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Posted by jameschen072 | Jan 19, 2022 @ 11:44 AM | 3,749 Views
JamesChen072's Volantex V761-12 Mini Spitfire review





Introduction


Volantex has found a sweet spot in the market with its V761 series. With a well-tuned gyro system, realistic airframes, and excellent (if not entirely accurate) paint jobs, these robust aircraft are among the cheapest ways of entering the world of RC. Excitingly, Volantex has sent me their V761-12 Mini Spitfire for review- their support for my unbiased reviews is much appreciated.

There was some confusion as to the differences between the Eachine and Volantex versions, thanks to the guys in the Eachine Spitfire group, I have double-checked with the manufacturer and they have confirmed that the production version is different only in trim scheme. As this is a prototype aircraft, I cannot verify the final box contents (My guess: Plane, TX, manual, two three-bladed props, one two-bladed prop, landing gear, battery, and charger).



The walk around


Volantex did a great job of replicating the shape of the Spitfire airframe- from the elliptical wings to the bubble canopy. The paint job seems pretty authentic compared to other similarly sized aircraft like the P40 from WLToys.

Painted as KL-B, the V761-12 represents a Mk1A spitfire flown by kiwi pilot Alan Christopher Deere, who famously shot down six Luftwaffe aircraft over Dunkirk and eight more during the battle of Britain.
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Posted by jameschen072 | Oct 28, 2021 @ 10:47 AM | 22,737 Views
WPL 1:10 D42 Review ( Tianjin Dafa TJ110/Daihatsu Hijet)


From the showroom

Hi everyone, your friend James here, and today we are taking a look at the WPL D42, the second model built on the D12 platform.
Like the D12, the D42 comes as a ready-to-run kit with everything you need to get up and going, other than the two AA batteries which power the transmitter.
Featuring a 2.4 GHz radio system, three-wire servos, and proportional controls on both steering and throttle. This model has many hobby-grade features despite its toy-grade pricing.

From the box, you'll find the pre-assembled vehicle, transmitter, charger, decal sheet, manual, and some spares. Some final assembly needs to be done by the user, like installing the wing mirrors, door handles, wipers and applying the decals. I actually messed up on the decal for the door rails and had to get another body from WPL, so be very careful when applying the decal there or you can also opt not to apply the decal as I did.


A bit of history

Hobbyists outside of China may be unfamiliar with this particular vehicle, the Tianjin Dafa TJ110. While hobbyists in Asia may recognize it as the Daihatsu Hijet.

Back in 1984, the first Daihatsu Hijets arrived from Japan as knockdown kits or CKDs. These were assembled, painted, and delivered to customers in small quantities- the factory only had 8 people running the production line at the very beginning.

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Posted by jameschen072 | May 26, 2021 @ 10:29 AM | 26,863 Views
Hey gents,
Just got yet another 1/76 from Turbo Racing,

Full review below
Turbo Racing 1/76 Racer review (6 min 10 sec)



here's the silly little run video itself, titled: The small and the easily agitated

The small and the easily agitated ft. Turbo Racing 1/76 (OO scale) Racer (1 min 18 sec)
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Posted by jameschen072 | Feb 05, 2021 @ 11:10 AM | 19,808 Views
Hey everyone,
Here's a video review I made of the MN86KS. I'm absolutely addicted to these sub-tenth scale crawlers!



MN Model 1/12 MN86KS full review (8 min 36 sec)


The MN86 is one of the best quality 12th scale vehicles I've come across, but it's not without it's quirks. In this video we will explore the good, the bad and hopefully help you decide whether or not this vehicle is right for you.

Electronics used: Stock servo, Stock 390 motor, Flysky 3ch RX, Flysky GT3 TX, 7.4V 1000mAh LiPO

Drive footage starts at 5:15


Get yours here (affiliated):

MN86K: https://www.banggood.com/custlink/DKKdiL9ZZO

MN86KS:
https://www.banggood.com/custlink/3vDd8l9SS8

Coupon for 20% off:
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Posted by jameschen072 | Sep 24, 2020 @ 12:12 PM | 41,720 Views
Hey everyone,
Thought you might enjoy this review of the 1/76 (HO scale) Mini by Turbo Racing.
Perfect for those of us stuck at home... race just about anywhere!
Turbo Racing 1/76 (HO scale) Mini- Full Review (6 min 45 sec)

Posted by jameschen072 | Sep 14, 2020 @ 08:07 AM | 43,510 Views
JamesChen072's WPL D-12 review


Overview
Kei trucks are a familiar sight for anyone who has lived in or travelled to Asia. Due to the population density and narrow streets in many of these nations, versatile, lightweight kei trucks are people carriers, food vendors, fire trucks and everything in between.

