The RCGroups booth was quite a busy place, with lots of old friends visiting, and meeting lots of new friends and future site members. Thanks, everyone for coming by! The first 2 prizes of our new RCGroups promotion drew a lot of attention! More great prizes, in all areas of the hobby, coming soon!
Ace Hobby displayed a broad range of product, from the electric park flier to an electric Ducati motorcycle! Also displayed were numerous glow products, including an awesome Rare Bear (to be reviewed in RC Power in future months!) covered in the Glow/Gas Toledo coverage on RC Power.
Airtronics always has a lot to offer, and this year was no different. This exciting new ESC -- and its complete flight pack -- certainly drew a good bit of attention!
I could've spent hours in this booth, talking with Don Stackhouse and Joe Hahn. What an amazing team! Don has some really unique and innovative ideas, and great fun to boot...and even has horses! Definitely a kindred spirit! His "Roadkill" series (profile micro aircraft) was very popular, and it was a challenge to get time to chat with him about his lineup, and even more of a challenge to tear myself away and keep going in the show.
Now this was a plane after my own heart. Please forgive this tangent, but...I've been up-close and personal, and seen the real one of this experimental aircraft fly, as well as a 12' RC model. The actual flying prototype is in this interesting yellow/blue color scheme, and was restored by volunteers at Chino's Planes of Fame. Photos of the real one flying, and its story, can be seen at... Munches Warbirds.
DWE is another booth I could've spent hours in. This micro stuff is just so cool! It was also a fun contrast, as DWE was boothed next to Desert Aircraft, the largest giant scale engine manufacturer. Their props were multitudes larger and heavier than these flying models!
Extreme Flight, previously focused almost solely on glow and gas models, has now added some e-powered 3D birds to their lineup, as well as offering several glow-focused models that could easily be converted.
You GOTTA hear the sound of these jets! (video available here -- I couldn't get a good sound recording on my digital recorder, bummer!)
FMA had not first, not second, but THIRD generation LiPoly batteries to show. These packs offered 20C and a flat discharge curve! The 5S 2Ah pack offers 40A current flow! The 3S 2Ah subC pack offers 30A. Each pack includes a cell balancer to avoid exceeding 4.2V. I'm certain we'll here more about these amazing new packs in the near future.
FMA also showed their new copilot-failsafe-8ch-FM-receiver-in-one, the FS8. Impressive new technology to help ensure success for the new pilot! (Sorry, photo was too bad to show.) Another exciting addition was a low voltage system designed to operate on a single lipoly cell...total system under 20g! Utilizes tiny connectors, but not so small they require forceps.
I have to start with a big thank you to Goldberg for donating the 80+" Giant Scale Super Decathlon ARF shown above as one of the first prizes for our new RCGroups promotion! Look for lots more exciting prizes to be added to the lineup soon.
GP's wall-o'-planes included:
Jason Shulman manned the impressive Hacker booth all weekend.
The Hitec/Multiplex show booth was again the most spacious, comfortable, European, impressive looking booth at the show.
Hobby Lobby had a huge range of models, including their exciting new Yak5 33" span ARF (15 oz!), the Alfa FW190 33" span ARF (16 oz!), the American Beauty Mustang ARF 30.5" span, 29 oz., and more. Hobby Lobby also announced sponsorship of Chip Hyde and were thrilled with the Axi performance at the E-TOC!
The Horizon Hobby booth was right next to RCGroups, and what a busy site it was all weekend!
Park flyers for beginners, in a truly complete "all in one box" package
When you've outgrown Hobbyzone but still want "all in one package" park fliers
Horizon introduced the new parkzone lineup -- park flier backyard fun, but more complex, more aerobatic, a 'next step' for those outgrowing the hobbyzone lineup. Include multiple flight modes for growing into new skills, and still "all in one box" technology -- fully decal-ed and ready to go, complete with 27mhz radio system, chargers and all. Look for the SloV coming soon to join this interesting new group.
