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Ragu Quad CollectionAs 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’!

horizon fpv challengeThe 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 quadcopters! The video is short and worth a watch so check it out to see what kind of fun you can have with FPV quads.

The Blade Nano QX FPV with Fat Shark Teleporter V4 5.8GHz headset shown in the video is available right now with a street price of $419. To get more details hit up This Link over on the Horizon Hobby website.

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Pro Boat Rockstar 48-inch Catamaran Gas RTR
Horizon Hobby has announced a new version of their burly Rockstar 48″ Catamaran that features a significantly lower street price. The big 26cc gasoline engine remains, while the previous model’s push button R.O.S.S. starter system has been dropped to reduce the street price by about $200.

* Capable of speeds over 40 mph
* 270 oz-in rudder servo
* Wide hull for increased stability in rough water
* For safety, a centrifugal clutch prevents the prop from spinning at idle
* Anodized aluminum hardware to match Rockstar livery
* Comes with Spektrum DX2E DSMR radio
* Length- 48″
* Beam- 17.3″
* Weight- 20.2lb

The Rockstar 48 has a street price of $999, a part number of #PRB09003, and they are expected to start shipping in late December. You can get More Details over on the official Pro Boat website.

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Parrot Bebop Drone and SkyController BundleHave you ever wondered what the difference was between a $89 camera equipped quadcopter and a $900 model? Quite a bit actually. For example, the Parrot Bebop is an upper mid-range quadcopter/drone that generates its own Wi-Fi hotspot to instantly share video or images. The Bebop also features a Parrot P7 dual-core CPU, a quad-core GPU, and has 8 GB of flash memory. All of those are fixed to a magnesium shelf that helps dissipate heat and acts as an electromagnetic shield. And… the Bebop runs on Linux, with SDK coming soon to make it easy for the developer crowd. Throw in all the “normal” stuff a GPS equipped quad can do, and you can say the Parrot Bebop is loaded with features.

* FPV ready
* True piloting experience with precision joysticks and pads
* Instantly share 1080P video
* Live streaming on smartphone or tablet
* Stabilized 14 megapixel camera with fisheye lens
* Wi-Fi MIMO range up to 300 meters
* 180° vision controlled by the pilot
* Embedded GPS with Flight Map control

The Bebop Drone is priced at $499, or is street priced at $899 when bundled with the SkyController. These are expected to ship the first week of December, to get yours on pre-order simply hit up This Link over on the Horizon Hobby website.

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Carl Zeiss Cinemizer OLED Virtual Reality GlassesAt iHobby this year we got to check out in person the latest and greatest in virtual reality glasses, they were in the Cinemizer booth and they sure looked awesome. The Carl Zeiss Cinemizer OLED glasses that we tried were very comfortable and gave an absolutely amazing image when using them.

The folks over at Horizon Hobby have picked up the Cinemizer virtual reality glasses and they are now shipping. In our hobby they are used for FPV (first person view) flying or driving, and these are some of the best high-end units that you can buy.

* Hi-res 870 x 500 OLED display for each eye
* Adjustable side pieces
* Separately adjustable diopters
* In-ear headset w/ 3.5mm audio jack
* 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio

The part number is #3DS1909127, they are street priced at $789, and they are shipping right now. Hit up your local Horizon dealer to pick up a set, or you can hit up the Official Horizon Website for more information.

Want to learn more about FPV? Check out This Link on BigSquidRC.

Blade 350 QX3The 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 and Android devices
* Return home, smart flight, and AP flight modes
* Width: 18.3″
* Length: 18.3″
* Height: 7.5″
* Weight: 33.7 oz

The unit comes three different ways. You can get it BNF with SAFE technology which has a part number of #BLH8180 and is street priced at $449, or you can get it RTF with a part number of #BLH8100 at $499, or you can get the high-zoot AP combo RTF that has a part number of #BLH8160 and is priced at a cool $999. To get yours before anyone else on your block hit up This Link to pre-order over on the official Horizon Hobby website.

It is time for another very hot TGIF Mystery Link!

