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Heli-Max 230Si RTF Quadcopter
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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Ragu FlyingI might still be recovering from the post-Quadcopter Championship party, but nothing like Raging Rotors to push me along the road to recovery. Before I continue with the fun, I’d like to give a shout out to our friends at HobbyTown Orland Park, Ares, Blade, Heli-Max, and Estes for their support and generosity towards the great success of this event! I had a lot of fun, as did our participants, and I cannot wait for the next time I get to strut my RC Stuff (read ‘Amateur Flight Skill’).

Now, on to business! I am getting excited for doing a build project and sharing it here with you guys, and have been debating if I should do something a little more ‘out-of-the-box’ than the average quadcopter. Honestly, who hasn’t done it on YouTube, Instructables, etc? As Brian, 3DBill, and I were setting up the competition this weekend, 3DBill wanted me to try one of his latest multirotors, a Quadcopter setup called the ‘V-Tail’. Built to fly like a tricopter (3 motors and a servo, see my previous article), the V-tail uses 4 motors but with the rear two motors mounted at an angle and near each other. 3DBill was able to provide some pictures for me so I don’t have to get too wordy with my description, so you can see those below.

 

I have to say, I have built a tricopter, but its flight abilities can’t hold a candle to the lightning fast reactions of the rudder (tail end) of this quadcopter style. In addition, its unique frame layout also make figuring out orientation from a distance a lot easier. Needless to say, I think I have found the platform for the upcoming USS BigSquid multirotor (cue Captain Kirk overacting)! Now I just need to start shopping (aka turn in ludicrously large expense reports)!

Once again, a big thanks to our sponsors for their support in last Saturday’s event, and big props to all the guys at BigSquid who made this a reality, besides being able to put up with me for almost 24 straight hours! With that, I urge all you pilots out there to Stay Shiny (and warm) and Keep Flyin’!

2014 BigSquidRC Quadcopter Championships
The 2014 BigSquidRC Quadcopter Championships are officially in the books. Hosted by HobbyTown USA Orland Park Illinois last Saturday, it marked one of the first organized quadcopter competitions ever held. The event was made possible by its major sponsors- Ares RC, Blade, and Heli-Max.

Several events were used to determine winners in three different size classes. A tricky obstacle course was set-up to test the precise control a pilot had over his quad, drag racing tested speed and how quickly a pilot could land, and 5 lap pylon races were held to really let the pilots open up the throttle on their quads.

The pylon racing seemed to be everyone’s favorite event as it was a good mix of speed, skill, and competition. Drag racing, which consisted of taking off from the ground and landing on a pedestal about 40 feet away, sounded easy enough, but under the pressure of racing proved to harder than anyone imagined. Many pilots would quickly get to the landing pedestal, only to miss the landing, giving up a bunch of time. The obstacle course was quite challenging with the more skilled pilots navigating the course in about 50 seconds, while it took up to 4 minutes for others.

In true BigSquidRC fashion, the word “Championship” may have been in the title, but the event was extremely laid back and focused more on fun than anything else. A friendly helping hand could always be found and there were smiles all around. The 2014 Quadcopter Championships will not only be remembered for being one of the first of its kind, but also for being an incredibly fun day of flying with some great people.

BigSquidRC would like to thank everyone that participated, as well as Kevin and 3D Bill for all their hard work making the event happen, and Steve from HobbyTown USA for providing the facility. We consider the event a success and are looking at doing another one this summer, as well as a 2015 Quadcopter Championships again next year.

Results-

Nano 2″ Class-

1. Brian Smolik – Estes Proto-X
2. Jared Bachman – Estes Proto-X
3. Bill Smith – Estes Proto-X

Micro 6″ Class-

1. Jared Bachman – Blade Nano QX
2. Brian Smolik – Heli-Max 1Si
3. Kevin Ragauskis – Blade Nano QX

Mini 8″ Class-

1. Bill Smith – Blade MQX
2. Kevin Ragauskis – Blade 180 QX
3. Tim Mohr – LaTrax Alias

Overall Champion – Jared Bachman

To read more about the 2014 Quadcopter Championships, check out This Link right here on BigSquidRC.

