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Packed with the latest must-have RC products, our 2014 Buyer's Guide is just what you need to officially kick off the summer flying season! This special section features 300 of the coolest planes, helicopters, radios, engines, tools, and more. From giant-scale to micro models and everything in between, this guide includes everything you need — along with the equipment and accessories that are necessary for successful flying. Keep this guide handy all year long, as it will be your ultimate resource when shopping for yourself or the RC'er in your life!

AIRPLANES

AEROBATIC: AEROWORKS

.46 & .60 Profile ProX260

With classic profile looks and easy assembly, these ARFs will impress! One servo per aileron keeps the roll response crisp and clean. Removable side force generators provide outstanding knife-edge flight. Large double-beveled control surfaces allow extreme flight capabilities. Thick airfoil, light wing loading, and a double-tapered wing allow unlimited 3D, sport aerobatic, and fun-fly potential. .46-.61 wingspan: 48 in.; .60-.90 wingspan: 56 in.
aero-works.net
Item nos. .46-.61, .60-.90 Profile ProX260
$199.95-$249.95

AEROBATIC: AEROWORKS

52” Freestyle Extra 260 QB-L

Aeroworks is excited to add the all-new QB-L line of airplanes to its growing product line, starting with the new 52-inch Freestyle Extra 260 QB-L. The new Freestyle Extra 260 is designed to work with many popular 4S 2600mAh batteries and any 600+−watt power system. Designed to be incredibly lightweight while still having tremendous strength, the new 52-inch Freestyle Extra 260 QB-L is sure to impress even the most demanding pilot.
aero-works.net
Item no. 52” Freestyle Extra 260
$274.95

AEROBATIC: AIRBORNE MODELS

AirMaster EP (40)

Doing perfect loops or axial rolls will no longer be a challenge. Features: symmetrical airfoil wings with precision control surfaces for F3A maneuvers, plastic hinges specially designed for foam models, and carbon-fiber wing joiner. Pre-assembled Combo Version comes with four factory pre-installed mini servos, brushless outrunner motor 37/48 Deluxe (KM37490750) with propeller adaptor (HW2340102) and most parts.
airborne-models.com
Item no. GM049P
$169.99

AEROBATIC: CHARGER R/C

Radix

Known for their high-quality and affordable foamies, Charger R/C releases their newest creation, the Radix. This precision laser-cut 6mm Depron foamie includes all hardware, including a full decal sheet! Wingspan: 37 in.; Length: 38.5 in.; Flying weight: 12 oz. Requires: 400 motor, (4) micro servos, 900-1300mAh 3S LiPo battery.
chargerrc.com
Item no. radix
$52.99

AEROBATIC: E-FLITE

Carbon-Z Yak 54 3X BNF

Back by popular demand, this new Yak 54 features innovative AS3X technology so you can fly smoother with the ability to explore 3D aerobatics with a level of precision never before possible. The entire design features strength and electronic enhancements to help it withstand today's aggressive endurance level expectations. All combined, the Carbon-Z Yak 54 3X catapults to more than what you would expect from a precision airplane.
e-fliterc.com
Item no. EFL10550
$379.99

AEROBATIC: MULTIPLEX USA

StuntMaster

Constructed of Multiplex's renowned Elapor foam, the amazing StuntMaster is slightly smaller than the popular ParkMaster 3D and is the ideal flyer for the novice pilot itching to experience the allure of 3D flight! With a powerful brushless outrunner motor, ESC, and 8-gram servos preinstalled, it is light and agile enough for indoor flight but robust and durable for outdoors! This flying daredevil gives you the thrills you seek!
hitecrcd.com
Item no. M264293
$170

AEROBATIC: PRECISION AEROBATICS

40” Ultimate AMR Bipe ARF

This bipe is like no other — easy to land, easy to handle, graceful as if its on rails. The AMR is a high-performance precision aerobatics/freestyle flying machine, perfect for high-energy 3D or just easy sport flying — just change your CG. Revolutionary FiberFusion construction makes the AMR the lightest electric built-up biplane produced in this size ever — 38.45oz ready to fly, yet is rigid enough to withstand the most extreme maneuvers.
precisionaerobatics.com
Item nos. PL-1038 (airframe), AC-2060 (combo)
$249 (airframe only); $389 (iPAs combo)

AEROBATIC: PRECISION AEROBATICS

50” Bandit 3D Racer ARF

The Bandit is capable of high-speed precision flight, yet it will slow down to crawl-speed to land and also excels in high-energy tumbles. It has an ultra-wide aerobatic envelope that will keep challenging you. An extreme lightweight, sophisticated aerodynamic design, FiberFusion construction, custom-designed airfoils, extremely responsive control surfaces and excellent power-to-weight ratio make this model an absolute winner.
precisionaerobatics.com
Item nos. PL-1041 (airframe), AC-2200 (combo)
$239 (airframe only); $379 (iPAs combo)

AEROBATIC: PRECISION AEROBATICS

57” Katana MX (KMX) ARF

The 57-inch-span KMX offers a wide flight envelope that allows you to enjoy a precision sport plane, high energy beast, or graceful slow and low 3D flying model, all depending on your radio setup and CG. Built of the finest grade materials and featuring FiberFusion construction with a long list of CF parts. Fully airfoiled control surfaces and unique aileron design. Powered by two 3S 2200mAh LiPos (6S), Thrust 50 motor, and a 70A ESC.
precisionaerobatics.com
Item nos. PL-1042 (airframe), AC-2237 (combo)
$299 (airframe only); $479 (iPAs combo)

AEROBATIC: PRECISION AEROBATICS

Addiction / Addiction X / ADXL

40-, 50-, and 59-inch wingspan and five colors. This amazing 3D trainer is stable and offers exceptional stall and slow-speed-handling characteristics and quick recovery — the larger capable of performing precision 3D, even in windy conditions! Any pilot can easily fly 3D with it and impress the crowd. Built of the finest grade materials and featuring FiberFusion construction. With over 10,000 already sold, this is by far a best seller!
precisionaerobatics.com
Item nos. vary
$169 (Addiction); $259 (ADX); $325 (ADXL)

AUTOGYROS: MIA MICRO-FLIGHT

MIA EZ (TM) Gyro 1.0

Have you wanted to try RC Autogyros but was afraid they were too hard to fly? MIA is Revolutionizing the RC Hobby Market with this “extremely stable” & easy to fly High Performance RC Autogyro pusher model. Based on Real Bensen Autogyro architecture. The MIA EZ Gyro 1.0 will impress anyone w/basic Park Flyer experience. Designed with MIA trademark characteristics for High Performance, Durability & Aesthetical Appeal. Available in kit form or ARF.
micro-flight.com
Item no. MIAEZGYRO1.0 $89 (kit);
$129 (ARF)

GIANT-SCALE: AEROBEEZ

90” 30% Extra 330 50cc ARF

Aerobeez's first ever 90-inch Extra 330 is made for both electric and gas setups. It's perfect for a DLE55 or any 50cc-size engine or electric setup for the giant-scale electric enthusiasts.This is our first take on producing an airframe that's suitable for both power platforms, and it is also one of the best 3D planes we have ever produced.
aerobeez.com
Item nos. EX330SC-50CC-RD, EX330SC-50CC-BL
$629

GIANT-SCALE: AEROWORKS

100cc Edge 540

With the popularity of air racing on the rise, the 106-inch Edge 540 fits the bill: scale lines, light but strong construction, and a race-ready color scheme. With the Edge 540's unbeatable stability and precision flight characteristics, it is certain to please both the beginner and the advanced competitor. Designed for both precision and 3D-style flying, this plane has UltraCote covering, factory-hinged control surfaces, and more!
aero-works.net
Item no. 100cc Edge 540
$1099.95

GIANT-SCALE: AEROWORKS

100cc Yak 55M

The Aeroworks 100cc Yak 55M has been designed to out-perform any other Yak on the market. It's ready for you to install your canister or pipe. Lightweight, strong construction and awesome power create an extremely true-flying Yak with the fastest build time possible! Wingspan: 108 inches.
aero-works.net
Item no. 100cc Yak 55M
$1195.95

GIANT-SCALE: AEROWORKS

20-30cc Trainer GT

Finally, a trainer designed for the very popular smaller gas engines, and for a first-time pilot or experienced pilot wanting a larger, more visible and versatile gas sport plane. Go from a trainer to a sport flyer at your club's next fun-fly. Features: balsa and ply laser-cut construction, 2-piece wing, semi-symmetrical air-foiled wing, pre-hinged surfaces, quick-release top hatch, fiberglass cowling, and the best in SAE-sized hardware!
aero-works.net
Item no. 20-30cc Trainer GT
$449.95

GIANT-SCALE: AEROWORKS

30cc Bravata ARF QB

Spend your weekends reliving the Golden Age of flight with the all-new Aeroworks 30cc Bravata ARF QB. With its classic lines and vintage covering scheme, the 30cc Bravata resembles many of the classic airplanes from the 1920s and 30s.The Bravata's flight characteristics are what you have come to expect from any Aeroworks model, as it provides stable flight for the novice pilot and spirited aerobatic flight for the experienced pilot.
aero-works.net
Item no. 30cc Bravata
$749.95

GIANT-SCALE: AEROWORKS

30cc Edge 540

Aeroworks' 74-inch 30cc Edge 540 Quick Build Series aircraft is designed with the customer in mind and provides the highest quality, lightweight construction, and the fastest build time possible. With the popularity of smaller gas engines, the new 30cc Edge 540 fits the bill. It has scale lines, light but strong construction, and a race-ready color scheme.
aero-works.net
Item no. 30cc Edge 540
$499.95

GIANT-SCALE: AEROWORKS

30cc Extra 300

Aeroworks' 74-inch 30cc Edge 300 Quick Build Series aircraft is designed with the customer in mind and provides the highest quality, lightweight construction, and the fastest build time possible. With the popularity of smaller gas engines, the new 30cc Edge 300 fits the bill. It has scale lines, light strong construction, and a race-ready color scheme.
aero-works.net
Item no. 30cc Extra 300
$499.95

GIANT-SCALE: AEROWORKS

30cc Freestyle Extra 260 QB-L

The 30cc Freestyle Extra 260 QB-L is one of the largest in the 30cc class with its 76-inch wingspan, yet it is also one of the lightest, as it weighs only 11 pounds! Full carbon landing gear, wing/stab tubes, and control horns are supplied to reduce the weight and increase strength. Removable SFGs increase low speed and knife edge stability.
aero-works.net
Item no. 30cc Freestyle Extra 260
$549.95

GIANT-SCALE: AEROWORKS

30cc Laser 200 ARF QB

The laser was the “standard” for RC and full-scale aerobatic designs, and we are excited to bring this iconic airplane back to a new generation of RC pilots. Designed to dominate full-scale aerobatic competition, the Laser 200 is a true pilot's airplane, capable of smooth lines, mind-blowing tumbles, and extreme 3D aerobatics. The all-new Laser is sure to impress with both its scale looks and outstanding flight performance.
aero-works.net
Item no. 30cc Laser 200
$499.95

GIANT-SCALE: AEROWORKS

30cc Ultimate 20-300

Aeroworks' new 30cc Ultimate 20-300 has been designed around today's popular 30cc gas engines. Its compact size is perfect for transportation, which allows it to be left fully assembled when transported in a normal size truck! If a smaller transportation option is required, the wings and stabs can be easily removed for a truly compact footprint. Wingspan: 60 inches.
aero-works.net
Item no. 30cc Ultimate 20-300
$549.95

GIANT-SCALE: AEROWORKS

50cc Checkmate ARF QB

Kendal Simpson has been dazzling airshow crowds for years with his full-scale Checkmate aerobatic biplane, and now you can also own this amazing aerobatic performer! Aeroworks has captured the impressive scale lines and beautiful color scheme with the 50cc Checkmate ARF QB. Featuring a 70-inch wingspan, the Checkmate is large enough to provide great visibility and amazing performance with a 50cc gas engine.
aero-works.net
Item no. 50cc Checkmate
$849.95

GIANT-SCALE: AEROWORKS

50cc Extra 300

The 84-inch Extra 300's unbeatable stability and precision flight characteristics will please both beginners and advanced competitors. Designed for both precision and 3D flying, this plane has generous control surfaces and an awesome power-to-weight ratio. It's covered in UltraCote and comes prehinged with double-beveled control surfaces. It requires a 50cc to 60cc engine and 6-channel radio.
aero-works.net
Item no. 50cc Extra 300
$749.95

GIANT-SCALE: AEROWORKS

50cc P-51B Mustang

The P-51B “Princess Elizabeth” Mustang ARF QB is by far one of the most complete 50cc warbirds available today. Features: pre-installed tetracts, air cylinders, sequencers, inner gear doors, and air lines; these result in a complete, ready-to-use retract system. The Mustang also features a functioning canopy, scale cockpit, static bomb and tank drops, and spinner!
aero-works.net
Item no. 50cc P-51B Mustang
$1,949.95

GIANT-SCALE: AEROWORKS

50cc P-51C Mustang

The Mustang P-51C is designed from Colonel Charles McGee's “Kitten” with preinstalled main retracts, retractable tailwheel, and complete air system. Functional inner and outer main and tailwheel gear doors are set at the factory for scale operation. Scale hinging, hidden control servos, sliding canopy, and a scale cockpit finish off this highly prefabricated model. The large wing and flaps make it very stable and easy to fly.
aero-works.net
Item no. 50cc P-51C Mustang
$1,949.95

GIANT-SCALE: AEROWORKS

50cc Ultimate 20-300

Aeroworks is proud to add the new 50cc Ultimate 20-300 to their line of Quick Build Series aircraft designed by Jason Noll to provide the best performing Ultimate to date. There is minimal mixing and aileron differential required to achieve perfect flight. The 50cc Ultimate is a true quick-build that offers high quality, lightweight construction, and the fastest build time possible. Wingspan: 68 inches.
aero-works.net
Item no. 50cc Ultimate 20-300
$749.95

GIANT-SCALE: AEROWORKS

50cc Yak 55M

Aeroworks' new 50cc Yak 55M is designed to provide the best looking and performing Yak 55M to date. The Yak 55M has been designed to out-perform any other Yak on the market. With minimal mixing and aileron differential required to achieve perfect flight, this Yak flies very true! Large control surfaces and an awesome power-to-weight ratio make this a plane you'll want to fly every visit to the field. Wingspan: 86 inches.
aero-works.net
Item no. 50cc Yak 55M
$749.95

GIANT-SCALE: AEROWORKS

60cc Freestyle Extra 260 QB-L

The 60cc Freestyle Extra 260 QB-L is the newest addition to our popular Quick Build Light series. WS: 91 in.; WA: 1592 sq. in.; Weight: 17-18 lbs. It has large control surfaces for extreme 3D flying, and carbon wing/stab tubes and compound control horns are supplied to reduce the weight and increase strength. Removable SFGs for both the wings and stabs increase low-speed and knife-edge stability.
aero-works.net
Item no. 60cc Freestyle Extra 260
$699.95

GIANT-SCALE: AEROWORKS

Cessna LC 126

The 90-inch Cessna LC 126 was designed from the ground up to provide a true-to-scale model with preinstalled navigation lights, hidden flaps, and a scale cockpit. The large wing and flaps make it very stable and easy to fly. It features strong, light construction and UltraCote covering, and comes with an aluminum spinner, corrugated control surfaces, preinstalled float mounts, and hidden control horns in the tail section. Floats are sold separately.
aero-works.net
Item no. 30cc Cessna LC-126
$949.95

GIANT-SCALE: CHIEF AIRCRAFT INC.

Krill Models Composite ARFS

Krill Models builds some of the best flying composite aircraft available today and they're designed by award-winning pilots for the best flight characteristics and features available on any composite kit. Models available include Sukhoi, Extra 330SC, Katana, YAK 55M, Thunder, and Spark. Sizes range from 28 up to 41%. Each model includes many various eye-catching schemes, and for a little extra, you can have yours custom painted through oversprayer.com.
chiefaircraft.com/radio-control
Item nos. KRM E330, SUK, YAK, KAT
$1,250 (28%); $1,995 (33%); $3395 & up (37-41%)

GIANT-SCALE: CHIEF AIRCRAFT INC.

Pilot-RC ARF Aircraft

Unquestionably, Pilot-RC manufactures great balsa planes. No corners are cut when building any of their planes from electric up to 50%. Models available include the YAK 54, YAK M55, Sbach 342, Edge 540, Extra 260/300/330SC, Decathlon, Columbia 400, and the new 30cc 3D Trainer/Tow Plane. Chief Aircraft features many exclusive schemes and you can order your own custom scheme. BNF versions are also available for the pilot on the go.
chiefaircraft.com/radio-control
Item nos. vary
$239 (53” electric); $274.95 (30cc trainer)

GIANT-SCALE: HANGAR 9

DHC-2 Beaver 30cc ARF

Built for the RC pilot who wants a giant-scale model that's as versatile as it is realistic, this ARF features an impressive 110-inch wingspan. Construction is an evolution of Hangar 9 tradition where only the best materials are selected for use with modern processes. The result is a versatile model, for land or water, that's sacrificed the least amount of authenticity to achieve the best appearance and most especially, great flight performance.
hangar-9.com
Item no. HAN4545
$699.99

GIANT-SCALE: HANGAR 9

Inverza 62 ARF

Designed to deliver a refined blend of precision and hardcore 3D capability, everything about the Inverza 62 reflects an attention to the needs of performance-minded pilots. Massive control surfaces and a large wing area make it predictable in slow flight, as well as agile even during the most demanding 3D maneuvers. The result is a level of performance the 50-60cc class aerobatic category has never seen.
hangar-9.com
Item no. HAN5195
$749.99

GIANT-SCALE
RCGUYS.COM

Cessna 150 Aerobat ARF

This large scale all-wood, laser-cut ARF is brilliantly covered and includes a full hardware package, painted fiberglass cowl and wheel pants, scale hinged pilot side door, working flaps, a corrugated finish on all control surfaces, and a two-piece wing with aluminum wing tubes. Specifications: Wingspan—96 in.; Weight—12 to 14 lb.; Engine required—.90 to 1.2 2-stroke, 1.2 to 1.8 4-stroke, or 20 to 32cc gas; Radio required—5-channel with 7 servos.
rcguys.com
Item no. RC-3303
$519

GIANT-SCALE
RCGUYS.COM

Cessna 188 Ag Wagon ARF

This large scale all-wood, laser-cut ARF is brilliantly covered and includes a full hardware package, painted fiberglass cowl, large scale canopy for easy internal access, working flaps, corrugated finish on all control surfaces, and two-piece wing with aluminum wing tube. Specifications: Wingspan—98 in.; Weight—13 to 16 lb.; Engine required—.90 to 1.60 2-stroke, 1.20 to 2.70 4-stroke, or 23 to 40cc gas; Radio required—5-channel with 7 servos.
rcguys.com
Item no. RC-3309
$499

GIANT-SCALE
RCGUYS.COM

Cherokee 140 ARF

This large scale all-wood, laser-cut ARF is brilliantly covered, and includes full hardware package, painted fiberglass cowl, large scale canopy for easy internal access, working flaps, two-piece wing with carbon wing tube. Specifications: Wingspan—100 in.; Weight—19 lb.; Engine required—40 to 50cc gas; Radio required—5-channel with 7 servos.
rcguys.com
Item no. RC-3310
$549

GIANT-SCALE
RCGUYS.COM

Ryan ST-A ARF

This large scale, all-wood, laser-cut ARF is brilliantly covered with checkerboard graphics, includes a full hardware package, painted fiberglass cowl and wheel pants, steerable tailwheel assembly, and three-piece wing with aluminum wing tubes. Specifications: Wingspan—100 in.; Weight—15 to 18 lb.; Engine required: 1.60 2-stroke, 200 to 270 4-stroke, or 40 to 50cc gas; Radio required—4-channel with 5 servos.
rcguys.com
Item no. RC-3306
$549

GIANT-SCALE
RCGUYS.COM

S1 Pitts ARF

This large scale, all-wood, laser-cut ARF includes a full hardware package, painted fiberglass cowl and wheel pants, and steerable tailwheel assembly. It's available in two new color schemes, red with white stripes or yellow with black stripes. The large wing area makes it lightweight and very aerobatic. Specs: Wingspan: 68.5 in.; Weight: 13-16 lb.; Required engine: 120-160 2-stroke, 180-270 4-stroke, 23-40cc gas; Radio: 4+ channels with 5 servos.
rcguys.com
Item no. RC-3300
$539

GIANT-SCALE
RCGUYS.COM

Super Decathlon ARF

This large scale, all-wood, laser-cut ARF is brilliantly covered with starburst graphics, includes a full hardware package, painted fiberglass cowl and wheel pants, scale hinged pilot side door, steerable tailwheel assembly, and two-piece wing with aluminum wing tube. Specifications: Wingspan—98 in.; Weight—13 to 16 lb.; Engine required: .90 to 1.60 2-stroke, 1.20 to 2.70 4-stroke, or 23 to 40cc gas; Radio required—4-channel with 5 servos.
rcguys.com
Item no. RC-3308
$499

GLIDERS: AIRBORNE MODELS

Hall Cherokee II 1/4

The 1/4-scale Hall Cherokee ARF is based on the 1/4-scale plan from David Smith. The all-wood construction of the model captured the original essence of the home-built glider designed by Stan Hall, with structure almost identical to the full-size glider. A servo-operated tow hook is provided and a wing bag is included for carry around protection. Optional fiber-glass scratch guard available.
airborne-models.com
Item no. G336
$499.99

GLIDERS: DIAMOND HOBBY

FMS MOA Glider

As the newest addition to the FMS line, with a wingspan of 1500mm, this mid-sized glider is ideal for both beginner and advanced fliers. This plane comes with four installed servos, a 20-amp ESC, and a brushless motor. Simple construction makes assembly quick and easy, so you can get flying faster!
diamondhobby.com
Item no. FMS071P
$109.99

GYROS: BAVARIANDEMON

CORTEX

It's time to unleash your inner DEMONic skills with the world's most advanced 3-axis fixed-wing gyro system. Wind and gusty conditions belong to the past because the bavarianDEMON CORTEX smooths out your flight like never seen before. The CORTEX comes with all accessories needed for install, and does not require a PC setup. For details, visit bavariandemon.com or contact info@bavariandemon.com.
bavariandemon.com
Item no. 92758
$349

JETS/HOBBYKING.COM

Stinger 64 Mk2 EDF Sport Jet

The Stinger 64 MK2 has taken “style” to a whole new level with its vibrant new paint scheme and wicked graphics! HobbyKing also added metal gear servos and upped the power with an all-new 4S EDF system. The Stinger 64 MK2 now has all the speed and performance that you're looking for right out of the box!
hobbyking.com
Item no. 9087000038
$99.99

KITS: AEROBEEZ

32” Stinger Flying Wing ARF Kit

Aerobeez's first flying wing has finally arrived! It's a super fun and superior flying wing that is great for beginner to advanced pilots who just want to have fun without a lot of setup time. From slow fun-fly to advanced aerobatic maneuvers, these exciting compact flying wings can handle it all.
aerobeez.com
Item no. FW-PP-SGER
$75

KITS: AIRFOILZ

AirfoilZ YAK 54 40-inch Hybrid kit

The YAK 54 Hybrid offers performance pioneered by AirfoilZ. Fully 3D capable, the YAK has that “softer” feel in the air preferred by many pilots. The YAK features AirfoilZ's unique symmetrical airfoil wing and Depron/light ply hollow-hybrid construction. This lightweight, extremely rigid design is capable of flying in 15 to 20mph winds. The YAK is designed for the popular 200-275 watt power systems. The kit includes complete hardware and graphics.
3dxhobbies.com
Item no. AirfoilZ YAK 54 40 inch Hybrid Kit
$69.99 (kit); $249.99 (combo)

KITS: MICROACES LTD.

