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Posted by fastmax | Oct 15, 2019 @ 05:03 PM | 2,576 Views
Let the Eachine Tyro69 build begin! This Toothpick style micro FPV racer is equipped with an F4 flight controller with OSD, a 20A 2-6S BLheli-S ESC, 2-3S 1104 8600kv motors, and a Caddx Beetle V2 camera. It seems to be a pretty nice little bit of kit for only $69.99

Stay tuned for more info.

Happy Flying!!

Quick LOS maiden flight while we got a break in the rain.

Eachine Tyro69 Toothpick FPV Racing Drone LOS Maiden Flight (2 min 27 sec)
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Posted by fastmax | Oct 11, 2019 @ 03:46 PM | 2,738 Views
I was looking for an RC boat with a scale appearance that was both inexpensive, relatively slow, and easy to drive for the youngens when they come over to visit. The Flytec V001 RTR caught my eye, and so far it seems like it's just about perfect for what I wanted it for. It looks fantastic, and should look very realistic when running once I find a suitable driver figure. It could stand to be a little bit faster, but it'll probably be just right for inexperienced visitors, and my grandson as soon as he's old enough to start playing with RC models.

The boat does not have a servo for steering, instead it uses differential thrust to make left and right turns. When you steer one motor slows down, and the other motor speeds up to move the boat in your chosen direction. Because of this there is some speed lost when making turns, but it makes it very easy for kids to control the boat. All in all I'm pretty impressed with the boat, especially considering its cost of less than $40 shipped.

Here are a few pics of the boat. I will get some running video posted shortly. Feel free to ask any questions you might have, and happy sailing!
Posted by fastmax | Aug 25, 2019 @ 09:35 AM | 2,980 Views
Let the new build begin. I hear the Eachine Tyro machines are a pretty good value in a 5 inch kit, so figured I'd build one and see for myself.

They spec out fairly nicely, and at the Tyro109's current price of $109 in the USA warehouse if it performs half decent it'll be hard to beat for a budget 5 inch quad.

Package Includes:
1 x 210mm frame kit
2 x 2206 2400KV brushless motor CW
2 x 2206 2400KV brushless motor CCW
1 x 4 IN 1 30A BLHeli_S ESC
1 x Customized F4 flight controller
1 x Caddx Turbo Eos2 1200tvl
1 x XF5804 5.8G 40CH 0mw/25mw/200mw/600mw switchable VTX
2 x Battery strap
1x Antenna
2x 5040 four-blade propeller CW
2 x 5040 four-blade propeller CCW

Will post updates as the build progresses.


Made some progress today. Frame went together perfectly.


Build is complete. Flight video coming soon.


I wasn't a big fan of the flight characteristics of the Tyro109 frame. It is just a little too "floaty" for my liking, and flying style. Decided to move all of the components over to a GEPRC GEP-VX5 frame. Hoping to get in a maiden this afternoon. Flight video coming as soon as weather permits....Continue Reading
Posted by fastmax | Jul 24, 2019 @ 07:51 AM | 4,534 Views
The SG106 RTF (Ready To Fly) WiFi FPV Drone with Optical Flow Position Hold, dual cameras, and up to 20 minute flight times is now on sale for only $43.99 with free priority shipping.

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Posted by fastmax | Apr 14, 2019 @ 06:47 PM | 17,901 Views
My new TransTec Tiny Attack 66 66mm 1S brushless Tiny Whoop has arrived! I am very excited about this little guy. I am hoping it will be an excellent micro for indoor, and outdoor use in confined areas.

Hoping to get in a few flights with it this afternoon. Here are a few pics. More pics, info, and flight video coming ASAP. It's worth noting that regardless of which color version you purchase, you will receive all 3 canopies, and all 3 different colors of prop guards, so don't pay more for a specific color. The package also includes a lead with connector for the receiver, so aside from soldering the lead to the contacts on your RX, there really is no soldering required to get the quad up and flying.

Quick outdoor video using a GNB 450mah battery. This thing is a riot! More video and info coming soon

TransTec Tiny Attack 66 $80 66mm 1S Brushless Micro Whoop FPV Racing Drone (2 min 5 sec)

TransTec Attack 66 65mm 1S Brushless Micro FPV Racing Drone LOS Flight (1 min 30 sec)
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Posted by fastmax | Feb 10, 2019 @ 12:47 PM | 28,358 Views
Scale realism? Digital proportional throttle, and steering? 4WD and Ready To Run? All for under $50? YEP!

All of the above!

