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Posted by jameschen072 | Sep 24, 2020 @ 12:12 PM | 2,528 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 | 3,461 Views
JamesChen072's WPL D-12 review

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 | 4,961 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 | 5,095 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.

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 | 40,958 Views
MN90 1/12 Defender Review

Videos pending


Hi everyone!
Ever since the WPL B and C series came along, I’ve been hooked on these cheap trucks with fantastic looking bodies (Looks like it’s 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 it’s 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 doesn’t 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.

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 | 45,301 Views
Volantex Ranger 600 review

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 | 44,858 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

The Eachine Mirage E500 is a 497mm wingspan VTOL aircraft. Designed to eliminate a lot of problems that plagued “conventional” 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 it’s 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 history…
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 | 49,190 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 don’t think there’s an active thread on the WPL B24 Gaz 66 truck so I’ve decided to write a mini-review about mine. Hope it’ll help those who are on the edge about acquiring this truck a little more information about how the build went and whether it’s 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 you’re 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 I’ve found that not only were the RTR’s 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 | 55,991 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 | 44,844 Views
The iHobby 1/24 MT review

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!


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
Battery required: Li-po 3.7V 650mAH softpack (...Continue Reading
Posted by jameschen072 | Mar 10, 2016 @ 11:34 AM | 59,737 Views

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 | Jan 08, 2014 @ 08:45 PM | 65,932 Views
The FMS 800mm V-Tail (Trainer/Parkflyer) review

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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Posted by jameschen072 | Nov 27, 2012 @ 05:33 AM | 70,198 Views
Note that this is a work in progress, since I am interning at a hospital, my work hours are quite strange compared to that of the gf's or my cameraman, Nutta. So I'll find time for them to help me make a flight video when possible. Bear with me please! I've tested the quad extensively though, so here's the review in it's current form:


Hey everyone,
After much anticipation, my RC EYE One from RC Logger has finally arrived! I was supposed to receive it long ago but it was stuck at the customs office due to a month-long ban on R/C products (Politics, sigh). Anyways, it has arrived and here is what hopefully is an unbiased and helpful review about the RC EYE One. Before we start the main part of the review though, I would like to thank RC Logger (Chris, Tracy, Doris and Adam in particular) for providing the sample and sending it all the way to Beijing. Although they are representing the manufacturer, they have asked me on numerous occasions to make sure that the review is unbiased (as always). Oh, and I want to point out that I rarely see any company in the industry (or in other industries even) that do customer support/service as well as they do. They are a very professional team and dealing with them is a pleasure!

From the box
The RC EYE One came well packaged in a very compact and well designed box...no wasted space at all.. it reminds me of the boxes that other consumer electronics come in. The contents are well protected and
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Posted by jameschen072 | Oct 13, 2012 @ 11:35 AM | 68,590 Views
Hey guys,
I've been really busy lately with work at the hospital and writing reviews has been taking up quite a bit of what's left of my spare time
So, in order to increase my efficiency, I would like to ask you guys which products you would like to see reviewed. Due to the space (or lack thereof) I have, the biggest helis/quads I can review are around 250 sized...and fixed wing aircraft are unfortunately out of the question. 4 channel and up preferred

Cheers in advance for the comments!
Posted by jameschen072 | Oct 03, 2012 @ 08:24 AM | 70,825 Views
So here's something different- a blog entry that has (mostly) nothing to do with R/C!

It's the national holidays here in China and bored out of my mind, I asked Nutta to take a road trip with me to the China Aviation Museum out in the suburbs of Beijing (about 2 hours by E-bike+Subway+Bus). I've been to this museum a few years ago but it was more like an aircraft graveyard than a museum. They renovated the whole museum a year or two ago and I decided that as an aviation enthusiast, it is my duty to go and visit these great aircraft again.

So after mucking about with my quad til' 4 in the morning, I woke up at 8 to finish my work, packed my quads (promised the guys on the mini multicopters thread that I'd fly the quads among migs and make a video)and we left around 9. It took us quite a while to get there but chatting with one of my closest friends and smooth public transport transfers (I know...when does THAT happen) really made the time fly.

As soon as we entered the museum (after a VERY long walk from the bus stop to the entrance), I went into kid-in-a-candy store mode. Famous aircraft like the Vickers Viscount, the DC3/C47 and Li2 loomed into view... all professionally repainted and polished... a thing of beauty if I ever saw one.

