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THE Kyosho AXXE Wireless LAN iReceiver Sand Buggy Review

Kyosho AXXE Review

FPV, some say it’s the future, some won’t drive any other way, but most have little to no experience with it. Today we are taking a closer look at the Kyosho AXXE. The version of the AXXE we received is part of Kyosho’s iReadyset series, it comes with their iReceiver and can be driven by a wide variety of Android and Apple devices. With the addition of an optional Kyosho camera, it is as close to a full out of the box FPV set-up that you can buy. Does the Kyosho deliver a good FPV experience? Is driving with your cell phone any fun? Hit the “Read More” button to find out…

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UMX FPV Vapor

Now that FatShark products are available at Horizon Hobby, there now is a way to get all your FPV needs in one aircraft: the Ultra-Micro FPV Vapor RTF! Featuring the FatShark Teleporter V4 FPV Headset, the FPV Vapor RTF has a great list of features:

 

  • Completely built, flight ready airframe
  • Spektrum™ VS1100 ultra micro FPV system
  • Fat Shark Teleporter V4 headset with digital head tracking
  • Full-color QVGA 320 x 240 LCD headset displays
  • SpiroNET circular polarized antenna system
  • 150mAh 1S 3.7V Li-Po battery and USB 1S Li-Po charger
  • 760mAh 2S 7.4V Li-Po headset battery and AC charger
  • Ultra-lightweight, film-covered carbon fiber airframe with modular construction
  • Spektrum 3-channel DSMX® receiver/ESC/Servo unit
  • Fully proportional throttle, elevator and rudder control
  • 4-channel 2.4GHz DSMX transmitter
  • No FCC license required

This plane (Part # EFLU6600) with everything included will sell for $449, and will be hitting shelves towards the end of October. For now, you can see all the details about this 3-Channel airplane on the E-Flite website Right Here.

For all the other Horizon Hobby news on BigSquidRC, Click Here.

 

CubbyHello one and all, I certainly hope you are all having a most enjoyable time for Labor Day. I have been putting in a lot of trigger time lately, so while you are reading this I’ll be at my favorite riding spot yanking some 1:1 throttle and hopefully catching some big air with buddies.

On the subject of trigger time…

You may have caught our un-boxing of the Kyosho AXXE. While it is a rather unassuming buggy (a base model with friction shocks), it has become an object of fascination around the BSRC offices. And why might that be? Because it will be the first FPV vehicle we’ve ever reviewed.

Much of the surface rc world has ignored FPV. The hardcore racers types want nothing to do with it, while some of the older school manufacturers don’t even understand why anyone would want to buy it. I guess I can’t blame them, you can’t begin to understand the allure of FPV until you’ve experienced it yourself.

Kyosho is leading the way in the surface FPV world, I mean they are the first “big” manufacturer to embrace and sell FPV “ready” machines (their iReadyset series). The big question is, will FPV take off in surface like it has in the air rc world? Are the Kyosho machines just the tip of the iceberg, or the last of a niche that never took off?

Our hobby will evolve, it’s just the nature of things, will its evolution include FPV? As I’ve said many times before, that will depend on marketing. If consumers are told FPV is the next big thing, it will become so, but will the people/companies that mold our industry point them that direction? If there is money to be made, of course so, they have to keep their lights on and food on their tables just like everyone else. So that begs to question, is there enough money to be made off surface FPV products for manufacturers to start the marketing surge???? Not yet, but IMO it’s just a matter of time, the hobby has to go somewhere, and FPV is just too dern much fun to not take off.

While testing the AXXE, our Bash Crew spent a lot of time talking about the future of our hobby, as in, what are some of the possibilities that next gen tech can bring to the plate. For example, if there was an FPV class at the local track, there would be no need for a drivers stand, or even a need to see the track at all, you could race from your pit table. But… what if you took technology one step further. What if you could sit at home and have someone at your local track put your car down and marshal it, while you controlled it FPV from the comfort of your home (I am particularly lazy, so that sounds awesome to me)? So… what if I were able to sit in the comfort of my easy chair in Champaign IL, while I was driving an FPV truck in Axialfest in Cisco Grove CA? Or race at RC Madness in CT AND OC_RC in Huntington Beach CA, on the same day, via FPV from vacation in Italy?