The new JJRC Q65 Jedi is one sweet looking 1/10 scale military Jeep, and it is now available here for only $38.99 with free priority shipping.

This little Jeep doesn't just look good, but it performs well too. As mentioned above you get full proportional control, which as we all know makes the driving experience worlds better than on/off throttle, and lock to lock steering. The package includes everything you need to be up and running except for 2 AA batteries for the transmitter.

Check out the pics, and stay tuned for more info, and some running video in the snow. Don't hesitate to ask any questions you might have.

Happy RC'ing!!

Quick run out on the snow and ice. So nice to have proportional controls with these inexpensive rigs.

Willys MB Jeep JJRC Q65 1/10 RTR Scale Military Jeep With Proportional Controls ONLY $40!! (2 min 26 sec)
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Posted by fastmax | Dec 10, 2018 @ 12:58 PM | 44,724 Views
​My 1093-ST arrived over the weekend, and I am super excited about this truck. It looks great, and seems to be a very nice quality truck for the price. Check out the pics, and video, and stay tuned for more info.

This truck is now back in stock, and on sale here for $179.99 This truck is compatible with most, if not all Axial SCX10 II Honcho parts, and accessories.

Printing some scale accessories while I wait for the truck to arrive. Propane tank, and some other cool stuff can be found here. Wheel hubs can be found here. The shackles can be found here.

First mods. Removed the stickers, and added 3D printed mirrors and door handles.

Also 3D printed a snorkel.

More custom mods, and review updates coming soon!

​Please feel free to ask any questions you might have.

First test run out in the backyard. More video and updates coming soon.

Remo Hobby 1093-ST RTR 1/10 Scale Trail Truck First Run (3 min 50 sec)
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Posted by fastmax | Dec 01, 2018 @ 05:04 PM | 45,374 Views
JJRC JJPRO X7 Brushless GPS Drone Review

The new JJRC JJPRO X7 Brushless GPS Ready To Fly (RTF) RC Drone with 1080P HD camera and transmitter controlled gimbal has finally arrived

I will start by saying that the quality of this model far exceeds my expectations. It has a look and feel to it that I wasn't expecting at this price point. The maiden flight went very well. All controls function exactly as they should. The drone is incredibly stable, and smooth. GPS hold is accurate and works perfectly, as does the GPS return to home function. You don't have to worry about losing this one, because with the press of a button, it will come right back to you and land itself as demonstrated in the video below.

One thing to take note of. If you want to fly this via the WiFi FPV with your smart phone or tablet, or view the live feed from the on board camera, you will need a 5G compatible device. Unfortunately my phone is not 5G capable, so I am only able to fly this LOS (line of sight) I am sure that in the very near future most phones will support 5G, and many of you probably already have phones that do.

Please be aware though that if your phone does not support 5G WiFi, there are a host of features that you won't be able to enable, or use. However, for those of you that just want a good flying brushless drone with GPS, and long flight times, this is certainly a model worthy of your consideration as it is a very good flying drone, with excellent range.

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Posted by fastmax | Nov 03, 2018 @ 09:32 AM | 47,188 Views
The new Tianqu Visuo XS812 GPS drone with HD camera has arrived!

EDIT-11/21/2018 This excellent quadcopter is available here for $78.99 during the early Black Friday sales going on now

This is an excellent value in ready to fly drones with GPS position hold, and return to home. The package includes everything you need to start flying your new quadcopter, and capture HD pictures, and video. Not only is the camera WiFi enabled, so you can use your phone, or tablet to see what the drone sees in real time, but the camera module also has a micro SD card slot allowing you to record your flights in higher quality than if you're just saving to your mobile device.

The GPS function is incredibly accurate, and does a great job of maintaining height, and position while shooting pics, or vid. You also get GPS return to home, so with the quick press of a button the drone will return and land itself within inches of where you took off from. A great feature which helps keep the pilot from losing the drone in the event that you lose orientation, or if you just want to bring it back without having to pilot it yourself.

Just like the other Tianqu Visuo quadcopters that came before it, the XS812 is a folding design making it very easy to travel with and store. When unfolded you still have a decent sized 250mm drone that is easy to fly, and large enough to still see at a distance. The XS812 is an excellent model for beginners just looking to get into the hobby, or for those that are...Continue Reading
Posted by fastmax | Oct 31, 2018 @ 04:12 PM | 45,688 Views
At last my Eachine E015 3 in 1 has arrived! I have been anxiously awaiting this product. I expect it to be a lot of fun since it can be used in multiple configurations, and on a wide variety of surfaces. Rather than just another Tiny Whoop drone, in this box you get the parts necessary to turn your drone into a boat, or a hovercraft/Tiny Whoov.

