Lee Martin Racing blog : The 4th Round of SEMCC Winter series.

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Great day up at SEMCC for the 4th round of their winter series! A good, fun track provided some close racing and my #Yokomo YZ-2CAL3 was again a privilege to drive taking TQ with fast runs in the early rounds … Continue reading

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2019 DragonFly Heli Event

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Another year of Dragonfly heli event, this is 6 years in a row and hope all have a good time. Thanks Mark Pfaff for the photos share.

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Habo Helimeet 2019

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A funfly event at SWEDEN at 25~26 May 2019 It was a nice weather and the pilots enjoy this flying season. Thanks Fredrik Rothzen for the photos share.

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VAMUdeS in USC competition 2019

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Our two UAVs flew perfectly and we did not have any problems whatsoever. The first day we surveyed the area and found 9/10 of the significant changes in less than 8min30. The second day we managed to drop 2/3 of … Continue reading

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VAMUdeS in AUVSI 2019

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We just came back from AUVSI ! We flew on the first day and our UAV did a very good job achieving the waypoint accuracy and object detection tasks. However, we had a problem with the release mechanism of the … Continue reading

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ThundeRatz at Hacktudo !!!

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The motors arrived in time for the competition and they were very important to win the third place at Hacktudo with K-Torze, our 27.2 kg combat robot! Gustavo Misawa Hama

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South West Heli Rodeo 2019 – Pics and Videos

November 8 – 10 was the legendary South West Heli Rodeo event in Queens Creek, AZ. This event has been going on for many many years, and has quite the reputation for having good weather towards the end of the season, and CRAZY flying from top pilots!

When I arrived at the event I was shocked at how many RV’s and campers were already on site! Nearly the entire length of the flight line was packed with them, and overall the counted 55 registered pilots!
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This year the event was heavily sponsored from companies such as, Scorpion, Mikado USA, Xpert Servos, BK Hobbies, HRB Battery, Only Fine Helis, Amain hobbies, Futaba, and Hobby Wing. Some of the grand prizes included a Vbar Neo from Mikado USA, along with a Full set of KD1 Servos from Xpert Servos!
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Also this event drew some pretty great professional pilots such as Scorpion Pilots, Mitch Marozas, Donnie Petche, and Myself. In addition there was Ben Storick who were there to put on a show for attendees and spectators alike!

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One of the best moments from this event was the “Sunset Smack” session which we had on Saturday Afternoon just before dark. All of us Pro pilots took our equipment and headed to the flight line and threw down back to back flights trying to entertain the crowd, but more importantly one up each other. Check out some videos here!
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Kyle Dahl – Logo 700 – Crazy Overspeeds

Mitch Marozas – Whiplash 730E – Full Pitch!!! 

As the sun set, then the flood lights came on, and the night flying began! One great idea from this event is how they encourage not only pros, but attendees alike to do night flying. The rule was for every flight that you did under the lights, you got a raffle ticket which entered you into a drawing for an additional prize! So needless to say, the night flying pilot
station was constantly packed as the night went on!

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Kyle Dahl Night Flight – Glogo 690
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Donnie Petche Night Flight – Synergy E7
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All In all this event was a huge success in my books. The weather was absolutely stunning, day and night, the flying was off the hook, and also I enjoyed just hanging with my friends, and also helping out some fellow modelers with build and setup questions, which is what this hobby is really about!

I hope to see you all there at the 2020 SWHR event again next year!

Kyle Dahl

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AMA Expo West 2019 – Full Report!

This last weekend was the 2019 AMA EXPO West show. This is one of, if not the largest trade show for the RC Hobby Industry in the USA. There is manufactures representing RC Airplanes, Helicopters, Drones, Cars, Gliders, and even Free Flight. Not only was there manufactures of models, but also all the individual components needed to complete models, such as tools, engines, radios, servos, hardware, ground equipment etc. In addition to the trade show there is also, indoor and outdoor flying/ exhibition areas for manufactures to demo/ promote their product.
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Our North American Distributor, Mikado USA, was in attendance of this event and also was one of the main sponsors of the event. Scorpion was the “Golf Cart” sponsor. Golf carts were used to help shuttle people around from the expo hall, to the outdoor flying areas.

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Mikado USA also had a large booth displaying some of our most popular motor options for Airplane, Helicopter, Car, ESC’s, tools and accessories.
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There was 2 indoor flying arenas, one for drones, and one for RC Flight, as well as a indoor RC Car track. The indoor flying arena was of course designed for indoor foamy models, and small helicopters, but that didn’t stop Scorpion pilot Santiago Perez from flying his Electric 35% Giant Scale Extra 300 104” inside! Check out the video of this stunt!

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This was a huge hit and entertained many spectators who couldn’t believe their eyes or ears as a 28″ prop noise filled the entire expo hall!

Outside there was also 2 flying areas, one for Airplanes and Helicopters, and one which was for FPV racing. Of course there was a outdoor car racing area which had a dirt track, and a carpet track.

