The Blade® heli development team has decades of combined RC experience designing or flying everything from ultra micros to high-performance 3D machines. If anyone knows what awesome performance looks and feels like, they do. It’s their expertise that makes the new Blade 450 X the ultimate 450-size ready-to-fly heli experience. Not only does it come packed with great features such as the lightest airframe in its class and rigid head design, but it also comes with a new helical main drive system to make the heli quieter and all-new digital metal-gear servos to enhance precision and durability. At the core of its awesome performance is the Spektrum™ AR7200BX Flybarless Control System; a remarkable advance that combines a 7-channel DSMX® receiver with BeastX™ 3-axis MEMS stabilization into a single, lightweight unit. This, combined with a high-output brushless power system, a vibrant new canopy and carbon fiber blades means that you’re in for a spectacular 3D heli experience. If you are an intermediate RC pilot looking for a high-performance 450-size helicopter, but don’t want to build or set up one from scratch, the Blade 450 X RTF is the answer. Best of all it’s already been flight tested with the Spektrum™ DX6i DSMX transmitter in the box. So all you have to do is charge the LiPo battery and go flying. DSMX® SECURITY + BEASTX PRECISION IN ONE UNIT
The precision and responsiveness of BeastX® flybarless technology completely transforms any heli flying experience. The 450 X brings you all the benefits of this technology through the amazing Spektrum™ AR7200BX Flybarless Control System. The AR7200BX combines a 7-channel DSMX receiver with a BeastX 3-axis MEMS stabilization system into a single, compact unit weighing barely over 1/2 an ounce (18 g). Perhaps best of all is how simple the AR7200BX is to use. No special programming interface is needed to make adjustments. All you need to fine tune its response is the DSM2®/DSMX transmitter it’s bound to. READY-TO-FLY
The 6-channel Spektrum™ DX6i 2.4GHz DSMX® transmitter comes pre-programmed so you’re ready to get aggressive right out of the box. You also get the benefit of the many other DX6i programming features like 10-model memory, 5-point graphic throttle curve, 5-point graphic pitch curve, gyro adjust, adjustable dual rates and exponential plus so much more. It also has an extensive list of airplane programming features too so you can take advantage of every Ready-to-Fly aircraft offered by Horizon Hobby brands.
NEW HELICAL MAIN DRIVE
The new main gear and motor pinion feature helical shaped teeth to provide a drive system that’s quieter.
NEW METAL-GEAR SERVOS
The Spektrum digital, metal gear servos for the cyclic and tail rotor control are specially designed to deliver maximum power, high speed and precision for extreme 3D heli performance with an added level of durability.
CARBON FIBER MAIN BLADES
The included high performance 325mm rotor blades minimize weight without giving up any strength so you can aggressively push the limit of your 3D abilities with complete confidence and absolute precision.
RIGID HEAD BLOCK
Stiff 80-durometer dampers, along with the carbon fiber main blades, allow you take full advantage of the exceptionally crisp response BeastX flybarless technology offers. The extremely rigid, CNC machined lightweight aluminum head block provides maximum precision during 3D maneuvers.
COMPOSITE ALUMINUM/FIBER REINFORCED SWASH PLATE
The combination of aluminum with a lightweight fiber-reinforced material keeps swashplate weight to a minimum without sacrificing strength or precision.
TRIPLE BALL BEARING SUPPORTED HARDENED STEEL MAIN SHAFT
Ball bearings support the main shaft at the top and bottom of the drive gears, as well as the top of the frame.
E-flite® 440H 4200Kv BRUSHLESS MOTOR
This proven brushless motor will consistently deliver more than enough power for demanding 3D maneuvers.
E-flite 3S 11.1V 2200mAh 30C LiPo BATTERY
The high-discharge rate of the included battery pack provides the robust power you need to explore the farthest reaches of aggressive 3D flight.
E-flite 35A S-BEC BRUSHLESS HELI SPEED CONTROL
This robust speed controller is engineered to efficiently channel the high-current flow of most any high-C 3S LiPo battery.