I received the yellow version with two batteries, but this package is also available in red and with one, two, or three batteries. The price only varies a little bit with the extra batteries so I highly recommend getting the package with at least two batteries.

If you already have a bunch of Eachine E010, E011, FuriBee F36, JJRC H36 etc batteries, then you're in luck because they will all work with this E015. The E015 batteries are 220mah 35c so they are slightly higher capacity than the E010, H36, F36 original batteries.

In the box you also get a manual, a couple spare props, one CW and one CCW, along with a USB charger, screwdriver, and prop removal tool. All in all this is quite an interesting multi purpose RC vehicle available here for under $30

Check out the pics and stay tuned for running video demonstrations in each configuration. I have batteries charging now so I'll start getting some video ASAP.

As always please don't hesitate to ask any questions you might have. Happy RC'ing!!

Running video demonstrating all 3 modes. Really having a lot of fun with this little thing

Eachine E015 3 In 1 Drone Boat Hovercraft Drive
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Posted by fastmax | Oct 16, 2018 @ 04:49 PM | 46,506 Views
HTRC H4AC Duo 2s-4s Dual Output LiPo Balance Charger Review

Are you looking for an affordable, compact, and easy to use LiPo balance charger, capable of charging two batteries at once? If so then this little H4AC might be just what you want.

This charger is about as easy to use as they come. Simply plug a battery into channel 1, or channel 2, or both, plug your balance connector into the appropriate port, and hit the start button. The charger will then begin charging your battery, or batteries, and the display will show the voltage of each individual cell being charged. It's as simple as that.

Each channel has a fixed output of 2A, so the charger is best suited for 1100-2400mah 2s-4s batteries. I have used it several times now on my Tattu 75c 1050mah 4s batteries, and it has been working flawlessly. Cells have been consistently finishing within .01v of each other on the chargers display, as well as when I use my cell checker/balancer which has always been accurate for me.

The fact that this little guy has a built in power supply makes it perfect for those that don't already own a 12v DC power supply. It is also quite small, so it takes up very little desktop, or bench space, and is super easy to travel with. You can see in the picture below just how small it is next to one of my 65mm Tiny Whoop Drones. Priced under $30 and Amazon Prime eligible, this is an excellent option for anyone on a tight budget, or as a backup/travel charger.

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Posted by fastmax | Oct 01, 2018 @ 01:21 PM | 56,368 Views
EDIT 12/11/2019 Now back in stock, and available here for $119.99 during the Christmas sales at Banggood.

Flight Controller PDF Manual/Pin Out Diagram Thanks to member GCRC

The new Skystars S225/STX225 DIY Kit is now available. Looks to me like it is going to be an excellent value in the 5 inch FPV racer category. Specs look really good, and I am liking that we are seeing more and more of these quads available in kit form.

My kit arrived a couple days ago, and I finally got a chance to snap a few pics. Hoping to get started on the build this afternoon, and will post more pics as I make progress.


Build is complete. Added a bunch more pics below. Please don't hesitate to ask any questions, or request pics of something I missed. Flight video coming soon. Also added some large zoomable images of the F405 AIO Flight Controller (FC) pinout to aid in wiring for anyone else doing this build. Some of the print on my board was pretty faint and the pics helped me locate the necessary solder pads.


Managed a quick test flight today. Flies very smooth, and has a lot more punch, and speed than I was expecting, especially on 5042 high efficiency props. Should be really impressive on some 5152 props.

EDIT-11-13-2018 Spares are now showing up at Gearbest

Frames are available here for $21.44

Motors are available here for $8.24 each

ESC's are available here for $6.99

I will update if/when more show up.

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Posted by fastmax | Aug 31, 2018 @ 04:05 PM | 48,255 Views
EDIT-12/04/2019 Banggood USA warehouse Ender 3 Pro $188 with free shipping.

Banggood USA warehouse Ender 3 Standard $162 with free shipping.

All orders over $99 are currently shipping free from the BG USA warehouse, so ignore any shown shipping charges on the product page. They will disappear once in your cart.

After using the Creality Ender 2 3D printer for nearly a year, and being very happy with the overall performance, and quality of the printer, it was time for an upgrade. See my time with the excellent Ender 2 here.

I wanted a new printer that would be of at least equal, if not greater quality than my Ender 2, and something that had a larger build area, but still had a heated build plate, yet remained affordable. Enter the Ender 3. The Ender 3 is one of the new printers for 2018 from Creality3D. This printer has a 220mm x 220mm x 250mm print area, a heated build plate, the popular MK10 extruder, and arrives with most of the assembly completed for you. I had mine from the box, to ready to print, in just over an hour.

