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Posted by jameschen072 | Jun 04, 2014 @ 02:22 AM | 2,310 Views
The Flypro Drone X400 Review


Introduction

Hey guys,
I’ve been flying micro and mini multicopters pretty much since they were first available, but I’ve never taken the first step towards more professional platforms (other than my Vision plus and a few other 350 sized quads); with flight controllers becoming cheaper and easier to set up- I’ve found that there’s no longer a reason for me to not get into more professional setups!

In this review I hope to find whether or not the Flypro Drone X400 from Hobbywow.com works as a one stop solution for those of us who want to move up without a lot of prior knowledge as to how to set up a multirotor from scratch.

Before we begin, I would like to thank Hobbywow.com for providing the review sample and for supporting my unbiased reviews.

From The Box
The whole Flypro Drone X400 comes well packaged in a blow-molded insert that fits into a cardboard box. Once unpacked, I found that the X400 was completely assembled except for the spongy landing pods (which are threaded and very easily installed).

All other components- the Devo 7 transmitter, the charger, camera mount, low voltage alarm and 11.1V 2200mAh battery pack etc. are all well protected in their respective cardboard boxes; I’m very happy with how well everything was protected and packed.

Officially:
•1 * 100% Assembled Drone (Camera mounts, NAZA M lite Flight Control, Sponge balls/landing pods)
•1 * Walkera DEVO 7 2.4GHz Transmitter
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Posted by jameschen072 | May 14, 2014 @ 04:52 AM | 3,758 Views
The 350 sized WLToys V303 “Seeker” quadcopter review


Introduction


The DJI phantom is one of the first R/C aircraft that made it beyond the world of us hobbyists; offering a different perspective on how you see the world around you, it became hugely popular with everyone from hobbyists to film-makers alike.

Since then, a wide array of quads bearing similar resemblance and features has been flooding the market (it almost looked like everyone had a phantom clone at the Beijing show this year). WLToys, being the king of the clones, had to make their own of course- and here we have it, the V303 “Seeker” quad.

Before we begin, I would like to thank Banggood.com for providing the sample and for their continuous support of my unbiased reviews over the years; had a great time hanging out with their team at the Beijing expo just a few weeks ago.

From the box

WLToys has gone overboard with coloring practically everything white on this product. From the white cardboard box comes a white quad with a white transmitter and white blades… I really think that WLToys could have been a bit more creative with how they did the paint scheme, but that’s just me. As soon as the quad is removed from the box, I loosened the prop nuts and installed the propellers in their correct direction of travel. With the battery on charge, I proceeded to take everything out of the box.

Box contents include:

1x V303 “Seeker” quadcopter
1x 2.4GHz LCD radio
1x
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Posted by jameschen072 | Mar 31, 2014 @ 05:10 AM | 3,661 Views
The WLToys V323 Review


Introduction

Hey guys,
Many of you know that the V262 is one of my favorite aircraft in the WLToys line of quadcopters; its one of the most powerful brushed quads I’ve ever flown, and the ability to carry a Mobius camera when flown without the foam canopy makes it a definite winner in my books.
A few days ago, Tmart contacted me to see if I could teach some of their staff about the basics of R/C flight, and on a side note, they asked if I was interested in testing out the brand new WLToys Hexacopter.
OF COURSE! I’m always up for testing interesting products!

So long story short, I have the hexacopter in my hands and here is my review of the V323 hex. Before we begin, special thanks goes to Tmart.com for providing the review sample; their constant support of my unbiased reviews is also much appreciated.


From the box

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Posted by jameschen072 | Mar 11, 2014 @ 08:04 PM | 5,416 Views
The WLToys Power Star 2 (V988) vs. Power star X2 review (V930)
*In flight pictures and video to come soon*

Introduction

Ever since the V911 took the world of R/C by storm and became THE helicopter that practically everyone has to start out with, manufacturers have been trying to produce more advanced 4 channel helicopters in the hopes that they would enjoy the success that WLToys has been having. WLToys have been trying to open up the flybarless helicopter market as well… first with the HiSKY rebrands such as the popular V922 and now with the in-house developed Power Star series aircraft. Can they replicate their own success? More importantly, are they the right helis for your fleet?