ALUMINUM TAIL BOOM
The stiff, aluminum tail boom and carbon fiber tail boom supports keep tail performance crisp and precise.
TAIL BLADE GRIP THRUST BEARING SUPPORT
The smooth, efficient belt drive is complemented by the durability and precision of thrust bearings in the tail blade grips.
WEIGHTED TAIL BLADE HARDWARE
Specially weighted blade mounting screws boost the speed and precision of the tail’s response and reduces tail servo load during hard 3D maneuvers.
Fully-assembled and flight tested
Spektrum™ AR7200BX flybarless control system
E-flite® 440H, 4200Kv brushless outrunner motor
New helical main gear and motor pinion
E-flite 35A S-BEC brushless heli ESC
325mm carbon fiber main blades
Rigid, 80-durometer dampeners
Composite aluminum/fiber-reinforced swashplate
New Spektrum digital metal-gear cyclic servos and tail servo
CNC aluminum rotor head block
Triple ball bearing-supported, hardened steel main shaft
The CH-47F is an advanced multi-mission helicopter for the U.S. Army and international defense forces. It contains a fully integrated, digital cockpit management system, Common Aviation Architecture Cockpit and advanced cargo-handling capabilities that complement the aircraft’s mission performance and handling characteristics.
CH-47 Chinook Quick Facts
The Chinook is a true multi-role, vertical-lift platform. Its primary mission is transport of troops, artillery, equipment, and fuel.
The current CH-47F/MH-47G modernization programs will ensure this tandem rotor helicopter remains in the Army fleet through the 2030s.
Chinook is the helicopter of choice for humanitarian disaster-relief operations, in missions such as transportation of relief supplies and mass evacuation of refugees.
Chinooks serve the armed forces of 19 countries around the world.
Following the release of the T-REX 450L, which introduced an innovative design and came equipped with high-end electronic equipment. Align’s most anticipated helicopter release in 2016 the T-REX 470L is born. No matter whether you are a newcomer or a professional, the brand new T-REX 470L will give you the new flying feel again.
470EFL Main Rotor Head provides superior flight stability and offers a lower CG design to reduce flying resistance while providing a more rigid and fast rotor head response. To improve the strength and durability of the main and feathering shaft the 470 main shaft outer dimension was increased from Ø5mm to Ø6mm, while the feathering shaft outer dimension was increased from Ø4mm to Ø5mm. The 470L has adopt a high standard 1.2mm 3K carbon fiber main frame and a wider body design which increases the size of the battery compartment allowing the use of larger capacity battery. The 470L utilizes a high efficient belt drive assembly design with an innovative adjustable belt guide pulley, providing a convenient way to adjust the belt tension by releasing or tightening the screw. This screw is used to maintain optimal belt tension improving the life of the belt and lowering maintains costs. The landing skid is tilted 5 degrees forward to improve crashworthiness and makes T-REX470L more avant-garde and dynamic.