Curtiss P-6E Hawk Deluxe Kit

Microaces has re-created the definitive U.S. biplane of the 1930s in an RC micro-scale kit that is as much fun to build as it is to fly. Using the unique method of construction devised by Microaces, which incorporates advanced materials and micro-scale technology (including a brushless motor and ESC). The resulting aircraft has great aerial performance, as well as oodles of static appeal. See the entire range of Microaces kits on microaces.com.
microaces.com
Item no. CP6EHAWDL
$105.20

KITS: PLANTRACO MICROFLIGHT

Micro Racers 10-in Pylon Racers

This intermediate micro RC airplane kit builds up in about one hour and can be flown with precision indoors and out. It can handle 15mph winds and is equally at home in the gym. This kit is completed with the parts from the Plantraco Deluxe Starter Set no. 2. It's a great flyer!
plantraco.com
Item no. MR-KIT
$14.99

KITS: PRECISION CUT KITS

Precision Cut Kits

Precision Cut Kits offer all the basics in one box. A vast array of kits are available and allow the modeler to have a real “build-it-yourself” experience in 30 hours or less. From Pro-Line aerobatic aircraft kits to replacement wing kits and all that's in between, Precision Cut Kits offers something convenient for everyone.
precisioncutkits.com
Item no. N/A
Prices vary

MICRO & INDOOR: PLANTRACO MICROFLIGHT

Bluetooth SmartPlane

Forget big, bulky remote controls. The best remote control is already in your pocket: your smartphone. You can fly the SmartPlane with just one hand — simply slide your thumb to go up and down, and tilt the phone to turn. The SmartPlane works with the latest Bluetooth Smart wireless technology for long range and flight time. Simply hold the phone close to the plane and you're ready to fly. That's touch-and-go technology!
plantraco.com
Item no. SMARTPLANE
$99.99

Carbon Butterfly 3g RTF Flyer

This is the encore to the famous Butterfly living room flyer. It's a “metamorphosis” from balsa to carbon fiber and mylar. It's a bit lighter and a little bit slower and more durable. Fly figure-8s over the coffee table; you may have to see this flying work of art to believe it! You'll enjoy incredible slow flight at home with full proportional control and Plantraco's all digital 900MHz RC system.
plantraco.com
Item no. CBFLY-SET
$179.99

MICRO & INDOOR: PLANTRACO MICROFLIGHT

Classroom Fighters – Warhawk

Enjoy fully proportional RC flying with this 10-inch wingspan, 4-gram, ready-to-fly P-40 Warhawk with a durable lightweight foam airframe. Packaged in a durable pressboard box, this plane is easy to transport. It's great indoors and outdoors. Get the whole series and have indoor RC dogfights!
plantraco.com
Item no. CLSRM-P40CAMO
$89.99

MICRO & INDOOR: PLANTRACO MICROFLIGHT

Classroom Fighters – Zero A6M2

Enjoy fully proportional RC flying with this 10-inch wingspan, 4-gram, ready-to-fly Japanese Zero with a durable, lightweight foam airframe. Packaged in a durable pressboard box, this plane is easy to transport and is great indoors and outdoors. Get the whole series and have indoor RC dogfights!
plantraco.com
Item no. CLSRM-ZERO
$89.99

MICRO & INDOOR: PLANTRACO MICROFLIGHT

Micro Butterfly

A 3.5-inch wingspan makes this the world's smallest RTF RC model airplane! Flying speed is a bit higher than other RTFs, but this model is still easy to fly! It can be flown indoors and out, and transports very well in its own pressboard box. The direct drive prop from the 4mm motor is very quiet. This durable model always draws a crowd.
plantraco.com
Item no. MBFLY
$79.99

MICRO & INDOOR: PLANTRACO MICROFLIGHT

Micro Spitfire 1/72

At last! Plantraco's 6-inch wingspan ready-to-fly Spitfire is a dream come true for many RC enthusiasts. This realistic 1/72-scale Spitfire Mk XVI is painted as the RCAF 421 “Red Indian” Squadron. It's incredibly tiny, and seeing it in the air might give you goosebumps! It's perfect for those who appreciate a good-looking WW II fighter airframe.
plantraco.com
Item no. MICROSPIT
$89.99

MICRO & INDOOR: PLANTRACO MICROFLIGHT

RTF Butterfly 3.6g Flyer

Enjoy fully proportional RC flying with this 7.5-inch wingspan, ready-to-fly airplane. It comes complete with transmitter, charger, lithium battery, receiver, and actuator. Packaged in an aluminum briefcase, this plane is easy to carry on vacation. It can even fly in a room that's 12×16 feet! It's beautiful to behold and relaxing to fly because it's so slow!
plantraco.com
Item no. BFLY-SET
$239.99

RACERS: AIRBORNE MODELS

EF1 Racers

Outrageous (silver) and Scarlet Screamer (red). Designed by Jerry Small and Dan Kane for EF1 class racing. 40-size electric almost-ready-to-fly plane. Precision maneuvers at pilot's command. Coverd with genuine heat shrink ToughLon coverings. Detachable battery hatch. Carbon wing joiner. Aluminum landing gear. Hand-painted fiberglass cowling. Pre-drilled holes on firewall for motor mount with 41mm hole offset.
airborne-models.com
Item no. E337XM
$179.99

SCALE PLANES: DIAMOND HOBBY

FMS 1400mm F6F Hellcat

The Grumman F6F Hellcat was a carrier-based WW II aircraft introduced in early 1943. The unmistakable scale outline of the Hellcat features an easily removable auxiliary tank and is fully complemented with flaps, and main and tail retracts. Add your radio system and battery to this plug-and-play model, and take to the skies!
diamondhobby.com
Item no. FMS034P
$269.99

SCALE PLANES: HANGAR 9

P47D-1 Thunderbolt 60 ARF

This 60-size ARF is a remarkable model for the scale RC pilot who wants an authentic warbird that's sized to pack a punch, yet handles well in the air and on the ground. Fully sheeted construction complements the accurate scale outline, while flat-finish printed UltraCote covering offers amazing detail that's easy to maintain. Plug-in wings make transport and storage easy. Four sets of graphics and group numbers are included.
hangar-9.com
Item no. HAN2790
$349.99

SCALE PLANES: DURAFLY

Durafly D.H.100 Sea Vixen

The DH.110 Sea Vixen was an all-weather fighter/ground attack aircraft with a distinctive and unusual cockpit arrangement, the pilot's cockpit being offset and the observer sitting in the infamous “coal hole,” which was virtually blacked out and very cramped. Being plug and fly, the EDF unit, speed control, UBEC, retracts, and servos are all pre-installed.
hobbyking.com
Item no. 9306000020
$159.99

SCALE PLANES: DURAFLY

Durafly Spitfire Mk 24

This Spitfire is plug and fly, meaning very little assembly work is needed. The powerful outrunner motor, speed control, navigation lights, servoless electric retracts, split flaps, and servos are all pre-installed, leaving you with little to do. In fact, you could be in the air in less than half an hour! With a 1100mm wingspan, the Spitfire is easy to transport, and it uses the ever-green 2200mAh 3S LiPo battery.
hobbyking.com
Item no. 9142000140
$154.99

SPORT PLANES: HITEC USA

eHawkEye

The eHawkEye adds the excitement of electric power and three-channel radio control to Hitec's popular free-flight HawkEye glider. This new model features a durable foam airframe with a high-performance brushless motor and servos preinstalled! The wing slots snuggly into the fuselage without tools and can be easily removed to go back in its box for compact storage and travel.
hitecrcd.com
Item no. 13607
$100

SPORT PLANES: HITEC USA

Extra 300S

The new Hitec Extra 300S offers sport-scale aerobatics in a durable, nimble package that's perfect for low-stress weekend fun! This EPO foam airplane comes pre-painted in an eye-catching color scheme with a high-performance brushless motor and servos preinstalled! Full four-channel control delivers unlimited aerobatics. Dazzle your frends with your own private airshow!
hitecrcd.com
Item no. 13609
$210

SPORT PLANES: HITEC USA

Warbirds

Calling all military buffs! Featuring assembled airframes with pre-installed servos, powerful brushless motors, and efficient speed controls, Hitec's P-51D Mustang, F4U Corsair, and Hawker Hurricane Mk IIB are the ultimate in plug-in to go flying action. Each durable, foam model has its own realistic military paint scheme and full-house, four-channel control with aileron, elevator, rudder, and throttle. Join the flying ranks with Hitec!
hitecrcd.com
Item nos. 13610, 13611, 13612
$120

SPORT PLANES: HITEC USA

Zipper

Mix it up with your friends at the local park or field with Hitec's agile, new Zipper! Easy to hand-launch and perfect for lunchtime sport aerobatics or weekend club racing, the Zipper features durable EPO foam construction and aileron/elevator three-channel control. Take charge of your fun with the Hitec Zipper!
hitecrcd.com
Item no. 13605
$110

SPORT PLANES: MULTIPLEX USA

DogFighter RR

The speedy, aggressive DogFighter brings the old-fashioned art of aerial combat to your own club field. With low minimum airspeed, neutral handling, and accurate response, this sporty fighter provides the ultimate in aerobatic performance that allows pilots to head back to the historic days of WW II.
hitecrcd.com
Item no. M264250
$250

SPORT PLANES: MULTIPLEX USA

FunCub RR

This multi-talented all-rounder is great for beginners as well as advanced pilots who want to perform spectacular aerobatics. With large flaps, big wheels, an oversize prop, and a spunky power system, the FunCub is sure to be a favorite. Its large, lightweight EPP wheels and powerful brushless system allow it to cope with virtually any airstrip. Optional floats convert this versatile model into an attractive floatplane.
hitecrcd.com
Item no. M264243
$340

SPORT PLANES: MULTIPLEX USA

FunJet Ultra

This FunJet Ultra features higher-density foam and a carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic spar for a rigid high-speed airframe. The matching high-performance power system will accelerate the plane up to 120mph right out of the box. With precise control response, dual-axis control plus throttle, and relatively low wing loading, this kit is a must-have for any adrenaline seeker.
hitecrcd.com
Item no. M214245
$110

SPORT PLANES: MULTIPLEX USA

Pilatus

Designed to emulate the full-scale, single-engine, seven-seat STOL (Short Take-Ofiand Landing) aircraft, the Pilatus PC-6 features Multiplex's signature Elapor foam construction and comes with six servos, a high-performance brushless motor, and an efficient speed control preinstalled. This attractive model can perform dazzling aerobatic maneuvers, and with the optional float set, you can extend your missions to the snow and the water!
hitecrcd.com
Item nos. M264290/M264291, M733060 (floats)
$210, $45 (floats)

SPORT PLANES: MULTIPLEX USA

Shark

Dive into high flying excitement with the Shark! Constructed of Multiplex's resilient Elapor foam, and with preinstalled servos, a high performance brushless motor, and an efficient speed control, this unique entry-level model is ready to fly in just minutes. Easy to assemble and disassemble, the Shark can be customized to your liking with Multiplex float or landing gear sets, allowing you to experience the excitement by land or by sea!
hitecrcd.com
Item nos. M264286, M224327 (wheel), M224328 (floats)
$160, $17, $20

TRAINERS: E-FLITE

Apprentice 15 S RTF & BNF

Groundbreaking SAFE technology makes RC flight fear-free with flight envelope protection safety and an AS3X stability system that battles windy conditions for smooth flight. In addition, a “panic” button will instantly return the model to level flight if you ever lose orientation. Built to last, and made of lightweight Z-Foam material, the Apprentice S is capable of performing a complement of aerobatic maneuvers after you've mastered the basics.
e-fliterc.com
Item nos. EFL3100, EFL3180
$299.99, $269.99

TRAINERS: MULTIPLEX USA

Solius

The Solius features a t-tail, detailed cockpit, clear canopy, and numerous innovative Elapor foam construction details, setting entirely new standards for this class of models. Flown with electric power or as a pure sailplane from high start, slope, and aerotow, it is the perfect glider for all.
hitecrcd.com
Item nos. M214264, M264264
$155∼$360

MISCELLANEOUS:BIRDKIT.COM

Crossbow

It flies by flapping wings, but the Crossbow was designed for efficient flight instead of trying to look like a bird. The Crossbow has a new, high-efficiency wing design, brushless drive system, and sleek fiberglass body. Elevon control and reliable entry into gliding flight give the Crossbow excellent flying characteristics. The flapping wings and large size make this a really impressive and unique model. Wingspan: 68 inches; Weight: 20 ounces.
birdkit.com
Item no. BK-C1
$299

MISCELLANEOUS:BIRDKIT.COM

S-1 Robotic Bird

The S-1 Robotic Bird introduces a whole new class of RC aircraft. Unlike previous flapping-wing aircraft, powerful servos move the wings. It steers by independent control of the left and right wings. You can program the wing movements yourself or use a ready-made servo controller. Wingspan: 67 inches; Weight: 10 ounces.
birdkit.com
Item no. BKR-S1
$150

FLOATS: AEROWORKS

1/3 Scale Floats

Aeroworks wooden floats have a reinforced fiberglass bottom and can easily be adapted to fit a variety of larger-scale models. They are available in three color choices and have been designed for quick and easy installation to get you from pavement to water in just a few minutes. Length: 56 in.; Overall width: 32 in.; Tip of float to step: 27.5 in.; Float weight with servos: 80 oz.; Recommended model weight: 18 to 25 pounds.
aero-works.net
Item no. 1/3 Scale Floats
$299.95

HARDWARE: RTL FASTENERS

Fastener Assortments

RTL Fasteners specializes in fasteners for radio control pilots and other hobbyists. Logical quantities, great prices, fast shipping, and over a decade of providing excellent service to the RC community. RTL Fasteners is the home of the super popular Master Builder Assortment #5000 and the Complete Metric Assortment #992. Satisfaction guaranteed. Coupons frequently available online.
rtlfasteners.com
Item nos. vary
Prices vary

LANDING GEAR: SULLIVAN PRODUCTS

SkyLites with Aluminum Hubs

These are available from 3.5- to 7-inch sizes and preferred by competition fliers for their appearance and unbeatable performance. SkyLites are made by a unique process that makes them both light and durable. These wheels have a light urethane foam interior covered with a smooth, tough outer skin. They are highly resistant to wear and compression. The two-piece removable aluminum hubs have a Delrin center bearing for ultra-smooth landings.
sullivanproducts.com
Item nos. vary
$19.99-$45.99

MISCELLANEOUS: SHARP RC

ArmSafe for Electric Models

Add safety by controlling when the model gets energized. ArmSafe is the premier arming system for electric models, and it helps to keep your arms safe! Complete kits are available for 50 amps, 80 amps, and 100 amps. They are quality-made in the USA, come in black or white, and have many accessories such as lanyards.
sharprc.com
Item nos. vary
$6.47-$14.33

MISCELLANEOUS: SOUTHWEST SYSTEMS

EZ Balancer “Lite”

These “hands free” balancers feature exclusive cradle limiters and are made from aircraft-grade aluminum and built to last. Truly a one-time purchase! Strong aluminum cradles with rubber guards protect your model without breaking the structure of the wing. They're adjustable in width to 11-1/2 inches and are powder coated to stay good looking for a long time. Handles models up to 20 pounds and you can store it flat to save space.
ezbalancer.com
Item no. EZ Balancer ‘Lite’
$85.95

MISCELLANEOUS: SOUTHWEST SYSTEMS

EZ Balancer II

These “hands free” balancers feature exclusive cradle limiters and are made from aircraft-grade aluminum and built to last. Truly a one-time purchase! Strong aluminum cradles with rubber guards protect your model without breaking the structure of the wing. They're adjustable in width to 18 inches, are powder coated to stay good looking for a long time, and have the highest capacity of any balancer on the market.
ezbalancer.com
Item no. EZ Balancer II
$229.95

MISCELLANEOUS: SULLIVAN PRODUCTS

SkyWriter Smoke System

Using the same ultrasonically sealed direct-drive pump head as our other electric pumps, this lightweight onboard unit has a miniature microprocessor-controlled electronic pulse drive speed control. You can set smoke rate with your transmitter trim and mix the smoke with the throttle channel if desired. Works with 6V to 12V battery packs. The kit includes tubing, fittings, a double screen filter, and check valve.
sullivanproducts.com
Item no. S753
$142.99

BATTERIES

POWER PACKS:HOBBYKING.COM

Turnigy 2200mAh 3S 20C LiPo

Fantastic in performance, value, and price! These Lithium Polymer batteries are an awesome deal!
hobbyking.com
Item no. T2200.3S.20
$10 & under

POWER PACKS
HOBBYKING.COM

Turnigy 2200mAh 3S 40C LiPo

Fantastic in performance, value, and price! These Lithium Polymer batteries are an awesome deal!
hobbyking.com
Item no. T2200.3S.40
$18

POWER PACKS
HOBBYKING.COM

Turnigy 5000mAh 6S 40C LiPo

Fantastic in performance, value, and price! These Lithium Polymer batteries are an awesome deal!
hobbyking.com
Item no. T5000.6S.40
$75.99

POWER PACKS: 2DOGRC'S RC WAREHOUSE

Mad Dog 2700 11.1V Battery

Extended flight time for your DJI Phantom or Blade 350 QX! The Mad Dog 2700mAh 11.1V LiPo battery was developed to extend the flight time for these two quads without any modifications. Everyone wants more and now you can have it! These batteries can extend your flight time up to 11.5 minutes depending on wind conditions. That's two more minutes than the stock battery! They come with XT60 or EC3 connectors.
2dogrc.com
Item nos. MD27003XT, MD27003BL
$30.99

POWER PACKS: COMMON SENSE RC

11.1V 2700mAh 35C LiPos

These 3-cell 2700mAh 35C upgrade LiPos are the same size as a typical 2200mAh LiPo, but will provide you with nearly 25% more flight time! Choose from an XT60 connector for the DJI Phantom or an EC3 connector, which is perfect for the Blade 350 QX, Blade 450, and tons of E-flite and ParkZone planes.
commonsenserc.com
Item no. 3S2700-35
$36.95

POWER PACKS: COMMON SENSE RC

3.7V 180mAh 45C LiPos

This 2-pack of single-cell LiPo 180mAh battery packs gives you lots of extra run time for your Blade mCX, mCX2, mSR, mSR X, Nano QX, Nano CPX, and UMX AS3Xtra. They are plug-and-play compatible with most models and stock chargers, and are ideal for the ParkZone Vapor, Micro Citabria, Cessna 210, Ember, and the ParkZone Sukhoi among other micro planes. 45C continuous discharge rate.
commonsenserc.com
Item no. 1S180-45-L
$11.95 (2 pack)

POWER PACKS: COMMON SENSE RC

Proto X Replacement LiPos

These single-cell 100mAh batteries are the perfect size, weight, and shape for the Estes Proto X/Syncro and Hubsan Q4 nano quadcopter. They are plug-and-play compatible with the Proto X — no soldering or adapters required. Also, the canopy will fit the same way it does with your stock battery! They feature built-in overcharge and overdischarge protection circuits to keep them in optimum condition flight after flight.
commonsenserc.com
Item no. 1S100-20-L
$9.95 (2 pack)

POWER PACKS: DIAMOND HOBBY

Predator 4S 14.8V 2600mAh 35C

The Predator has arrived. This new line of LiPo batteries from FMS is manufactured with the complex LiCo Nano technology substrate. For pilots, this means stronger throttle response and more power for unlimited climb capability.
diamondhobby.com
Item no. PE4S2600/35C
$32.99

POWER PACKS: RC ACCESSORY, INC

PowerEdge 6600 4S 45C for DJI 550

This is the perfect high-capacity battery for the DJI 550 or any 550-size multirotor! The PowerEdge 6600 4S 45C battery is specifically designed for the 550 platform. Maximize your flight time with the PowerEdge 6600 4S 45C battery.
rcaccessory.com
Item no. PE6600.4S.45C
$139.95

POWER PACKS: RC ACCESSORY, INC

PowerEdge Lithium Batteries

PowerEdge lithium batteries are used by world-class pliots and drivers around the world. PowerEdge lithium batteries are available in both LiPo and LiFe chemistries. Capacities range from 160mAh to 6500mAh, from 30C to 65C. One of the best warranties available including a 50% off crash/damage replacement. Specialized battery packs available for transmitters, indoor flying, helicopter, and car/truck usage.
rcaccessory.com
Item no. PowerEdge Lithium
$11.95-$219.95

POWER PACKS: THUNDER POWER RC

6000mAh 6S G8 Pro Force 70C

The G8 Pro Force 70C battery for 700-800E class helicopters. Helis demand power and performance only available by the G8 Pro Force 70C batteries. Delivering 70C continous and 140C burst with industry leading charge rates of up to 12C. Backed by a two-year warranty and damage replacement program.
thunderpowerrc.com
Item no. TP6000-6SPF70
$349.99

POWER PACKS: THUNDER POWER RC

G8 Performance Pro 45C LiPo

These batteries deliver pro-level performance with a continuous discharge rating up to 45C and powerful burst at 90C! They are now up to 10% smaller in volume, but deliver more power, and 2% smaller in weight. They're capable of ultra-fast charging in times as little as eight minutes or less at rates of up to 8C.
thunderpowerrc.com
Item nos. vary
$10.99 & up

