Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co. is a leading supplier of aircraft parts, avionics, and pilot supplies, including tools, covering supplies, and wood. Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co. is happy to announce the acquisition of Seattle-based Aviation Book Company—a distributor of aviation books, training materials, and aviation gifts for more than 30 years.
Jim Irwin, president of Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co., stated in a press release, “Aviation Book Company has been a well-respected supplier to the general aviation community for decades, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to continue to offer their products.”
Aviation Spruce & Specialty Co. was founded in 1965 by Bob and Flo Irwin. Originally selling only aircraft-grade spruce lumber for renovation and restoration, the company quickly added more products. Aviation Spruce now employs more than 150, with warehouses in California, Georgia, and Canada that provide same-day shipping to customers worldwide. Request your complementary catalog by visiting the Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co. website.
Thermic-50-Y2K @ $47 + S&H from BMJR, Box 1210, Sharpes FL 32959; Tel.: (321) 537-1159; website: www.bmjrmodels.com
The original Thermic 50 glider design dates back to the mid- to late-1930s and has inspired several modern kits throughout the years. Inspiration for BMJR’s kit came from a Jetco kit built in the 1960s, and a set of parts that were laser cut in 2000—hence the name Thermic-50-Y2K.
The BMJR kit follows the original model’s outline, with changes to accommodate laser cutting and simplify construction. A top and bottom wing spar with a smaller leading edge was added for a lighter and stronger structure, with provisions to hold RC gear and a brushless motor. A modern auto rudder was added for hi-start and towline launches. Provisions for a dethermalizer for Free Flight (FF) are described in the included instructions.
With a 50-inch wingspan and 227 square inches of wing area, the Thermic-50-Y2K RC version weighs 9 ounces, with the FF version weighing 41/2 ounces.
Lectron Pro 11.1-volt 2,200 mAh 20C LiPo Batteries @ $19.99 + S&H from Common Sense RC, Box 3546, Chatsworth CA 91313; Tel.: (866) 405-8811; website: www.commonsenserc.com
Common Sense RC’s 3S 2,200 mAh 20C LiPo batteries are now an even better value because the price has been cut by more than 30%!
Perfect for many types of models—including park flyers, 400- to 450-size helicopters, multirotors, and more—the Lectron Pro LiPo batteries are tested in-house to ensure the best quality and accurate readings.
The 3S 2,200 mAh 20C LiPos are available with Deans-type T-plug or EC3 connectors and weigh 178 grams.
Flyzone A6M2 Zero Tx-R/RTF @ $229.99-$319.99 + S&H from Hobbico, 3002 N. Apollo Dr., Ste. #1, Champaign IL 61822; Tel.: (800) 637-7660; website: www.flyzoneplanes.com
The Japanese Zero was the ultimate aggressor during World War II and outmaneuvered any Allied aircraft of the time. Flyzone has brought the combination of looks and performance to the table with the new Flyzone Select Scale Zero. Authentic from the trim scheme and brushless motor system to the replica bomb drop and retractable electric landing gear, the Zero is sure to take your flights to greater heights.
With an assembled and factory-finished airframe, the Zero also features working flaps, bright LED navigation lights, a replica engine, a pilot figure, and a factory-installed SLT receiver that is compatible with all SLT transmitters and the Tactic AnyLink2.
The RTF version requires nothing from the modeler and includes a 2.4 GHz six-channel radio, 11.1-volt 2,200 mAh LiPo battery, a DC balancing LiPo charger, and four AA batteries. The Transmitter-Ready (Tx-R) version requires a six-channel SLT transmitter or an AnyLink2 and compatible six-channel transmitter, and a LiPo battery and charger.
Are you looking for an extremely efficient and powerful motor for your new SAB Goblin 380 helicopter? KDE Direct has what you need with the KDE500XF-925-G3 Brushless Motor for 450 to 500-size helicopters, made specifically for the Goblin 380.
Using the latest Computer-Aided Magnetic Field Analysis software for an efficient and optimized design to perform high-level, 3-D competition flights, or even speed race using the highest-quality materials and processes in manufacturing, G3 motors include 200° C, 13 AWG silicone-wire leads, and ф4.0mm 24-karet bullet connectors. The connectors are presoldered to the motor leads and ESC bullets in the box.
The G3 features clear anodized, mirror-polished CNC gloss endbells and a black electroplate, and CNC gloss central core (flux ring).
Ninja 400MR Aerobatic 3D Quadcopter Kit or Kit Combo @ $419.99-$629.99 + S&H from JR Americas, Box 8757, Champaign IL 61826; Tel.: (217) 352-7959; website: www.jramericas.com
JR is proud to introduce its contribution to the multirotor market, the Ninja 400MR—a high-quality, aerobatic, 3-D quadcopter that is guaranteed to turn heads.
Featuring four independent brushless outrunner motors with fixed-pitch propellers that are designed to reverse direction quickly, the Ninja 400MR is agile with a wide performance envelope, yet also lightweight and simple.
The custom-tuned, six-axis gyro stabilization flight control system plugs directly into an XBus-compatible receiver for easy setup. The carbon-fiber main frame and four main aluminum arms have a low parts count. The polycarbonate canopy protects the top and underside and conceals the radio equipment and battery by attaching to the chassis with body pins and clips.
The Ninja 400MR 3D quadcopter kit requires a JR DMSS transmitter with an RG731BX receiver (JRP006191 or similar), a 3S 2,200 mAh LiPo battery pack, and a LiPo battery charger. The quadcopter kit combo includes a JR XG6 DMSS transmitter with an RG731BX XBus receiver. The modeler provides the battery and charger.
TruTemp Infrared Thermometer @ $34.99 + S&H from ProTek R/C, 424 Otterson Dr., Chico CA 95928; Tel.: (800) 705-2215; website: www.amain.com
ProTek R/C’s new TruTemp Infrared Thermometer is perfect for high-speed and accurate readings. A highly useful, non-contact tool specially designed for use with RC engines, motors, battery packs and chargers, and ESCs, among other applications, the TruTemp thermometer includes a large LCD screen that is easy to read day and night thanks to the bright backlight display.
Featuring four modes—Quick, Scan, Max. Value, and Min. Value—the TruTemp Infrared Thermometer can be switched between Fahrenheit and Celsius scales with a range of -40° to 716° F. Two AAA batteries (not included) are all that are needed for minimal power consumption, while an auto-off timer is preset by the factory at 1 minute to conserve the TruTemp’s battery life.
Star Plug Male/Female Plugs @ $2.99-$4.99 + S&H from Hobbico, 3002 N. Apollo Dr., Ste. #1, Champaign IL 61822; Tel.: (800) 637-7660; website: www.rcstarplug.com
The Star Plug brings to the table a better option in high-efficiency power plugs. Not only are they easier for modelers to use, they are 100% compatible with one of the most common polarized plugs used in RC modeling.
The unique design makes for faster, easier, and neater installations by eliminating the need for heat-shrink tubing. With a rear cap that separates from the main body, modelers slide the rear cap up the leads before soldering and slide it down afterward, snapping it tight to the main body. The rear cap features a center isolator that effectively prevents the terminals from shorting.
The main body and cap are molded from heat- and impact-resistant polymer, providing safe handling and a long life, while gold- and nickel-plating on the terminals ensure excellent conductivity. The tapered shape and grip strips make the Star Plug easy to separate and connect, and a stainless steel spring ensures that the connections start and stay tight.
Plugs are available as a pair of male and female, a set of two males, a set of two females, or as a set of four females.