Balance Connector Protector Clips Now In Stock

Ever pull a balance wire out of your LiPo battery? Or maybe you had the little metal clip break inside the balance connector? I have. These things happen because we end up pulling on the balance wires and not on the plug itself. But that little connector is so hard to get a hold of!

The Balance Connector Protector clips give you more purchase on the connector itself, preventing those damages to the battery. We use them on all our LiPo batteries here at the store, and I think anyone that uses LiPo batteries will like them. We currently stock them in 2S and 3S variants. Both kinds sell for $2.00/pair. We can add in other cell counts if we get enough requests to do so. So check out these awesome little clips, and protect your balance leads!

Edit: I goofed on the price. They're really only $1.00/pair.

Clearance Page Revamped, More Items Added

We've just revamped our Clearance Page! It features many items, big and small, that have sat on our shelves for too long and are being closed out at discounted prices. Right now we only have radio control cars/trucks and radio control aircraft items featured, but more will be added as time goes on. Keep an eye on our Facebook page, or simply check the Clearance Page regularly, to see new additions. You can find the link in the top navigation bar, under the section labelled "Products".

These prices will only be good on inventory on hand, and once an item sells out, we won't be likely to carry it again. Please call to confirm inventory on hand before driving from an appreciable distance - we'll try to keep the page up to date, but we won't always be able to.

Help us make room for new inventory and pick up some clearanced items today!

New Blade 180QX HD w/ HD Camera!

With all the positive feedback we've gotten on the Blade 350QX, it's no surprise to see Horizon take the idea and run with it. The 350QX is already the most advanced quad-rotor camera platform on the market, and now Horizon has the mini market shored up too.

Introducing the new Blade 180QX HD. It's just under 12" square (about the size of the now-discontinued mQX). It uses the same 500mAh 1S LiPo batteries the mQX did, and now features SAFE technology, making the quad more stable than ever.

The best part is that the quadcopter comes with a high-definition 720p remotely operated camera!

The Blade 180QX HD is going to be available as either a Ready-to-Fly ($179.99) or Bind-N-Fly ($149.99), and both are expected to be available Mid-November. Pre-order now!

E-Flite 720P HD Camera - For Only $40!

In addition to the new Blade 180QX HD, Horizon also announced a new camera meant for R/C use. It's a high-definition 720P camera and can collect 1.3MP still images as well. It's very lightweight - only 15 grams - so it can be used on almost any aircraft. As a bonus, it can be remotely operated, using any open receiver channel (or you can manually start the video before you take off).

The camera's included memory card holds 2GB of data. The built-in battery is a 1S 150mAh LiPo, and the camera comes with a USB charging cable (which looks like it's micro USB on the other end, meaning almost any smartphone cable will work too).

Oh, and one more thing: the price for this little camera? Only $39.99. Pre-order one (or more) today. They are due out in Mid-November.

Pactra, Being Closed Out, Drops in Price

The time has, unfortunately, come. It was announced in May that Pactra, along with Floquil and Polyscale train paints, was being discontinued. We vowed to continue carrying the brands for as long as we could. It has now become difficult to order enough colors in Pactra that we are dropping the line.

Effective immediately, we have dropped the prices on Pactra cans from $6.99ea to $5.49ea. Pactra 2/3 oz. jars of airbrushable paint have dropped from $4.99ea to $2.99ea. These prices will continue until we have sold the last of the paint.

To replace Pactra, we will be picking up the Tamiya PolyCarbonate Paint line. Tamiya offers over 60 colors to choose from, which is actually more than Pactra had. Please note that Tamiya paints are not compatible with Pactra, so you cannot use them together. As our inventory of Pactra wanes, more and more Tamiya paint will arrive to replace it.

So stop in soon and pick up a couple cans of your favorite color before it's gone forever!

Ryder Center eFly 2013-2014 Dates Posted

The dates for the 2013-2014 indoor flying season are in! Dan Pierce of the Frankenmuth Aeromodelers sent out an email earlier this week to announce the dates, and we've now updated our Ryder Center page to reflect the new dates. The price is unchanged from last year, despite rumors to the contrary, so that's great news as well. We'll see you all at the Ryder Center!

