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KingKong 210GT RTF... The suspense is killing me too!

Posted by fastmax | Mar 22, 2017 @ 08:00 PM | 619 Views
Check out the new Eachine F14 RatingKing 1/14 4x4 FPV Buggy! Eachine has been making FPV quadcopters for quite a while now, but this new buggy marks their first foray into land based FPV rigs.

My RatingKing just arrived today, and while I haven't gotten much of a chance to do anything with it just yet, I did get a couple pictures to get this mini review started. The first thing I noticed about the buggy is that it has a nice quality look, and feel to it. The second thing that jumped out at me is just how wrong I think they got the scale. They call it 1/14, but if you ask me it is closer to 1/12, and might even be on the large side of the 1/12 scale. Here are a few pics of it next to my 1/14 Tacon Soar buggy. The RatingKing dwarfs it!

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Posted by fastmax | Mar 21, 2017 @ 01:22 PM | 1,023 Views
The new Sinohobby QQ Cartoon Car is a 1/24th scale 4wd micro RC car that comes as a complete RTR package. This package includes the car, a 2.4ghz transmitter, lipo battery, and charger. All for only $42.99 during the current promo sale. There are a bunch of different body options to choose from, in an assortment of colors. I preferred the looks of the cartoon Porsche myself, but check them all out here. Click me.

There are a couple things I really like about this little car. First, there are 3 different speed settings on the transmitter. This means that drivers of different experience levels are able to learn how to drive without being concerned about going too fast, and crashing into things. Second is the run time. This car runs for almost 30 minutes per charge. That's plenty of time to really enjoy driving in between charges.

So far I only have one complaint. At full steering lock when going left, the inside of the front tire rubs on the edge of the servo which will cause the car to spin out in sharp left turns. It looks like it should be an easy fix by simply trimming a little off of the servo tab, or maybe by adjusting the linkage to limit the maximum angle a bit. I haven't looked into fixing it myself just yet because I have been having too much fun running the car around the house. I will share an update on a fix soon.

Here are some pics of my little cartoon Porsche. I will post running video shortly.

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Posted by fastmax | Mar 20, 2017 @ 10:19 AM | 741 Views
Looks like someone in this house is going to get flying lessons. Can't hardly use battle drones without someone to battle with

Check out the new Cheerson CX-60 Air Dominator Battle Drones! Each package includes 2 smart device controlled drones, with infrared lasers, allowing pilots to have space age dog fights right in the comfort of their own home. Up close look, and flight/battle video coming soon. For more information or to purchase a set of your own click me.

Let's take a closer look at the Cheerson CX-60 Air Dominator Infrared Battle Drones!

When I first saw these little futuristic looking drones I was immediately intrigued. I really liked the idea of cruising around the house, shooting at each other in an effort to defeat my space age enemy. I had one major concern though. Would these be easy enough to control via a smart phone or tablet? I have flown quads via WiFi that were anything but easy to control, so naturally I had my doubts about these.

I am happy to say however, that much to my surprise they're not only responsive and easy to control, but they actually fly very well. Using the sticks mode does take some getting used to, but in gravity mode (using the accelerometer in the smart device for control) they are actually a breeze to fly and the only thing you need to use the sticks for is to set your altitude, and for yaw. Speaking of altitude, another very pleasant surprise is that the altitude hold on these also functions very well. Once you are...Continue Reading
Posted by fastmax | Mar 14, 2017 @ 05:02 PM | 1,552 Views
FuriBee FX120 120mm Brushless Micro FPV Racing Drone Review

Micro FPV racers are all the rage. Able to be flown in smaller areas than their bigger brothers, but without sacrificing performance. These tiny little machines put amazing speed, and agility right in the palm of your hand.

The new FX120 from FuriBee is no exception, and comes very well equipped with a Flysky FS-i6 in the RTF package or as an ARF ready for your choice of radio system.

Let's take a closer look at this micro racer and see just what it's made of.

I want to point out that in my pictures the quad has GemFan 3030 props on it that I was testing a few settings with. The quad comes stock with two complete sets of 3045 tri-blade props. I also want to mention that in the description on the Gearbest product page it states that a 2s 7.4v lipo is included, when in fact the included battery is a 3s 11.1v 620mah lipo. The battery stated in their description is a typo.

