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Posts Tagged ‘quadcopter

Kodo Unboxing

The quadcopters from Dromida just keep coming, and just off the truck and on the shelves of local hobby shops is the Kodo, a new flipping, camera touting, bug-looking quadcopter. This quad can flip, take pictures and video, and can be picked up for only $60. I know we gave at least one away at iHobby, but now I get my own to mess around with for a bit. The review will be on its way in a couple of weeks, but for now here are some pictures from the unboxing.

TheToyz Nano Quadcopter Storage CaseIn the beginning there was the Estes Proto-X. It blew away consumers and was the big sales hit of X-mas 2013. Since then a dozen different companies have put out nano sized quads. To help protect and keep all your nano quadcopter gear organized, the fine folks over at TheToyz have announced a new storage case.

The storage case features heavy duty construction and a Velcro strap for easy attachment to your belt or backpack. With plenty of room for extra blades, batteries, and the controller, it makes short work of holding all your gear.

The part number is #TOYZ 99, it is street priced at $13, and these are available right now. For the full scoop hit up the official TheToyz Website.

What else has TheToyz been up to? Find out HERE on BigSquidRC.

Dromida in Flight (3)

The quadcopter market, as I mentioned earlier, is continuing to grow. I can’t help but note my surprise when Dromida announced they were expanding from 1/18  scale RC cars to joining the multirotor world. Enter the Ominus, a brushed 238mm sized quadcopter with full stabilization and flip capabilities. Is it as tough as the box says? Will it survive the Tomato Treatment? See the full review after the jump…

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sparked_cirque

There have been some pretty good (and not so great) Cirque du Soleil productions, but if they could come up with an hour and a half of quadcopter and other RC interactions happening on stage, live, I would be first in line. This sort of test interaction video was called SPARKED. There is a MAKING OF that you can see here, that has a lot of behind the scenes stuff they tried and tested that didn’t make it into the video.

The action starts around 1:30 in, so feel free to skip ahead.

Very cool stuff! The future of entertainment may be changing.

Looking for a Cirque du Soleil show? Hit the link. Looking for more videos posted on BigSquidRC? Hit This Link.

Leap 3D Quad

Trailing my build of the Invertix400, our friends at HRP have announced the details on the soon-to-ship Leap 3D Quadcopter. This quad is an almost ready to fly (ARF) and features an auto stabilization for all quad orientations (since it can sustain inverted flight), as well as a bail-out feature for beginner 3D pilots.

Other features include:

*Powerful 3D fixed pitch quad-copter utilizing bi-directional brushless motors.
*Bail-out, self-leveling function enables easy learning for beginners and allows experienced pilots to challenge their skills.
*Multiple receiver compatibility: S.Bus, X.Bus, DSM2, DSMX, and DSMJ(partially not compatible).
*Precise CNC carbon fiber machining with strict quality control.
*Flight control system engineered for extreme 3D maneuvers as well as stable flight.
*Powerful bi-directional brushless motors and specially designed ESC enables lightening fast directional changes required for extreme 3D acrobatic flight.
*Simple, robust design with low parts count allows easy maintenance and repair.
*Portable for easy transportation.
*Compatible with wide range of lithium polymer battery selections.
*Aerial photography and FPV capable with additional equipment (not included).

Specifications:

*Model: Fixed pitch 3D quad-copter with bi-directional motors.
*Blades: 8-inch high-strength polymer fixed pitch blades X 4
*Motor: 1400kV X4
*ESC: 25 Amp X4
*Span: 450mm
*Flight Controller: Six-Axis Advance gyro. 3D programming, auto leveling, bail-out function.
*Weight (w/o receiver and battery): 580-620 grams.
*Battery:  7.4V – 14.8V (2S – 4S). 2200-2600 mAh. (not included)
*Receiver: S.Bus, X.Bus, DSM2, DSMX, and DSMJ. (not included)

The quad is priced to sell at $430 and will be shipping in the future. More details can be found on Leap’s  website Right Here.

For more quadcopter news on BigSquidRC, click here.

Ominus Unboxing

I was lucky to get a new toy from our friends over at Hobbico: the newest addition to the Dromida by Revell line, the Ominus Quadcopter RTF. This quadcopter is built to be tough and the beating review is in process, but for now enjoy these unboxing pictures!