Before we begin, I would like to thank www.banggood.com for providing the Power Star X2 sample. Their constant support of my unbiased reviews is also much appreciated.

From the box
Like other 4 channel helicopters on the market, both the V988 and the V930 come with the standard USB charger, a 1S lipo battery, 1 set of main and tail blades and an instruction manual.
Officially:

1x 2.4GHz 4 channel radio
1x V988 Power Star 2 (or V930 Power star X2)
1x 250mAh 0.9W 3.7V Lithium polymer battery (or a 450mAh 1.7W 3.7V Lipo for the V930)
1x USB Charger
1x Spare main blades/tail blades
1x Instructional manual



V930 contents

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Posted by jameschen072 | Jan 08, 2014 @ 07:45 PM | 5,121 Views
The FMS 800mm V-Tail (Trainer/Parkflyer) review


Introduction
Hey guys,
Do you remember what your first trainer aircraft is/was? For me, it was a REALLY ugly 2 channel HiTEC Sky Scooter that was patched up in so many places that I swore it had more epoxy/tape than foam.

A decade later, boy has technology changed the game. T-mart sent me the star of our review today, the V-Tail. In this review, I would like to give you my honest and unbiased opinion on this aircraft, concluding with whether or not I think this aircraft is good for the absolute beginner.

Before we begin, I would like to thank T-mart for providing the sample and agreeing to an unbiased review. Their support is much appreciated.

From The Box
The aircraft came well protected in the Styrofoam box




Included is the following:
1x 2.4GHz 4 channel transmitter
1x 800mm V-tail glider
1x Linkage set (packaged with glue and a spare wing bolt)
1x 7.4V 350mAh 15c Lipo
1x charger (no adapter though!)

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Posted by jameschen072 | Jan 08, 2014 @ 07:44 PM | 5,156 Views
Introduction
Hey guys,
So a lot of you probably know about what many on the forum consider is the best Hubsan X4 clone: the JXD 385; it is ridiculously cheap, compatible with the WLToys V2X2 protocol and above all, performs well above its competitors.
Building on their success with the JXD385, the JXD388 is JXD’s latest offer to the market. In this review we will be looking at many aspects of this cute little quad. Hopefully my review of the JXD 388 will help you decide on whether it is a worthy addition to your fleet.
Before we begin, I would like to thank Banggood.com for providing the sample and for their constant support of my fair and unbiased review.

From The Box
Making good use of the studio and new camera equipment

The JXD388 comes well protected in a cardboard box with plastic inserts. There are 2 color schemes available for the 388’: yellow and grey.

What’s included is pretty much the standard these days, the transmitter, the quad, an extra set of props, a cheap USB charger and the battery.

Officially:
Package Includes:
1 x JXD388 Quadcopter
1 x 2.4GHz transmitter
1 x USB Charger Cable
4 x Spare Blades
1 x User Manual
1 x 3.7V 300mAh Lithium Polymer battery



The Aircraft
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Posted by jameschen072 | Jun 01, 2013 @ 10:57 AM | 21,240 Views
The Hubsan X4 V2 review
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Preflight


Hey guys,

You know that I'm not the biggest fan of Hubsan for various reasons, but in the interest of providing fair and unbiased reviews for the community, I've accepted Banggood's offer that was made to me tonight to review the revised version of the Hubsan X4.
In the X4 review, I found the X4 to be a well engineered, well programmed quad with drop-dead gorgeous looks. Although I don't really care for the company, the quad is among one of my favorites (being the QR1 Ladybird, the RC EYE One and the HiSky FF120).

I'm quite amazed at the amount of changes Hubsan is bringing to the X4 V2. In writing this review, I hope to reveal whether these changes are really for the better, or just a gimmick.
This review was written on 5/31/2013 and is accurate per my findings; if you have any questions or comments, please let me know via this thread or the PM system on RCGroups.
Special thanks goes to Jacky and the Banggood team for providing the review sample and supporting my fair and unbiased reviews as always.


