Thunder Power RC News June 27, 2007
Thunder Power Batteries is now called Thunder Power RC. Famous for their Pro Lite and newer eXtreme series lipoly batteries, Thunder Power RC is a worldwide powerhouse in lithium polymer technology. ThunderPower RC’s reputation for extreme high quality is not just for their lipo batteries, they also manufacture Thunder Power R/C chargers & balancers. Recently, they have expanded to produce a line of ThunderPower R/C ESCs (Electronic Speed Controls) and their constant innovation has led them to break into the 3D RC helicopter market with the release of the new Thunder Power R C Extreme 450 helicopter. All of this expansion has resulted in the desire to rebrand to ThunderPower R C in order to embrace a larger section of the RC hobby market.
The change from Thunder Power Batteries to Thunder Power RC is purely cosmetic. The company structure and ownership remains the same. Charlie Wang remains as president and the Thunder Power RC headquarters remains in Las Vegas, NV, USA.
The new Thunder Power RC sports a new, less cluttered logo design that focuses on the company name rather than lithium polymer batteries. Continue reading to view the new logos.
Draganflyer June 26, 2007
Many people ask if the Draganflyer SAVS RC Helicopter can take still digital photos. The answer is yes, but the Draganflyer SAVS is intended primarily for recording and viewing a live aerial video feed, not taking still pictures. The quality of the still images can be defined as approximately 0.5 Megapixels or 710 x 480 pixels. Still images can easily be extracted from the video by means of any video editing program and you most likely already have a video editing program on your home PC. Pretty much every Windows XP computer comes with Windows Movie Maker and every Mac these days comes with iMovie. Both of these free video editing tools are very simple to use and both have a feature to capture individual frames to still images. Here is a still picture we grabbed from a Draganflyer SAVS video feed. This technique can also be used with video captured from your Draganflyer V Ti with Eyecam or your Draganflyer V Ti Pro.
Thunder Power RC will launch the industry’s most exciting and powerful electric-powered 3D micro helicopter at IRCHA 2007 (fall 2007). It is called the Thunder Power eXtreme 450 3D RC Helicopter.
The Thunder Power eXtreme 450 Features
- Fully capable extreme 3D electric r/c helicopter
- All metal head and tail
- Full ball bearings
- Carbon fiber main frame, gyro tray and battery mount
- Constant drive tail
- Thunder Power RC Lithium Polymer (Lipo) Battery
Specifications of the Thunder Power eXtreme 450
- Length: 26.5″ (660mm)
- Width: 4.75″ (120mm)
- Height: 9.0″ (230mm)
- Main Rotor: 28.25″ (710mm)
- Tail Rotor: 5.75″ (145mm)
Several models will be available. All will come with high performance motors. The Radical includes a 3800 KV motor. The Competition version uses a 4500 KV motor, and the Pro version comes fitted with a 4900 KV. These all offer outstanding performance.
For lightweight performance, the Extreme 450 CF will feature a simplified carbon fiber main frame, tail shaft, gyro tray and battery mounts. To compliment the high performance of the motors, the top-level performance models will include an all-metal head, metal tail, full ball bearing sets and a constant speed tail drive.
Prices for these top quality helicopters will start at $249.00 for the carbon fiber kits and extend to $599.00 for the almost-ready-to-fly (ARF) kits, which include the new extreme V2 Lithium Polymer (LiPo) battery and 60-amp speed controller. Note that Thunder Power RC will also offer a complete line of spare parts to facilitate rapid repair when necessary.
To highlight the launch of the new Extreme 450 line, Thunder Power RC will give away a gold plated model at IRCHA! Contestants can enter to win at the Thunder Power RC booth. Additionally, David Yost, the industry’s premier canopy painter, will be in Thunder Power’s booth custom painting canopies for give-away prizes.
Thunder Power is known for high performance, high quality, and cutting edge products. The Extreme 450 CF follows in that tradition and is what we consider the Lamborghini of RC helicopters.
More Thunder Power Extreme 450 Information
- TP eXtreme 450 Brochure
- Thunder Power eXtreme 450 Press Release
- Sneak Peek at the New Thunder Power eXtreme 450 3D Electric RC Helicopters Available in 2007
- Thunder Power RC Launches The Industries Most Powerful “Next Generation” 450 RC Helicopter, The Extreme 450
Where to buy? Draganfly Innovations Inc www.rctoys.com will have the new Thunder Power eXtreme 450 3D RC helicopters once they become available. Keep tuned.
Breaking RC Helicopter news: Get it at www.rctoys.com first!
Thunder Power is about to launch the next generation in 3D electric RC helicopters. The Thunder Power eXtreme 450 series of RC helis should be available this fall. Thunder Power says “The Extreme 450 CF is the Lamborghini of micro helicopters”.
