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STICK EM' UP.

By Larry H. 1 month ago 6641 Views No comments

Notorious in the fixed wing world, the "Stick" has been the choice of aircraft for apprentices in search of the next level of flight, offering benign handling traits with sporty levels of performance for the ultimate big sky thrills. Designed for intermediate to advanced pilots, this 4 channel beast is purpose built and ruggedly tough, providing epic flying qualities that have endeared this machine to the hearts of many, both young and old alike.

Affectionately dubbed the "Ugly Stick" by many pilots over the years, the VMar "VStick 40" carries on the Stick lineage, drawing from the tried and true layout that is designed to get the job done. Constructed of durable balsa and ply with the trademark box style fuselage, the VStick 40 utilizes a robust tricycle landing gear system with three solid wheels that are designed to take the hits and keep on rolling - rough landings be damned.

Dressed in bright red, VMar emblazons the VStick with the unmistakable Maltese Cross design, drawing from the age old livery of the notorious Red Baron that prowled the skies of yore. Beautiful on the ground and in the skies above, the VStick 40 is easy to track thanks to its size and colors, with its vibrant livery a joy to behold in the bright blue skies.

The Build:


Spec'd as an "ARF" (Almost Ready to Fly) with a 59" spanned two piece wing, VMar hits the nail upon the proverbial head with a well completed aircraft kit that is nearly complete and electrics ready. Fully covered in a PolyCote "Enhanced Covering System," the VStick 40 arrives completely covered, with only basic assembly required.


Installing servos was simple and straight forward, with the VStick 40 requiring (4) standard sized servos for the (2) ailerons, (1) rudder and (1) elevator. A 5th servo bay is ready & waiting for those with an affinity for glow power, offering throttle actuation of your favorite engine of choice. In my case, this was a full electric affair, with 1900 watts of brushless fury at the fore, providing double the spec'd power output suggested by VMar. Not recommended, but quite ideal for those hellbent upon a need for speed.

Arriving well packaged with a sensible instruction manual, the VStick 40 assembly process was fairly straight forward, with the few typical time killers common for any kit based aircraft, despite the brand. VMar states a build time of 3-5 hours, which seems on par if everything goes perfect. Aside from a few bits and bobs that required more attention than expected, the build was straight forward and simple, with a bolt on vertical stabilizer, amongst other "no glue required" assembly processes. Whether your 1st build or 100th, this kit shouldn't pose much trouble, with an assembly process that was quite basic, with few "outside of the box" solutions required.


The Power:

As a kit only, full electronics are required, equating to (4) standard sized servos, a brushless motor, ESC, transmitter, receiver, battery and charger. Going the glow route? Add in a 5th servo and replace the brushless motor & ESC with your favorite 2 stroke / 4 stroke engine of choice, and you're set. The kit even includes a fuel tank with plumbing, so this kit is ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) ready for those akin to internal combustion power.

Having never fancied the ICE route, electric power was my preferred choice of propulsion, with a hideously overpowered T-Motor AT3530 700kV motor paired to a 12x6" prop that was available at short reach. Due to the tricycle gear layout, the VStick offers a maximum 13" prop size before clearance becomes an issue, so spec your Stick wisely to avoid digging trenches on power up.

Harnessing the 1900W AT3530 was a HobbyWing 120A ESC, being fed by a Pulse Ultra 45C 6S 3700mAh LiPo, equating to an easy 8+ minute flight time with generous levels of power throughout the flight. Overall, this power setup was the very definition of overkill, but since it was on hand and unoccupied, it fit the bill nicely.


"$4.99 servos - seriously?" That was my exact thought as I came across the TowerPro SG5010 servos for the very 1st time. I have purchased some budget based electronics in the past, but even my prop cost more than this servo! However, I was soon to be pleasantly surprised, as the TowerPro servos not only kept the build costs way below budget, but also provided excellent performance for this class of aircraft. Offering excellent centering, good torque and ample speed, the TowerPro servos performed exactly as I hoped, with no issues, drama or problems in any way throughout the build or flights. Simply put, these servos were the ultimate "bang for the buck" buy.


