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.
Read our last RealFlight review Right Here on BigSquidRC.
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
The BigSquidRC Bash Crew had a great time on Saturday attending E-Fest 2014 presented by Hobbico. We learned a lot by visiting all the exhibitors booths, and were in awe of the flying skills of the pilots. To give you a sense of what it was like to be there in person, please take a look at the 6 galleries below.
We would like to give a special thanks to everyone at Hobbico for their hospitality, and to all the people we met that made our stay so much fun. We had a blast and can’t wait to be at the event again next year.
Click Here to visit the official E-Fest website, and hit This Link to see all the products that Hobbico offers.
Hobbico E-Fest Gallery 1
Hobbico E-Fest Gallery 2
Click the “Read More” button to view 4 more galleries from E-Fest.
If you are looking for “big” performance the upcoming Hangar 9 Inversa 62 should be a plane to look at. The Inversa 62 is designed to be a versatile mix of style and performance. With acute attention to detail, it is said to be precision made for hardcore 3D action, while its large control surfaces should make it predictable to fly at slow speeds. Some of its specifications include-
* Overall length- 84.8″
* Wingspan- 88″
* Weight- 17 lb
* Wing area- 1,600 sq. in.
* Powerplant- 62cc 2-stroke gas or 360 outrunner
The part number is #HAN5195 and it has a street price of $750. For more information This is the link you want.
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Hangar 9 Inversa 62 Gallery
If you own an Ethos QX130 quadcopter or a Chronos CX100 helicopter, the folks over at Ares have a contest for you. They want to see videos of your Ares in action, and the top three will win HobbyTown USA gift cards. The gift cards range from $50 to $200, and the winning videos will be posted up on the Ares Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages. If you win your video might even make the front page here on BigSquidRC.
Submissions are due by February 10th and you can get more information at This Link.
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It’s all about scale realism in rc now days, and it doesn’t matter if its surface or air. For example, the latest offering from Hangar 9 is loaded with scale detailing. The Spitfire Mk IXc 30cc ARF looks just like the classic warbird that flew in WW2 with its accurate scale outline and markings.
* Comes with printed, flat finish UltraCote
* Scale details- carburetor intake, compressor intake and molded engine exhaust
* Balsa and plywood construction
* Scale tires with 4-spoke Spitfire wheels
* Comes with painted aluminum spinner
* Removable wing cannons and radio antenna
* Three-piece, plug-in wings for easy transport and assembly
* Magnetic top-hatch
* Comes set-up for gas engine, but can be built electric w/ optional kit
* Wingspan: 81.0″
* Length: 64.5″
* Flying Weight: 16.5-18.5 lb
The part number on the Spitfire is #HAN4495, it has a street price of $629, and they should start hitting hobby shops sometime in February. For more information hit up This Link.
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Hitec has an affordable new charger for all you micro enthusiasts. The Hitec X4 can charge four packs at once and is made to charge the packs found in your micro quad or heli. Some of its specifications and features include-
* AC/DC input power
* Four charge ports
* Each port has four popular battery connectors
* Audible alarm
* Multiple safety features
* Dimensions: 5.2″ x 3.9″ x 2.0″
* Charge current: .1 to 1.0 amp
The part number is #44212 and it has a street price of $49, hit up This Link for more information.
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