The Dromida Ominus is on hobby store shelves now (Part: DIDE01**) and is yours for $80. I think this will be a hot seller so grab yours now! If you are looking to order one online, Head to This Link

For more Dromida news on BigSquidRC, click here!

 

Dromida Ominus Quadcopter
Dromida, well known for their affordable 18th scale off-road machines, has just announced a second quadcopter called the Ominus. The Ominus joins the Kodo as the first two machines in Dromida’s air arsenal.

The Ominus is an affordable quadcopter made for everyone from beginners to experts. A gyro is used for stabilization and its four different flight modes allow you change how the quad flies as your skills advance.

* Comes with 2.4GHz radio system
* Fully assembled and ready to fly
* Includes everything you need in the box
* Has a rechargeable LiPo and USB charger
* High power motors
* LED lights
* Includes one extra set of blades
* Weight- 3.6oz
* Length- 9.4″

The part number is #DIDE01**, it is street priced at just $79, and these are available right now. Get full details at This Link over on the official Dromida website. If you are looking to order one online, Head to This Link

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Update: Now with video!

HobbyZone Fazer Quadcopter
The nano sized quadcopter wars are really heating up for the Christmas buying season. The latest entry into the class is from HobbyZone with their Faze RTF Ultra Small Quadcopter.

The HobbyZone Faze is an RTF that comes with everything you need to get flying inside the box. The Faze’s small size makes it easy to fly indoors, while its affordable price point makes it easy on your wallet. Some of its key features include-

* Easy to use flip mode
* Low, medium and high rate select-able from transmitter
* Comes with spare props
* Comes with 100 mAh LiPo and charger
* Weighs only 12.2 grams
* 2.4GHz transmitter that runs off two AAA batteries (included)
* USB charge cable

The part number is #HBZ8300, it is street priced at $39, and it is expected to hit hobby shops in mid October. For complete details hit up This Link over on the official HobbyZone website.

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Dromida Kodo Quad
We first got to lay eyes on the Dromida KODO a couple of months ago at the HobbyTown USA convention, now more information has been released as it nears its ship date.

The KODO is Dromida’s first entry into the air market. It was designed as an entry level quadcopter, easy to fly and easy on the pocketbook. The KODO comes fully built and ready to fly, and it even comes with an on-board camera to add to the fun. At 3.5″ in length the KODO can easily be flown indoors, while three gyros and accelerometers allow even first timers to make successful flights.

The part number is #DIDE0005, it is priced at $59, and these should start hitting hobby shops next month. Click Right Here to check out the official Dromida website.

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Estes Control Blade Guard Proto-X
Tired of looking for a rotor blade after crashing your Estes Proto-X? If you own one you know what I’m talking about, those things are tiny and can be hard to find sometimes.

Estes has announced a new rotor guard that not only protects the blades on the Proto-X, but can also keep them from getting knocked off. The rotor guard is easy to install and made from a durable lightweight plastic. The part number is #ESTE4720, it has a street price of $4.49, and they should start hitting hobby shops in October.

To get more information on the Proto-X simply hit up This Link over on the official Estes website, and you can read more Proto-X news Right Here on BigSquidRC.

ttrobotix_ghost

Just got word direct from Thunder Tiger about their new TTRobotix GHOST Quadcopter! It looks like they are really going after the video/camera fans with this one because some of the features include an enlarged frame to accommodate other electrical systems/mounts, and make for easy mounting and retractable landing gear to keep them out of the view of the video or picture!

Specs:
* Diagonal Distance: 450mm (17 inches)
* Propeller Size: 12″ x 3.8″
* Battery: 22.2V – 6000 mAh (6s)
* Max Payload: 1.5kg (3 pounds!)
* Max Take-off Weight: 3kg
* Max Flight Time: 30minutes
* 2.4GHz Remote Control Distance(open area): 1000m

Check out the introduction video below:

You can hit This Link to check out the official Thunder Tiger TTRobotix GHOST site.

Click Here to read more Thunder Tiger news on BigSquidRC.

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.

Inverted Banner

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.