Tuesday, December 21, 2010

We are OPEN on Tuesday 28th!

Modelflight will now also be open on Tuesday 28th December from 900am until 5pm!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Team Losi Racing 22 2WD Buggy

Team Losi Racing is back in the 1/10-scale electric game with a vengeance with the debut of their new 2WD buggy. Dubbed the 22, the Losi 22 2WD Electric Buggy marks a totally new direction in terms of design, features, tuning, materials and more from previous designs. Perhaps the most innovative new feature on this new platform is the ability to reconfigure it from a traditional rear motor configuration to a mid-motor configuration, totally altering how the car handles and jumps. The best part is that you’ll be able to make the switch without having to purchase any additional components. It’s quite literally like having two different vehicles in one box.  Stock due Early February, click here for more info!

Modelflight Christmas Opening Hours

During the Festive season Modelflight Goodwood will be opening the following hours:

Friday 24th - 900am-500pm
Sat 25th – Closed
Sun 26th –Closed
Mon 27th – Closed
Tues 28th – 0900-500pm
Wed 29th – 0900-500pm
Thurs 30th – 0900-800pm
Friday 31st – 0900-500pm
Sat 1st – Closed
Sun 2nd Closed
Mon 3rd – Closed

We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

With 'The Phoenix' at ETSA in November

Whilst we were down in numbers at ETSA this month, we were most certainly up in enthusiasm and enjoyment. Fewer numbers always mean a little more flying space for attendees and with this the case, there was fun a-plenty on this third Thursday in November.

Brenton had arranged a wee static display for us as we entered the arena in the form of a very colourful E-flite Yak 54 and one of the most popular and formidable aircraft of World War Two, the American P47 Thunderbolt from ParkZone.

When one is as busy as the Managing Director of Modelflight and O’Reilly Model Products, Michael O’Reilly, one must eat when the opportunity arises and we saw Mike tucking into a box of KFC, and apparently enjoying it too. I hope he didn’t find any raw prawns within the pack – they might have left a nasty taste in his mouth. The lads and lasses were involved in a rather raucous game of Korfball and this meant that, as on rare occasions, we didn’t get to use the main area until nine o’clock, but we soon found Dave Whitten in a familiar pose.

Tim and his lovely wife, Amy were joined by Ian as spectators, although Ian did manage to find sufficient flying time with his ParkZone Ultra Micro J-3 Cub throughout the evening. I must correct a statement that I made in credit to Tim in last month’s story – I did say that he was able to retrieve packages from the top shelf at the wharehouse (gosh if I changed the third letter there, we would have a house of wide popularity, though small) the really, really topmost shelf is very high and I have been informed that in that case he has been known to utilize a copy of yellow pages. Tut! Tut!

Modelflight’s Goodwood Road Shop Manager, Brad Merryweather managed a leave pass from Nicole and family, to share a little relaxation with us and he is seen here in a perfectly relaxed mood with Tim and Dave. It was almost a total M/F night as there were very few of us who were not blessed with ‘staffdom’ of the well known model fraternity so it is great that they can find time to let off steam with a few “ordinary” people.

One of the non staffers is Vin Pike (lately known as “Viney”) standing on the right of Brenton and Matthew (below) and the three are proudly displaying one of the latest models to hit the counter in the form of “The Beast.” This is another delightful little E-Flight model from Horizon Hobbies and they describe it as an Ultra Micro Flyer and it proved to be just that in the hands of the three test pilots. One can bind it to any DSM2 transmitter and its high performance comes from a brushless motor that is pushed along by a 2S Li-po battery with the battery and charger coming as part of the package. An attractive little aircraft for which one could be excused for believing it to be a Pitts Special in different livery.

Gosh, your friendly Phoenix has gone all “family” in this episode for my final pix shows Tim and Amy about to leave the ETSA Park Netball Stadium where we gather on the third Thursday of each month – yes December included – and we fly from 8.30p.m. to 10.30p.m. for the miserly cost of just ten dollars.

Come fly with me!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Modelflight now stocking Futaba Radio Systems

Modelflight is happy to announce we will now be stocking a range of Futaba Radio Systems.

Please Click Here to view our range of Futaba products.

