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Posted by fastmax | Apr 14, 2017 @ 08:25 AM | 1,565 Views
Micro Drones, and Quadcopters are becoming more popular by the day. With advancements in technology, we are now able to fly in smaller, more confined areas than ever before. Recently these advancements have brought about a new breed of micro. The brushless micro! These technological marvels are nothing short of amazing. We can now have a tiny, 90mm FPV racer that fits in the palm of our hands, yet has the speed, acceleration, and handling of their much bigger brothers.

Let's take a look at one of these new micros. The AR FUN (ARFUN) 90 is a 90mm brushless FPV racer brought to us by Aurora RC. Though tiny in size this little machine is BIG on features, and is loaded with some of the best hardware currently available. There are 3 different versions available. Flysky BNF, Frsky BNF, and without receiver. Click me.

Basic features

- True "X" carbon fiber frame, perfectly symmetrical, with 3mm thickness and smooth edges
- Mini F3 flight control system with OSD supports PPM / SBUS / DSM2 / DSMX receivers
- Superior operation with 4-in-1 BLHeli - S 20A ESC which uses the latest DShot signals
- Outstanding 600TVL HD CMOS camera, extremely sensitive to light, offers you high-quality image
- 5.8G real-time image transmission, 48CH wide coverage within 200m range
- Powerful DYS BE1104 brushless motor. Each can generate up to 118g thrust

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Posted by fastmax | Apr 10, 2017 @ 09:48 PM | 2,928 Views
There's a new 200mm 5" racer on the block! The AWESOME ASUAV RS220 is a 220mm FPV racing drone sporting 2205R 2300KV motors, an F3 flight controller, a 700TVL FPV camera with a 600mw VTX. It even comes RTF with the Flysky FS-i6 radio, a 1500mah 3s Lipo battery, a balance charger, and a carrying case for transporting, and storing your new racer in. All for only $180. Click me.

Let's take a close up look at this very attractive new machine!

I will get screen shots of the stock setup, and flight video posted asap. (Screen shots, and flight video added below) I can say that this is a well tuned quad right out of the box. They have set up flight modes for you, set up the rear LED light bar, and set up motor arming. This is a truly ready to fly package. Just route the receiver antennas through the provided holder, install 4 AA batteries into the radio, install the props, charge the battery, and fly.

This package is on sale for a limited time for only $169 which is an absolutely amazing deal for a racing drone this complete, and well equipped. After my first flight, I am more impressed with this quad than I was with the KingKong 210GT, (which I really like) and this quad has a much smaller price tag.





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Posted by fastmax | Mar 31, 2017 @ 12:38 PM | 2,107 Views
Currently on flash sale for $299 here, but act fast quantities are very limited.

A DHK Hobby Zombie 8E 8384 Apocalypse that is!

DHK has recently revised, and brought back their formidable 1/8 brushless beast. This new version is equipped with a 2.4ghz radio system, a Hobbywing WP-8BL100 2s-4s waterproof 100 amp ESC, a 2030kv motor, 9kg metal gear servo, and a 2600mah 3s lipo battery, and balance charger. The only thing you need to add to get the action started are 4 AA batteries for the remote.

This is a 1/8 scale truck, so it is HUGE! It is very well built with aluminum alloy chassis plate, alloy chassis braces, and shock towers, and aluminum, oil filled, threaded body, big bore shocks. The truck also uses a standard 3 differential layout with all metal gears. Simply put, it is built to take some serious abuse, and keep coming back for more.

This truck is currently on sale at Gearbest for only $314 RTR. Click me. Here are some detailed pics, including a couple next to a 1/10 ST to give you an idea of the size of this rig. Running video coming soon, so stay tuned!





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Posted by fastmax | Mar 31, 2017 @ 11:41 AM | 2,126 Views
Eachine sure stays busy working on new, and cool products. One of their latest is this mini selfie drone, the Eachine E55. Click me to purchase.