POWER PACKS: THUNDER POWER RC

G8 Pro Force 70C 2S 325mAh

The G8 Pro Force 70C 2S 325mAh battery with PH3P connector is the ideal upgrade for the Blade 130X. This battery will provide more power and additional run time over the stock battery included with Blade's 130X.
thunderpowerrc.com
Item no. TP325-2SPF70B
$16.99

POWER PACKS: THUNDER POWER RC

G8 Pro Force 70C Series LiPo

These batteries deliver up to 10% more power, up to 10% higher initial voltage for longer sustained power, and are now up to 10% smaller and 3% lighter than the G6 equivalent. The ultra-low internal resistance affords the long cycle life and ultra-fast charge rates up to technology leading 12C for charge times in five minutes or less. Available in capacities from 325-7700mAh and configurations from 1S 3.7V to 10S 37.0V.
thunderpowerrc.com
Item nos. vary
$11.99 & up

POWER PACKS: THUNDER POWER RC

G8 Pro Lite+ & 25C Series LiPo

New G8 Chemistry, offering the highest energy density and cycle life delivery available in their class and are well-proven performers lasting for years of use and beyond. Now up to 10% lighter and 20% smaller by volume than G6 equivalent. Capable of continuous discharge rates up to 25C and fast charge rates up to 5C while delivering more power than previous. Available in capacities from 125-7800mAh & configurations from 1S 3.7V to 10S 37.0V.
thunderpowerrc.com
Item nos. vary
$9.99 & up

POWER PACKS: THUNDER POWER RC

G8 Pro Lite+ RX Series LiPo

All-new G8 chemistry now uses up to 10% lighter and 20% smaller volume than previous generation batteries. These are the lightest, smallest, and most reliable power source for your compatible ignition systems, receivers, servos, gyros, and other on-board gear in electric-, glow-, or gas-powered models. Available in capacities from 900mAh to 5400mAh.
thunderpowerrc.com
Item nos. vary
$19.99 & up

POWER PACKS: THUNDER POWER RC

Pro Lite 125mAh 1S 4 Pack

The popular Thunder Power RC 125mAh 1-cell ultra-micro battery now comes in a convenient 4 pack at a great price.
thunderpowerrc.com
Item no. TP125-1SS4PK
$9.99

POWER PACKS: THUNDER POWER RC

Pro Lite 240mAh 1S 4 Pack

The popular Thunder Power RC 240mAh 1-cell battery now comes in a 4 pack to keep you flying!
thunderpowerrc.com
Item no. TP240-1SS4PK
$11.99

POWER PACKS: THUNDER POWER RC

Pro Lite 240mAh 1S Battery

Thunder Power RC Pro Lite 25C 240mAh 1S batteries are the ideal upgrade for power, performance, and battery cycle life for ultra-micro models and the ideal Blade mCPx battery. They're capable of charge rates up to 5C with no loss in power or cycle life delivery. Plus, they last up to five times longer than other ultra-micro class batteries while also weighing less and delivering more power. New lower price!
thunderpowerrc.com
Item no. TP240-1SPL25UM
$5.99

POWER PACKS: THUNDER POWER RC

Pro Lite MS Series Batteries

The Pro Lite MS Series LiPo batteries are designed to have the lowest weight per the capacity available. The LiPo chemistry provides high-energy density to allow high-voltage underload and a great capacity-to-weight ratio. Pro Lite MS batteries are available in 13-16C discharge and are ideal for multirotor helis, unmanned systems, and more. Available in capacities 1320-8000mAh and configurations of 2S 7.4V to 6S 22.2V.
thunderpowerrc.com
Item nos. vary
Prices vary

POWER PACKS: THUNDER POWER RC

Pro Lite Ultra-Micro LiPos

The lightest, most powerful, and longest-lasting batteries for ultra-micro models yet! The 125mAh and 160mAh 1S 3.7V batteries include the standard ultra-micro connector for popular models from Blade, E-flite, Hobby Lobby, and ParkZone. Capable of being charged at rates up to 5C with no loss in power or cycle life delivery, they last five times longer than other ultra-micro class batteries while also weighing less and delivering more power.
thunderpowerrc.com
Item nos. TP125-1SPL25UM, TP160-1SPL25UM
$2.99-$8.99

CHARGERS & POWER SUPPLIES

CHARGERS: HITEC USA

X1 Touch & X1 200 Touch

The X1 Touch and X1 200 Touch offer an affordable charging solution for your lithium, Ni-Cd, NiMH, and lead packs. The X1 Touch has 55 watts of total output power while the X1 200 features a 200-watt power port. Both include a high-resolution touch screen interface for easy operation. Charge your batteries reliably and easily with Hitec's full line of chargers!
hitecrcd.com
Item nos. 44177, 44209
$100-$120

CHARGERS: HITEC USA

X1AC Plus & X4AC Plus

The X1AC Plus and X4AC Plus chargers are equipped with a built-in power supply and are capable of charging lithium, Ni-Cd, NiMH, and lead packs. The X4AC Plus features four identical and independent power outputs while the X1AC Plus has a single 50-watt output port. Backed by Hitec's legendary customer service, these chargers are your portable charging solution!
hitecrcd.com
Item nos. 44165, 44167
$65, $220

CHARGERS: HITEC USA

X4 80, X2 Ultima & X2-400

The X 80 and X2 chargers are capable of charging lithium, Ni-Cd, NiMH, and Lead packs simultaneously. The X4 80 features four identical and independent power outputs with a total output power of 320 watts. The X2 has dual 200-watt power ports while the X2-400 has a whopping 800 watts of total output power. Charge your high-amperage batteries reliably and easily with Hitec's full line of chargers!
hitecrcd.com
Item nos. 44169, 44164, 44170
$130, $150, $190

CHARGERS: HITEC USA

X4 Micro

The X4 Micro is our latest 1-cell LiPo AC/DC portable and dependable battery charger. Featuring a built-in AC/DC power supply and four independent charge ports, each with the four most common battery connectors, this affordable unit covers all your needs. The individual LED displays show current, capacity, and charge status, which will keep you informed. It may come in a mini package but it is big on performance!
hitecrcd.com
Item no. 44212
$50

CHARGERS: PLANTRACO MICROFLIGHT

BiCha Charger

For charging the smallest cells, this innovative charger charges two single lithium cells independently. User-selectable charge rates of 10mAh to 150mAh enable you to use the smallest cells. This charger is portable since it is powered by four AA cells, so you'll want to take it with you on your indoor flying sessions. Features Bahoma connectors (10mm and 5mm standard) or you can install your favorite connector easily.
plantraco.com
Item no. BICHA
$39.99

CHARGERS: RC ACCESSORY, INC

Vista Power Q6320AC

The Q6320AC is the latest generation of quad chargers. Features: AC/DC powered, 320-watt (80 watts ×4), 7-amp charge rate, and a 500mAh built-in balancer. The Q6320AC is a multi-chemistry charger supporting LiPo, Li-Ion, LiFe (A123), Ni-Cd, NiMH, and PB (Lead Acid) batteries. It includes two JST XH balance boards, USA AC cord, charge cables, and an instruction manual. It has a one-year USA warranty.
rcaccessory.com
Item no. EVP-Q6320AC
$209.95

CHARGERS: THUNDER POWER RC

TP103CQ-ACDC

TP103CQ-ACDC combo is a pocket-sized charger and power supply set up to charge the 1S 3.7V LiPo batteries used to power ultra-micro and similar class airplanes, helicopters, and other models. The TP103CQ quad (4) port charger can be powered from a 100-240V outlet using the included TP1201P AC to DC, 1-amp power supply while the included DC input power leads can be connected to a 12V Pb/lead acid/gel-cell battery for charging on the go.
thunderpowerrc.com
Item no. TP103CQ-ACDC
$34.99

CHARGERS: THUNDER POWER RC

TP1430C

The TP1430C is a powerful and advanced multi-chemistry charger, discharger, and balancing system. With up to 1000 watts of total charging power, the TP1430C is equipped to charge, discharge, and cycle a variety of 1-14S LiPo, Li-Ion, and LiFe (A123) batteries, as well as 1- to 40-cell NiCd, NiMH, and 6-48V Pb (lead-acid) batteries.
thunderpowerrc.com
Item no. TP1430C
$229.99

CHARGERS: THUNDER POWER RC

TP610C-ACDC

The TP610C-ACDC is a fully integrated AC/DC version of the popular TP610C. The built-in AC power supply allows the charger to be conveniently powered from a 100-240V outlet while the included DC input power leads can be connected to 12V lead-acid/gel-cell batteries for charging at the field. It charges, discharges, and cycles a wide variety of 1-6S LiPo, Li-Ion, and LiFe (A123) batteries, as well as 1-to 14-cell Ni-Cd, NiMH, and 6-12V Pb batteries.
thunderpowerrc.com
Item no. TP610C-ACDC
$119.99

CHARGERS: THUNDER POWER RC

TP820CD

A powerful all-in-one dual port charger, discharger, and cycler system with built-in LiPo/Li-Ion/LiFe (A123) cell balancers that offer maximum safety. It offers more than double the charging power, up to 800 watts total (400 watts per port), of other similar class chargers with selectable charge rates from 0.2 amps up to 20 amps for each port.
thunderpowerrc.com
Item no. TP820CD
$269.99

POWER SUPPLIES: THUNDER POWER RC

TP1527PS – Power Supply

The TP1527PS is a powerful dual output and AC to DC switching power supply. This full featured power supply boasts up to 15V 300W or 27V 550W DC output power. It has enough current to sufficiently run one large capacity battery charger or two smaller capacity battery chargers simultaneously. It also features a variety of safety features including low voltage input, over-current, over-temperature, and short-circuit protections.
thunderpowerrc.com
Item no. TP1527PS
$169.99

MISCELLANEOUS: COMMON SENSE RC

Colossus 19-in-1 Charging Adapter

The biggest and baddest charging adapter yet! Features all of the most popular charging connectors: Deans Ultra-type, Tamiya, JST, Futaba J servo, EC3 (E-flite), Traxxas, mCX, mCP X, XT60, EC5, Deans Micro-type, Mini Tamiya Female, Spektrum TX Charge Plug, JR TX Charge Plug, Futaba TX Charge Plug, Anderson Power Poles, HXT 4mm, charge connector for glow ignitor, and a pair of bare leads (red & black).
commonsenserc.com
Item no. COLOSSUS1
$24.95

MISCELLANEOUS: COMMON SENSE RC

Parallel Charging Boards

These parallel charging boards (a.k.a. paraboards) allow you to charge multiple LiPos at one time, saving you the time and hassle of having to switch LiPos when the first one finishes charging. Seven different models available: choose from (6) XT60, EC3, EC5, Deans-type, Traxxas, mCX/mCP X, or (12) UMX connectors!
commonsenserc.com
Item no. PRBRD
$11.95-$24.95

MISCELLANEOUS: RC ACCESSORY, INC

CellMeter7 Battery Monitor

The CellMeter7 Battery Monitor is a highly accurate LiPo/Li-Ion/LiFe/Ni-Cd/NiMH battery tool. The CellMeter7 will show you the remaining capacity left in the battery, read each individual cell's voltage, show the highest and lowest cells, and balance your battery all in one compact unit. This tool is a must have.
rcaccessory.com
Item no. CellMeter7
$24.95

MISCELLANEOUS: THUNDER POWER RC

Chargers & Accessories

Thunder Power RC chargers, balancers, and accessories include many of the world's safest and most advanced offerings to date. From LiPo battery balancers capable of being used independently, interfaced chargers, AC/DC chargers and powerful dual port, to high-power, multi-chemistry charger/discharger/cycler/balancer systems for LiPo, Li-Ion, LiFe, Ni-Cd, NiMH, and Pb batteries that can charge at rates up to 20 amps and beyond, Thunder Power offers it all!
thunderpowerrc.com
Item nos. vary
$3.99-$269.99

CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS

ADHESIVES: BOB SMITH INDUSTRIES

Cyanoacrylate Adhesives

All of Bob Smith Industries' cyanoacrylate adhesives have a two-year shelf life. Insta-Cure, Insta-Cure+, Maxi-Cure, and IC-Gel meet most bonding requirements. IC-2000, Insta-Flex, and Insta-Flex+ provide extra-tough, flexible adhesion. BSI's odorless Super-Gold CAs and Insta-Set accelerator are 100% foam-safe and clear plastic-compatible.
bsi-inc.com
Item no. BSI-107
$5

ADHESIVES: ZAP GLUE

Formula 560

This multi-use product is white in color but cures clear. It's terrific for fastening canopies to airframes, as a hinge glue, and anywhere a flexible, very strong adhesive is required. You can even clean it up with water until it's cured.
zapglue.com
Item no. PT-56
$4.29

ADHESIVES: ZAP GLUE

Slo-Zap

This thick formula is one the strongest CA glues out there. It works well on hard woods, metals, and ceramics, and the slow cure offers extra time for positioning parts. SLO-ZAP cures in 30 to 60 seconds and is available in two sizes.
zapglue.com
Item nos. vary
Prices vary

ADHESIVES: ZAP GLUE

Zap CA

This super thin formula of CA works extremely well on most materials. It loves balsa wood! It has wonderful “wicking” action, which allows dry parts to be put together. When the glue is applied to the seam of the two parts, the CA will wick into action! It also strengthens fiberglass cloth. Zap CA bonds in 1 to 5 seconds and comes in five different sizes.
zapglue.com
Item nos. vary
Prices vary

ADHESIVES: ZAP GLUE

Zap Gel

This is Zap's thickest and strongest formula. Aside from its high quality, it will stay where you place it, will not run, and has a No-Drip Tip on the tube. Gel will bond just about anything to anything and is available in two sizes.
zapglue.com
Item nos. vary
Prices vary

ADHESIVES: ZAP GLUE

Zap Goo

This is a crazy, sticky, thick, gooey product that is NOT a CA. It is similar to silicone but it isn't. It acts like a GOOP product but it isn't. It holds anything to anything with a soft cushion of glue that will never come loose. It works great in areas of high stress or vibration.
zapglue.com
Item no. PT-12
$4.19

ADHESIVES: ZAP GLUE

Zap Thread Locker

A non CA product, Thread Locker is like insurance in a bottle. It stops vibration from loosening metal fasteners and is offered in two versions: The Blue formula allows nuts and bolts to be removed with simple hand tools and the Red formula … not so much!
zapglue.com
Item nos. vary
Prices vary

ADHESIVES: ZAP GLUE

Zap Z-Poxy

Zap's Z-Poxy comes in four different formulas: 5-Minute Cure, 15-Minute Cure, 30-Minute Cure, and even a Finishing Resin, which just happens to be an ideal product for adhering fiberglass cloth to a structure. All Z-Poxies are equal mix formulas with non-critical measurement requirements!
zapglue.com
Item nos. vary
Prices vary

ADHESIVES: ZAP GLUE

Zap-A-Gap CA+

This formula works very well on harder woods, like pine, bass, maple, and spruce. It will bond just about anything to anything, and is excellent for laminating layers, veneers, rubber, and leather. It can also bond through an oily surface. Zap-A-Gap is available in five different sizes and bonds in 7 to 30 seconds. Not fast enough? Cure time may be accelerated with Zap Kicker.
zapglue.com
Item nos. vary
Prices vary

ADHESIVES: ZAP GLUE

Zap-RT

Zap-RT (Rubber Toughened) is perhaps the very best RC tire glue on the market. It is clear, will glue just about anything to anything, features the No-Drip Tip, and is more flexible than most other CA glues.
zapglue.com
Item no. PT-44
$9.99

ADHESIVES: ZAP GLUE

Zip Kicker

“Kicker,” as many call it, is a liquid that may be sprayed on wet CA glue to shorten its cure time. It will stop glue from running downhill immediately! It is great for forming small fillets and for allowing any CA brand to bridge large gaps. It is a great accelerator for all super glues and is available in three sizes.
zapglue.com
Item nos. vary
Prices vary

ELECTRIC MOTORS & ACCESSORIES

MICRO GEAR: PLANTRACO MICROFLIGHT

HFX900 Deluxe Starter Set no. 1

This starter set includes a transmitter, sub-gram receiver, LiPo charger, two 90mAh lithium cells, GB04 gearbox with 6mm motor, 100×80 prop, and two MiniAct actuators — everything you need except the airframe! Plug-and-play micro RC is now within reach. No soldering required!
plantraco.com
Item no. DSS-1
$99.99

MICRO GEAR: PLANTRACO MICROFLIGHT

HFX900 Deluxe Starter Set no. 2

This starter set includes a transmitter, sub-gram receiver, LiPo charger, two 90mAh lithium cells, 7mm DD motor, two props, and two MicroAct actuators — everything you need except the airframe! Plug-and-play micro RC is now within reach. No soldering required!
plantraco.com
Item no. DSS-2
$99.99

MOTORS: INNOV8TIVE DESIGNS

Cobra 22mm Aircraft Motors

These motors work well in both aircraft and multirotor applications. A total of 23 models are available in 7 different sizes including 2202, 2203, 2204, 2208, 2213, 2217 and 2221. All of them feature a complete hardware package with motor mounts and prop adapters. The 2208 through 2221 sizes also include bullet connectors. All Cobra motors feature oversized ball bearings for durability and 0.2mm stator laminations for maximum efficiency.
innov8tivedesign.com
Item nos. vary
$18-$33

MOTORS: INNOV8TIVE DESIGNS

Cobra 28mm Aircraft Motors

These motors work well in both aircraft and multirotor applications. A total of 16 models are available in 4 different sizes including 2808, 2814, 2820, and 2826. All of them feature a complete hardware package with motor mounts, bullet connectors and prop adapters. All Cobra motors feature oversized ball bearings for durability and 0.2mm stator laminations for maximum efficiency.
innov8tivedesign.com
Item nos. vary
$34-$49

MOTORS: INNOV8TIVE DESIGNS

Cobra 35mm Aircraft Motors

These motors work well in both aircraft and multirotor applications. A total of 14 models are available in 4 different sizes including 3510, 3515, 3520, and 3525. All of them feature a complete hardware package with motor mounts, bullet connectors and prop adapters. All Cobra motors feature oversized ball bearings for durability and 0.2mm stator laminations for maximum efficiency.
innov8tivedesign.com
Item nos. vary
$47-$63

MOTORS: INNOV8TIVE DESIGNS

Cobra 41mm Aircraft Motors

These motors work well in both aircraft and multirotor applications. A total of 9 models are available in 2 different sizes: 4120 and 4130. All of them feature a complete hardware package with motor mounts, bullet connectors, and prop adapters. All Cobra motors feature oversized ball bearings for durability and 0.2mm stator laminations for maximum efficiency.
innov8tivedesign.com
Item nos. vary
$70-$88

MOTORS: INNOV8TIVE DESIGNS

Cobra Multirotor Motors

New for 2014 are the Cobra CM-Series motors. 26 models will be available, and they're designed specifically for use in multirotor aircraft. Sizes include 2204, 2208, 2213, 2217, 2814, 2820, 3515, 3520, 4006, 4008, 4010, 4012, 4510, 4515, and 4520. All Cobra motors feature oversized ball bearings for durability and 0.2mm stator laminations for maximum efficiency.
innov8tivedesign.com
Item nos. vary
$21-$95

MOTORS: INNOV8TIVE DESIGNS

Scorpion SII-22mm Aircraft Motors

These motors work well in both aircraft and multirotor applications. A total of 12 models are available in 4 different sizes including 2205, 2208, 2212, and 2215. All of them feature a complete hardware package with motor mounts, bullet connectors, and prop adapters. All Scorpion motors feature 0.2mm stator laminations for maximum efficiency and high-temperature materials for contest winning performance.
innov8tivedesign.com
Item nos. vary
$40-$55

MOTORS: INNOV8TIVE DESIGNS

Scorpion SII-30mm Aircraft Motors

These motors work well in both aircraft and multirotor applications. A total of 11 models are available in 4 different sizes including 3008, 3014, 3020, and 3026. All of them feature a complete hardware package with motor mounts, bullet connectors, and prop adapters. All Scorpion motors feature 0.2mm stator laminations for maximum efficiency and high-temperature materials for contest winning performance.
innov8tivedesign.com
Item nos. vary
$85-$125

MOTORS: INNOV8TIVE DESIGNS

Scorpion SII-40mm Aircraft Motors

These motors work well in both aircraft and multirotor applications. A total of 9 models are available in 3 different sizes including 4020, 4025, and 4035. All of them feature a complete hardware package with motor mounts, bullet connectors, and two prop adapters, a bolt-on style and a collet style. All Scorpion motors feature 0.2mm stator laminations for maximum efficiency and high-temperature materials for contest winning performance.
innov8tivedesign.com
Item nos. vary
$140-$170

MOTORS: INNOV8TIVE DESIGNS

Scorpion SII-55mm Aircraft Motors

These motors are designed to power larger 26cc to 50cc size aircraft. A total of 5 models are available in 2 different sizes including 5525, and 5535. All of them feature a complete hardware package with motor mounts, bullet connectors and prop adapters. All Scorpion motors feature 0.2mm stator laminations for maximum efficiency and high-temperature materials for contest winning performance.
innov8tivedesign.com
Item nos. vary
$310-$360

MOTORS: PRECISION AEROBATICS

Thrust Brushless EP Motors

Thrust Motors feature RotorKool technology, which keeps the motor at lower operating temperatures regardless of duration or the number of consecutive flights made, provided sufficient airflow is permitted, so watts are used to drive your prop rather than heating the air! This efficiency means longer flight duration! Feature High Velocity Force Cool Ventilation and precision CNC machining. Available from Thrust 10 to Thrust 50. Two-year warranty.
precisionaerobatics.com
Item codes are available on thrustmotors.com
Discounted combos with PA Quantum ESC

SPEED CONTROLS: CASTLE CREATIONS

Phoenix Edge 120HV

The Edge 120HV is the perfect speed control for your 12S 600-size heli. Whether it's the stock motor or an upgraded motor, the Edge 120HV will handle your power requirements; try it with the new Vertigo 600-3538 for a perfect combination. You will have access to dozens of settings via the Castle Link, including on-board data logging, internal and external governor options, and the new auxiliary wire (CC BEC Pro is required).
castlecreations.com
Item no. 010-0104-00
$269.95

SPEED CONTROLS: CASTLE CREATIONS

Phoenix Edge 130

The Edge 130 can be used on higher power setups in the 500 and 550 classes and 6-8S setups on milder 600-size helis. With onboard data logging, a highly adjustable governor, and new auxiliary wire, it can be fine-tuned with the Castle Link for optimal performance. Paired with the new 550 Veritgo motor, it gives unparalleled performance and adjustability (The CC BEC Pro is required for proper operation).
castlecreations.com
Item no. 010-0099-00
$219.95

