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Estes Syncro Quadcopter
Maybe you have noticed that Estes has a new white version of their massively popular Proto-X. The white version is called the Syncro ($39) and Hobbico has released a video to showcase its Self Righting capability. Even if you hand launch a Syncro upside down, it will immediately self right itself into a proper upright flying position.

Check out the video below to see its self righting feature in action and you can hit up This Link to get more information on the Syncro.

Need more quadcopter news in your diet? Never fear BigSquid is here, hit up This Link.

RealFlight 7 Update M
The latest update to RealFlight 7 is now available and for all your multi-rotor fans it includes something really cool, Quadcopter Trials. The Update M starts out with two easy quadcopter challenges – making a pinpoint landing on a reactive touchpad and flying through a rectangular gate, then gets progressively harder. There are 10 challenges in all and pilots who fly well enough can receive a medal and earn the coveted Quad X to fly.

The update is free for RF7 owners, to learn more hit up This Link over on the RealFlight website.

Thank Goodness It’s Friday, how about a TGIF Mystery Link?

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.

Get some Big Air with this TGIF Mystery Link.

Build Title PicNow these past few weeks I’ve been promising a build here on Raging Rotors, and yes I may be a bit overdue. Yet I will not give you one, not two, but THREE build projects in one series. I have gone so crazy to the point where I picked up enough gear to discuss three builds at the same time! Madness you say? I think not! For these builds I did decide on working with two V-Tail quadcopter frames, after all the buzz I generated with an earlier article, and the third frame will be a quadcopter. Later in the series we will discuss electronics, gyros, and more.

What makes a good multirotor frame? Honestly it depends on your overall purpose, whether it is for casual flying, FPV or other photography, or aerobatic stunt flying (though Multicontroller helps with that, too…but that’s for later). Here are a few things to consider:

Check out your options after the ‘Read More’…

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Armattan Quads V-Tail Review (355mm)

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3DBill here, V-tail quads are a bit more exotic than the average quad. They have four motors like a traditional quad but the tail motors are tilted to provide thrust to turn so it has tail control like a tricopter. Lets check out this back yard beast. Hit the “Read More” to continue onto our thoughts..

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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.

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’!

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As you all know, we LOVE the Estes Proto X around here. It’s fun to fly, durable, and easy on the budget. We all own at least one. Well Estes just announced the new Syncro Quadcopter. The Syncro is still nano sized, and almost identical to the Proto X, though it looks like it’s going to have a little more back end support.

We just discovered that you will be able to buy a replacement battery ($5.50) as well as motors ($9.99 for 4). Something that was not available on the Proto-X. We are very excited about this, as our months of abuse have taken a toll on our quads, and having the ability to replace some parts will be a huge plus!

Specifications include-

* Weight: 11.5 grams
* Dimensions: 1.75″in diameter.
* 100mAh 3.7v Lipo w/ USB charge cord
* LED lights to indicate front of quad
* 2.4GHz radio system w/ digital trims
* One piece PCB frame
* Requires two AAA batteries for transmitter
* Comes with 4 spare blades.

The part number for the Estes Syncro is #004609, it has a street price of $39 and they will be available very soon.

Click Here for more Estes news on BigSquidRC.

I keep getting more and more impressed about the types of projects that show up on Kickstarter, and this one is new exception. Presenting a quadcopter frame made of…wait for it…LEGOS. Yes, the construction toy of our youth (and landmine to parents) has a new RC implementation where combined with 3D printed motor mounts creates a working quadcopter frame that can even carry a GoPro camera with the right motor and ESC setup. Feel free to support this project by donating money to the cause, and if you feel really generous (about $130 so) you can even get a quadcopter frame shipped to you around August! More details about the project can be found on its Kickstarter page Right Here.

For more Kickstarter news on BigSquidRC, click HERE.

Quadcopter Championships Jared Bachman
Last weekend one pilot rose above the rest to take home the overall win at the 2014 BigSquidRC Quadcopter Championships, that pilot was Jared Bachman. At only 14 years of age, Jared easily won the Micro 6″ class and finished second in the Nano 2″ class, giving him more than enough total points to secure the overall title.

In the Micro 6″ class Jared used an unmodified Blade Nano QX controlled by a JR X9503 to out fly the other pilots, while he used a bone stock Estes Proto-X to finish second in the Nano class.

While Jared has been flying airplanes for 2 years, he has only been flying quads for about 4 months, but that didn’t stop him from flying circles around the other guys. Congrats to Jared on a job well done last weekend, he really showed what could be done with a quad in the hands of a skilled pilot.

To read more about the BigSquidRC Quadcopter Championships check out This Link.

350QX Case Front

With the Blade Helicopter’s 350QX becoming a quick heavy hitter in the consumer quadcopter market, it was nice to hear that Horizon Hobby just announced a case for their current model 350 size quadcopter that will also fit the 350QX AP that will be out in a few months. This new case also touts the following features:

  • Sturdy foam insert provides protection for everything you need to fly your 350 QX and more
  • Accommodates the 350 QX with long landing gear
  • Accommodates the GB200 gimbal
  • Holds up to 6 flight batteries
  • Holds various tools and accessories
  • Holds charging or camera equipment
  • Fits DX5e up to DX18
  • Locking design with keys
  • Brushed aluminum with bright graphics

The part number for the case is BLH7849 and will sell for $140 when it starts to ship later this month. More details can be found on Horizon Hobby’s website via This Link. For more Blade Helicopter information on BigSquidRC, click here.

 

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.

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We just finished setting up the obstacle course and I think it turned out pretty good. Did a few trial runs, and had a blast! even if you don’t want to participate in the event, you should stop by the Hobbytown in Orland Park, and spectate, it will be fun to watch!

Need more info? The Big Squid RC 2014 Quadcopter Championships link and flyer is RIGHT HERE. The event is this Saturday (March 1st, 2014) which is today! Hope to see you all there!