8S X-Maxx Has Arrived!

Ready to use that impending tax return on something BIG and POWERFUL? If so, it's your lucky day: the all-new 8S X-Maxx has arrived! Of our initial four, one is already gone, leaving three of these bad-ass monster trucks left on the shelf. One could be yours!

Featuring all-new (and upgraded) differentials, rear body reinforcement, integrated wheelie bar, and the brand-new 8S Velineon ESC, the new X-Maxx is all about power. If your RC stable has room for one more, make it the new 8S X-Maxx!

Plastic Model Contest 2/4/17!

Every year, the local plastic model club, the Mid-Michigan Model Makers, throw a big contest for plastic model makers around the state and beyond. The big day is tomorrow, February 4th, 2017, and it's open to the public!

 

Knights of Columbus Hall
360 S. River Road, Bay City, MI

Free General Admission

Registration: 8am - 11am • Judging: 12pm - 4pm
A great way to spend the day with your family!

Weekly eFly Announced for Winter

In a surprising move, the owner of the Tri-City Sports Complex in Auburn has announced a weekly indoor fun fly, every Wednesday from 1PM to 4PM. It costs $15 per pilot, but there is no mention of a charge for spectators. This is welcome for all R/C pilots that are available in the afternoon and would like to get some more flying in during the winter.

These events are NOT sanctioned by the AMA, and therefore no AMA card or membership is required, opening the event to those that have decided against joining the aviation organization.

This is great news, and I hope that pilots take advantage of this opportunity, lest it disappear for lack of attendance.

Retro Release: New Blade mSR S in Stock

The Blade mSR was a great selling, and great flying, fixed-pitch helicopter years ago. It even cracked the Top Ten list back in 2009. With the last few years being dominated by drones, however, the mSR was retired and discontinued. Fast forward to today, though, and the mSR is once again gracing our shelves in its new, technologically-advanced form: the mSR S. combining a solid helicopter from the past with the stabilization technology of today.

From Horizon's website: "Modeled after the popular ultra-micro Blade® mSR heli, the Blade® mSR S is a great way to step up from coaxial helis and multirotor drones to a single-rotor machine. Fixed-pitch, flybarless rotor simplicity lets you enjoy extra speed and agility with a durable and efficient design. The included 1S 150mAh battery has a higher 45C discharge rate, so you get more responsive power while keeping the battery weight the same. Exclusive SAFE® and AS3X® technology helps keep you in control by delivering the stability you need to develop confidence quickly. The variable high and low rate modes allow each flight to match your flying style and environment. Even experienced single-rotor pilots will find the mSR S great to have around whenever the time, place or weather keeps you from flying a bigger heli."

We have both the Ready-to-Fly ($119.99) and Bind-N-Fly ($99.99) versions on the shelf. This is a great way to beat the winter blues and gets some indoor flying done!

New E-Flite Valiant 1.3M Airplane In Stock!

Arriving this week is the new E-Flite Valiant Bind-N-Fly Basic. With a 53" wingspan, the Valiant is one of the largest of the recent crop of airplanes that E-Flite and Horizon has released. From the Horizon website:

"The Valiant 1.3m park flyer is a downsized version of the big Hangar 9 Valiant 30cc ARF. Like its giant-scale sibling, it has the inherent stability of a classic high-wing model but with more modern lines and larger control surfaces that can provide sporty response when you want it. This Bind-N-Fly® version comes with the added benefit of a Spektrum™ AS3X receiver that features optional SAFE Select technology."

The Valiant sells for $199.99 for the BNF-Basic setup. Stop in and check out this slick aircraft for yourself! 

Take Off with the Convergence VTOL

It's a plane. It's a drone. It's the new E-Flite Convergence VTOL (Vertical Take Off & Landing) aircraft, and it's in stock now!

Featuring three brushless motors, including two that tilt up, the Convergence blends the performance of a delta-wing airplane with the controllability of a multi-rotor drone. It's a great product for a drone pilot interested in fixed-wing aircraft, or vice-versa. It can even be set up for FPV flight!

