You probably know Hitec for their world class servos, but they also sell a lot of air gear. Now, for the first time ever, they have introduced a quadcopter, the Q-Cop 450. The Q-Cop isn’t a low end unit, it is a high performance quad aimed at the mid-range of the market. Some of its cool features include-
* Brushless power and ultra-efficient propellers
* Comes with 3S 11.1V 5300mAh LiPO battery
* Up to 33 mph cruising speed
* Up to 25 minutes of flight time
* GPS directional control
* Return-to-home feature
* WiFi connection with 1000′ range
* Mobile device app for both iOS and Android
* Built in HD camera
* Shoots 16 megapixel stills and up to 1080p at 30fps video
The Q-Cop 450 has a street price of $799, a part number of #13613, and you can hit up This Link for more details over on Hitec’s official website.
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Hitec Q-Cop Gallery
If you’ve been living in a cave the last few years you might not have heard that FPV is all the rage in the air community. Recently Hobbico announced an FPV version of their extremely popular Proto-X Quadcopter. The Proto-X FPV allows you to fly via watching a video feed on its transmitter, plus you can record and download the video from your flight. Check out the video below to learn more about the features of the Proto-X FPV and to see exactly what video shot from the Proto-X FPV looks like.
The Proto-X FPV is priced at $229 and you can get one on pre-order at This Link over on the Tower Hobbies website.
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The 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.
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Blade 350 QX3 Gallery
If you are a hobby shop wanting to pick up the TTRobotix line of Multi-Rotor products, it is now being distributed here in the states by HRP. The folks at HRP Distributing have a dedicated TTRobotix customer service staff on hand and will use their 3 warehouses to ship to over 1000 hobby shops nationwide.
The TTRobotix line-up is headlined by the Ghost 1. This unit will be available in late 2014 and comes with an enlarged frame with retractable landing gear. An intelligent power display is used to show battery life and has an anti-spark design. The RTF version comes with a GPS enabled flight system, a 6S LiPo battery, radio, and a 3D gimbal. This unit is priced at $1300.
The TTRobotix Super Hornet is slightly larger than the Ghost 1 and will be their first multi-rotor to hit the market. The Super Hornet also uses an enlarged frame to allow more room for mounting cameras or other items, and it also comes with retractable landing gear. Its four carbon fiber arms can be folded for easy transport, while a state-of-the-art Dragon flight system with GPS gives the Super Hornet altitude hold, return to home, and “follow me” functions. The Super Hornet ARF comes in at $999.
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TTRobotix Multi-Rotors Gallery
Revealed this evening with the minds behind Mythbusters, DJI Innovations has announced the next step in Aerial Photography: the Inspire 1. Featuring a full 4K camera, moving arms for unobstructed shots, and a full 3D Gimbal, this multirotor has many photography and videography uses. It was cool to see Jamie and Adam talk about drones and aerial photography, and I cannot wait to see the camera in action! See the reveal conference stream, a features video, and some images after the jump!
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
Blade Nano QX FPV
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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The latest entry into the nano sized quadcopter class comes from Kyosho. The Quattro X comes with all the highly sought after features that nano quad flyers are looking for, plus Kyosho quality.
* Worlds smallest quadcopter
* 6-axis gyro for ultra stable flight
* Removable rotor guard
* Fast flip button
* LED lights
* Can be charged from transmitter
The part number for red is #54050RD, they are street priced at $39, and they are available right now. For more details Hit Up This Link over on the official Kyosho America website.
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Kyosho Quattro X Gallery
The folks over at Estes have a new version of the incredibly popular Proto X quadcopter, the Micro HD FPV. The big news is its larger size, now 4.5″, and its high def first person video. A 1280 x 720P camera transmits a video feed back the transmitter where you can fly the Proto-X in the first person view. Some of the other highlights include-
* 4.5″ screen on transmitter
* 3-axis gyro & 3 accelerometers
* 6-channel 2.4GHz radio system
* Pre-built and ready to fly
* Micro memory card & reader
* Multiple flight modes and LED lighting
The part number is #ESTE4716, it has a street price of $229, and they should hit hobby shops in mid December. To make sure you get one in your stocking for Christmas you can order at This Link over on the Tower Hobbies website. They also have a little more info there.
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Proto-X FPV Gallery
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.
Dromida Kodo Unboxing
Dromida Kodo Unboxing 2
In 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.
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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…
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.
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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).
*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
*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.
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