Blade 350 QX In Stock!

The Blade 350 QX is one of the hottest new products to come out in a long time. It was announced back in July, giving us plenty of time to antisipate the fun we'd have with it. Well, we don't have to wait any more! The Blade 350 QX has arrived in stock. We have 3 Ready-To-Fly models ($469.99) in stock at the time of this post. Bind-N-Fly models have already sold out, but we have more coming off of back order by the end of the month (hopefully).

For those not in the know, the Blade 350 QX is the first quadcopter to combine Horizon's fantastic SAFE technology with a frame capable of carrying a GoPro camera (the camera is not included) into the air. Coupled with the AS3X stabilization, this quad can take plenty of wind and stay on target. With features like Return to Home, SAFE Circle, and Smart Mode, the 350 QX is a great quad for anyone looking to start capturing video from the air. If aerial photography isn't your thing, the 350 QX still brings an unparalleled level of polish to the popular world of quadcopters.

Stop in and have us demo one for you soon! And check out the unboxing and startup video from Blade after the break!

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HobbyZone Delta Ray Now In Stock

It's been some time since I've updated our news section. Today's update is to announce that we now have the new HobbyZone Delta Ray in stock! this slick-looking flying wing is designed to be a perfect beginner's airplane. It features four fully proportional channels (throttle, rudder, elevator, and aileron) to get a new pilot up to speed quickly. It's built of durable Z-Foam, meaning it will take a good beating before becoming damaged. It comes as a full, Ready-to-Fly package for only $179.99.

But the best part of the Delta Ray is the inclusion of Horizon's amazing SAFE technology, allowing even novice pilots to feel in control as they learn. The envelope limiting system keeps the pilot from getting turned upside down. And the panic button is there for any dicey situation. I've personally flown the Delta Ray, and I'd recommend it to any beginner.

Check out Horizon's video after the break!

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Heading to Champaign to Hang Out with Horizon

Last month, I was invited to spend some time with Horizon employees down at their facility in Champaign, IL. On Tuesday, I'll be headed down there for three days of hands-on demos of their latest products. I might even get to try some products that haven't even been released yet, like the newly announced Blade 350QX! I'm super excited about the trip, and I'll be bringing all of you along with me (figuratively speaking). I'll be taking loads of pictures (as much as they'll let me), as well as a follow-up commentary, hopefully each night.

Of course, this means that I will not be at the store for the majority of the week (I'm extending the three days at Horizon into a small vacation to go visit family). I'll be back to work by Monday, July 29th. In the meantime, I'm sure the rest of our fine staff will be able to assist you for all your hobby needs.

I'll be posting to the store's blog starting on Tuesday, so keep an eye out for it. And of course most of my media will be posted to our Facebook page, so you can catch it in your news feed. See you all in a week or so!


Saying So Long to an Old Friend - Ed Peitsch Retires

Ed Peitsch has been working for us for nearly the entire existence of the store. It was only a year after we opened that Andy, Ed's son, was offered a job elsewhere, and took it upon himself to find a replacement. Ed was retired from the postal service at the time, and took on a role here at the store as his son moved on to a bright future. Ed has been with us ever since. Most of you know him as the "freight guy". Some of you know him as a consummate model builder. But however he is known, there aren't a whole lot of people that don't like Ed.

I've known Ed my entire life. While not being related by blood, it's hard not to think of him as part of the family. So it is with no small sadness that I have to announce that, as of Tuesday, July 16th, Ed has retired from Roger's Hobby Center.

His attention will fall to his family, with whom he plans to spend more time. I know he'll have his hands full with chores and other such things - Ed doesn't much like to do nothing. For as long as I've known him, I don't think I've seen another person with a work ethic like Ed, so there's little doubt he will stay busy.

Ed will be missed by all of us at Roger's Hobby Center, and, I'm sure, by many of our customers. We wish him and his family, especially his wife Lois, well for the future, and we know that this is not "Goodbye", but "See you later".

Thank you, Ed, for your years of service, for your lighthearted sense of humor, and your dedication to the business. It may be a bit trite to say, but if ever "We couldn't have done it without you" applies, this is the man it applies to.

We'll see you later, Ed.