Nano QX FPV Banner

Looking for that indoor quadcopter with FPV, or your first FPV Racer? Look no further than the Blade Nano QX FPV! Equipped with a micro 5.8Ghz Camera and Horizon Exclusive Teleporter V4 FatShark goggles, you can take to the air and fly from the cockpit of your mini quadcopter! This bright colored quad touts the following features:

  • SAFE® technology makes RC flight easy
  • Spektrum™ ultra micro FPV camera installed
  • Fat Shark Teleporter V4 5.8GHz headset with digital head tracking
  • SpiroNET circular polarized antenna system
  • Small enough to fly in any room or office
  • Tough, lightweight airframe with blade guards
  • Potent brushed motors that provide smooth and powerful lift
  • Ultra micro 4-in-1 DSMX® receiver/ESCs/mixer/SAFE sensor unit
  • Replacement rotor blades, included
  • E-flite® 1S 3.7V 150mAh 45C Li-Po flight battery, included
  • Compact USB 1S Li-Po flight battery charger, included
  • 4-channel 2.4GHz transmitter with Spektrum™ DSMX technology
  • Rechargeable 760mAh 2S 7.4V Li-Po headset battery and AC charger
  • Zippered headset bag and lens cleaning cloth

The Nano QX FPV will be available as an all inclusive RTF (Part #: BLH7200) and will sell for $420, as well as a no goggles, no controller BNF option (BLH7280) for $150. These quads are expected on hobby store shelves right after Thanksgiving, so keep an eye out for those on your favorite person’s Christmas list!

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Hot SauceAs 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 wait to say anything too specific until I get a chance to fly one of these helicopters myself. Yet, the crowd has spoken, and I must state my case before you the jury readers. Note: This is just a reflection of my impressions of the 180CFX from the data that has been given to me from Horizon Hobby, as well as my witness to early test flying back in mid-September. This is not a review, and should be treated only as an opinion from a novice pilot with a big mouth (Cubby taught me well).

Gear Stress. Many RC pilots are hesitant to run and buy a 180 CFX; sadly that is due to the bad taste left in many pilot’s mouths from the Blade 130X (as evident from the love/hate reviews seen on the heli’s product page). Yes, the 130X seemed to have issues: I had many customers and fellow pilots fight with the tail and its small, press fit, plastic gears that represented the torque tube (shaft driven tail). I cannot help but still be impressed that a helicopter that size implemented that style of tail; no one else (as far as I know) had accomplished such a feat in a helicopter of equivalent size. In the technical video for the new 180 CFX, the heli team admitted that the tail was a sticking point on that helicopter, and with the 180 they not only fixed the issue, but also improved upon it by using larger gears with supporting shafts to keep those tail gears in place. I will be linking to the YouTube video at the end here, so you can see what I mean when they do the side by side comparison.

Not so linear now, eh? With all micro helicopters, nothing can be more frustrating than those exposed, linear servos getting dirty or beaten on during crashes. The Align 150 was the first to use a rotary servo in a micro helicopter, but it is nice to see that style servo in the 180 CFX. I will like to see my money not go down the drain replacing servo meKichanics, which I have a few friends who share the same sentiments.

King of the Castle. Yes, Castle is not new to partnering with Blade on aircraft electronics, but this Talon ESC is different. It is the first sub-250 sized helicopter ESC with Castle-Link abilities to play with the governor, among other setting to fine tune the 180 CFX to your tastes. It will be interesting to see in all the forums what kind of programming modifications pilots will make to maximize the 180′s performance.

I hope this makes my position clear, and I will try to validate my claims/hopes in  the form of a review, but for now feel free to add your 2 cents through the comments and by email (kevin [at] bigsquidrc[dot]com)!

Ares RC reviews are coming along quite nicely, and we should see those coming shortly. Enjoy Halloween, and until next time Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!

AVC BasicsSince we first got our hands on AVC Stability Control we have found it an invaluable tool for making our trucks easier to drive. Today we’ll be doing a short tutorial on what parts and pieces that it takes to put AVC in your truck. In later installments we’ll go over how to calibrate and install the AVC system, as well as how to fine tune it to your needs.

Why do we use AVC in our bash trucks? We don’t normally use it in high traction conditions, however, when the going gets slick we dial up the AVC. Stability control helps keep our over powered bash trucks from constantly spinning out when we get on the gas. With the AVC dialed up we can get on the gas harder coming out of corners and it can help us drive a straighter line when pounding the gas on a straightaway.

What vehicles can you install AVC in? All types really, from that electric Losi Mini-T of yours all the way to an HPI 5B gas buggy, AVC can work in them all. Short course, drag cars, buggies, truggies, whatever you might have, AVC can make them easier to drive.

Exactly what is needed to put AVC stability control in your truck?

