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Blade 350QX2

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 white design of the 350 QX2.
  • 3,000 Mah LiPo Capacity Battery (EFLB30003S30)
    Allows for longer flight times and helps to better account for the weight of an action camera.
  • New AC/DC Battery Balancing Charger (EFLC3016)
    Charge your LiPo flight battery to perfection with this 3S compatible 3.5A charger.
  • New Full Range Receiver (BLH7801A)
    Refined full range receiver improves connectivity.

With new enhancements, always comes a change in price. The new 350QX2 RTF (BLH8000) is priced at $499.99, and the BNF (BLH8080) will sell at $449.99. No need to wait though, the quads have already shipped and are on hobby store shelves now! For more information check out Blade Helicopter page Right Here.

For more Horizon Hobby news on BigSquidRC, Click Here.

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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 a few points of what I saw whether it was pilots, products, experiences, or just things I wanted to point out in general. See what I have to say about it all after the jump!

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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 ordered from Local Hobby Shops, or via Blade’s 200QX page Right Here.

200 QX Part Requirements

I can’t wait to see it in action at IRCHA Jamboree this weekend, and I’ll send pictures ASAP. Plus, now I can do a 3D quadcopter shootout!

Also, check out the video featuring the new flight modes below:

For more Blade Helicopter news on BigSquidRC Click Here, and check out our review of it Here.

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Remember that insane contest we did, where we gave away a new Losi 5IVE-T, and we had the most entries ever! Well we got pictures recently of the winner, and he looks pretty happy about being the new owner of the March Bashness Champion!

Congrats again! Send us some pictures after your first few bash sessions, so we can see if it’s still in once piece!

Again, thanks to Horizon Hobby and Losi for making this all possible.

GB200 Box Front

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 used with other quadcopters after modification. The gimbal has a part number of BLH7910 and can be picked up for $200. Check out the unboxing pictures below!

Parrot Rolling Spider Horizon Hobby
While Parrot might not be well known among hardcore rc hobbyists, they certainly make some interesting products. For the surface crowd they are known for two machines, the Rolling Spider and the Jumping Sumo. Both are capable of insane stunts and are controlled via the Bluetooth connection on your mobile device.

The Spider and the Sumo are getting ready to hit the market and the folks over at Horizon Hobby let us know they will be stocking them. These are bound to be some of the hottest rc products released this fall, if you want one you should get on the pre-order list now.

The part number for the Jumping Sumo is #PTAPF724002 while it is street priced at $159. The part number for the Rolling Spider is #PTAPF723002 while it carries a street price of $99. Both are expected to start shipping to Horizon dealers in September. Get more details about all the Parrot products that Horizon carries Right Here.

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Horizon Hobby HobbyTown USA Convention
Horizon Hobby came out swinging with multiple new products in their room, but arguably their biggest news hadn’t made it in time for the show. Horizon has just picked up the Parrot line of rc products, which were not on display but we are told should start shipping in September. If you are unfamiliar with Parrot, they are a big name rc company with some pretty wild products like These.

On the surface side of things, Horizon had their new 2014 Vaterra Corvette, the gasoline powered Losi LST XXL-2, and the Pro Boat Rockstar 48 on display. While the Rockstar 48 was announced months ago, it is getting ready to ship to dealers and we must say it looks awesome (and massive!) in person.

There was also plenty of big news on the air side, notably the showing of Fat Shark FPV products and a number of new aircraft. Fat Shark is new over at Horizon but have already proven themselves at local flying fields as some of the best FPV gear on the market.

For new aircraft there was plenty to look at. The Hobbyzone Sport Cub S was being shown and looked to be an idea plane for beginners. The Sport Cub comes with Horizon’s SAFE technology and has a street price of $129 RTF. It even has a button to press if you get in trouble that will return it to level flight!

Hobbyzone also had a new F4U Corsair S. The F4U is a WWII combat airplane that is capable of very spirited flight, yet also comes with the SAFE stability system to save you (and the plane) should you get into trouble.

E-Flite had several new products and was showing off their new Adagio 280 BNF Basic, P-51D Mustang, and UMX Spacewalker RTF. We’ll be posting more information about these soon and they will be headed to your local Horizon dealers in the coming weeks. Hit up This Link to head over to Horizon’s official website for more information on all of the products they carry.

This concludes our HobbyTown Convention coverage, we would like to again thank the awesome folks over at HobbyTown USA for letting us join in the fun at their show, and Here is the Link you want to view our complete show coverage.

ASK Cubby

“Murfdogg Psycho

Guys, I would love to see a review and maybe even a head to head vs. The Proline Pro-2 with the new Murfdogg Psycho. I am just getting into the growing field of short course truck dirt oval racing, I’m running a late model style body, and am thinking about one of these two trucks for my next build. The big question is; is the Murf worth $200 more? I’m currently running a LCG Slash with a ChuckWorks mid motor conversion on the way soon. Really love the look of the Pro-2 and the reviews it has gotten but the new Psycho seems to be a strong challenger with the mid motor layout.

Thoughts?

Bryan C.”

Cubby- Yo hey Bryan, thanks for taking the time out of your day to shoot us an email. Oh ya, I have proclaimed yours as “Letter of the Month”, be sure to shoot us an email with your snail mail so we can hook you up with a BSRC t-shirt.