E-flite's latest offering: The Advance 25e!

E-flite have just announced another addition to their range of Sport planes with the Advance 25e! The tricycle landing gear and semi-symmetrical airfoil of the Advance 25e ARF make it ideal for newer pilots transitioning from high-wing trainers, but experienced pilots will like it too. Not only is it an exceptionally affordable 25-size sport plane, but its firewall is drilled to accept both E-flite Power 25 and Power 32 brushless motors. This lets pilots tailor the performance of the Advance 25e to more closely match their skill level and flying style.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Stock Just Arrived!

We have just received new stock of the super popular Parkzone Ultra Micro P-51 Mustang in BNF and RTF!  These fantastic little planes fly out the door as quick as they come in so make sure you get your hands on one today for backyard summer flying fun!

Friday, November 5, 2010

October Indoor Flying with The Phoenix

Another interesting and fun-filled night was had by those who were able to attend the October gathering of indoor fliers, both with fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. Peter Melders thrilled all with his Tri-copter and, although we witnessed its flying ability a month or so ago, on this night we saw it flying with larger propellers. It was just so stable and well-controlled in his hands, that he made it look as though it was a “piece of cake.”

The little FORCE combat helicopters were again a source of amusement for both pilots and the spectators, whose numbers had grown to quite a presentable group. The fact that one does not pay to watch should, when the word travels, enlarge our viewing audience, hopefully.

Vin Pike, whom you see in one of my pictures, fully laid back in a picture of complete relaxation, was introduced to the combat portion of entertainment with glee and found that he could not refuse Mike O’Reilly’s instruction, which was…”here Vin, fly this.” I’m sure that Vin will show up next month, flying his own little Force FHX combat heli which Model Flight imports from Horizon Hobbies in the U.S.A. All you have to do Vin is pass the word to Peter Smyth.

There were exciting movements around the old town this week when the General Manager of Model Flight, Jamie Nancarrow, took Merrin O’Reilly to be his beautiful bride, welding together for many years to come, the Model Flight Empire of the O’Reilly’s and Nancarrow’s and I’m sure that you all join me in wishing them a wonderful future. I just had to slip in a picture of the overjoyed parents of the bride, Michael and Janine. I actually think that that is a smug look on the face of the father of the bride. So it should be!

Matthew Waye appeared to be having a quiet evening and when my camera grabbed him, as you can see, he was looking immaculately groomed with a very close shave etc. What’s going on Mattie, is there a lovely lady in town this week?

My final picture is of Model Flight Staffers, Brenton and David with the Managing Director, Mike and their models.

Towards the end of flying time, almost two hours from commencing ten dollars of flying time, Andy put his foam pylons in place for those who wished to join him in flying indoor pylon and this is yet another attraction that our ETSA Park Netball Stadium fliers, who gather there on the third Thursday of each month, right throughout the year, can look forward to as added entertainment for them in the Railway Terrace, Mile End venue. Your friendly Phoenix looks forward to seeing you there.

I was speaking with another Staffer, Tim (he is the one who retrieves packages from the top shelf at the OMP's Warehouse at Lonsdale, without a ladder) and he was saying that they keep running out of the 120SR’s almost as the container arrives. SR standing for single rotor. I am having my most enjoyable indoors with one of these outstanding models and I suggest that, if interested you contact Store Manager, Brad , and ask him to let you know when one is available. You won’t regret it.

The Phoenix.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Naracoorte Fun Fly

Brad and Brian from Modelflight, and a few friends of Modelflight are making the trip in the very early hours of Sunday morning to Naracoorte for their Fun Fly!  The boys will be taking as many planes as they can fit into the Tarago including Modelflight's sample Radian Pro from Parkzone!

Other planes taking the trip are: Hanger 9 Pulse 40, E-flite Pogo, Multiplex Funjet Ultra, Parkzone Messerschmitt BF-109, Parkzone Radian, Parkzone Radian Pro, Great Planes Rifle, E-flite Apprentice

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

E-flite's first Platinum Series Ducted Fan

E-flite takes ARF ducted fan performance and engineering to new heights
with the Habu 32 DF. Designed around the E-flite Delta-V® 32 80mm fan  unit and 2150Kv DF32 brushless motor, its hyper-efficient intake and exhaust
ducting allows this potent combo to produce large amounts of thrust when
powered with a high-C 6S Li-Po pack. And it does so without resorting to
drag-inducing cheater holes. The result is a sport EDF with exhilarating speed
that will give even experienced jet jockeys goose bumps.

