DJI Spreading Wings S1000 @ $3,939.99-$6,350.99 + S&H from Atlanta Hobby, 6110 Parkway North Dr., Cumming GA 30040; Tel.: (678) 513-4450; website: www.atlantahobby.com
Atlanta Hobby is proud to release the DJI Spreading Wings S1000 octocopter. Designed for high-level professional aerial photography and cinematography, the S1000, combined with a flight controller such as the A2, weighs approximately 8.8 pounds with a maximum takeoff weight of 22 pounds, making for a stable, heavy-lift camera platform and easily carrying equipment as heavy as a Canon 5D Mark 3.
The S1000’s frame arms and retractable landing gear are made from carbon fiber. The eight frame arms fold completely down, and the folding propellers can be tucked away for easy transportation. To fly, simply lift up the frame arms, lock them in place, and power up the system.
The platform supports all Zenmuse Z15 gimbal systems. The gimbal is mounted low on the frame on a specially designed bracket. The battery system is also mounted to this bracket, with dampers placed between the bracket and frame.
Available from Atlanta Hobby in several combination packages, the S1000 has 40-amp ESCs built into each frame arm to be combined with the included 4114 pro motors and high-performance 1552 folding propellers.
9 Blade Fan Rotor for EVFs @ $472 + S&H from BVM; 3481 St. Rd. 419, Winter Springs FL 32708; Tel.: (407) 327-6333; website: www.bvmjets.com
For 5% more thrust and 50% less sound, the curvy 9 Blade Fan Rotor for electric VioFans (EVF) is particularly effective when installed in a challenging inlet duct system. Bob Violett Models (BVM) test and evaluation staff have flight-tested the fan rotor in all of its current EVF-powered jets. The notable performance gain and sound reduction have been documented.
Able to be retrofitted to all of the in-the-field EVF units, the 9 Blade Fan Rotor is now standard on EVF 12s and 14s units. EVF ~2~ 10s units will retain the 7 Blade Fan Rotor as standard.
BVM suggests that EVF Sabre 63-inch jet owners with EVF 10s units might upgrade to the 9 Blade Fan Rotor for a performance gain that is particularly noticeable in the long and narrow Sabre inlet. Static thrust increases by 1.5 pounds and the flight sound and performance are impressive.
Cost of the 9 Blade Fan Rotor includes the upgrade and a BVM test run. Call Bob Violett Models to schedule an upgrade.
Servo Wire Harness Set with Multiplex-Type Connector @ $12-$15 + S&H from Esprit Model, 1240 Clearmont St. NE, Unit #12, Palm Bay FL 32905; Tel.: (321) 729-4287; website: www.espritmodel.com
Build your own custom servo harness with Esprit’s Servo Wire Harness Set with Multiplex-Type Connector. Using the three-lead servo wire in conjunction with the Multiplex six-pin connector for safe and professional servo extension installation.
Ideal for large scale and sport sailplanes, the set is available as a fuselage (male) harness with JR connectors installed and 6-inch (150mm) or 10-inch (250mm) three-lead servo wire. The wing (female) harness comes in 26/8 inch (650/200mm), 31.5/20 inch (800/20mm), or 47/20 inch (1,200/500mm) lengths. All are made from three-lead twisted silicone wire. The set is perfect for removable sailplane wing configurations—merely connect two aileron servos or flap and aileron servos in one of the wings.
The Esprit Servo Wire Harness Set with Multiplex-Type Connector parts and halves are also sold separately.
DLA 128cc QUAD-Boxer Engine @ $1,399.99 + S&H from Golden Skies R/C Aircraft, 30882 Rivera Place, Laguna Niguel CA 92677; Tel.: (949) 378-5998; website: www.goldenskiesrc.com
Designed upon 32/64cc cylinders and CNC machined from 7075 aircraft-grade aluminum, the DLA 128cc will become a powerhouse legend. Producing 13 hp at 8,000 rpm and swinging up to a 29 x 10 propeller, it runs smoothly, transitions fast, and provides great power.
With a static thrust greater than 61 pounds, pilots can depend on this engine for performance. By using dual, authentic Walbro carburetors and dual ignitions, built-in redundancy ensures continued power should one bank and fall short.
One of the best power-to-weight combinations for 20%-35% scale aircraft, the DLA 128cc engine includes all necessary components in the box. Free shipping is available in the continental US.
