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Blade 180 CFX BNF Basic

Blade 180 CFX BNF Basic

From the masters of micro-heli innovation is a 3D machine that breaks all the rules of performance. That’s because the Blade® 180 CFX packs everything you’d expect from a 700-size, pro-class electric heli into a ballistic machine you can 3D just about anywhere. Digital, rotary servos are mounted inside carbon fiber frames with optimized servo geometry. Our Spektrum™ AS3X® flybarless system now includes piro-compensation to offer control that’s kinetic in every orientation. Because performance is nothing without power, a high-speed outrunner, Castle ESC and 3S Li-Po battery deliver incredible authority to both the flybarless head and torque-tube driven tail rotor. Never has a micro-class heli been made so capable. Never before has it been this easy to get a high-performance 3D heli.

Features:

  • Optimized servo geometry for flawless control
  • AS3X® technology with piro-compensation
  • Castle Creations Talon 15 ESC
  • Rigid carbon fiber side frames deliver a solid structure
  • Integrated bearing block servo mounts
  • Digital high-speed Spektrum™ nanolite rotary servos for long-lasting precision
  • Spektrum™ DSMX® AR6335 nanolite receiver with AS3X flybarless technology
  • Powerful, 4000Kv brushless outrunner motor
  • High-output 450mAh 3S 11.1V 30C Li-Po flight battery (EFLB4503SJ30) (included)
  • Efficient torque-tube drive tail with ball-bearing support
  • Aluminum tail boom and one-piece tail case design
  • Requires a 6+ channel transmitter with Spektrum DSM2®/DSMX® technology and a suitable Li-Po battery charger—both sold separately

Specs:

Size/Scale: 180
Rotor Type: Collective Pitch Single Rotor
Experience Level: Advanced
Completion Level: Bind-N-Fly® Basic
Recommended Environment: Indoor/Outdoor
Is Assembly Required: No
Number of Channels: 6
Type: Collective pitch flybarless electric helicopter
Swashplate Type: 120-degree CCPM
Construction: Carbon fiber frame sides with aluminum bearing/mounting blocks
Main Rotor Diameter: 14.17 in (360mm)
Main Blade Length: 6.06 in (154mm)
Main Blade Material: Plastic
Tail Rotor Diameter: 3.56 in (90.5mm)
Tail Rotor Blade Length: 1.77 in (45mm)

BLH3450 – $249.99

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Revolution Design Ultra Flat Head Carburetor Wrench

Revolution Design Ultra Flat Head Carburetor Wrench

The new Revolution Design Racing Products Ultra Flat Head Carburetor Wrench is a dedicated flat head screwdriver to adjust and monitor the carb needle settings on nitro and gasoline engines. Offering a hardened spring steel 4×0.8mm tool tip the wrench is ideal to adjust the carburetor’s mixture needles while a gauge incorporated in the tool blade helps to monitor the adjustments made. Simply hold the gauge in place with the fingertips and rotate the screw driver into the desired direction to richen or lean out the carb setting – the red anodized indicator will clearly display the changes made. Part of the tool handle is also a rubber plug that helps to securely stop the engine by pressing the wrench against the flywheel. As usual the tool is constructed from high quality 7075-T6 aluminum while the blade is made from high quality spring steel. Laser-etched logos round out that signature Revolution Design look.

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Spektrum Nanolite High Speed Heli Servo

Spektrum Nanolite High Speed Heli Servo

Weighing just 4 grams, the SH2060 is capable of producing up to 11.4 oz-in of torque with transit times as low as .07 sec. This potent combination of power and speed makes it an excellent choice for ultra micro CP helis designed for 3D aerobatics.

Specs:

Size Category: Minis and Micros
Type: Digital
Application: Cyclic Servo: Helicopter
Torque: 9 oz-in @4.8V, 11.4 oz-in @6V
Speed: 0.08 sec/60 deg @ 4.8V; .07 sec/60 deg @ 6V, at no load
Length: 0.77 in (19.6mm)
Width: 0.32 in (8.15mm)
Height: 0.98 in (25mm)
Weight: 0.14 oz (4g)
Bushing or Bearing: Bushing
Connector Type: Z-connector
Gear Type: Nylon
Gear Material: Nylon
Current Draw Idle: 2mA @ 4.8V; 0.18mA @ 6.0V
Current Draw Stall: 2.4mA @ 4.8V; 2.21mA @ 6.0V

SPMSH2060 – $18.99

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Must-see mini quad commercial

Must-see mini quad commercial

Just when you thought that the dozens of mini quads available were all pretty much the same, here comes a unique commercial from Kyosho that will totally change your mind. [Spoiler alert: we guarantee you've never seen a karate move like the one the performed at around 2:02!]

