device, or Click Right Here to get it for your Android.
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The Zero is a legendary fighter plane from WWII and now the guys over at Top Flite have a giant scale 86″ version for your flying enjoyment. Their new Zero is not only huge, but is loaded with scale details to make it really something to look at between flights. While the Top Flite Zero is no trainer, it was designed for ease of flight with good maneuverability up in the air. Some of its features and specifications include-
* Wingspan- 86″
* Weight- 25.5-27.5 lb
* Wing area- 1276 in²
* Length- 70.5″
* Requires at least a 7 channel radio, 8-12 servos, 50-50cc gas engine, and Robart retracts
The part number is #TOPA0712, it is street priced at $750, and they should start hitting hobby shops in mid June. Get complete details at This Link over on the Top Flite website.
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Top Flite Gallery
The crew over at Futaba have been very busy lately. News came out earlier in the week about their flagship 4PX surface transmitter, now they are teasing a new Drone Transmitter. Our friends over at Hobby Media have posted pictures of a possible new drone transmitter that was on display at the Shizuoka show. The drone version has huge rubber covered sticks on it, as well as a vast array of switches, sliders, and buttons. We don’t have any information on when, or even if, it will become available, but should we get an inside scoop we will certainly share it with our readers.
The latest quad to hit the market is the Heli-Max 230Si. The 230Si is quite a bit larger than a palm sized quad and comes ready to fly out of the box. The larger size of the 230Si makes it easier to fly outdoors and easier to see at longer distances. Its sophisticated on-board TAGS-FX technology makes it easy for even first timers to have successful flights.
* Flight times of up to 15 minutes
* Altitude control management
* Actual direction control
* Return to pilot function
* Beginner and expert flight modes
* Built in fail-safe
* Rotor Diameter- 5.7″
* Diagonal Dimension- 9.1″
* Weight- 4.4 oz w/o camera, 4.7 oz with
* Everything you need to fly comes in the box
The 230Si with an HD camera has a part number of #HMXE0846 and a street price of $179. The 230Si without a camera has a part number of #HMXE0847 and is street priced at $149. Both are expected to ship in late May and you can get more information on them at This Link over on Heli-Max’s website.
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Heli-Max 230Si Gallery
If you are looking for a new helicopter loaded with premium features that doesn’t take a bunch of time to get up in the air, Thunder Tiger has a heli for you. Thunder Tiger’s new Raptor E550 ARF comes 95% assembled and was designed for performance. For power, the Raptor has a pre-programmed Castle Creations Talon 90A ESC mated to an Ace R/C Ripper 1150kV brushless motor. To keep it light and strong, the Raptor uses carbon fiber main blades and airframe.
* Weight- 5.84 lb
* Main rotor diameter- 49″
* Length- 45.27″
* Height- 15.35″
* Width- 5.51″
The part number is #TTRE0032, it has a street price of $649, and they are expected to start hitting hobby shops in late April. To get more information simply Click This Link.
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Thunder Tiger Raptor E550 Gallery
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.
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Great Planes P-6E Biplane Gallery
Recently announced by Parkzone is their ArtiZan park flyer. The ArtiZan is intended to be a plane that is nimble up in the air, with enough performance to start exploring aerobatics.
Parkzone is releasing the ArtiZan in two different versions, a Bind-N-Fly where you can bind up your own Spektrum transmitter to it, and a PNP that requires a transmitter and receiver. The BNF version also includes the AS3X artificial stabilization system for better control, and a battery and charger.
Some of the highlights of both models include-
* 480 sized 960Kv brushless outrunner
* 30 amp esc from E-flite
* Servos already installed
* Z-Foam construction for greater durability
* High-visibility trim scheme
* Two-piece wing used for easier transport & repair
* Easy-access battery hatch
The BNF version has a part number of #PKZ6980 and a street price of $249. The part number for the PNP version is #PKZ6975 and it sports a street price of $184. Both versions should start hitting hobby shops in early March and you can get more information by clicking This Link over on the official Parkzone website.
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Parkzone ArtiZan Gallery