While we did post the PR for the Murfdogg, we have never really talked to them so I have no idea if they would be up for going head to head again the Pro-Line PRO-2. However, what I do know is the PL is a solid truck, whether it is being used for bashing, off-road, or oval. And… although the Murfdogg uses several AE parts, I would be concerned about the availability of parts for it. Not many hobby shops are gonna stock the specialty parts on that truck. If it was up to me I’d cut the check for the PL and use the extra 200 clams on uber batteries or to stock up on tires, but then that is just my opinion.


“Break too much

I read over on Facebook about how a certain website likes to throw review stuff off of roofs to bash and thrash it. Just wondering, do you think that is irresponsible?

Dayton R.”

Cubby- Heyyyy now Dayton, thanks for the email, get us your snail mail so we can get ya a sticker set in the mail.

Ya, I had multiple people shoot that to me. It was an industry person expressing their opinion that we (I can’t imagine what other website they might have been talking about, LOL) might be a bit rough on review product.

Pretty much every product we get goes off a roof at some time or another, and I’m not just talking cars here, I’m talking transmitters, batteries, etc. As I’ve always said, “We do it so you don’t have to.”. Some product is very tough and not easily broken, and because we aren’t going to stop a review before a product is broken, we have to resort to hucking them off a roof.

Is that irresponsible? Well, what we do for a living is to test rc equipment. Part of that testing is to determine if it will break the first time you drive it, or if it is the toughest product in its category. We could just beat the stuff with a hammer to determine how tough it is, but that just doesn’t have the flair or suspense of seeing whether it lives when coming off a roof.


That’s it for another ASK Cubby. Submit your questions, rants, and other verbal narcolepsy to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. If your letter makes the big time you’ll get some free stuff in the mail.

YOUR Cub Reporter

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.

Horizon Hobby Road Trip
The crew over at Horizon Hobby are hitting the road and they invite you to join them. This summer Horizon is hitting various full size events across the country to show off their products, put on demonstrations, and to hang out with you, the rabid rc hobbyist. Check out their schedule below, and you can hit up This Link for more information.

* June 21-22 4 Wheel Jamboree Nationals, Springfield, MO
* June 27-29 Street Machine Nationals, Du Quoin, IL
* July 11-13 4 Wheel Jamboree Nationals, Bloomsburg, PA
* July 18-20 Chevy Car Craft Summer Nationals, St. Paul, MN
* August 9-10 Quad City Airshow, Davenport, IA
* September 19-21 4 Wheel Jamboree Nationals, Indianapolis, IN
* September 26-28 Route 66 Mother Road Festival, Springfield, IL

Click Here for more Horizon Hobby news on BigSquidRC.

200QX Box FrontAfter a few weeks of delays, I finally got my hands on the next quadcopter from Blade: the 200QX brushless quadcopter. Built with a frame like the 350QX, this quad is brushless and equipped with the new SAFE system for a powerful, but stable flight performance. Our review will be up in the future but check out the unboxing pictures below!

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Horizon Hobby Big Squid
During our Southern California Road Trip, the fine folks over at Horizon Hobby were kind enough to let us drop by their offices for a visit. The Horizon offices are home to such brands as Vaterra, ECX, Losi, Pro Boat, and TLR.

While some of the Horizon brands are intended for hardcore racing, we soon learned that all the guys at Horizon were very basher friendly. We found that they honestly care about hardcore bashers, and are especially concerned about first day noobs. We had several long conversations, many of which centered around things we could be doing to make the hobby more noob friendly. It was nice to find the IFMAR and National Championship drivers sitting around the conference table were very much like us, simply wanting everyone to have the best experience possible in the hobby.

After the bench racing session the Horizon crew grabbed one of their new Losi Mini 8IGHT-T Truggies and we headed outside to get some serious bashing in. We found the Mini 8IGHT-T a blast to drive, and that the Horizon guys were just as hardcore about their bashing as we were. It’s nice to know the people designing the next generation of bash vehicles drive them like they stole them, just like we do.

We not only had a great time hang’n with the Horizon guys, but also learned a lot about the hobby from their perspective. We would like to give Jukka, Rich, Ray, and our homie Scott Hughes a super huge “Thank You!” for taking the time to visit with us.

350QX V2Think the 350QX can’t get any better? Horizon Hobby has upgraded the firmware of the Blade 350QX to version 2.0, featuring a new flight mode built for ultra stable Aerial Photography and new features new and improved compass and GPS technology. In the new BNF and RTF versions, the quadcopter comes with an improved charger, and the start (arming) procedures have also been improved as well.

Already own a 350QX? Never Fear! The firmware will be made available early April for current 350QX owners, and at this point Blade Helicopter states: ‘For owners of the original 350 QX (BLH7800/BLH7880) an optional upgrade solution for the firmware will be available by early April for a nominal fee’. Personally, if one has already paid over the $470 plus tax for the quadcopter, the software upgrade should be free like the updates for Spektrum controllers. Unless for some reason it’s more than just downloading an update. Maybe I need to buy a cable?

The new 350QX V2 will be on hobby store shelves shortly. The prices still are the same for both versions of the quadcopter ($470 for RTF and $420 for the BNF), but look for the ‘A‘ at the end of the part number (BLH7800A and BLH7880A, respectively) for the updated software. For more information, check out Blades website via This Link.

For more Blade Helicopter news on BigSquidRC, click here.