Join me as we go over the D12 in detail- from physical features to electronics, durability to drivability.

Disclaimer: Although the sample was provided by the manufacturer, there is an understanding that the review will remain unbiased and that product flaws, if found, will be discussed.


From the dealership

1x D12 fully built
1x 2.4GHz 2 channel radio
2x Decal sheets
1x Manual
1x USB/2 cell Li Ion Charger
1x 7.4V 500mAh LiIon battery
Spare linkages and drive- shaft components.

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Posted by jameschen072 | Oct 28, 2019 @ 07:28 AM | 43,715 Views
Volantex 761-5 P-51D Review- mind blown!


Before we begin

I’ve always loved the idea of a micro warbird- one that’s got scale looks, isn’t too hard to fly and doesn’t break the bank. Over the years, I’ve purchased quite a few, but most were somewhat disappointing in that they were either fragile, hard to fly, expensive or a combination of the three (favorites: UMX Habu, Rage Staggerwing, Firelands WWI Biplanes).
When Volantex told me that they were planning on making a micro P-51D, I was skeptical. It’s a tall order to make a micro that flies well, let alone their goal of making it robust and affordable.
I’d like to thank Volantex for sending me the review unit and for supporting my unbiased reviews. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please do let me know!

From the hangar

The P-51D is pre-painted to represent “Bunnie”, a Mustang that was flown by flight leader Capt. Roscoe Brown of the 332nd fighter group- better known as the Tuskegee airmen. Captain Brown actually shot down a ME-262 jet while piloting his P-51! Let me lead you down the YouTube rabbit hole I’m in right now with Capt. Brown’s interview: Pre-built from the factory, the P-51D has everything you need to get flying (other than 4x”AA” batteries for the transmitter). Landing gears are included if you choose to take off and land on a smooth surface. The landing...Continue Reading
Posted by jameschen072 | May 03, 2019 @ 01:30 PM | 44,016 Views
JamesChen072's WPL C34KM Toyota FJ40 Crawler review


Hey everyone!
WPL, one of the most interesting companies to have graced the hobby industry lately… has released yet another product. Despite knowing the many flaws of previous products from first-hand experience, I just had to make the jump… I’ve purchased every truck they’ve released and it’s becoming an addiction!
So here it is, a review of the C34KM metal edition kit… a 1/16th (realistically closer to a 1/14th scale) scaler with an injection molded FJ40 body for the whopping price of 98 dollars (rumored) . Is it too good to be true?
Before we begin, I’d like to thank Banggood for not only providing the review unit, but also for their understanding that my reviews are unbiased and do reveal the good, the bad and sometimes the ugly sides of the reviewed product.


Foreword
Past WPL’s products were fantastic to look at but realistically not reliable enough to take to the trails; I recall the first B series trucks had extremely brittle plastics and the gearbox was a nightmare to work with. As time progressed, evolutionary changes were made to the subsequent trucks-with enough patience through trial and error, it was possible to make a decent looking truck with performance to match.
Unlike its predecessors, the C34KM aims to be fully upgraded out of the box, eliminating the need to shop between third party upgrades and having to drill, file and modify parts in order to make...Continue Reading
Posted by jameschen072 | Dec 11, 2018 @ 03:34 AM | 80,403 Views
MN90 1/12 Defender Review

Videos pending

Introduction

Hi everyone!
Ever since the WPL B and C series came along, Iíve been hooked on these cheap trucks with fantastic looking bodies (Looks like itís become somewhat of a trend in the industry!). As frustrating as they are to build sometimes, once the transmission is upgraded, these trucks run great and itís really not too difficult to find realistic scenery to roam through.
So, a buddy of mine was nice enough to get me this to play with- the MN90, which looks to be a hybrid WPL chassis with a Land Rover 90 body. As there doesnít seem to be a thread on this truck, I thought it might be worthwhile to do a short writeup so as to help those still on the fence about the MN90 make an informed decision. Please note that this review is mostly discussing the kit form of the truck, as the RTR uses non-standard radio gear and has non-proportional steering.