Thunder Tiger Raptor E700 Power Pack Heli Motor System @ $359.99 + S&H from Thunder Tiger, 3002 N. Apollo Dr., Suite #1, Champaign IL 61822; Tel.: (800) 637-7660; website: www.ttamerica.com
Why experiment with different brushless motor and ESC combinations when the Power Pack delivers the best of both in a single, powerful package? Pairing the Ace R/C OBL 50/05-50H brushless outrunner motor with the Castle Creations Phoenix Edge HV120 ESC, the Power Pack is intended for use with the Thunder Tiger Raptor E700, but can be used on other 700-class machines.
The Edge HV120 is preprogrammed with basic performance parameters, but can be fine-tuned with the optional Castle Field Link Programming card or Castle Link USB adapter (both sold separately) and free downloadable Castle Link software. The lightweight OBL 50/05-50H Ripper brushless motor includes advanced .2mm laminations for increased efficiency and performance and a dual ball-bearing-supported output shaft.
VQ Models Taipan 60-90-Size EP/GP Precision Aerobat ARF @ $179.99 + S&H from Hobby People; 18480 Bandilier Circle, Fountain Valley CA 92708; Tel.: (800) 854-8471; website: www.hobbypeople.net
Inspired by classic Pattern-style aerobatic aircraft and designed for Precision Aerobatics, the fun and rewarding VQ Models Taipan has all-wood, laser-cut, jig-built construction to give a modeler the precision airframe needed for great sport aerobatics.
The 62-inch wingspan ARF features a clear canopy with fiberglass, factory-painted cowling and factory covering and finish. Compatible with both gas power and electric power, the Taipan includes fixed gear, with optical retracts sold separately, and a complete hardware package.
No assembly is needed. A four- to six-channel radio with two mini servos and three standard servos is required. For electric power, a 60- to 90-size motor, 80-amp ESC, a five- to six-cell 4,500 mAh LiPo, and 14 x 6 to 14 x 10 propeller are required. For gas power, a .61 two-stroke or .91 four-stroke glow engine is needed.
Team Orion Advantage Touch Duo AC/DC Charger @ $249.99 + S&H from Horizon Hobby, 4105 Fieldstone Rd., Champaign IL 61822; Tel.: (800) 338-4639; website: www.horizonhobby.com
Horizon Hobby and Team Orion bring to market the first-ever two-channel touchscreen charger. The Advantage Touch Duo AC/DC Charger is packed full of innovative features, including a larger 4-inch color touchscreen and state-of-the-art touchscreen software that is easy to navigate.
Powered by an internal 200-watt power supply, the Advantage Touch Duo will charge two separate batteries simultaneously at 100 watts and 10-amps per channel. While both channels are in operation, battery data and progress can be monitored with the split-screen mode option. Firmware can be updated via the micro-USB connection.
LiPo, LiFe, Lithium Ion, NiMH, Ni-Cd, and lead batteries can be charged, as well as two 1S to 6S batteries of up to 10 amps each.
Two universal balancing boards, two banana to EC3 connectors, a standard AC power cord, a DC power cord for XT60 and banana, and a mini-USB to USB are included.
Based on the successful FORZA 450, JR Americas is proud to introduce the new FORZA 450 EX, designed for 6S power systems.
Complete with a prepainted canopy, matching boom cover, and main rotor blades, the FORZA 450 EX also includes a rear body faring. The pilot can choose whether or not to fly with it. Many of the features were taken from and are compatible with the original FORZA 450 design, making it economical to maintain, including the simple design of the tail control lever, body catch positions, bearing blocks (with integrated servo mounts), and the rotor head.
Rigid and lightweight carbon-fiber frames give it a clean look. Carbon-fiber main rotor blades are 32mm longer than the FORZA 450, while the low-profile skids are 14mm lower than those on the FORZA 450.
The 670mm long FORZA 450 EX is belt-driven with 120° CCPM and has a main rotor diameter of 795mm and tail rotor diameter of 165.5mm. The standard tailboom brace is included, so the FORZA 450 EX can be flown in a pod-and-boom configuration. The heli is available as a kit with motor, or in a combo with mini-TAGS flybarless unit, swash servo, rudder servo, ESC, and motor.