The T-REX 470L is equipped with the large outer diameter 470MX motor (1800KV) which is highly efficient providing superior power, excellent torque, improved current draw, and a lower operating temperature which are excellent improvements as compared to the 460MX motor. The brand new DS450 digital cyclic servos and DS455 digital tail servo, support up to V8.4, high voltage input, improving the servos torque and speed. The new RCE-BL50X brushless ESC with an internal BEC provides 5.0V to 8.4V which can be set based on servo specification. The new high-end electronics effectively enhance flight performance. Extended 380mm main blades effectively improve the flying stability and power performance. The new engineered airfoil design effectively reduces turbulence at the end of the main blades,this saves power consumption during extreme 3D flight. New 69 size tail blades are longer in length and offer superior tail holding performance, even during demanding 3D flight. Brand New 470EFL Main Rotor Head provides superior flight stability and offers a lower CG design to reduce flying resistance while providing a more rigid and fast rotor head response. Brand New 470 Main Shaft and Feathering Shaft: Main Shaft outer dimension increased from Ø5mm to Ø6mm, while the Feathering Shaft outer dimension increased from Ø4mm to Ø5mm,effectively strengthening the Main and Feathering Shaft while improving durability. Brand New 470EFL Main Rotor Head provides superior flight stability and offers a lower CG design to reduce flying resistance while providing a more rigid and fast rotor head response. Brand New 470 Main Shaft and Feathering Shaft: Main Shaft outer dimension increased from Ø5mm to Ø6mm, while the Feathering Shaft outer dimension increased from Ø4mm to Ø5mm,effectively strengthening the Main and Feathering Shaft while improving durability. New Swashplate design with zero slop delivering a precise and accurate controlled flight. Brand new CNC metal reinforcement plate and brace compare with frame mounting bolt effectively increase the torsional stength of main frame, under extreme 3D maneuver, you can strongly feel its solid reinforcement from its structure. Carbon fiber side frame plates are manufactured using a proprietary composite material integration technology which integrates the battery mounting rails into the frame. This unique use of open spaces within the frame creates a rigid frame and is aesthetically pleasing. An additional 3rd main shaft bearing block increases the strength of the main frame while improving 3D flight. Brand new latching battery tray which utilizes integrated mounting rails inside the frames to simplify insertion / removal of battery while providing protection for the battery. Specially designed for T-REX 470 providing higher currency output and support for high voltage servos with an internal BEC output from 5V to 8.4V which can be set up based on servo specification. DS350M HV Cyclic and DS455 HV Rudder servos support up to 8.4V for superior responsiveness, extreme torque, and improved performance. Innovative adjustable belt guide pulley, allows a convenient way to adjust the belt tension by releasing or tightening the screw. The screw is used to maintain optimal belt tension over time. Brand New Belt Drive Assembly design allow for quiet operation and low cost on serviceability. Landing skid is tilted 5 degrees forward to improve crashworthiness. Newly designed vertical tail servo mount to improve CG while increasing the responsiveness of 3D flight. A wider Tail Boom to improves the torsional strength. Carbon Fiber Tail Control Rod is practical and improves the helicopters tail control. Designed using a proprietary material integration technology which creates a unique look and improves the Vertical Stabilizer’s stiffness. The newly designed dual point supported tail control assembly delivers slop free performance while improving rudder resolution and precision. The new tail rotor holder design includes thrust bearings which increases durability, as well as significantly improving the accuracy and efficiency of the tail performance when using 69 size Tail Blades.
●T-REX 470L DOMINATOR Set x 1
●380 Carbon Fiber Blades x 1set
●69 Tail Blade x1set
●470MX Brushless Motor(1800KV) x 1
●DS450M Digital Servo x 3
●DS455M Digital Servo x 1
●RCE-BL50X 50A Brushless ESC x 1
Radio transmitter and electronic equipment required for assembly:
1.Transmitter(6-channel or more,helicopter system)
2.Receiver(6-channel or more)
3.Pitch gauge or Digital Pitch Gauge
4.6S Li-Po 1400~1800mAh battery x 1 http://
