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Old 10-21-2006, 12:52 AM
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Default iHobby Expo 2006 - RCUniverse on the scene

RCUniverse is here in Chicago, Illinois for the 2006 iHobby Expo trade show. This is a general hobby show, but radio control is the largest class of manufacturer present. We're here to report on who's here and what's new for those of you who are not able to attend this year. If anyone wants to see something specific, please feel free to post your request here and I'll do my best to get a photo or two and the information you are looking for.

With that, let's get on with the show!

First up is a new radio for RC cars. Airtronics will soon release their own 2.4GHz car radio. Based on the popular and proven MX-3, the new MX-3FHSS will be a natural upgrade for those already running Airtronics gear. For those who are not yet running Airtronics, perhaps this will be the reason needed to make the change. Expect to see the new MX-3FHSS available in the next couple of months.

Next we have three new servos from Futaba. What's new about these? These are the first BRUSHLESS motor digital servos on the market. What does a brushless motor deliver over conventional brushed motors whether cored or coreless? Greater power! The new servos are designated BS 251, BS 351 and BS 451. Specs are still being finalized so keep an eye on the RCUniverse product release announcements for full information in the coming weeks.

Also soon to be released from Futaba is their new Robot. With 20 servos and a 16 channel radio system to provide full articulation. In addition, the Robot come preprogrammed to walk, punch, kick, bow, etc.. For even more fun, software is included to build your own repertoire of moves on your computer then upload the program to the Robot for your own custom robotic show. The Robot also includes position sensors so that in the even the Robot falls down, it can right itself automatically by detecting whether it is lying face up, or down, and perform the necessary moves to stand it self back up right.

Another new item, and one that is currently available, is the Futaba 2.4GHz FASST transmitter module and receiver for the popular Futaba 3PK radio system. Simply replace the stock transmitter frequency module and receiver, and replace them with the 2.4GHz module and R603FS receiver. Now you're ready to hit the track and never worry about what channel you or your buddies are on.

Last from Futaba is a quick glance of their full line up of both aircraft and surface model radio systems.

Moving along we find the new WarHead EVO from Duratrax. Building upon the proven WarHead, Duratrax improved nearly every aspect of the model for better handling and stronger components. Everything from the suspension, to the clutch, gear box, radio system and drive train has been updated to make this the most versatile RTR monster truck available. And, should the aluminum upgrade bug bite, Duratrax has a full compliment of upgrades that can easily reward you with a full aluminum chassis and suspension monster truck. And don't worry about power as the included Supertiger .27 is more than capable of moving this truck fast enough for just about any racer.

The GRP line of premounted car tires and wheels include a first. Pre-trued 1/10 and 1/12th scale on road tires. That's right, no more having to carry around a tire truer or cleaning up the mess of truing your own tires. Straight out of the package, these tires are ready to race.

Looking for a temp gun that fits in your pocket but also in need of a stop watch? O'Donnell has the answer in the new TGX-1 temperature gauge with built in stopwatch. With an estimated street price of $44.99, it's both affordable and a valuable addition to your track box.

Moving along we fine Steve O'Donnell himself talking about his new glow car fuel. Available in race or RTR blends from 10 - 40% nitro, there is a fuel specifically formulated for any type of bashing or racing.

Steve was also showcasing his line of electric motors, motor spray and batteries.

Looking for a scale RTR parkflyer? Flyzone will soon release their new Cessna. Flight reports say it's responsive yet easy to fly and a whole lot of fun.


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Old 10-21-2006, 01:37 AM
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Heli-Max was on hand to showcase three new helicopter models. The Axe EZ is intended for helicopter newcomers to provide an easy to fly model that almost ensures success with an easier path to successfully learning to fly model helicopters.

Next in the line is the new Axe CP for intermediate pilots. Fully built and flight tested, the CP is ready for aerobatics straight out of the box. Did I say flight tested? Yes I did. Each and every Axe CP and EZ is fully range checked, flown and trimmed before being boxed up and shipped to your local hobby shop. This means you won't have to worry about the model taking off on it's own in some odd direction the very first time you put it in the air.

Last up is the soon to be released Kinetic 50 ARF glow powered heli. The model is fully built requiring only the landing gear and tail unit to be installed to complete the mechanics. From there you supply the engine, muffler, radio and gyro. Once everything is installed, Heli-Max has both online, phone and email resources available to help setup your radio gear should you have any questions or road blocks.

Looking for a RTF electric trainer that can handle something more than just the slightest breeze? Hobbico's new Electristar is the answer. With the included four channel radio, brushless outrunner motor and ESC, you only need to provide the recommended battery and charger. The model can be fully ready to fly in one hour from the time you open the box.

