After months of vague advertisements and antsy consumers, Horizon Hobby has finally announced the price and release period for the hotly anticipated Spektrum DX8 2.4GHz radio system. For those living under the proverbial rock, here’s a short list of features this new radio will ship with: SD card slot for expanding (and backing up) your model memory, downloadable firmware updates, built in telemetry, and a backlit screen.
The price for all of these features? Well, the Spektrum DX8 comes with a transmitter and the new AR8000 receiver for $429.99 (just $30 more than I guessed at the beginning of July). And it’s due out in early- to mid-September. Judging by the conversations I’ve had with customers in the store, I’d guess this radio is going to fly off the shelves (pun intended). So pre-order one soon to make sure you get one of the first ones!
With the big Spektrum announcement, the other things Horizon announced might have gotten lost in the shuffle, but managed to garner attention as well. First off, Horizon announced another ParkZone airplane. This time, the T-28 Trojan gets the ultra-micro treatment. I’m excited about this one, as it might fill the gap between the beginner (like the Champ and Ember 2) and advanced (like the P-51 or the Sukhoi) airplanes. It features full 4-channel control and, like many of the recent ParkZone announcements, this little guy is coming in both Ready-To-Fly ($129.99) and Bind-N-Fly ($99.99) flavors, and should be out mid- to late-September.
And finally, Losi had two product announcements as well: The un-creatively named “1/24 4WD Short Course Truck” and the “1/24 4WD Rally Car”. The SC truck is billed as “the smallest short course truck in the world”. Well, I don’t know if that’s true, but I’m thinking it’s going to give the Losi Strike a run for its money in the “worst-selling short course truck in the world” category, and I think the Rally Car will probably do worse. I am completely unimpressed with anything smaller than 1/10 scale these days (but I hide it well, right?).
Anyway, if you think these little guys are going to be cooler than I do, here’s the skinny. Both are completely Ready-To-Run, and will go for $109.99 each. Both are due out in late August.
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