The Lite Version of the Flagship V450D01 Helicopter – the Walkera V450D03 Flybarless Helicopter. The Walkera factory did produce 450 class helicopters, they uses high end material like carbon fiber and CNC aluminum, packed with high tech 6-Axis gyro and digital metal gear servos. They revised it a few times, updated some electronics and V450D01 became the flagship model in their product line. However the materials needs some cost. So to make a more remarkable sales, the factory tried to make a 450 class heli with lower cost, that’s the V450D03. But don’t worry, this big helicopter is not a “downgraded” one, it keeps the great electronics like the brushless motor, the digital metal gear servo, and the 6-axis gyro. Just changed some materials, for example using carbon fiber reinforced plastics, this already cuts much of the cost. So you’ll find the price and the performance both good, it’s super worthy. Not only producing high cost quality helicopters, but also suits the market needs. The helicopter is light, it’s light weight makes it more direct control and more agility. Also a point to notice is the precision on the rotor head and tail assembly, they have ZERO gaps, nothing is loosen. Flying the V450D03 is easy, because it has a responsive chassis and very direct control, thanks to the use of Plastic, this is what makes the V450D03 so special. You may say Plastic Heli is cheaper than Carbon Fiber + Metal Heli, well, not exactly, because now-a-days plastic industry has improved a lot, they mix composite material into the plastic, sometimes they are stronger and lighter. Besides, it’s no cheap, because Plastic Parts need molding, this molding process cost a lot more than you think, Walkera has taken a bold move. Plastic gives the chassis elasticity, you can actually feel this when you are flying, it feels smoother over that Carbon Fiber and Aluminum helis, that’s what makes the V450D03 so cool. Different from the V450D01, almost all material used is different. For the V450D01 it is Carbon Fiber + Metal, and for the V450D03, it’s almost all plastics. And they have different design in structure, keeps all the best electronics but with better arrangement on them. No matter you are a Beginners or Expert, you will love the V450D03. It has the Stability, thanks to 6-Axis Gyro, it has the Agility and Handling, thanks to the well made Plastic parts, the brushless power system and digital metal gear servos. So if you are a beginner with experience on Co-Axial and Single Rotor Helis, this is your best choice for outdoor heli (Remember to put training kit on the landing skids to start practicing).
Same as other newer Walkera Models, the Super CP is capable of online update, with the updater UP02 and UP02A adaptor (Purchase Seperately).
Comes with the Devo 7 Transmitter. Check the features of this NEW Transmitter:
Quad-bearing design. Improved quad-bearing design of the Radio sticks makes the control silky and smoothly.
Adopted core technology of DEVO 12, versatile function ,high cost performance .
2 Model Type: Helicopter and Airplane. Improved programming with more mixes and better interface Program MIX ,MIX to Throttle.
7-point throttle curve makes the control exquisitely.
Online update function:Enjoying update the latest program and copy model data freely and easily.
The AH-64 Apache is the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopter and is used by the U.S. Army and a growing number of international defense forces. Boeing has delivered more than 2,200 Apaches to customers around the world since the aircraft entered production. The U.S. Army Apache fleet has accumulated (as of July 2016) more than 4.2 million flight hours since the first AH-64A was delivered to the U.S. Army in January 1984.
30 mm M230 Chain Gun; Hydra 70 mm and CRV7 70 mm air-to-ground rockets; AGM-114 Hellfire; AIM-92 Stinger
2 × T700-GE-701C turboshafts
300 miles Conducts rear, close, and shaping missions including deep precision strike. Conducts distributed operations, precision strikes against relocatable targets, and provides armed reconnaissance when required in day, night, obscured battlefield and adverse weather conditions.
The AH-64 Apache is the Army’s heavy division/corps attack helicopter. The AH-64D Longbow remanufacture effort incorporates a millimeter wave fire control radar, radar frequency interferometer, fire-and-forget radar-guided HELLFIRE missile and cockpit management and digitization enhancements. The combination of the FCR, RFI, and the advanced navigation and avionics suite of the aircraft provide increased situational awareness, lethality and survivability.
The AH-64 Apache has a four-blade main rotor and a four-blade tail rotor. The crew sits in tandem, with the pilot sitting behind and above the copilot/gunner. Both crew members are capable of flying the aircraft and performing methods of weapon engagements independently.
The crew compartment has shielding between the cockpits, such that at least one crew member can survive hits. The compartment and the rotor blades are designed to sustain a hit from 23-millimeter (0.91 in) rounds. The airframe includes some 2,500 pounds (1,100 kg) of protection and has a self-sealing fuel system to protect against ballistic projectiles. The aircraft was designed to meet the crashworthiness requirements of MIL-STD-1290, which specifies minimum requirement for crash impact energy attenuation to minimize crew injuries and fatalities. This was achieved through incorporation of increased structural strength, crashworthy landing gear, seats and fuel system. Up to six AH-64 Apaches can be safely fitted inside the cargo hold of a USAF Lockheed C-5 Galaxy.
