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Posted by fastmax | Nov 29, 2017 @ 12:47 PM | 9,015 Views
The Holiday Season is upon us! Kids of all ages will have RC Drones on their wish lists. MJX has just the answer for all those aspiring pilots out there. The X708 Cyclone is a complete ready to fly package that includes the quadcopter, radio transmitter, battery, charger, and spare propellers. This is the perfect package for beginners, and for those that are just graduating from micro indoor drones, and are ready to fly something a bit larger outdoors.

This quadcopter has all the features beginners are looking for. It has bright LED lights to aid with orientation, multiple speed rates, and headless mode. The Cyclone is extremely easy to fly, and will make learning a breeze, without breaking the bank.

If you, or someone you know has been wanting a drone to fly, now is the perfect time. During the Cyber Week sales this package is on sale for only $27.99 Click me to purchase

Quick flight video of this great beginners quadcopter

MJX X708 Cyclone RTF Mini Beginners Drone Test Flight (2 min 1 sec)

Posted by fastmax | Nov 17, 2017 @ 07:19 AM | 12,642 Views
Edit 11/12/2018 These are now on sale for $153.99 during the 11-11 sales at Gearbest. Click me to order.

I've been looking forward to this ZD Racing 08425 1/8 RTR brushless buggy for a little while now. I wanted to get an inexpensive 1/8 platform to convert into a pavement punisher for high speed blasts up and down my street and driveway. I plan on using 3s in my driveway and 4s out in the street. After I get in a couple runs in completely stock form, I will be putting on some street tires, and a custom Delta Plastik USA cab forward body.

My plan is to have a fast, fun, and good looking buggy, and a few battery packs for under $300 total. So far it seems my plan is coming together. I have ordered the Delta Plastik USA EVO DP body, and the street wheels/tires. Now I need to find a couple suitable 4s batteries. Detailed pics, and running video coming ASAP. I will also be measuring max speeds on 3s and 4s with several different size pinion gears using one of my older phones with a speedometer APP. Stay tuned! This should be fun!

For ZD Racing spare and replacement parts in the USA visit EMP Hobby. They are located in Miami FL and carry virtually everything for ZD Racing cars and trucks.

EDIT 11/20

Here's a quick first test run in my driveway. It's good to go, so next I will get it to a more open area and do a max speed test with a speedometer APP.

ZD Racing 08425 RTR 1/8 Brushless Buggy First Test Drive (1 min 14 sec)

EDIT 11/28

A couple quick speed runs on 3s...Continue Reading
Posted by fastmax | Nov 09, 2017 @ 11:41 AM | 9,366 Views
VIFLY is a relatively new FPV Racing Drone manufacturer, but they are diving in head first, and arriving with quite the bang!

The new VIFLY R130 is an amazing looking quadcopter that is built from high quality components. This little racer is designed to be tough, fast, and user friendly.

Aimed at pilots that are graduating from LOS quads, that are ready to get their feet wet in the world of FPV racers, this 130mm bird is loaded with features. For starters the model is available as a Frsky, Flysky, or Spektrum BNF. You also get the popular Omnibus F4 FC, BLHeli-S DShot 15A ESC's, 1306 4100kv motors, a 700TVL 1/4 inch CMOS FPV camera, and a 5.8ghz 40 channel VTX with 25mw/200mw/500mw power output options. They also include two full sets of DAL 3045 props, a prop wrench, and some rubber landing pads. All in all this is a very complete package for getting started. Just add your choice of radio, batteries, and charger, and you have yourself a very high quality, high performance racer.

Speaking of high performance, VIFLY wanted to be sure you didn't outgrow your racer too quickly, so they made this quad capable of 3s and 4s power. For most getting started with FPV racing drones, 3s power is plenty, and is quite fast with 4100kv motors. You will eventually be ready for more speed, and punch though, and when you are, just strap in a 4s battery, and off you go. I will be posting video of this quad flying on both 3s and 4s so that you can see exactly what kind of performance to...Continue Reading
Posted by fastmax | Nov 03, 2017 @ 09:53 AM | 10,623 Views
The new WPL B-1 RTR Military Truck has arrived. I have to say that this thing looks really cool. It looks better than pics can really show. It is a toy though. (To be expected considering how little it costs) Unfortunately we get no proportional steering, and barely any proportional throttle. It appears however that the platform itself will be very easy to modify to accept hobby grade radio gear, and a steering servo.

I have only gotten a chance to cruise it around my basement for a few minutes, and it's not a bad driving experience. Many kids will probably get a lot of enjoyment out of it straight out of the box. Hobbyists will be underwhelmed by it even if only for the fact that the steering is so limited by its lack of digital proportional movement. I love the fact that the battery goes under the hood, and the working headlights made it pretty cool to drive with the lights off. I can see a lot of kids using this truck to compliment their G.I. Joe toys. I wish the doors opened, but it'll be easy enough to stuff a driver in through the window.

As soon as I have some time I am going to do some disassembly, and I will get more pics. For now here are pics of what you get. All in all I am quite impressed with it for $29.99 I can't say that I'd be all warm and fuzzy about it for much more than that though....Continue Reading