SPEED CONTROLS: CASTLE CREATIONS

Phoenix Edge 160HV

The Edge 160HV is for helis that demand the best and the 160HV delivers every time. Our largest heli speed control is ready to handle your power-hungry 700-size and converted 800-size helis. With all of the adjustments available with the Castle Link, on-board data logging and auxiliary wire for adjusting the built-in governor or RPM sensor for external governor, you can tune the Edge 160HV to get the most out of the largest helis (CC BEC Pro is required).
castlecreations.com
Item no. 010-0103-00
$319.95

SPEED CONTROLS: CASTLE CREATIONS

Phoenix Edge Lite 50

This little 2-ounce unit carries the same features as its bigger brothers. New 4th wire functionality allows for gain input for the internal governor or RPM out for external govorners such as the Vbar. New features include automatic data log clearing (adjustable) to maximize data logger usability and convenience. Paired with the new Castle Vertigo 450 motor, this is the perfect match for your 450-size heli on 3S!
castlecreations.com
Item no. 010-0113-00
$99.99

SPEED CONTROLS: CASTLE CREATIONS

Talon 90

The Talon 90 is ideal for helicopters drawing 2,000 watts on 6S. It's a great fit for most 500/550-class helis and sport (6S) 600 setups and works seamlessly with the 500 and 550 Vertigo motors. The Talon 90 offers Castle's industry-leading helicopter functions, such as the unbelievable direct-entry governor mode. Simply type in the desired RPM using a Castle Link USB adapter (sold separately) and the free Castle Link GUI running on a Windows PC!
castlecreations.com
Item no. 010-0097-00
$89.95

ELECTRIC MOTORS & ACCESSORIES / ENGINE ACCESSORIES

SPEED CONTROLS: INNOV8TIVE DESIGNS

Cobra Aircraft ESCs 11-150A

To compliment their fine line of motors, Cobra offers 8 different speed controllers including the 3-cell 11-amp, 4-cell 22- and 33-amp, and the 6-cell 40-, 60-, 80-, 100-, and 150-amp models. Cobra ESCs allow for user programmability, with the optional programming card, and feature over-current and short circuit protection.
innov8tivedesign.com
Item nos. vary
$16-$96

SPEED CONTROLS: INNOV8TIVE DESIGNS

Cobra Multirotor ESCs 20-100A

Cobra offers 12 different 6-cell speed controllers specifically for multirotors. The OPTO Series includes 7 models in 20, 30, 40, 45, 60, 80, and 100 amp sizes. The Switching BEC Series features an internal 5.5-volt 6-amp BEC circuit and includes 5 models in 40, 45, 60, 80 and 100 amp sizes. The Cobra multirotor ESCs are designed to operate with high pole count outrunner motors and can accept refresh rates of up to 500Hz from flight controllers.
innov8tivedesign.com
Item nos. vary
$22-$78

SPEED CONTROLS: INNOV8TIVE DESIGNS

Scorpion ESCs 11-160A

To compliment their extensive line of motors, Scorpion offers several different speed controllers including the 4-, 12-, and 14-cell series with current ratings from 11 to 160 amps. Scorpion ESCs allow for user programmability and feature over-current and short circuit protection. Many models also have helicopter-specific features including Governor Modes, Soft-Start Modes, Bail-Out modes, and adjustable over-current protection.
innov8tivedesign.com
Item nos. vary
$20-$360

ENGINE ACCESSORIES

MISCELLANEOUS: SHARP RC

ArmSafe for Electric Models

Add safety by controlling when the model gets energized. ArmSafe is the premier arming system for electric models, and it helps to keep your arms safe! Complete kits are available for 50 amps, 80 amps, and 100 amps. They are quality-made in the USA, come in black or white, and have many accessories such as lanyards.
sharprc.com
Item nos. vary
$6.47-$14.33

MISCELLANEOUS: TRU-TURN SPINNERS

Electrics Spinner Adapters

Tru-Turn makes Collet Adapter Kits for mounting all Tru-Turn spinners to electric motor shafts of all sizes! Precision mounting hardware is instrumental in the performance of your electric motor. Tru-Turn collets are the most precision parts you can use for mounting spinners to electric motors of any brand. Standard adapter kits are also available for outrunner adapter shaft motors!
truturn.com
Item nos. TTE-0140-A-030 & others
$14.95 & up

MISCELLANEOUS: TRU-TURN SPINNERS

Outrunner Electric Adapters

Tru-Turn also offers outrunner bolt-on flange adapter kits for electric outrunner motors. Kits come with mounting bolts, propeller hardware, and have a tapped hole in the end of the propshaft for a spinner-mounting screw.
truturn.com
Item no. TTE-08315-A-TTE-08472-AF
$22.95

PROPELLERS: SPINNERS/TRU-TURN SPINNERS

Anodized Spinners

The finest spinner for your model is now available in full color! Anodizing is a conversion to the surface of the spinner. It's not paint or plastic, and it's strong but adds no weight. High performance and great looks come with these spinners!
truturn.com
Item no. TT-1502-B-TT-6052-B
$12.00 & up

PROPELLERS: SPINNERS/TRU-TURN SPINNERS

Gas Engine-Compatible Spinners

Ready to run on your gas motor! Tru-Turn spinners and prop bubs are available in all gas engine drive configurations. Tru-Turn makes the spinner to fit your motor, you do the flying!
truturn.com
Item nos. TT-3232-B-M-DA50 & others
$41.95 & up

PROPELLERS: SPINNERS/TRU-TURN SPINNERS

Prop Hubs

THese prop hubs fit all RC engine thread sizes. They have a scale appearance with precision engineering all rolled into one! Cub hubs are for giant gas motors, multi-bolt hub mount options. Double jam nut hardware for 4-stroke applications. Adapts to Tru-Turn Electrics Adapter Kit line!
truturn.com
Item no. TTH-1000-A-TTH-3000-B-CUB
$18.95 & up

PROPELLERS: SPINNERS/TRU-TURN SPINNERS

TurboCool Electric Spinners

Tru-Turn TurboCool Spinners have cone ventilation cutouts and TurboLitey backplates, which drive air into the electric motor box. For electrics use only; these extra lightweight spinners really cool your motor!
truturn.com
Item no. TTE-1182-B-T-TTE-3512-B-T
$32.95 & up

FIELD ACCESSORIES

PROPELLERS: SPINNERS/WINDSOR PROPELLER CO. INC.

Master Airscrew

Expertly engineered, Master Airscrew props are known worldwide for performance, strength, and quality. They're available in a broad range of sizes and styles to suit just about any application — from sport, 3D, and combat to vintage, WW I and WW II, scale, and racing. An extensive — and still growing! — selection of props is available for electric motors in both CW and CCW for twins and multirotors.
masterairscrew.com
Item nos. vary
$1.70-$24

PROPELLERS: SPINNERS/WINDSOR PROPELLER CO. INC.

Master Airscrew 3-Blade

Master Airscrew 3-Blade propellers have a great scale look, solve ground clearance problems, and perform exceptionally well with electric aircraft. They're available in a broad range of tractors (CW) and pushers (CCW) for twins and multirotors.
masterairscrew.com
Item nos. vary
$3.95-$15.80

MISCELLANEOUS: HARRY HIGLEY

Safety Spinners and Heavy Hubs

Precision, scale appearance, and careful polishing characterize these quality Harry Higley products. They simplify using electric starters by giving the starter cup a large gripping surface. They are for use on .20- to .90-size engines. The lightweight aluminum Safety Spinner and dense brass Heavy Hubs are the same shape. They are machined from 7/8-inch hex material and available in various sizes to fit most engines.
harryhigley.com
Item nos. vary
$6.99-$9.99

MISCELLANEOUS: SULLIVAN PRODUCTS

Fuel Filler Valve

The new #S751 Fuel Filler Valve can safely and easily fill your tank without disconnecting any fuel lines. This high-capacity valve automatically shuts off the fuel line to the carburetor when the red-anodized aluminum plunger is pulled out to open the valve. It prevents the new fuel source from flooding the engine while refueling. When the tank is full, simply push the plunger inward to close the valve.
sullivanproducts.com
Item no. S751
$19.95

MISCELLANEOUS: SULLIVAN PRODUCTS

Onboard Glow Plug Driver

This glow driver features your choice of quick and easy one-button set point programming or automatic operation, so the plug receives power at any throttle settings. The set point is stored in memory until changed. The green LED light indicates burned-out plugs by flashing on the panel. The unit doesn't require a Y-harness, just plug it into your receiver, throttle servo, and any 1.2V to 12V battery. It only weighs 34 grams.
sullivanproducts.com
Item nos. vary
$77.95-$149.95

MISCELLANEOUS: SULLIVAN PRODUCTS

Dynatron Super Hi-Tork Starter

The most powerful Sullivan 2.5-inch starter. This heavy-duty starter is for engines up to 2.5 cubic inches (40cc). It features a machined aluminum drive cone with pulley groove, 2.5-inch-diameter steel body, and gold endcaps. It can be operated on 12 or 24 volts with a maximum of 100 amps, 340 oz.-in. of torque on 12 volts, 680 oz.-in. of torque on 24 volts. 4800 no-load rpm.
sullivanproducts.com
Item no. S603
$162.99

MISCELLANEOUS: THUNDER POWER RC

LiPo Charging & Storage Bag

The Thunder Power RC LiPo safety bag is meant for charging, storing, and transporting your LiPos.
thunderpowerrc.com
Item no. TP29005
$22.99

MISCELLANEOUS: WING TOTE

Double Tote

This double-wing bag, which offers the best protection for your wing panels, is now available in three new sizes to accommodate almost any size. New features include an extra pocket for prop storage and an improved handle design. The wing panels are kept separate by a padded fleece liner that “floats” to prevent control horns from snagging and being damaged.
wingtote.com
Item nos. vary
$99.99-$139.99

MISCELLANEOUS: WING TOTE

Field Tote

Have too much stuff to bring with you to the field? The Field Tote allows you to keep all your tools, starting equipment, and spare parts in one convenient bag. Plenty of pockets and a large main compartment allow you to bring everything you need with you.
wingtote.com
Item no. WGT671
$49.99

MISCELLANEOUS: WING TOTE

Heli Blade Covers

These blade covers are perfect for pilots who use expensive carbon-fiber blades and worry about protecting them when not in flight. They are designed to fit blades from 600 to 725mm long. A soft interior lining prevents scratches, and reinforced seams protect blades from any accidental damage while in transport. The covers can also be used to carry an extra set of blades.
wingtote.com
Item no. WGT297
$29.99

MISCELLANEOUS: WING TOTE

Medium Heli Bag

If you fly a T-Rex 450 SE or Blade 400, this is the bag for you. It features a die-cut foam insert and two padded straps that will securely hold your heli in an upright position to prevent any damage during transport. Extra pockets for all your field gear and radio mean that you can carry everything in one bag. The bag is 28 inches long, 8 inches wide, and 11 inches high.
wingtote.com
Item no. WGT298
$69.99

MISCELLANEOUS: WING TOTE

Micro Heli Bag

Designed to fit all Blade CX/CP-style micro helis, this bag will safely carry your heli and field accessories to the flying field. A die-cut foam insert and two padded straps hold the heli in an upright position, which prevents damage during transport. The bag also has extra pockets for your radio and other accessories. It's 27 inches long, 8 inches wide, and 9 inches high.
wingtote.com
Item no. WGT294
$64.99

MISCELLANEOUS: WING TOTE

Prop Covers

Protect your expensive props from damage with a set of high-quality prop covers. These padded nylon covers will protect your prop from accidental damage during transport or while being stored. They're available for 14-, 24-, and 34-inch props.
wingtote.com
Item nos. vary
$9.99-$14.99

MISCELLANEOUS: WING TOTE

Radio Tote

Protect your expensive transmitter with a durable nylon bag. The radio tote features a heavy-duty nylon outer shell and foam insert that can be customized to fit any transmitter. It also features a flat pocket for your user manual and a shoulder strap for easy transport.
wingtote.com
Item no. WGT625
$49.99

MISCELLANEOUS: WING TOTE

Single Tote

Protect your one-piece wing from “hangar rash” with a single-wing bag. Available in three sizes to accommodate almost any size, these bags feature durable nylon construction and plenty of foam padding. The floating fleece liner prevents control horns from snag damage and doesn't scratch the wing covering.
wingtote.com
Item nos. vary
$69.99-$89.99

FUEL & ACCESSORIES

FUEL: BYRON ORIGINALS

Aero Gen2 Premium 18 Blends

Aero Gen2 Premium 18 blends provide an 18% total state-of-the-art lubrication package, consisting of an 80:20 ratio of proprietary synthetic and degummed castor. It's available in 5%, 10%, and 15% nitromethane versions.
byronfuels.com
Item nos. vary
$16-$19

FUEL: BYRON ORIGINALS

Aero Gen2 Standard Blends

Aero Gen2 Standard blends provide a 16% total state-ofthe-art lubrication package, consisting of an 80:20 ratio of proprietary synthetic and degummed castor. It's available in 5%, 10%, and 15% nitromethane versions.
byronfuels.com
Item nos. vary
$16-$19

FUEL: BYRON ORIGINALS

Aero Gen2 Traditional Blends

Aero Gen2 Traditional blends provide a 20% total state-ofthe-art lubrication package, consisting of an 80:20 ratio of proprietary synthetic and degummed castor. It's available in 5%, 10%, and 15% nitromethane versions.
byronfuels.com
Item nos. vary
$16-$19

FUEL: BYRON ORIGINALS

Premium “YS”

Premium “YS” blend provides a 20% total state-of-theart lubrication package, consisting of 100% proprietary synthetic. It's available in a 20% nitromethane percentage.
byronfuels.com
Item nos. vary
$20

FUEL: BYRON ORIGINALS

Rotor Rage 15% “Masters Blend”

This fuel is specially developed for the YS 1.20- and select .60-sized engines. It delivers more performance and power than other brands with higher nitro percentages.
byronfuels.com
Item no. 2120033
$26

FUEL: BYRON ORIGINALS

Rotor Rage 22.5% “Masters Blend”

This fuel is specially developed for the OS 1.05- and select .60-sized engines. It delivers more performance and power than other brands with higher nitro percentages.
byronfuels.com
Item no. 2120031
$30

FUEL: BYRON ORIGINALS

Rotor Rage 30% “Masters Blend”

This is the ultimate 3D competition fuel for .90-size engines with high-end fuel delivery systems such as the O.S. 91HZR and YS .91. Proprietary low-viscosity lubrication package eliminates premature bearing replacement and engine wear—a rarity in competition heli fuels.
byronfuels.com
Item no. 2120044
$33

FUEL: BYRON ORIGINALS

Straight Synthetic Blends

Straight Synthetic Blends provide a 16% total state-ofthe-art lubrication package, consisting of 100% straight proprietary fortified synthetics. It's available in 10 and 20% nitromethane versions.
byronfuels.com
Item nos. vary
$17-$18

FUEL: MORGAN FUEL

Cool Power Heli Premium

Cool Power heli fuels are high-performance synthetic fuel blends engineered for the harsh conditions associated with helicopter flying. This additive package is designed to maximize horsepower and deliver extreme wear protection. Premium synthetic lubricants ensure flight after flawless flight.
morganfuel.com
Item nos. vary
$33

FUEL: MORGAN FUEL

Cool Power MV Multi-Viscosity

Cool Power MV takes engine lubrication to the next level. Its exclusive formulation combines excellent low-viscosity lubricants with the unmatched high-viscosity lubricant used in Cool Power to give pilots the best of both worlds — complete protection and superior performance.
morganfuel.com
Item nos. vary
$24

FUEL: MORGAN FUEL

Omega Control-Line and 1/2A

Morgan Fuel has taken Omega's proven formula and modified it with a unique blend of premium synthetic CleanCastor and advanced additive technology, making it able to handle the distinctive fuel requirements of control-line and 1/2A engines.
morganfuel.com
Item nos. vary
$11

GAS ENGINES / GLOW ENGINES

51CC AND UP: EVOLUTION ENGINES

62cc Gas w/ SureFire EFI

Just fuel, flip, and fly! The 62GXi is a potent 62cc engine with the efficiency and convenience of SureFire Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) technology that delivers the perfect flow of fuel all the time. There are no needle-valves to ever worry about. The 62GXi is built to exact standards with high-quality materials, and it comes ready to run with a compact 2-cell LiPo compatible ignition and an aluminum wrap-around muffler.
evolutionengines.com
Item no. EVOE62GXI
$579.99

GAS ENGINES: GOLDEN SKIES R/C AIRCRAFT

DLA Gas Engines

These engines are the new benchmark for performance and value, and they have an eye-catching price. They are CNC machined from 7075 billet and coupled with German FAG bearings for precision, strength, and low vibration. Crank is equally matched for long operation. Self centering prop-shaft, achieves a run-out < 0.1mm. Brilliant and lustrous finish will draw admiration. Walbro carbs, four large V reed valves assure response. Powered by a 2S LiPo battery.
goldenskiesrc.com
Item nos. 32, 58, 64, 116, 128cc
$275.99-$1,399.99

.20 AND SMALLER: EX MODEL ENGINES

Black Lynx .049

This is a customized Cox engine that features a high-performance TD-style cylinder, high-performance “insert-style” glow head, high-performance killer bee crankshaft, and a high flow killer bee backplate. An external fuel tank is required.
exmodelengines.com
Item no. BLKLYNX
$54.95

.20 AND SMALLER: EX MODEL ENGINES

Silver Stunter .049 C/L Engine

This is a customized Cox engine that features a dual bypass cylinder and spring starter for easy starting. It also has an 8cc aluminum “stunt-style” tank. It's able to perform a variety of stunts!
exmodelengines.com
Item no. SILSTNTR
$49.95

.20 AND SMALLER: EX MODEL ENGINES

Taipan Serpent .049

This is a customized Cox engine that features a high-performance TD-style cylinder, high-performance “insert-style” glow head, high-performance killer bee crankshaft, and an 8cc black aluminum “stunt-style” tank. Add unique performance to your model!
exmodelengines.com
Item no. TAISERP
$74.95

ACCESSORIES: THUNDER POWER RC

325mm Carbon-Fiber Blades

These 325mm carbon-fiber blades offer increased rotor disc area for reduced disc loading, plus extra power and “pop” for aggressive 3D maneuvers. Unique carbon-fiber and foam-core construction results in incredible stiffness for unbelievable stopping power and response. At only 21g (each blade), they offer the perfect balance of stability and response. They fit the Align T-Rex 450 and most other 400- to 450-class helicopters.
thunderpowerrc.com
Item no. TPH-325CF
$14.99

HELICOPTERS

BODIES: MIA MICRO-FLIGHT

MIA Helicopter Scale Bodies

Give your micro heli a new scale look! MIA Scale Bodies are durable and highly detailed. Combo kits complete with Body, Tail Fins, G10 Landing Gear and high quality decals. Sport bodies in all colors or Military themes in olive drab, dessert sand, stealth brown. MD500E available also in MPI themes. For all Blade brand micro helis and similar ones.
micro-flight.com
Item no. MIAHELIBODYS-300 MCPX_BL
$12.99 (canopies);$49.99 (combo kits + LG)

ELECTRICS: ALIGN

T-REX 250 PRO DFC SuperCombo

The 250 PRO DFC rotorhead has low CG and a short main shaft, so it improves 3D performance and speed. Features: A pitch linkage rod design that increases rigidity, new quick removable gyroscope mounting platform integrated with rudder servo mount, new anti-rotation guide, strengthened landing skids, shaft tail drive system, increased rudder performance, tail rotor dual point design for high-precision control feel, and a streamlined canopy design.
alignrcusa.com
Item no. KX019011
$486.99

ELECTRICS: ALIGN

T-REX 450 Plus DFC SC BTF

The T-REX 450 Plus BTF is the ideal choice for entry into RC helicopters. Complete with an FHSS 2.4 receiver built into the 3GX MR flybarless system, this fully assembled helicopter can be flown immediately by plugging in a charged battery. The helicopter utilizes DFC rotor head with 3GX MR flybarless system optimized for T-REX 450 PLUS. Suitable for pilots of all skill levels.
alignrcusa.com
Item no. RH45E09X
$439.99

ELECTRICS: ALIGN

T-REX 450 Plus DFC SC RTF

The T-REX 450 Plus RTF is the ideal choice for entry into RC helicopters. Complete with an Align T6 2.4G transmitter and 3GX MR flybarless system, this fully assembled helicopter can be flown immediately by plugging in a charged battery. The helicopter utilizes a DFC rotor head with 3GX MR flybarless system optimized for T-REX 450 PLUS. Suitable for pilots of all skill levels.
alignrcusa.com
Item no. RH45E01X
$569.99

ELECTRICS: ALIGN

T-REX 500 PRO DFC SuperCombo

The 500 PRO DFC rotorhead has a low CG and short main shaft. This improves 3D performance and speed. Features: carbon composite frames for strength, MX series brushless motor, helical main gear, new tail gearbox design, with dual point tail pitch control assembly. Shaft-driven tail to increase performance during flight. Battery mounting platform to strengthen main frame. Newly styled aerodynamic canopy for the ultimate fit.
alignrcusa.com
Item no. RH50E01X
$904.99

ELECTRICS: ALIGN

T-REX 550E DFC SuperCombo

The T-REX 550E DFC has low CG rotorhead, providing the most direct, precise control. Features: 2.0mm 3K carbon-fiber side frame for simple rigid construction, MOD1 CNC helical main gear, new lightweight rigid metal main shaft bearing blocks, new tail gearbox design, dual point mounted tail pitch control, MX series brushless motor, integrated swash anti-rotation guide and gyro mounting platform, and an aerodynamic canopy for the ultimate fit.
alignrcusa.com
Item no. RH55E01XW
$1,019.99

ELECTRICS: ALIGN

T-REX 600 Nitro DFC SuperCombo

The T-REX 600N is equipped with DFC flybarless head, with extremely low CG. Features: 3K carbon plate side frame design, radial bearing is added to the top of the main gear, 5mm carbon rudder control rod assembly and metal connectors, torque tube front and rear drive gear set, new tail gearbox design, combined with new dual point mounted tail pitch control assembly to increase rudder control precision, large capacity 440CC fuel tank.
alignrcusa.com
Item no. RH60N01XW
$999.99