The Flight:

Birds of a feather flock together, and my hangar left the VStick 40 as the proverbial "odd duck" when compared to my current 3D aerobatic fleet. With a penchant for aggressive 3D stunt planes, the VStick is not the typical plane I pilot, yet I was curious to see how she would perform when compared to the high performance 3D machines I favor the most. At the bare minimum, I was hoping for a simple warm up / cool down plane with some big sky maneuvers, offering something "different" when the palate was in search of an alternate flavor.

Throttle up and into the blue skies above, the VStick climbed with ease, with 1900W of anger roaring up front. A few clicks of up elevator & left aileron, the VStick 40 was on trim and locked in, providing a balanced and smooth flight with minimal input required. With Bavarian Demon Cortex units gracing my fleet of 3D planes, the VStick was without the aid of a flight controller, yet required very little input to manage the light winds at play.

Although far from the surface area & throws of my aerobatic beasts at home, the VStick 40 offered surprising roll and pitch authority for sport style flying, leaving nothing lacking when it comes to the flying style this bird was built for. Rudder authority was limited, but hammer head stalls were still possible, with light knife edge passes that required some down elevator to mix out cross coupling behavior.


With a thick symmetrical wing chord at play, the VStick offers excellent low speed characteristics with a dose of up elevator & power to keep attitude in trim. Simply put, the plane had no bad habits, performing admirably in every attitude, and behaving very well in inverted flight thanks to its symmetrical wing design. Landings were an uncomplicated affair, with a nose down approach on final as airspeed decayed. A touch of power with some up elevator, and the VStick settles down nicely with no low speed drama at hand. Further this with an ultra stout landing gear system, even hard landings are shrugged off without regard, leaving this robust bird the perfect plane for those with less than ideal approaches and heavy handed flares.

The Verdict:

Simply put, the VStick 40 is a great plane. The "Stick" design looks excellent in the bright afternoon sun, with the Fokker red livery that harkens back to the age of stick and rudder flight. Easy to fly with positive control rates, I was impressed by the amiable flight characteristics the VStick offered, providing a balanced flight that inspired confidence in every maneuver.


Never envisioned as a 3D aerobat, the VStick impresses with excellent roll rates and plenty of pitch to keep things interesting. And with generous inputs of rudder, barnstorming maneuvers are at the ready, making the VStick 40 a true pleasure to fly.

Whether you're a seasoned hand looking for a nostalgic thrill or a "newbie" in search of a 1st balsa build, the VMar VStick 40 is a bargain, and when setup right, can be fully spec'd for far less than traditional planes of this size. Excelling in big sky aerobatics, the VStick 40 looks incredible in the sky, and despite it's "Ugly Stick" moniker, the VStick's purpose built ruggedness makes it one of the most beloved designs on the flight line today.



Recommended Build Specifications:


(4) Standard Servos
(1) 800W - 1200W Brushless Motor
(1) 70A - 80A ESC
(1) 4S 14.8V - 6S 22.2V LiPo / 4000mAh - 5500mAh

Glow Setup:

.46 - .55 2 Stroke Nitro
.48 - .70 4 Stroke Gas



Utilizing full span ailerons with generous surface area for this style of aircraft, the VMar VStick 40 is constructed with a (2) piece symmetrical wing, offering ease of transport and storage. Covered in a bright red Polycote finish, the VStick is easy to track in the skies above, and looks great from every possible angle.


With a forward mounted battery tray that is easy to access, the VStick 40 makes it simple to swap out batteries with a secure spring loaded hatch, with the ability to handle substantial battery sizes to aid longer duration flight times. With my build, I utilized a Pulse 45C 3700mAh 6S battery with room to spare, equating to an easy 8+ minutes of flight. A larger battery (such as a 4100mAh 6S pack) would likely fit, although a touch of aft ballast may be necessary for proper CG.

