M.E. News - April 2016 - Public Edition

5th April 2016

 
April 2016
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  Public Edition - Issue 388     
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Model Engines' Fun Fly Victoria 2016


The 2016 Model Engines' Fun Fly for Victoria will be held at the Northern Flying Group, State Field on Sunday 17th of April.

With the change of venue this year, we are aiming to attract a large contingent of modellers from the West and North of Melbourne and beyond as well as the normal group of enthusiastic modellers from the Melbourne metropolitan, Eastern and Southern areas. 

Country and interstate modellers are most welcome as well.

Neil Addicott from Model Engines competed in a Pylon Racing event  a couple of weekends ago at the Northerns' flying site and said the field was in really great condition with lush grass on the runways. 

Model Engines' staff are working hard to have a whole host of new aircraft from Seagull and Phoenix Models ready to display and fly, as well as a great collection of current Multiplex Elapor aircraft.

Entry is open to all pilots who fly the following:
  • Any plane powered by an O.S. Engine or O.S. Electric Motor
  • Any plane controlled by a HItec or Multiplex Radio
  • Any Phoenix or Seagull ARF model powered by anything.

Registration is on the day between 9am-11am.

Entry Fee is a $5 donation (for up to 3 aircraft).  All proceeds go to NFG.

 

Click here to download the latest flyer for the event.

 

We look forward to seeing you there for another outstanding day of flying.

Also in this Edition
New stock of the Select FOUR 10SC from Helion
New Telemetry Link for Futaba® from Castle
New Mamba Micro-X Combo from Castle 
Ares AZSA1806 3ch 3in1 Control Unit 
New Shipments Arriving in April
M.E.'s Video of the Month
Upcoming Events
Model Engines'
Fun Fly Victoria

Sunday 17th April 2016
Northern Flying Group
State Field
Garraweit Guim, Victoria
Model Engines'
Fun Fly South Australia

Sunday 22nd May 2016
South Hummocks Field,
South Australia
 
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 New Stock of the Select FOUR 10SC from Helion

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The Helion Select FOUR 10SC Short Course Truck was a 'stand-out product' at the retailers Model Engines' Open Day last year.  So impressive in fact, that the entire first production run was sold out before they even arrived in Australia.

The good news is a new shipment Select FOUR 10SC's have just arrived in the warehouse and are available for immediate purchase.

Engineered from the ground up, Helion engineers ensured that the Select FOUR 10SC's handling meets the highest expectations with 4-wheel independent suspension and fully adjustable, oil-filled threaded aluminium shocks soaking up even the worst terrain.

Supplied with the premium 3500kV Radient Reaktor 4-Pole brushless motor and 60A all weather ESC, the FOUR 10SC accelerates to a tire-scorchingly quick 35 mph with the recommended 3S LiPo installed and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. The exclusive Total System Protection (TSP) offers bullet-proof temperature and current protection for both the motor and ESC. Just drive how you want – it's got you covered.

Using engineering grade composites with a modular chassis design offers incredible strength but refreshing practicality.  Easily remove the front and rear suspension in minutes for maintenance and tuning.
Metal gear differentials combined with aluminium bulkheads, wheel hexes, shock towers, steering hubs and more get the power to the ground and keep you running.

Extremely durable metal gears and rugged planetary differentials get the power to the ground with reduced maintenance and servicing.  Low friction ball bearings keep your drive-train running smooth and efficient. Using rubber seals keep the grease in and the dirt out, increasing run time and speed.  Long travel suspension arms and adjustable aluminium oil filled coil-over tuned shocks keep you in control over the roughest terrain.

Like tuning? You can fine tune the suspension geometry to the feel you want with adjustable shock mounting,
turn-buckles and included sway-bars. Added to this is a full complement of rubber sealed ball bearings,
heavy-duty telescoping drive shafts, industry-standard 12mm wheel hexes.

The included new advanced IKONNIK Xenon ET4 2.4GHz radio system has Beginner Mode, 10 Model Memory with drop-down wheel, adjustable grips and left- or right-handed operation together with easy-pairing to other Xenon equipped vehicles in the Helion range.

Features

  • 100% factory-assembled and ready to run.
  • New high ground clearance chassis design for all-terrain versatility.
  • Front and rear anti-roll bars
  • 2s or 3S Li-Po compatible.
  • Reaktor 60-4T brushless power system.
  • Shaft based 4x4 drive-train.
  • Modular chassis design for easy maintenance.
  • Planetary metal gear differentials with metal ring ring and pinion.
  • Four wheel independent suspension.
  • Rubber sealed ball bearings throughout.
  • Impact resistant composites are strong, durable, and lightweight.
  • All-weather electronics.
  • High traction tires.
  • Aluminium shock tower and wheel hexes.
  • Aluminium threaded, adjustable, oil filled, coil-over shock absorbers.