ELECTRICS: ALIGN

T-REX 600E Pro DFC SuperCombo

The 600E DFC is equipped DFC rotorhead. The 2mm carbon-fiber frame plates utilize patented composite material construction. Features: innovative sliding battery tray rails with a patented spring-loaded latch mechanism, heatsink embedded into motor mount for cooling of motor, CNC mod-1 helical main gear, radial bearing added to the one way bearing block, high-speed thrust bearings in tail blade grips, and high-quality painted fiberglass canopy.
alignrcusa.com
Item no. RH60E01XW
$1,188.99

ELECTRICS: ALIGN

T-REX 700 Nitro DFC SuperCombo

The T-REX 700N is equipped with DFC flybarless head, with extremely low CG. Features: 3K carbon plate side frame design, large-diameter clutch assembly, both main gear and tail drive are MOD1 CNC helical gears, tail control assembly with dual mounting points, dual bearing plus thrust bearing supported tail grips, tailboom extended 15mm to support the use of 720mm main blades, lightweight engine cooling fan, and airbrushed fiberglass canopy.
alignrcusa.com
Item no. RH70N01XW
$1,282.99

ELECTRICS: ALIGN

T-REX 700E DFC HV SuperCombo

The T-REX 700E DFC rotor head has a low CG and exhibits great 3D performance. Features: new CCPM direct servo linkage, for faster, more precise control reaction, innovative sliding battery tray rails imbedded into the 3K side frames, MOD1 112T CNC helical main gear, and MOD 1 tail drive helical gear to increase gear mesh area. It is equipped with a 750MX series brushless motor and has a fiberglass canopy with an anti-vibration mounting mechanism.
alignrcusa.com
Item no. KX018E15
$1,799.99

ELECTRICS: ALIGN

T-REX 800E DFC HV SuperCombo

Designed for aerial photography and cinematography. Features: 800mm main blades provide superior flight stability, DFC flybarless main rotor system, innovative sliding battery tray rails imbedded into 3K side frame for easy battery access, high-spec MOD1 helical main gear and tail drive gear to increase gear mesh area and minimize gear noise, 750MX series brushless motor, and tail blade grips that incorporate high speed thrust bearings.
alignrcusa.com
Item no. RH80E01XW
$2,285.99

ELECTRICS: BLADE

200 SR X

The Blade 200 SR X has been designed specifically to assist intermediate pilots in advancing to a fixed-pitch flybarless heli experience. To help facilitate this transition, the 200 SR X features SAFE technology for steady and even flight, three flight modes, and instant flight recovery with the panic button. Complemented by brushless main and tail motors, the 200 SR X provides a positive learning experience and is suited for outdoor or indoor flying.
bladehelis.com
Item no. BLH2000
$259.99

ELECTRICS: BLADE

300 CFX

Enjoy pro-class features for a fraction of the price with the Blade 300 CFX. This remarkable little machine is more than a mere upgrade of the popular Blade 300 X. Besides a carbon-fiber frame and aluminum head, it has been equipped with the same servo geometry used on the Blade 700 X Pro Series helicopter. And it gives you all this, plus E-flite brushless power, BeastX flybarless stabilization and Spektrum DSMX security for just $399.99.
bladehelis.com
Item no. BLH4650
$399.99

LIGHTS & SOUNDS

LIGHTS & SOUNDS: RAM RC MODELS

Heli Lites

One of three heli light systems (nano and micro), this system is for 450 and larger helis. It has six LEDs, three nav lights, two landing lights, and a flashing strobe. The 10-gram system operates on 4.8 to 12 volts. Assembled in the U.S.A.
ramrcandramtrack.com
Item no. RAM 175
$29.95

LIGHTS & SOUNDS: RAM RC MODELS

Landing Lites

One of three RAM landing lite systems, this new light set has two ultrabright white LEDs, each on 3 feet of wire with connectors attached to a microswitch that can be controlled by the throttle, flap, or retract servo. You can use any 4.8 or 12V source to power it. Assembled in the U.S.A.
ramrcandramtrack.com
Item no. RAM 123
$29.95

LIGHTS & SOUNDS: RAM RC MODELS

Machine Gun

One of 24 RAM sounds for RC, and one of two machine-gun sounds (RAM171, WWI), this sound is acoustically recorded and digitally reproduces a .50-caliber burst from a 1×211/2-inch circuit with a 2-inch speaker. Its total weight is 21/2 oz., and it operates on 9 volts. Assembled in the U.S.A.
ramrcandramtrack.com
Item no. RAM 46
$39.95

LIGHTS & SOUNDS: RAM RC MODELS

Merlin Engine Sound

One of six engine sounds for RC models (jet, heli, light plane, radial, and rotary), it's acoustically recorded and digitally reproduces the sound of P-51s, P-40s, and others from a 1 × 211/2-inch circuit with a 3-inch speaker. It weighs only 3 oz., and it operates on 9 volts. Assembled in the U.S.A.
ramrcandramtrack.com
Item no. RAM 167
$39.95

LIGHTS & SOUNDS: RAM RC MODELS

Micro Airplane Nav Lites

This is one of four RAM lighting systems that fit various nano and micro planes and helis by ParkZone, Flyzone, HobbyZone Estes, Traxxas, and various “off-brand” makers. This “plug-and-play” 3-gram set is for planes with up to a 24-inch span, and has red, green, and white LEDs. Assembled in the U.S.A.
ramrcandramtrack.com
Item no. RAM 195
$14.95

LIGHTS & SOUNDS: RAM RC MODELS

Navigation Super Set

One of 12 RAM nav lite systems, this new 96-inch-span navigation set includes seven ultrabright LEDs, nonflashing red, green, and white navigation lights, and flashing white LEDs at each wingtip and at the top and bottom of the fuselage. It has three connectors so it can be expanded to fit larger models. It comes complete with a power switch and can be powered by any 4.8 to 12V power source. Assembled in the U.S.A.
ramrcandramtrack.com
Item no. RAM 121
$44.95

LIGHTS & SOUNDS: RAM RC MODELS

Park Flyer Plus Lites

One of two park flyer systems, Park Flyer Plus Lites are for models with up to a 54 inch span. It has six LEDs, three nav lites, two landing lights, and a flashing strobe. The 8-gram system operates on 4.8 to 12 volts. Assembled in the U.S.A.
ramrcandramtrack.com
Item no. RAM 187
$29.95

LIGHTS & SOUNDS: RAM RC MODELS

Quad Lites Blade Nano QX

This is one of five RAM lighting systems that are specifically made for quads and all feature “plug-and-play” installation. They have four LEDs, two white headlights, and flashing red and green taillights for easy flight orientation. The system weighs two grams. Assembled in the U.S.A.
ramrcandramtrack.com
Item no. RAM 194
$14.95

LIGHTS & SOUNDS: RAM RC MODELS

Simple RC Switch

One of seven RAM control/power systems for RC, this 3/4 oz., solid-state switch handles loads up to 5 amps and 24 volts. Its features include an LED pilot light, adjustable “on” point, reversible response, and generic receiver plug. It's ideal for RAM lite systems and is optically coupled. Assembled in the U.S.A.
ramrcandramtrack.com
Item no. RAM 35
$39.95

MULTIROTORS & QUADCOPTERS

AIRCRAFT: BLADE

180 QX

The Blade 180 QX combines the latest in RC flight innovations with HD video and image capture. Utilizing SAFE technology, the 180 QX HD maintains superior stability in three flight modes. With the included E-flite EFC-720 camera, pilots can capture aerial video and images at the push of a button on the transmitter. Ideal for both indoor and outdoor flight, the 180 QX is the personal eye in the sky from the experts in heli excitement.
bladehelis.com
Item no. BLH7400
$179.99

AIRCRAFT: BLADE

200 QX

The agile Blade 200 QX is equipped to elevate expectations. Thanks to the inclusion of SAFE technology, the 200 QX operates with enhanced stability in three flight modes. With its powerful brushless motors, indoor and outdoor flights are easy to handle. The 200 QX can even be flown at night, utilizing high-intensity LED lights and a translucent canopy. Best of all, the 200 QX has been optimized for use with the EFC 720-1 camera (sold separately).
bladehelis.com
Item no. BLH7780
$229.99

AIRCRAFT: BLADE

350 QX AP Combo

The Blade 350 QX2 AP is a comprehensive aerial camera package that includes everything you need. With SAFE technology and a new altitude hold feature, gathering aerial images and video has never been easier. Using the included C-Go 1 camera, you can even experience flight from first-person view. Best of all, you can adjust your camera angle during flight and gather steady video using the included brushless 2-axis gimbal.
bladehelis.com
Item no. BLH7900
$999.99

PARK FLYERS

AEROBATS: PARKZONE

ArtiZan BNF & PNP

This nimble, grab-and-go sport plane is perfect for exploring aerobatics. The Bind-N-Fly version is equipped with a Spektrum receiver featuring AS3X (Artificial Stabilization — 3aXis) technology. This, along with the model's light wing loading, gives sport pilots a superb balance of slow-speed agility and high-speed agility. Anyone with experience flying warbirds or civilian scale models will feel right at home the first time on the sticks.
parkzone.com
Item nos. PKZ6980, PKZ6975
$249.99, $184.99

SCALE: PARKZONE

Sport Cub BNF & PNP

This compact aerial adventure machine is designed to let you fly the wild. Constructed of durable, lightweight Z-Foam material, it shares many of the aerodynamic features that give the full-scale version superb short field abilities. Oversized tundra tires for flying off grass and other rough surfaces are included. The Bind-N-Fly version comes equipped with an AS3X receiver. Optional floats and a flaps servo are available separately.
parkzone.com
Item nos. PKZ6880, PKZ6875
$219.99, $179.99

TRAINERS: AIRBORNE MODELS

SkyNova

Novice to advanced flyer in one complete package. Begin with the 3-ch. polyhedral wings to learn the basics and advance to full house 4-ch. aileron wings for hot aerobatic flying. Ready-to-fly combo package includes: polyhedral wings and aileron wings, 6-ch. radio (Mode 1 or Mode 2 available), outrunner motor KM28251025, propeller adaptor HW2340100, 20A brushless ESC, 9×6 propeller, 3-cell 11.1V 1800mAh LiPo battery, and charger.
airborne-models.com
Item no. GM080F
$179.99

TRAINERS: HOBBYZONE

Super Cub S RTF & BNF

The HobbyZone Super Cub is one of the most popular trainer aircraft on the market and has served as the first aircraft for thousands of fliers. Now, this slow-flying, three-channel trainer makes teaching yourself to fly easier than ever with the integration of SAFE technology. Pilots now have the option to fly in three flight modes and can use the intuitive panic button feature at any time to return the Super Cub S to steady, even flight.
hobbyzonesports.com
Item nos. HBZ8100, HBZ8180
$199.99, $169.99

SPORT: MIA MICRO-FLIGHT

MIA EZ (TM) Trike 1.0

Have you wanted to try a realistic RC Microlight with true weight-shift control? MIA is proud to introduced the highly realistic MIA EZ Trike 1.0, a true RC Microlight. Based on modern day real trike strut-braced flex-wing designs. For anyone with basic park flyer experience looking for a new RC thrill! Designed with MIA trademark characteristics for high performance, durability, and aesthetical appeal. Available in kit form or as an ARF.
micro-flight.com
Item no. MIAEZGYRO1.0 $89.99 (kit);
$129.99 (ARF)

SPORT: MIA MICRO-FLIGHT

MIA EZ (TM) VC 1.0 Ultralight

Step out of your comfort zone and try something totally new, fun, and different! This unique RC park flyer is based on the famous Demoiselle ultralight but with a modern day twist. The unique VC Ring provides both elevator and rudder control. For anyone with basic park flyer experience. Designed with MIA trademark characteristics for high performance, durability, and aesthetical appeal. Available in kit form or as an ARF.
micro-flight.com
Item no. MIAEZGYRO1.0 $69.99 (kit);
$99.99 (ARF)

RADIO SYSTEMS

ACCESSORIES: HITEC USA

HPP-22 & HTS-Navi

The perfect companion to Hitec's 2.4GHz system and 2.4GHz radios, the versatile HPP-22 can program a radio, Spectra 2.4GHz modules, and Optima receivers. With the HPP-22, you can save setup data on your PC and update your software. Hitec's HTS-Navi USB telemetry receiver wirelessly transmits data back to your PC without needing to mess with cables!
hitecrcd.com
Item nos. 44470, 29701
$30, $60

ACCESSORIES: HITEC USA

HTS-Advance & New Sensors

The HTS-SS Advance Sensor Station interfaces with four new optional sensors (available seperately) to relay engine temperature, airspeed, rate of climb, and servo information for nitro and electric models alike. The rest of our sensor line is also compatible with the HTS-SS Advance Sensor Station, offering the most expansive telemetry option on the market today.
hitecrcd.com
Item no. 55853
$37

ACCESSORIES: HITEC USA

HTS-Blue & Sensors

The HTS-SS Blue Sensor Station and series of sensors collects data from your electric-powered aircraft. Available in convenient combination packs, the HTS-SS Blue has eight data ports, as well as a data port for the telemetric Optima 7 or Optima 9 receivers. Hitec's full combo pack comes equipped with the HTS-SS Blue Sensor Station, one ORPM and MRPM sensor, four temperature sensors, two current sensors, a GPS, and voltage sensor!
hitecrcd.com
Item no. 55846
$235

ACCESSORIES: HITEC USA

HTS-Nitro & Sensors

The HTS-SS Nitro Sensor Station and series of sensors collects data from your gas and glow-powered aircraft. Available in convenient combination packs, the HTS-SS Nitro has eight data ports, as well as a data port for the telemetric Optima 7 or Optima 9 receivers. Grab the full combo pack, which includes the HTS-SS Nitro, an ORPM and MRPM sensor, four temperature sensors, one GPS, and one fuel sensor!
hitecrcd.com
Item no. 55830
$225

ACCESSORIES: HITEC USA

HTS-Voice

The revolutionary voice announcing system, the HTS-Voice, will read out the current status of your model. Listen to what your model is “up to” via a speaker or earphones.
hitecrcd.com
Item no. 55841
$60

ACCESSORIES: PLANTRACO MICROFLIGHT

Plantraco Magnetic Actuators

Ranging from weights of 0.23g up to 1.1g, these actuators do the job of a servo for micro RC models. Fully proportional when connected to Plantraco's Micro9 actuator receivers, you'll feel like you are flying with servos.
plantraco.com
Item nos. vary
$14.99 & up

RECEIVERS: HITEC USA

Maxima 6, 9 & SL

Designed to work with all Hitec G2 Adaptive Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum Technology radios and our digital servos, the Maxima 6, 9, and SL receivers deliver the ultimate in high-resolution response and reliability. Their full-range capability combined with lightning fast 7ms refresh frame rates and secure hold and fail-safe functions make them the perfect micro receivers for intermediate and advanced pilots who require bullet-proof performance!
hitecrcd.com
Item nos. 27524, 27525, 27526
$55, $70, $75

RECEIVERS: HITEC USA

Minima 2.4GHz

Minima 2.4GHz AFHSS micro receivers work with all of Hitec's 2.4GHz AFHSS transmitters and the Spectra 2.4 module. They're available in both top and end pin configurations and are excellent choices for modelers flying smaller aircraft. The Minima is ideal for 6-channel models.
hitecrcd.com
Item nos. 26610, 26612
$45

RECEIVERS: HITEC USA

Optima 2.4GHz

Optima 2.4GHz AFHSS receivers work with all of Hitec's 2.4GHz AFHSS transmitters and the Spectra 2.4 module. Featuring the latest Adaptive Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum technology and Boosted Omni Directional antennas, they offer incredibly secure connections and Hitec's exciting telemetry interface. They're available in 6-, 7-, or 9-channel versions.
hitecrcd.com
Item nos. 29438, 28410, 28414, 28425
$53∼$100

RECEIVERS: PLANTRACO MICROFLIGHT

HFX900 Micro9 0.9g Receiver

This receiver has outputs for two actuators and single throttle, and enables you to build and fly the smallest micro RC planes. Pure digital RC link with full proportional control and patent-pending Bahoma magnetic battery connectors make it easy for anyone to get involved with micro RC.
plantraco.com
Item no. MICRO9-0.9-3CH
$29.99

RECEIVERS: PLANTRACO MICROFLIGHT

Micro9 1.2g 4-Channel Receiver

This receiver was designed to use the latest lightweight servos that weigh 3 grams or less! Weighing just over 1 gram, this is the lightest servo-capable receiver manufactured. It features four PPM output channels, built-in 1.5-amp speed control for brushed motors, single lithium cell low voltage cutoff, 2-cell capable, programmable brushless speed control output, and more!
plantraco.com
Item no. MICRO9-S-4CH
$29.99

RECEIVERS: PLANTRACO MICROFLIGHT

Micro9 4-ch. Actuator Rx

This 0.9-gram receiver is designed for Plantraco's magnetic actuators. It has a built-in 1.5-amp speed control for brushed motors, single lithium cell, low-voltage cutoff, and plug-and-play nanoconnectors that mate up instantly to Plantraco 6mm and 7mm gearboxes and motors. It's a very versatile receiver for a multitude of models and kits!
plantraco.com
Item no. MICRO9-0.95-A-4CH
$29.99

RECEIVERS: SPEKTRUM

AR636

The AR636 makes it easy to add the benefits of AS3X technology to any sport plane or park flyer. It's programmed using an intuitive graphical interface that runs on popular mobile devices. Programming options include AS3X mode selection, wing type selection, servo settings, gain settings, and more. The interface app is free and programming cables are included.
spektrumrc.com
Item no. SPMAR636
$99.99

SERVOS: HITEC USA

HS-35HD and HS-5035HD

These small servos deliver big. They offer unprecedented durability in both an analog and digital version, and are perfect for micro 3D, sport aircraft, and small helicopters. Specifications for both at 4.8 volts: torque—11.2 oz.-in. at .12 sec; weight—0.16 oz.; dimensions—0.74 × 0.30 × 0.62 in.
hitecrcd.com
Item nos. 33035S, 35035S
$25, $32

SERVOS: HITEC USA

HS-55 Economy Feather

The HS-55 is one of the most popular ultra-micro servos ever produced. At .28 ounces, it delivers 18 oz.-in. of torque in .14 seconds at 6 volts, and it's a perfect choice for park flyers, 3D foamies, and micro helis. Dimensions: 0.89 × 0.45 × 0.94 inches.
hitecrcd.com
Item no. 31055S
$10

SERVOS: HITEC USA

HS-5665MH & HS-5685MH

Economically priced and ready for action, the HS-5665MH and HS-5685MH high-voltage servos provide high torque and high speed to airplanes and helicopters. With custom high-voltage motors and durable metal gear trains, these servos will take on the hardest applications. Specifications at 7.4 volts: torque—139 oz.-in. at .14 sec (5665), 179 oz.-in. at .17 sec. (5685); weight—2.1 oz.; dimensions—1.59 × 0.77 × 1.48 in.
hitecrcd.com
Item nos. 35665S, 35685S
$47

SERVOS: HITEC USA

HS-625MG & HS-645MG

When you need strength and speed in a standard-size analog servo, Hitec's HS-625MG and HS-645MG offer metal gear train technology, these powerful sport servos are a fantastic choice for larger planes and 1/10-scale sport vehicles. Specifications at 6 volts: torque—94 oz.-in. at .15 sec. (625MG), 133 oz.-in. at .20 sec. (645); weight—1.94 oz.; dimensions—1.59×0.77×1.48 in.
hitecrcd.com
Item nos. 32625S, 32645S
$32

SERVOS: HITEC USA

HS-65MG & HS-5065MG

These feather mini servos deliver strong performance in a compact package. The HS-65MG and HS-5065MG boast metal gears with 31 oz.-in. torque at 6 volts. Both weigh in at a mere 0.42 oz. and are 0.92 × 0.45 × 0.94 inches. Mighty feather minis!
hitecrcd.com
Item nos. 32065S, 35065S
$30, $34

SERVOS: HITEC USA

HS-70MG & HS-5070MH

Our new ultra torque feather servos, the HS-70MG and HS-5070MH deliver outstandingly strong performance to all your micro and mini flyers. Designed with Hitec's durable metal gears, both the analog and digital versions are sure to become your favorite “go-to” servos. Specs for HS-70MG at 6.0V: speed 0.14 sec., torque 42 oz.-in. Specs for HS-5070MH at 7.4V: speed 0.12 sec., torque 53 oz.-in.; weight—0.44 oz.; dimensions—0.92×0.45×1.14 in.
hitecrcd.com
Item nos. 32070, 35070
$36, $43

SERVOS: HITEC USA

HS-7235MH & HS-7245MH

Hitec's digital premium sport servos, the HS-7235MH and HS-7245MH, are the high-voltage companions to its mini class HS-5245MG. Featuring a G2 high-resolution programmable circuit and high-performance coreless motors, these servos deliver fast speed and amazing torque. Specifications at 7.4 volts: 61 oz.-in. of torque at .08 sec. (7235), 89 oz.-in. of torque at .11 sec. (7245); weight—1.20 oz.; dimensions—1.28 × 0.66 × 1.29 in.
hitecrcd.com
Item nos. 37235S, 37245S
$70

SERVOS: HITEC USA

HS-7940TH, HS-7945TH, HS-7950TH

The HS-7940TH, HS-7945TH, and HS-7950TH are high-voltage standard-size servos that deliver unparalleled performance. Each feature Hitec's latest high-resolution digital circuit, titanium gears, heat-sink case, and high-voltage coreless motor. Specifications at 7.4 volts: .07 sec at 222 oz.-in. (7940), .10 sec. at 319 oz.-in. (7945), .14 sec. at 486 oz.-in. (7950); weight—2.40 oz.; dimensions— 1.57×0.79×1.50 in.
hitecrcd.com
Item nos. 37940S, 37945S, 37950S
$150

SERVOS: HITEC USA

HS-7954SH

This high-voltage servo is Hitec's most economical high-voltage coreless motor servo. Featuring a high-resolution digital circuit, steel gears, heat-sink case, and high-voltage coreless motor, it allows the use of unregulated LiPo/Ion batteries for unparallelled performance in a standard-size servo. Specifications at 7.4 volts: torque—403 oz.-in. at .12 sec.; weight—2.40 oz.; dimensions—1.57×0.78×1.45 in.
hitecrcd.com
Item no. 37954S
$100

SERVOS: HITEC USA

HS-7955TG

Hitec's most popular titanium gear servo, the HS-7955TG, features high-resolution programmable digital circuit and a high-performance coreless motor wrapped in an aluminum heat-sink case. Specifications at 6 volts: torque—333 oz.-in. at .15 sec.; weight—2.29 oz.; dimensions—1.57×0.78×1.45 in.
hitecrcd.com
Item no. 37955S
$120