 

Here’s the full press release from Kyosho:

Feeling of flight was not available until now! Ultra-stable flight with 6-axis gyro mounted to the world’s smallest class quad copter! Ideal for beginners with a removable stylish rotor guard! Fast flip air rotation using just one button! Quattro X can perform dancing on air acrobatics! Simultaneously fly up to 10 units, so you can compete acrobatic flight with your friends and family! ! Ideal practice to step up to the hobby grade level copters, enjoy freedom, even outdoors or indoors! Let’s play! Spare rotors are also included!

Features:

  • Fast flip air rotation at the touch of a button!
  • Ideal for beginners with a stylish removable rotor guard!
  • Can be charged from the transmitter using the included USB charge cord!
  • Acrobatic flight is easy with multiple LED lights for direction!
  • Allows up to 10 units to be flown together! Let’s compete acrobatic flights with your friends!
  • World’s smallest class quad copter!

Required for flight:

  • 4 AAA batteries for transmitter

Specs:

Length: App. 72mm
Width: App. 66mm
Total Height: App. 24mm
Suitable for ages: 15 and older

54050RD – $39.99

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Esprit Model Main Switch 200

Esprit Model Main Switch 200

Main Switch is an electronic switch designed primarily for switching the main power supply on and off in your RC model. It adds an element of safety when handling the model, without the need to physically disconnect the model´s batteries. A big advantage of the electronic switch in comparison to mechanical switch is, in general, their higher reliability as far as vibration resistance is concerned. The Main Switch prevents the connectors from sparking when connecting the batteries, thus it can also replace Anti Spark plugs.

The Main Switch is shipped with a magnetic switch. It is also possible to use the optional RC Switch instead of the magnetic switch. The Main Switch is primarily designed for switching the main power supply of the RC models, but can also be used in applications where switching a DC power supply is needed.

The Main Switch can measure voltage, current, consumed capacity of the battery connected in the model and also temperature. Alarms can be set to monitor maximum current, minimum voltage, maximum consumed capacity, and maximum temperature.

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Hitec Announces Partnership With AEE

Hitec Announces Partnership With AEE

Hitec RCD is excited to announce our partnership with the Shenzhen-based AEE corporation. Known for their durable, high resolution action cameras, AEE is the perfect complement to Hitec’s premium quality products. Together, we look forward to bringing the best in multirotor excitement and action imaging technology to the radio control hobby market.

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Video: FlightPower LiPo Packs

Video: FlightPower LiPo Packs

The FlightPower name and the company’s focus on premium LiPo packs are the same, but almost everything else the company and its products has changed — and changed for the better. There are five new series of packs — FPRX for receivers and FP25, FP30, FP50 and FP70 named for the discharge rates they offer. They’re color-coded for easy identification —and together, they offer modelers over 100 new ways to enjoy the best in LiPo power. Like all FlightPower packs, they’re built to last and to deliver like-new performance even after over more than 300 cycles. That makes FlightPower packs a great value — and with their new lower prices, they’re great buys, as well. And what you get for the money is impressive. Cell tabs and balancing leads now feature ultrasonic welds for stronger, longer-lasting connections. FlightPower has upgraded it connectors, as well: most packs now feature the popular XH connector for balancing and the innovative Star Plug for power delivery. It’s a high-efficiency plug with a clever design that makes heat shrink tubing obsolete. Just snap it into place over the solder joint…and you’re done. And here’s more good news: the FlightPower limited warranty has been extended to a full two years. With FlightPower, you can expect competitively priced premium LiPo power packs that last — and you can see the full line of new FP packs on their new website, http://www.flightpowerbatteries.com

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Video: FlightPower LiPo Packs

Video: FlightPower LiPo Packs

The FlightPower name and the company’s focus on premium LiPo packs are the same, but almost everything else the company and its products has changed — and changed for the better. There are five new series of packs — FPRX for receivers and FP25, FP30, FP50 and FP70 named for the discharge rates they offer. They’re color-coded for easy identification —and together, they offer modelers over 100 new ways to enjoy the best in LiPo power. Like all FlightPower packs, they’re built to last and to deliver like-new performance even after over more than 300 cycles. That makes FlightPower packs a great value — and with their new lower prices, they’re great buys, as well. And what you get for the money is impressive. Cell tabs and balancing leads now feature ultrasonic welds for stronger, longer-lasting connections. FlightPower has upgraded it connectors, as well: most packs now feature the popular XH connector for balancing and the innovative Star Plug for power delivery. It’s a high-efficiency plug with a clever design that makes heat shrink tubing obsolete. Just snap it into place over the solder joint…and you’re done. And here’s more good news: the FlightPower limited warranty has been extended to a full two years. With FlightPower, you can expect competitively priced premium LiPo power packs that last — and you can see the full line of new FP packs on their new website, http://www.flightpowerbatteries.com

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Magnetic Cowling Attachment

Magnetic Cowling Attachment

Mounting a cowl with Neodymium magnets.

