Friday, October 20, 2017

Product Reviews

MKS HV93 Series Servos

The trend of high voltage servos has been percolating down through all the classes of servo size. Until just recently, finding a high voltage set of servos for a 450-size model was a bit difficult. However, MKS now offers a snappy fast set of high voltage, aluminum cased servos to outfit your micro-servo compatible model.

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Fly Series LiPo Batteries

For those that aren’t familiar, Venom Group has been producing LiPo cells for nearly as long as anyone in the industry. In 2001, Vertical Partners West, LLC (Venom’s parent company) was founded, quite literally, in a garage.

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Review: Blade270 CFX Bind-N-Fly

The Blade series of helicopters exemplify simplicity and user friendliness. Due to increasing popularity and technological advancements, Blade has integrated flybarless systems into several of their helicopter models.

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Blade Micro Ah-64 Apache

The Boeing AH-64 Apache is a storied machine that was first introduced into service in 1986. Originally developed by Hughes to replace the venerable AH-1 Cobra, the Apache has done all that and more. The airframe has been modified into a wide array of variants and still serves the U.S. armed forces as well as many other NATO countries to this day.

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KDE Direct 550XP-1200-G3 Motor

KDE Direct has been evolving their motor lineup on a regular basis, refining and improving an already premium product. The XF line offers motors to cover the gamut of 450-800 size helis. I obtained their latest KDE700XF-535-G3 to try in my MD7/8 helicopter setup as a 700-size.

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Review: SAB Heli Division Goblin Urukay Competition

The rationale behind the original design of the Goblin Urukay was to produce a helicopter targeted towards F3C flying while also maintaining a quite capable 3D flight performance envelope. This ‘hybrid’ design ultimately proved to be quite successful and to date is very much in demand.

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Review: SAB Goblin 570 Kyle Stacy Edition

SAB broke all the molds of traditional styling of RC helicopters when they released their Goblin line of 3D helicopters. In the past few years I’ve built more than a few Goblin models. They all share the same aesthetics, feel, agility, speed, design and performance.

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Review: Estes Proto Z

Estes has made an impression on the entry level quad market with the release of the Proto X, Proto X FPV and now the new Proto Z. Each Proto quad has brought with it features for a better user experience and I am happy to report that the new Proto Z carries on with that tradition.

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Gaui Gx4 Helicopter

Welcome back to another episode of GPT. In this edition I want to review the Gaui GX4 gas powered helicopter. As discussed in the past, gas helicopters are available now in many sizes; from big 900 class models down to small 400 class machines.

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O.S. Brushless 700-800 Class Electric Heli Motors

O.S. has long been regarded as THE premiere manufacturer of nitro engines. Highly regarded for their quality and longevity, almost anyone that participates in RC has probably owned an O.S. engine at some point. However

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BK Designs: Switch Rotor Blades

Switch blades are a new contender in the vast blade market. What makes these blades unique is that they are being fielded by long-time pilot Bert Kammerer and his wife Suzie. Bert has always been intrigued by blade design and Suzie had been involved with V-Blades back in 2004.

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Futaba 18MZ 18-Channel 2.4GHz Computer Radio System

Review - Futaba 18MZ 18-Channel 2.4GHz Computer Radio System

For some time now, the 14MZ has been Futaba’s flagship radio system. It was at the time of its introduction one of the most feature-rich radio systems available. With the arrival of the 18MZ however, it appears that it’s time …

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Blade 450X Aerobatic Heli

Heli Review: Blade 450X Aerobatic Heli

Extreme 3D Performance, Right Out of the Box! Blade’s line of helicopters has introduced countless thousands of people into the world of RC helicopters. The 450 X is their most advanced 450-size helicopter yet. Targeted towards intermediate and advanced pilots, …

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O.S. 105HZ Heli Engine

Review: O.S. 105HZ Heli Engine

Crazy Power with a 60-90-Size Footprint In 2011, O.S. introduced two new high-performance engines, the O.S. 91 Speed and O.S. 105HZ. The O.S. 91 Speed is available in 3D or F3C versions and they are very high-performance competition engines. The …

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SAB Goblin 630

Review: SAB Goblin 630

Evils’ Younger Brother Earlier his year, SAB Heli Division, makers of high-quality rotor blades, introduced their first helicopter, the Goblin 700. Rather than copying existing designs they decided to break free and introduce something that is completely unique. Their gamble …

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