This is a folding, pocket size drone that you can fly with your phone, or other smart device. You can use it to take pictures, or selfies, and even shoot videos. There's even a mode for VR goggles so if you have an extra phone, smart device, or the RTF version with transmitter, you can place a phone in VR mode in your goggles and fly this FPV style.

This very compact drone comes with battery, USB charger, spare props, and even a nice velvet bag for storing, or carrying it in. All for only $32.99 Here are a few pics. Flight video coming soon.





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Posted by fastmax | Mar 24, 2017 @ 06:21 PM | 2,945 Views
KingKong 210GT RTF... The suspense is killing me too!



EDIT 3/25 Ok, so I had some time to get some detailed pics of this beast. Unfortunately it has been raining here since yesterday, so I haven't been able to get it in the air other than a quick hover in the house. Based on what I have seen so far I LOVE this quad! It's well equipped, well laid out, and everything is pretty well set up for you right out of the box. Flight modes are pre-set , arm switch is pre-set, and the stock tune feels pretty good. Of course I'll need to actually fly it to be certain, but I am pretty sure it is going to handle great in completely box stock form. They also include a generous amount of props. There are 10 CW and 10 CCW props in the box, along with a 1300mah 3S lipo, a low voltage alarm, Flysky FS-i6 radio, and an imax B3 AC balance charger. I will be getting some flight video of this with stock props, powered by the stock battery, as well as video with DAL Cyclone props on 3S and 4S power, so as soon as weather permits I will update this post. For now though here is some eye candy.



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Posted by fastmax | Mar 22, 2017 @ 08:00 PM | 2,737 Views
Check out the new Eachine F14 RatingKing 1/14 4x4 FPV Buggy! Eachine has been making FPV quadcopters for quite a while now, but this new buggy marks their first foray into land based FPV rigs.

My RatingKing just arrived today, and while I haven't gotten much of a chance to do anything with it just yet, I did get a couple pictures to get this mini review started. The first thing I noticed about the buggy is that it has a nice quality look, and feel to it. The second thing that jumped out at me is just how wrong I think they got the scale. They call it 1/14, but if you ask me it is closer to 1/12, and might even be on the large side of the 1/12 scale. Here are a few pics of it next to my 1/14 Tacon Soar buggy. The RatingKing dwarfs it!





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Posted by fastmax | Mar 21, 2017 @ 01:22 PM | 2,438 Views
The new Sinohobby QQ Cartoon Car is a 1/24th scale 4wd micro RC car that comes as a complete RTR package. This package includes the car, a 2.4ghz transmitter, lipo battery, and charger. All for only $42.99 during the current promo sale. There are a bunch of different body options to choose from, in an assortment of colors. I preferred the looks of the cartoon Porsche myself, but check them all out here. Click me.

There are a couple things I really like about this little car. First, there are 3 different speed settings on the transmitter. This means that drivers of different experience levels are able to learn how to drive without being concerned about going too fast, and crashing into things. Second is the run time. This car runs for almost 30 minutes per charge. That's plenty of time to really enjoy driving in between charges.

So far I only have one complaint. At full steering lock when going left, the inside of the front tire rubs on the edge of the servo which will cause the car to spin out in sharp left turns. It looks like it should be an easy fix by simply trimming a little off of the servo tab, or maybe by adjusting the linkage to limit the maximum angle a bit. I haven't looked into fixing it myself just yet because I have been having too much fun running the car around the house. I will share an update on a fix soon.

Here are some pics of my little cartoon Porsche. I will post running video shortly.





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Posted by fastmax | Mar 20, 2017 @ 10:19 AM | 2,105 Views
Looks like someone in this house is going to get flying lessons. Can't hardly use battle drones without someone to battle with

Check out the new Cheerson CX-60 Air Dominator Battle Drones! Each package includes 2 smart device controlled drones, with infrared lasers, allowing pilots to have space age dog fights right in the comfort of their own home. Up close look, and flight/battle video coming soon. For more information or to purchase a set of your own click me.