Pick up yours for only $249.99 (Bind-N-Fly Version)!

HobbyZone Rezo has Arrived

The newest micro-drone in the HobbyZone product line has finally come in! It features a 480p camera built in - and this thing is like a couple of inches square! It also features auto-takeoff and auto-land, as well as a headless mode for those new to flying.

Stop in and get yours today - and they make great stocking stuffers! Only $39.99!

RealFlight X In Stock Now!

RealFlight is still one of the best ways to learn how to fly R/C aircraft. The physics, graphics, and overall polish to the program makes it stand out among the numerous R/C flight simulators as the best of the best, and now, it takes that title one step further.

The newest release, RealFlight X, is a huge step forward in graphics, performance, and realism. it adds features life FPV drone racing courses to keep up with the ever-changing world of R/C flight. Whether you yearn to pilot drones, race quadcopters, knife-edge airplanes, or hover helicopters, RealFlight X has an aircraft for you.

It's worth noting that, unlike the last few versions of RealFlight, there is no upgrade path from a previous version to RF-X; you need to purchase the entire package. This is due to the complete overhaul of the entire simulator and brand-new physics engine.

Please check out the system requirements below before you purchase, as software cannot be returned once sold. Make sure your computer can run the program! If you're not sure what your PC's specs are, download and install the Belarc Advisor. Run the program, print out the results, and, if you're not able to interpret them, bring the results to us. We can at least let you know if your computer can handle RF-X.

Minimum System Requirements

  • Windows 7, 8, or 10 (64-bit)
  • Quad-Core Processor
  • Direct-X 11 Compatible Graphics Card w/ 2GB Memory (GTX 460 or better)
  • Integrated graphics NOT recommended
  • 30GB Hard Drive Space
  • 4GB Ram
  • DVD Drive
  • At Least 1 Open USB Port

Optimal System Requirements

  • Intel Core i7-6700 Processor
  • nVidia GTX1080 or equivalent
  • 32GB Ram
  • SSD Drive

Now through November 19th, Roger's Hobby Center Rewards Customers can purchase RealFlight X at a discount! See us in the store for details!

Inductrix FPV In Stock!

As we said back in August, the Blade Inductrix FPV is a product that we're really excited about, and now it's here! We have twelve of these tiny FPV machines in stock, and they are tremendously fun to fly. I have personally gotten to pilot it around the store, and it's truly a blast. I've never been one for FPV flying before, and I think the Inductrix FPV might just change my mind.

Hold races in your basement and invite your friends over! Zoom it around your office on your lunch break! However and wherever you fly, the Inductrix FPV is a great way to get into the FPV side of the hobby. Pick up yours today for only $199.99, completely Ready-to-Fly!

DX6e Radio System Has Arrived

It you're in the market for a less expensive alternative to the Spektrum DX6 transmitter, but don't want to compromise on the great programming features it offers, then check out the new DX6e!

Designed to replace the aging DX6i transmitter, the DX6e offers the same programming features, multiple wing types, 250 model memory, and channel assignments that the DX6 has. The only features lacking are a training cord plug (but you can still utilize the wireless training link Spektrum offers) and the voice alerts feature. The case is entirely plastic, much like the DXe transmitter, but that don't really detract from the look and feel of the transmitter.

The new DX6e is available with a six channel AR610 receiver for only $179.99, and if you don't need the receiver, you can purchase the transmitter alone for $149.99, and they are in stock now!

E-Flite UMX Yak 54 3D In Stock

What perfect timing! With the first indoor eFly happening this weekend, the folks at Horizon picked the perfect week to launch the new UMX Yak 54! Based on the very-popular AS3Xtra design, the UMX Yak 54 delivers great indoor 3D performance and a slick trim scheme to match.

