Friday, May 24, 2019

Product Reviews

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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Gaui 330X

As with most modern technological developments, the seeds for today’s accomplishments were sown by thinkers of antiquity and rotorcraft are no different. The Chinese experimented with toy helicopters almost 2000 years ago and Italian genius, Leonardo da Vinci, explored the concept of human flight using rotorcraft in the 15th century. Practical experimentation in rotorcraft flight didn’t have its start until the 18th century and the first quadrotors didn’t appear until the early 20th century. Since the concept hit the hobby RC market, development has been feverish and innovation constant.

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Parkflyers Hughes 300

originally produced in 1963 and grew to become one of the most versatile helicopters of all time. It was not uncommon to see the 300 with floats hovering over a wreck site in the ocean or on a lake, or outfitted with agricultural spraying equipment flying over farms. Later editions of the 300 were used as law enforcement helicopters and beginning in 1964 the US Army contracted a version of the Hughes 300, designated TH-55A and officially named Osage, to be used as a single rotor training helicopter.

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HITEC HG-5000 Micro Gyro & High-Speed Digital Tail-Rotor Servo

As an up-and-coming helicopter junkie, I'm always looking for the next great thing that makes my learning curve a little less steep and allows me to progress more quickly. Toward that end, I recently had the chance to try out a new gyro that promises great performance in a really small package.

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Spektrum DX7 SE

When the original Spektrum DX7 was introduced, it was nothing short of revolutionary. Being the first full-range 2.4GHz radio, modelers from all over the world snatched them up like hotcakes. The new 2.4GHz systems offered features such as glitch free operation, eliminated the possibility of frequency conflicts, and prevented operation with the wrong model selected.

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O.S. 91HZ-R 3D Helicopter Engine With Regulator

We had a chance to review the OS HZ-91 engine with the Align T-Rex 700 last issue and found that this best of breed engine had plenty of power and ran smoothly and powerfully even when the needles were set rich. Its overall performance was more than adequate for a 90-size helicopter.

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E-flite Blade mCX Tandem Rescue RTF

A common misconception is that tandem helicopters are difficult to fly, but the crew from E-flite has designed its mCX Blade to be easy enough for RC heli beginners with some coax (twin rotor) experience.

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Gaui Flybarless E-Stabilizer GU-365

One of the coolest heli developments I have seen over the last couple of years is the advent of flybarless technology. Getting rid of the flybar and its paddles has long been a desire for the scale helicopter crowd for a more realistic appearance. On the other side of the flight line, flybarless rotor systems promise increased efficiency for the ever power-hungry 3D guys, along with the unique visual appeal. Until recently the big stumbling block for many has been the cost.

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Ray’s Helitech Authoritative DVD Series

You have probably noticed that almost every article on helicopters recommends getting an expert to help check out your model and walk through your first few flights with you if you are new to the game. That is great advice, and given with the best of intentions, but what if you don't have, or can't find, a local expert? Fortunately there is an expert readily available to us all, and his name is Ray Hostetler.

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MS Composit/CFC Intelligent Night Blades

When a full day of flying isn't quite enough, MS Composit has you covered with a wide range of night blades for most sizes of RC helicopters. Available in blade sizes from 325mm for 450-size helis all the way up to 800mm lengths, MS Composit night blades use integrated LED's powered by a battery that is buried in each blade.

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