One of the most distinguishing features at the introduction of the Apache was its helmet mounted display, the Integrated Helmet and Display Sighting System (IHADSS); among other abilities the pilot or gunner can slave the helicopter’s 30 mm automatic M230 Chain Gun to his helmet, making the gun track head movements to point at where he looks. The M230E1 can be alternatively fixed to a locked forward firing position, or controlled via the Target Acquisition and Designation System (TADS). The AH-64’s standard of performance for aerial gunnery is to achieve at least 1 hit for every 30 shots fired at a wheeled vehicle at a range of 800–1,200 m (870–1,300 yd).
The AH-64 is designed to endure front-line environments and to operate during the day or night and in adverse weather via its avionics and onboard sensor suites. These systems include the Target Acquisition and Designation System, Pilot Night Vision System (TADS/PNVS), passive infrared countermeasures, GPS, and the IHADSS. Credits: http://www.military.com/equipment/ah-64-apache-longbow
Fly a Scale Attack Heli with Confidence- The Fly Boys at Motion RC love anything scale and we are pleased to offer to our customers this uber-cool scale AH-64 Apache micro helicopter from Blade. Whenever the United States military is called upon to settle a skirmish or major conflict, the Boeing AH-64 Apache™ attack helicopter is sure to lead the fight. That’s because few VTOL capable aircraft are as well equipped, heavily armed or self-reliant. Some RC models of the Apache are large, expensive, require significant talent to assemble and even more skill to fly. The Blade Micro AH-64 Apache captures the pride of the U.S. Army and is officially licensed by the Boeing Aircraft Company. Standout details like a functional four-blade head, collective pitch mechanics and brushless power make it enticing to the experts, while innovative SAFE technology gives you the push-button ability to prevent a crash. Put yourself in the action with the Blade Micro AH-64 Apache™ scale helicopter. Engineered around the abilities of innovative AS3X flybarless technology, its rock-solid flight performance makes flying this highly-detailed heli as comfortable as possible. Although the machine looks like a heavy hitter, it’s crisply detailed molded body is lightweight. Rotary ultra micro servos are uniquely mounted for an efficient link that also allows the four-blade head to mount as low as possible for a brilliant scale affect. Brushless power is used at the main gear to offer gutsy cyclic and collective performance while a fast-response motor on the four-blade tail rotor keeps your headings locked in. Whether you’re new to scale heli flight or seasoned heli expert, this is one heli hero you won’t want to keep tied down.
Fly with Confidence
The Blade® Micro AH-64 Apache™ features exclusive SAFE (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) technology, a revolutionary electronic flight envelope protection system that gives you the protection of Panic Recovery mode which returns the heli to level flight so you can prevent a crash at the push of a button.
Impressive Scale Detail
The molded ABS body features a scale outline and rich detail striking enough to be officially licensed by Boeing Aircraft Company. Beyond static appearance, the four-blade head and tail add a functional level of authenticity you’ll appreciate while flying.
Both the main rotor and tail rotors feature brushless outrunner motors for the power to fly outdoors and fly through scale manuevers. The main rotor is geared specifically for scale four-blade head performance. The tail rotor is a high-speed, direct-drive outrunner with a tail rotor that has a realistic four-blade appearance.
Collective Pitch Mechanics
Whether you’re flying at a large indoor area or outside patrolling your backyard, the collective pitch mechanics give a true to scale flying experience that’s both stable in forward flight and while hovering.
Functional 4-Blade Realism
The four-blade main rotor head mechanics fully articulate to provide collective-pitch control that makes scale flight incredibly realistic. Even the direct drive tail motor simulates the four-blade system of the fullsize Boeing aircraft.
The easy to remove canopy makes installation of the included E-flite® 400mAh 7.4V 2S Li-Po flight battery simple. Both the RTF and BNF versions include a balance Li-Po charger.