The UMX Yak 54 3D BNF Basic requires a battery, charger, and Spektrum transmitter. It sells for $99.99, and is in stock now! Pick one up for the weekend!

New Dromida Cars In Stock

Dromida has pretty much redefined what 1/18 scale R/C cars can be, and they've been very successful with their offerings to date. It was always strange to me, however, that they never did a touring or rally car with their chassis, giving how well it was suited for that purpose.

They must have thought it was strange too, because a few of their new touring and rally cars showed up yesterday. They are both Ready-to-Run, and go for $109.99. Pick yours up today!

Oil Painting Class: Slots Still Available

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Every winter, we play host to Rosemary Blower's oil painting class, and it's about to start up again. There are still three slots open, as of the posting of this article, in her classes, so if you're interested, keep reading!

The classes meets on Tuesdays for two hour blocks, and the cost for five sessions is $45 plus supplies, which are listed below. If you are interested in taking the class, please call Rosemary at (989) 781-0227.

The classes start on Tuesday, October 4th.

Supplies List

Oil Paint Colors
(Graham, Grumbacher, or Winsor Newton brands preferred)

  • Titanium White
  • Raw Sienna
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • Payne's Gray
  • Raw Umber
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • French Ultramarine Blue
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Greenish Umber
  • Naples Yellow

Brushes

  • Royal Deluxe Brush Set (TK-7) or Simply Simmons Everything Set
  • Royal Brush Set RG-103
  • Fan Brush #3 or #4 (#3 Preferred)
  • 10/0 Liner Brush
  • 1 1/2" - 2" Chinese Bristle Brush

Other Supplies

  • Palette Knife (Bent Style)
  • WN Liquin
  • Odorless Thinner (must use in classroom)
  • Canvas: 11" x 14" up to, but not larger than, 16" x 20"
  • Betterway Brush Cleaning Jar
  • Betterway Brush Cleaner Pads
  • Palette Paper 12" x 16"
  • Paper Towels
  • Acetate for Tracing
  • Transfer Paper
  • Damar Matte Spray Varnish (for when your painting is finished)

Blade 250 CFX In Stock

The new Blade 250 CFX has arrived. If you're looking for a high-class aerobatic heli, this is what you're looking for. SAFE technology, brushless motors, and a carbon fiber frame are just a few of the features this slick collective-pitch helicopter offer. Here's the official word from Blade:

The Blade 250 CFX helicopter is the perfect mid-sized heli to transition into sport aerobatics. It delivers pilots a precision, high-performance, 3D experience without the high cost or intimidating size of larger class helicopters. The lightweight and durable carbon fiber frame and rotor blades mean you can be flying more often than fixing. Resilient metal gear digital servos and powerful brushless motors give each flight an accurate and responsive feeling.

Engineered around the abilities of innovative SAFE technology, its progressive flight mode system makes flying a collective pitch heli more comfortable, even if you're a beginner. Stability mode helps keep you in control with the safety of bank limits and self-leveling so it's possible to fly and build pilot skills quickly. When you're ready to progress, Agility mode opens the flight envelope to explore basic aerobatics and 3D mode enables the 250 CFX to unleash its full potential. In addition, Panic recovery mode allows you to prevent a crash and recover the heli to level flight at the press of a button.

The 230 CFX requires a Spektrum 6+ programmable transmitter, a 3S LiPo battery, and LiPo charger to complete. It sells for $329.99. Pick yours up today!

Blade Nano QX is Back!

We used to carry the Blade nano QX. It was a great beginner's quadcopter, and still is. The market around the Nano QX changed, though, and prices started coming down on quadcopters, or drones as we call them now. The Nano QX didn't drop its price, though, and soon it was being left on the shelf in lieu of other, cheaper or bigger drones.

Horizon Hobby finally saw the light and lowered the price on the Nano QX, effective September 1st, and as a result, the Nano QX is back!

Now priced at just $59.99 for the Ready-to-Fly version, the Nano QX is a fantastic beginner quadcopter for anyone, and it's never been more affordable! Pick yours up today!