Hobbico E-Fest 2014
Over the weekend we had the pleasure of attending one of the largest indoor flying events in the country, E-Fest in Champaign Illinois. E-Fest is put on by the nice folks at Hobbico as a way of promoting the hobby during the cold winter months. Hobbyists from all over the Midwest drive in to get some flying time and spend time with other hobbyists.

While flying is the biggest part of E-Fest, they also have booths from various manufacturers. We spent some time in the Hobbico booth to get some pictures and check out their latest gear. The Hobbico booth featured products from Futaba, Heli-Max, AirCore, Tactic, Thunder Tiger and Flyzone. Whether you were into rc airplanes, helicopters, or multi-rotors, the Hobbico booth had something for you. No new products were announced at the show, but you can take a look at the pictures below to get a feel for what they had on display. To get more information on everything Hobbico, simply Click This Link.

Heli-Max Axe 100 CX Helicopter SLT
Heli-Max has a new coaxial helicopter that is perfect for beginners or budget minded R/Cers, the Axe 100 CX. The coaxial design makes it easy to fly, while its durable parts help bail you out if you make a mistake. Some of its other features and specifications include-

* Comes with everything needed in the box
* Forgiving flight
* Confidence boosting durability
* Small size for flying indoors
* Includes TX410 2.4GHz SLT radio transmitter (RTF)
* Beginner & Expert modes (RTF)
* Tx-R version can be flown with any 4-channel SLT radio
* Rotor Diameter: 7.4″
* Length: 9.0″
* RTF Weight: 1.1 oz

The Heli-Max RTF has a part number of #HMXE0818 and a street price of $75, while the Tx-R has a part number of #HMXE0819 and a street price of only $59.

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Heli-Max 1Si Quadcopter
The crew over at Heli-Max have a new compact quadcopter called the 1Si. What sets the 1Si apart is its “intelligent technology” from the on-board TAGS-FX system. The TAGS-FX stability system uses a 3-axis gyro and 3-axis accelerometer to make the 1Si super easy to fly, even for a first time user. The 1Si also has one of our favorite quadcopter features, a return to pilot button on the transmitter. Some of the other features and specifications of the 1Si include-

* Comes in two versions, one w/ camera, one without
* Camera version can do 720p video and has 2GB micro card
* Integrated LEDs make it easy to follow quad’s orientation
* Actual Direction Control eliminates control reversal
* TAGS-FX corrects unwanted movement in yaw, pitch, and roll, and prevents drifting
* 2.4GHz Tactic radio with LCD screen
* Expert & beginner flight modes
* Prop guards for added safety
* 350 mAh LiPo battery and USB charger
* Comes with spare rotor blades
* Rotor Diameter: 2.2″
* Diagonal Dimension: 4.8″
* RTF Weight: 43 g
* RTF Weight (with Camera): 46 g
* Requires: Nothing

The 1Si without camera has a part number of #HMXE0830 and a street price of $99, while the camera equipped model has a part number of #HMXE0832 and a street price of $139. Both are available right now and to get more information simply click This Link.

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Heli-Max Axe 100 SSL Brushless Helicopter Review

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When we saw the original press release for the Heli-Max Axe 100 SSL, we were sort of blown away by what they were claiming, and what you could get for the price. When it comes to heli’s, we haven’t really done much in the way of reviews except for some ‘dual blade’ stuff, but the specs on the Axe 100 SSL really made us take notice. Would it be as cool as it sounds? Can it really do decent 3D flying for that price? Keep reading to find out..

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Heli-Max 1SQ V-Cam Video
The Heli-Max 1SQ Quadcopter is an easy to fly and very durable machine. However, there is a new version, the 1SQ V-Cam that comes stock with an on-board camera.

The video below showcases just how neat it is to fly around and take video. With the 1SQ V-Cam you can get some neat high angle shots, and when you add in movement it makes for some real unique video that you could normally never get.

The 1SQ V-Cam should start shipping in the next couple of weeks and has a street price of $129, hit up the Official Heli-Max Website for more information. To get more quadcopter information on BSRC This Is The Link you want.

Enjoy the video? Comments are open, let the world know what you think.

Heli-Max Upgrades Axe 100
You’ve got a Heli-Max Axe 100 series helicopter and now you’ve got the itch to upgrade. The crew at Heli-Max now have you dialed with multiple CNC Machined Aluminum Upgrades for your Axe. These aluminum upgrades are stronger than stock to help fend off crash damage and they are manufactured to tighter tolerances. Oh ya, we can’t forget the best reason to get them, they look really trick.