DXe Transmitter (RTF only)
The all-new Spektrum™ DXe transmitter delivers the 6-channel control you need with the industry-leading precision of DSMX 2.4GHz technology.
Rotor diameter: 244mm
Flying weirht: 79.5g
Flying time: About 5min
Charging time: 30-60min Control Distance: 150m
Battery: 3.7V 500mAh 25C li-po
Package size: 52.5*24.8*10.3cm
Remote distance: About 150 meters
Motor: 1106 11000KV brushless main motor
8502 coreless tail motor
1) According to AS350 (the little squirrel) prototype ratio, high simulation, fine appearance design.
The details of the products, unique in the market three rotor blades flybarless design.
2) Quote aerodynamic blade provides strong power and body self stability.
3) 1106 rotor brushless motor power is stronger, the 3.7V 500mah 25C high rate battery
4) 3D and 6G (also compatible with electronic 3 gyroscopes and 6 axis gyroscope) mode one remote controller can be switched freely
5) 3D mode using 3 axis gyro, sensitive reaction. To do the stunt flying, can easily make rolling inverted pendulum movement
6) 6G mode using 6 axis gyro, flight stability, especially suitable for beginners to flight.
7) 6 channel remote control, a 3D special IDLE switch throttle hold TH.HOLD switch large screen liquid crystal display, low voltage alarm function.
Especially with aircraft hovering point setting, enter the setting mode to set the hover plane according to their needs.
8) With a dedicated USB charger, can also charge 2 batteries.
9) Communication protocol compatible with FUTABA S-FHSS
10) Flying weight 79.5g
1 x K123 rc helicopter
1 x Transmitter
3 x Main blade
1 x Tail blad
1 x Main gear
1 x USB charger
2 x Li-po batteries
1 x Screwdriver
1 x Hex wrench
Awesome scale flying from this pilot of his monster Vario 1/4 scale EC 135 Heli and nearly ended in disaster when on the final approach it clipped the ring used by foamy pilots to fly through in a different flying slot!
2.4 metres long approx
2.3 metre rotor span
Weight about 24 to 26 Kg
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Published on Jun 19, 2016
Model: EC-135 ADAC Notarzt Christoph 33
Engine: Jakadofsky Pro Turbine
Take-off weight: 49Kg
Rotor diameter: 3,50m
Flight Style: Scale
Meeting: Modellflugtreffen in Damelang Germany June 2016
Have you ever wanted to fly radio controlled helicopters, but never known how to start? This article contains everything you’ll need to know about flying an RC helicopter. It’s quite easy and fun once you get the hang of it. Read on to see how!
Start off with a 3 channel helicopter. These should be easy to fly and some can be flown inside. Most of these helicopters will be pretty small so do not fly them outside in the wind or else you can end up breaking your helicopter or someone else’s stuff or hurting someone.
Don’t fly far away on your first flight and try to have a fair idea of the range.Before purchasing an RC helicopter model or toy make sure that you can use the frequency and that it won’t interfere with anything else or get interfered with. If this happens you can end up not being able to control your helicopter and it will do what it wants (which is most likely to crash without your knowledge). You can avoid this by buying a helicopter with a 2.4GHz radio, which does not suffer from interference by other sources.
Try to avoid buying a tiny little micro helicopter as the tail motors tend to wear out quickly and the batteries don’t last long.
Once you have mastered flying a 2 channel or a 3 channel you can upgrade by purchasing a 4 channel type helicopter.
If you have only used a 2 channel, try a 3 channel first.
Know what kind of batteries you have.
If you are using LiPo (Lithium Polymer) batteries never ever run them completely flat, as it ruins the battery. Most helicopters that comes stock with a LiPo battery have a Low-Voltage Cutoff, or LVC, which prevents the batteries from becoming fully discharged.
If you are using a NiMH battery try to use up all the power so that you will get a longer charge next time so you can fly longer.
