video and clearer photos, so be gentle
on the sticks. The camera lens can be
tilted for different perspectives. Play
around with it and discover your inner
Shooting video and photos outside
is slightly more challenging. I’ve found
that mornings with gentle winds and
soft light are best. Bright midday
sun can overwhelm the camera and
too much wind
shaky video. The
length seems to
3 feet, so distant
objects can be
Don’t let this
deter you! It is still
fun to fire up the
camera outside and
see what develops.
model is slightly
heavier than the
standard 1SQ, but the pendulum effect
of the underslung camera makes for a
more stable platform. The tradeoff is
that it is not quite as nimble, although
you may have a hard time believing
that when you push the flip button!
The biggest effect of the weight
increase is flight time. I average 5-6
minutes per charge with the V-Cam,
which is roughly 2 minutes less than
what I get on my standard 1SQ.
The original 1SQ is a fun little
machine. Adding a micro camera to it
amplifies the fun factor another notch.
Even if you’ve never owned
a quadcopter before, the
1SQ V-Cam will ease you into this new
genre of flying.
Read the full review and see all the
photos online at www.ModelAviation.
Hobbico: 3002 N. Apollo Dr., Suite 1,
Champaign IL 61822; Tel. (800) 637-
7660; website: www.helimax-rc.com
Those of us who
have tried to start a gas engine have
occasionally found ourselves wearing
out our arms in a futile attempt to
bring it to life. It happens. Seeing this
problem, the people at J&L Power
Products have come up with a unique
solution to keep our gasoline engines
primed and ready to start. This little
gizmo is the Quikfire and it performs
three useful functions.
Its red or blue anodized aluminum
housing holds roughly 1/4 ounce of
fuel. By holding this fuel in reserve, it
acts as a quick primer to cut starting
time to a few flips. It also serves to
smooth the fuel demand and irregular
fuel surges encountered during
extreme flight routines.
The end of the Quikfire unscrews
revealing a replaceable fuel filter.
If needed, these filters are available
at many automotive parts stores.
The Quikfire eliminates the need
for additional fuel line connections
because of its built-in T-fittings.
The Quikfire is approximately 2
inches long, 7/8 inches in diameter, and
weighs 18 grams. Mounting it to the
firewall is a snap using the included
strap and mounting screw. It retails for
$24.95, which is a small price to pay
to have your engine roar to life on the
first few flips!
J&L Power Products Inc.: 388
Belvedere East, Colgate WI 53017;
Tel.: (262) 628-3506; website: www.
19 Model Aviation MARCH 2014