As I enjoy this heat wave in the Midwest (50 degrees, anyone?), I realized something. Never in my short time writing Raging Rotors have I discussed really what kind of ‘path’ one can take to become a competent RC Pilot. Well, better late than never! Over the next couple of articles, we will discuss steps to take to improve your skills and your tech to increase your pilot ‘street cred’.¬†For you experienced RC Pilots, feel free to comment if you have any suggestions. RC is first and foremost a learning experience, so share your knowledge!
I’m a big fan of dedication. Many of you are likely looking into RC helicopters after putzing around with something already, whether a basic coaxial helicopter or one of the almost dozen basic quadcopters that have found their way to market in the last 18 months. If you are dead serious about getting into flying RC helicopters and multirotors, I would start by investing in a computerized radio. A computerized radio is more than your regular transmitter with trim buttons and gimbals, but one that not only (usually) has multiple model memory and a means of finite manipulation of specific flight channels (throttle, aileron, etc). For you¬†Blade¬†and¬†E-Flite fans I’m talking minimally a¬†Spektrum DX6¬†and JR Radios¬†or for the¬†Heli-max¬†and¬†Flyzone¬†fans there are¬†Futaba and¬†Tactic radio systems. I flew my¬†Blade Nano CPx on the stock non-computerized radio and also on a few different computerized radios, and there is a¬†world of difference between the two. The primary difference is in the response to input: a computerized radio input provides almost instantaneous response in the aircraft. I was actually selling this concept to a coworker who flies one of the quads I own in an RTF format, and I had him fly mine on my¬†Spektrum DX7s. Granted a baseline¬†Spektrum DX6i¬†is $140 and a¬†Tactic TTX650¬†is $150, but I would not recommend this without the investment being worth it.
Next time on Raging Rotors: …Actually, I’m just going to spoil the title and leave the rest up to your imagination. Part 2 is ‘Pucker up, Buttercup!’
As always, feel free to leave comments about your experiences or ask me anything via kevin (at) bigsquidrc.com, but until next week, Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!
The folks over at Hobbico are getting the word out that they’ve got some specials going on until the end of the month. Until February 28th you can save some bank on various surface and air products. Some of the more notable specials include-
* $100 off the Duratrax Nissan GTR Nitro 4wd RTR
* $40 off the 2013 ARRMA Fury SCT RTR
* $30 off the Axial Jeep Wrangler Wraith-Poison Spyder 4WD RTR and SCX10 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4WD Kit
* $30 off the Futaba 4PK Super R
There are many other items on sale, to view them all simply click This Link that takes you over to the sale page on the Best RC website.
Catch up on more Hobbico news right here on BigSquidRC by clicking This Link.
Over the weekend we had the pleasure of attending one of the largest indoor flying events in the country, E-Fest in Champaign Illinois. E-Fest is put on by the nice folks at Hobbico as a way of promoting the hobby during the cold winter months. Hobbyists from all over the Midwest drive in to get some flying time and spend time with other hobbyists.
While flying is the biggest part of E-Fest, they also have booths from various manufacturers. We spent some time in the Hobbico booth to get some pictures and check out their latest gear. The Hobbico booth featured products from Futaba, Heli-Max, AirCore, Tactic, Thunder Tiger and Flyzone. Whether you were into rc airplanes, helicopters, or multi-rotors, the Hobbico booth had something for you. No new products were announced at the show, but you can take a look at the pictures below to get a feel for what they had on display. To get more information on everything Hobbico, simply Click This Link.
The latest surface radio from Tactic is the TTX300. The TTX300 is intended to be an affordable upgrade for your RTR and uses SLT secure link technology to create an unbreakable link between the receiver and transmitter.
* Two button third channel control
* Comes with lightweight 3 channel receiver
* Steering rate adjustment dial
* Steering and throttle reverse and trims
* Frequencies- 2.403 ‚Äď 2.480GHz
* Modulation- FHSS spread spectrum SLT
* Input Power- Four ‚ÄúAA‚ÄĚ alkaline, NiCd, or NiMH cells
The part number for the TTX300 is #TACJ0300, it has a street price of $49, and they are expected to hit hobby shops early this Summer. Hit up This Link for more information.
The weekend is just around the corner why not give a TGIF Mystery Link a whirl?
Most of you already know Brian, he’s our editor here at the BigSquidRC offices. Recently Brian handed me his personal Futaba 4PLS and his sons Tactic TTX240 and said to “surprise him”.
Well here is his surprise, we had them hydro dipped in a Spongebob Squarepants print. Brian is a huge Spongebob fan and we also know how much he likes making fashion statements at the local bash spot, so here they are. We have no doubt these are going to turn some serious heads the next time Brian goes bashing.