As the first Platinum Series E-flite® ducted fan, the Habu 32 DF also boasts
a level of fit and finish that is every bit as impressive as its performance.
Its sleek fiberglass fuselage comes pre-painted and integrates the vertical
stabilizer. The fully-sheeted wings and horizontal stabilizers are reinforced
with carbon blade spars and covered with genuine UltraCote®. The control
surfaces are hinged for you. Just add the optional E-flite electric retracts (sold
separately), and you’ve got a sport jet that truly stands out from the crowd.

Introducing Parkzone's latest Warbird

The P-47 Thunderbolt is the first ParkZone plane designed for retracts and flaps. Basic 4-channel control with removable landing gear out of the box, it includes pockets for flap servos and wheel wells for E-flite® electric retracts molded into the wings.

ParkZone has brought The Jug to life with this great flying scale recreation that comes out of the box with details like a simulated radial engine, molded panel lines and a realistic 404th Fighter Group paint scheme. It’s even set up to let you easily add the option of functional flaps and retractable landing gear. And you can bet it flies every bit as good as it looks. The 15-size brushless motor and E-flite 30A Pro brushless ESC that are installed for you will provide more than enough power for high-speed strafing runs and sport aerobatics.

Click here for more details

Monster Truck Fun from Electrix RC

The Ruckus Monster Truck is the largest vehicle in the Electrix RC line up. It is a dependable truck that is designed to take your backyard experience to the next level without breaking the bank. Outfitted with monster truck tires, custom chrome wheels, and nylon composite materials, it is the most dependable hobby grade RC monster truck out there.

We designed the Ruckus to be reminiscent of a real world scale monster truck without looking too cartoonish. Made to be operated out of the box, the vehicle comes with everything you need to get started. All you need to do is charge the battery and then let it rip. Each Ruckus monster truck comes with a Ruckus tuned Dynamite 20 Turn Motor, a Dynamite ESC and most importantly, a Dynamite 1800 Speedpack mAh NiMH 6 cell flat battery, and a wall charger.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

New Releases from E-flite!

Parkzone and Losi have been making some exciting product announcements lately and now it is E-flite's turn...

Introducing the E-flite Carbon-Z Yak 54 (in PNP and BNF) and the Aeronca Champ 15e ARF!

The Carbon-Z Yak 54 from E-Flite is perfect for the intermediate to advanced skilled 3D flyer that is looking for a superior performing plane, but is frustrated with the time and cost of repairing balsa.  Click Here for more info.

Designed as an answer to Piper’s J-3 Cub, the Aeronca 7AC Champion has been winning the hearts of pilots since 1944. Its honest, easy-going flight characteristics just seem to have a way of soothing the nerves and restoring the soul of everyone who flies it. Now modelers can experience the Champ’s winning ways in stunning scale detail with the E-flite® Aeronca Champ 15e.

Look out for Video footage here

Thursday, October 7, 2010

New 1/10 Release from Losi!

News Just In!  Announcing the all new 1/10 ReadyLift XXX-SCT RTR by Losi!

The XXX-SCT is a ROAR legal, 1/10-scale SCT based off of a race proven platform that will provide racers and bashers alike realistic looking Sean Geiser ReadyLift licensed body as well as performance driven components in a RTR or BND configuration.

The 1/10 ReadyLift XXX SCT RTR comes ready to run and ready for action. It has a 2WD, ROAR-legal short course chassis, aluminum oil-filled shocks and a LiPo compatible ESC. This 1/10 truck also features a Losi radio system with 2.4GHz DSM technology, a Sean Geiser ReadyLift licensed body with sponsor decals, and generous ground clearance. The XXX-SCT will be comfortable as a basher with plenty of power and designed for durability in the backyard as well as right at home on the track living up to its XXX-platform heritage.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Mode 1 DX8 Radios are now in stock, backorders will be shipping ASAP!  Stocks of DX8 Mode 2 are still available also.