SERVOS: HITEC USA

HS-7980TH & HS-M7990TH

Designed with high-resolution G2.5 12-bit programmable digital circuit and indestructible titanium gears, these powerhouse servos bring premium performance to giant-scale aircraft and all sport vehicles. A revolutionary first for the hobby, the HS-M7990TH utilizes a high-resolution magnetic encoder. Specifications: torque—500 oz.-in. at .21 sec. at 6 volts, 611 oz-in at .17 sec. at 7.4 volts; weight—2.70 oz.; dimensions—1.72×0.88×1.57 in.
hitecrcd.com
Item nos. 37980S, 37990S
$175, $200

SERVOS: HITEC USA

HS-9360TH, HS-9370TH, HS-9380TH

With ultra-efficient Neu-Castle brushless motors, low current consumption, and constant output power, the 93xx series of servos is the perfect match for the most discriminating pilots and racers. The 9360's speed is ideal for helicopter pilots. The 9370's speed and torque combination make it a great general purpose servo. The 9380's torque makes it the power solution for all giant-scale pilots and 1/8-scale racers.
hitecrcd.com
Item nos. 39360, 39370, 39380
$180

SERVOS: HITEC USA

HS-9465SH, HS-9475SH, HS-9485SH

Ideal for giant-scale aircraft, 700-size helicopters, and 1/8-scale cars and trucks, the HSB-9465, 9475, and 9485SH deliver the power and precision that pro-level hobbyists need. All have Hitec's durable steel gears and the impressive Neu-Castle brushless motors. The 9465 brings lightning speed, the 9475 delivers multipurpose performance, and the 9485 has the ultra torque necessary for the most demanding applications.
hitecrcd.com
Item nos. 39465, 39475, 39485
$125

SERVOS: SPEKTRUM

A6270

The awesome A6270 produces an astounding 582 oz.-in. of torque with 2S LiPo power. This makes it ideal for giant-scale 3D planes and large turbine-powered models. If you need to remove it for maintenance or inspection, it can be disconnected from its lead so you don't have to re-route wires when it's re-installed.
spektrumrc.com
Item no. SPMSA6270
$149.99

SERVOS: SPEKTRUM

H6280

The H6280 gives 550- to 800-size heli pilots a world class cyclic servo capable of 280 oz.-in. of torque and a quick .06-second transmit time. This superb combination of power and speed makes aggressive 3D maneuvers feel unbelievably crisp and precise. If you need to remove the H6280 for maintenance, it can be disconnected from its lead so you don't have to re-route wires when it's re-installed.
spektrumrc.com
Item no. SPMSH6280
$149.99

TRANSMITTERS: HITEC USA

Aurora 9X

The Aurora 9X is Hitec's first triple protocol radio, allowing selection from the G1 and G2 AFHSS or SLT 2.4GHz technologies. It features dual processors for fast, low-latency response and ultra-smooth 4096 resolution. With more than 30 additional programming enhancements and new dynamically assignable switches, the Aurora 9X is sure to thrill sport and professional-level airplane and helicopter pilots alike.
hitecrcd.com
Item nos. vary
$430∼$570

TRANSMITTERS: HITEC USA

Flash 7 & 8

Featuring G2 Adaptive Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum and Secure Link Technologies, the Flash 8-channel and Flash 7-channel radios with advanced programming and rock solid signal strength are the ideal choice for all levels of discerning pilots. Each boasts a high-resolution, graphic screen providing easy-to-read, easy-to-navigate operation for all your flying needs. Take to the air in a Flash!
hitecrcd.com
Item nos. vary
$240-$340 (F8); $175-$200 (F7)

TRANSMITTERS: PLANTRACO MICROFLIGHT

HFX900 Model 2 Transmitter

This transmitter works with all Plantraco Micro9 900MHz receivers. It has a 4-channel proportional output, 900MHz (868Mhz EU), six user-selectable frequencies, built-in charger for Bahoma LiPo cells, mixing modes exponential, V-tail, and normal.
plantraco.com
Item no. HFX900-M2
$49.99

TRANSMITTERS: PLANTRACO MICROFLIGHT

HFX900 Monolith Module

The module instantly converts any Hitec or Futaba transmitter into a 900MHz digital transmitter compatible with all Plantraco Micro9 receivers. Now you can have all of the deluxe features of your full house transmitter when flying micro RC models that use the Plantraco 900MHz system.
plantraco.com
Item no. MONOLITH
$39.99

TRANSMITTERS: SPEKTRUM

DX18 Gen 2

The next generation DX18 offers an impressive suite of features: 18 fully proportional channels, voice alerts, servo balancing, sequencing, extensive programming for airplanes helicopters and sailplanes — it has it all and more. All sticks, switches, and knobs fall within easy reach, and its weight has been balanced for maximum comfort. You can even wirelessly link with other Spektrum transmitters instead of using a trainer cord.
spektrumrc.com
Item no. SPM18100
$799.99

TRANSMITTERS: SPEKTRUM

DX6

The next generation DX6 delivers way more than you would ever expect from a 6-channel transmitter in its price range. Instead of having to content yourself with a handful of settings for a couple of model types, the remarkably affordable DX6 gives you an abundance of programming features for airplanes, helicopters, and sailplanes. You also get other extras like voice alerts, a wireless trainer link, and enough internal memory for up to 250 models.
spektrumrc.com
Item no. SPM6700
$229.99

MISCELLANEOUS: SHARP RC

ArmSafe for Electric Models

Add safety by controlling when the model gets energized. ArmSafe is the premier arming system for electric models, and it helps to keep your arms safe! Complete kits are available for 50 amps, 80 amps, and 100 amps. They are quality-made in the USA, come in black or white, and have many accessories such as lanyards.
sharprc.com
Item nos. vary
$6.47-$14.33

TOOLS /MISCELLANEOUS

TOOLS: HARRY HIGLEY

Harry's Wire Benders

Harry's wire benders are vise-held tools that bend spring-tempered piano wire with ease and precision. Each Harry Higley wire bender features hardened alloy steel pins and is built to last for a lifetime of use. These benders will not coil wire and are available for 1/8-, 3/32-, 5/32-, 1/16-, and 1/32-inch wire. Any RC airplane hobbyist will surely appreciate these fine quality tools.
harryhigley.com
Item nos. vary
$5.99-$20.99

TOOLS: SHERLINE PRODUCTS

Desktop CNC Machine Tools

Sherline offers computer-controlled, American-made tabletop machine tools. Complete CNC systems include a lathe or mill, stepper motors, 4-axis driver box, cables, and a new computer with EMC G-code control software already installed. Standard or metric versions, and a complete line of accessories are available, as are money-saving machine and accessory packages.
sherline.com
Item no. 8540
$2,525 & up

TOOLS: WINDSOR PROPELLER CO. INC.

Balsa Stripper & Razor Plane

These handy cutting tools have many uses. The Balsa Stripper makes precision strips and is adjustable for width and depth of cuts. The Razor Plane rounds, smooths, and contours cowlings and fuselages.
masterairscrew.com
Item nos. MA4000, MA4100
$7.35

BOOKS, ETC.
AIRAGESTORE.COM

Getting Started in RC Airplanes

This popular book has been helping thousands of RC pilots for more than a decade. Now updated with the latest radio technology, the lowdown on electric and glow power systems, and setup tips for ARFs, this new version will continue to educate the next generation of fliers. From setting up your RC workshop and building your first serious model airplane, to taking off and landing, this guide has all the tips and tricks you'll need to know to get in the air.
airagestore.com
Item no. 2047
$27.95

BOOKS, ETC.
AIRAGESTORE.COM

Precision Aerobatics

Improve your flight skills and take your piloting to the next level. Learn how to perfect basic takeoffs, straight lines and landings, along with complex precision and 3D maneuvers. Whether you're flying an electric foamie or a giant-scale aerobat this new full-color book, compiled from the best of Model Airplane News and Electric Flight, Is a must-have for any serious RC pilot!
airagestore.com
Item no. 2044PD
$27.95

BOOKS, ETC.
AIRAGESTORE.COM

Radio Control Giant Scale

From the publishers of Model Airplane News, this book delivers everything you need to know to get into giant-scale RC planes, from building and assembly techniques to gas-engine installation, radio setups unique to big models, preflight checks, flight trimming, and more. From aerobatics to scale models, this book will ensure your success with giant-scale RC aircraft.
airagestore.com
Item nos. 2037 (print); P037 (digital)
$29.95

BOOKS, ETC.: AIRAGESTORE.COM

RC Helicopter How-Tos, Volume 2

Filled with advice from some of the hobby's most experienced pros, RC Helicopter How-Tos, Volume 2 covers everything from building and assembly basics to first hovers and advanced 3D aerobatics. Knowledge is power and you'll be amazed at how quickly you progress while avoiding common mistakes encountered by every RC aviator. In no time at all, you'll be impressing your friends at the flying field and will be well on your way to becoming a better helicopter pilot!
airagestore.com
Item nos. vary
$44.95

DVDS/AIRAGESTORE.COM

Aerobatics Made Easy Combo Pack

Unleash your inner airshow pilot and go from beginner to expert with our three-disc aerobatic DVD series: Aerobatics Made Easy, Advanced Aerobatics Made Easy, and 3D Aerobatics Made Easy.
airagestore.com
Item no. AERODVD
$49.95

DVDS/AIRAGESTORE.COM

Freestyle Aerobatics Made Easy

In the fourth installment of our Aerobatics Made Easy DVD series, expert RC pilot and national champion John Glezellis demonstrates a variety of maneuvers from an electric Carbon-Z Yak to 12-point hesitation and hyper-fast rolls. With instructions for setting up your electric plane for maximum 3D performance, this in-your-face aerobatic DVD kicks up electric aerobatics to the highest level.
airagestore.com
Item no. DVD23
$27.95

MISCELLANEOUS

FLIGHT SIMULATORS: PHOENIX

Phoenix RC v5

The latest Phoenix professional RC flight simulator, version 5.0, delivers stunning graphics and incredibly realistic physics, plus new companion software you can use to create your own models, fly them, and then share them online. It's a fantastic package for beginners and professional model pilots alike that works with your own transmitter, or you can choose the version with the working Spektrum DX4e and use it with BNF-ready airplanes and helis.
phoenix-sim.com
Item nos. RTM5000, RTM50R4400
$129.99, $159.99

OTHER: AIKEN'S AIRPLANES

Angels Corsair Custom Metal Sign

No scale modeler's workshop is complete without this vintage WW II pin-up sign from the Greg Hildebrandt licensed collection. Our Angels Corsair custom metal sign measures 28 by 28 inches, weighs in at 7 pounds, and was made right here in the U.S.A. Relive the Golden Age of pinup art with a nostalgic sign from Aiken's Airplanes!
aikensairplanes.com
Item no. PT-HB082
$89.95

OTHER: PLANTRACO MICROFLIGHT

Plantraco Micro Rover

It's amazing how small and compact this miniature tank is, and it has full proportional control, sound efiects, and working headlights too. If you like tracked vehicles, get one of these!
plantraco.com
Item no. MICROROVER
$49.99

OTHER: PLANTRACO MICROFLIGHT

Plantraco MicroBlimp

This 900MHz MicroBlimp is the second smallest RC airship available. The controls are fully proportional and are configured to fly the same way as a standard 3-channel RC model aircraft, which makes this flying model a great trainer. It has rechargeable LiPo power and lots of deluxe features.
plantraco.com
Item no. MICROBLIMP
$129.99

OTHER: PLANTRACO MICROFLIGHT

Plantraco NanoBlimp

The NanoBlimp Gondola is the world's smallest RC blimp, weighs nothing, and is carried by a standard latex party balloon filled with helium gas! Three motors with propellers are radio controlled and enable you to fly indoors with precision! It's a whole new experience to fly like this. Enjoy dogfights with satisfying balloon popping sounds and all sorts of aerial fun!
plantraco.com
Item no. NANOBLIMP
$49.99

OTHER: PLANTRACO MICROFLIGHT

ZenWheels MicroCar

This is an iPhone and Android precision controlled ZenWheels MicroCar! It's a tiny micro mechanical marvel that you can control precisely on your desktop or just about anywhere! Real rack and pinion steering, working signals lights and horn, and even an automaic Autocross Racing System mean you can really maneuver like a real car and unlike any other RC car you've tried before.
zenwheels.com
Item no. ZENWHEELS
$89.99

OTHER: SULLIVAN PRODUCTS

Marcy's Marvelous Wheel Chocks

Maximize safety and security during transport with Marcy's Marvelous Wheel Chocks. Not only do they conserve space in your truck or trailer, these wheel chocks are great for storage and keep planes from rolling during hardware or radio installations. Marcy's Marvelous Wheel Chocks can handle most axle sizes and will accommodate wheels up to 5 inches in size.
sullivanproducts.com
Item no. S842
$21.95

OTHER: TRU-TURN SPINNERS

Costa Del Mar

Tru-Turn ofiers extremely fine sunglasses. Costa Del Mar manufactures sunglasses with the protection and precision you expect from Tru-Turn and ofier styles you'll love and quality you'll appreciate. Try a pair today and see your plane better.
truturn.com
Item nos. TT-C-BR11-4-CR & others
$129 & up

OTHER: ZEISS

cinemizer OLED

Put yourself in the driver's seat of your radio controlled device with the lightest, most comfortable, and highest quality video eyewear on the planet. The all new HD-quality cinemizer OLED by ZEISS will take your FPV experience to an entirely new level.
cinemizer.com
Item no. 1909-127
$789

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HELI-MAX AXE 100 CX http://www.modelairplanenews.com/members/2014/06/27/heli-max-axe-100-cx/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=heli-max-axe-100-cx http://www.modelairplanenews.com/members/2014/06/27/heli-max-axe-100-cx/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Gerry Yarrish http://www.modelairplanenews.com/members/2014/06/27/heli-max-axe-100-cx/ Photos by Peter Hall

This ready to fly coaxial heli is so easy to fly, even a first-time RC pilot can be successful


When it comes to top helicopter brand recognition, it is hard not to notice all the advancements made by Heli-Max. For just about every category for heli size, type and performance, there are several to choose from with the Heli-Max brand name. Most recently, the newest addition in the micro coaxial category is the Heli-Max Axe 100 CX. Perfect for indoor RC fun, the Axe 100 CX comes out of the box ready for action. Intended for the basic beginner or for the experienced budget-minded RC flier looking for a new fun hovering machine, the Axe 100 CX provides plenty of stability with just the right amount of big machine styling to satisfy everyone.

UNIQUE FEATURES

Available as a ready to fly (RTF) or as a transmitter ready (Tx-R) version, the Axe 100 CX, comes with all you need. The RTF version is fully assembled and all you need to do is charge the LiPo flight battery (with the included USB charger) and install the included AA batteries in the transmitter, and you ready to go. The Tx-R version comes with everything the RTF version does, except for the Heli-Max TX410 SLT transmitter.

The Tx-R version is compatible with any SLT transmitter including the Tactic 4 channel and 6-channel 2.4GHz transmitter or any other brand of transmitter equipped with the Tactic AnyLink 2.4GHz Radio Adapter.

With its coaxial rotor head design, the Axe 100 CX is so stable that you can be a successful RC helicopter even if it's your very first RC model. With its on-board electronics and receiver already installed and covered with its durable full-length fuselage, there's nothing to assemble. It's compact size makes it ideal for anytime indoor flying and it extremely durable, crash-resistant construction is great for the less experienced modeler who might experience an unexpectedly hard landing.

The RTF version's 4-channel, 2.4GHz transmitter includes Beginner and Expert flight modes so as you gain experience and confidence, you can switch the reaction of the heli and experience more maneuverability for even more fun.

BOTTOM LINE

With a full battery charge, I consistently get flight times of about 8 to 10 minutes and I find the Axe 100 CX a delight to operate. Whether you are a absolute first-time beginner, or if you are looking for a fun, keep-in-your-car heli for anytime flights around the home or office, the Heli-Max Axe 100 CX is a perfect choice.

It is rugged enough for the novice and it is plenty responsive to keep the more experienced heli guy entertained indoors as well as outside in calm wind conditions.

Here's the RTF Axe 100 CX with transmitter, battery pack, and USB charger. The batteries for the transmitter are also included.

Specifications

  • Manufacturer: Heli-Max (helimax-rc.com)

  • Distributor: Hobbico (hobbico.com)

  • Rotor Diameter: 7.4 in.

  • Length: 9.0 in.

  • Height: 5.0 in.

  • Weight: 1.1 oz (w/battery)

  • Price: $74.98 (RTF); $59.98 (Tx-R)

Included Gear

  • ⊕ Heli-Max TX410 2.4GHz SLT transmitter

  • ⊕ 3.7V 150mAh 1S LiPo flight battery w/USB-compatible charger

  • ⊕ AA transmitter batteries

  • ⊕ 1S 3.7V 150mAh LiPo flight battery

  • ⊕ Miniature Phillips screwdriver and instructions

In the Air

The included Heli-Max USB charger takes about 10 to 15 minutes to charge the battery depending on how much it has been used.

With the RTF version, you can literally be flying in as long as it takes to charge the included LiPo Flight battery. For the test model, the battery was fully charged with the USB charger in about 15 minutes. Simply power up the transmitter, then slide the LiPo battery into place and place the heli on a level surface. When the LED indicator stops flashing, the heli is bound to the transmitter and you're good to go.

  • Stability: The Axe 100 CX is one of the most stable coaxial helis I have tested and it really is ideal as a first-time RC pilot. In both Beginner and in Expert flight modes, the heli remains well behaved and offers almost effortless hovering performance.

  • Response: Being coaxial, the heli remains well behaved in forward flight. Side to side cyclic response is crisp and nose yaw is smooth and fairly quick. I did have to add 4 or 5 clicks or right rudder for the heli to remain pointed in one direction while in hover. Fore and aft response is also quick and you can easily start and stop forward or aft flight simply by neutralizing the stick.

PILOT DEBRIEFING


Of all the cyclic commands, aft and left are a bit more responsive than are forward and right, but only slightly so. There's no real chance of over-controlling the Axe 100 CX. The instructions are very complete and also have a detailed section for maintenance with directions for removing and replacing any broken parts should you manage to damage the heli.

AnyLink2 Transmitter Adaptor


If you do not have a Tactic SLT Transmitter, you can easily convert your existing transmitter, with the AnyLink2 Adaptor module, so you can control any Transmitter Ready (Tx-R) model. The easy to setup module enables your 2.4GHz aircraft transmitter to operate with any Tx-R model as well as any aircraft with a 2.4GHz SLT receiver, (including huge scale aircraft, park flyers and helis using glow, electric, or gasoline power.) The AnyLink2 module converts the transmitter into a frequency-hopping, spread-spectrum system using SLT (Secure Link Technology) and is compatible with most aircraft transmitters with a functioning trainer jack, including Airtronics, and even non-2.4GHz transmitters.

The AnyLink2 comes with a 1S 3.7V 450mAh LiPo battery, Cable A, (JR, Spektrum, Graupner), Cable B, (Futaba Square) and Cable C, (Hitec). The three adapter cables come equipped with headphone-type connectors for easy plug-in installation. Also included are a TC10 USB Charger 2 Hard-Locking Adhesive Strips and Instruction sheet. Charging the battery with the included USB charger is required before use. The adapter cables from the original AnyLink and the new AnyLink2 modules are not cross compatible.

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HELI TALK: EASY BATTERY SWAPS http://www.modelairplanenews.com/members/2014/06/27/heli-talk-easy-battery-swaps/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=heli-talk-easy-battery-swaps http://www.modelairplanenews.com/members/2014/06/27/heli-talk-easy-battery-swaps/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Model Airplane News http://www.modelairplanenews.com/members/2014/06/27/heli-talk-easy-battery-swaps/ Installing a quick-change tray in a 12-cell bird

Twelve-cell helicopters like the Blade 600 X o er outstanding power while keeping the amps within reason. Adding a quick-change battery tray makes flight prep fast and convenient.

Twelve-cell power is the hot trend for helis in the 600 and larger classes. These high-voltage setups o er outstanding power while keeping current within reason, and “pass-through” frame designs have the flexibility to fit a variety of battery sizes. My new Blade 600 X fits in this class, and I love the heli's engineering and performance, but battery installation is a little cumbersome. Since 12S packs are usually made up of two 6S packs connected in series, a quick-change battery tray would be a real plus. Blade's larger 700 X does have a removable tray, so I decided to use the 700 X parts as the basis for a tray for 600-size machines. While the following uses the 600 X as an example, this basic design will work with nearly any heli with a pass-through frame.


1 The first challenge is that the tray mounting posts are sized for the 700 X, which has 60mm frame spacing, while the 600 X has 52mm spacing. I used my lathe to shorten the posts, but a cordless drill and Dremel cut-off wheel would work almost as easily.


2 A battery mounting plate is cut 1mm narrower than the 52mm frame spacing. I used 2mm carbon fiber for my mount, but reinforced fiberglass, or even 1/8-inch birch ply, would work. Note that the holes for the screws are countersunk to provide a smooth surface for the battery packs.




3 On the 600 X, the baseplate must be trimmed o' forward of the front landing skid mount so that the forward mounting post can be screwed in its place. Drill new holes for securing the baseplate just aft of the skid mounts, and drill holes at the rear of the frames for the rear mounting post.


4 The one fiddly step was that I had to shorten the release latch to fit inside the narrower frame. I cut the latch in half and then rejoined it with a small carbon-fiber doubler.


5 Here the battery mount is ready to install. I milled slots for the rear battery strap, but you could also file shallow notches in the edges of the plate.


6 The battery packs are neatly secured on the quick-change mount. I added an extension to the rear pack's balancing lead to make it easier to connect both packs to my Progressive RC Parallel Charge Board.


7 Here's the finished battery tray locked in place. Installation and removal takes just seconds, so if you build a couple of trays, you can have two flight packs ready for instant use. This simple project makes flight prep a snap and adds some “cool factor” too!

Night Magic Blades

One of the most exciting products showcased at last year's IRCHA Jamboree was the animated night blade system Robert Sixt of Germany featured in his night flying routine. These blades flashed various graphics in sync with Robert's soundtrack, and the effect was truly awesome. Well, I had to know more!

It turns out that these amazing blades are commercially available from nightmagicblades.com, a relatively young technology company based in Slovakia. They offer a range of blades from 325 to 710mm, spanning all popular heli classes from 450 to 700 size. Prices for complete systems range from $198 to $419.

These carbon-fiber blades are self-contained technical marvels. Each blade has an array of LEDs molded inside: red on top of one blade and green on the bottom of the other. An embedded chip controls the LEDs, and even the LiPo cell is molded inside. The only external fitting is an infrared LED that's mounted on the tail boom to give the blades a reference point for syncing the images and for sensing head rpm.

