The folks at Horizon Hobby have put out a cool video featuring the new Blade Nano QX FPV quadcopter. In the video below you’ll see “The Steve”, Horizon’s version of The Stig, going to head to head against “The Red Giant” on a very cool quadcopter course that even includes a bowling section. Yes, the video shows bowling with rc quadcopters! The video is short and worth a watch so check it out to see what kind of fun you can have with FPV quads.
The Blade Nano QX FPV with Fat Shark Teleporter V4 5.8GHz headset shown in the video is available right now with a street price of $419. To get more details hit up This Link over on the Horizon Hobby website.
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For all you cross-bashers that get your kicks not only with surface products, but also in the air, Ares RC has announced a new micro sized quadcopter called the Spectre X. Like many Ares products, it comes RTF (ready to fly) with everything you need right in the box. The Spectre X also comes with a high quality 680×480 video camera that allows you to shoot video as well as stills.
* 6-axis control for steady flight
* Optional FPV package for watching and recording video via a smartphone
* Comes in two bright fluorescent trim schemes for great visibility
* Flight software designed specifically for videography & photography to eliminate sudden movements
* Includes 2GB SD card
* Length w/ rotor blades: 5.5″
* Rotor diameter: 2.2″
* Weight: 2.2 oz
* Battery: 1S 3.7v 700mAh LiPO
* 4-channel 2.4GHz transmitter
The Spectre X is street priced at $89 and you can Click Right Here to learn more over on the official Ares website.
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Ares Spectre X Gallery
Ready to move up to a 6 channel radio? If so, Tactic has an affordable new unit getting ready to hit the market. The TTX610 is one of the latest radios from Tactic and comes with all the basic features you need to utilize 6 channels on your aircraft. You can flip a single switch to change dual rates while a two & three position switch make it easy to activate auxiliary functions. A 2.4GHz SLT protocol is used for glitch free performance, while bearings are used on the gimbals for ultra smooth movement.
The 610 has a part number of #TACJ2610, a street price of $99, and they are expected to hit hobby shops in December. Here Is A Link to more information over on the official Tactic website.
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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
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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