Just aft of the forward battery tray, the electronics bay offers excellent access to the servos, receiver and wing bolts. The VStick 40 uses a (2) piece wing for ease of transport and storage, with wing nuts to secure the wings in place. Within the electronics bay, there is plenty of room for your receiver of choice (and a flight stabilizer, if you so desire), allowing any aspects of electronics to be tucked away with room to spare. Joining the (2) wings is a light weight aluminum wing tube, offering robust strength for aggressive flight maneuvers.


Both fore and aft access bays provide plenty of space for access to all the electronics within, making build and setup a breeze. Both trays are robustly secured with (2) dual spring locking systems, keeping the hatches secure and free from separating while in flight, which can be typical of more commonplace magnetic hatch systems.


Dressed in a vivid red livery, the Polycote "Enhanced Covering System" is well finished and very durable. Requiring no covering or finishing by the end user, the VStick comes fully covered (no decal application required), and looks beautiful both in the air and on the ground.


Utilizing a total of (4) TowerPro SG-5010 standard servos, I was absolutely shocked at the $4.99 list price. Fully serviceable with replacement gears at the ready, these servos offered excellent centering, great torque and speed, and were ultra quiet with a light all up weight. Out of all the budget servos I have utilized, these servos were by far the lowest cost servos I have ever used, and they performed admirably. Shown with KST aluminum servo horns (that cost $1.00 more than the servo itself!), this setup worked great. However, the TowerPro servos include plastic servo arms, so the KST servo horns were not a necessary upgrade.


The Fokker livery of this plane is what makes it so great. Instantly recognizable in Red Baron trim, this plane looks stunning from every angle. Even in its "Stick" form, it looks fantastic, and is simply a joy to pilot. Whether you're fairly new at the controls or have been flying for decades, the VStick is a thrill to fly based upon its throwback looks alone. Add in the fully symmetrical wing, and the VStick files as well upside down as it does right side up.

UNBELIEVABLE STABILITY & CONTROL. MEET THE CORTEX PRO.

By Larry H. 2 months ago 1111 Views No comments

We've all experienced those miserable, gusty days that make your day at the field a frustrating headache that is far from the RC bliss you were hoping for. Flying in inclement weather can be immensely challenging, equating to a much higher work load to compensate for the ever changing airflow conditions that buffet your aircraft in the skies above. Factor in smaller models, and windy conditions go from frustrating to outright perilous, with every model (large and small) at ever increasing risk as wind velocity increases, making every input less predictable as you compensate against an invisible yet angry foe.

With a flight controller in the mix, everything changes. Akin to a finely tuned suspension system absorbing undulating terrain, a flight controller is able to instantly react (far faster than you ever could) to any unwanted input, providing a rock solid flight that emulates those calm, smooth days we all so desperately crave. No longer are you being forced to "make up" for lousy flight conditions with a heavy workload at the controls when the wind begins to blow; with a flight stabilizer at work, these ultra annoying (and often horrifying) airflow variables are nullified, leaving you to enjoy some of the smoothest flights you've ever experienced before.

Enter the Bavarian Demon Cortex Pro. Encased in an anodized black aluminum shell, the Cortex Pro is clean, sharp and ultra refined. Replacing the original Bavarian Demon Cortex, the Cortex Pro features some incredibly user friendly upgrades, making setup and use easier than ever. And when we say easy, we are speaking of a PC free affair, allowing you to literally setup the Cortex Pro at the field and fly in literal minutes - laptop be damned. Utilizing Spektrum satellites? Well, in that case, a PC will be required to place the satellites in bind mode, but after this, setup is a breeze, with user adjustable gains via the transmitter to help perfect your flying setup.

Unlike other inferior flight stabilization systems that make their presence obnoxiously obvious, the Cortex Pro works subtly in the background, and only compensates for unwanted inputs that are not initiated by the pilot in control. This leaves a solid, stable and locked in flight attitude, with a true "on rails" experience that amplifies your confidence in the most challenging of conditions. Better yet, when the wind begins to push, the Cortex Pro pushes back, turning a frustrating day at the field into a memorable adventure that is no longer limited by inclement conditions outside of your control.