Out of the box the quad is a smooth, stable flyer, and has Angle/Horizon/Acro flight modes pre programmed for you on SWC. Be aware though that unlike many other pre-programmed models the flight modes are reversed. Switch in the upper most position is Acro, in the middle is Horizon, and down is Angle mode.

I found that the stock settings in CleanFlight were a little on the sluggish side for my liking. If you're just stepping into a brushless racer they're probably ok, but I went ahead and bumped the RC Rates up to 0.50 across the...Continue Reading
Posted by fastmax | Mar 06, 2017 @ 08:39 AM | 1,143 Views
SPCMAKER has recently released a couple new micro FPV racing drones. The SPC90, and the SPC90X are 90mm quads with 8520 motors, carbon fiber frames, and F3 EVO flight controllers.
Let's take a closer look at the SPC90X that I recently received.

Model: SPC90X
Configuration: X
Material: 3K carbon fiber
Size: 63.5 x 63.5 x 32mm
Frame weight: 6.5g
Takeoff weight: 55g
Motor: 8520 3.7V coreless motor
Flight time: 5 - 6 minutes
Flight controller: F3 EVO brushed 2.0
Processor: STM32F303CCT6
Camera: 600TVL
FPV transmitter: 5.8G 25mW 48CH
Receiver: DSM2 Satellite / FrSky SBUS PPM / FlySky PPM
Battery: 3.7V 600mAh 25C
Propeller length: 55mm

As you can see from the specs these are available with your choice of DSM2, Frsky, or Flysky receiver, so just about every popular radio is covered.
Upon opening the box, I was pleasantly surprised to see that these arrive in an attractive foam lined tin that not only does an excellent job of protecting the quad during transit, but also makes an excellent case for carrying it in. There's even room inside the tin for extra batteries, spare props, and spare motors. Very nice!

Once you are inside your shiny new tin, you will find your new quadcopter, which I am happy to say is also quite attractive. This little bird has a high quality look, and feel to it. See for yourself. (Pics below)

So far this little drone appears to be one of the nicest brushed micros I have seen. I really, really like my E-90X, and its flight characteristics, so if this flies anything like it I will be a happy camper. Once I get some time, I will get this bound up to my radio and get some flight video so stay tuned. Until then, happy flying!

Posted by fastmax | Feb 28, 2017 @ 05:51 PM | 1,617 Views
Ever since I first saw the little E-90X I was curious about it. It seemed like it would be a great little indoor FPV quad, but with its 8520 motors, it also seemed like it should have plenty of power for some outdoor flying as well. Now that I have it in my hands, I figured it was time to find out just how well it could handle some outdoor flying. After my first pack through it outside in some pretty stiff winds, I have to say I am very impressed.

Here are the specs.

Flight controller: NAZE32 brushed ( supporting 7.4V )
Battery: 3.7V 500mAh
Motor: 8520 coreless motor
Receiver: DSM2
FPV transmitter: 5.8G 8CH 25mW
Camera: 700TVL
Frame weight: 6g
Aircraft weight: 36.7g ( not including battery ), 48.4g ( with battery )
Flight time: 6 minutes
Charge time: 35 minutes
Radio transmitter: Walkera Devo 7E
Channels: 7
Transmitter battery: 4 x 1.5V AA ( not included )
Control distance: 500m

Remote controller buttons:

Let's take a close look at the little bird.

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Posted by fastmax | Feb 11, 2017 @ 02:59 PM | 2,280 Views
Are you looking for a fun RC quadcopter that is ready to fly, not too expensive, and able to be flown right out in your yard? Well the GoolRC T6 RTF waterproof RC Drone might be just what you're looking for.

This little quadcopter is not only good looking, but is also very stable, making it easy for beginners to get the hang of flying. It also has 3 different rate modes, so as your piloting skills improve you can simply press a button and boost the performance.