Let's take a closer look at the Cheerson CX-60 Air Dominator Infrared Battle Drones!

When I first saw these little futuristic looking drones I was immediately intrigued. I really liked the idea of cruising around the house, shooting at each other in an effort to defeat my space age enemy. I had one major concern though. Would these be easy enough to control via a smart phone or tablet? I have flown quads via WiFi that were anything but easy to control, so naturally I had my doubts about these.

I am happy to say however, that much to my surprise they're not only responsive and easy to control, but they actually fly very well. Using the sticks mode does take some getting used to, but in gravity mode (using the accelerometer in the smart device for control) they are actually a breeze to fly and the only thing you need to use the sticks for is to set your altitude, and for yaw. Speaking of altitude, another very pleasant surprise is that the altitude hold on these also functions very well. Once you are at your...Continue Reading
Posted by fastmax | Mar 14, 2017 @ 05:02 PM | 2,881 Views
FuriBee FX120 120mm Brushless Micro FPV Racing Drone Review

Micro FPV racers are all the rage. Able to be flown in smaller areas than their bigger brothers, but without sacrificing performance. These tiny little machines put amazing speed, and agility right in the palm of your hand.

The new FX120 from FuriBee is no exception, and comes very well equipped with a Flysky FS-i6 in the RTF package or as an ARF ready for your choice of radio system.

Let's take a closer look at this micro racer and see just what it's made of.

I want to point out that in my pictures the quad has GemFan 3030 props on it that I was testing a few settings with. The quad comes stock with two complete sets of 3045 tri-blade props. I also want to mention that in the description on the Gearbest product page it states that a 2s 7.4v lipo is included, when in fact the included battery is a 3s 11.1v 620mah lipo. The battery stated in their description is a typo.

Out of the box the quad is a smooth, stable flyer, and has Angle/Horizon/Acro flight modes pre programmed for you on SWC. Be aware though that unlike many other pre-programmed models the flight modes are reversed. Switch in the upper most position is Acro, in the middle is Horizon, and down is Angle mode.

I found that the stock settings in CleanFlight were a little on the sluggish side for my liking. If you're just stepping into a brushless racer they're probably ok, but I went ahead and bumped the RC Rates up to 0.50 across the...Continue Reading
Posted by fastmax | Mar 06, 2017 @ 08:39 AM | 2,422 Views
SPCMAKER has recently released a couple new micro FPV racing drones. The SPC90, and the SPC90X are 90mm quads with 8520 motors, carbon fiber frames, and F3 EVO flight controllers. Click me.
Let's take a closer look at the SPC90X that I recently received.

Specifications:
General
Model: SPC90X
Configuration: X
Material: 3K carbon fiber
Size: 63.5 x 63.5 x 32mm
Frame weight: 6.5g
Takeoff weight: 55g
Motor: 8520 3.7V coreless motor
Flight time: 5 - 6 minutes
Flight controller: F3 EVO brushed 2.0
Processor: STM32F303CCT6
Camera: 600TVL
FPV transmitter: 5.8G 25mW 48CH
Receiver: DSM2 Satellite / FrSky SBUS PPM / FlySky PPM
Battery: 3.7V 600mAh 25C
Propeller length: 55mm

As you can see from the specs these are available with your choice of DSM2, Frsky, or Flysky receiver, so just about every popular radio is covered.
Upon opening the box, I was pleasantly surprised to see that these arrive in an attractive foam lined tin that not only does an excellent job of protecting the quad during transit, but also makes an excellent case for carrying it in. There's even room inside the tin for extra batteries, spare props, and spare motors. Very nice!