I just built my Ender 3 yesterday, and have only done a few prints on it so far, but I am very happy to say that it has exceeded my expectations. I am amazed that such a nice printer can be had for under $200

This will be more of a log than a review, as I will share my prints, and experiences with the printer over the course of the next few months. My Ender 2 proved to be a very reliable machine. I did hundreds of prints, and for nearly...Continue Reading
Posted by fastmax | Aug 29, 2018 @ 11:40 AM | 47,861 Views
Eachine has been bringing some excellent RC models to the market over the past few years. Some of their drones have been really big hits with beginners, and expert pilots alike. Today we are going to be taking a look at one of their new offerings the EX2H.

The EX2H is a complete ready to fly package that includes the brushless drone with 1806 1800kv motors, 2.4ghz radio transmitter with weak signal, and low battery telemtery, 7.4v 2s 1800mah LiPo battery, charger, and a 1080p HD camera for taking aerial videos, and pictures. You also get a set of prop guards, a set of spare props, and an 8gb micro SD card for the camera. The only thing you will need to get up and flying are 4 AA batteries for the radio.

Many of you will recognize the style, and design of this quadcopter, as it is very similar to the MJX Bugs series of multi rotors. It may even be a rebrand of an MJX model. Regardless, it is a very nice drone, that has a high quality look, and feel to it.

The EX2H is a very stable flyer that performs well in altitude hold mode, or in pro mode (no altitude hold). There is a switch on the transmitter that makes it very easy to select which mode you want to fly in. There is also two different speed rates, that can be used by pressing a button on the transmitter. In high speed mode the quad is quite sporty and capable of some pretty fast speeds, and makes it capable of flying in some pretty windy conditions.

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Posted by fastmax | Aug 28, 2018 @ 01:35 PM | 45,645 Views
Having a bit of fun with the Boldclash BWHOOP B-03 Pro. Be sure to check out our YouTube channel for our monthly giveaways.

A Bit Of Tiny Whoop Fun With The Boldclash BWHOOP B-03 Pro (2 min 46 sec)

Posted by fastmax | Aug 06, 2018 @ 02:45 PM | 46,539 Views
Lula Toys 8807HD-G RTF Mini Review. Awesome $24 Beginners Camera Drone with WiFi FPV.

The 8807HD-G is a folding drone with a style, and appearance heavily inspired by the DJI Mavic. This great flying package offers WiFi FPV, Voice Control, and G-Sensor Mode. This is a complete ready to fly package that includes everything needed to start flying except for 4 AA batteries for the remote.

All camera functions can be controlled via the APP that is available in the Google Play Store for Android users, and in the APP store for Iphone users. Thanks to its folding design this quadcopter is very compact, and easy to travel with. When unfolded you still have a decent 250mm size drone that is incredibly stable, and very easy to learn how to fly with. Thanks to its 3 different speed modes it is also a drone that you can grow with as your piloting skills improve.

Check out the pics and stay tuned for flight video, and footage from the on board camera coming soon.

The drone is currently on sale and available in the USA warehouse here for only $23.99 with free expedited shipping to the Con US, and is also available in the international warehouse here for $39.99

Please don't hesitate to ask any questions you might have.

Happy Flying!!

This drone is this months giveaway on my YouTube channel. Check out the video and enter for your chance to win if you'd like. Giveaway is open to everyone regardless of location. Good luck to all that enter.

Lula Toys 8807HD-G RTF
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Posted by fastmax | Jul 05, 2018 @ 03:51 PM | 48,565 Views
FuriBee Apis Florea 66 66mm Brushless Micro FPV Racing Drone Review.

My Apis Florea kit has arrived. I have been anxiously awaiting this little quad since I first noticed it on Gearbest. I was shocked that a kit with these specs could be available for only $54.99 Click me to order.

Here is a quick run down of the specs

Model: apis florea
Brushless motor: 1104 7000KV
Brushless ESC: 4-in-1 BLHeli - S 6A (2S LiPo)
ESC support: DShot150 / DShot300 / DShot600
Camera: 800TVL FPV camera CMOS sensor
Video transmitter: 5.8GHz 40CH 25mW
Flight controller: OMNIBUS 1 - 2S F3, with OSD, STM32F303CCT6, MPU6000
Firmware of flight controller: BetaFlight 3.1.7

I have edited the above specs because there were some errors in the specs listed in the product description. The two biggest differences are that this kit includes 7000kv motors, and not 6000kv like the description states. The second difference is that the ESC is only 2s capable, and will not run on a 1s battery. Other than those two things, everything else seems to be as described.

