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Chroma

Take Photography to New Heights with the Blade Chroma C…

After the recent price drop of the 350 QX3, Blade released info on their latest camera drone series: the Chroma. Utilizing 4k, 1080p, or allowing use with a GoPro, you can take great video and stills on the fly! Two ready to fly packages features the Yuneec made ST-10 radio system and CGO2+ camera/gimbal combo, and Chroma drones equipped with that radio will have [...]

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Raging Rotors: At the Buzzer!

As of today, it is 7 days until Christmas Eve. Stores are full of people, and shelves are getting empty of all the great buys for this season. Never fear, for I have the Raging Rotors Holiday Gift Guide full of great buys for your favorite pilot! Dromida Kodo: For the new multirotor pilot, I’m a fan of the Dromida Kodo. Including all [...]

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horizon fpv challenge

Video – Horizon FPV Challenge

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 [...]

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Raging Rotors: What I REALLY want for Christmas…

Hello, and Happy Thanksgiving Eve to you all! It was neat to see what everyone wanted under the tree in this week’s Cub Report, and yes, I did ask for an Arrma Typhon. That truck is ridiculous! Yet, I wasn’t ready to spoil my whole list, because that’s my job. Here are the top things on my Christmas list this year, [...]

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Blade 350 QX3

Blade 350 QX3 Quadcopter

The crew over at Blade have set out to make it easy for anyone to shoot spectacular aerial video with their new 350 QX3. With simple controls, GPS features, and a 3-axis stabilized camera, even new flyers can take quality footage with the 350 QX3. * 10-15 minute flight times * Improved GPS performance from mast-mounted antenna * 5.8GHz Wi-Fi link for iOS [...]

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Hot Sauce

Raging Rotors: I got some ‘splaining to do…

As much as I’d love to say that Lucy did it, my inbox went gangbusters this week regarding my last post about Collective Pitch flight. More specifically, everyone wanted the same question answered: What do you mean by ‘The Blade 180 CFX is a game changer for small stunt helicopters’? OK, so maybe  I should have been more specific, but I was trying to [...]

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Raging Rotors: Holy Helicopter Kit, Batman!

Another week, another fun installment of Raging Rotors! Granted I’m not bringing atomic batteries to power, but I have a project that I have been working on since IRCHA this past August. As I mentioned, I did acquire a SAB Heli Division Goblin 570 helicopter kit and have been diligently working on it in my free time. I have to say, it has [...]

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Raging Rotors: The Battle for Shelf Space

In this installment of Raging Rotors, I cannot help but take a look at the dilemma starting to plague hobby shop owners nationwide, including mine: market saturation. The multirotor market has exploded, providing customers numerous options for aircraft at every size level. The other side of that explosion is that many shops have to pick and choose what goes on to [...]

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Get the best tech now with the new 350QX2 without Camer…

I’m sure I wasn’t the only person a little jealous that the new Blade 350QX2 AP Combo came with new bells and whistles of better Receiver coverage, bigger battery, and more. Luckily for us the 350QX V2 gone, and now we have the 350QX2! Still featuring the same RTF and Bind-N-Fly packages, the 350QX2 touts these new enhancements:White Battery Hatch (BLH7902) White battery hatch compliments the primarily [...]

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200QX Aerial Closeup

Raging Rotors: Flip it! Flip it Good!

In all things multirotor, I was excited by Blade Helicopter’s announcement about the new 3D flight modes for the 200QX. I for one quickly ordered the new props, dragged my update cable out of the 350QX case, and was quickly on my way to being ready for inverted flight. Check out the video and my impressions on the upgrade after the jump…

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Raging Rotors Recap: IRCHA Jamboree 2014

If you didn’t see it already, I took a lot of pictures over last weekend when I was at the IRCHA Jamboree 2014. I even walked out of there a winner! In a lot of cases, pictures do the Jamboree justice, but there still is a lot one can talk about that the pictures can’t start to describe. I thought I’d make [...]

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Upgrade your 200QX to Full 3D!

Nipping on the heels of my unboxing and build of the Invertix400, Blade Helicopters has announced an update for the 200QX Quadcopter to also perform Fully Inverted Maneuvers. Teased at eFest 2014 during the prototype stages, the software update is available now, with propellers for these maneuvers available soon. For the update, one needs the USB cable and props which can be picked up or [...]

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GB200 Box Front

Unboxing: Yuneec/Blade GB200 Gimbal for Quadcopters

While working on upgrading a friend’s Blade 350QX, he asked to get him that ‘new camera mount’ for his GoPro. A few days later, the Yuneec/Blade GB200 Camera Gimbal came in for me to install. Equipped with 2 brushless motors and mounts for the GoPro and CGo1 sport cameras, this gimbal is plug and play with the Blade 350QX and could even be [...]

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200QX Light Rear

Blade 200QX Quadcopter Review

Blade 200QX Quadcopter by Horizon Hobby – ReviewIn a RC World where quadcopters are becoming THE thing to pilot, Blade Helicopters took the popular 350QX platform and shrank it. Luckily, there was no movie starring Rick Moranis, but I did get the opportunity to give the 200QX Quadcopter a good test and you can see my thoughts on the aircraft after the jump…

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Quad Fly Away? Track in Real Time with FlyTrex Live!

Hot off the presses via their blog, the guys over at FlyTrex have updated their GPS MultiRotor telemetry system to also provide live data feed straight to their website, making it the first ‘Black Box’ for quadcopters. FlyTrex Live uses a GSM (cell phone data) connection to transmit Speed, Location, Altitude, and Battery Voltage live directly to their website. What makes this [...]

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