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As you may of seen in some recent reviews, more and more stock/included radio transmitters have had hard plastic wheels. Seems that many companies are trying to save that $0.07 cents of foam that we all have become accustomed to, and we are not fans. So we got a hold of the folks at PPR RC Products, the guys that make the Reptile Radio Wheel Grips so we could give their stuff a try.

The grips come in a normal or soft compound. Unless you knew there were two compounds, you probably wouldn’t notice, but once you know, you can feel that one is a little softer to squeeze. We used the grips on several different radios, from our Hydro Dipped Tactic and Futaba 4PLS to our new HPI Octane radio.

We had no problems installing the grips onto any of the radios we wanted to try them with. They are a pretty tight fit, and on some of the wheels that needed a little more effort to get them installed we chose to remove the wheel first, install the grip, and put the wheel back on. We did this because we just didn’t want to end up cracking the plastic wheel, or the connection that it screws into. It takes an extra minute to install, but better safe than sorry.

When installing them on radios that had a plastic wheel, it was a unanimous decision that we liked the feel of the Reptile Grip to just the stock plastic wheel. There was no slippage, from our fingers or from the grip to the wheel.

When replacing a radio foam, there were a few people that were fans of the new grip, but a few that still preferred the feel of the foam. This is going to be one of those personal preference things. But if you are like a few of us, and have destroyed your foam, the grips will make a good replacement.

Something that we REALLY like about the PPR Reptile Grips are all the different colors and styles they come in, and the fact that no two are alike. Every time you visit the website, there are new ones to check out. In a way they are almost a collectible. If you see a color or style you like, you better order it because the next batch might look completely different.

As you can see, we got a variety of styles to try and some even matched our radios!

If you are looking for a better grip for that stock plastic wheel, or if you are looking for something that will turn heads at the next bash, or up on the drivers stand, give the Reptile grips a try.

They cost about $12 each, and are worth every penny to not have to use that stock plastic wheel.

Hit the official PPR Grips website for more info, and to order.

KO Propo EX-1 KIY Options
The KO Propo EX-1 KIY is pretty trick right out of the box, but now KO has announced some new items to uber-it-out even more.

First up is a new 3D Drop Down Wheel Extension Unit. The new drop down is lighter than the previous version and helps reduce the distance between the trigger and the wheel. It has a part number of #10549.

A new Base Battery Stand is also available from KO Propo. The stylish new base makes it easy to mount a Lithium battery to the KIY for a change in weight balance and for longer runtimes. The part number is #10546.

To fit in the base is a new 2S 1550mAh Li-Fe battery. Using a Li-Fe pack in your transmitter is definitely the way to go, expect longer times between charging and a better weight distribution. To charge the pack KO has also announced a new battery charger. It is a fast charger with up to a 2 amp charge rate and features easy one button operation. The part number for the Li-Fe pack is #73018 and the part number for the charger is #51201.

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Hands-on Futaba 4PX
The BigSquidRC Bash Crew finally got a chance to wrap our hands around the new flagship transmitter from Futaba, the 4PX.

The first thing we noticed on the 4PX was its new display. The new screen on the 4PX is amazingly clear, much closer to one found on a high-def tv screen than one found on an rc transmitter. The uber screen made the new menus look all that much better, and we found them easier to navigate than those on the 4PK series.

Other things we noticed on the 4PX-

The new aluminum frame on the 4PX gave it a high-end feel- it had some weight to it without being too heavy.

We also noticed a very nice trigger/wheel/grip relationship.

The new “belly button” on the rear of the base was also neat, it was easily triggered by a simple tap to the stomach.

The voice feature was neat and very easy to hear.

We could go on and on as the 4PX is loaded with cool features, but we’ll hold off on more for our review. Our full review is still several weeks away, until then you can hit up This Link for more details over on the official Futaba website, or you can be one of the first people on your block to get a 4PX by pre-ordering at This Link over on Tower Hobbies.

Get more Futaba news at This Link on BigSquidRC.

Hitec Lynx 4S Radio Transmitter
First seen at the Shizuoka Hobby Show a couple of weeks ago, Hitec has now released more information on their upcoming Lynx 4S radio system. The 4S looks to easily be the most technologically advanced transmitter that Hitec has ever produced. Some of its features include-

* Includes bi-directional telemetry for speed, rpm, temp, and voltage
* 4096 resolution
* Easy-to-Change Control Mode for left handed drivers
* Utilizes Hitec’s AFHSS 2.4GHz system
* Has ultra-fast 4ms Hitec High Response System (HHR)
* Includes steering wheel extension and built in antenna
* Can use a Micro SD card for model memory, music, & warning sound storage
* Has ear phone jack for listening to music & warning sounds
* 30 model memory standard, up to 60 with Micro SD
* Has variable mixing for 4WS/Crawling
* Has vibration mode and PC link support for firmware updates
* Backlit graphic LCD screen
* 6-Color LED indicates transmitter status (Red/Green/Blue/Yellow/Magenta/Cyan)
* Adjustable spring tension on steering & throttle, wheel and trigger position also adjustable

The part number and pricing information has not been released, but you can hit up This Link over on Hitec’s website for a few more details.

Get more Hitec news at This Link on BigSquidRC.