No doubt the future holds all sorts of interesting possibilities, for those of us that embrace new technology, we can’t wait to see what’s in store for us…

Couple of BSRC notes before I go…

We are having a HUGE Mega-Bash October 19th at Leisure Hours in Joliet Illinois to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of BigSquidRC. Ya, mark your calenders now, it’s gonna be off the hook.

I think we are finally done with our 8th scale Gasoline Monster Truck shootout! Hooray! When will the results be posted? My guess is in a couple of weeks.

Yo seriously, make it to iHobby in the Chi-Town metro this year, I can personally promise that out booth will be worth your while.

We need some painters, both in the Chi-Town and STL metro areas. If you can paint your ass off and want to get some serious attention, shoot us an email.

Huge props to all those people that attended our bash at HobbyTown USA in Orland Park IL over the weekend. I hear a Great Time was had by all.

Hey, I’m picking a “Letter of the Month” this week in ASK Cubby, get those letters/questions/rants in for a chance to win one of our way-super-dope t-shirts.

That’s it, go eat some BBQ and bash the living daylight out of your truck. Oh ya, don’t forget to support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can!

YOUR Cub Reporter

Unboxing Kyosho AXXE iReceiver
The Kyosho AXXE iReceiver Sand Buggy will be a historic vehicle for BigSquidRC. Why? Because it will be the first review we’ve ever done on a fully FPV surface machine. While there is a version of the AXXE that does come with a normal 2.4GHz transmitter, we’ll be reviewing the Wireless LAN Version with the optional camera.

Our AXXE did not come with a transmitter, nor will it ever use one. To control the buggy we’ll be using a variety of smart phones and tablets. Once we download the proper apps from the Apple store and Google Play, both the steering and throttle controls will come up on our devices. Also, because we are going to review the optional iReceiver camera, we’ll have a live video feed from the on-board camera being displayed on our devices for a full FPV experience.

The AXXE is part of Kyosho’s EZ Series, a budget line intended to get new people into the hobby. You won’t find any fancy brushless power system or even oil shocks on the AXXE, but it does offer cool styling and of course the cutting edge wirless LAN set-up. The AXXE is available without any type of transmitter for just $99, while a version with a 2.4GHz radio costs $139, and the wireless LAN version (without camera) goes for $159.

Our full review will be going up in the next two weeks, if you want more information on the various versions of the Kyosho AXXE hit up This Link on the official Kyosho website.

Want more unboxings? Click Here for more on BigSquidRC.

sumo_wrestlingAlright, I know that the FAA and AMA are still pretty deadlocked on the new rules as interpreted by the FAA and how it really makes it difficult to be a hobby pilot. Now, the stories and definitions will keep changing as the news is passed along, but I wish to make a few comments towards these rules, as well as my own version of the rules I’d like to see for FPV flying after the jump…

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New FAA Rules

As of June 25th, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released their interpretation of special aircraft and first person view (FPV) flight. Above you can see a few of their guidelines, and you can see more on what is or isn’t considered hobby/recreational flight by Reading More… READ MORE

FatShark Horizon Hobby
Here is some great news for you FPV (First Person View) Pilots out there, FatShark products are on their way to Horizon Hobby. This means not only will FatShark products be easier than ever to get at your local hobby shops, but Horizon will also have some exclusive bundles that make it easier than ever to fly FPV.

The FatShark bundles coming from Horizon have been specially selected to make FPV less confusing for first time users and they are ready to use out of the box without requiring a HAM license.

FatShark products from Horizon should start shipping later this month, get more information at This Link over on Horizon’s website.

Want more FatShark news? Get it at This Link on BigSquidRC.

Quadcopter with FPV SetupAnother day, another installment of Raging Rotors! As I mentioned last week, a recent episode of Modern Family featured a DJI Quadcopter set up for FPV (First Person View).  With camera technology getting more affordable for the masses, the usual next step for someone going deep into the world of Quadcopters (whether DIY or RTF) is to dive into picture/video recording  or building an FPV setup.

