transmitter case isn’t as exciting as
the shiny, new radio housed inside,
the peace of mind it provides is worth
the price of admission. The Pro Tek
RC Universal Radio
Case uses a unique
approach by offering
replaceable, high-density foam inserts
accommodate a variety of transmitters
on the market for air and surface use.
Supported brands include Airtronics,
Spektrum, KO Propo, Futaba, and JR!
The case features a tough aluminum
shell with reinforced corners, locking
latches, and the previously mentioned
foam-lined interior—all in an effort to
withstand the potential punishment
and abuse that occurs during
Because the Spektrum DX9
reviewed in this issue didn’t include a
case, it was a good opportunity to try
the Pro Tek case. We chose the proper
insert from the 18 currently available
when we ordered the case.
There was no need to cut or break
away foam for a secure fit. Six precut
storage areas are handy for storing
neck strap, extra
feature is that the
on foam padding,
not the bottom
of the case, so it
is padded on all
The Pro Tek RC Universal Radio
Case sells for $49.99 and each insert
is an additional $14.99. This is a good
investment for those looking for a
quality case that can accommodate
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MA contributer Terry
Dunn helped us with the review of the
Heli-Max 1SQ V-Cam Quadcopter
from Hobbico. Here is what he had to
The biggest and most obvious thing
that differentiates the 1SQ V-Cam
from the standard 1SQ is stated in the
name. The V-Cam features a remotely
operated camera that is capable of
taking still photos or videos. The files
are saved to a 2 GB micro SD card,
which is included along with a USB
Another new feature is the addition
of leDs on each corner of the
airframe. With white lights in front
and red in the back, visual orientation
is much improved during low-light
flight operations. Anything that aids
orientation on multirotors is always a
plus. As with the original 1SQ, Heli-Max also provides a single-cell 250
mAh liPo battery, a USB charger, and a
full set of spare propellers.
From a weight standpoint, the
V-Cam model is 6. 5 grams more than
the original model’s flying weight.
That’s amazing when you consider that
the increase represents an actual video
camera; however, that paltry increase
represents a 19% weight gain.
This little quadcopter has attitude
stabilization that does much of the
hard work. Get the model a few feet
off the ground into some clean air. i’ve
handed the transmitter to RC rookies
and they were able to get the hang of
basic flying within a few minutes. They
bounced it off the walls and ceiling
a few times, but my house and the
V-Cam were no worse for the wear.
in the interest of full disclosure,
i’ve also dished out my own abuse to
the 1SQ. i’ve flown it into trees and
pranged it off the curb multiple times.
A particularly rough hit might break
a propeller, but i consider them to be
sacrificial parts. The V-Cam simply
keeps on flying.
if you have a reasonable-size field,
you can fly the 1SQ V-Cam with
relative impunity. The little quadcopter
is so lightweight that even a freefall to
the sod is unlikely to cause damage.
i’ve flown the V-Cam in double-digit
winds. it handles the breeze admirably;
you only have to make sure that gusts
don’t carry it away!
Although the V-Cam’s touted
specifications classify its camera as
“high-definition,” don’t expect cinema-quality footage. The camera’s small
lens needs plenty of light. i get the best
results when i’m shooting indoors with
all of the lights turned on.
Smooth flying also equates to better
18 Model Aviation MARCH 2014