Much akin to morphing a small, light weight plane into a giant scale beast, the Cortex Pro makes minimal sized planes handle like their large scale counterparts. Install the very same Cortex into a larger aircraft, and you are set to experience some of the most precise flight you have ever seen, with true scale like capability as the Cortex Pro nullifies every nuance in the sky. This aspect alone pays massive dividends from below, transforming your aircraft into a hyper controlled machine that can be visibly seen with every input you make.

At a price tag of $299.00, the Cortex Pro can come off as pricey, and for advanced pilots and naysayers alike, an unnecessary "aid" when it comes to a seasoned hand at the sticks. However, don't be dissuaded by such antics, as beginner and pro alike can immensely benefit from the incredible stability the Cortex Pro offers. And don't be fooled: the Cortex Pro is not an auto pilot, nor is it an elixir capable of nullifying poor pilot control. A stall is a stall, and if you put yourself in a bad spot, Sir Isaac Newton is going to trash your plane, no matter what wizardry you may have at play within.

For those piloting high performance aircraft and uber expensive jets, the Cortex Pro is worth its weight in proverbial gold. Not only will the Cortex offer scale like flight qualities that will be appreciated by pilot and spectator alike, the Cortex will no doubt spare your aircraft from impending doom, as low speed stability is crucial when gusty winds are at play. And although unable to prevent a stall, the Cortex Pro can catch aircraft that are more prone to snap stalls and other nefarious behavior, offering more benign approaches when the weather doesn't play fair.

Transform your next flight into something utterly amazing with the Bavarian Demon Cortex Pro. Without doubt, this flight stabilization system is a revolutionary game changer that will leave you never wanting to fly another plane without the Cortex in control. Five Cortex units later, I am 100% convinced of the capability and performance this amazing unit offers; a "convincing" that set in on the very 1st flight with the Cortex at play.

RELEASE THE KRAKEN.

By Larry H. 2 months ago 6479 Views No comments

Conjured from the depths of Scandinavian lore, the Kraken depicts a hideous, mythical monster of the sea, preying upon hapless sailors so cursed to cross this ominous beast. Much akin to this merciless creature of the deep, the SAB Kraken preys upon machines of the air, satiating its quest for dominion over all.

Nearly a decade ago, SAB altered the very landscape of the heli world, releasing its very own mythical creature, the "Goblin." Sexy & svelte, the Goblin transfixed pilots far and wide, decimating the traditional pod and boom concept in favor of a fully revolutionary design, both inside and out. The SAB Goblin, in every possible respect, was a game changing beast. And after multiple updates and alterations to the original Goblin design, a fearsome leviathan arises once again, with an evolutionary leap into a new dominion of terror within the skies above.

Enter the Kraken. Light weight and minimalistic, the first thing to catch the eye is the narrow, aerodynamic profile of this exotic new creature. With a completely redesigned internal structure, the Italian squad at SAB has teased every line of this svelte machine, conjuring a contoured form for maximum aerodynamic gain. Achieving this goal was no small task, requiring a complete clean slate approach, featuring angled servo mounts for an ultra narrow frame approach. Factor in the complete redesign of the canopy, frame and tail boom system, the Kraken is far from a simple refresh; this machine has been radically transformed from the Goblin of yore.

Focusing upon a low parts count / ultra robust design, SAB adds an all new 7075 aluminum main rotor system to the mix. This performance 3D rotor system features +13/-13 degrees of maximum pitch capability, and an ultra easy way to dial in the pitch settings via pitch degree numbers machined into the grips. Sleek and sexy in shape, the simplified rotor system is easier to maintain, featuring fully customizable dampeners with blade levers mounted from the outside for ease of maintenance and setup.

