FREE Plastic Model Make 'N Take Soon

Once again, in collaboration with the Mid-Michigan Model Makers club, we'll be hosting a free plastic model Make 'N Take event on Saturday, April 1st, from 11am until 2pm! It a great way to introduce your kids, grandkids, neighbors, or just about anyone else to the joys of plastic model building!

To learn more, visit our Make 'N Take page!

Losi Rock Rey is Here!

The Losi Rock Rey ($449.99) has arrived, coming with a realistic 4WD chassis, long-travel suspension, an LED light bar, heavy-duty metal gear differentials, and a Dynamite power system. The most important feature, though, is Spektrum's AVC stability. Vehicles like the Rock Rey and it's main competitor, the Axial Yeti, have a tendency to be difficult to control on takeoff, but AVC should solve that problem, allowing the Rock Rey to have superior handling over its competition.

The Losi Rock Rey requires a 2S-3S LiPo battery and charger.

Check out the video above, and stop in to see the Rock Rey in person!

New in Stock: E-Flite UMX Waco

Newly arrived in our store is the E-Flite UMX Waco BL BNF Basic ($129.99). It features classic scale details, a wide flight envelope, brushless power, and a steerable tail wheel. The UMX waco uses a 2S 200mAh - 280mAh battery, and requires both the battery and the charger, which are sold separately.

The Waco also boasts Horizon's exclusive AS3X stabilization system, making it easier for this micro airplane to fly outdoors.

If classic looks are your thing, hurry in and pick one up!

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!