The event featured very good noon demos from many of the worlds top professional pilots. With the fairly large outdoor flying arena pilots could fly even giant scale airplanes, and helicopters. One of the most popular demos was the Helicopter/ Airplane Tandem Demo from Team Scorpions Kyle Dahl and Santiago Perez.
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Check out the video on Scorpion Power System USA Facebook page here! 

Also Kyle Dahl was demoing his Electric powered H9 Viking 89” Biplane. A huge hit as well as most people had not seen a electric biplane of this size flying before.

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Also this event served as a great way to introduce attendees to our hobby. Spectators can watch professional flying, and also learn about our hobby by attending seminars and talking to manufactures and pilots alike. One great activity which happen was a demo sponsored by NASA and Scaled Composites. They organized an event sort of like “musical chairs” where several pilots took off with a Horizon trainer airplane, and then when the music stopped all pilots had to race to the ground. Then who ever was last to the ground was “out”. Then they had previously asked about 10 young children to volunteer and help collect the airplanes which were “out”. At the end it was down to 2 pilots and one winner which was very interesting to watch, BUT, the nice part was that the children which volunteered all got to take home the Airplane AND Radio which they had collected during the event! A great way to introduce new people to our hobby for sure!

All and all our Scorpion Representative Kyle Dahl reported that

“The event was a large success and very good representation for our hobby! Also, our booth was constantly packed with people asking about Scorpion Power Systems! Mikado USA was proud to sponsor such an event and we look forward to sponsoring more events of this kind and supporting and growing our hobby!”
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Lee Martin Racing Blog: Slough Model Car Club

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TQ and win  at the #sloughmodelcarclub winter series! My scorpion powered #yokomo #YZ2 #cal3 was on rails!!!!! This indoor carpet track is fast and requires great precision! That’s achievable due to the fantastic ESC and it’s vast tun-ability.

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New Product!! Mikado Logo 800 – Overview by Kyle Dahl

In 2011 Mikado Model Helicopters shocked the RC Helicopter world by coming out with one of the biggest and craziest helicopters of the time. The Logo XXtreme. At this time, large electric helicopters were still relatively new, and most helicopter companies were just starting to come out with 700 size electric models. However Mikado decided to jump one step ahead of everyone and push the limits by making one of the first Hardcore 3D 800 size models!

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The Logo XXtreme was massive in size and presence and unlike anything anyone had seen before. It weighed 14.75lbs with huge carbon and metal frames, and swung EDGE 813 blades at 1800 rpm and drained a 14s 5000mah battery in 3 minutes flat with its huge Scorpion HK5035-380kv motor.
In 2011 I competed with this model on my competition circuit. It wasn’t easy but I still held my own at XFC and 3DM getting 3rd and 2nd place, and finally everything came together at the 2011 Ircha ONE competition where I flew the heli and won 1st place!
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Then in 2012 Mikado took a step backwards and came out with the Logo 700XX which was using some similar components from the 800 XX just scaled down slightly. From this point on 700 size models became the standard choice for large electric helicopters, and Mikado had the 700xx till 2015.

Then in 2016 they debuted the new “Logo 700” which went back to Mikado’s roots of Molded Plastic Injection Side frames and components. The Logo 700 was a massive success and has been used by many Mikado Pilots to win World Championships time and time again all over the world (all of them using Scorpion Motor as well!)

Now Mikado has decided to go full circle and revisit the 800 market using the plastic Logo 700 as the base model this time. Check out a brief overview and some flight footage of the model here!

Kyle Dahl Introduces the New Logo 800!! 

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The design changes are as follows.

  • New plastic lower frame section which allow for bigger batteries and a larger canopy.
  • 30mm boom diameter boom, rather then the old 25mm boom, which is long enough to swing 810mm blades with 130mm tail blades for low rpm flying
  • Metal tail case to fit the new 30mm boom
  • New Canopy and landing gear bows which are much larger to fit the aesthetics of a 800 size model giving it a great presence in the air

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This helicopter is MUCH lighter then the previous Logo XXtreme weighing in at a feather lite 6kg (13.2lbs) with 14s power system. Despite its large size it is still very nimble and quick in the air. But, lower the RPM some and it’s docile and smooth and perfect for large air/ sport flying. Really a perfect helicopter for any type of pilot.

I was so impressed with this heli when I started testing it. It was like nothing I had flown before. It had the presence and sound which the Old Logo XXtreme had, but didn’t lack hardly any of the agility of a competition spec 700 size model. I’ve tested from 1000-1900rpm and the model operates perfectly and smoothly at all RPMs! With flight times in the 3:45 to up to 14 mins depending on flying style and rpm!
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We are still determining which KV and gear ratio is optimal, but our Scorpion motor and Tribunus 200A ESC come down cool even after the hardest of flights!

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Mikado has said that they are just waiting on a few more production pieces to get finished, but they hope to start shipping at the beginning of December of 2019! Stay tuned for more information!

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