For those of you who have not placed your order yet, order now to take advantage of FREE SHIPPNG (conditions apply) within Australia and avoid disappointment!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Temora Jets Review

Temora Jets 2010 was held over the weekend of the 17th, 18th and 19th of September. 60 pilots from around the country registered for the event with a total of 92 jet aircraft present. Vin Pike travelled over from Adelaide with his Skymaster Viperjet 2M.

A JetCat P80 SE powers the Viperjet and radio control was handled by the JR DSX12, with JR 8411 Digital servos throughout. The new Hacker Top Fuel LiFe cells supplied power. Two 2S packs of 3100 mAh were directed into the JR RD1221 2.4 ghz receiver for dual redundancy giving a faultless system all weekend.

Friday, September 24, 2010

State Open Thermal Contest Report

The SA State Thermal Contest was held over the past weekend with a good attendance, including Darrel and Garry making the pilgrimage from Mildura. Again, Darrel blow took home the win (his second in a row or maybe third) in some windy conditions. Some noteworthy results from Jim McDougall with his Aspire, and a new improved Joe Rufenacht who has recently had some obviously vision clearing eye surgery. It was also great to see some relative newcomers, Gavin Bowden and Robert Gunn, enjoying themselves. Thanks to SSL on what was another very successful event.

Individual Scores were as follows:
                                           Score    %      Raw Score
  1. Blow, Darrel             9995    100       11654
  2. Whitfield, Garry        9955    99.6      11628
  3. Chabrel, Nick           9778    97.83    11279
  4. Nancarrow, Jamie     9687    96.92    11095
  5. Moorfield, Paul         9683    96.88    11209
  6. Potter, Greg              9622    96.27    10897
  7. Newcombe, Max      9446    94.51    10107
  8. Morris, Simon           9388    93.93    10840
  9. McDougall, Jim         9076    90.81    10110
  10. Merryweather, Brad  8949    89.53    10221
Landing Scores were as follows:
                                          Score    %      Raw Score
  1. Chabrel, Nick           1140    100       1140
  2. Whitfield, Garry        1113    97.63    1113
  3. Nancarrow, Jamie     1111    97.46    1111
  4. Morris, Simon           1086    95.26    1086
  5. Moorfield, Paul         1079    94.65    1069
  6. Blow, Darrel             1056    92.63    1056
  7. Potter, Greg              1035    90.79    1035
  8. Newcombe, Max        909    79.74      909
  9. McDougall, Jim           860    75.44      860
  10. Merryweather, Brad    819    71.84      819

New 1/8-scale buggy from Losi

Losi have just announced a new 1/8-scale 4WD buggy....The Losi 810!

A package boasting the most superior power to weight ration. A Losi 3.4 nitro engine that delivers the most power in its class. Interference-free Spektrum 2.4GHz DSM technology. A lightweight aluminum chassis. The 4-wheel drive 810 Buggy RTR has it all. And it’s affordable. When you want a 1/8-scale ready-to-run buggy that’s high on features but not on price, the 810 delivers.

Visit www.modelflight.com.au for more information

Thursday, September 23, 2010

It's September 2010 with the Phoenix

As the “Leedies” were not engaged with ball games at ETSA Park on the night of our latest Indoor Flying, we were able to fly from 7.45 p.m. thanks to Adam, the duty manager of the stadium, who gave the ok to start unloading and rigging models. It suited the Phoenix as the Angaston Annual Show Society representatives had arrived early to view my “now infamous” Roadtrain which has been booked for their show in February. They returned to Angaston apparently quite contented with their viewing on the night.

With the onslaught of the combat helicopters, the FHX and MH-35 Heli's, which were released to the public on that night, my first picture is of the delightful little machine, the first change one notices from other Micro contra-rotating blade setups, being what appeared to be a back-to-front exhaust box sticking out the front of the machine. In actuality, that is the “machine gun.” In some of the pictures you will also notice two orange buttons on the underside of the transmitter, which operate the guns.

