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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Last night the big man over at Amazon, Jeff Bezos, was on 60 Minutes to reveal a new 30 minute delivery service that they’ve been experimenting with. The Amazon Prime Air super fast delivery service is said to use self-piloting quadcopter drones to deliver a 5 pound cargo up to 10 miles. The hobby community knows the vast array of obstacles that would need to be overcome to make this delivery system a reality, it would simply be impossible. However, it is cool that quads are getting some massive mainstream coverage, and that perhaps at some point in the future this type of technology might help make ultra-quick delivery a possibility.
Check out the short video clip below to see Amazon Prime Air in action, Click Right Here to visit Amazon’s website.
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Scale looks are all the rage and the new Ares P-51D Mustang 350 is a sweet looking flying machine. This classic warbird has all the scale details you want, plus it packs a punch under the hood with its included brushless powerplant. Some of its other features and specifications include-
* EPO foam airframe
* 350 sized brushless motor and 15 amp ESC
* Includes 2 and 4 blade props
* 4 channel control
* Unique airfoil design
* Length: 25.6″
* Wingspan: 29.5″
* RTF Battery: 3S 600mAh Lipo
* RTF Transmitter: 2.4GHz 6 channel
* Weight: 12.2-12.8 oz
The RTF version comes with everything you need to get up in the air and has a part number of #AZS1400 with a street price of $189. The Ready For Receiver version has a part number of #AZS1402 and the street price comes in at only $119. Both styles should start hitting your local HobbyTown USA in early December, or you can order one on the official Ares Website.
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Ares P-51D Mustang Gallery
Looking for some scale realism in a collective pitch helicopter? Check out the Solo Pro Lama 290 from Nine Eagles. The Solo Pro Lama 290 is nicely detailed and packs a punch under the hood with brushless power. Some of its features and specifications include-
* Collective pitch 3-rotor blade system
* Comes with 3S 1100mAh Lipo
* Shaft drive to tail rotor
* 4 in 1 control unit (gyro/esc/mixer/receiver)
* Main Rotor Diameter: 17.7″
* Length: 18″
* Height: 6.4″
* Weight: 16.5 oz
The Nine Eagles Solo Pro Lama 290 comes in two different colors and in RTF ($399) or w/o transmitter ($349) configurations. Expect them to start hitting your local Hobbico dealer in late December.
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Solo 290 Lama in Red