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Skookum Robotics SK-720

There are many flybarless controllers on the market now, and most have evolved to the point where they all fly well for most pilots. In addition to flight performance, other differentiating qualities that separate the various flybarless controllers are the ease of setup and the features that are available. The SK-720, from Skookum Robotics, is a second generation flybarless controller and is one of the most feature packed controllers that I’ve seen, while still being relatively easy to program. Let’s take a look at what it has to offer.

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Thunder Tiger Titan X50

I have been a fan of Thunder Tiger helicopters for almost 10 years, having owned several “Raptor” series helis. Opening the box of the Titan X50, I guess I was expecting some of the same style mechanics that have been synonymous with Thunder Tiger helis of the past. As I looked through the kit, I had to do a double take to make sure it was, in fact, a Thunder Tiger heli, as this machine bears no resemblance to the Raptors of the past. In fact, this might be what a Raptor would look like if you upgraded every part on the machine.

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Align T-Rex 500E

Align has become the behemoth of RC heli manufacturers, encompassing a full line of helicopters from the tiny Align 100, to the huge Align 700E. The Align 500E sits right in the middle of the size spectrum, sporting 425mm long blades, and having a weight that is roughly double that of a 450-size helicopter.

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Vario Helicopter’s Aerospatiale SA 315B Lama

Once in a while, a model comes across our desks that words cannot describe. Such was the case with Gonzalo Martinez’s ¼-scale Aérospatiale SA 315B Lama from Vario; when we saw the photos and the level of detail in the building process, we agreed that the photos spoke for themselves. So, feast your eyes on the next six pages and imagine what it was like to build this masterpiece.

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Thunder Tiger Mini Titan V2

When I first unboxed the kit, I figured I was going to be building yet another good 450 heli, same as usual. Well, this isn’t the typical 450 kit and I did find some interesting differences, some of which include a full CNC aluminum-alloy metal head and arm, a carbon fiber-encased tail, belt drive and motor, an ESC and a BEC. Don’t worry, there is a lot more coming.

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Curtis Youngblood Rave ENV

The Rave ENV is the first 90-size helicopter designed and released by Curtis Youngblood himself. People who have been in this hobby for a few years should all recognize the Curtis brand. In the last twenty years, he has won F3C World Championships and 3D competitions around the world countless times and he helped pioneer switchless 3D flying 20 years ago.

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E-Flite Blade MCP x

Learn to Hover

A few years ago when micro electric helicopters such as the Blade mCX, PiccoZ and many others were introduced, we were all impressed that such tiny machines weighing under two ounces could actually fly well indoors. Then we had a dream: when might we one day fly 3D aerobatics indoors with micro electric helicopters? That day has arrived sooner than expected.

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Beastx Microbeast 3 Axis Gyro System

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that flybarless helicopters using 3-axis stabilization have exploded in popularity. In the past, flybarless ‘controller’ choices were very limited and costly, but technology has advanced bringing prices down and features up. The Microbeast, manufactured by BeastX in Germany, is a 3-axis gyro system, utilizing MEMS technology that allows RC helicopters to enjoy fully stabilized flybarless flight.

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Align 700E F3C

Every sport has its pinnacle; for most international athletes, the glory lies in Olympic Gold. For radio control helicopter pilots, the equivalent is a win in F3C competition, which is governed by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). Success at this level requires the same dedication, commitment and years of practice that are common among Olympic athletes, coupled with lots of talent and top-notch equipment.

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Horizon Hobby Blade 120 SR

I love to fly larger glow-power helicopters but being very busy I cannot always get to a flying field. I used to shy away from the smaller “micro” electric helis because the flying characteristics were very different from their larger-scale counterparts, especially with fixed-pitch models. Blade however, has done an amazing job producing a series of helicopters that perform like larger glow models and the 120 SR is no exception.

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Thunder Tiger Titan X50

Is the Titan X50 the ultimate 50-class nitro engine powered 3D helicopter that you have been waiting for? The new X50 from Thunder Tiger certainly delivers the performance punch, product quality, and value. Thunder Tiger has dominated the RC helicopter market since the original Raptor 30 came out in 1998.

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Parrot AR.Drone

Apple iPhone users may not have flash support to take care of our desires for animated video games, but thanks to a company called Parrot, we now have the AR.Drone. The AR.Drone is a stealthy 4-rotor electric quadricopter which you control with your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. It features a wide-angle forward facing video camera, and a high-speed downward facing camera.

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