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David Ashby  |  Feb 25, 2008  |  0 comments
We see new servos appearing with increasing regularly and the strength and reliability of these essential little aeromodelling widgets has never been better. This new servo from Hitec caught my eye at Nuremburg. Boasting their new AGTT (Advanced Gear Train Technique) the 8g micro servo "inverts the servo motor and uses break hard thicker gears on longer, flexible shafts that reach down the side of the case for a premium micro servo gear train". Hitec go on to say that the servo gear train is guaranteed to be "stronger than any micro servo ever made" - quite a statement! Datafile Name - HS-45HB Premium Feather Torque - 1.
Chris Hornby  |  Dec 18, 2007  |  0 comments
The little LCD gives system info (see below) Acme, the German producers of the original Flycam reviewed by Tim Mackey on the Modelflying forum have just brought out version 2 and being a sucker for this sort of thing, I pre-ordered one from Robotbirds to make sure I had one as soon as they got here and in the hope that what was already a brilliant bit of kit could be improved upon. I was not disappointed. As can be seen, this is a very smart device in black and silver. There is no awkward mirror because the lens is able to rotate through 90-degrees.
David Ashby  |  Nov 15, 2007  |  0 comments
There are lots of flavours to choose from. . . .
David Ashby  |  Oct 05, 2007  |  0 comments
Every month we receive a CD-ROM disk from Horizon Hobby UK (formerly Helger of course) The disk is quite literally packed with new aircraft and product lines demonstrating that (in this writers opinion) Horizon are the most rapidly growing distributor in the UK at the moment. The company is clearly aiming to have a one-stop solution for anyone who walks into a model shop and their new electric flight releases are a case in point. A new range of Li-Pos have joined a growing range of motors and other accessories all vying for your electric flight hobby pound. We've not received any items to test as yet so I can only relate information from the press release.
David Ashby  |  Sep 20, 2007  |  0 comments
1/7th scale WW2 Horizon Hobby UK have sent us details of some new pilots that they've just introduced. These chaps are supplied pre-painted and are priced between £5. 99 and £8. 99.
David Ashby  |  Sep 19, 2007  |  0 comments
Designed for 2,3 and 4-cell Li-Po packs, these neat little items of electronic wizardry will show you the state of each cell using highly visible lights, ranging from red flashing, through to orange or green, depending on the power in each cell. The units are priced at - 2-cell £5. 50, 3-cell £6. 50 and 4-cell £7.
David Ashby  |  Jul 25, 2007  |  0 comments
A conventional looking charger with a bit more muscle! Another new product from Prolux, this new wall-charger will handle Nicad and NiMH batteries and charge at 1amp with peak detection. There's a two-colour charging indicator and the output has reverse polarity and short curcuit protection. It has auto cycle charging (Rx first then Tx) and is supplied with Futaba or JR connectors, it's priced at £14. 99 and available from all CML Distribution stockists.
David Ashby  |  Jul 23, 2007  |  0 comments
An extra ESC lead connects to the Li-Po balance plug Thunder Power have announced two new ranges of brushless speed controllers. First up is the revolutionary 'Smart Guide' series. These controllers utilise 'Balanced Discharge Monitoring & Protection' (BDMP) technology. This innovative new system provides real time monitoring of the discharge voltage of each cell in the Li-Po pack.
David Ashby  |  Jul 17, 2007  |  0 comments
This is a three cell (3s) pack - the cells can be configured in any way Supplied by BRC Hobbies they're touted as Li-Po replacements and the packs of tomorrow. First, let me tell you what these cells purport to do. . .
David Ashby  |  Jul 12, 2007  |  0 comments
Not sure what you receiver battery is up to ? Then get one of these This new Prolux branded volt monitor from CML distribution is a good way of checking receiver or flight battery levels before flying. It boasts the following spec - Large LCD display showing voltage and 7-step capacity icon Capable of measuring 1-4 cell Li-Po or 4-6 cell NiCad/NiMH packs. Test results are shown under a 300mA loading Reverse voltage protection Test range is between 3. 7v - 20v The RRP is £13.
David Ashby  |  Jul 09, 2007  |  0 comments
J. Perkins and AirPower have just launched these new balancer chargers. Hot on the heels of our 'Balance of Power' article in the current issue these new units will balance charge Li-Pos without the need for a separate balancer unit attachment. The J.
David Ashby  |  Jun 26, 2007  |  0 comments
The new J'EN starter - it should do the lot! Just Engines have just launched this new J'EN geared starter. They report that the unit has started up everything they've have thrown at it so far including a 50cc petrol motor, a Moki 2. 10 and an ASP 1. 80 four-stroke.
David Ashby  |  Jun 20, 2007  |  0 comments
The new transmitter case from JR We rather like this new JR case, it's a little different, stylish even, so if you like to step out in style on the flight line, and you're a JR user - this could be the thing for you! Measuring 260x205x140mm and sized to accept the current range of JR transmitters, the case is priced at £26. 95. Available from all MacGregor stockists. Call JR distributor, Macgregor Industries direct on 01628 760430.
Tom Bailey  |  May 31, 2007  |  0 comments
The Shark 10 Version 2. 0 charger is a brand new 5A unit that can be used for up to 5s lithium and 14 cell NiCad / NiMH. Features include adjustable charge and discharge current, along with discharge end point adjustment. Complete with a backlit two-line LCD display for use in low light conditions, the Shark 10 can be used with the RCM-Pelikan PB-5 balancer and is available direct from Puffin Models for £49.
Tom Bailey  |  Feb 16, 2007  |  0 comments
The main question I ask of any computer software is a simple one: How easy is it to get this thing running on my machine? I don’t want to be fiddling around with complicated installation processes, only to find that one hardware conflict or another ultimately hampers my progress. I’m an impatient man at the best of times, so if a software CD wants to avoid ending up as the latest addition to my ever-growing coaster collection, it needs to be user-friendly. In this department, Reality Craft’s RC Flight Master eXtreme64 simulator is a success. Installation was a technophobe’s dream: put the disc into the CD drive, let it load up, click install and you’re away.