UK-based model accessories company, Solarfilm, has recently announced that as of 12th February 2018 it will no longer sell to wholesalers and it will cease products of all the brand’s products. The company, which began over 50 years ago saw substantial success throughout the late 80s and early 90s with soaring sales.
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An electronic speed controller (ESC) is an electronic circuit whose main purpose is to vary the speed of an electric motor and it’s direction. Whether the ESC is for a brushed motor or brushless the ESC interprets control information. This is not as in a mechanical motion as found in the case of servo units but rather in a way that varies the switching rate of a network of “Field Effect Transistors”, or more commonly known as FET’s. The rapid switching of these transistors is what causes the motor itself to emit its characteristic high pitched whine, this is especially noticeable at lower speeds. These FET’s also allow a much smoother and more precise speed control of the motor and in a far more efficient way than the older mechanical type of speed controllers. It has a resistive coil and moving arms, that we would see in many models a few years ago, especially in the model car world.
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Model RC Aircraft are subject to punishing extremes that take a toll on the components and the airframe. We have all seen landings where a plane hits the deck hard only to bounce back into the air, stall, and bounce on the runway again. The corpse of the crippled aircraft, along with any lost limbs is dragged from the strip to be put back together in a makeshift field hospital.
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If you are like me, then you too have been stuck in the awkward situation of pretending to like a gift you have received that in reality, you absolutely hate.
There is nothing more uncomfortable than having someone excitedly give you a present that they are sure you are going to love, only to see the bemused look on your face when you don’t. So the legends at HobbyKing have come up with a brilliant idea that will ‘take the guesswork’ out of gift giving this Valentine’s Day. The way this works is, if you head over to HobbyKing and fill out the Valentine’s Day form that includes a list of three of your favourite products, HobbyKing will do you a favour by sending a friendly hint to your Valentine to let them know exactly what you want.
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The sport of model flying has undergone some significant changes over the last few years and none more so than the advent of the multirotor (drone) which is very high technology based. The developments of motors, batteries and in the case of drones the control systems have gone ahead in leaps and bounds. No longer are these just for the extremely experienced modeller/flyer they are now a practical off the shelf proposition that can be flown by almost everyone.
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Durafly has finally released the highly anticipated Bf.109 and it’s sure to excite. This model is highly detailed and so well finished that it’s sure to excite even the most discerning scale aficionados among us. Like their previous warbirds in this class, they left no detail out and the scale nuts will want for nothing. I’ve owned both the Durafly T-28 and Spitfire and I can say that there is no contender in the market today and they’re simply the best representations of the models and they’ve again outdone themselves on the BF.109.
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Rumour has it that Horizon Hobby will be releasing a successor to their popular DSM2/DSMX protocol. The rumours from a recent tradeshow circuit are that the new protocol won’t be backwards compatible. This will mean that it is likely that the new protocol won’t work with any of your current Spektrum goodies.
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Ever browse through Instagram and see those insta-photographers who boast that all the insanely stunning images on their feed have only been shot using their smartphone? I’m not sure about you, but whenever I see that I’m both sceptical and envious. I mean how can they get such great landscape shots or macro images just using their standard iPhone? What are they doing that I’m not? Well, my latest purchase from HobbyKing may just be the answer to this.
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So today I received the new Mini Q Cartoon Car from HobbyKing. I sat there staring at the pink version of this model and was instantly happy and excited to open it. Staring at the model for as long as I did, the song lyrics ‘Life in plastic, it’s fantastic’ popped into my head. In all seriousness though, these little plastic cars are indeed very fantastic, let me tell you why.
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LIPO batteries are found in just about every modern convenience these days and whilst we don’t pay much attention to them we really should. Proper care dramatically extends their usable lifespan and given batteries are so expensive its worth looking after them so that they give you reliable service for years to come.
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