The eXtreme 450 3D RC Helicopter will be available in three versions: A high performance/radical version at 3800Kv, a competition version at 4500Kv and a professional version at 4900Kv. The carbon fiber version (eXtreme 450 CF) will feature a simplified carbon fiber tail shaft, main frame, gyro tray and lipo battery mounts. All versions include Thunder Power lipoly batteries, brushless speed controllers (40A or 60A ESCs) and powerful yet efficient electric brushless motors. Of course a full line of eXtreme 450 CF replacement parts and crash kits will be available.
Prices are yet to be announced but will be priced very competitively – especially for all the high-tech parts included.
Thunder Power has always been a world-leader in lithium polymer battery design and recently broke into the electronic speed controller market. This eXtreme 450 RC heli puts all the Thunder Power RC technology to work. Thunder Power calls the eXtreme450 CF “the industry’s most exciting and powerful 3D electric micro helicopter” and will debut the new eXtreme 450 RC helicopter at the 2007 International Radio Controlled Helicopter Association (IRCHA) Jamboree this fall.
Draganfly Innovations Inc is a world leader in specialized electric RC helicopters. Draganfly Innovations Inc is one of Thunder Power’s main distributors. We carry a full line of Thunder Power lithium polymer batteries, chargers, balancers, connectors, wires and the new Thunder Power brushless speed controllers. Keep watching the Draganfly Innovations Inc. Web site www.rctoys.com to find out more about the new Thunder Power eXtreme 450 3D R/C Helicopters due out this fall.
June 18, 2007 (Las Vegas, Nevada) – - Thunder Power RC, the leading Lithium Polymer Battery supplier, is launching the industry’s most exciting and powerful 3D electric micro helicopter. The company will debut the advanced 3D helicopter at this year’s IRCHA Show. Several Extreme 450 models will be available in 2007 and will come with high performance brushless motors that include a 3800Kv (radical version), 4500Kv (competition version) and 4900Kv (pro version). For lightweight performance and aerobatics, the Extreme 450 CF will feature a simplified carbon fiber main frame, tail shaft, gyro tray and battery mounts. To compliment the high performance of the motors, the advanced models will include an all metal head, metal tail, full ball bearings and a constant tail drive.
Prices will start at $249.00 for the Carbon Fiber kits and extend to $599.00 for full ARF kits with a new extreme V2 Lithium Polymer battery and a 40A or a 60A Speed Controller. Thunder Power RC will also introduce a full line of Extreme 450 spare parts at IRCHA.
To highlight the launch of the new Extreme 450 line, Thunder Power RC will be giving away one gold plated Extreme 450 model at IRCHA to the winner of the extreme drawing. Stop by their booth to enter. Also in Thunder Power RC’s IRCHA booth, David Yost, the industry’s premier canopy painter will be painting custom canopies for prize give-a-ways. David will be hosting a one hour seminar sponsored by IRCHA to discuss painting techniques and design.
TP is known for high quality-high performance cutting edge products. The Extreme 450 CF follows in that tradition and is the Lamborghini of micro helicopters.
About Thunder Power RC
Thunder Power RC is a worldwide leader in the Lithium Polymer battery category for hobby helicopters and planes. The company has built a reputation for supplying the most advanced and highest quality batteries, chargers and balancers available. Charlie Wang, President and founder started Thunder Power RC four years ago with the desire to provide the best batteries available to the hobby industry. Since then, Charlie has built Thunder Power RC into an industry leader with distribution throughout the world to hobby and military markets.
via Michael Brown, Thunder Power Marketing Director
Brushless Motors and ESCs June 11, 2007
Hacker Brushless produces the Hacker A20 and Hacker A30 electric brushless motors are widely used in rc hobby aircraft and helicopter applications. We have rendered a list of rc applications for our Hacker brushless motors. Use this chart when you’re looking for the correct Hacker motor to upgrade your favorite RC airplane, heli, car or truck’s power system. The chart below also lists a compatible Hacker electronic speed controller (ESC) upgrade, a Landing Products APC electric rc airplane propeller and a Thunder Power Lithium Polymer Battery upgrade.
We feel this chart will be useful to you so you can easily find a new Hacker motor and ESC for your favorite plane.