 

 

 

EFC-720 Mobile HD Camera

A camera setup for your RC aircraft (or RC car for that matter), is as simple as a mobile camera, like the rechargeable mini camera EFC-720 from E-Flite. It records video at 720p, takes still photos at a 1.3 Megapixels, and it’s record functions can be controlled by connecting the camera to a spare port on one’s receiver. It retails at $40, and can be found in local hobby shops now. More details can be found on Horizon Hobby’s website here.

GoPro HD Camera

If you want a high quality camera, many jump towards the ever popular GoPro. Between 1080p video and in many cases having wireless control functions, it is a great purchase for those looking for great quality video and pictures. More details can be found on GoPro’s website Right Here. No worries if you want to do FPV, one can fashion their own cable, or pick one up online.

FatShark FPV System

For an FPV setup, there are many options online built for any type of budget and any type of quadcopter. The more universally known kits are from a company called FatShark. Now FatShark technology is not very revolutionary in its camera transmitter and receiver system, its claim to fame is the goggles they sell that provide a fully immersive FPV experience. Unlike the basic receiver screen, FatShark goggles give you a true First Person View using their HD goggles. Prices vary per version of goggles, but they can be picked up via a number of websites, like HeliDirect. More information about FatShark’s FPV tech can be found here.

I know I’m sounding like a broken record, but the clock is ticking closer to the 2014 Quadcopter Championships. This should be a fun event, and I can’t wait to see what kind of skills you have to show off through our various events. Details are here.

As always, I will see you again next week, but until then Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!

Blade 350QX AP

Coming straight out of Nuremburg is a number of great stuff out of Horizon HobbyOne of many from Blade Helicopters is the newly upgraded 350QX AP. The AP stands for Aerial Photography and the RTF Quadcopter Kit not only come with a camera control gimble but the new E-Flite C-Go 1 1080p sport camera.

Now the questions have already been flying all over the internet and Blade has already announced the original 350QX can be upgraded to carry the gimbal and there will be a GoPro adapter mount for those who need one.

Other Specifications include:

  • Included 2-Axis Brushless Gimbal
  • Included C-Go 1 Camera 1080P/30
  • 5.8Ghz Wi-Fi Video Downlink to Supported Devices
  • Large 3S 3000mAh Flight Battery
  • Improved Receiver with External Antenna
  • Improved GPS
  • Visual Compass Error Detection
  • Compatible with All Spektrum Radios

The part number is BLH7900 and will be selling for around $1000 when it releases in late May. Hit up This Link for more information on the Blade Website.

Click Right Here for more Blade news on BigSquidRC.

C-Go 1

Slipping through the cracks, the new Blade 350QX AP features a camera gimal setup along with it’s own camera included? What’s that, you want one for yourself but don’t want to fly? Announcing the E-Flite C-Go 1, a new 1080p, 30fps action camera developed by Yuneec Technology! Not only that, but it will transfer 720p video right to your mobile device giving you FPV right out of the box. It’s features include:

  • 5.8Ghz downlink to support mobile devices with included antenna
  • 1080P/30 recording or 720P/30 when streaming
  • Lightweight and small form factor
  • Low latency and long range Wi-Fi

Arriving late May for around $300, the C-Go 1 has a part number of EFLA900 and more information can be found on Horizon Hobby’s website via This Link.

 

Check out E-Flite news on BigSquidRC by clicking here.

kyosho ireceiver
Kyosho has an interesting new product for the FPV crowd, their iReceiver Wireless LAN Radio System. What can you do with the iReceiver set-up? You can install an app on your smartphone (or tablet) and control your air or surface rc from it. You can also put the optional camera in your truck/boat/plane and drive/fly from an FPV perspective.

The part number for the Kyosho iReceiver is #82260, while the part number for the on board camera is #82261. We’ll have more information on the iReceiver soon, until then check out the video below from the TeamMiniZ crew that showcases what the iReceiver can do.

Happy Friday everyone, check out a certified TGIF Mystery Link.

Cubby Toledo Weak SignalsHello everyone, I am Cubby and this is THE Cub Report, a weekly look into the world of life in the rc world.