Specs
Dimensions: 35*16.5*20.5cm
Motor: 180 brushed
Servo: 17g Three-wire

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Posted by jameschen072 | Jun 12, 2018 @ 11:12 PM | 85,524 Views
Volantex Ranger 600 review

Introduction
If there is one thing I enjoy more than flying planes, it’s sharing the experience. I’ve recently developed the habit of always having a trainer aircraft in my car, so that those who were interested could get a taste of what R/C flying is all about. Recently, the Ranger 600 has been my go-to trainer, it has taught about a dozen club members how to fly and we eventually purchased 12 of these fun little trainers so we could mess around with them at the field.
So, this review would be a little different to my usual ones- here’s a plane that I’m quite familiar with already, instead of something completely brand new. I’ll tell you what I love about it, what wears out and what my comments to the factory were in terms of what needs to be changed in the future.
As my Ranger 600 has been put through more abuse than any trainer really should, Volantex has been nice enough to provide me with a brand-new unit to do the unboxing and flight review with. I appreciate their support of my always unbiased reviews.


Design and specs
The Ranger 600 is a 600mm wingspan EPP high-wing trainer with an 8620 coreless motor driving a pusher-prop above the wing. The all-in-one unit smartly integrates the receiver, esc, and even two 2 gram servos- which are connected to the rudder and elevator surfaces. An integrated 3 axis gyro+3 axis accelerometer system provides electronic stabilization, the gyro could be either turned off...Continue Reading
Posted by jameschen072 | Jan 18, 2018 @ 11:13 AM | 83,698 Views
For the original thread please follow this link, thanks!



Eachine E500 VTOL Uncut flight footage (5 min 44 sec)


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Eachine E500 Review

Introduction
The Eachine Mirage E500 is a 497mm wingspan VTOL aircraft. Designed to eliminate a lot of problems that plagued ďconventionalĒ R/C VTOL aircraft, the E500 may have the potential of becoming a VTOL for the masses. In this review we are going to analyze this aircraft from my perspective as a product developer, and hopefully provide you with some insight towards what itís like on the ground and in the air.
Special thanks to Banggood.com for providing the sample unit, which was provided under the understanding that my review of the E500 would be unbiased.


A bit of historyÖ
VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) technology has been one of the holy grails of the R/C industry. With the (rather recent) advent of lightweight brushless power systems and lithium polymer batteries, the only thing that stood in the way of developing a true VTOL was the flight control system.
In my previous life as a developer for a certain US-based R/C company, we played with numerous VTOL designs- a quad motor with pivoting pods and two wing-sets, and a V22 with an EDF in the tail section to provide balance. While advanced for the time, these models did still suffer from some of the fundamental problems in VTOL design- highly...Continue Reading
Posted by jameschen072 | Jan 02, 2018 @ 01:25 AM | 88,632 Views
Original thread here
WPL Gaz 66 on the job (2 min 0 sec)



WPL Gaz 66 (B24) 1/16th truck review
Hi everyone,
I donít think thereís an active thread on the WPL B24 Gaz 66 truck so Iíve decided to write a mini-review about mine. Hope itíll help those who are on the edge about acquiring this truck a little more information about how the build went and whether itís worthwhile.
Even though the Gaz has been on the market for a while now, I initially decided against picking one up due to the bad experience that I had with the B1 truck (mine were from the 1st batch that were available on the market). Drivetrain issues, hard tires and poorly painted bodies were just the beginning of that nightmare, so much so that I had to part out one of the trucks to keep the other one going.
After receiving the third truck in their lineup (C14 Hilux: Review) though, I felt that the quality has improved enough that the Gaz 66 was worth a try. The history of the real truck is quite intriguing, google led me to this article, if youíre interested: http://englishrussia.com/2016/11/08/...-union-gaz-66/

The model

The real thing! (Gaz 66 wikipedia page)


From the box:
I bought the kit version of the Gaz 66, as Iíve found that not only were the RTRís put together in a haphazard fashion, they had non-proportional steering via a toy servo mechanism.
The kit comes with a standard 3-wire 9g servo that could be used on with most hobby-grade receivers and the drive-motor. All other...Continue Reading
Posted by jameschen072 | Dec 26, 2017 @ 04:22 AM | 95,414 Views
WPL Hilux at the beach (2 min 59 sec)


Hi all,

I don't think a thread has appeared on this particular truck yet, probably because it's still quite new. I really like the truck for its scale looks...and thought even if it didn't perform that well it would look nice on a shelf somewhere. This is just a small writeup and not a full review of the truck, so if I've missed anything or if you want to find out more about certain components or characteristics of the truck please let me know.


The C14 Hilux is available in tan and red, but in kit form only (from what I could find at least). I bought a tan kit for about 24 dollars (is that crazy or what!?). The only electronic components that come with the kit are a 9g servo, LED lights and a 180 sized brushed-motor. I've purchased a 30A brushed speed controller and a 7.4V 1500mAh 10C pack to power the little beast .