Moving aft, SAB has massaged the tail boom design, with a thinner overall profile that offers massive levels of rigidity and strength. And when terra firma strikes with impunity, SAB strikes back with a triple nylon screw design, allowing the tail boom to break free via the sacrificial nylon screws that are cheap and easy to replace. This low maintenance theme pairs with the independent belt shaft for the tail transmission system, which is easier to service than Goblin's of the past, equating to simplified setup and maintenance of this brutal new beast.

Unlike any other helicopter design today, SAB has summoned a revolutionary heli core design, featuring a patent pending fully encased power train system that is ready to harness the most hideously powerful motors of the day. Uber quiet with a grease encased design, this gear drive system is the core architecture of the Kraken design, and without doubt, the pinnacle accolade of the Kraken. With current 11kW+ brushless systems that are capable of decimating traditional gear train systems, SAB has developed a truly game changing design, offering an ultra clean, bomb proof power train that looks as sexy as it is strong.

Draped in a matte orange, gray & black livery that is paired with stealthy black aluminum rotor components, the Kraken makes its presence known in aggressive form. Easy to track in the skies above, the bright orange color scheme provides excellent spatial recognition, with a digital camouflage livery drawn from the SAB AVIO jet aircraft line via the saga of Antartica.

Nuanced within the frame layout, SAB furthers this evolutionary & revolutionary machine with detailed touches to make the build exceptional in every respect. Incorporating ultra clean plastic cable channels within the frame, no longer does your build need to be blighted by messy servo wire that can be exposed to chaffing and damage. With the Kraken, your servo cables are neatly tucked away - safe and protected with an aesthetic touch that exemplifies the care and attention via SAB.

Begging to be abused and ready to shrug off crash damage with ease, the Kraken power train is oh so willing to absorb massive power - ready and willing to accept 4535 sized motors, and daring you to do so. Pair this with a front mounted ESC that can house up to 250A of ESC fury, the Kraken is far from subtle when it comes to harnessing power and enduring abuse, providing a vast realm of power options with no end in sight. Concerned about how many kW your motor generates? Don't pay any mind to such trivial thoughts. The Kraken power train was developed to withstand the most vicious power systems available today, and is more than ready for anything lurking upon the horizons of tomorrow & beyond.

In the age of a mature RC helicopter market, small refinements and aesthetic changes are the norm, with the biggest "typical" thrills being lower cost models coming to the fore. SAB changes this dynamic to the extreme with the release of the Kraken, proving there are still ways to innovative when it comes to the land of RC helis. And with the Kraken, the boys and girls at SAB touched upon every aspect of the core Goblin design, transforming a truly evolutionary design into a revolutionary machine that will be a joy to behold, build and fly.

Kick the Tires & Light the Fires.

By Larry H. 2 months ago 1884 Views No comments

Torn from the savage saga of "Antartica," SAB paints a vivid tale of a cold new world at the brink of all out war. Entering the fray upon these brave new horizons, two ultra futuristic machines arise from the harsh tundra below, craving the opportunity for the 1st kill in the frigid skies above Antartica. In the end, one fighter will remain supreme. Which will you choose to defend the inhabitants of Antartica?

Revolutionizing the RC helicopter market with the game changing Goblin design, SAB altered the landscape of the heli world with their ultra sexy take on the traditional helicopter architecture. Never content with the status quo, SAB marches forward into the realm of turbine jets, summoning a new breed of aircraft to battle the "traditional" scale designs that permeate the landscape of the turbine world. With battle lines drawn, SAB has developed two ultra futuristic aircraft, radically departing conventional pragmatism in exchange for menacing aesthetics coalesced with heart pounding aerobatic prowess.

Designed for advanced pilots with deep pockets and steady nerves, these turbine powered beasts are a far cry from traditional RC aircraft. Shrieking above with an unmistakable turbine howl, SAB harnesses true turbine jet technology, adopting aerodynamic design concepts alien in form, with weathered, high visibility liveries that illuminate the skies above.