A small USB dongle allows charging the internal LiPos and programming “playlists” of images into the blades using your laptop. These playlists can be put together using a Windows-based app, available for download from Night Magic's website. You can string together any combination of the included stock images, design your own graphics, or even import them from other graphics applications.

The effect of these blades is truly dazzling. Not only can they show sequences of still graphics, but by programming a series of rapidly changing images, animations are also possible. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.


Night Magic blades are a huge crowd-pleaser. As you fly, the blades flash a sequence of pre-programmed images. The white blade tips make it easy to maintain orientation while the blades put on a show of their own. The Windows-based desktop app allows you to organize “playlists” using stock images or to design your own graphics. The animated Batman logo is particularly impressive.

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HELI-MAX 1SI http://www.modelairplanenews.com/members/2014/04/26/heli-max-1si/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=heli-max-1si http://www.modelairplanenews.com/members/2014/04/26/heli-max-1si/#comments Sat, 26 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Gerry Yarrish http://www.modelairplanenews.com/members/2014/04/26/heli-max-1si/ Flying a mini quadcopter has never been easier

Photos by Peter Hall

With rotor blade guards and a enclosed battery compartment, the 1SI has a sleek up to date appearance.

The Braking feature helps brings the 1SI back to a stable hover when the right control stick is returned to the center position.

Quadcopters are becoming easier and easier to fly, and when it comes to getting great value for your hobby dollars, the Heli-Max brand name is hard to beat. Heli-Max has been turning out excellent quadcopters for a while now and did a lot to set the standard for performance and ease of use. The Heli-Max line of quadcopters includes the 1SQ, the camera-equipped 1SQ V-Cam, and now the 1SI, which comes with and without a camera. Let's take a look at what you get.

Specifications

  • Model: 1SI

  • Type: Micro quadcopter RTF

  • Mfg.: Heli-Max (helimax-rc.com)

  • Dist.: Hobbico (hobbico.com)

  • Width: 6 in.

  • Length: 6 in.

  • Weight: 1.5 oz. (without camera); 1.6 oz. (w/ camera)

  • Price: $99.98 (RTF); $139 (RTF w/ camera)

Highlights

  • ⊕ “Actual Direction Control” function

  • ⊕ Excellent stability

  • ⊕ Return Home function

  • ⊕ Available with and without camera

Gear Used

  • Radio: Heli-Max 4-channel TX465 transmitter (included), four AA transmitter batteries (included) (helimax-rc.com)

  • Battery: Heli-Max 1S 3.7V 350mAh LiPo flight battery with a USB-compatible charger (included)

  • Accessories: Four spare rotor blades, rotor blade guards, screwdriver, and instruction manual (included)

UNIQUE FEATURES

As with all Heli-Max products, the 1SI RTF comes as a complete package, including its own 2.4GHz radio system (four AA transmitter batteries included), a 1S 3.7V 350mAh LiPo flight battery with a USB-compatible charger, four spare rotor blades, rotor blade guards, a screwdriver, and an instruction manual. The rotor guards are easy to install with the included small screws and screwdriver, and there are colored LEDs located on the underside of each outrigger motor boom. A nice feature of the 1SI is the enclosed battery compartment with a snap-in-place cover that serves to protect the LiPo battery, and it adds to the quadcopter's modern styling and looks.

The included Heli-Max TX465 transmitter has digital trims and two sticks for complete 4-channel control. When turning on the quadcopter, there is a safety feature that won't let the motors activate until the throttle stick is placed in the down (off) position. The transmitter also features high and low dual rates, which you can switch back and forth from by pressing the right control stick assembly straight down until you hear a click. There is a dual rate indicator symbol at the bottom center of the digital displace screen to show which mode has been selected. The flight sensitivity is also adjustable, so you can fine-tune the 1SI to your liking. The instructions are very clear on how to make adjustments.

FLIGHT MODES

When you first turn on the 1SI, it defaults to the Normal flight mode. In this mode, the on-board control board applies “Braking” in order to level and slowly return the quadcopter to a stable hover when the right stick is centered. This is an excellent feature for beginner pilots as it greatly reduces the chance of a crash. For more advanced pilots, the Braking feature can also be turned off by pressing the “F Mode” button on the top right corner of the transmitter to put the 1SI into Manual mode. Pressing the F Mode button again reactivates the braking feature.

In the Air

The 1SI has excellent stability and is extremely easy to fly.

Extremely easy to fly and hover, the 1SI is ideal for indoor and outdoor flight where the wind conditions are calm. The Actual Direction Control feature makes it very easy to control the model regardless of where its nose is pointed. This really flattens the learning curve for beginners and greatly increases the model's pilot-friendly characteristics. The Braking feature helps brings the 1SI back to a stable hover when the right control stick is returned to the center position.

GENERAL FLIGHT PERFORMANCE

  • Stability: To put it simply, stability is excellent. The TAGS-FX continuously corrects unwanted movement in yaw, pitch, and roll while also preventing drifting. It corrects for any actions except for your own control inputs. The Sensor Fusion Technology uses data from a 3-axis gyro and a 3-axis accelerometer.

  • Response: With its dual rates and F Mode functions, you can tailor the 1SI's response and performance to best suit your own style of flying. In low rate, the quadcopter is very easy to keep hovering over a specific position, and in high rate, you have all the maneuverability you need to satisfy any level of RC piloting skill.

PILOT DEBRIEFING

My favorite feature is the “Return Home” function. It's very cool! By pressing the ICM button quickly and then releasing it, the 1SI enters Auto Return mode. This is indicated by the red LED flashing quickly as the model starts to fly toward the transmitter. You still have control of throttle (altitude) but any movement of the right stick will return the 1SI to Manual mode. Once the quadcopter is close to you, you can then use the controls to enter a stable hover and land.

ACTUAL DIRECTION CONTROL

The included 2.4GHz Heli-Max transmitter provides excellent feel and has built in safety features.

Activated with the ICM button on the top left corner of the transmitter, the “Actual Direction Control” (ADC) feature is what sets this micro quadcopter apart from the others. When the ADC feature is activated, the movement of the right stick (to the left, right, toward you, and away from you) makes the quadcopter move in that direction regardless of the direction the front of the quadcopter is facing.

BOTTOM LINE

The new 1SI from Heli-Max is an excellent choice for the newcomer or any experienced RC pilot who's looking for a micro quadcopter for fun and excitement. It has great features, making it very pilot-friendly, and is attractive, maneuverable, and very rugged. Available with and without a digital video camera, the 1SI is a blast to fly.

Smile! You're on Candid Camera!


The 1Si quadcopter is also available with a micro digital camera that can take digital still photos and video footage. On the top back corners of the transmitter are the two “Picture” and “Video” buttons that activate camera. The images are saved on the included 2GB micro memory card. Downloading and viewing your aerial surveillance is easy with the included USB card reader.

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LATRAX ALIAS http://www.modelairplanenews.com/members/2014/04/26/latrax-alias/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=latrax-alias http://www.modelairplanenews.com/members/2014/04/26/latrax-alias/#comments Sat, 26 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Peter Vieira http://www.modelairplanenews.com/members/2014/04/26/latrax-alias/ A new-generation quadcopter from Traxxas

Photos by Peter Hall

The Alias is very stable, especially in the still air of an indoor area. Not too small though — always give yourself adequate flying space.

Back in the May 2013 issue, Traxxas impressed everyone with their first quadcopter, the QR-1, which at the time, was one of the smallest ready-to-fly quads on the market. It was available as a RTF version with its own transmitter or, you could buy it as an EZ-Connect version which could bind to the transmitter from Traxxas' micro heli, the DR-1. Well, the folks at Traxxas have not been sitting idle when it comes to new flying designs and the LaTrax Alias quad really raises the bar with multi-rotor design. A totally new quadcopter designed completely in-house by Traxxas, the LaTrax Alias is a rugged, well-thought-out flying machine and its electronic stability features and programmed stunt moves make it exceptionally easy to fly indoors or out. It's especially fun outside, as the Alias's relatively large size and reduction-geared props allow it to tolerate breezier conditions that would send lighter micro quads adrift across the neighborhood. As an experienced RC car guy and total flying noob, I'm probably a pretty good representative of the typical LaTrax Alias buyer, so I scooped up the Alias for review — here's how it went.

In the Air


If I got discombobulated, releasing the right stick returned the Alias to level flight automatically.

Using the included USB charger, the Alias's LiPo battery was juiced up in less than half an hour (speedier than the usual 40 minutes or so, since it arrived partially charged). The battery slides into a tray beneath the body, and once plugged in, the Alias is “switched on” and ready to fly. A clip is designed into the airframe to hold the battery wires and connectors neatly beneath the canopy. Switching the transmitter on elicits a chime that signals it's ready to go, but the Alias will not respond to throttle commands until you “arm” it by pressing the left stick down and depressing it.

On power-up, the transmitter defaults to “Easy Mode,” with Fast and Expert modes just a click of the right stick away'more on that later. Easy mode sounded like a good call for me. Learning to operate the Alias is easiest if you point it away from you, so the model flies to your right and left when commanded right and left. With this in mind, the Alias has a bright blue LED in the rear so it's easy to keep track of which direction it is facing. The brightly colored front rotor blades help too'the rear rotors are always black. In Easy mode, the controls are very mild, and maintaining a hover was easy. Radio range was excellent, and I was able to fly farther and higher than I would ever need or want to. If I got discombobulated, releasing the right stick returned the Alias to level flight automatically.

Flights are even more exciting after sunset, as the Alias's bright LEDs and illuminated panels give it a Tron-like glow. If you'd prefer to fly without lights, they can be switched on and off from the transmitter as you fly. Pretty sweet.

The 6-channel transmitter has video game-like ergonomics and a solid, high-quality feel. LaTrax includes traditional sticks that can be used in place of the thumb pads if you prefer.

The Alias arrives with everything you need to fly, including AAA batteries for the transmitter and a USB charger for the 650mAh LiPo battery. LaTrax also supplies a complete set of spare blades, traditional control sticks (to swap out the transmitter's game-controller-style thumb pads if you like), and a wrench for the Alias's hex hardware. Other than installing the batteries, there's no assembly required — or decals to stick on, for that matter. I reviewed a red and black Alias, and LaTrax also o” ers black with orange, green, and blue. No matter which color you choose, you can change to another color by swapping the blades, canopy, and LED lenses for a di” erent look. Cost for all the parts? About $10.

EASY, FAST, AND EXPERT MODES

With the exception of the rear-facing blue LED, all of the Alias's LEDs are white; the color comes from snap-in translucent panels. Changing up the color of the Alias is as simple as swapping props, canopies, and panels (LaTrax calls them “lenses”). A complete color conversion will only run you about ten bucks.

After you get basic flight control dialed in, you can move up to the Fast and Expert modes by pressing the right stick. “EXP1” will appear on the transmitter's LCD to indicate Fast mode, and Expert is “EXP2.” Fast mode unleashes the Alias' full power capability and increases the range of each command (like increasing a servo's throw) to enable steeper banking and more aggressive maneuvers, while retaining the auto-leveling feature if you over-fly your skills. In aptly named Expert mode, the full aerobatic capability of the Alias is unlocked, with no auto-leveling and maximum input “travel.” In this mode, the Alias is a real hot rod, with impressively fast and agile performance that does require an expert touch. I enjoyed Expert mode with plenty of altitude to allow for mistake-recovery, and if things got hairy, I just clicked the right stick mid-flight to reactivate Easy mode and auto-recover to level flight.

BOTTOM LINE

Each rotor blade is spun by a coreless motor via a pinion and spur gear, and there's a rubber bumper under each arm. The design isolates the motor from impact damage.

The Alias is my kind of quad. It's the perfect size, is plenty powerful for outdoor flight, and extremely easy to fly. When you're ready, its aerobatic capability offers a whole new world of possibilities and challenges — you won't get bored with this bird anytime soon. It's also extremely tough, the worst I could do was pop an LED cover loose, which easily snaps back into place. You'll find the Alias in most hobby stores, but don't forget support — the guys at 888-TRAXXAS take care of LaTrax too.

Instant Tricks


My favorite Alias feature is its pre-programmed stunt capability. In Fast mode, you can perform tricks simply by clicking the left auxiliary button and flipping the left or right stick. Flipping the left stick will make the Alias perform the “Twister,” a five-spin pirouette in the direction you choose. Flipping the right stick makes the Alias somersault in the direction that you flipped the stick' forward, backward, sideways, or diagonally. All you need is altitude — when you press the button and flip the stick, the Alias does the rest and makes you look like a pro.

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HELI TALK: DIY NIGHT BLADES http://www.modelairplanenews.com/members/2014/04/26/heli-talk-diy-night-blades/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=heli-talk-diy-night-blades http://www.modelairplanenews.com/members/2014/04/26/heli-talk-diy-night-blades/#comments Sat, 26 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Model Airplane News http://www.modelairplanenews.com/members/2014/04/26/heli-talk-diy-night-blades/ Make your own LED night blades

Making your own lighted blades really brings your night heli to life. You can add as many LEDs as you like and in whatever color pattern and spacing you choose.

In my March column, I discussed the basics of modifying a heli for night flying using LED strips. While there are some very nice commercial night blades on the market, this month I'd like to look at the mechanics for making our own. DIY night blades offer some very neat features. First of all, most of the night blades on the market are fairly “minimalist.” They provide enough lighting to look attractive and maintain orientation, but there's little question in my mind that more lights just look cooler. Second, you can tailor your lighting scheme to your own tastes. To build our night blades, we'll essentially be converting the blades themselves into circuit boards by applying traces of copper tape and then soldering LEDs and resistors to those traces. Finally, we'll add LiPo cells and be ready to go flying.

There are many variations for building night blades, and just about anyone who's built a couple of sets has their own tricks. Here we'll look at some options and outline the general procedure. It's beyond the scope of this article to cover every last detail, and I strongly urge you to spend some time watching some of the Youtube tutorials to be sure you understand the process. I'd be remiss if I didn't thank Donnie rogers for his help in refining my technique of selecting suitable components.

BLADE SELECTION

Here are the basic tools and materials required. A solder iron with a very fine tip is a necessity, but a soldering station like this one also allows you fine control over tip temperature. A digital multimeter will allow you to test the diodes, verify values of resistors, and make sure carbon blades aren't draining the LiPos. Magnifiers are a lifesaver when working with the tiny surface-mount components.

As noted, we make night blades by turning the blades themselves into circuit boards. One issue is that carbon-fiber blades are conductive, so you have to make sure the carbon is clear-coated anywhere it's exposed, such as at the leading and trailing edges. Otherwise, the conductive carbon will gradually drain your LiPo cells. Because of this issue, I like to use fiberglass blades because fiberglass is inherently non-conductive. It may lack the ideal stiffness for real smackdown 3D, but for my style of sport flying, it's good enough, and fiberglass blades are much less expensive as well.

TRACE LAYOUTS

There are a number of options for laying out the traces and LEDs. The most popular method is to run a positive trace along the top of the blade and negative along the bottom. Then traces are routed around the leading or trailing edge to bridge the gap and power the LEDs. My preference is to run parallel traces along the top of one blade and the bottom of the other, with the LED/resistor packages spanning the gap. This is visually attractive and avoids the exposed carbon at the leading edge while also keeping the blades balanced. Another option for dual-color blades is to run three traces: two positive, with a ground trace between. With this layout, a single resistor of the appropriate value can be soldered to each positive trace at the root of the blade. The only catch is that the resistor must have a high enough wattage rating to handle the total number of LEDs, but it saves you the trouble of soldering the tiny LEDs and resistors together.


This shows why a magnifier visor is a necessity; the surface mount devices (SMDs) are tiny. Fine tweezers are a big help in handling them. The LEDs must be installed with correct polarity, which makes a digital multimeter with diode testing capability very handy.

Resistor Values for LEDs

This simple spreadsheet calculates the correct resistor value for any given LED using the forward voltage and maximum current. The resistors don't have to be perfect, so I round up to the next readily available value — in this case, 33 ohms and 82 ohms.

Forward Voltage Current (mA) Resistor Value
LED.com Part No. Desc. Color Typ Max Typ Max Calc Ω Actual Ω
Use max battery volts and max current to calculate resistor to get brightest LED
Battery max volts: 4.2
EPT2012RWF-A LED White 3.3 4.0 20 30 30 33
EPT2012SECK LED Orange 2.1 2.5 20 30 70 82
EPT2012SURC LED Red 1.9 2.5 20 30 77 82
EPT2012PBC-A LED Blue 3.3 4.0 20 30 30 33

Here are the basic electronic components. The surface-mount resistors and LEDs come in tapes for feeding into commercial “pick and place” machines. The 3-pin sockets double as charging and arming ports, and the male 3-pin plugs are made from header pins.

After applying the copper traces to the blades, the next step is to mark the location of the LEDs. Be sure to mark them as accurately as possible so that both blades will have the same CG span-wise. To simplify the job, I install LEDs on the top of one blade and the bottom of the other. As long as they balance, this works nicely.

RESISTOR VALUES

Soldering the LEDs and resistors together is the most challenging step. What works best for me is to pre-tin all the locations and then solder the resistors on. The LEDs are then butted up against the resistors, soldered to the trace, and then soldered to the resistor. Rosin solder flux makes this job much easier.

Here are two layouts I've used with success. The 550 blade has two traces, but since each LED has its own resistor, you can use whatever colors you like. For the 450-size blade, I used my alternate three-trace layout, with the LEDs staggered to whichever trace gives the correct voltage. With the resistors located at the root of the blade, the LEDs are easier to install.

Since a charged lipo cell exceeds the voltage rating for the LEDs, resistors must be used to step the voltage down, so an important step is to determine the values for these resistors. if the resistance is too high, the LEDs will be dimmer than necessary and can fade out entirely as the lipo discharges. if the resistance is too low, the LEDs will have a shortened service life and may even fail outright.

Fortunately, there's a simple formula for determining resistor value for any given LED. all you need to know is the forward voltage and max current rating for each LED, and these are available on its data sheet. With these in hand, we use the formula:
(Vb − Vf) ÷ I = R

Vb is the battery's fully charged voltage (typically 4.2V), Vf is the LED's forward voltage, which is available on its data sheet, i is the max current in amps, and r is the target resistor value in ohms. So, for an LED with a forward voltage of 1.9 volts and a max forward current of 30ma, the calculation is:
(4.2V − 1.9V) ÷ .030A = 77Ω

You can round the resistor value up slightly to err on the safe side, and for this particular LED, i would use a readily available 82-ohm resistor. Run these calculations for all the LEDs you plan to use, so that you can order the correct resistors for each color (see table). As for the power rating of the resistors, you simply multiply the max current of the LEDs by the voltage of a fully charged cell. typically this means:
4.2V * .030A = 0.126w

So, if you're using one resistor per LED, 1/8-watt resistors are perfect. if you're planning to run a string of parallel LEDs with a single resistor, the power capacity should be multiplied by the number of LEDs. For instance, four LEDs in parallel would require a 1/2-watt resistor.

One final comment here: LEDs with higher forward voltage will dim and go out soonest (as voltage drops). Even if you opt for lower-voltage colors like red or orange, it's good to mix in at least one or two higher-voltage LEDs to act as a low battery warning.

The LiPo cell is attached to the trailing edge of the blade with two-sided tape. I recommend automotive-grade 3M VHB. The 200mAh cell shown here will power the six LEDs on each blade for well over an hour. The 3-pin socket allows you to charge the LiPo, but when the jumper plug bridges the two outer ground pins, the LEDs light up. Be sure to cover the LiPo with shrink wrap to help secure it; the tape alone isn't strong enough.

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER


With everything collected, we're ready to start. First, apply the copper traces to the blades. Lots of fliers use the copper tape sold for stained glass work or wiring dollhouses, which is cheap and widely available. I prefer copper trace repair tape. It costs a little more, but the adhesive is much stronger, and it's available in 1/8-inch widths, saving the tedious step of slitting it down.

Lay out the traces as accurately as possible. The more accurate the layout, the easier the blades will be to rebalance when they're complete. Once the traces are applied, carefully burnish them down to make sure they're fully bonded to the blades.

Before installing the LEDs, mark their spanwise locations accurately so that the two blades are as closely matched as possible. Then apply a tiny amount of rosin flux and a small dot of solder at each location.

Now you're ready to install the LEDs. If you're installing one resistor at the blade root, the LEDs can simply bridge the gap between the traces. If you're using a dedicated resistor for each LED, I recommend soldering on the resistors first and then butting the LEDs up against them.

With the LEDs mounted and tested, you're ready to install the LiPo cell at the root of the blade. I use 3M VHB automotive tape for this. You can then add the traces and charging/arming socket as shown in the photo. Each trace intersection must be soldered as shown. The 3-pin design shown allows you to charge the LiPo through the center and side sockets, and to turn the blade on by bridging the two ground sockets — simple, reliable, and lightweight. It's important to cover the LiPo with a sleeve of shrink wrap to secure it in place; the tape alone is not strong enough.

LAST STEPS

Once the blades are completed and tested, secure each LED with a drop of CA. Finally, balance the blades carefully before your first flight. If you ever need to replace the LiPo cells, you can simply slit the shrink wrap, unsolder the leads, and gently pry the cells loose. Clean up the tape residue, and you're ready to install new cells.

Properly maintained, DIY night blades can last a long time, and they look fantastic in the air. And when your buddies inevitably ask, “Where'd you get those?” you can smile and say, “I made 'em!”

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BLADE/HORIZON HOBBY 350 QX http://www.modelairplanenews.com/members/2014/04/26/bladehorizon-hobby-350-qx/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bladehorizon-hobby-350-qx http://www.modelairplanenews.com/members/2014/04/26/bladehorizon-hobby-350-qx/#comments Sat, 26 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Gerry Yarrish http://www.modelairplanenews.com/members/2014/04/26/bladehorizon-hobby-350-qx/ The ultimate GoPro-compatible quadcopter

  • 38 Blade/Horizon Hobby 350 QX

  • The ultimate GoPro-compatible quadcopter

  • By Gerry Yarrish

  • 42 Heli Talk: DIY Night Blades

  • Make your own LED night blades

  • By Jim Ryan

  • 48 LaTrax Alias

  • A new-generation quadcopter from Traxxas

  • By Peter Vieira

  • 52 Heli-Max 1SI

  • Flying a quadcopter has never been easier

  • By Gerry Yarrish





Photos by Peter Hall

Specifications

  • Name: Blade 350 QX

  • Rotor type: Quadcopter

  • Main rotor dia.: 22.8 in.