Once you are inside your shiny new tin, you will find your new quadcopter, which I am happy to say is also quite attractive. This little bird has a high quality look, and feel to it. See for yourself. (Pics below)

So far this little drone appears to be one of the nicest brushed micros I have seen. I really, really like my E-90X, and its flight characteristics, so if this flies anything like it I will be a happy camper. Once I get some time, I will get this bound up to my radio and get some flight video so stay tuned. Until then, happy flying!
















Posted by fastmax | Feb 28, 2017 @ 05:51 PM | 2,921 Views
Ever since I first saw the little E-90X I was curious about it. It seemed like it would be a great little indoor FPV quad, but with its 8520 motors, it also seemed like it should have plenty of power for some outdoor flying as well. Now that I have it in my hands, I figured it was time to find out just how well it could handle some outdoor flying. After my first pack through it outside in some pretty stiff winds, I have to say I am very impressed.

Here are the specs.

Specifications:
Flight controller: NAZE32 brushed ( supporting 7.4V )
Battery: 3.7V 500mAh
Motor: 8520 coreless motor
Receiver: DSM2
FPV transmitter: 5.8G 8CH 25mW
Camera: 700TVL
Frame weight: 6g
Aircraft weight: 36.7g ( not including battery ), 48.4g ( with battery )
Flight time: 6 minutes
Charge time: 35 minutes
Radio transmitter: Walkera Devo 7E
Channels: 7
Transmitter battery: 4 x 1.5V AA ( not included )
Control distance: 500m

Remote controller buttons:
HOLD-0: UN ARM
HOLD-1: ARM
FMOD-0: ANGLE
FMOD-1: HORIZON

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Posted by fastmax | Feb 11, 2017 @ 02:59 PM | 3,502 Views
Are you looking for a fun RC quadcopter that is ready to fly, not too expensive, and able to be flown right out in your yard? Well the GoolRC T6 RTF waterproof RC Drone might be just what you're looking for.

This little quadcopter is not only good looking, but is also very stable, making it easy for beginners to get the hang of flying. It also has 3 different rate modes, so as your piloting skills improve you can simply press a button and boost the performance.

If you're new to flying, don't let that stop you from trying one of these great little models out. They are tough as nails, can take quite a beating, and come back for more. If you do manage to break a propeller, there are spares included to keep you in the air. The only thing not included in this package is AA batteries for the radio transmitter. Everything else you need to get airborne is in the box.

These are available on Amazon, so if you're a Prime member you can have it in the air in two days.

It is available in two great colors

Red - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M6YFGLS

Silver - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MDOV2P3

For a limited time use coupon code Z45BHIEX and get $10 off your purchase.

Flight video coming soon, so stay tuned!





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Posted by fastmax | Feb 10, 2017 @ 12:21 PM | 3,977 Views
DM002 5.8G DIY Micro FPV Drone RTF Kit

Currently on sale for $34.99 Click Me.

New at Banggood is this very cool little DIY quadcopter kit. The DM002 includes everything you need to assemble and fly your micro FPV drone. The best part is, it is very affordable and can be had for only $42.99 shipped.

My DM002 arrived today. I took some photos, got it assembled, and got it in the air. It is a great flying little quad. I will post video soon, but for now here are some pics, and a few details about the quad itself.

For starters the quad goes together very easily. Assembly is straight forward and requires no soldering, or special skills. Just follow the instructions, and you will be up and flying in under half an hour. For those who are curious about the size of the quad, it is a 105mm frame, and comes with 720 motors. The included battery is a 1s 3.7v 300mah.

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Posted by fastmax | Jan 28, 2017 @ 03:26 PM | 3,282 Views
My JJRC JJPRO P175 has arrived! This thing is awesome! Power is great even on 3s, and punch outs are incredible. I can't wait to fly it at the field. It's really going to be amazing on 4s power!