For boat lovers, AquaCraft displayed their new SuperVee 27 speed boat. The surface drive prop is driven by a water cooled brushless motor and ESC for cool, long lasting performance.

MPI Maxx Products was present with a slew of new products. Two new dual motor counter rotating systems have been added to the line up. Fitting between the two previously released motor systems, the new systems are comparable to .30 and .50 size 2-stroke glow engines respectively.

Also new are fully configured power systems intended to help make glow to electric conversions a simple matter. They include HiMaxx outrunner motors and mount, Castle Creations ESC, and APC prop. Simply refer to the easy to read and understand chart on the back of the package and pick up the system best suited for your needs.

Need a wiring harness for multiple batteries in either series or parallel? MPI Maxx Products has you covered? How about an attractive set of machined aluminum wheels? They have these too. Each pair of wheels includes three sets of bushings to fit whatever size axles are incorporated in your landing gear. Another great feature are the foam tires mounted to the rims. Most foam tires develop flat spots due to the weight of the model while the model is sitting still on the ground. To combat this, a hard rubber rib is molded in to the center of the tire. This keeps the tire light yet prevents flat spots from developing. The wheels are available in 1.25, 1.5, 2 an 2.5" models.

Smartech has their full line of cars and trucks on display. From the giant scale Traveller buggy and their 4WD monster truck, to smaller micro and mini sized cars, they have a very full product line.
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Old 10-21-2006, 02:13 AM
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Century Helicopter Products has several new items on hand. First up is the new Swift 620 SE. As can be seen, it's quite a bit larger than the original Swift.

Next we see the new FreeStyle. This model is ready for any maneuver you can throw at it and come back ready for more.

How about an Augusta 109 fiberglass fuse? Century will have one available in the next couple of months. It will be available either fully painted in the US Coast Guard scheme shown or unpainted and ready for the scheme of your choice.

Last up is their new Zenoah 23cc gasoline powered engine. Based on the well known marine engine, this new helicopter version is both strong and smooth running for your larger scale helicopter project.

Himoto Racing is here with a huge display of great looking cars and trucks in all sizes and shapes. Also on hand are a pair of great looking boats.

FullyMax is a battery manufacturer I have not seen before, but they have a very diverse line of Li-Po batteries for any size project you can imagine. From a giant 6S2P 6600mAh pack down to a diminutive single cell 130mAh unit, FullMax has a battery for every model. Also available is their new Batterymem battery balancer. Using a single plug to mate up with any brand batteries cell tap plug, the Batterymem quickly balances packs with 2 to 5 cell construction. It even lets you know which cell was out of balance or has failed, so you can monitor the pack for future comparisons.

Last up for tonight we have RAM Radio Controlled Models Inc. with their versatile line of electronic accessories. New for the show are their 3D Lights and a great sounding General Lee horn. The horn sounds very good and plays loud and clear.

The show coverage will continue tomorrow!
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Old 10-21-2006, 11:24 PM
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Saturday has come and gone and the show goes on!

Billings Boats was on hand with two several great looking models, but two of which really stood out. The first is their scale Slo-mo-shun IV hydroplane. The other is their soon to be released kit of the Andrea Gail made famous in the movie The Perfect Storm.

Plantraco has their line of micro RC airplanes present and has been doing flight demonstrations of their Butterfly all day. A table in the booth was even setup to as a runway to demonstrate the models easy handling in tight areas.

TJ Models has a nice line of very good looking static and RC compatible boats and ships. The RC ships have primed fiberglass hulls with the deck prejoined. Rudder housings are installed at the factory as are the motor mounts and stuffing boxes. The S-100 class model is shown below in both kit and finished stages.
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Old 10-22-2006, 12:25 AM
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Continuing along we find K&S Engineering with their full line of plastic and metal products to build and detail models.

MRC is displaying thier new XRB-SR Shuttle counter-rotating dual rotor helicopter. This is one of the easiest to fly helicopters available to modelers today. They also have the new Hirobo specialty tools for helicopters on hand. These are high quality tools that will make working on helicopters to much easier than trying to make just any old tool laying around do the job. If you're looking for a high strength yet light weight upgrade for your Sceadu .30 - .50 size heli, a very nicely engineered full carbon fiber chassis is now available.

Taking a look at MRC's Academy line of cars, we find the new SB V2 "Pro". Pricing has yet to be set, but MRC tells us this model will be truly affordable even though it is loaded with many features only found on cars that cost considerably more, or even available only as aftermarket upgrades.

On the other side of the table is the STR-4 Pro II. With features like 23 ball bearings, shaft drive 4wd and adjustable threaded aluminum shocks, this car competition ready, but affordable at the same time.