Specifications

  • Motor: 4-Pole Sensorless Radient Reaktor4T 3500kV Brushless
  • LiPo Compatibility: 2S-3S (7.4V-11.1V), 45C
  • Gearing: 32P (Pinion: 15, Spur: 52)
  • Wheels: 12mm Hex (24mm OS, TRX and KYO Compatible)
  • Length: 545mm (21.5in)
  • Height: 191mm (7.52in)
  • Width: 296mm (11.65in)
  • Wheelbase: 326mm (12.83in)
  • Weight: 2063g (4lb-9oz)
  • Internal Gear Ratio: 3.47:1


Needed to Complete

  • 4 x AA-size batteries for transmitter
  • Suitable 2S or 3S Li-Po
  • Suitable Li-Po charger

Order Code: HLNS1001 
N1/10 Select FOUR 10SC Short Course Truck 4WD Brushless with 2.4GHz radio 

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New Castle Telemetry Link for Futaba®

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Model Engines have received stock of a new device from Castle Creations to send telemetry information from compatible Castle ESC's, to the screen of compatible Futaba® radios.

As we all know R/C is not just one way communication any more. Telemetry advancements are rapidly emerging and Castle has collaborated with the radio experts at Futaba® to bring to market an incredibly useful and easy to use Telemetry product.

Air and Surface enthusiasts now have a means to receive and view telemetry data on compatible Futaba® radios when using their favourite Castle ESC’s.

Features

Telemetry data can be displayed on the transmitter screen, or for parameters where users only want to be notified when a defined threshold is exceeded, (battery voltage, ESC temperature, etc.), a configured vibration or sound alert from the radio can be utilized.

There is no requirement for additional Telemetry Sensors to be purchased when using the Castle Telemetry Link. There are up to 7 specific data points available (varies with ESC) and users can enable/disable data points through Castle Link ™

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Requirements

S.BUS2™ extends Futaba® S.BUS™ and supports bidirectional communication. Compatible radios will support S.BUS2 protocol. It is also necessary to utilize a compatible Futaba® Telemetry Receiver. (See compatibility chart)

The Castle ESC must have the ability to accept a bi-directional communication protocol that gives it the ability to transmit real-time telemetry feedback.

This feature is called Link Live ™ and needs to be enabled on compatible ESC’s using Castle Link ™
 

Order Code: CC-TEL-FUTABA
Castle Telemetry Link S.Bus for Futaba® Radios  

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New Mamba Micro X Combo 

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Extreme Power and Control in an Extremely Small Space

The Mamba Micro X puts Extreme Power, Extreme Control and Extreme Fun in a relatively small footprint – small enough for most 1:18th scale vehicles. The waterproof Micro X is suitable for 2WD or 4WD vehicles over 1.5 lbs and up to 2.25 lbs. The Micro X and one of our “mighty-mite” 0808 brush-less motors is simply an awesome brush-less power system upgrade for Mini-LST, Half-Eight, Mini-Quake and Spyder vehicles. In following with the other Mamba X Series ESCs, the new Mamba Micro X features even more extreme performance and capabilities than the model it replaces. The new Micro X receives a heavy-duty BEC (battery eliminator circuit) to handle today’s high-draw digital servos and also features a programmable Auxiliary Wire (AUX) that allows the user to make “on-the-go” adjustments to several settings, such as torque control and max throttle, directly from a compatible transmitter. This allows you to fine-tune the performance of the Micro X to meet changing driving conditions.

Sensor Support (with optional Sensor Harness)

New to the Micro X is the ability to run sensored brush-less motors with the purchase of an optional Sensor Harness from Castle Creations. Now, a whole new group of R/C enthusiasts will be able to enjoy the power, control and fun of a Castle power system in your vehicle. The Micro X is cable of running on 2S up to 3S LiPo power with a highly-efficient heat sink design to keep you running cool, even when pushing it hard in mud, sand and other heavy power applications.

Castle Link: Industry-Leading Software Functions and Tuning

Small but mighty, the Micro X can be “custom tuned” via Castle’s industry-leading Castle Link software. The Micro X includes a coupon for a free Castle Link USB device. This allows access to the full programming suite of adjustable settings so that enthusiasts can tune and tweak the performance of their Micro X-equipped vehicle to their preference.

