Toledo electric roundup
I’m going to concentrate my allotted space on the Weak Signals’ Toledo R/C Expo. Many of the new
releases shown at the April event were
scheduled to be available in June, so
you should now be able to find them.
Electric power continues its fast-paced growth and presence, with many
new offerings and updates.
Castle has updated its line of
Phoenix ESCs, introducing the
new Edge series. It offers a user-programmable auxiliary wire capable of
being used for helicopter governor gain
input adjustments, an audible beacon
after a crash, an rpm output for three-axis gyros that support rpm sensors,
an ESC arming lock, or as a receiver
Combined with data-logging
capability, the Edge series of controllers
raises the bar for ESCs. Look for more
information when I get my hands on
some to test.
The Hangar 9 Cirrus,
designed for either gas or
electric power, is beautiful.
The fuselage is fiberglass,
while the wing and tail are
built-up then covered in
Ultracote. The doors open for
access and the wing is a two-piece, plug-in design for easy
transport. I hope to build this
later in the year.
Hangar 9 Cirrus SR22T 30cc ARF
This new Scale offering is a gorgeous
thing to behold! The wingspan is
96 inches and with electric power,
it should weigh slightly less than 18
pounds. Designed for gas or electric
power, the suggested E-flite Power 160
on 10S powering an 18 x 10 APC-E
propeller should fly it beautifully.
Modular Aircraft System
This was one of the coolest
things I saw at the show and
it should now be available
from Hobbico. It’s based on
the Power Cartridge that
contains a brushless motor, brushless
ESC, Tactic SLT receiver, and three
digital ultramicro servos.
You can remove the Power Cartridge
and install it
and locks into
The Flyzone AirCore system is beyond cool. It’s shown here
with the P- 51.
magnets—no tools necessary.
There are currently four airplanes
available, including the trainer, Focke-Wulf Fw 190, Mitsubishi Zero, and
Supermarine Spitfire. These are perfect
for indoor or calm-day flying and you
only have to buy one power cartridge.
It is an innovative design and was a
highlight of the show.
showed off its
Phoenix Edge line
Eagle Tree Systems Guardian
The 2D/3D Inertial Stabilizer system
is a gem! I laid a quarter next to the
little airplane in which it was installed
so you could see that it fits into nearly
anything. I’ve used one for the last year
and several people in my club have
bought one after playing with mine.
AUGUST 2013 www.ModelAviation.com