If you're new to flying, don't let that stop you from trying one of these great little models out. They are tough as nails, can take quite a beating, and come back for more. If you do manage to break a propeller, there are spares included to keep you in the air. The only thing not included in this package is AA batteries for the radio transmitter. Everything else you need to get airborne is in the box.

These are available on Amazon, so if you're a Prime member you can have it in the air in two days.

It is available in two great colors

Red -

Silver -

For a limited time use coupon code Z45BHIEX and get $10 off your purchase.

Flight video coming soon, so stay tuned!

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Posted by fastmax | Feb 10, 2017 @ 12:21 PM | 2,467 Views
DM002 5.8G DIY Micro FPV Drone RTF Kit

Currently on sale for $34.99 Click Me.

New at Banggood is this very cool little DIY quadcopter kit. The DM002 includes everything you need to assemble and fly your micro FPV drone. The best part is, it is very affordable and can be had for only $42.99 shipped.

My DM002 arrived today. I took some photos, got it assembled, and got it in the air. It is a great flying little quad. I will post video soon, but for now here are some pics, and a few details about the quad itself.

For starters the quad goes together very easily. Assembly is straight forward and requires no soldering, or special skills. Just follow the instructions, and you will be up and flying in under half an hour. For those who are curious about the size of the quad, it is a 105mm frame, and comes with 720 motors. The included battery is a 1s 3.7v 300mah.

Here's how it arrives

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Posted by fastmax | Jan 28, 2017 @ 03:26 PM | 2,042 Views
My JJRC JJPRO P175 has arrived! This thing is awesome! Power is great even on 3s, and punch outs are incredible. I can't wait to fly it at the field. It's really going to be amazing on 4s power!

JJRC have really stepped up their game with their JJPRO models. The P175, and P200 FPV Racing Drones are not your everyday, run of the mill, toy quadcopters. These are real, hobby grade, racing machines. The EMAX RS2205 2600kv motors pack a powerful punch. The Skyline32 Acro FC is fully programmable via CleanFlight or BetaFlight, and the Lightning 20A ESC's do a great job of putting the power down. These little drones perform well beyond what their price tag suggests. If you have been looking for your first fast quad, or have been piloting sporty brushless quads, and are now ready to step up to the performance of an actual racer, these will not disappoint.

Set up was extremely simple. I pulled mine out of the box, installed the props, charged the battery, and put it in the air. No adjustments were necessary, and 3 flight modes are pre-programmed so you only need to flip a switch on the included radio to increase performance as your skills improve.

Main Features:

Race level flight control: Skyline32 Acro
Brushless motor: RS2205 2600KV (4pcs)
Brushless ESC: Lightning 20A (4pcs)
Rotor specifications: Standard 4045 propeller (8pcs)
Camera: PAL standard CMOS 800TVL (1pc)
Transmitter: 5.8G 40CH 600mW
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Posted by fastmax | Jan 19, 2017 @ 09:42 AM | 3,305 Views
The new Syma X8sw WiFi FPV RTF camera drone has arrived from Banggood.

I've gotten a chance to put a few batteries through this quad now, and I must say that I am very impressed with how stable it is. In low rates it behaves very well, and is great for getting aerial footage, and for beginners to learn the basic controls of quadcopter flight. In medium and high rates, it is able to really cover some ground, and is quite competent at fighting some wind. Just like the other Syma X8 series drones it is BIG, and has great physical presence. Its size alone is impressive, even before lifting off. Once in the air the size is a welcome bonus for maintaining orientation.

As is typical with many of these ready to fly quadcopters, the camera works, but won't record in the quality that some may be looking for. You can see in the video below the kind of quality you can expect out of the stock camera. It is probably fine for most recreational use, and general playing around, but the quad is stable, and steady enough to produce some very good footage if you attach a higher quality action camera. There is plenty of power for carrying the camera of your choosing.

One of the best features of these Syma X8 models is the LED lights. Not only do they look really cool when flying at night, but they also help to maintain orientation when it's too dark to tell which direction you're heading.

