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Posted by Bajora | Dec 10, 2014 @ 02:19 AM | 1,175 Views
My pal Robb and I had the Red Bull Stearman out for first flights this past weekend. Looking every bit the part of a bona fide airshow perfomer, we had great lighting as we wrung this beautiful bipe out! Check out the double bull graphics on the bottom of the lower wing, the chrome prop and spinner and realistic looking pilot and cockpits! We are really enjoying this one!




Posted by Bajora | Dec 04, 2014 @ 12:26 AM | 1,438 Views
Hobbico recently picked up the Flitework product line, an exciting variety of models that are based on the Red Bull sponsored aircraft of the Flying Bulls hangar in Europe. We recently received the PT-17 Stearman Biplane in as a review project and spent a casual evening assembling this foam composition, Receiver Ready airframe. All that are required to finish this kit are a receiver and a 4S 2450 sized LiPo. Really excited to get this one in the air for in-flight media!



Specifications:
Wingspan: 47.2 in (1200 mm), Length: 38.2 in (970 mm), Weight: 3.5 lb (1600 g), Requires: Assembly, 4S LiPo battery, 6-channel radio system








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Posted by Bajora | Nov 22, 2014 @ 11:15 PM | 2,024 Views
Posted by Bajora | Oct 26, 2014 @ 01:21 AM | 1,995 Views
This is one of the latest V100-S chassis based surface products from Vaterra. It features an officially licensed 2014 Z51 Corvette body set. The 4WD shaft driven system uses sealed gear boxes and a 2S LiPo compatible speed controller. Double wishbone suspension and friction dampening, adjustable shocks help keep this Vette glued to the road. This Ready-to-Run package includes everything needed, including a Spektrum DX2e 2.4GHz waterproof radio system, battery and charger. And this system can be upgraded to use the new AVC technology! Watch for a full review in RC Driver magazine!





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Posted by Bajora | Aug 28, 2014 @ 09:40 PM | 3,276 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 @ 01:09 AM | 3,881 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 @ 07:58 PM | 3,468 Views
THIS is how we FPV!


Posted by Bajora | Jul 28, 2014 @ 01:02 AM | 3,458 Views

Posted by Bajora | Jul 21, 2014 @ 01:42 AM | 3,309 Views
Enjoying this new sailplane from E-flite!

Posted by Bajora | Jun 07, 2014 @ 01:22 PM | 5,134 Views
1/10 scale Ford Raptor Prerunner by Vaterra RC!


Posted by Bajora | May 30, 2014 @ 03:30 PM | 3,866 Views
SO excited to start into this one ...


Posted by Bajora | May 04, 2014 @ 10:09 AM | 4,368 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 27, 2014 @ 12:04 AM | 4,338 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 @ 12:48 PM | 4,232 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 @ 05:27 PM | 5,146 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 24, 2014 @ 12:26 AM | 4,712 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 @ 03:49 PM | 4,747 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 @ 10:20 PM | 4,685 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 @ 01:07 AM | 5,161 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 @ 07:45 PM | 4,574 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.