From the hangar


Contents:
1X X4 quadcopter (27g empty 37g flight ready)
1X 4 Channel 2.4GHz transmitter 
1X 3.7V 240mah battery
1X USB Charger
1X Well written manual
EXTRA PROPS!
***The prop removal tool is NOT included in the RTF packages***
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Posted by jameschen072 | May 04, 2013 @ 07:08 AM | 11,788 Views
The Walkera W100 review



Introduction

Hey everyone,
 I've been very excited about the Walkera W100 ever since it was recently released. A Devo-compatible micro quad with a science-fiction inspired canopy which could also be flown with iOS devices. On top of all that, the W100 has a wifi-based FPV system that beams a live, recordable video to your iOS device. That is quite a lot to fit into a relatively small package, let's see if Walkera could work their magic and make the W100 meet all of its promises.
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Sticky: Review list
Posted by jameschen072 | Apr 22, 2013 @ 09:35 AM | 16,093 Views
Dear subscribers and readers. Thanks for visiting my blog!
I've received some requests for a list of my currently written reviews.

So here it is! The page will be updated as reviews are written and posted. Cheers!


QUADCOPTERS

Larger Quadcopters


WLToys V262 review

Mini Quadcopters


Walkera- Hoten X review
WLToys- V212 review
WLToys- V222 review
WLToys- V959 review
WLToys- V929/949 review

Micro Quadcopters


RCLogger- RC EYE One review
Hubsan- The Hubsan X4 review
Walkera- The Walkera Ladybird V2 review
MJX- The MJX X100 review
Walkera- The QR W100 review
Hubsan- The Hubsan X4 V2 review
The Landbow X-Dart review

HELICOPTERS


Fixed pitched- flybarred

The WLToys V911 review
The MJX F47 review
The Benma Helios 100 review

Fixed pitched- flybarless

The HiSky FBL70 review
The Walkera Super FP review
The MJX F48 review

Coming soon:
RCLogger- RC EYE ONE S review
Posted by jameschen072 | Apr 20, 2013 @ 10:28 AM | 16,810 Views
The WLToys V222 review


Introduction

Hey guys,

  Well here's a definite first, I'm writing the review while sitting in my cramped seat aboard an Airbus A320 at 35000ft! With the V222 in the cargo hold beneath me, I'm heading back to Beijing to finish the final few months of medical school (it's finally going to be over!)
  Ok enough blabber from me, let's get to the matter at hand. A week or so ago I received the V222 sample from Banggood along with my beloved FBL70 and the V212 from MassiveRC's supplier. Since I opened the V222 last, the promised review has been delayed somewhat (my apologies).

So my V222 was delivered to me in a V959 box, and from appearances alone, it's almost impossible to tell the two apart. Indeed, the majority of parts used on the V222 come directly from the V959, except for the Transmitter and receiver. I like the parts compatibility, but it was all sort of Deja vu! 
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Posted by jameschen072 | Apr 15, 2013 @ 02:39 AM | 13,495 Views
The WLToys V212 review



Preflight

Hey guys,
I've been looking forward to reviewing the WLToys V212 for quite a while now. The V212 is intended to be an accelerometer-equipped version of the V949... though once I got it, I've found that it is a lot more than just a simple replacement.
I hope that this review would be entertaining and helpful for those who are looking into getting the V212 as a new addition to their fleet.

Before we start, I would like to thank our (MassiveRC's) supplier, Mr. Chen, for getting me the sample at lightning speed.



The walk-around

Even though the V212 is supposed to be a similar product to the V949; mechanically, it shares most parts with the V959. Only the canopy is carried over from the V949.


The new receiver board features an accelerometer chip, 4 LED power outlets that could be controlled via the transmitter and 4 motor plugs. On the board is a revision number: 2012/2/2 REV06. This quad uses the V2x2 protocol that is compatible with all other WLToys quads that have accelerometers.
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Posted by jameschen072 | Apr 12, 2013 @ 11:02 AM | 11,909 Views
The HiSky FBL70 review


Pre-flight

A few weeks ago I accepted the opportunity to review the HiSky FBL 70; a tiny, relatively cheap fixed-pitch helicopter that really caught my eye (that canopy looks amazing in my opinion). Since my review of the Walkera Super FP, these flybarless, fixed-pitched micros have really caught my attention; I believe that flybarless systems were the future of these 4 channel micros.

