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.
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Dromida Ominus Gallery
Update: Now with video!
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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HobbyZone Faze Gallery
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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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.
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!
* 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.
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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.
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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.
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:
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Estes has announced their latest version of the very popular Proto X, the Proto X SLT. What does the SLT bring to the plate? It has the ability to do flips and rolls, while its SLT protocol allows it to be flown with popular radio systems like the Tactic TTX650.
* Has a triple-axis, three-accelerometer gyro Auto-Upright system
* Includes four spare rotor blades and USB charger
* Body is designed for easy LiPo battery replacement
* Weight- .04 oz
* Size- 1.8 x 1.8″
The part number is #ESTE49**, it is street priced at $49, and they are expected to start shipping in mid September. Click Right Here to view more air products from Estes.
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Estes Proto X SLT
We got our first look at the Ethos PQ Quadcopter at the Hobbytown Convention a few weeks ago, but now we have the official info. This micro (or pico) quadcopter will feature two types of flying offering a very stable flight, or super agile flight. It has a built in automatic flip by using a button on the controller, comes RTF with everything you need including the AA batteries.
Overall Length: 63.48mm
Height: 1” (26.5mm)
Main Rotor Diameter: 29mm
Weight with Battery: 12 Grams
Battery: 1s 3.7v 100mAh LiPo
Charger: 5v DC 120mA USB
Transmitter: 4 Channel 2.4GHz
On-Board Electronics: 3-in-1 control board
Available in both Blue and Red color options
The part number for the Ethos PQ is #AZSH1500, it has a street price of $49, and it should start hitting your local HobbyTown USA very soon. Hit up This Link for more information.
Check out the video of it in action below!
Ares Ethos PQ Gallery
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Like a kid in a candy store, I quickly got to work building the Invertix 400 from Encore RC and Bobby Watts. It took a couple of hours (I’m very careful with all my builds, so actual time may vary), but she came out looking great!
Check out more galleries after the jump!
Normally we post RC On TV when we spot a cool RC segment, but this weekend we found RC in our Comics! This weekend’s Zits featured a ‘drone’ doing a little reconnaissance on Jeremy and his girlfriend.
For this weekends comic, or any others, make sure to check out the official Zits Comic website.
Blade 200QX Quadcopter by Horizon Hobby – Review
In a RC World where quadcopters are becoming THE thing to pilot, Blade Helicopters took the popular 350QX platform and shrank it. Luckily, there was no movie starring Rick Moranis, but I did get the opportunity to give the 200QX Quadcopter a good test and you can see my thoughts on the aircraft after the jump…
Everyone know’s I’m a sucker for automated drone stuff, and there is something about this video. It ‘looks legit’ yet part of me thinks, wow it would be tough to pull that off. That all being said, I’m pretty sure I’d pay to see this in real life as a small concert, or be able to buy the ‘drone band in a box’ kit for my house to enjoy.
Check out the video below of a handful of drones playing a few different tunes.