Here are the new upgrades -

HMXE2050 – Head Block Axe 100 CP/SS, street price $16.99
HMXE2051 – Blade Grips Axe 100 CP/SS, street price $16.99
HMXE2052 – Swash Plate Axe 100 CP/SS/SSL, street price $21.49
HMXE2053 – Head Screw Set Axe 100 CP/SS/SSL, street price $3.19
HMXE2054 – Head Block with Assembly Blade Grips Axe 100 CP/SS, street price $29.99

These are available right now, click on over to the Official Heli-Max Website for more information.

Thinking about getting in rc helicopters? Check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

Heli-Max 1/43 Eurocopter EC145 Brushless 2.4GHz RTF
Heli-Max has a new EC145 Eurocopter with incredible scale detailing. It uses an injection molded body to faithfully represent even the smallest details of its full scale counterpart. The Heli-Max EC145 isn’t just an uber shelf queen, with brushless power and TAGS gyro stabilization it’s a blast to fly as well. Some of its key features include-

* Collective pitch 4 blade rotor head
* 14,750 kv brushless motor
* 2.4 GHz radio system (RTF)
* Triple axis gyro
* Includes Lipo battery

The EC145 comes two different ways, an RTF with part number #HMXE0852 and a street price of $199, and a Tx-R that has a part number of #HMXE0853 and a street price of $149. Both versions have a release date of late June, for more information on the EC145 just click THIS LINK.

Looking for more Heli-Max news? Check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

Heli-Max Black Hawk 1/43 Aerobatic Helicopter
Heli-Max has a new helicopter on the market, the famed Sikorsky UH-60 BLACK HAWK. The first thing you’ll notice about it is the incredible scale detail that it has. The realistic detail on the Heli-Max Black Hawk is quite impressive, from its rubber tires to its rotors, it looks just like the full size machine. Some of its other features include-

* Battery hatch attached with magnets for quick access
* Collective pitch 4 blade rotor head
* Variable pitch tail rotor
* Rotor diameter 12.8″
* Triple Axis Gyro Stabilization (TAGS)

The Black Hawk comes in two different versions, an RTF, part HMXE0838 that carries a street price of $349, and a Tx-R with a part number of #HMXE0839 and a street price of $299. For more information on everything Heli-Max Click This Link.

Want more information on rc helicopters? Check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

Heli-Max 1SQ V-Cam Tx-R
The Heli-Max 1SQ Quadcopter is getting some updates, most notably the addition of an on-board digital camera. You can turn the camera on and off from the transmitter on the new 1SQ V-Cam, and you can even snap still shots on the RTF version. The 1SQ V-Cam comes with a 2GB memory card, a USB microSD card reader, and the camera angle is easily adjusted to make sure you get the perfect shot. Also new is an LED on each motor pod for night flying action.

The Heli-Max 1SQ V-Cam RTF has a part number of #HMXE0836 and a street price of $129. Part number for the Tx-R version is #HMXE0837 and a street price of only $99. Both versions are expect to hit hobby shops in mid June. For more information on the new V-Cam’s check out THIS LINK on the Heli-Max website.

Have you seen our Quadcopter shootout? If not you can catch it right HERE.

Heli-Max Axe 100 SS & Axe 100 SSL Brushless Aerobatic Helicopters
The Heli-Max crew has a couple of new aerobatic helis on the market, the Axe 100 SS and the Axe 100 SSL. Both come with serious outrunner brushless power, TAGS (triple axis gyro stabilization), longer tail booms, reinforced swash plates, and come RTF or Tx-R.

Part numbers for the Axe 100 SS are #HMXE0827 for RTF and #HMXE0828 for the Tx-R model. The Axe 100 SSL adds some cool looking LED lighting and has part numbers of #HMXE0827 for RTF and #HMXE0828 for Tx-R. Street prices on both are $160 for RTF and $220 for Tx-R. Late May is the expected release date on all four of the new Heli-Maxs.

How about checking out some more Heli-Max news right HERE on BigSquidRC?

Check out the video below to see both of the new Heli-Max’s in action.