I hope that this review could help you make a decision on whether the FBL70 is the right helicopter for your fleet. As always, questions and comments welcome

Before we begin, I would like to thank Annry from Banggood.com for supporting my unbiased standpoint and providing the review sample.


Delivery

The test sample is a FBL70+HiSky X-6S package. It arrived, oddly enough, after travelling half way around the world then back to Asia again. Oh well, at least it was very well protected!

Here is a list of the items that were included in the package.

1 x FBL70 helicopter
1 x HiSky X6S transmitter
1 x USB charger
2 x LI-PO battery
1 x Spare Main blades (Bullet type)
1x Spare tail blade
1x Spares pack (all linkages, a hex key and a phillips screwdriver)
2x Instruction Manuals (1 for the heli, 1 for the transmitter)


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Posted by jameschen072 | Jan 09, 2013 @ 11:01 AM | 20,458 Views
The WLToys V959 review


Introduction

Hey guys, I hope everyone had a very nice holiday/ New years! I am very pleased to have the pleasure of writing this review as my first of 2013 (first of many, I hope!).
The V959 appeared late last year but it has practically flown under the radar for most of the past few months. I think the quad is quite innovative but there has been little or no information about it anywhere. Doesn't matter, we'll take a look at it anyways... I hope at the very least, this review will provide you with some entertainment...but hopefully it'll be helpful towards the decision-making process on purchasing your new quad.

The reason why I'm very interested in the 959 is not only because of it's functionality...but because I own both the Hoten X and the 949... and I keep them in relatively close proximity... so I suspect they've been doing some naughty business and this is their offspring :P
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Posted by jameschen072 | Nov 29, 2012 @ 05:38 AM | 14,557 Views
The MJX F47 Review



Introduction
Ever since I reviewed the MJX X100, the quality of MJX products have left quite a good impression with me. So the when the flybarred F47 became available, I was more than happy to review it. With the price of 49.43 USD, it is certainly a viable alternative to the very popular V911.
Hopefully this will be a very insightful review into the various features and flight performance of this 45 degree flybarred heli.

From the box
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Posted by jameschen072 | Nov 27, 2012 @ 04:33 AM | 13,891 Views
***BEFORE YOU READ***
Note that this is a work in progress, since I am interning at a hospital, my work hours are quite strange compared to that of the gf's or my cameraman, Nutta. So I'll find time for them to help me make a flight video when possible. Bear with me please! I've tested the quad extensively though, so here's the review in it's current form:




Introduction

Hey everyone,
After much anticipation, my RC EYE One from RC Logger has finally arrived! I was supposed to receive it long ago but it was stuck at the customs office due to a month-long ban on R/C products (Politics, sigh). Anyways, it has arrived and here is what hopefully is an unbiased and helpful review about the RC EYE One. Before we start the main part of the review though, I would like to thank RC Logger (Chris, Tracy, Doris and Adam in particular) for providing the sample and sending it all the way to Beijing. Although they are representing the manufacturer, they have asked me on numerous occasions to make sure that the review is unbiased (as always). Oh, and I want to point out that I rarely see any company in the industry (or in other industries even) that do customer support/service as well as they do. They are a very professional team and dealing with them is a pleasure!


From the box
The RC EYE One came well packaged in a very compact and well designed box...no wasted space at all.. it reminds me of the boxes that other consumer electronics come in. The contents are well protected and
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Posted by jameschen072 | Oct 13, 2012 @ 11:35 AM | 13,154 Views
Hey guys,
I've been really busy lately with work at the hospital and writing reviews has been taking up quite a bit of what's left of my spare time
So, in order to increase my efficiency, I would like to ask you guys which products you would like to see reviewed. Due to the space (or lack thereof) I have, the biggest helis/quads I can review are around 250 sized...and fixed wing aircraft are unfortunately out of the question. 4 channel and up preferred

Cheers in advance for the comments!
-James
Posted by jameschen072 | Oct 03, 2012 @ 08:24 AM | 14,078 Views
So here's something different- a blog entry that has (mostly) nothing to do with R/C!