JJRC have really stepped up their game with their JJPRO models. The P175, and P200 FPV Racing Drones are not your everyday, run of the mill, toy quadcopters. These are real, hobby grade, racing machines. The EMAX RS2205 2600kv motors pack a powerful punch. The Skyline32 Acro FC is fully programmable via CleanFlight or BetaFlight, and the Lightning 20A ESC's do a great job of putting the power down. These little drones perform well beyond what their price tag suggests. If you have been looking for your first fast quad, or have been piloting sporty brushless quads, and are now ready to step up to the performance of an actual racer, these will not disappoint.

Set up was extremely simple. I pulled mine out of the box, installed the props, charged the battery, and put it in the air. No adjustments were necessary, and 3 flight modes are pre-programmed so you only need to flip a switch on the included radio to increase performance as your skills improve.

Main Features:

Race level flight control: Skyline32 Acro
Brushless motor: RS2205 2600KV (4pcs)
Brushless ESC: Lightning 20A (4pcs)
Rotor specifications: Standard 4045 propeller (8pcs)
Camera: PAL standard CMOS 800TVL (1pc)
Transmitter: 5.8G 40CH 600mW
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Posted by fastmax | Jan 19, 2017 @ 09:42 AM | 4,685 Views
The new Syma X8sw WiFi FPV RTF camera drone has arrived from Banggood.

I've gotten a chance to put a few batteries through this quad now, and I must say that I am very impressed with how stable it is. In low rates it behaves very well, and is great for getting aerial footage, and for beginners to learn the basic controls of quadcopter flight. In medium and high rates, it is able to really cover some ground, and is quite competent at fighting some wind. Just like the other Syma X8 series drones it is BIG, and has great physical presence. Its size alone is impressive, even before lifting off. Once in the air the size is a welcome bonus for maintaining orientation.

As is typical with many of these ready to fly quadcopters, the camera works, but won't record in the quality that some may be looking for. You can see in the video below the kind of quality you can expect out of the stock camera. It is probably fine for most recreational use, and general playing around, but the quad is stable, and steady enough to produce some very good footage if you attach a higher quality action camera. There is plenty of power for carrying the camera of your choosing.

One of the best features of these Syma X8 models is the LED lights. Not only do they look really cool when flying at night, but they also help to maintain orientation when it's too dark to tell which direction you're heading.

Description:
Brand Name: Syma
Item NO.: X8SW
Color: White
Frequency : 2.4G
Channel : 4CH
Gyro:6 Axis
HD Camera:Photos/Video(720P)
Battery for Quadcopter: 7.4V 2000mAh Li-poly(Included)
Transmitter Battery: 4 x AA battery(Not included)
Hover flight time: more than 9 minutes
Charging time:About 150 minutes
Controlling distance:About 70 meters
Product size:50*50*19cm
Box Size:34.5*34.85*19.93cm

Here are some pics of what you get in the box.























First flight video recorded with the included camera.

Syma X8sw RTF WiFi FPV Drone Onboard Camera Demo (1 min 18 sec)


New flight video showing high rates mode.

Syma X8sw RTF WiFi FPV Camera Drone Flight (2 min 2 sec)

Posted by fastmax | Jan 18, 2017 @ 05:53 PM | 3,582 Views
EDIT 3/9/17 Get the MJX Bugs 3 for only $94 just use coupon code TOY20 during checkout. Click me.

The latest Drone offering from MJX the new Bugs 3 RTF is a 310mm brushless quadcopter, with sport flyers, and aerial photography enthusiasts in mind. It is designed to be able to run on 2s or 3s batteries, (2s included) and its brushless motors provide plenty of power for lifting your favorite action camera, or for high speed flights.

The quad comes with a camera mount, that will fit most of today's popular action cams, though some larger cameras may require some light trimming of the holder in order to fit properly. The camera in the pics below is my Eken H9 HD and it fits perfectly.

The long legs used when flying with a camera are easily detached by removing two screws, and without the camera, and longer legs the high speed performance of the quad improves significantly. Especially in high rates mode. In either mode, with, or without the camera this is a great flying machine, that is very stable, and has excellent flight characteristics.