If the battery is low or it’s windy outside, it is recommended not to fly the model. You could end up damaging your helicopter, other people’s property or even hurting yourself or others.
Do not hold down the stick which controls bank (sideways tilt.) You might flip your helicopter.
Use little pulses on the stick. This is to prevent it from over tilting. Credits: http://www.wikihow.com/ http://
When it comes to RC toys, remote control toys, RC vehicles and remote control vehicles there are 10 really important things that everyone should know! This is especially the case if you are looking to buy a toy or vehicle for the first time or even if it’s just been a fair while since you last bought and you’re getting back into things.
The 10 things I’ve covered below are the best starting point to get a good understanding of the current state of the RC and remote control world including some of the common jargon and terminology used.
If there is anything else you think I’ve missed here that would also be great to have listed please feel free to leave me a comment below and perhaps we can later do a revised version of this post extending our list of 10 out to a top 20!
1. What is the real difference between ‘RC’ and ‘remote control’?
Now this is a very interesting one! Often when you read anything on the subject of remote controlled toys and vehicles you’ll either see the term ‘RC’ or just ‘remote control’ used. Often these terms are also used interchangeably (just like I do on this site).
So is there really a difference between what these two terms refer to?
To some degree this really comes down to who you ask. Just check out any of the forums on the internet and you’ll see there are even often some varying views within the community itself as to what the distinction really is.
Let’s start by looking at the term ‘RC‘. This is generally acknowledged to be short for ‘radio control’ and refers to the technical set up of the gadget in question which (keeping it relatively simple) is essentially:
A ‘transmitter’ which is the hand held controller you use to control the direction, movement etc of your gadget. When you move a joystick on push a button on your hand held controller effectively converts this movement into a message which is sent out as radio waves to your gadget.
A ‘receiver’ which sits inside your gadget to be controlled and receives the radio wave instructions sent from the transmitter.
A ‘servo’ (or even more than one servo) which is passed the instructions from the receiver and in response to these instructions will send an appropriate message to the motor (or motors) in your gadget.
A ‘motor’ (or even more than one motor) which once it receives is instructions from the servo takes action to put those instructions into effect e.g. makes your car race forward or backwards or turn left or right etc.
If you’re after a more in depth explanation of all these different components and how they interact on a more technical article then check this out
So in comparison to this very clear technical based understanding, what does ‘remote control’ actually mean? Now this is where a bit more disagreement often arises.
Unlike the very clear technical basis we have to define the term ‘RC’ when it comes to remote control we are much more looking at a descriptive term which on its most widely accepted meaning refers to any method of controlling a toy, vehicle or other gadget from a distance.
So this could refer to methods of control such as by wires, by infrared (as a lot of the cheaper models today use very effectively) or even arguable by RC as of course when you use an RC transmitter to operate a car you are still operating it from a distance.
So while all RC gadgets could be seen to be ‘remote control’ not all ‘remote control’ gadgets have the necessary technical make up to be considered ‘RC’ gadgets.
BUT increasingly people use the terms interchangeably (even I tend to on this site) and in all honesty it doesn’t really matter unless of course you are looking at buying and are really specifically after some of the advantages radio control may have over some of the other forms of remote control. In these cases make sure you do spend some time looking at the detail behind the name used to make sure you are really getting what you want.
2. Are RC Toys and RC Vehicles expensive?
Yes and no! The answer here really depends on what you are after.
The great thing we are seeing about some of the developments in new technology in the space (as I talk about further below) is that the range of toys, vehicles and gadgets is increasing not only in terms of the overall number available but also the previously existing boundaries are being pushed in terms of what is available to high end buyers as well as at a much more affordable entry level.
But at the very high end of things you can also spend into the thousands on a top of line nitro powered remote control car for competitive racing, particularly once you invest in the replacement parts and upgrades most people who get involved in competitive racing would consider necessary.
3. Are they just for kids?
In some cases definitely yes but in some cases definitely no!