Special thanks to DWayne at RC Custom Lab Workz for his excellent work dipping the transmitters, you can check his Facebook page out Here. To learn more about the Futaba 4PLS hit This Link, and you can check out the Tactic TTX240 right HERE.
Tactic has a new mini radio designed to fly all the micro/mini aircraft from Flyzone and Great Planes, it’s called the TTX403. The TTX403 is designed to be affordable yet it has good range thanks to its Secure Link Technology (SLT). Some of its other features include-
* Small, compact case
* Servo reversing
* V-tail and elevon mixing
* Digital trims
* Includes “AA” batteries
* Built in charger for 3.7v Lipos used in many micro fliers
* Flies rudder only models via right stick
The part number for the Tactic TTX403 is #TACJ2403, it has a street price of $35 and they are available right now.
What else has Tactic been up to lately? Check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.
The crew at Tactic have announced an affordable new line-up of servos. With eleven different models to chose from they should have a servo for nearly any application. Each Tactic servo comes complete with mounting hardware and a 1 year warranty.
Specs at 6 volts-
TSX5 Micro Servo HS – 14 oz-in & 0.09 sec/60, $9
TSX10 Micro Servo Digital HT MG – 23 oz-in & .10 sec, $14
TSX20 Mini Servo HS 2BB – 55 oz-in & .13 sec, $17
TSX25 Mini Servo Digital HS 2BB – 91 oz-in & .12 sec, $20
TSX35 Standard Servo Sport – 73 oz-in & .16 sec, $10
TSX40 Standard Servo HS MG 2BB – 99 oz-in & .13 sec, $22
TSX45 Standard Servo HT MG 2BB – 151 oz-in & .17 sec, $22
TSX47 Standard Servo Digital HT MG 2BB – 132 oz-in & .16 sec, $25
TSX55 Standard Servo UT MG 2BB – 203 oz-in & .21 sec, $23
TSX57 Standard Servo Digital UT MG 2BB – 188 oz-in & .20 sec, $30
TSX65 Standard Servo Digital HV MG 2BB – 323 oz-in & .15 sec, $59
Some of the Tactic servos are already available while others should be out in the next few weeks.
To get more information on their entire line-up simply click THIS LINK.
We have been looking forward to getting our hands on the new Tactic TTX650 Transmitter, and since we just got it, it seemed like a good time to post some unboxing photos. At first ‘feel’ it seems really solid, with a nice hi-end feel to it.
Tactic TTX650 Gallery
Looking for more Tactic RC news here on BigSquidRC? THIS is the link you want.
Looking for a nice price point on a 6 channel air transmitter? The crew over at Tactic have just introduced their new TTX650. The new 650 should turn a lot of heads, not just for its features, but also for its reasonable price. A large LCD screen comes standard, and the 650 is compatible with all SLT receivers and TX-R aircraft. Some of its other features include-
* 20 model memory
* Easy-to-use pushbutton programming
* Airplane and helicopter programming
* Dual rates and exponential for aileron, elevator and rudder
* Digital trims with slow/fast adjustment
* User-selectable switch assignments
* Reversing, end point adjustment and sub-trim on all channels
* Wireless trainer system
* Large, easy-to-read graphing LCD screen
* Up/Down and Battery timers
* Charge jack for optional NiCd/NiMH packs
* Low-voltage alarm
* Quad-bearing gimbals
* Adjustable stick lengths and tension
* External antenna that rotates and folds for easy storage
* 4 alkaline batteries included
* Part #TACJ2650
Expect a street price of only $150 with a release date of Mid-March. HERE is the link you need to hit the official Tactic website. Check out THIS link for more Tactic news right here on BigSquidRC.
Hobbico is the title sponsor of the eFest 2013 event and it certainly shows. We had a great time touring their booth which has all kinds of great flying gear on display. There was plenty of new Futaba, OS Motors, Thunder Tiger, Heli-Max, and Tactic gear out for show goers to check out. From the most esoteric of high-end gear, to equipment for your very first flight, the Hobbico booth had it covered.
For more information on all of Hobbico’s fine products check out their Official Website and to check out more eFest coverage THIS is the link you want.
Check out the latest radio from TACTIC. The new Tactic TTX850 is a 8 Channel Air and Heli system with a huge graphing LCD screen. Other details include Digital Trims, Dual Rates, 2.4GHZ, easy menu navigation. The highlight that caught our eye was they said it will be RC’s most affordable 8-Channel radio! There wasn’t a price listed yet though. We have been a fan of the Tactic radios around here, so this one is on our radar for sure.
Hobbico has announced the last of their December Deal specials at BestRC.com. The new deals last from now till December 30th and they have specials on products from Tactic, Axial, Duratrax, OS Engines, and Futaba. Hit up THIS LINK to view all the deals.
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