Brand Name: Syma
Item NO.: X8SW
Color: White
Frequency : 2.4G
Channel : 4CH
Gyro:6 Axis
HD Camera:Photos/Video(720P)
Battery for Quadcopter: 7.4V 2000mAh Li-poly(Included)
Transmitter Battery: 4 x AA battery(Not included)
Hover flight time: more than 9 minutes
Charging time:About 150 minutes
Controlling distance:About 70 meters
Product size:50*50*19cm
Box Size:34.5*34.85*19.93cm

Here are some pics of what you get in the box.

First flight video recorded with the included camera.

Syma X8sw RTF WiFi FPV Drone Onboard Camera Demo (1 min 18 sec)

New flight video showing high rates mode.

Syma X8sw RTF WiFi FPV Camera Drone Flight (2 min 2 sec)

Posted by fastmax | Jan 18, 2017 @ 05:53 PM | 2,274 Views
EDIT 3/9/17 Get the MJX Bugs 3 for only $94 just use coupon code TOY20 during checkout. Click me.

The latest Drone offering from MJX the new Bugs 3 RTF is a 310mm brushless quadcopter, with sport flyers, and aerial photography enthusiasts in mind. It is designed to be able to run on 2s or 3s batteries, (2s included) and its brushless motors provide plenty of power for lifting your favorite action camera, or for high speed flights.

The quad comes with a camera mount, that will fit most of today's popular action cams, though some larger cameras may require some light trimming of the holder in order to fit properly. The camera in the pics below is my Eken H9 HD and it fits perfectly.

The long legs used when flying with a camera are easily detached by removing two screws, and without the camera, and longer legs the high speed performance of the quad improves significantly. Especially in high rates mode. In either mode, with, or without the camera this is a great flying machine, that is very stable, and has excellent flight characteristics.

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Posted by fastmax | Jan 18, 2017 @ 02:31 PM | 2,322 Views
The WLtoys 10428 Wild Truck Warrior is an awesome 1/10 rock racer, that is completely ready for action right out of the box. It includes a nice, computerized 2.4ghz, 3 channel radio, a 2s 7.4v 2200mah LiPo battery, and a balance charger.

For a limited time use coupon code RC18OFF and get it for $134.29 with free priority shipping.

The truck is equipped with adjustable oil filled shocks, a full set of ball bearings, and a 2 speed transmission, with servo activated shifting directly from the 3rd auxiliary channel on the radio. Power comes from a 540 motor, driving a center transmission with an adjustable slipper clutch. It features steel front, and rear, center CVD's. The rear solid axle is driven by a traxxas style slider shaft, and the front wheels are also driven by steel CVD's. Hex head hardware is also used throughout the entire assembly.

I have only had a chance to test it out inside so far, but initial performance is impressive. In low gear it will throw the front tires in the air with ease. High gear is a little less punchy but still has enough grunt to lift the front tires. Full running report, and videos coming soon. For a size comparison I have added a couple pics next to a 1/10 SCT and a 1/10 4WD buggy.

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Posted by fastmax | Jan 07, 2017 @ 07:42 AM | 3,543 Views
Let's take an up close look at the new Walkera Rodeo 110 brushless micro FPV racing drone. This little thing is amazing!

EDIT 3/9/17

Right now during the Gearbest Anniversary Sales Event use coupon code TOY20 during checkout and get the RTF Rodeo 110 for $169 Click Me

Main Features:
- Combines powerful brushless motors and high-strength carbon fiber frame kit
- 600TVL HD camera and 5.8GHz real-time transmission, allowing you to be barrier-free view in the darkness
- Space-saving and lightweight, it has a high thrust-to-weight ratio, which makes it accelerate swiftly and allows you to indulge in the fun of flying indoors
- 33 x 68mm PCB circuit board integrates PDB, flight controller, video transmitter, receiver and other modules
- Modular design - easy to install, disassemble, maintain; plug-in power transfer and map chip unit

Walkera Rodeo 110
Size: 101 x 117 x 55mm
Weight: 101g ( not including battery )
Receiver: Rodeo 110
Flight controller: Rodeo 110 F3
Brushless motor: WK-WS-13-002A
Brushless ESC: Rodeo 110
LiPo battery: 7.4V 850mAh 25C 2S
Fight time: 6 minutes
Working temperature: -10 to 40 Deg.C

First LOS outdoor flight video added below. All I can say so far is WOW! This little thing is a pocket rocket! Incredibly stable, and incredibly quick! The factory tune is very good. The fact that they put angle, horizon, and acro modes all on the mix switch from the factory is a very welcome feature. It means that beginners...Continue Reading
Posted by fastmax | Jan 07, 2017 @ 07:39 AM | 2,857 Views
I recently got this Rui Peng RP-05 1/16 Truggy to use as a driveway basher this winter. It seemed like a pretty neat little truck for the price, so I figured I'd see what it was all about. Here are some pics of it in stock form.