Although when many people think of remote control vehicles they often associate it as a fairly solo pursuit there are in fact a number ways that is becoming more of a community focused pass time if you want to get involved in that way.
The internet has of course introduced a wide number of forums and social networking sites on which you can discuss all aspects of remote control toys and vehicles from maintenance, to new technology and even ‘vintage’ collectables. However there has also always been a strong club culture for real enthusiasts who want to get involved in competitive racing or just want to enjoy and show off their vehicles with others.
Today clubs for all types of vehicles are still strong and if anything recent years have seen resurgence in some areas, particularly as some of the more high performance and competition focused vehicles also come down in price.
5. Are remote toys and remote control vehicles easy to break?
Overall the higher end remote control toys and remote control vehicles are generally more robust these days than they have ever been, but the true answer to this really falls into parts.
Firstly all vehicles are of course generally designed for a specific purpose.
Using a remote control vehicle outside of its intended areas of use is not only going to increase the chances for breakages or permanent incapacitation but – let’s face it – it’s just not going to be as much fun if the performance of your vehicle will be hampered by the environment you’re trying to use it in.
Secondly, no matter how robust something is you need to be aware of its inherent limitations and also what maintenance it requires to keep it in the best condition. A higher end RC vehicle may be sturdier in the short term but its optimum performance and overall state of repair may deteriorate more noticeably overtime than a lower end vehicle if it’s not properly maintained.
So when choosing an RC vehicle think about how committed you really want to be to maintenance of the vehicle and also just how respectfully you are likely to treat it and tailor your purchase accordingly. This is a particularly important consideration when buying for kids!
6. Is the technology improving?
Definitely! The speed of motors, the robustness of the vehicles manufactured and of course the size and expense of the other component parts are also decreasing meaning that there are a lot more possibilities theses days when it comes to the purchase of (or building your own) RC vehicles in all price ranges.
At the lower end of the spectrum some of these technological advances have been especially seen in the greater quality of infrared and non ‘radio controlled’ RC vehicles (and most particularly those that fall into the ‘remote control toy’ category) that we’ve seen come onto the market in recent years.
The other really interesting development (I think!) in the space has also been the increasing emergence of iPhone and all the mobile phone and tablet controlled vehicles. These use a range of technologies from infrared ‘dongles’ that connect to your mobile device (like these ones do) to even blue tooth (like this one does) to control your vehicle.
7. Are there more to RC vehicles and RC toys than just cars, planes, boats and helicopters?
Yes! Yes! Yes! These days you can pretty much pick up any time of RC vehicle you can wish for. From tanks, jets, and submarines to even more exotic models like this one: http://Red Line Remote Control
8. Do all RC toys and RC vehicles run on batteries?
Although controllers will always use some form of batteries (whether standard off the shelf or more specific rechargeable ones), vehicles themselves can run on either batteries (in varying forms once again) or what is referred to as ‘nitro‘.
Nitro fuel is essentially just a methanol-based product that has had varying amounts of oil and nitromethane added. The type of nitro fuel you want to use depends on the type of vehicle your running (and also of course your budget!). Speciality nitro fuel can be purchased from all hobby shops and for the more intrepid amongst us you can in fact mix up your own!
Although less common than Nitro powered vehicles it is also possible to get vehicles which run on variations of more traditional gasoline.
9. Are old RC toys and RC vehicles able to be refurbished or updated?
This really depends on the model you have but for the ones which were more expensive when purchased generally you can update and up-spec them.
To some degree this will also depend on just how old the vehicle in question is and whether any newer parts can be substituted for the older materials.
There are however some fantastic examples out there of the refurbishment of older vehicles – check this out from the guys at IconicRC featuring a refurbished and modified Tamiya Hot Shot II 4WD Buggy (also actually the first car I had when I was 11!). http://Red Line Remote Control
10. Are the best ones only for use outdoors?
Although you can get some amazing RC toys and RC vehicles intended to be primarily used outdoors some of the developments in the whole RC space in recent times have most definitely benefitted what types of vehicles and toys you can run indoors.