PNP price comes to around 34 bucks, definitely one of the cheapest ways to get into R/C.

The build was pretty straight-forward, the manual is completely pictorial, so nothing's really lost in translation... but some details are left out (instructions for how to lubricate the gears and which screws to use in certain locations, for example). I wasn't planning on writing anything about this truck when I got it, so I didn't take any pictures of the build... but it took me about 2.5 hours and I don't think the average hobbyist would find it to be difficult. For those who own the B-1 truck, the Hilux...Continue Reading
Posted by jameschen072 | Nov 26, 2017 @ 12:28 AM | 83,515 Views
The iHobby 1/24 MT review


Introduction
I’ve always enjoyed sharing my hobby with others- when they pick up the transmitter and understand why grown men play with toy cars (well, at least in my mind they understand) … it’s almost magical. While I do have slower trucks that I trust with beginners, I’ve been looking for something that I don’t have to cringe as much in an inevitable crash.
As physics is the law, it’s time to think small! That’s what sparked my interest in the iHobby Racer. Landbow, the manufacturer, contacted me a couple weeks ago saying that they’ve a new product for me to test out (professionally, I develop R/C products for a US-based company). I really enjoyed testing the truck and asked the manufacturer to provide a production sample for me to do a full review.
Questions, suggestions and comments are welcomed, as always.


*Disclaimer: The truck was provided by Landbow, under the understanding that the review will be unbiased, and that there are no economic gains for me other than the trucks provided for testing. I write these reviews for fun and intend to keep it that way!

Specifications

Official specs are as follows:

Wheelbase: 125 mm
Ground Clearance: 9 mm
9g 3 wire servo
2-in-1 Speed controller+RX
High-Grip all-terrain tyre : Diameter 42 mm , Width 20 mm
Gear rate : 1: 15.6
Motor type: 180
Spring shocks
Max speed: 19 MPH
Control distance: 30 M
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Posted by jameschen072 | Mar 10, 2016 @ 11:34 AM | 99,403 Views


Introduction
Fei-Lun has been enjoying a streak of success with their FT line of fast and affordable 2.4GHz boats. While not always known for being the most reliable boats out there, they were easy to work on, easy to run and the self-righting feature was much appreciated by most beginners and experts alike.

When I was doing some pre-review research, I was shocked to find that this boat measures in at 65cm and has a 4S power system. That’s an insane amount of power for something that is not entirely hobby-grade (But I guess it’s less crazy than its predecessor, the FT010, which has a 4S system and brushed motors).
Before we begin, I would like to thank T-Mart for dragging me back into the world of writing reviews, I appreciate that they continue to value my opinion. I hope that you, the reader, would get some useful information out of this review. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you’ve any questions or comments.

From the dock
Like the other boats in the FT line, the FT011 comes with everything (other than the AA batteries) you need to get started. I was quite impressed that they included multiple spare props along with some maintenance tools for the user, nice touch!

1x FT011 boat
1x 2.4GHz Transmitter (Requires 6x “AA” batteries)
1x 4S lipo charger
1x 14.8V 2200mAh 30C Lithium Polymer battery
1x Plastic display stand
1x Rubber nosecone bumper
2x Propeller (spares)
1x Bag of accessories (3x Spare props, 1x Waterproof marine
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Posted by jameschen072 | Jun 04, 2014 @ 02:22 AM | 16,579 Views
The Flypro Drone X400 Review


Introduction

Hey guys,
Iíve been flying micro and mini multicopters pretty much since they were first available, but Iíve never taken the first step towards more professional platforms (other than my Vision plus and a few other 350 sized quads); with flight controllers becoming cheaper and easier to set up- Iíve found that thereís no longer a reason for me to not get into more professional setups!

In this review I hope to find whether or not the Flypro Drone X400 from Hobbywow.com works as a one stop solution for those of us who want to move up without a lot of prior knowledge as to how to set up a multirotor from scratch.

Before we begin, I would like to thank Hobbywow.com for providing the review sample and for supporting my unbiased reviews.

From The Box
The whole Flypro Drone X400 comes well packaged in a blow-molded insert that fits into a cardboard box. Once unpacked, I found that the X400 was completely assembled except for the spongy landing pods (which are threaded and very easily installed).

All other components- the Devo 7 transmitter, the charger, camera mount, low voltage alarm and 11.1V 2200mAh battery pack etc. are all well protected in their respective cardboard boxes; Iím very happy with how well everything was protected and packed.

