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Posted by Bajora | Aug 28, 2014 @ 08:40 PM | 2,142 Views
The first flight controller that I ever played around with is the original Hobby King KK2.0. I loved how easy it was to access its tuning parameters and setup menus via the built-in LCD screen and wee pushbuttons. I installed it on a 450 clone sport quad and had a bunch of fun tuning and flying it! Hobby King recently released an even smaller footprint KK FC, appropriately enough christened the KK Mini. I just received one and will be excited to install it into a HK 250 FPV review project that I have underway for Multi-Rotor Pilot Magazine!

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Posted by Bajora | Aug 18, 2014 @ 12:09 AM | 2,912 Views
Check out the September issue of Model Aviation magazine for an exclusive review of this exciting hybrid multirotor/fixed wing aircraft!

BirdsEyeView Aerobotics FireFLY6 (3 min 18 sec)

Posted by Bajora | Aug 08, 2014 @ 06:58 PM | 2,561 Views
THIS is how we FPV!

Posted by Bajora | Jul 28, 2014 @ 12:02 AM | 2,556 Views

Posted by Bajora | Jul 21, 2014 @ 12:42 AM | 2,439 Views
Enjoying this new sailplane from E-flite!

Posted by Bajora | Jun 07, 2014 @ 12:22 PM | 4,279 Views
1/10 scale Ford Raptor Prerunner by Vaterra RC!

Posted by Bajora | May 30, 2014 @ 02:30 PM | 3,049 Views
SO excited to start into this one ...

Posted by Bajora | May 04, 2014 @ 09:09 AM | 3,534 Views
A short video of my pal Robb's Maxford USA Bleriot. I got a little stick time on this one and it is a nice, scale flyer. Watch for Robb's review in Model Aviation magazine.

Maxford USA 1/6 Scale Bleriot XI (3 min 9 sec)

Posted by Bajora | Apr 26, 2014 @ 11:04 PM | 3,533 Views
Been having a bunch of fun with this Helio Criterion buggy. 30-35 MPH on brushless motor is not too shabby IMO!

RC Driver - Helion Criterion 1/10 Scale Buggy (3 min 53 sec)

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Posted by Bajora | Apr 20, 2014 @ 11:48 AM | 3,402 Views
I took on this project several months back and it ran in the May 2014 edition of Model Aviation magazine. A fun little scale balsa ARF that presents well IMO. If you have not read Model Aviation lately, check it out. Several new columnists in the last year, including Thayer Syme, Chris Mulcahy, and Don Slusarczyk. Check out the digital edition ... a really nice e-magazine IMO.

Posted by Bajora | Mar 29, 2014 @ 04:27 PM | 4,313 Views

I had a ball reviewing the second in a series of famous Reno Warbird Racer available from RocHobby. This model is good for 80 MPH or so right out of the box, using the included four blade scale prop and a pilot provided 4S 2200mAh LiPo. This review appears in the April edition of the AMA's Model Aviation magazine.

A great thread discussing this model is available right here on RCG (FMS RocHobby 1100mm Strega Reno Racer). Here is a video that we edited down for the Model Aviation review:

ROC Hobby Strega (2 min 56 sec)

Posted by Bajora | Mar 23, 2014 @ 11:26 PM | 3,855 Views
First outing on floats for my E-Flite Carbon Z Cub ... what an amazing model!

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Posted by Bajora | Mar 21, 2014 @ 02:49 PM | 3,912 Views
Back in the day, I was a dyed in the wool Hitec radio enthusiast. Many years have passed and with the advent of modern 2.4GHz systems, I lost touch with Hitec's fine radio systems. I am very excited to finally reconnect with Hitec, having just received their new Flagship Aurora 9X 2.4GHz nine channel transmitter. I really like that this radio "speaks" both Hitec's G1 and G2 Adaptive Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (AFHSS) AND Secure Link (SLT) 2.4GHz, which is the protocol used in a bunch of RTF aircraft from Flyzone, Heli-Max, Great Planes, etc.

I am really looking forward to using this radio system in several upcoming review projects, including the just announced Multiplex PC-6 Pilatus Porter. This transmitter is fully telemetry capable as well, another feature I hope to explore moving forward.