Check out the pics of what is included in the kit, and stay tuned for build pics, and flight video.

Don't hesitate to ask any questions you might have.

Happy Flying!!

Build slide show

FuriBee Apis Florea 66 66mm Brushless Micro Kit Build (0 min 55 sec)

First flight

FuriBee Apis Florea 66 66mm Brushless Micro Kit ONLY $55!! (2 min 13 sec)
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Posted by fastmax | Jun 17, 2018 @ 09:23 AM | 47,652 Views
The new S1 Pentium from JJRC is one of the mini self righting boats in their S series which includes three very affordable 14 inch boats of different styles. The S1 is currently available for only $36.99 Click me to order.

The Pentium with its red, and white color scheme, immediately jumped out at me as a great looking little boat for running in pools, ponds, and other small bodies of water.

These little water cooled boats are powered by a 370 motor, and a 7.4v 600mah LiIo battery. They have fully digital proportional throttle, and steering, and the steering duties are handled by a micro 3 wire servo. As the title suggests these boats are also self righting, so there is no need to rescue a capsized vessel. Simply apply a quick blip of forward to reverse throttle, and the boat will roll itself upright, ready for more action.

All three models, S1, S2, and S3 are complete ready to run packages, that include everything needed to run your boat, except for 4 AA batteries for the radio transmitter. For safety, these boats also feature a low battery warning beep, and a weak signal warning beep that sends the warning back to the radio so that you know when you're getting out of range, or the battery is getting low.

Check out the pictures, and videos. Please don't hesitate to ask any questions. Stay tuned for running video coming soon.

Happy Boating!!

First run

JJRC S1 Pentium 14" Self Righting Water Cooled RTR Boat (3 min 51 sec)

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Posted by fastmax | Jun 08, 2018 @ 02:28 PM | 47,863 Views
The Helifar H106 is a new ready to run, self righting 14 inch boat from a company best known for their FPV Racing Drones. The RTR package includes the boat, radio transmitter, two 7.4v 600mah batteries, and a USB charger. Click me to order.

For a limited time use coupon code RCDeal57 at checkout and get this package for $50.99

My H106 just arrived. First impressions are good. The little boat has a nice feel to it, and I really like the sleek appearance. The instruction manual is quite detailed, and covers everything needed to run, and maintain the boat. The package includes two batteries, as stated in the product description, and they also include a spare prop.

According to the manual there is also some telemetry functions. The boat is supposed to send battery voltage, and radio signal strength information back to the radio. I will check these features out as soon as I get it in the water. Here are some pics. More info and running video coming shortly.

First run. Range is surprisingly good.

Helifar H106 Self Righting RTR RC Boat CHEAP FUN!! (4 min 14 sec)

JJRC S1 Pentium VS HeliFar H106

JJRC S1 Pentium VS HeliFar H106 Battle Of The Budget Boats (6 min 39 sec)
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Posted by fastmax | May 22, 2018 @ 04:29 PM | 52,774 Views
EDIT-5/26/2018 Frsky BNF is now on sale for $149

The new X140 Pro arrived on my door step today. I've been very excited about getting this one since I really like the original FuriBee X140, which this is supposed to be an improvement on. For those that haven't heard yet, it appears as though FuriBee will be changing their brand name to Helifar.

Anyway, this little racer is built on a 145mm stretched X frame with 4mm arms. The quad is equipped with an F4 flight controller, a Blheli-32 25A 4 in 1 2-4s ESC running Dshot 1200, a 25/100/200mw VTX with Pit Mode, a 600TVL CCD FPV camera, and 1408 3800kv motors. The product desciption on the Gearbest page states 3600kv motors, but mine are clearly marked 3800kv (See pics)

You also get a buzzer, a programmable LED, and 8 Racekraft 3041 4 blade props.

Many of you may have already seen Andy RC's review on YouTube, and he didn't like the stock props. He switched them out for some Gemfan Flash 3052 props and the quad performed much better. I will also be trying it with both. The Gemfan 3052 have been my favorite 3 inch prop since their release.

This little racer is available as an Frsky BNF, a Flysky BNF, or as a PNP model ready for your choice of receiver.

Check out the pictures, and flight videos, and stay tuned for more info coming soon.

First flight, completely stock on stock props.

Helifar X140 Pro 145mm Stretched X 3 Inch FPV Racer (3 min 17 sec)

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