iHobby 2010 is here and we’re back with our extensive on-line coverage of the biggest RC party in the US. Whether you’re looking for the latest park flyer from ParkZone, powerplant from Evolution, monster trucks from Electrix RC, Sukhoi from Hangar 9 and much more, we have the gear you’re going to want in the coming weeks and months. Without any further adieu we invite you to take a look at our interviews recorded live on the show floor.
E-flite Ultra Micro Xtreme Extra 300 3D
E-flite has heard the call and is here with a plane indoor 3D enthusiasts had been demanding in the UMX Extra 300 3D. If you’ve been looking for an Ultra Micro plane that can hang on the prop and perform ETOC-style maneuvers, this is the plane for you. Designed from the ground up by ETOC Champion Seth Arnold this plane is sure to take things to the next level. We spent some time with Seth and the UMX Extra 300 and learned quite a bit.
E-flite Habu 32e ARF
EDFs have become increasingly popular in recent years and have brought the speed and performance to the adrenaline junkies out there. ParkZone debuted the Habu last year and E-flite has raised the bar with their own take on the Habu. Dubbed the Habu 32e this marks the first Platinum Series EDF from E-flite and it truly deserves that designation. David Payne is one of the most passionate jet pilots out there and was the lead man behind the Habu 32e, sprinkling little details here and there. This is one EDF the advanced pilots will certainly want to add to their collections.
E-flite Carbon-Z Yak 54
Pilots are more demanding than ever, especially when it comes to 3D planes. Many times people want a plane that is light and easy-to-fly like a foamie yet has the strength, rigidity and precision of a built-up plane. Now they can have the best of both worlds with the E-flite Carbon-Z Yak 54. Quique Somenzini is one of the most accomplished pilots in history who also has a discerning eye when it comes to design. He set out to create a plane that is the best of both of these worlds and has exceeded expectations. Quique lets us know what Carbon-Z is, why he developed it and even shares what the flight performance of this new plane is like.
Hangar 9 Sukhois
Mike McConville has been busy at his design bench lately and he had two of his latest designs on display. The first is an update to the SU-26MM, now earning “Special Edition” status. Mike has even gone so far with all the updates and details to include Spektrum A6000 and A6030 servos, pilot figure, painted fiberglass cowl and wheel pants and Mike’s trademark orange, purple and white trim scheme. Not satisfied here Mike went to work on his largest plane from Hangar 9, the 3.1M Sukhoi. This beast of a plane is the world’s first competition-level Sukhoi SU-26 model and is outfitted as such. Mike shared the story of both of these planes with us and truly provides the designer’s perspective.
Pro Boat Retrieval Decoy
Perhaps the biggest hit of iHobby 2010 was the Pro Boat Retrieval Decoy. Featuring a hand painted and airbrushed “body” this boat is perhaps the most realistic model ever created by Pro Boat. Besides the novelty factor there’s a lot of really cool technology that has gone into the Retrieval Decoy including a Spektrum Marine System and jet ski-inspired propulsion. This is a pretty neat little rig. Derek Wagner returns this year to talk about the Retrieval Decoy and, we must say, the duck stops here.
Evolution and Saito Engines
Peter Bergstrom is the expert around here when it comes to aircraft engines. He’s led the charge in bringing more powerful engines to the market in even smaller packages or developing gasoline engines based on the most popular glow engines. Peter had two new engines from Saito and a new mill from Evolution that he was proudly displaying. The Saito 57CC Gas Twin 4-stroke engine is the gasoline version of the FA-300T, while the FA-200 provides 20% more displacement than the FA-170 R3 in the same size engine. For those looking for more power in a .32-size casing we also discuss the Evolution .40NX.
E-flite P-51B 32e ARF
E-flite reserves “Platinum” status for planes they feel will be special and deserve that extra bit of attention and the P-51B is a welcome addition. Designed by avid aviation buff John Redman the P-51B brings one of the most unique versions of the P-51 to the RC world in what is possibly the most accurate recreations ever made. Featuring pocket-hinged ailerons, elevator, rudder and flaps, optional bombs and drop tanks, fully-sheeted wings and stab and much more, this is one plane that needs to be seen to be truly appreciated. John was even presented with a special gift at the show for the P-51B.