Officially:
ē1 * 100% Assembled Drone (Camera mounts, NAZA M lite Flight Control, Sponge balls/landing pods)
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Posted by jameschen072 | May 14, 2014 @ 04:52 AM | 25,390 Views
The 350 sized WLToys V303 “Seeker” quadcopter review


Introduction


The DJI phantom is one of the first R/C aircraft that made it beyond the world of us hobbyists; offering a different perspective on how you see the world around you, it became hugely popular with everyone from hobbyists to film-makers alike.

Since then, a wide array of quads bearing similar resemblance and features has been flooding the market (it almost looked like everyone had a phantom clone at the Beijing show this year). WLToys, being the king of the clones, had to make their own of course- and here we have it, the V303 “Seeker” quad.

Before we begin, I would like to thank Banggood.com for providing the sample and for their continuous support of my unbiased reviews over the years; had a great time hanging out with their team at the Beijing expo just a few weeks ago.

From the box

WLToys has gone overboard with coloring practically everything white on this product. From the white cardboard box comes a white quad with a white transmitter and white blades… I really think that WLToys could have been a bit more creative with how they did the paint scheme, but that’s just me. As soon as the quad is removed from the box, I loosened the prop nuts and installed the propellers in their correct direction of travel. With the battery on charge, I proceeded to take everything out of the box.

Box contents include:

1x V303 “Seeker” quadcopter
1x 2.4GHz LCD radio
1x
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Posted by jameschen072 | Mar 31, 2014 @ 05:10 AM | 17,386 Views
The WLToys V323 Review


Introduction

Hey guys,
Many of you know that the V262 is one of my favorite aircraft in the WLToys line of quadcopters; its one of the most powerful brushed quads Iíve ever flown, and the ability to carry a Mobius camera when flown without the foam canopy makes it a definite winner in my books.
A few days ago, Tmart contacted me to see if I could teach some of their staff about the basics of R/C flight, and on a side note, they asked if I was interested in testing out the brand new WLToys Hexacopter.
OF COURSE! Iím always up for testing interesting products!

So long story short, I have the hexacopter in my hands and here is my review of the V323 hex. Before we begin, special thanks goes to Tmart.com for providing the review sample; their constant support of my unbiased reviews is also much appreciated.


From the box

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Posted by jameschen072 | Mar 11, 2014 @ 08:04 PM | 27,545 Views
The WLToys Power Star 2 (V988) vs. Power star X2 review (V930)
*In flight pictures and video to come soon*

Introduction

Ever since the V911 took the world of R/C by storm and became THE helicopter that practically everyone has to start out with, manufacturers have been trying to produce more advanced 4 channel helicopters in the hopes that they would enjoy the success that WLToys has been having. WLToys have been trying to open up the flybarless helicopter market as wellÖ first with the HiSKY rebrands such as the popular V922 and now with the in-house developed Power Star series aircraft. Can they replicate their own success? More importantly, are they the right helis for your fleet?

Before we begin, I would like to thank www.banggood.com for providing the Power Star X2 sample. Their constant support of my unbiased reviews is also much appreciated.

From the box
Like other 4 channel helicopters on the market, both the V988 and the V930 come with the standard USB charger, a 1S lipo battery, 1 set of main and tail blades and an instruction manual.
Officially:

1x 2.4GHz 4 channel radio
1x V988 Power Star 2 (or V930 Power star X2)
1x 250mAh 0.9W 3.7V Lithium polymer battery (or a 450mAh 1.7W 3.7V Lipo for the V930)
1x USB Charger
1x Spare main blades/tail blades
1x Instructional manual



V930 contents

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Posted by jameschen072 | Jan 08, 2014 @ 08:45 PM | 104,690 Views
The FMS 800mm V-Tail (Trainer/Parkflyer) review


Introduction
Hey guys,
Do you remember what your first trainer aircraft is/was? For me, it was a REALLY ugly 2 channel HiTEC Sky Scooter that was patched up in so many places that I swore it had more epoxy/tape than foam.

A decade later, boy has technology changed the game. T-mart sent me the star of our review today, the V-Tail. In this review, I would like to give you my honest and unbiased opinion on this aircraft, concluding with whether or not I think this aircraft is good for the absolute beginner.

Before we begin, I would like to thank T-mart for providing the sample and agreeing to an unbiased review. Their support is much appreciated.

From The Box
The aircraft came well protected in the Styrofoam box




Included is the following:
1x 2.4GHz 4 channel transmitter
1x 800mm V-tail glider
1x Linkage set (packaged with glue and a spare wing bolt)
1x 7.4V 350mAh 15c Lipo
1x charger (no adapter though!)

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