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 the trimmings like a camera and optional prop guards, this quad is medium in size (between a ProtoX and LaTrax Alias), but has all the fun stability and auto flipping features of its smaller and larger compatriots. Find this guy for $60 at your local shops (Part #: DIDE0005). [Direct Link]
Ares Ethos Series: Granted the Ethos line of quadcopters range from micro size (Ethos PQ) to the larger 300ish size (Ethos FPV/HD), but the whole line can get any person into the hobby. The Ethos PQ was the first micro to offer a flip mode ($50), the Ethos QX130 features neat accessories (squirt gun, missile launcher, camera, and more)($100, accessories separate), and the Ethos FPV gets you on the front lines of multirotor photography without breaking the bank ($300 for an all inclusive package). These are available at HobbyTown and direct on Ares RC. [Direct Link]
Hobbyzone Sport Cub S: The best way to get someone new into the airplane flying game or into indoor flying during the winter months is to introduce them to SAFE (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope), the great technology found in the Sport Cub S. Featuring a ‘leveling-up’ system to help a pilot grow, this plane also has a panic recovery button to help save them from an ‘oops’ moment. Find it on the shelf for $130 in a Ready to Fly package. [Direct Link]
Blade Pico QX: Looking for a micro quad for your small space that is safe near your other toys (TV, vases, etc)? The Blade Pico QX is a nice micro quadcopter that has prop guards built into the frame to keep your stuff safe, as well as the aircraft. This quad is available in shops now for $50. [Direct Link]
Now, this isn’t the ONLY list you need to follow, but can start as a guide to take to your local shop and open a dialogue and get their opinions and make a final decision. If you have any questions, you can always contact me via kevin (at) bigsquidrc (dot) com, or stopping by my place of employment (also a hobby shop). Until next time, Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!