Trinity has several new items on hand at the show as well as some big news. On the new product side we see their new NEXT 1/16th scale nitro truggy powered by the Drake Platinum Series .095 engine. For the big news we find out that Trinity has signed on as the exclusive importer and distributor for Team Magic. Headlining their display is the M1-B 1/8th scale glow powered buggy.

Team Corally has several new items as well including their 1/12th scale SP12X on-road electric car in both European and American versions. The only differences between the two cars is the wheel mounting. While the European version uses the standard European style wheel only, the American version allows mounting of a wider variety of wheels commonly used on this side of the pond. Also new is their new Tweak stand to fine tune 1/12th scale cars. The stand breaks down very easily for carrying in the included case. Another feature which makes this item stand apart from the competition is the location of the level bubble. The Corally stand has the bubble located at the end of one of the bars instead of directly in the center where it is nearly impossible to read due to the car being above said bubble!
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Old 10-22-2006, 12:44 AM
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There in force today.... I shot all of the first round of the Micro Heli Cup competition on DV video.....Posting some vids now.....editing some others...I'll have them all up by monday.....

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The World Models has five new all wood ARF model airplanes at this years show. The first is a really nice looking parkflyer sized Cap 232 in a very colorful trim scheme. Next is their Groovy 3D parkflyer, also finished in a very colorful scheme. If you are looking for a moderately sized all wood pattern plane, the AeroPet deserves a very close look. Retracts are included and the model can be ready to fly with very little effort. On the other end of the performance spectrum we find a pair of electric sailplanes. The Thermal Star is an electric power thermal sailplane while the Sky Runner is more of a hotliner style model. Both models follow The World Models typical construction and will be ready to fly quickly and easily.

Carson Model Sport is on hand today with several very interesting and good looking models including their Thor 28 monster truck.

Pro-Line's booth is full of very attractive models plus the full line of tires and wheels for any type RC car or truck.

Schumacher also has several new models on hand. Their Rascal is a new entry in the fast growing micro glow powered truck segment. Instead of designing the model to use ultra small engines or electronics, they designed the model to be as small as possible while utilizing reliable and powerful standard size radio equipment and an easy to tune while powerful .18 size small block engine. Not only is this model built with standard size control and engine components, it also sports a very strong 4mm thick aluminum chassis to help the truck take as much abuse as you can give it and stay in the game. Also available are a host of upgrades such as full aluminum suspension components and a two speed transmission that provides top speeds reported to be in the 50 mph range. Even at speeds this high, the aerodynamics of the truck and it's body are such that it will not blow over.
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Old 10-22-2006, 01:29 AM
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Still at the Schumacher booth we have the chance to take a close up look at their Havoc stunt truck. This 1/8th scale truck was designed with the intention of being bashed. Every part of the suspension and drive train is beefy and over sized. Even the spur and pinion gears use an uncommonly coarse pitch to prevent them from stripping even if jumped and landed at high throttle settings.

Next down the isle we find the iKarus booth displaying their popular and ever expanding line of electric helicopters and Shockflyer airplanes. Also available for a test flight is their Aerofly Professional flight simulator. At the end of the booth we find a very attractive and well gaff-rigged schooner Atlantis from Robbe.

Looking for a new Li-Po battery? Wanmabattery was on hand to show their line of small, medium and large capacity batteries. All appeared to be well built and included taps for making sure the battery remains balanced when charged or maintained with the proper equipment.

The Guang Zhou Chi Yuan Electronic Co. Ltd. has their line of aircraft and surface model radio systems on display.

Shenzhen Awing Roc Industry Co., Ltd. is displaying their line of RTR cars and RTF helicopters including a micro heli that comes fully assembled in a sturdy aluminum traveling case.
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Old 10-22-2006, 01:32 AM
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There was certainly some excitement with the heli flying! In spite of the crashes, all of the competitors assured us they will be back tomorrow for the final round.
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I was there Saturday. Great show. But where was Tamiya, Team Associated, and Mugen? Several people where asking this question. Any inside info about their absence?
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kyosho and tamiya were in japan for a large show.
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MMR Showed the production Serpent F1
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most of the FG, HARM, Modelcargo vehicles
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Raywood videos
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Crazy Nut Racing parts, including the new Steel Two Speed gears for the FG's and many Baja 5 upgrades.
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Bless you for not taking yet another photo of an Extra or Edge.
Old 10-24-2006, 07:46 AM
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I heard that the turn out was fantastic and they plan on bringing the show back next year. Way to go Chicago
Old 10-24-2006, 02:34 PM
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Bah!! They are supposed to be alternating between Los Angeles and Chicago.
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Well, what I was told from one of the vendors about the Cali show was"you could have fired a cannon in the room and you wouldn't have hit anyone". If that's the case why go through the expense of having the show there?
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The LA showing wasn't that bad. Attendance was lower comparatively, but there were still people there.

