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Posted by GBLynden | Oct 28, 2018 @ 02:36 AM | 7,845 Views
This is my E-flite Pitts S-1S 850mm BNF Basic RC Biplane with AS3X and SAFE Select Unboxing & Review video.

I got this plane because I absolutely LOVE my E-flite UMX Pitts! In this video I unbox it, show the battery tray, talk about the build, show the control surfaces moving, perform a quick motor test, and do my review notes wrap-up.

E-flite Pitts S-1S 850mm BNF Basic RC Biplane Unboxing & Review (16 min 30 sec)

Here are the pros and cons for this Parkflyer 850mm Pitts:

Pros
- It is beautiful
- It will fly on 3 or 4S power
- The size is terrific for transport
- It comes with AS3X and SAFE Select
- The main landing gear is really well built and the tail wheel is very solid
- The battery bay slides out, which is a pretty cool feature if you ask me.

Cons
- The build has some quirks and the manual does not match up completely with the parts and pieces, especially as it applies to the prop assembly.
- Assembling the main wing took way too long, but it wasn't the end of the world.
- It has been reported in the manual the recommended CG is farther back than it should be. 86 to 70mm is the recommended CG range.
Posted by GBLynden | Oct 25, 2018 @ 12:23 AM | 7,291 Views
This is my Eachine EX2 Mini RTF Brushless FPV Drone Quadcopter Outdoor FPV Maiden. This is basically an MJX Bugs 3 Mini Clone and will use the same battery. It also flies a lot like the original MJX Bugs 3 with an FPV Camera built into it.

You will see in the video that it likes to gain altitude quickly and is very maneuverable. It isn't quite as fast as I thought it would be, but that is a good thing for those wishing to learn how to fly an FPV Racer. You have to get used to flying something like this first before you upgrade to something bigger and more powerful.

Here are my review notes for this Eachine EX2 Mini FPV RC Drone:

Pros:
- It has lots of power with that 2S brushless powered quad motors
- It is a nice beginner RTF FPV model perfect for someone with RC Quad flight experience that wants to get into hobby grade FPV.
- 5.8ghz FPV that will work with nearly any 5.8ghz box goggles, Fatshark FPV Goggles, or FPV monitor.
- Angle and Acro flight modes
- High and low rate flight options and both as super smooth & responsive in angle mode
- Bright lights that make this is good night flyer candidate
- The flight time is extremely long
- The FPV signal is strong and clear for a model that only has 25mw of power coming from the FPV VTX

Cons:
- The proprietary battery is something I can look past, but it is definitely a con for me
- The camera position is not adjustable to make it easier for more advanced flyers to rip around
- During the FPV Maiden, it had some weird hiccups in mid-flight, but I still like I had control the entire flight

FPV Maiden Flight - Eachine EX2mini RTF Brushless FPV Drone Quadcopter (10 min 8 sec)

Check its current price here: http://bit.ly/2q6RJxW
Posted by GBLynden | Oct 17, 2018 @ 10:10 PM | 7,735 Views
This is my Maiden Flight Review video for the new E-flite Night Radian RC Glider. It has Flite Test stickers and is a 2M Glow In The Dark Powered Sailplane.

E-flite Night Radian RC Glider - Flite Test 2M Glow In The Dark Powered Sailplane Maiden Flight (3 min 52 sec)

In the video I hand launched it in SAFE Mode, flew it around on power, did some gliding, and showed off how well it loops.

Here are my review notes:

Pros
- It is a big E-flite Radian Powered Glider
- The motor is a 3S brushless motor
- Not only does this comes with lights installed, but they offer a ton of variety
- This is definitely something you can add an FPV camera to for more fun
- If you're a Flite Test fan, this plane is for you with the stickers and such
- The radio setup is easy like most Horizon Hobby products
- It comes with the option of using SAFE Select
- AS3X is nice when you have SAFE Select turned off

Cons
- The CG is printed incorrectly in the manual and may cause issues flying it. I found that a touch past 3.25" was perfect for my enfan 1500 lipo battery on the maiden flight.
- The tape provided to hold the horizontal stabilizer is unacceptable. Use quality shipping tape instead.
- Wires that connect the horizontal stab to the fuse are a free floating afterthought.
- The Servo tape that covers the wing lights underneath the main wing started to roll up after the first wing installation.
- The LED wing wires are going to be a hassle every time this plane is flown because they are about an inch and a half too short. To help with this, I added some servo connector extensions. I highly recommend this!
Posted by GBLynden | Oct 17, 2018 @ 12:19 AM | 4,280 Views
This is my Unboxing and Review for the new E-flite Night Radian RC Glider. It has Flite Test stickers and is a 2M Glow In The Dark Powered Sailplane.

In the video I unboxing it, go over the parts and pieces, show you what it looks like after assembly, provide a light demonstration, discuss the radio setup, and provide my review notes at the end.

