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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.
Tim Mackey  |  Dec 30, 2013  |  0 comments
Chargers can seem a little confusing at first but a good charger will soon become a valued tool. It seems that not long ago we had a very simple life when it came to batteries. Other than a few pioneering electric flyers, almost every R/C modeller had fairly standard equipment, usually comprising a model fitted with a two-stroke or four-stroke i. c.
David Ashby  |  Jan 11, 2010  |  0 comments
The large screen is easy to read. If you’re like me, you can never have too many gadgets although granted I suspect that, also like me, some of your purchases see the light of day more often than others. I’ve grown quite attached to this new little widget from CML Distribution which has seen a lot of use on my workbench over the last few months. Primarily designed for Li-Po/Li-Fe batteries, it has a number of functions :- • Cell Balancing before, after or during pack charging.
David Ashby  |  Nov 11, 2008  |  0 comments
CML Distribution have just launched this clever little gadget that may prove a very useful tool for the electric flyer. The Battery Doctor is the size of a mobile phone and has a number of functions - Li-Po balancer Li-Po discharger Receiver battery voltage testing Cell and pack voltage readout The unit has a row of JST-XH balance connectors ranging 2-6S and to which packs are connected. It can balance packs before, during or after charging. Cells can be discharged at a gentle rate to a default or pre-set level while the large LCD screen and animated icons give a clear indication of what the unit is up to.
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  |  Oct 09, 2009  |  0 comments
One of the great things about Li-Po batteries is their ability to hold charge, not losing capacity significantly once topped up. You can happily charge up one week and fly the next without a worry. NiMHs, of course, have been a very different story, until now that is. These new Sanyo Eneloop cells mean that NiMHs have finally come of age, they don't self-discharge like other NIMHs with the makers claiming the cells retain 80% capacity after 2 years.
David Ashby  |  Sep 28, 2010  |  0 comments
UK distributor J. Perkins has just announced delivery of Acme's FlyCam ECO version 2 - the lightweight airborne camera system. This update brings the following improvements; resolution improved to 720x480 weight reduced to just 15g removable camera head ribbon cable to aide remote positioning Like the old unit, this new ECO records to a micro SD card (8GB max) and gets power from a spare receiver channel. It has three modes - single shot, video at 30 fps and continuous shooting and retails at £39.
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  |  Feb 16, 2009  |  0 comments
German company Acme were displaying the next generation FlyCamOne video camera system at this year's Nuremburg trade show. Pictured here, FlyCamOne V3 is a modular system designed to provide 'still' pictures, video and real-time footage via the ground station monitor along with an FPV (first person view) facility. Sadly I couldn't get to speak to one of Acme's experts and the brochure is in German but clearly the system is radically different to version 2. For a start it's modular so you buy what you need and then add on items after.
Brian Cooper  |  Dec 22, 2010  |  0 comments
This review was first published in 2005, the S3152 servo remains on sale. The advances in servo technology haven’t really caused much excitement among modellers, have they? We’ve just taken for granted the servos’ steadily increasing rotational speeds and torque, and accepted that their increasing cost is the price of progress and reliability. Once we’ve paid our money, you might almost say, it’s been a case of fit, forget, and fly. And, because conventional analogue servos are so reliable, when most modellers think of digital servos - if they think about digital servos at all, that is - they only do so in terms of their relative expense rather than their advantages.
David Ashby  |  Nov 15, 2007  |  0 comments
There are lots of flavours to choose from. . . .
David Ashby  |  Apr 18, 2014  |  0 comments
It's been pretty quiet on the charger front for the last few years. There were a glut of cheap and reliable new units on offer a while back, all in similar vein - anodised blue metal body, four programming buttons, 50W output, comparable software - it seemed like they'd all come from the same sausage machine! My first good charger was a Hitec CG335, but that was last century, and Hitec didn't have anything to offer when Li-Pos came to re-shape my flying activities. Well, they're back, and have just pushed through the saloon doors with one of the nicest-looking chargers you'll find; it even manages to kick sand at Graupner's blingy units. I've never invested in a big charger, simply because the 50 – 100W units I've accumulated over the years have worked well enough, although I now find an increasingly regular need for a more powerful charge output, especially as I tend to be using mostly 5s and 6s Li-Pos nowadays, sometimes hooked in series for larger models.
Tim Mackey  |  Jul 04, 2008  |  0 comments
Having been experimenting with some of the newer battery technology (LiFe PO4s etc) I was looking for a new toy that could handle a goodly number of these cells, as well as all my other existing stuff. My GT8 was fine on Li-Po and could handle up to 8 cells at 7A - but had a few issues with larger 8-cell LiFe PO4 packs. This new 1010B also had a nifty balance plug adaptor board capable of accepting a wide variety of balance plugs (JST XH format) from different series wired batteries. With up to 10A and 10-cell handling, integrated balancing, and 200-watt capacity, it looked to be a capable machine.
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.


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