1. The “brain” of the AVC stability control is the receiver, therefore you’ll need a Spektrum 4210 receiver.

2. A DSM2 Spektrum transmitter. Because the brain of the AVC control is in the receiver, you’ll need a transmitter that will bind to it.

3. Digital servos. The AVC technology only works with digital servos, so if you are running an electric car you’ll need a digital steering servo, if your install is in a nitro or gas car, you’ll need digital steering and throttle servos. Does it matter which brand? We’ve used AVC with Spektrum, Futaba, Hitec, Savox, and Xpert digital servos without issue.

That’s it! In our next installment we’ll walk you through an actual install and set-up process of an AVC system in our review Pro-line PRO-MT. Want more AVC information right now? Check out This Link over on the official Spektrum website.

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losi 5ive-t saleSeveral months ago our readers declared the Losi 5IVE-T the winner of our annual March Bashness contest. What does that mean? It means our readers voted the 5IVE-T as the king of the bashing hill, and for good reason, it is big, mean, and can take a beating.

The folks over at Horizon Hobby have announced a special offer on the 5IVE-T BND that extends until December 31st. When you purchase a new 5IVE-T BND you can now save $200 instantly. You get the discount at any participating retailer or on the Horizon Hobby Website.

Click Here to see how our March Bashness 2014 unfolded.

Horizon Hobby iHobby 2014
Our friends at Horizon Hobby are showing off a lot of new products here at iHobby 2014.

Perhaps the biggest news from their booth is that Horizon is now distributing Anki Drive Products to hobby shops. You may have heard of the name Anki Drive before, they make some very innovative phone controlled battle cars that you may have already seen in big box stores.

Also new in the Horizon booth was the Losi XXX-SCB Brushless RTR (Street $349). The latest edition of the SCB comes with a powerful Dynamite brushless system, AVC stability control, and new Eclipse SCT tires.

The Vaterra K5 Blazer was a big hit in the Horizon booth, turning heads with its scale appearance.

The tiny new ECX Beatbox and Kickflip are also on display, expect these to be one of the bigger hits of the 2014 Christmas buying season. In person they look like a load of fun to play with.

Horizon also had numerous air products on display, including their recently picked up Fat Shark line that even our own Cub Reporter is enamored with.

If you want to learn more about all the different products from Horizon simple click This Link to visit their official website.

Read up on more iHobby news on BigSquidRC.

So it is iHobby week, and Cubby has already covered his reasons why you should be going to Schaumburg, Illinois this weekend. I promise not to be a broken record, but Wait, there’s more!

Last year’s iHobby was my first time attending; both as a patron and as a hobby shop employee. I am hoping this year is just as good as last year, if not better, and here are some reasons why:

You get to meet some of the ‘little guys’. Besides seeing some local hobby shops selling their wares, there are other small businesses/manufacturers as well. I met the guys over at Rigidbot/Invent-a-part and saw first hand what 3D Printing can do for the hobby industry, which is why my shop now has two of them (plus I did a little begging with the boss).

Oh, so THAT’s how it works! I can’t wait to be a part of the BSRC shows this year, but that is the tip of the iceberg in demonstrations. Last year, Horizon Hobby showed us AVC for the first time, Empire Hobby continued to show how much Gaui and DJI can really show the best of the RC air industry, and KillerBodyRC showed us how to transform an XO-1 into a beautiful Corvette. “The proof is in the pudding,” and demonstrations are what makes me really get a feel for the best and brightest in the RC world.

“We, the People” I never will walk away from a good conversation, and the best part of iHobby to me is the people. The manufacturers, the store employees/owners visiting iHobby with me, the distributors: they all were a great group of people to meet, talk shop, and just enjoy the company of other hobby lovers from all over the country the world. Technically, iHobby was pretty much the first day I was doing anything for the guys at BigSquid, so this year would make it a milestone for me as well.

I cannot wait for this Friday for my first day at the show, and to be doing what I do best (sell and show off) to everyone all weekend. Don’t hesitate to stop me and say hi, get my autograph, or just shake my hand because if you want to talk I’ll make you go deaf :-)

I also cannot wait for the 10th Anniversary Bash this October 19th. Details can be found right here, and I will see you there!

Until next time, Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!

HH Office

Hey guys, sorry for the missing a post last week, but I got an opportunity to visit the team over at Horizon Hobby for a couple days to try out products, see coming releases, and discuss the hobby industry in general with owners of Horizon Certified Partner hobby shops (to which I am a member of one). It was an fun few days, so click Read More to see what I have to say about my trip.

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