Here is a features summary of the Aurora 9X:

  • 4096 Resolution
  • Built in AFHSS 2.4GHZ / SLTTM Module (Single / Bi-Directional Selectable)
  • Improved Latency (Dual Processor 7ms Frame Rate)
  • Vibration Mode
  • Included Touch Screen Stylus
  • Easy-to-Read, Easily Accessible 5.1-inch Wide Backlit LCD Touch Screen (320 x 80 Pixels)
  • Customizable Menu
  • One-Stop Model Type Setting
  • 3 Multi-Tasking Digital Trims
  • Fully Assignable Control Switches, Knobs, Sticks and Digital Trims
  • Ultra-Smooth Quad Ball Bearing Gimbals
  • Full-Size Comfortable Hand Grips (Top Quality Elastomer)
  • Selectable 4 Different Control Stick Modes, Plus 2 Additional Manual Modes (Software)
  • Easy Gimbal Mode Change and Tension Adjustment (Hardware)
  • Power Management System (Adjustable Backlight & Auto Shut-off Time)
  • Digital Trim Nano-Adjuster (200 Adjustable Trim Steps)

Posted by Bajora | Mar 09, 2014 @ 09:20 PM | 3,855 Views
I have a friend who is doing a review of the Maxford 1/6 scale Bleriot XI for the AMA's Model Aviation magazine. I am helping him gather media of it for the review project. I am duly impressed with this latest offering from Maxford. It almost looks like a model that one would build to put on display ... but it is indeed a flying model! Watch for the full review article to appear in Model Aviation magazine in the months to come.

In the meantime, take a look at how great it looks in the studio and in the air.

Maxford Bleriot Tsr (1 min 45 sec)

Posted by Bajora | Mar 04, 2014 @ 12:07 AM | 4,312 Views
Just received this in today and couldn't wait to shoot some studio photos!

This exact scale replica is a 1/18th scale version of Ken's latest car that he's been demonstrating and driving for 2013, and looks exactly the same as his full-size car! This 4WD 1/18th scale RC car is perfect for shredding tires inside and outside, with a high-powered motor driving all four wheels and coil-over shocks providing smooth power and excellent control. This Ready To Run kit features a highly detailed scale replica Ken Block 2013 GRC Ford Fiesta H.F.H.V. body and GRC Spec replica wheels for an awesome scale look wherever you drive!
The HPI Micro RS4 is powered by an HPI 180-size motor and features an electronic speed control, full time 4WD belt drive and waterproof steering servo. It's ready to blast down the road just like Ken Block's full sized Ford Fiesta H.F.H.V. from the world-famous Gymkhana videos!

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Posted by Bajora | Feb 27, 2014 @ 06:45 PM | 3,757 Views
Check out the March 2014 issue of the AMA's Model Aviation Magazine for a review of FlyZone's thrust vectored Hadron flying wing ... Perform Extreme Maneuvers!

BTW, the digital edition of the magazine is quite impressive IMO! Hats off to Jay Smith and his staff of hard working assistants for their efforts.

Posted by Bajora | Feb 27, 2014 @ 12:10 AM | 4,125 Views
One big, bold, beautiful Cub for sure!

Posted by Bajora | Feb 07, 2014 @ 10:58 PM | 7,260 Views
With a new US distributor, CENRacing products are again easily available in the USA. We got the chance to shoot some photos of their HRP Exclusive Colussus GST-E truck. This thing is really a BEAST ... in a good way!

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Posted by Bajora | Feb 02, 2014 @ 10:40 AM | 4,479 Views
We attended the 2013 US Scale Masters Championships, held at the Woodland-Davis Aeromodelers club field in October of 2013. A coverage article is in the February 2014 issue of Model Aviation magazine. We also sat down with AMA District X VP Lawrence Tougas and did a video interview of the events youngest competitor, Dylan Baltazar.

2013 US Scale Masters Championships ~ Featuring an Interview with Dylan Baltazar (16 min 22 sec)

Posted by Bajora | Jan 25, 2014 @ 10:52 PM | 4,439 Views
I had the fun assignment of working up a review article for RC Driver magazine on the new trio of Dromida surface vehicles. Grab the latest issue and have a read to see how amazingly fun and resilient these little bashers are!

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