Futaba 4PX
After a bit of teasing, the Futaba crew has released full information on their new flagship transmitter, the 4PX. At the top of the list for features is a 3.5″ color LCD screen, it is 30% faster than the previous model, and it has the ability to handle up to 31 telemetry sensors. Some of its other features include-

* Works with T-FHSS, S-FHSS and FASST receivers
* Sports an internal aluminum frame
* Can be set up left or right handed
* Drop down wheel option and comes with 32° & 34° wheel adapters
* 15 grams lighter than the 4PKS-R
* Comes with two different grip thicknesses
* Two trigger options will be available
* Synthesized voice for telemetry data
* 40-model memory
* Includes crawler functions like 4WS and dual ESC mixing
* Software can be updated by consumer
* Large assignable switch located on bottom edge that can be activated by drivers body
* Grip has built-in vibration
* Built-in S.Bus servo/Futaba ESC/telemetry sensor programmer
* Adjustable, built-in antenna

The 4PX has a part number of #FUTK4905, a street price of $550, and they are expect to hit hobby shops in late August. Get more details at This Link over on Futaba’s official website.

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Traxxas TQi Wireless Link Model Bluetooth GPS
The folks over at Traxxas have a new version of the TQi that connects your car to your Apple device via Bluetooth. The radio, the TQi with Traxxas Link Module, comes stand alone so you can add it to any car you please, and it also now comes standard with several popular Traxxas cars and trucks.

So what’s the big deal here? After you download the Traxxas Link App to your Apple iPhone/iPad/iPod, the new TQi can connect wirelessly to your device, allowing you to do several things. You can change radio settings wirelessly from your phone, you can manage your custom settings for up to 30 different models, and you can also view real-time telemetry on your phone. Combined with the Traxxas GPS Speed Telemetry Module, you can even view real time speeds on your phone. Right now the Traxxas app is only available for Apple products, but the app for Android is said to be coming soon.

* 6507X: TQi 2.4GHz (4-Channel) with Traxxas Link Wireless Module & 5-channel Receiver, street price $175
* 6509X: TQi 2.4GHz (2-Channel) Traxxas Link Enabled Transmitter with 5-channel Receiver, street price $119
* 6530: TQi 2.4GHz (4-Channel) Traxxas Link Enabled Transmitter
* 6528: TQi 2.4GHz (2-Channel) Traxxas Link Enabled Transmitter
* 6511: Traxxas Link Wireless Module

For complete details hit up This Link over on the official Traxxas website.

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KO Propo  EX-5FH Transmitter
The folks over at KO Propo have announced their latest radio system, the EX-5FH. The EX-5FH features their DDS Direct Digital System which helps make it one of the fastest radios on the market. The new radio is also set up to be used with KO receivers that have an internal gyro (like the KR-212FHG). The EX-5FH allows gyro adjustments from the transmitter while driving and makes it one of the latest radio systems to incorporate electronic stability control.

The EX-5FH is shipping now and the unit that includes the transmitter, gyro receiver, and a servo has a part number of #10602. Expect a street price of under $200 and for more details hit up This Link on the official KO Propo website.

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Futaba Drone Radio Transmitter
The crew over at Futaba have been very busy lately. News came out earlier in the week about their flagship 4PX surface transmitter, now they are teasing a new Drone Transmitter. Our friends over at Hobby Media have posted pictures of a possible new drone transmitter that was on display at the Shizuoka show. The drone version has huge rubber covered sticks on it, as well as a vast array of switches, sliders, and buttons. We don’t have any information on when, or even if, it will become available, but should we get an inside scoop we will certainly share it with our readers.

Futaba 4PX Radio Telemetry
The time has come for a new flagship transmitter over at Futaba, take a look at the 4PX. The 4PX takes over for the 4PK series of transmitters and is designed to be at the very top end of radio technology. Some of the highlights include-

* 3.5″ TFT color screen
* Voice telemetry
* Improved weight balance
* Aluminum frame
* Lighter weight
* Low wheel position with drop down option
* Wheel can be switched for left handed drivers
* Can use T-FHSS, S-FHSS, and FASST receivers
* 30% faster response than previous model

The 4PX is slated for an August release date and we will post more information when available. Hit This Link for more Futaba news on BigSquidRC.

Freqeskinz radio skins futaba spektrum
Want to make your transmitter stand out in a crowd? That is easy to do with a skin/wrap from the crew over at Freqeskinz. For all you Futaba 4PL-PLS/4PK-S and Spektrum DX4S/DX4R Pro/DX3R Pro owners, Freqeskinz has some cool new designs so you can have the trickest radio at the local bash spot. The skins are made out of genuine 3M air-release vinyl and are covered with a protective laminate for long life and pristine looks. The skins are easy to apply and can be re-positioned for a perfect install.

The radio skins are priced at $35 and you can check out all the different styles at This Link over on Freqeskinz official website.

Have you read our latest Spektrum radio review? If not, check it out Right Here.

THE Spektrum DX4S 4-Channel DSMR AVC Radio System Review

Spektrum DX4S Review

What’s the real scoop on Spektrum’s new AVC (Active Vehicle Control) system? Does it work? Can it truly make your car easier to drive? Is it just another marketing gimmick? Has range improved with the newer Spektrum products? We’ve been driving, testing, and beating on a Spektrum DX4S for weeks now and we learned a lot about it. To find out exactly what we learned, and to get the answers to all the questions above, hit the “Read More” button to get this party started…

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Blade Nano QX dodging hangar queenAs 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!

Hot Sauce's DX7sI’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’!

 

Futaba 10JA Radio
The new Futaba 10J is packed with features for you flying enthusiasts. It is the first “J” series radio to come with telemetry and it lets you download new software to keep it up to date. The 10J also has voice synthesis that lets you hear the telemetry as you fly, plus special programming for multi-rotor aircraft.

The part number for the airplane version is FUTK9200, the part number for the helicopter version is FUTK9201, and they both have a street price of $349. Both versions are expected to ship later this month and you can get more information at This Link on Futaba’s website.

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