|Revolution 3D trainer||A20 30 M||X12||10X4.7slo||TP3S-730||14oz|
|Mini Revolution 3D||A20 34S||X7||8X3.8SLO||TP2S-730||7oz|
|Equilizer F3A/3D bipe||A20 30M||X12||9X4.7SLO||TP3S-730||9oz|
|Yak 55||A20 22L||X20||10X4.7SLO||TP3S-1320||15oz|
|Extra 330||A20 20L||X20||10X4.7SLO||TP3S-1320||15oz|
|Jaknif Bipe||A20 22L||X20||10X4.7SLO||TP3S-1320||16oz|
All Shock Flyer’s
Troy Built Models
|Mini Katana||A20 20L||X20||10X4.7SLO||TP3S-2100||23OZ|
|Solara Bipe||A20 26M||X12||9X4.7SLO||TP3S-730||10OZ|
Chip Hyde Design
|Raptor Bipe||A20 26M||X12||10X3.8SLO||TP3S-730||10OZ|
|EVA Bipe||A20 22L||X20||11X3.8SLO||TP3S-1320||19OZ|
|EVA 3D||A20 26M||X12||10X3.8SLO||TP3S-730||14OZ|
|Yak55 3D||A20 26M||X12||10X3.8SLO||TP3S-730||12OZ|
|Mini Funtana 3D||A30 28S||X30||10X5APC-E||TP3S-2100||24OZ|
|Mini Edge||A30 28S||X30||10X5APC-E||TP3S-2100||24OZ|
|Ultimate Bipe||A20 30M||X12||10X3.8SLO||TP3S-730||12OZ|
|Tensor 4D||A20 30M||X12||9X3.8SLO||TP3S-730||10OZ|
|Cap232 40e||A30 12XL||X40||13X6.5APC-E||TP3S-4000||48OZ|
|Cap232 s300||A20 20L||X20||9X6SLO||TP3S-2100||16OZ|
|Cap232 Micro||A20 34S||X7||8X3.8SLO||TP2S-480||8OZ|
|F4U Corsair||A20 20L||X20||9X6SLO||TP3S-2100||16OZ|
GWS Park Flyers
|F3A Formosa||A20 22L||X20||10X4.7SLO||TP3S-1320||16OZ|
|Hot Rod||A20 20L||X20||10X4.7SLO||TP3S-2100||20OZ|
|Quasar 3D||A20 30M||X12||10X3.8SLO||TP3S-730||10OZ|
|Gee Bee Pop Flyer||A20 26M||X12||10X3.8SLO||TP3S-1320||11OZ|
|3D Profile||A20 26M||X13||10X3.8SLO||TP3S-1321||11OZ|
|Convair XFY-1 “Pogo”||A20 30M||X12||10X3.8SLO||TP3S-730||10OZ|
|Uzi XL||A20 26M||X12||10X3.8SLO||TP3S-1320||12OZ|
|Hell Raiser 3D||A20 26M||X12||10X3.8SLO||TP3S-1320||11OZ|
|Mini E3D||A20 20L||X20||10X4.7SLO||TP3S-2100||20OZ|
This chart rendered from Hacker Brushless by Draganfly Innovations.
Draganfly Innovations Inc. carries a huge selection of Hacker A20 & A30 brushless motors and Hacker Brushless Motor Accessories & Replacement Parts. We ship world-wide and you can track your order online, via email or by phone. Order a new Hacker brushless motor or esc online at www.rctoys.com or call 1-800-979-9794. We’re waiting to take your order.
Product Announcements June 6, 2007
Want to fly an RC airplane or helicopter without worrying about crashing it as you start learning? Using an RC transmitter with trainer port, you can now fly airplanes and helicopters on your PC. The GWS FMS cable integrates your radio control transmitter with your computer, giving you a professional quality simulator at an amazingly low price.
These new GWS USB FMS simulator transmitter to PC interface cables are available in three versions depending on what brand of transmitter you have and what style trainer/buddy port it supports. Please note that some older Futaba transmitters use the round Hitec 6-pin plug type trainer port so be sure to double check your transmitter to be sure.
Here are the four versions of the transmitter interface cable:
- Hitec (round 6-pin plug) compatible FMS interface USB Cable
- Futaba (square 6-pin micro plug) compatible FMS interface USB Cable
- JR (1/8″ mono plug) compatible FMS interface USB Cable
- GWS (1/8″ stereo plug) compatible FMS interface USB Cable
What makes this possible is the low cost of the GWS USB FMS interface cable, and the availability of quality flight simulator software available for free download from the FMS Homepage.
Flight simulators have evolved quite a lot since they first came into existence. The first simulators used primative graphics and the computer keyboard as an input. As computer technology advanced, so did flight simulator software. The free flight simulator called FMS (Flying Model Simulator) is one of the best.
If you are a novice novice pilot, a flight simulator can be of great help. Use one to learn basics and hone your skills. Use it to practice nose in flight and other tricky maneuvers. Practice even when the weather is not good!
The new GWS FMS simulator USB interface cable features a low price, fast and accurate response to control input, and simple plug and play connectability. Used with the FMS software you can enjoy 3D flight with no risk of damaging an expensive aircraft. Load different R/C helicopter and airplane models, fly over your choice of landscapes, and even set parameters like wind speed to simulate real flight conditions.
The components necessary for a home flight simulator are:
- RC transmitter with trainer jack / buddy port
- USB FMS Cable
- Windows PC with USB port (Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP/Vista. Not compatible with Mac)
- Free FMS simulator software
For more technical information, see the flight simulator interface cable pdf manual.