Radios from when you've outgrown "all in a box" models to when you're flying world level models of any type.
JR had their help desk manned all weekend with experienced modelers, helping customers explore new realms with their radios, find the right radio for their needs, and more. And a HUGE ad promoted the new JR 6102 computer radio with graphical display as the backdrop.
E-Flite is another new line in the Horizon family. The ascent adds a 54" polyhedral glider/park flier to Horizon's already extensive lineup. And the 2 foam profile ARFs add indoor 3D aerobatic birds already tested, setup, and complete, ready for your radio gear and to be in the air.
Hangar 9 offers a huge range of models, with the Twist ARF being just one of many in the new line up that we hope to see as e-conversions here on E Zone!
Jet Hangar Hobbies, long known in the glow- and gas- and then turbine-DF community, brings 2 exciting new EDFs to the market at Toledo.
JMD's models scale park flyers were gorgeous to look at. The kits include laser cut parts, fiberglass fuselages, vacuformed cowlings, dubro hardware, GWS motors and props, full size plans and manuals, and aluminum gear.
Matney offers high quality fiberglass airplane kits for electric ducted fan, electric pylon racing, as well as for AMA QM40 and Q-500 class pylon racing, scale aerobatics, and contest winning sail planes.
Midwest carries a broad range of glow product, including distributing a new line, Falcon Trading ARFs. Please see the glow/gas writeup at RC Power for more details.
Miniature's XCell line just took a huge leap forward with ION-X. Designed to perform like the 90 sized glow birds, IonX has a high center of gravity and easily adjustable CG. The main power packs are easily removed, and additional protection is provided to the radio gear via new inner frame mounts. The head is CNC aluminum, with adjustable bell hiller, and full ball bearing design, sporting 120 CCPM geometry. The tail rotor is also CNC aluminum and fully ball bearing, on a 33" graphite boom with dual supports. The kit is available with the Hacker motor and ESC, with plugs, fan and wires all ready to go. Also available without power unit, and as a sport version for lower rpm outrunner motors.
MRC had a huge range of items, from a repeat showing of their adorable Hirobo XRB corded heli, to their full range of gas helicopters as well.
Unfortunately, some battery problems resulted in my losing the photos taken at the Sig booth. The item that drew the most attention from E Zone'ers was the new Lil Rascal (We already have a review in the "planning" stages. Keep your eyes open for it, coming soon, along with a Nitro Rascal review as well!)
SR Batteries was showing an exciting new electric/gas project -- a 100" Eindecker! SR is obviously excited about this new project, and lots of photos are available here: http://srbatteries.com/new/eindecker.htm
for a full listing of all winners, please visit the Weak Signals Show Coverage Website.
E-TOC coverage to follow in a separate article.
|Apr 12, 2004, 11:06 AM|
I agree the edge was gorgeous....but there were MANY really sharp looking aircraft, with some really neat complex graphics that drew a lot of attention.
The DJ Aerotech bird is actually a B25 -- will correct the article as soon as I can.
|Apr 13, 2004, 12:08 PM|
I saw lots of awesome planes up in Toledo.. you would have really got a kick out of how 'scale' some of these planes were!
I'm happy for all the winners!
(PS>> I agree I should have won in the aerobatic class )
|Apr 13, 2004, 08:52 PM|
10- You got me....as soon as I can correct the 3 mislabeled photos, I will do so. Thanks for reading the review in such details and letting me know!
|Apr 17, 2004, 11:43 AM|
Wow, you got that review out fast! It looked like a good show this year. I enjoyed reading up on Toledo, and having never had the chance to go, it's nice to be able to see what it's all about. I finally just got around to checking out all the links.
|Apr 17, 2004, 05:19 PM|
Thanks, Eddie! Glad you enjoyed it. Hope you'll pop over and see the glow/gas review in RC Power next week when I get it posted.
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