This can’t really be a Cub Report without some Supercross bench racing, so for those of you that follow the sport you already know that RV2 put on another clinic last night in Houston Texas. Ryan is just a steamroller right now, much like RC was back in his heyday. He pulls a top 3 start, gets the lead early, then checks out. To stop him is going to take an apocoliptic ride from the Dunge, Bubba, TC41, or Bam-Bam, but so far none have done it. One of those riders will have to run RV2 down, pass him, then pull away in order to crowbar some of that confidence away from RV2. Until that happens it looks like the RV2 will continue his reign on top of the podium.

I spent the weekend in the lovely little city known as Toledo Ohio. The BigSquidRC Bash Crew was there to cover the 59th Annual (no, that is not a typo, fifty-ninth annual) Weak Signals RC Model Show. Ok, ya, I know, you might very well be a “surface” guy and have never heard of it, but this weeks Cub Report is about that unique show.

So what’s it like to hit the Weak Signals show?

It’s crowed, very, very crowded for three days straight. Weak Signals is a “selling show”, a show where exhibitors can sell to the public, and that’s pretty cool for everyone involved. Consumers flock to the show, not only to see the hottest new products, but to also stock up on all the gear they need for the upcoming season. I know that even though I’m in the industry and most any product that I want is only an email away, that I’ve been to many a trade show where I would have killed to just whipped out some cash and taken home some uber little product from some small company that is rarely heard of. At the Toledo show all the consumers are treated to the fact that most (but not all) products were for sale, and most of them were at a discounted “expo” price.

For the exhibitors that were selling, they can actually sell a LOT of product over the three days of the Weak Signals show. An exhibitor might very well line-up multiple new dealers for sales around the year, but they can also sell a lot of product straight to consumers. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “It costs us 10k to do XYZ trade show and we leave feeling like we wasted our money.”. At the Toledo show an exhibitor can easily do enough sales right on the floor to cover their expenses. It’s pretty easy for “Happy Flower Battery Company” to see that if the show cost them 10k to do and they went home with 20k, that they at least covered their expenses. When you add in all the exposure they got and all the valuable face time they spent with real-life consumers, the show is a big “win” for most exhibitors and that’s why they keep coming back. Heck, there is a waiting line for exhibitors to get into the show.

Something else cool about the Weak Signals show is its second level, it’s devoted entirely to hobbyists bringing in used gear to sell, and it costs the public nothing to enter that area. If you are a hardcore hobbyist it’s just plain fun to walk around looking at used gear. Some of the gear is straight up vintage, while other stuff is current but in used condition, you just never know what you are going to see up on the second level.

The Weak Signals show is held in a place called the Seagate Center. The Seagate is located in a decent and somewhat scenic area of downtown Toledo. The minor league baseball park is right next door, as is the river. Close parking is readily available (some of it is even free on the weekend!) and with the relatively small size of the venue, there isn’t as much walking as some of the other shows. The only downside to Seagate? Their food definitely left something to be desire. It was edible, but that’s about it.

Hobbico, Horizon and Hitec had large booths while most everyone else had smaller table style set-ups. There were a LOT of exhibitors, and every possible booth space was taken up. Also, while 95% of the show was airplane gear, the other 5% was rc boating and cars. If you are surface guy there just isn’t much on display, however the trip might just be worth your while to see the spectacle of it all and to see how “the other half” does it.

Also of note, there was a LOT of FPV gear at the show. While there hasn’t been a big push of FPV gear in the surface world yet, the air crowd seems to be all over it. There were lots of ridiculously cool cameras, video transmitters, monitors, glasses, etc on display at the show, more than I’ve ever seen gathered in one place before. We are huge fans of FPV here at BigSquidRC, we can’t wait for it to catch on to a large extent with the surface guys.

To finally wrap it up, we had a great time in Toledo, the crew running the show were amazing, it was great talking to all the exhibitors, and we had an even better time hanging with the consumers walking the show. We met a lot of new airplane people and just plain (plane?) can’t wait to get back there again next year.

That’s it for this week, support your local hobby shops and bash spot when ya can!

YOUR Cub Reporter

We do NOT condone this, nor do we recommend messing with any type of officials of any kind. Heck, we only had maybe 2 police incidents this year, which is way better than previous years! All that being said, this was one of those videos (even though it may be wrong) that made me laugh. Those TBS Discovery guys are nuts.

Speaking of quads, have you seen all of our recent Quad Reviews?