Debuting two ultra aggressive aircraft, SAB offers the radical forward swept wing design of the M169 Havok, and the aft wing concept of the KR175 Drake. Both multi role fighter aircraft utilize a forward canard layout for pitch control, with twin canted vertical stabilizers, utilizing functional rudders for full yaw authority. Furthering this architecture, both jets feature the core of the wing in an aft layout, with the lion's share of the fuselage jutting forward with a canard based design. However, their overall forms radically depart from here, offering two polarizing builds that are ready to scorch the skies above via true turbine speed.

Far from an aesthetic stunt, the forward swept M169 Havok is a menacing form that takes hold of sound aerodynamic principles pioneered by the early X-29 concept, and recently revisited via the ominous Soviet built SU-47 Berkut. When compared to a traditional swept wing layout, the forward sweeping wings offers an increased level of stall resistance at lower air speeds, maintaining critical airflow over control surfaces at higher angles of attack. This design delays the onset of stall, allowing superb levels of high alpha control, bringing the M169 to the fore when it comes to low speed, high alpha thrills.

Featuring an aft wing construction with wing root extensions for additional wing area, the KR175 Drake utilizes its large wing area and low wing loading design to provide robust levels of high alpha maneuverability, with excellent levels of overall performance. As with the Havok, forward canards take charge of pitch control, with twin canted vertical stabilizers that offer functional rudder capability. Much like the Havok, the KR175 Drake features an aggressive, high visibility livery, with bright fluorescent orange paint, paired with a weathered "HyperStealth" digital camouflage scheme that shrouds modern day Soviet era fighters.

Pushing extreme maneuverability to the ragged edges of controlled flight, both the Havok & Drake utilize active 3D thrust vectoring capability, unlocking physics defying aircraft control at any attitude or speed. With 30 degrees of overall deflection, this dual servo thrust vectoring system redirects the high velocity jet exhaust, offering unearthly levels of pilot control, allowing an array of new flight maneuvers that will stun the crowds below.

Integrating multiple ease of access & usage features, SAB provides easily accessible compartment bays via both jets, making setup and adjustments simple and to the point. Electronics and ancillary devices are easily reached via spacious forward compartment bays, and the turbine is easily accessed in the rear via a dedicated removable cover, offering pre / post flight checks without fuss or bother. Beyond this, SAB has designed both aircraft with ultra easy wing attachment points via a simple screw type knob, making wing connections ultra easy and super secure. This also allows ease of transport, providing a more slender fuselage without wings for tight spaces when en-route to the field or stored at home.

With optional ordinance for a menacing "scale" appearance, both the Drake & Havok can be equipped with hard mounted air to air missiles & bombs for those in search of living out the multi role defender in the arctic tale of Antartica. Keeping the airframe aerodynamically clean, both aircraft utilize retractable landing gear systems, which will be a "sold separately" product offered via SAB.

At a price point of $2,880.00 for the Havok & $2,260.00 for the Drake, these jets were not designed for the faint of heart, nor the light of pocket. And keep in mind we're just talking about the airframes as of this time. Add in a turbine, (10) servos, retracts and the necessary electronics for the turbine engine, and these jet aircraft were solely design for the experienced modeler that has the skill for flight, and the utter & complete blessing from his wife when it comes to the credit card bill these beasts require. But, for those of us whom are able to afford these menacing machines, prepare for envious stares and heart pounding thrills as these two unmistakable jets fiercely climb into the skies above, in search of multi role domination.


TORQ CL0508 Micro HV Servo - TORQ Is Back.

By Larry H. 7 months ago 24432 Views No comments

After a lengthy hiatus away, the TORQ brand returns, offering a brand new Micro HV Servo that is ready to ratchet up the pressure on the micro servo market with some awesome high torque capability.

Perfectly suited for helicopters, jets, airplanes and beyond, the TORQ CL0508 steps into the fray with coreless motor technology for next level servo performance. Coreless motors act like an outrunner motor, offering higher levels of torque, smoother overall operation, and faster overall response time. Greater torque & speed are the most beneficial outcomes of this design, translating to greater levels of performance relating to the application at hand. And when push comes to shove, who doesn't want more power & speed?