Make 'N Take on Sept. 17th!

The Mid-Michigan Model Makers and Roger's Hobby Center have joined forces to put on yet another Make N' Take event at our store! Bring your kids and let them build a plastic model with help and guidance from model-building pros — entirely free of charge!

The event takes place here, at Roger's Hobby Center, and is on:

September 17th
11AM — 2PM

We're proud to offer these Make N' Take events to allow kids of all ages to experience the joy of model building! For more information on the Make N' Take, head over to our Make N' Take event page.

Blade Inductrix FPV Announced

It's been awhile since a newly announced product has me excited — especially a Blade product — but the new announcement from Horizon Hobby yesterday has me really excited. It's the Blade Inductrix FPV, and if you've been looking for an affordable way to get into FPV drone racing or flying, then this is the product you've been waiting for.

The Inductrix FPV comes with everything you need to fly — no more buying multiple boxes and piecemealing your FPV experience. The included monitor is 4.3" diagonal, and can be adapted into a headset with the optional headset mount kit. It works with nearly all FPV equipment out there, so it can grow with you too! The best part? It's only $199.99!

I think this new drone will really jump start the FPV scene here in mid-Michigan. It's never been so affordable to start FPV flying with good equipment. This puts all the Wi-Fi "FPV" drones to shame, and promises a solid foundation to begin your journey into the FPV hobby.

The Blade Inductrix FPV will be available sometime in October, and we're opening up pre-orders now. If you want to get one of the first Inductrix FPV drones in town, call us today and reserve yours. Supplies will be limited at first, so make sure your name is on one when they arrive!

Typhoon H Drone Back in Stock

We have received another shipment of the Typhoon H camera drone in stock! This cool hexacopter is the pinnacle of drones we've yet carried. It has plenty of useful features for the professional and hobbyist alike.

A Full 360° View of the World
The 3-axis anti-vibration CGO3+ gimbal camera captures ultra-stable 4K Ultra High Definition video, vivid 12 megapixel still images and can be rotated through an unlimited, 360° range of motion. The CGO3+ gimbal camera features a high quality glass 98° field of view, wide-angle lens, and offers manual camera settings while in flight.

ST16 All-in-One Controller
The ST16 Ground Station is an integrated transmitter, receiver and Android platform that gives you full control over Typhoon H, allowing you to easily program autonomous flight and capture stunning photos and videos. The large 7-inch integrated screen displays real-time footage of your flight, eliminating the need for an external device.

Orbit Me
Typhoon H flies a circular path around you, keeping the camera trained on you the whole time.

Point Of Interest
Select a subject and Typhoon H will orbit that subject autonomously.

Follow Me/ Watch Me
Follow Me ensures Typhoon H moves along with you. Watch Me tells Typhoon H to follow you while always pointing the camera at you wherever you go.

Dynamic Return to Home
Simply switch to Home Mode and Typhoon H will return and land within 26 feet (8 meters) of you.

Plus much, much more! Check it out in the store! The Typhoon H runs $1,299.99.

New Axial Grave Digger in Stock

Most likely no one saw this release coming, but it's here nonetheless. Axial has gotten into the monster truck game, and they've done so in style. The new Grave Digger has tons of scale features:

  • 2.2 BKT Monster Jam Tires
  • HD Hydraulic Ram Style Steering Links
  • Trailing Arm 4-Linked Rear Suspension
  • AR60 (Wraith) Axles
  • AX10 Transmission
  • WB8 HD Driveshafts
  • Rear Swaybar
  • Multiple Shock Mounting Locations
  • Tactic TTX300 3CH Radio System
  • AE-5 ESC
  • 27T Motor
  • Water-Resistant Metal-Gear Servo
  • Waterproof Receiver Box
  • Easy Access Battery Tray

The new Axial Grave Digger RTR is $399.99, requires a battery and charger, and is in stock now!