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Eye in the sky: Draganflyer X8

Mar 20, 2012 3 Comments

The latest in aerial photography and videography is this Draganfly X8, a unique machine powered by eight motors, each with its own rotor blade! This stable flyer can carry 1.7 pounds of equipment and features 11 onboard sensors and a sophisticated autopilot to self-stabilize during flight. Its foldable carbon-fiber frame makes transport easy. Police departments across the [...]

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Micro Quadcopters: Killer Robots?

Mar 20, 2012 3 Comments

We liked this piece by Slate’s technology columnist, Farhad Manjoo. His article is subtitled, “Quadcopter drones are amazing and cute and will probably destroy us all.” Read on for Farhad’s interesting take as well as video of a micro quadcopter recital as well as a quadcopter ”blooper” reel. It was way back in May 2010 that [...]

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Ultimate Electrics: Henseleit Three Dee Rigid

Mar 20, 2012 2 Comments

Jan Henseleit has a long history of manufacturing and producing only the finest RC helicopters for the discriminating enthusiast. You won’t find a Henseleit Three Dee RIGID (TDR) on your local hobby shop shelf as each kit must be ordered directly from Jan ( Jan builds these kits one at a time and ships it [...]

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Review: Century Agusta A109

Mar 20, 2012 6 Comments

A scale RC helicopter never fails to grab everyone’s attention at the field. Scale helis have always had a special fascination for me and in recent years it seems the distributors and manufacturers have taken notice of the increasing interest level many of us have in this phase of RC. Scale helicopter fuselages are readily [...]

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Review: Hacker Extra 330SC Profile

Mar 20, 2012 No Comments

Hacker Model in concert with Hacker Motors has introduced the Extra 330SC 3D aerobatic EPP foam profile aircraft.  Advertised as “almost unbreakable”, the 330 Extra is a fairly large 3D foamy with a wing span of 39.37” (1000mm) and a fuselage length of 39.76” (1010mm).  The plane is designed for a minimum of 4 channels [...]

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Glow Plug Q&A: idle bars, temp ratings & more!

Mar 14, 2012 6 Comments

HOW DOES AN IDLE BAR HELP WITH THE IDLE? The idle bar is there to keep the glow plug from getting extinguished when the engine is throttled up. When the engine is idling, it has a tendency to pool up some fuel in the crankcase so when the engine is throttled up, that puddle is [...]

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Flight checks for 3D flight

Mar 14, 2012 1 Comment

A series of flight checks are required to program your radio for 3D flying. These flights should not be viewed as practice flights, but a time to evaluate your plane’s tendencies and fine-tune your radio setup. It’s therefore important to conduct your initial flight checks in calm conditions to make it easier to detect your [...]

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Cool air-to-air video

Mar 07, 2012 1 Comment

This is still one of the best FPV videos we’ve ever seen. We love the Blohm & Voss flying boat, the scenery, the view from behind the “greenhouse” canopy … it just doesn’t get better than this. Thanks to chrisko1850 for posting it to YouTube for our viewing pleasure!  

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