Viper Jet 140 - Blink, And It's Gone.

By Larry H. 7 months ago 15296 Views No comments

Bat outta hell speed requires a very specialized design, and for those in search of the true quest of mach level thrills, the boys & girls at Harlock RC bring forth the Viper Jet 140 in all its stunning glory. Speed demons rejoice - your chariot has arrived.

Designed as an advanced pilots dream, the Viper Jet 140 is stunning in design and form, with its swept wing design, dual air inlets and a purpose built layout that is ready to scream with an EDF howl or a pure turbine roar. Pair this with a fully functioning retract system, and it's easy to see that every aspect of this machine was purpose built with full on scale functionality that is designed to thrill both on the ground, and in the skies above.

ISDT FD-100 Discharger - Laziness & Procrastination Has Met Its Match.

By Larry H. 9 months ago 3972 Views No comments

Okay - I am fully aware that there is nothing "ultra exciting" about a product like this, especially when compared to other hot helis, jets and other bits and bobs of pure RC goodness. So why get excited (at all?) over something like a discharger? Well, if you're anything like me and have a poor habit of storage charging after a long fly day, this device may be the saving grace you're in search of.

LiPo batteries have certainly dropped in price over the years, but there is still an investment in such purchases - especially when you have many on hand. So, taking care of your batteries is key to maximizing the life of said batteries, and for me, that means making sure all my LiPo batteries are all properly storage charged at the end of my day of flying, or at the very least, the following day. However, more often than not, that doesn't happen, which is why the ISDT FD-100 will be my new best friend once the flying day has commenced.

The Pulse Defender - And How It Could Have Spared A Broken Heart.

By Larry H. 9 months ago 9737 Views No comments

It was literally the perfect day. Gorgeous weather, great friends, nearly zero wind, and best of all, a killer plane - my 3D Hobby Shop 60" Yak-55M. You don't get too many days like this, and so far, the day had been exceptional, with back to back flights and a whole lot of RC fun.

My Yak-55M was a seasoned veteran, with three epic seasons of flying under her belt. From Russia with love, this plane was a pure joy to fly, and was no doubt the best flying aircraft I had ever flown. Powered by a T-Motor 4120-7 550kV power house that was harnessed to a 16x7 prop, endless verticals awaited. This plane was rock solid, predictable and massively fun to fly.

As with all RC aircraft, somewhere precariously hidden from sight is an expiration date, equating to the doom of your beloved bird. I have yet to find one on the models I fly, but it's there - lurking, waiting and ready to strike with impunity. And unless you manage to unearth the ominous date of your prized models demise, a crash is going to happen, and it's going to hurt. And man, did this one hurt bad.

Getting the Best Out of Your LiPo Batteries.

By Larry H. 9 months ago 6699 Views No comments

LiPo batteries are just plain awesome. With a rich energy density that equates to extended run times & epic levels of power, LiPo batteries make our hobby great. And since LiPo batteries are absolutely critical in every respect when it comes to our RC applications, it makes perfect sense to take care of these batteries in order to maximize the performance & cycle life LiPo batteries have to offer.

Even though LiPo batteries have dropped in price by a very large margin over the passing years, these batteries are still an investment - especially when it comes to larger packs for bigger RC applications. So, when it comes to maximizing cycle life and overall performance, here's some tips we want to share with you, because we want to make sure your LiPo experience is an epic one.

SAB AVIO KR84 Tortuga - Epic Speed Awaits.

By Larry H. 9 months ago 35331 Views No comments

Have a need for speed? Boy, do we have the fix for you. When it comes to epic levels of speed, the boys & girls at SAB have a new fixed wing division under the guise of "SAB AVIO", and they have been hard at work (and play) with some radical new aircraft that are destined to shake up the marketplace and bring some serious speed to the mix. And when we say speed, we mean it. So, strap in and get ready to turn and burn, as SAB has some delicious bits of go fast goodness that is ready to be served up hot and fast.