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Posted by fastmax | Jan 07, 2017 @ 07:38 AM | 2,797 Views
The new Huanqi 735 4wd Buggy has arrived. Pics and running video coming shortly.

Update 12/17

Here are some detailed pics of the buggy. A few features worth noting. The buggy has oil filled shocks, and they are quite smooth. The stock oil may be a bit too heavy though. The suspension feels pretty firm on the bench. We'll see how it handles during the test drive, and change the oil if necessary. The radio feels nice, and I'm happy to say that it has dual rate for steering and throttle EPA's. I wish more companies would take note here and include these features on their radios. The car also comes with a very complete manual, with exploded views of the entire assembly process for all of the models in the line up.

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Posted by fastmax | Jan 07, 2017 @ 07:37 AM | 2,823 Views
Have you ever wanted to fly a Star Wars Tie Fighter? Well you're in luck, because now you can fly your very own Tie Fighter right around your living room! Now available here for only $42.38 shipped is this awesome little RC quadcopter modelled after the Empire's feared star fighters. Let's have a close up look at this very cool new mini. I have the battery charging now and will get a flight video asap!

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Posted by fastmax | Jan 07, 2017 @ 07:36 AM | 2,637 Views
WLtoys have been busy lately. Here is another new product the 24438 RTR Micro Crawler. It looks pretty good. I am curious how well it will perform. Price definitely seems decent.

Edit 12/2

I have now gotten one of these little trucks, and thought I'd go ahead and post some detailed pics, and share a little more about it. At this point I have only run it for a few minutes, but there are a couple features I'd like to point out that came as a very welcome surprise to me.

First off, I am very pleased that the truck uses a 3 wire servo, so replacement/upgrade servos will be very easy to come by. The RX/ESC is also equipped for a second servo, so that the truck can be upgraded to 4 wheel steering with ease. Just add a rear servo, plug it in, and off you go. Not only is the RX ready to accept the second servo, but the radio also has a separate trim knob for the rear servo, and the radio also has a mode switch on it for switching between 4 different steering modes once the second servo is installed.

Here are some pictures. I will try to get running video this afternoon. If there's anything you'd like a picture of just ask and I will get it for you.

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Posted by fastmax | Jan 07, 2017 @ 07:35 AM | 2,588 Views
Let's take an up close look at the new Cheerson CX-91 Jumper 250 class FPV racing quadcopter. This brushless 3s lipo powered quad racer comes RTF with everything you need to get up and going included right in the box for you. I've only had a chance to get this in the air one time so far. I learned two things. This little drone is fast and agile! I have the battery on the charger as I type and will get some flight video to share as soon as it is done. Here is the eye candy

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Posted by fastmax | Jan 07, 2017 @ 07:34 AM | 2,452 Views
The new GPtoys S606, S607, and S608 series of 1/24 RTR micro RC trucks and buggies is now available. I'm going to be taking a look at the S608 monster truck version. These little rigs come with everything you need to get up and running except for two AA batteries for the transmitter. The truck is powered by two 800mah lithium ion cells, and boy do they pack a punch. This truck will instantly flip itself upside down if full throttle is given from a standstill. You'll see examples of this in the upcoming running video.

These trucks are very similar to the Redcat Racing Sumo line of 1/24 cars, however unlike the Redcats these are fully ball bearing equipped right out of the box. The GPtoys trucks also have an alloy upper and lower chassis plate helping to eliminate the flex that often leads to stripped gears. Here is an up close look at the truck and chassis. I expect these to be great fun for some indoor RC action this winter. Running video coming asap.

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