It's the national holidays here in China and bored out of my mind, I asked Nutta to take a road trip with me to the China Aviation Museum out in the suburbs of Beijing (about 2 hours by E-bike+Subway+Bus). I've been to this museum a few years ago but it was more like an aircraft graveyard than a museum. They renovated the whole museum a year or two ago and I decided that as an aviation enthusiast, it is my duty to go and visit these great aircraft again.

So after mucking about with my quad til' 4 in the morning, I woke up at 8 to finish my work, packed my quads (promised the guys on the mini multicopters thread that I'd fly the quads among migs and make a video)and we left around 9. It took us quite a while to get there but chatting with one of my closest friends and smooth public transport transfers (I know...when does THAT happen) really made the time fly.

As soon as we entered the museum (after a VERY long walk from the bus stop to the entrance), I went into kid-in-a-candy store mode. Famous aircraft like the Vickers Viscount, the DC3/C47 and Li2 loomed into view... all professionally repainted and polished... a thing of beauty if I ever saw one.



After this came "the cave", which holds many interesting and historic aircraft... I am searching online on the origins of these aircraft since I have no idea how they got there... a T28 Trojan in it's Navy colors, a ROCAF F5 (...Continue Reading
Posted by jameschen072 | Oct 01, 2012 @ 03:39 AM | 31,504 Views
Hubsan X4 Review


Introduction
The Hubsan X4 is the smallest quadcopter currently available in the ready-to-fly form. There was a lot of excitement when we first saw its aerodynamic canopy... “sexy” was used to describe it by many and I certainly agree. Talks about it haven't stopped since, and with the arrival of Banggood's first batch of 30 aircraft (28 for the customers and 2 test units), people will hopefully start receiving them soon. This review is written for the purpose of helping potential buyers decide if the Hubsan X4 is a worthy addition to their fleet.


Specs:
Size: 60 x 60mm
Motor (x4): Coreless Motor
Frequency: 2.4GHz
Voltage: 3.7V
Battery: 240mAh Li-Po Battery
Flight time: above 9 minutes
Charging time:30 minutes
***Features a 6 axis system with adjustable sensitivity***
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Posted by jameschen072 | Sep 11, 2012 @ 07:40 AM | 14,623 Views
*** THIS REVIEW IS NOT YET COMPLETE! VIDEOS AND PICTURES WILL BE COMING SOON AND THE STANDARD REVIEW CHART WILL BE COMPLETED AS SOON AS 100 FLIGHTS IS COMPLETE.***


Introduction
I could still vividly remember the first time I flew the QR Ladybird… because I could not wrap my head around the concept of such a small, simple aircraft with such amazing performance. Many quads have entered and left my fleet since then, some I liked and some I didn’t…but the QR Ladybird has always occupied a special place in my house: right by the door where I could pick it up and go.

Although the market has recently been flooded with a wave of clones, I still maintain that the best flying quad of it’s size is the QR Ladybird, and if it was priced lower…I believe that everyone would have one instead of flying one of the clones.

That brings us to the star of this review, the QR Ladybird V2 from Walkera. It is a stripped down version of the V1 that comes exclusively as a RTF set. Priced at around 60USD ready to fly, it is a bit more expensive than the clones, but much more affordable than the original V1 (that come in at around 75USD BNF.)



From the box
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Posted by jameschen072 | Sep 11, 2012 @ 07:38 AM | 15,971 Views

Introduction
I could still vividly remember the first time I flew the QR Ladybird… because I could not wrap my head around the concept of such a small, simple aircraft with such amazing performance. Many quads have entered and left my fleet since then, some I liked and some I didn’t…but the QR Ladybird has always occupied a special place in my house: right by the door where I could pick it up and go.

Although the market has recently been flooded with a wave of clones, I still maintain that the best flying quad of it’s size is the QR Ladybird, and if it was priced lower…I believe that everyone would have one instead of flying one of the clones.

That brings us to the star of this review, the QR Ladybird V2 from Walkera. It is a stripped down version of the V1 that comes exclusively as a RTF set. Priced at around 60USD ready to fly, it is a bit more expensive than the clones, but much more affordable than the original V1 (that come in at around 75USD BNF.)



From the box
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