  • Rotor blade length: 8.27 in.

  • Length: 18.3 in.

  • Width: 18.3 in.

  • Height: 5.43 in.

  • Flying weight: 24 oz.

  • Flight time: 8 to 12 minutes

  • Price: $419.99 (BNF); $469.99 (RTF)

Gear Used

  • Transmitter: Spektrum DX7s (spektrumrc.com)

  • Battery: E-flite 11.1V 3S 2200mAh 30C LiPo (included) E-flite DC 2-3S LiPo balancing charger

  • Motor(s): Four brushless 1,100rpm/volt (installed)

When I first learned about the 350 QX by Blade, I was impressed by its sleek, modern design and its relative size compared to other quadcopters I've flown. However, once you start setting up this next-generation quadcopter, it's impossible to not be impressed by its cool features and ease of use. By far, the Blade 350 QX is the most pilot-friendly quadcopter I have flown to date, and I think anyone who has ever thought of taking in-flight videos with a GoPro camera will want to check this quad out.

UNIQUE FEATURES

Distributed by Horizon Hobby (horizonhobby.com), this impressive personal multi-rotor drone is available as both a Ready-To-Fly (RTF) and as a Bind-N-Fly (BNF) version. It comes equipped with four substantial 1,100rpm/volt brushless motors and is powered by an E-flite 3S 2200mAh 30C LiPo flight battery, which provides it with more than enough power to carry any GoPro camera. Also included is an anti-vibration camera mount compatible with the older low-res GoPro, the new HD GoPro 3, and the HD GoPro 2 (in its own protective case). Held in place with four screws under the model's body, the camera mount has four hollow, rubber standoffs that eliminate any sign of camera shake while the 350 QX is in flight.

The BNF 350 QX also comes with an E-flite DC 2-3S LiPo balancing charger and four spare (B-series) rotor blades. The BNF version requires a 5+-channel DSM2- or DSMX-compatible transmitter and I chose the Spektrum DX7s transmitter to control the 350 QX for this review.

Featuring SAFE (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) technology, the Blade 350 QX has extremely smooth flight characteristics that easily stabilize it (even in windy conditions). The multiple flight modes provide easy selection of performance to best suit any pilot's experience, even if you have never flown a quadcopter before.

In the Air


In Smart mode, the max altitude you can hover is about 135 feet, but in Stability and Agility modes, the model can go much higher.

The 350 QX is a lot of fun to fly. You do have to get used to using the various switches to get from one mode to another, and the instructions are very clear on how to assign the various functions and flight modes to the correct switches and what values and mixes to assign. It only took me 20 minutes or so to program my Spektrum DX7s transmitter, and I did this while the LiPo flight battery was charging. For your first flight, make sure you have a fully charged battery pack. To check for proper bind, switch your transmitter on, wait a few seconds, and then switch on the 350 QX. Once it has established a connection to the transmitter, you can check the functions with the status light. With the flight mode switch in the “0” position, you should have a flashing green light for Smart mode. Flipping to the “1” should cause the light to turn blue while still flashing and then by flipping the mix switch from “0” to the “1” position, the flashing light should turn red to indicate the model is in Agility mode. Flipping the flap switch all the way toward you should cause the light to rapidly flash red to indicate it is in the “Return Home” mode. With these checks made, it's time to go outdoors.

GENERAL FLIGHT PERFORMANCE

  • Takeoff: Before you actually get into the air, your transmitter has to be bound to the quadcopter and allowed to acquire a GPS lock (indicated with a solid green light). Also, be sure all your trim levers (including throttle) are in the centered, neutral position. This is all relatively easy and automatic, but you can't arm the motors and fly until you get a solid green light. To activate the motors, move the throttle to its lowest position and move the left stick all the way left, then right, and then back to center. The motors will then start to spin the rotor blades, and you're good to go.

  • In Smart mode (solid green light), throttle/rudder stick is altitude and yaw control and the right stick uses the Stick Relativity feature, making it very easy to control the quadcopter, regardless of the direction it is facing. A little throttle gives a low altitude and a lot of throttle produces a higher altitude. If you stop moving throttle, the GPS and other sensors maintain altitude for you. When you return the right stick to its neutral position, the model self-levels and uses the GPS/altitude sensors to maintain a stable hover regardless of the wind conditions.

  • In Stability mode (solid blue indicator light), the quadcopter operates in a normal fashion but it has a limited bank angle even if you fully deflect the sticks. Stick relativity is deactivated, as is the automatic altitude control. When you release the right stick, the model enters a GPS column to keep it in a stable hover, but you control the altitude. This is a great model for shooting video with the GoPro camera.

  • In Agility mode (solid red light), the model has no self-leveling function, and it will take a little while to get use to the 350 QX's aerobatic characteristics. It can really perform, easily do loops, flips, and rolls, and zip around at great speed. You have to be an experienced RC pilot to fully control the quadcopter in Agility mode, but it definitely is a lot of fun.

PILOT DEBRIEFING

When you activate the Return Home feature, regardless of what flight mode the model is in (and with no further input from the pilot), the 350 QX will climb to about 60 feet and then come back to the location where it first had its motors activated. It is important for you to then remain in your initial piloting position so it can land safely without over flying your changed position. In Smart mode, the max altitude you can hover is about 135 feet, but in Stability and Agility modes, the model can go much higher. I did not test this, but you should keep the AMA maximum altitude of 400 feet in mind when trying to get that awesome aerial video of your neighborhood.

While in Smart mode, the 350 QX uses GPS and altimeter sensors to keep the model in a stable position. The on-board programming “knows” where you and the transmitter provide a “SAFE Circle,” causing the quadcopter to remain 15 feet away from the pilot. This prevents it from flying too close to the pilot while in hover. Smart mode also has a “Stick Relativity” feature that allows the pilot to control the quadcopter relative to the stick movement. Simply said, the pilot's stick inputs (forward, backward, left, or right) move the quadcopter in that direction regardless of the yaw orientation of the model. Regardless of the actual direction the model's nose is pointing, if you move the stick forward (away from you), the 350 QX moves away from you. If you move the stick to the right, it moves to the right, and so on. This makes flying and controlling the 350 QX extremely easy, even at extreme altitudes and distances away from the pilot.

Included in the BNF version is a set of replacement blades and an E-flite LiPo charger, to charge the included E-flite battery pack.

In Stability mode, the flight envelope is limited and enables the 350 QX to self-level for consistent flight performance, even for beginner quad pilots. The GPS Position Hold feature can be turned on and off by the pilot while in Stability mode. The 350 QX is also equipped with AS3X flight stabilization, which allows excellent hover and aerobatic flight performance. And, while flying in Agility mode, the model is fully capable of quadcopter aerobatic maneuvers with extreme stability.

BOTTOM LINE

I am amazed at how easily the Blade 350 QX performs. It has many impressive features and functions that allow any RC pilot to be successful right from the very start. The instructions are easy to follow, so it takes no time at all to program your DSM2/DSMX-compatible transmitter. And if you want even more guidance in setting up the model, you can watch several videos on the Blade website (bladehelis.com/Multimedia/Video.aspx).

Under the red hatch cover, the E-flite 11.1V 3S 2200mAh 30C LiPo pack fits perfectly in place. it is held securely with a Velcro strap.

Eye in the Sky


When it comes time to fly the 350 QX with a camera, it is easy to attach. The included vibration isolation mount accepts either the included Camera Frame (it fits GoPro 3 HD and the older low-res GoPro camera) or use one of the GoPro sports housings. A single attachment hand screw is included allowing the angle of the camera to be adjusted. When the camera is installed, the 350 QX flies exactly the same as without the camera. The stablization system adjusts for the additional weight and changed balance of the quadcopter. However, you will get slightly less flight time from your battery pack.

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ARES CHRONOS FP 110 http://www.modelairplanenews.com/members/2014/02/22/ares-chronos-fp-110/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ares-chronos-fp-110 http://www.modelairplanenews.com/members/2014/02/22/ares-chronos-fp-110/#comments Sat, 22 Feb 2014 16:00:00 +0000 John Reid http://www.modelairplanenews.com/members/2014/02/22/ares-chronos-fp-110/ The perfect bird for moving beyond the coaxial group of helicopters


Here is my instructor, Joe Aguilar demonstrating the Chronos FP 110 stability.

Specifications

  • Model: Chronos FP 110

  • Manufacturer: Ares

  • Distributor: HobbyTown (hobbytown.com)

  • Type: Beginner helicopter

  • Length: 11.6 in.

  • Height: 4.3 in.

  • Main Rotor: 11.6 in.

  • Weight: 3.2 oz.

  • Motor req'd: Included

  • Radio req'd: Included

  • Price: $99.99

Highlights

  • ⊕ Easy to get into the air

  • ⊕ Durable

  • ⊕ Very easy to fly

Gear Used

  • Radio: 4-channel (included)

  • Motor: N40 (installed)

  • Battery: 500mAh 1S 3.7V LiPo

Getting into flying helicopters can be rather intimidating. There are all kinds of moving parts and your thumbs have to master a whole new learning curve. I have some experience with quadcopters and I know that they have just about the same control setup as helicopters, so that should cut down the time it takes me to learn. When I got the Ares Chronos FP110 in for review, I knew that this was the helicopter for me. It is an ultra-micro size bird, which I can fly in the house, and because it's so small, it will bounce and not get destroyed when it crashes. As a newbie helicopter pilot, I am sure there will be a number of crashes in my future. The Chronos'box read, “The ideal helicopter for pilots looking to advance from coaxial helis or quadcopters!” This described me and my abilities perfectly, so I knew it was meant to be.

Another advantage of the Chronos is the advanced fixed-pitch and self-stabilizing rotor head design. This bird offers the agility of a single-rotor heli along with the stability of a coaxial platform, which should make it easier for me to learn the more advance flight that is associated with most helicopters. The packaging is designed for store shelves and all the parts are encased inside a Styrofoam case. The Chronos FP110 comes with the helicopter fully assembled, a transmitter, battery pack, battery charger, small Phillips screwdriver, extra main blades and tail rotor, six AA batteries for the transmitter, and a nice 29-page manual. It is very clear that this design is made for the beginner helicopter pilot.

UNIQUE FEATURES

This bird comes complete and fully assembled, and according to the manual, it is flight-tested at the factory. So, the first thing I did was get the battery on the charger, and because it comes partially charged, it should only take 30 to 40 minutes. This gave me some time to read the manual, which includes a good amount of information for the new pilot.

The first part of the manual covers an overview of the Ares M4LPH transmitter that comes with the helicopter. After checking out the switches, I discovered it had a proportional mix trimmer knob, something I never had to worry about on plane transmitters. On the other side of the transmitter was a dual-rate button, something I was familiar with. The rest of the layout on the transmitter was identical to the plane transmitters I'm used to. The proportional mix trimmer knob is used to adjust the amount of mixing between the main and tail motors. This allows fine-tuning the rudder trim to help prevent the nose of the helicopter from drifting to the left or right when in a hover or while climbing or descending.

Learning to Fly


One of the tools I like to use when learning a new maneuver, or in this case learning to fly a new type of aircraft, is a flight simulator. The RealFlight simulators have a number of helicopters in the lineup of aircraft available, and it is easy to find one that closely resembles the Chronos FP110. Before flying my Chronos, I picked a small helicopter from the group of helicopters available and practiced hovering with it on the simulator. Once I felt comfortable hovering with the nose out, I tried it on the real helicopter, and to my surprise, it was remarkably similar. So much so that I could easily keep the helicopter hovering in one spot for the entire length of the battery charge. While the battery was recharging, I went back to the simulator and practiced flying the helicopter by moving it from side to side while still keeping the nose out. Again, when I got to the real machine, it duplicated exactly what I learned on the simulator. I found it rather easy to hover and move the helicopter to the right, then hover again and move the helicopter back over to the left, and hover again. Once the helicopter was back on the charger, I was again practicing on the simulator — this time forward flight. By continuing to practice this way, within an hour I was able to fly my Chronos FP 110 around the living room without running into anything and my flying skills improved rather quickly. The next time you want to learn a new maneuver, master a new type of plane, or just learn how to fly helicopters or quads, start on a flight simulator.

The next section covered the control sticks and their effects on the helicopter when moved. Much of the controls are the same as flying an airplane That least once it gets moving. During hovering mode, the helicopter reacts just like the quadcopters I have been playing with, so it should be no problem. By the time I was done reading about the controls, the battery charging was finished. Now the fun can begin!

The transmitter is turned on first. I set the throttle to low stick and made sure all of the trims were centered so there would not be any surprises at takeoff. The battery is held in the front with some hook-and-loop fastener, and a strip of this is wrapped around the battery and battery bracket for added support. Once connected, you need to leave the Chronos FP110 alone and not move it until the gyro has calibrated. Once calibrated, the gyro will now know when the helicopter is level and will try to keep the helicopter in this position during the flight. An LED light blinks during the initialization process, and when that LED glow is a solid red, the control unit is initialized, armed, and ready for flight. Now I can lock the canopy onto the frame at its three contact points, which provide very good support for the canopy. The Chronos is now ready to be moved to an open area where I can start my first helicopter flight.

CONCLUSION

What I like about the Chronos FP110 is that there is really no assembly, except installing the battery and canopy, which doesn't take long at all. Once I got it in the air, it was very easy to control and I found it to be the perfect first choice for my introduction to the world of helicopters. If you want to step into the rotor world like I did, this bird is a good choice for your first flight.

In the Air

I took my Chronos FP110 out to my local flying field for my first flight with it, but I could have just done it in my backyard. I chose the flying field so I could solicit one of our helicopter experts to help me and watch over me during my first flight. I was able to fly from and land back on our paved runway, but you can take off from any smooth surface. I found out later that the Chronos would get snagged on carpet indoors (even short ones), but flying off of wood or tile floors was no problem.

Before taking off, I performed the motor control test to make sure everything was turning in the correct direction. I just raised the throttle stick high enough to get the rotor and tail rotor spinning. I made sure they were both spinning in the correct directions and then confirmed that the tail rotor responded to the proper rudder stick inputs. Next, I took the helicopter up to about eye level and kept the tail toward myself so all of the stick movements would move the helicopter in the same direction. Once there, I used the trim tab to keep the heli from drifting. If it went left or right, I trimmed with the ailerons, and if it drifted forward or backward, I used the elevator trim. If it wanted to yaw left or right, that was taken out with the proportional mix trimmer knob.

GENERAL FLIGHT PERFORMANCE

  • Stability: Because this is a beginner helicopter, it needs to be stable—and it is. When I ran into a problem, all I did was center the sticks, and if there was enough altitude, it would level out into a flat hover.

  • Tracking: Once the Chronos is moving along in forward flight, you can get it to track rather well. I was able to consistently duplicate figure 8s and have the crossing point right in front of me at the same height.

  • Aerobatics: This is really more of a trainer helicopter and isn't really set up for aerobatics, but you can get it to do pirouettes, horizontal figure 8s, and other simple maneuvers.

PILOT DEBRIEFING

This is a great learning helicopter because it can bounce off things it hits without suffering any damage. It is also small enough to fly in the house and the battery lasts a good 6 to 7 minutes. For beginners like myself, the Chronos FP 110 is a good helicopter that can be used in conjunction with a larger helicopter for flying at the field. I use the Chronos so I can fly indoors everyday and outside on nice days with little or no wind. Give one a try.

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2DOGRC DUALSKY HORNET 460 http://www.modelairplanenews.com/members/2014/02/22/2dogrc-dualsky-hornet-460/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=2dogrc-dualsky-hornet-460 http://www.modelairplanenews.com/members/2014/02/22/2dogrc-dualsky-hornet-460/#comments Sat, 22 Feb 2014 16:00:00 +0000 John Reid http://www.modelairplanenews.com/members/2014/02/22/2dogrc-dualsky-hornet-460/ A quick, easy-to-assemble quadcopter for any pilot

The author with the Dualsky Hornet 460 hovering in front for the camera.

Here is the Hornet 460 on the ground in the proper orientation, white blades in front, black blades in the rear.

Specifications

  • Model: Hornet 460

  • Manufacturer: Dualsky

  • Distributor: 2DogRC.com

  • Type: Quadcopter

  • Height: 4.34 in.

  • Rotor span: 18.11 in.

  • Weight: 25.75 oz.

  • Motor req'd: Included

  • Radio req'd: Any 5-channel radio

  • Price: $299.99

Highlights

  • ⊕ Quick build

  • ⊕ Well-labeled and well-marked parts

  • ⊕ Easy-to-follow instructions

Gear Used

  • Radio: DX18QQ, Spektrum AR6210 receiver (spektrumrc.com)

  • Motor: 4 Dualsky XM2830CA Hornet, ESC 4 Dualsky XC22A-Hornet (2dogrc.com)

  • Battery: 3-cell 2200mAh Mad Dog LiPo (2dogrc.com)

  • Prop: 9×4.7 SF (included)

Quadcopters keep hitting hobby store shelves and continue to be a growing segment of our hobby. There is a good reason for that — they are easy to fly, you can add a camera and have an eye in the sky, and you can fly just about anywhere. After assembling a number of quads, I have to say that the 2DogRC Dualsky Hornet 460 is one of the easiest to assemble and get up in the air quickly. Most of the unit is reinforced plastic parts with some carbon-fiber reinforcement pieces at key points (center section and arms).

The motor arms are assembled out of the box with the motors and speed controls already installed and hooked up. The instructions are very clear, precise, and easy to follow, and all the parts are packaged in boxes and bags that are well marked for each step. The motor arms are well marked in the box so you know which go in the front and which go in the back. This is important because of the rotation of the motors. The arms also have two different-colored LED lights around the edge to make orientation and night flying easier. Overall, this is a very easy aircraft to put together and just about as easy to fly. I would even say that a new pilot could easily build and fly the Dualsky Hornet 460.

UNIQUE FEATURES

If you take all the parts out to examine them, be sure to set them back in the same box. Using the labeling on the box will make assembling the quad a little easier. The first step is to install a landing gear to each arm. The screws and bolts on this kit are rather tight and will require a good-fitting Phillips screwdriver to avoid stripping out the heads. I ended up using the largest screwdriver that would still fit in the holes. Next, I started screwing in each of the arms, which required four small screws each. Each arm slides onto the base flange, so there is a good connection before locking it into place with the four screws. Be sure to slide the correct arm into the bottom case slot, just match up the number on the base slot with the number on the arm. The numbers on the arms are located on the bottom. However, don't look for numbers. Instead, depending on the arm you are looking at, there are dots marked on each arm ranging from one to four dots.

Now the cables can be connected from the mainboard to the flight controller and receiver. There are four plug ports on the main board for the cables and jumper. The largest plug (cable A) connects into port A on the mainboard with one of its plugs going into the C-port. Again, all of these cables, and plugs on the cables, are clearly marked and identified. The two jumpers are switches for the LEDs on each of the arms, each jumper making a connection between two arms. The four plugs on cable A are now plugged into the four speed control slots on the Dualsky Flight Controller. Then the other three cables that came with the Hornet 460 are plugged into the receiver and flight controller. Again, all the plugs are color coded, so there is no doubt about where they go. The only decision I had to make was which layout to use for the placement of the receiver and the controller. They can go on the bottom plate or the top plate, so I went with the top plate in order to have access to them if I need to adjust them later on.

The last step was to install the props: black in the rear and white in the front, making sure of the location for the normal and reversed props (there is one of each in both colors). Next, add the blue canopy and instal the battery pack on the bottom.

I decided to have both the controller and the receiver on the top tier of the unit to allow for easy access.

From start to finish, it took just about an hour to have the Hornet 460 ready for flight.

Smile, You're On Camera



One of the things that quadcopters do well is become a flying platform for photography and video. So, it only made sense to get the Dualsky Hornet GoPro mount. This kit includes the mount made from G10 material and the bolts and nuts to install the mount to the center section. There are also some rubber grommets that are used to help reduce vibration from the quad or “jelly” effect from the quad during videos.

The unit itself is very easy to install and the only tricky part is getting the rubber grommets in, but I found that using an old screwdriver (one that is not sharp) helped to get them in without tearing them up. You could also use some petroleum jelly to make it easier for them to slip in. I was very pleased at the results of this mount and how solid the video looks. There are two ways to mount the GoPro: either under or over the center section. Mounting it under will keep the props out of your images, but does put the GoPro close to the ground. I left my canopy off, but if you want to put it back on you will need to make your own measurements and cuts on it to make it fit. Overall, this mount is a great addition to your Hornet 460 for only $24.99.

In the Air

There are three flight rates on the Hornet 460. The default is for hovering and slow flight, the middle rate is for fast flight and sport flying, and the high rate is for extreme flight and flips! During my first flight at my local flying field, which has a nice asphalt runway, the Hornet 460 was set on low rates. However, afterwards I was able to take off this bird from dirt, grass, and the roof of my car. Takeoff was very uneventful, and even during the very first flight the Hornet pulled straight up and needed very little correction to keep it on track. Once we got it in a hover, it needed very little stick movement to keep it on track. After a little hovering, it was time for forward flight and the Hornet did not disappoint. It was easy to fly and maneuver around while flying forward. When it came time to land, I found it very easy to bring the Hornet around and pull it up for an stress-free landing. Because of the solid landing gears, I couldn't help but bounce it a little on the pavement. Landing on the grass and dirt made for a softer landing. I think I just need a little more time on the sticks to grease in the landings on pavement.

GENERAL FLIGHT PERFORMANCE

  • Stability: Stability is great! On low rates this bird is solid in the air and will stay in one spot with hands off the transmitter.

  • Tracking: It is very effortless to guide the Hornet in a straight line right down the runway. Once in forward flight, I had no problem guiding it all around the flying field.

  • Aerobatics: Absolutely, just flip the rates to high and you can flip this bird from side to side and front to back. Hard angle turns are easy to pull off on high rates.

  • Glide and stall performance: No such thing with quads; they all glide like bricks.

PILOT DEBRIEFING

This is a great second quad for anyone. The price is right and it is solid and stable in the air. The only reason I would not recommend this as your first bird is because of all the plastic parts, which give this a great look, but I am not so sure how it would handle the inevitable beating a new pilot would give to his first quad. Once you get a handle on landing and flying, then head to 2DogRC's website, pick up a Dualsky Hornet 460, and go have some fun.

CONCLUSION

There really is very little building to be done to get this quad flying. It can easily be completed in one evening. If you can see colors and follow simple directions, you will not have any issues putting this bird together. Once at the flying field, you should not have any issue getting the Hornet 460 in the air and flying it around. It is a very stable bird, but pilots who are new to quad flying should seek the help of an experienced quad pilot for the first flight.

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