We can speculate about why the show was moved to LA, but the fact is that it was moved back to Chicago where it has been stated it will remain.

There are no pictures of Edge's or Extra's because none were released at the show. If there had been new releases of those models, you would have seen pictures of them

BTW, there are still a lot of photos to go and many will go up this evening. I didn't have time to upload them Sunday due to traveling and yesterday was consumed with trying to catch up from being away from home for four days.
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[8D]Sure would be nice if you could give a
report on R/C aircraft KITS. Yeah, I know,
A Kit? What's that???
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a kit is what an ARF looks like after it does a figure 9 at full throttle
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Nice coverage. Who is the manufacturer of the buggy that has M1-B on the wing in post number five, looks great!
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The M1-B is from Team Magic now being imported by Trinity.

I did not see any new kit releases at the show. Sorry.
Old 10-25-2006, 11:17 AM
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ORIGINAL: Kmot

Bah!! They are supposed to be alternating between Los Angeles and Chicago.
You're possibly thinking of RCX as they were supposed to have a show in Chicago last year but cancelled it at the last minute.
OK, now back to the show.
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Actually, "they" were going to alternate both RCX and iHobbyExpo between California and Illinois. Personally, I'd rather see RCX remain in Anahiem and let iHobbyExpo stay in Rosemont instead of going back to Los Angeles. Hobby Visions is also usually held here in Las Vegas, but it is a smaller show and the way it has been set up, it is very difficult for venders to make both Hobby Visions and iHobbyExpo since the dates were only one week apart.
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I went to the iHobby in LA and I felt like it had lots of people all over the place. I wonder what the vendor considers a place where you can fire that cannon ball and actually hit someone? A hall with people jammed together like a sardine can?

Hobby Visions in Vegas 2004 was a joke. That place had none of the big names and very few people. Perhaps that is who the vendor was describing?

Anyway, I am greatly saddened to hear iHobby won't be alternating between LA and CHI as previously intended. []
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Sorry for the delay. The iHobby show coverage continues!

Horizon Hobby had a lot of great looking products they were announcing at the show. Probably the biggest in terms of excitement is the new Spektrum DX7. This is a 2.4GHz 7 channel radio system that can be used in RC model aircraft of any size. Range is no longer a limiting factor as it is with the DX6, which is still a great system in it's own right. The DX7 transmitter is backwards compatible with your older DX6 receivers, but the same cannot be said about using a DX7 receiver with the DX6 due to the new protocol employed by the DX7.

Next we see the new E-Flite Mini FuntanaX parkflyer. Borrowing heavily on the design of it's larger cousins the FuntanaX 100 and FuntanaX 50. Look for this model to start arriving in hobby shops mid-November.

With the Hanger 9 P-51 150 having been around for a couple of seasons now, it was decided that the model needed to be re-released but with a few updates to this very well behaved warbird. The first area of change is the retracts which have been replaced with robust heavy duty aluminum units. The structure has also been updated in a few key places to make the model a bit stronger without adding any appreciable weight. But probably one of the biggest changes is the wing. It is now a full 80" long making it IMAA legal. Where the original model fell just short of being Giant Scale, the same cannot be said for the new version.

Staying with warbirds for a moment, Hanger 9 also had on display their new Supermarine Spitfire Mk II for .60 2c or .72 - 1.00 4c engines. Complete with a scale operating retracts and arched turtle deck, this model looks like it will be a favorite at flying fields in no time.

At the other end of the size scale we see the new HobbyZone AeroBird Swift. For the first time ever, the AeroBird is now available with ailerons standard. With "full house" control, this latest addition to the AeroBird line can perform all of the basic aerobatic maneuvers but still retains the gentle flying characteristics of other members of the AeroBird family.

Looking for a new out runner motor? Looking for a LARGE outrunner. How about one that will power a 40% scale aerobat and make it perform in a way you thought only a gasoline engine could. The Big Boss BL is rated at 12,000 watts peak at 400A and swings a 32X12 prop. The 300A ESC is included with the motor and it operates on a 10 cell Li-Po battery. Also available are smaller motors and ESC's for smaller aircraft from parkflyers to mid-size.

Also in the power plant category is the Evolution 45GX2. This 45cc engine has been around for about a year, but recently received an updated engine management system. With the addition of a servo for the choke, the new ignition will choke the engine with a few turns of the prop. It will also burn off any fuel that has collected in the plug between flights.

Back to airplanes we see the Hanger 9 Showtime 50. With all of the aerobatic capabilities of the larger Showtime 100, this model is a little easier on the wallet as well as easier to transport.

Last but not least we see an larger version of a previously release model, the Twist 3D 60 also from Hanger 9. Now you can hot-dog to your hearts content with a model that can handle wind better and is easier to see yet still manageable and easy to transport.

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