After this came "the cave", which holds many interesting and historic aircraft... I am searching online on the origins of these aircraft since I have no idea how they got there... a T28 Trojan in it's Navy colors, a ROCAF F5 (...Continue Reading
Posted by jameschen072 | Oct 01, 2012 @ 03:39 AM | 101,282 Views
Hubsan X4 Review

The Hubsan X4 is the smallest quadcopter currently available in the ready-to-fly form. There was a lot of excitement when we first saw its aerodynamic canopy... “sexy” was used to describe it by many and I certainly agree. Talks about it haven't stopped since, and with the arrival of Banggood's first batch of 30 aircraft (28 for the customers and 2 test units), people will hopefully start receiving them soon. This review is written for the purpose of helping potential buyers decide if the Hubsan X4 is a worthy addition to their fleet.

Size: 60 x 60mm
Motor (x4): Coreless Motor
Frequency: 2.4GHz
Voltage: 3.7V
Battery: 240mAh Li-Po Battery
Flight time: above 9 minutes
Charging time:30 minutes
***Features a 6 axis system with adjustable sensitivity***
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Posted by jameschen072 | Sep 11, 2012 @ 07:40 AM | 70,317 Views

I could still vividly remember the first time I flew the QR Ladybird… because I could not wrap my head around the concept of such a small, simple aircraft with such amazing performance. Many quads have entered and left my fleet since then, some I liked and some I didn’t…but the QR Ladybird has always occupied a special place in my house: right by the door where I could pick it up and go.

Although the market has recently been flooded with a wave of clones, I still maintain that the best flying quad of it’s size is the QR Ladybird, and if it was priced lower…I believe that everyone would have one instead of flying one of the clones.

That brings us to the star of this review, the QR Ladybird V2 from Walkera. It is a stripped down version of the V1 that comes exclusively as a RTF set. Priced at around 60USD ready to fly, it is a bit more expensive than the clones, but much more affordable than the original V1 (that come in at around 75USD BNF.)

From the box
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Posted by jameschen072 | Sep 11, 2012 @ 07:38 AM | 62,454 Views

I could still vividly remember the first time I flew the QR Ladybird… because I could not wrap my head around the concept of such a small, simple aircraft with such amazing performance. Many quads have entered and left my fleet since then, some I liked and some I didn’t…but the QR Ladybird has always occupied a special place in my house: right by the door where I could pick it up and go.

Although the market has recently been flooded with a wave of clones, I still maintain that the best flying quad of it’s size is the QR Ladybird, and if it was priced lower…I believe that everyone would have one instead of flying one of the clones.

That brings us to the star of this review, the QR Ladybird V2 from Walkera. It is a stripped down version of the V1 that comes exclusively as a RTF set. Priced at around 60USD ready to fly, it is a bit more expensive than the clones, but much more affordable than the original V1 (that come in at around 75USD BNF.)

From the box
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Posted by jameschen072 | Aug 28, 2012 @ 09:19 AM | 61,214 Views

Introduction (and a few words from James)
Hey everyone, I know that I've promised a review of the X100 a few weeks ago...but I've been so busy lately that I can barely find the time to do my paperwork at the hospital... let alone the review! (For those of you who are following my exciting life at the bottom of the medical pyramid, I'm doing my rotation in the Internal Medicine/Cardiology ward... not a fun place to be for both patient and doctor )

Anyways, I trust that many of you have seen Erdnuckle's excellent post on his blog about this quad...so I hope that my findings can provide another point of view or further information perhaps...into the performance and many other aspects of this great little aircraft.

Special thanks goes to Banggood (my friend Aaron especially) for providing the sample... and to you guys for reading it.
As always, questions and comments are welcome and much appreciated.

From the box

There was no damage to the box at all when it arrived at my apartment (although it has made a far shorter journey than most). Like Erdnuckle said though, everything from the box to the manual were in Chinese...which may be a problem for most of you. In the following review I'll label most of the buttons on the transmitter and highlight some of the unique functions of this quad, so hopefully the lack of an English manual won't be too much of a problem for you guys.
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Posted by jameschen072 | Aug 17, 2012 @ 09:26 AM | 58,593 Views
I've been reflecting on how my life has changed dramatically since I found r/c as a hobby back in 2003.. and my conclusion is that it's not the aircraft, but the people that have made the greatest impact in my life. I would've given up very early on (those were the days of nicad batteries and 370 brushed motors after-all!) had it not been for the patience and kindness of fellow hobbyists... like Mr. Wang, who offered to teach me how to fly when I came up to ask questions about his Tigermoth and Formosa (Now he's a very close family friend) or the flyers at El Toro, at Northwood Highschool in Irvine, at ShinKong park in Taiwan among others.
I really think that those who share our hobby have a passion, a flame that should not be hidden but one that should spread like wildfire. Share that love of flying to others... you never know, it might be someone's life you're changing the next time you head to your flying field!

Although most of them probably won't see this message, I'd like to express my heartfelt thanks... without people like them all over the world, the R/C community be what it is now.

I am deeply addicted...almost ten years in and it seems that the addiction will only get worse. Bring it on!

"When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you will always long to return."

What are your stories?