Product Announcements November 28, 2007
The semi trucks have pulled away and the Draganfly warehouse is fully stocked. Get your Mach III RC Goodyear Blimps now at Draganfly Innovations Inc. www.rctoys.com.
Pilot a new RC Goodyear blimp around the house this holiday season! A perfect accessory when watching NFL football games. Buy two and fly them together!
The RC Goodyear Blimp Features:
- Three quiet thrust propellers
- 3 channel RC radio system: Fly up, down, left, right, forwards, reverse
- Safe, battery operated, for indoor flight
- Requires helium, 1x 3V blimp battery and 1x 9V battery for the remote.
Buy our Mach III RC blimp accessory bundle and receive two extra blimp envelopes and all the batteries required to fly for hours. View all our RC blimps.
© Draganfly Innovations Inc.
Phone: 1-800-979-9794 / 306-955-9907
Thunder Power RC has released the TP610C, their newest LiPo, A123, NiCd/MH and PB battery charger. The TP 610C charger can charge 1 to 6 LiPo and A123 cells, 1-14 NiCd and NiMH cells, and 6-12V Pb (lead acid) batteries. The Thunder Power TP-610C can charge, balance, discharge and cycle batteries and report back full data. The TP610 charger is capable of up to 10 amps (80 watts total) when charging. Using the TP 610 charger to cycle your battery packs will improve their performance, and the TP-610 charger’s built-in balancer will extend the life of your lithium packs!
TP-610C Balance Charger Specifications
- Max Charge Rate: 10A
- LiPo and A123 Cells: 1-6
- NiCd and NiMH Cells: 1-14
- PB Batteries: 6-12V
Professor T. John Koo at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN has successfully built a system for autonomous flight using our Draganflyer V Ti RC helicopters. Prof. T. John Koo’s VECPAV Project (Vanderbilt Embedded Computing Platform for Autonomous Vehicles) focuses on developing intelligent control software for unmanned aerial and ground vehicles. Our Draganflyer V Ti RC helicopters were the perfect aerial vehicles for his research.
“The VECPAV system uses a sensor tracker to monitor the motion and position of a Draganflyer rc helicopter by using identifier points on the helicopter. The system then analyzes this data and sends commands back to the Draganflyer rc helicopter through a radio control transmitter, telling the Draganflyer rc helicopter to maintain position or move through its flight plan.”
Read the complete press release: “Vanderbilt University Uses Draganflyer RC Helicopters to Develop Autonomous Control System”
Thunder Power RC News November 10, 2007
Hiroki Ito is one of four Japanese team members to place in the top 10 of the Japanese F3C Competition on October 20-21, 2007 while using Thunder Power RC batteries.
1st – Ito (EP Thunder Power RC)
2nd – Sensui
3rd – Dobashi
4th – Hashimoto
5th – Sawamura
6th – Kobayashi (EP Thunder Power RC)
7th – Kunii (EP Thunder Power RC)
8th – Iso
9th – Nonogaki
10th – Hutatugi (EP Thunder Power RC)
Draganfly Innovations Inc. www.rctoys.com is the best place to get Thunder Power lithium polymer batteries for your F3C RC helicopter. We have the best prices on ThunderPower and free shipping anywhere in the world!
Micro Mosquito & FireFly November 10, 2007
Your pinions will either look like this: (1st generation Micro Mosquito and Firefly)
Or your pinions will look like this: (2nd generation Micro Mosquito or Firefly)
Pinion Gear Removal Instructions:
- Find a flat blade screwdriver with a very thin tip.
- Gently place the flat end of the screwdriver in the space under the pinion gear
- Slowly twist the screwdriver so the end pries the pinion upwards.
- You should be able to pull the pinion the rest of the way off using your fingers.
Pinion Gear Installation Instructions:
- Position the helicopter so it is directly facing you.
- View the images above and match the pinions you have to the 2 styles
- Match the Left and Right pinion.
- Your pinion that looks like the left pinion in the pictures goes on the left motor (with the helicopter facing you)
- Your pinion that looks like the right pinion in the pictures goes on the right motor (with the helicopter facing you)
- Using your fingers, press the pinions onto the motor shafts. Press the pinions all the way down.
Micro Mosquito & FireFly November 9, 2007
The Micro Mosquito and Firefly RC helicopters by Interactive Toy Concepts both use a single cell 200mAh Lipo battery. This battery is good for hundreds of uses, but if you ever find that you need to replace yours please follow these instructions:
- Remove the small motor pinion gears by prying them off with a thin screwdriver. (read this article if you have trouble)
- Remove the retainer on the bottom main shaft. The tab will pull off sideways.
- Remove the rotor assembly (rotors, shaft & gears) as one piece, either by pulling on the top of the main shaft or by pushing the bottom of the main shaft up through the body.
- Remove all 7 screws on the bottom of the Micro Mosquito or Firefly body.
- Remove the 4 motor screws on the top.
- Gently separate the upper and lower body halves until you can see screw which holds the circuit board to the upper body half. The screw is located on the inside near the front left leg. Remove this screw.
- Pull the battery up to release it from the adhesive tape, and locate the red and black wires. Unsolder the old battery and remove. Set the new battery in place and solder its wires, ensuring that the polarity is correct. The red wire is positive and the black wire is negative. Do not allow the battery wires to short to each other, or allow the wires to touch any point on the circuit board except the battery contact points (labeled B+ and B-).
- Replace the screw that holds the circuit board to the upper body half.
- Align and join the upper and lower body halves, ensuring that none of the internal wires are pinched.
- Replace the 4 motor screws.
- Replace the 7 screw that hold the body halves together.
- Install the rotor assembly, sliding the bottom of the shaft through the hole in the center.
- Clip the retainer onto the bottom of the main shaft where it exits the bottom of the body.
- Replace the small motor pinion gears. The pinion with the flat cap should be installed on the right hand motor with the flat cap facing up. The other pinion should be installed on the left hand motor with the stem facing up. The pinion on the right side should mesh with the upper large gear, and the pinion on the left side should mesh with the lower large gear.
The battery replacement is now complete.