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Posted by fastmax | Jan 18, 2017 @ 02:31 PM | 3,589 Views
The WLtoys 10428 Wild Truck Warrior is an awesome 1/10 rock racer, that is completely ready for action right out of the box. It includes a nice, computerized 2.4ghz, 3 channel radio, a 2s 7.4v 2200mah LiPo battery, and a balance charger.

For a limited time use coupon code RC18OFF and get it for $134.29 with free priority shipping.

The truck is equipped with adjustable oil filled shocks, a full set of ball bearings, and a 2 speed transmission, with servo activated shifting directly from the 3rd auxiliary channel on the radio. Power comes from a 540 motor, driving a center transmission with an adjustable slipper clutch. It features steel front, and rear, center CVD's. The rear solid axle is driven by a traxxas style slider shaft, and the front wheels are also driven by steel CVD's. Hex head hardware is also used throughout the entire assembly.

I have only had a chance to test it out inside so far, but initial performance is impressive. In low gear it will throw the front tires in the air with ease. High gear is a little less punchy but still has enough grunt to lift the front tires. Full running report, and videos coming soon. For a size comparison I have added a couple pics next to a 1/10 SCT and a 1/10 4WD buggy.





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Posted by fastmax | Jan 07, 2017 @ 07:42 AM | 4,990 Views
Let's take an up close look at the new Walkera Rodeo 110 brushless micro FPV racing drone. This little thing is amazing!



Main Features:
- Combines powerful brushless motors and high-strength carbon fiber frame kit
- 600TVL HD camera and 5.8GHz real-time transmission, allowing you to be barrier-free view in the darkness
- Space-saving and lightweight, it has a high thrust-to-weight ratio, which makes it accelerate swiftly and allows you to indulge in the fun of flying indoors
- 33 x 68mm PCB circuit board integrates PDB, flight controller, video transmitter, receiver and other modules
- Modular design - easy to install, disassemble, maintain; plug-in power transfer and map chip unit

Specifications:
Walkera Rodeo 110
Size: 101 x 117 x 55mm
Weight: 101g ( not including battery )
Receiver: Rodeo 110
Flight controller: Rodeo 110 F3
Brushless motor: WK-WS-13-002A
Brushless ESC: Rodeo 110
LiPo battery: 7.4V 850mAh 25C 2S
Fight time: 6 minutes
Working temperature: -10 to 40 Deg.C

First LOS outdoor flight video added below. All I can say so far is WOW! This little thing is a pocket rocket! Incredibly stable, and incredibly quick! The factory tune is very good. The fact that they put angle, horizon, and acro modes all on the mix switch from the factory is a very welcome feature. It means that beginners that are ready to step up to a brushless racer can get a feel for the quad in angle mode, before jumping to more advanced flight modes, and then can switch to more advanced modes...Continue Reading
Posted by fastmax | Jan 07, 2017 @ 07:39 AM | 4,084 Views
I recently got this Rui Peng RP-05 1/16 Truggy to use as a driveway basher this winter. It seemed like a pretty neat little truck for the price, so I figured I'd see what it was all about. Here are some pics of it in stock form.





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Posted by fastmax | Jan 07, 2017 @ 07:38 AM | 4,035 Views
The new Huanqi 735 4wd Buggy has arrived. Pics and running video coming shortly.



Update 12/17

Here are some detailed pics of the buggy. A few features worth noting. The buggy has oil filled shocks, and they are quite smooth. The stock oil may be a bit too heavy though. The suspension feels pretty firm on the bench. We'll see how it handles during the test drive, and change the oil if necessary. The radio feels nice, and I'm happy to say that it has dual rate for steering and throttle EPA's. I wish more companies would take note here and include these features on their radios. The car also comes with a very complete manual, with exploded views of the entire assembly process for all of the models in the line up.



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