It's been a while since the last update, and there's a lot to talk about. Horizon Hobby has been busy revealing new products left and right, in many of their lines. The Blade SR has been released, and most people I've talked to think it's as good as it was made out to be. Perhaps for that reason, it's still in short supply, as everyone is trying to get their hands on one.
In the realm of new product announcements, Parkzone has a couple of airplanes that offer a new spin on an old design. First off is the new Ultra-Micro Sukhoi SU-26xp. Utilizing the same airframe as the original Sukhoi, it sports a slick new paint scheme. It also has a bigger prop, a more powerful motor, and a carbon-reinforced horizontal stabilizer. And the best part is the plane runs only $99.99, and is only available in the Bind-N-Fly format. Due mid-May.
The second airplane recently announced is a new take on the venerable Vapor. Dubbed the Night Vapor, this iteration features a new color scheme and LED lights. It also features several enhancements in the airframe, allowing much easier replacement of parts, should they become damaged. This plane will be available in both Ready-To-Fly ($129.99) and Bind-N-Fly ($99.99) versions. Also due mid-May.
Not to be out-done, E-Flite announced a new product of their own; the Blade mCX2. Featuring a full body, navigational lights, and a more robust rotor head, the Blade mCX2 looks to be the breakout heli of this year, pending any further announcements from E-Flite. This heli will be available in both Ready-To-Fly ($129.99) and Bind-N-Fly ($99.99) versions. Coming out in mid-May.
JR Radios also debuted a new DSM2 2.4GHz radio, the 11X. Combining a sleek new design (I dubbed it the "Iron Man" radio) and Spektrum technology, this radio looks like a cost-effective alternative to the 12X24 radio (it runs $749.99). It sports a back-lit screen, 50 model memory, and possibly the smartest thing I've yet seen in a radio - an SD card slot to expand the memory for the radio. This also makes it possible to take a setup from one radio and move it to another, so long as the card is in use. Now if only they'd let you hook the radio up to a computer to set it up... Due out in May.
And coming up at the end of this week is the Toledo Weak Signals show, where you'll probably get to see these and other new products in person. If you've never gone, it's a great show. We're still accepting reservations on our annual bus trip to the show. But sign up quick; the bus leaves at 7:30AM Friday morning.
We also have added a few photos to some of our product sections. Puzzles, Plastic Models, and Trains all have images of our selection. Since all of these departments have stock that rotates frequently, it's nearly impossible to accurately list what we carry. This was the solution I came up with. It gives an idea of what we carry without having to be specific. The R/C Car and R/C Heli sections have also seen major updates, and are now better organized so you can find what you're looking for easier. R/C Airplanes is on my list to do next, but because of the sheer amount of product in that category, it's going to take a while to do. Please bear with us.
And that pretty much wraps up this update. Look for pictures and video of the Toledo show in the next few weeks; I have a new camera and will be snapping away pictures of the newest and coolest products I see at the show.
Until next time, friends. Don't forget to stop by and say hi!