E-flite Night Radian RC Glider - Flite Test 2M Glow In The Dark Powered Sailplane Unboxing & Review (17 min 5 sec)

These are my review notes:

Pros
- It is a big E-flite Radian Powered Glider
- The motor is a 3S brushless motor
- Not only does this comes with lights installed, but they offer a ton of variety
- This is definitely something you can add an FPV camera to for more fun
- If you're a Flite Test fan, this plane is for you with the stickers and such
- The radio setup is easy like most Horizon Hobby products
- It comes with the option of using SAFE Select
- AS3X is nice when you have SAFE Select turned off

Cons
- The tape provided to hold the horizontal stabilizer is unacceptable. Use quality shipping tape instead.
- Wires that connect the horizontal stab to the fuse are a free floating afterthought.
- The Servo tape that covers the wing lights underneath the main wing started to roll up after the first wing installation.
- The LED wing wires are going to be a hassle every time this plane is flown because they are about an inch and a half too short. To help with this, I added some servo connector extensions. I highly recommend this!
Posted by GBLynden | Oct 14, 2018 @ 11:44 PM | 3,429 Views
This is a 4S Lipo Power Flight with the new Durafly Supermarine Seafire MkIIB 1100mm WWII RC Warbird From HobbyKing.

HobbyKing Durafly Supermarine Seafire MkIIB 1100mm WWII RC Warbird 4S Lipo Power Flight (4 min 25 sec)

Here are my review notes for this Durafly Supermarine Spitfire variant:

Pros:
- A cool concept version on a classic WWII Warbird with tons of scale accessories that comes with three different scheme options.
- It is a great size for easy transport and still large enough to have a bigger plane feel to it.
- Flies great on 3S or 4S 2200 lipo batteries
- Very good flight times
- Scale flaps
- Retracts with rubber tires
- Nice bright LED lights
- A solid 3 bladed prop
- Ball link servo connectors
- It is quick and easy to adjust the tailwheel with provided tool

Cons:
- The stickers can be a little tricky to apply until you get the hang of it. After that, it is pretty easy.
- If you aren't familiar with now the servo connectors work, it can be a little confusing. After you get a feel for them, it seems second nature.

To learn more about the RC Plane, click here! https://goo.gl/qCSkKu
Posted by GBLynden | Oct 13, 2018 @ 12:31 AM | 3,984 Views
This is footage of two RC F7F Tigercats flying in formation at Warbirds Over Whatcom. The first is a 1700mm FMS F7F Tigercat Bad Kitty RC Plane, which received a nice finish to make it look even more scale as an RC Plane. The second plane is a FlightlineRC F7F Tigercat.

FMS F7F Tigercat Bad Kitty & FlightlineRC F7F Tigercat RC Plane Formation Flying (3 min 32 sec)

Posted by GBLynden | Oct 10, 2018 @ 01:49 AM | 3,353 Views
This video shows a flight with Bill's ZOHD Orbit FPV Flying Wing With RunCam Micro Sparrow 2 FPV Camera. You can see him covering a lot of space having fun with his go to RC Airplane that happens to be an FPV Wing.

ZOHD Orbit FPV Flying Wing RC Plane With RunCam Micro Sparrow 2 FPV Camera (5 min 37 sec)

Posted by GBLynden | Oct 07, 2018 @ 08:27 PM | 7,607 Views
This is my Eachine EX2 Mini RTF Brushless FPV Drone Quadcopter Outdoor Line Of Sight Maiden Flight. This is basically an MJX Bugs 3 Mini Clone and will use the same battery. It also flies a lot like the original MJX Bugs 3 with an FPV Camera as you will see in the video.

Eachine EX2 Mini RTF Brushless FPV Drone Quadcopter Outdoor Line Of Sight Maiden Flight (11 min 21 sec)

Here are my review notes for this Eachine EX2 Mini FPV RC Drone:

Pros:
- It has lots of power with that 2S brushless powered quad motors
- It is a nice beginner RTF FPV model perfect for someone with RC Quad flight experience that wants to get into hobby grade FPV.
- 5.8ghz FPV that will work with nearly any 5.8ghz box goggles, Fatshark FPV Goggles, or FPV monitor.
- Angle and Acro flight modes
- High and low rate flight options and both as super smooth & responsive in angle mode
- Bright lights that make this is good night flyer candidate
- The flight time is extremely long

Cons:
- The proprietary battery is something I can look past, but it is definitely a con for me
- The camera position is not adjustable to make it easier for more advanced flyers to rip around

Check its current price here: https://bit.ly/2QdeWdo
Posted by GBLynden | Oct 06, 2018 @ 12:10 AM | 3,322 Views
This video is an Unboxing, Charge Test, & Review featuring the Hobbymate D6 Duo Lipo Battery Charger With Wireless Charging capability.

When you click on this video, you get to see me unbox it, show you a sweet Hobbymate lipo charging bag, do a charge demonstration, and do a review notes wrap-up at the end of the video.

Hobbymate D6 Duo Lipo Battery Charger With Wireless Charging Unboxing, Charge Test, & Review (13 min 18 sec)

Here are my Lipo Charger Review Notes:

Pros:

- Easy to use interface
- It comes with a built-in power supply
- The charger offers up to 200 Watts on AC and up to 650 Watts on DC
- Ability to charge wirelessly and it does it easily with my GF's iPhone X
- Lots of feedback on the display
- Ability to easily charge two batteries at once.
- It has a very small footprint

Cons:
- It does not come with ports for banana plugs, but you can use adapters to charge batteries of all kinds.
- It does not come with a DC plug with alligator clips for field charging, but it would be easy to make that.
- The fan always runs, even it's not in use.