Factor 3D ARF @ $119.98 + S&H from Hobbico, 3002 N. Apollo Dr., Suite #1, Champaign IL 61822; Tel.: (800) 637-7660; website: www.greatplanes.com.
If you’re looking for a simple design with spectacular performance, look no further than the Factor 3D ARF Sport Electric airplane.
This purpose-built flier has an unlimited flight envelope. It can perform harriers, waterfalls, torque rolls, and even smooth sport aerobatics, but with economical components. Its compact size offers an unmatched convenience.
Features include a two-piece wing with removable wing panels and aileron servos in each panel to simplify assembly and allow for advanced mixing options. The tail-mounted elevator and rudder servos provide short, direct linkages, resulting in precise aerobatics. A magnetic hatch provides easy access to onboard gear, while the factory-applied trim scheme features clear sections to let you see the top-notch craftmanship and lightweight structure.
Quality hardware is included with the Factor 3D. A four-channel radio system, four microservos, a 35-30-1,250 kV outrunner brushless motor, 35-amp brushless ESC, and 11.1-volt 2,200 mAh LiPo battery and charger are required.
aeroflyRC7 Flight Simulator @ $139 + S&H from Ikarus USA, 5301 SW 25th Pl.,
Cape Coral FL 33914; Tel.: (877) 550-2376; website: http://shop.ikarus-usa.com.
Ikarus presents its newest RC flight simulator, the aeroflyRC7, featuring more than 200 models, 50 sceneries, and the option to scale any model.
This new version is extensively equipped and comes with many aircraft options including powered airplanes, helicopters, gliders, and quadcopters. It also includes training aids such as an aerobatic grid, position indicator, and hover flight trainer. Other options include 4-D sceneries, a chat option, and aerotow.
Universal for any simulator commander, remote control, or joystick, the user will attain an ultrarealistic flight feeling, thanks to new flight physics available with the aeroflyRC7 flight simulator. The aeroflyRC7 program can be installed from a DVD, or as an instant download via the website.
X4 Micro AC/DC 1-Cell LiPo Charger @ $49.99 + S&H from Hitec RCD, 12115 Paine St., Poway CA 92064; Tel.: (858) 748-6948, website: www.hitecrcd.com.
If you are searching for a dependable, portable charger for all of your micro fliers, check out Hitec’s latest charger, the X4 Micro Charger.
This charger features a built-in AC/DC power supply and four independent charge ports, each equipped with the common battery connectors. The individual LED displays show the current, capacity, and charge status. An audible alarm indicates the process termination.
With an AC input of 100-240 watts, DC input of 11-15 volts, and an adjustable charge current of 0.1 to 1 amp, the X4 Micro Charger includes comprehensive safety features for short circuit, overcurrent, battery-reverse polarity, and DC input voltage protection.
Jeti HiCopter Switching BEC @ $55 + S&H from Esprit Model, 1240 Clearmont St. NE #12, Palm Bay FL 32905; Tel.: (321) 729-4287; website: www.espritmodel.com.
Esprit introduces the new Jeti HiCopter switching BEC, designed to regulate the voltage from your 14- to 42-volt power source (four 10S LiPo or five 12S LiFe packs) and provide stable output voltage of 12 volts at 3-amp up to 12-amp peak current for your aerial photography and FPV equipment.
The input and output sides consist of single positive/negative wires for connection to your battery and powered devices.
1/5-Scale Spitfire Mk IX 30cc ARF @ $629.99+ S&H from Horizon Hobby, 4105 Fieldstone Rd., Champaign IL 61822; Tel.: (800) 338-4639; website: www.hangar-9.com.
The Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXc was the premiere interceptor aircraft used by the Royal Air Force during World War II. Horizon Hobby and Hangar 9 now capture the supremacy, grace, and scale outline in a way that makes the famed aircraft come alive in the 1/5-scale Spitfire Mk IXc 30cc ARF.
This Giant Scale event-legal aircraft is an accurate representation of the scale outline, with many details and features such as three-piece, plug-in wings for simple assembly and transportation, a removable magnetic top hatch, operational split flaps with internal linkages, and fixed landing gear, gear doors, scale tires, and four-spoke Spitfire wheels.
Features also include cowl details such as carburetor and compressor intakes and a molded engine exhaust, removable wing cannon and radio antenna detail, molded wing radiators finished with matching paint, and a painted, one-piece canopy, and detailed cockpit.
A painted aluminum spinner and two scale decal and identification number sets are included, along with a complete, high-quality hardware package. Requiring a two-stroke gas/petrol 30cc engine, an optional electric motor installation kit is available, as are optional electric retracts with struts.
Microaces has added a new aircraft kit, one of the Soviet Union’s most distinctive World War II fighters, the Mikoyen-Gurevich MiG-3, to its fleet.
The MiG-3 kit includes all of the component features expected in a Microaces kit, including the clip-in, clip-out receiver system designed for the Spektrum AR6400- and 6400L-type receivers and their successors, the AR6410 and 6410L. The detailed graphics on this kit reveal the intricacies of the Russian fighter, with a healthy amount of weathering expected on combat-hardened aircraft.
An ideal next step for those who have experienced other RTF micros, the 15-inch MiG-3 boasts scale control surfaces including ailerons that provide a responsive scale performance. Flight is stable in calm conditions or indoors, and loops, rolls, and inverted flight are all achievable. The undercarriage can be detached, so the flight envelope can be explored completely.
The Microaces MiG-3 is available as a standard kit or as a deluxe kit including the brushless motor and speed controller. Both are available for order on the Microaces website, and global shipping is available.
Lithium-Iron-Phosphate (LiFe) Batteries @ $27.99-$64.99 + S&H from Hobbico, 3002 N. Apollo Dr., Suite #1, Champaign IL 61822; Tel.: (800) 637-7660; website: www.lifesourcebatteries.com.
With more power, less weight, and longer battery life, the LiFeSource LiFe battery packs rank among the finest batteries designed for RC applications.
Less costly and safer to recharge than LiPo batteries without the fire risk, LiFeSource LiFe packs feature superior energy density for up to three times the voltage of NiCd and NiMH cells, at roughly half the weight. LiFe batteries can be charged more than 1,000 times, delivering like-new performance each time.
The nominal 6.6-volt voltage rating typically means a regulator is not required to power receivers and servos in most cases. All LiFeSource battery packs include a universal radio connector and most offer a Deans Ultra Plug connector.
Goblin 700 Speed Flybarless Electric Helicopter @ $1,279 + S&H from Prestige RC, LLC, 730 Eastern Ave., Unit 096, Malden MA 02148; Tel.: (866) 441-5537; www.prestige-rc.com.
The world of flybarless helicopters just became a little faster with the SAB Heli Division Goblin 700 Speed.
The Goblin Speed features a new head with a two-piece blade grip that preserves grip in the event of a crash; new, stronger main linkage; an optimized speed controller mounting position for minimum wire length; metal main gear with 19mm GT3 motor belts; and a double one-way bearing.
A motor mount with a cooling fin is standard with the kit, and a new, dampened tail rotor system is slop free and durable. Design includes a wraparound canopy to minimize drag, landing gear with a minimum frontal section for increased speed, and an aluminum tail case for increased stiffness.
The Goblin 700 Speed kit includes a 22T motor pulley (other pulley sizes are available), two battery trays, 720mm main blades, and 104mm rounded-tip tail blades. Both the main blades and tail blades are optimized for high speeds.
SAB Heli Division Goblin Helicopters are distributed in the US by Prestige RC, LLC, and are available through select US hobby dealers.