Castle Link adjustable settings for the new Micro X include:

•Throttle
•Braking Curve
•Drag Brake
•Auto LiPo Cut-off
•Punch Control
•Reverse Type
•Motor Type


Mamba Micro X ESC Motor Combos

The Micro X is available as a ESC only or in an ESC Motor combination featuring the small but very, very powerful 0808 4 Pole brush-less, sensor-less 20mm motor. The powerhouse Castle 0808 motor is available in 4100KV, 5300KV or 8200KV ratings.

*Not intended for operation while submerged in liquid. If unit is operated in wet conditions, rinse with fresh water to remove dirt or corrosives, then fully dry unit.



 

 
 

Order Code: CC-MMICROX-5300
Castle 010-0147-02 Mamba Micro X 1:18 Scale Car ESC with 5300kv Motor


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 Ares AZSA1806 3-Ch 3-in-1 Control Unit with Hitec RED  

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We all know the indoor aircraft from Ares including the Sopwith Pup and Fokker D.VII are small and light, but just look at the picture of the replacement 3-Ch, 3-in-1 unit that is available as a spare part, Code: AZSA1806.
 
This amazing little circuit board contains a three channel receiver with Hitec Red protocol built in so that you can bind it to all current Hitec 2.4Ghz aircraft radios as well as the new IKONNIK KA-6 budget 6ch radio which also contains Hitec Red protocol.

The AZSA1806 circuit board also contains a 2 "built-on" miniature servos and and ESC for the motor.  You can see where the motor wires plug-in just under my finger tip in the picture above.

A really interesting thing for modellers though are the possibilities for retro fitting into other projects such as converting Dumas kits that were originally designed to be flown free flight with rubber power to RC and EP.


Order Code: AZSA1806 
ARES AZSA1806 HITEC RED 3-CH 3-IN-1 CONTROL UNIT ; RX/2 SERVO/ESC: SOPWITH PUP, FOKKER D.VII

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 New Shipments Arriving April

Now that the Ares V-Hawks have finally landed in Australia and delivered to the warehouse, I can resume gazing into my chinese crystal ball and announce the following shipments are due for delivery in April.

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New  - (MODE 1) ARES Alara EPO Brushless 4-channel sport trainer with 2.4GHz radio, RTF (Ready-To-Fly)

Order Code: AZSA1700 
New  - (MODE 2) ARES Alara EPO Brushless 4-channel sport trainer with 2.4GHz radio, RTF (Ready-To-Fly)

Order Code: AZSA1702 
New  - (MODE 1) ARES Alara, EPO Brushless 4-channel sport trainer  PTF (Pair-To-Fly)

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Order Code: AZSA1600M1 
New  - (MODE 1) ARES Gamma 370 V2 with 2.4GHz radio, RTF (Ready-To-Fly)

Order Code: AZSA1600
New  - (MODE 2) ARES Gamma 370 V2 with 2.4GHz radio, RTF (Ready-To-Fly)

Order Code: AZSA1601 
New  - ARES Gamma 370 V2 PTF (Pair-To-Fly)


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Order Code: AZSZ2700M1 
New  - (MODE 1) ARES V-Hawk X4 with 2.4GHz radio, RTF (Ready-To-Fly) With Hitec Red Protocol

Order Code: AZSZ2700M2 
New  - (MODE 2) ARES V-Hawk X4 with 2.4GHz radio, RTF (Ready-To-Fly)  With Hitec Red Protocol

Order Code: AZSZ2701 
New  - ARES V-Hawk X4 PTF (Pair-To-Fly)  
With Hitec Red Protocol

Order Code: AZSZ2702 
New  - ARES V-Hawk X4 RFR (Ready-For-Receiver)

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Order Code: AZSQ1700 
(MODE 1) ARES Spidex Ultra-Micro Quad, RTF

Order Code: AZSQ1700-M2
(MODE 2) ARES Spidex Ultra-Micro Quad, RTF

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Order Code: AZSH1600M1 
(MODE 1) ARES Spectre-X Quad, RTF (Ready-To-Fly)

Order Code: AZSH1600M2
(MODE 2) ARES Spectre-X Quad, RTF (Ready-To-Fly)



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Video of the Month

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This months Model Engines' YouTube video shows the Model Engines staff 
putting the new Multiplex FunCub XL through its paces,
including using it for a tow plane.

Click the link below to view on YouTube: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIJm4M41k6I

 

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