By Sal Calvagna.

Neodymium magnets are members of the rare earth family and made from a combination of iron, boron and of course, neodymium. They were developed by General Motors and Sumitomo Special Metals in the early 1980s and are the strongest permanent magnets to date.  These magnets are truly amazing. Their strength is over ten times the strength of the best ceramic magnets.

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They can easily be purchased in many different shapes and sizes, spheres, discs, cylinders, blocks, rings, etc. and are graded by the ingredients they are made from, using the letter designation “N” followed by a number.  As a rule, the higher the number the stronger the magnetic properties.

Here are some of the supplies needed:

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Since I was in the midst of converting my 1/4-scale Me-163 Komet from glow to electric power, it was the opportune time to redesign the cowl mounts from unsightly exterior screws to internal magnets.  My Komet has a wingspan of 82 inches, weighs in at around 12 pounds and has a round, cone style cowling that is approximately 7 inches in diameter at the firewall. The cowl is fiberglass and very lightweight. For the Komet I decided to use ¼ inch diameter by 1/8 inch depth, N42 rated, cylindrical magnets.

Here’s how I did it.

1.  Make a cowl mount former using 1/8 inch light ply.   The former should be ¾ inch to 1 inch wide and slightly larger than the firewall diameter.

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2.  Temporarily mount the cowl former to the firewall using whatever screws you like.  I used hex head servo mounting screws because it’s easier to use a ball driver than a screwdriver.  Next, use your favorite sanding block to sand the outside edge of the former to conform to the fuselage. Test fit the cowl to make sure it fits nicely over the former and fuselage.

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3.  Mark the former where the magnets are to be installed. In this case, I marked 13 locations around the former. There was no particular reason for the number 13 other than I thought more would be better than less.  I then drill out the locations using the appropriate size drill bit.  Since I was using ¼ inch diameter magnets, I used a ¼ inch drill bit.  I wrapped masking tape around the bit to use as a depth gauge so that I would not drill any deeper than needed.

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4.  Drill out the magnet locations.  Remove the former and install the magnets into the firewall using your favorite glue. I used medium CA to install mine.  It is not important which field of the magnet remains exposed, positive or negative. Make sure that the magnets are flush with the firewall when permanently installed.

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5. Install the corresponding magnets in the cowl former.  It is vitally important that these magnets are installed with the correct pole facing its opposite on the firewall.  To accomplish this, just place the magnets over the corresponding magnets on the firewall.  Don’t worry about magnetic fields here, the little buggers will snap to its opposite as you draw near. Place the former over the magnets, apply some glue and tap the former down against the firewall to seat all the magnets in the cowl former. At this point you have all the magnets in the cowl former and firewall permanently installed.

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6.  It’s time to adhere the cowl former to the cowl. Pry the cowl former off the firewall.  Use Glad Cling wrap to cover the firewall and fuselage from excess glue used to install the cowl. Cling Wrap is thin, will stretch to make a good seal. Use some masking tape to pull the cling wrap tight. Once the Cling Wrap is installed, put the cowl former in place over the cling wrap. It will snap right in place.  Use your favorite epoxy to glue the cowl to the cowl former.  I dabbed the outer edge of the cowl former with epoxy and ran a bead inside the cowl.  Adjust the cowl in place and tape securely.

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  1. When dry, pry off the cowl, remove the Cling Wrap, you’re all done. Your cowl  should snap tightly in place.

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This  shows the model primed with the cowl installed.

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  1. Photo      9 shows the painted and finished electric powered Komet.

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Of course, the size and number of Neodymium magnets used will depend on the size and weight of your particular model.  Suffice to say that I believe any model in the .40 to 1.20 range could utilize the same size magnets that I did for the Komet. You would only vary the number used based on the size and weight of the cowl.  For larger models, I would consider using the larger 3/8 or ½ inch cylindrical magnet.

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Where to buy.  The best place I found to purchase Neodymium magnets in all shapes and sizes eBay.  The number of eBay listings is staggering and the prices are very reasonable.

 

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