Brenton & Jamie Concentrating
Model Flight’s Managing Director, Michael O’Reilly had envisaged up to a dozen combatants in the air at one time and, after their first official outing, this seems well within the realms of possibility, when eight of them flew together on this first occasion. I had the enormous pleasure of joining 7 Model Flight Staffers in combat and whilst the mass battle continued, few other fliers were in action as most interest was in the little micro copters spinning whenever a “direct hit” was registered against it. Brenton and Jamie are seen in heavy concentration during one of their “battles.”

Klaus and Jenny arrive
I found it quite easy to snap Jenni and Klaus Rudloff (that’s Jenni on the left without the beard) when they arrived at the stadium. Under their normal clothes, they were wearing suits of armour for they had come prepared to do battle with the enemy, eagerly displaying their red or blue light to identify them as either friend or foe. If you look at the photo of Brenton, with his barely visible combat model, you can plainly see the orange firing buttons on the transmitter, which is included in the fascinating kit. These little models brought a new life to and a new interest in, our indoor flying movement in Adelaide. Retailing at just $169 it is a cheap method of having a great night’s entertainment.

An interesting young 16-year-old is Matthew Chapple who is shown demonstrating a tail stand with his foamie. Matthew is a certificated full-size pilot but another outstanding feature of this pleasant-mannered young gentleman is that he and his dad, Trevor, drove down from Waikerie, especially for our indoor evening. Matthew flew for most of our two hour flying period which, I might add, costs ten dollars, then he and Trevor got back in their car and drove the 2-hour journey back home again. The four-hour combined trip displays the enthusiasm of two people to take part in another two hours that is spent at the ETSA Park Netball Stadium on Railway Terrace, Mile End on the third Thursday of each month. Our official flying hours are normally from 8.30p.m. to 10.30p.m. but, as shown on this occasion, we are often granted a generous start by the Manager on duty.

Finally, dear friends, I must mention the quite large, spidery contraption that Peter brought with him. I say spidery for it did remind me of “Spiderman” climbing up a tall building with arms and legs outstretched. The difference in this piece of fascinating machinery is that three E-Flite electric brushless motors are mounted on the end of each arm, which, in fact, began life as the tail booms of model helicopters. This is a Tri-copter and to say that it rises in ultra-steady flight in Peter’s hands, would be an understatement. I did take a couple or more shots of this model in flight but its absolute “stelth” appearance made the images quite useless to use in this epistle. You may recall seeing Peter’s delightful r/c rocket which rose from a vertical tail stand, leveled out, did a few circuits and then slowly and gracefully lowered back onto the tail for landing. This tri-copter joins Peter’s collection of “amazing machines.” There is another on the building board but you will have to keep your eye on the Phoenix columns to hear of it.                    

Radian Pro by Parkzone announced today!

JUST ANNOUNCED!  The Parkzone Radian Pro!  Visit www.modelflight.com.au for more information

The ParkZone Radian Pro is a perfect follow-on to the successful ParkZone Radian and a long awaited addition to ParkZone's sailplane category. Designed with the experienced sailplane pilot in mind, the Radian Pro comes equipped with 5-channels out of the box, including ailerons for a more precise soaring experience and flaps for more glide path control.

Compared to the original Radian's easy, stress-free Sunday flying, the Radian pro provides a more concentrated flight experience and increased capability, allowing the pilot full roll control, spot landing and precision. The versatility and maneuverability of this plane complete with throttle, rudder, aileron, elevator and flaps allow for the flight performance that you might expect from the traditional competition sailplane without the hassles of having to build one. The Radian Pro's more rigid tail allows for increased maneuverability and precise control, and the new locking retention for the wing provides additional security for more aggressive flying.

Whether you're a current Radian flyer looking for increased performance capabilities or an experienced sailplane pilot looking for something to just fly, the Radian Pro is the answer. Available in both Bind-N-Fly and Plug-N-Play completion levels, this plane can be ready to fly in as little time as takes to charge the battery.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Force Heli's head to ETSA Park

Well a great turnout at indoor flying lastnight, and some impressive battling with the new Force Helicopters. Its remarkable how much fun it can be to shoot down your friends!

It was great to see some new faces around the crowd, some even travelling from the Riverland for the evening.

Modelflight would like to congratulate Alan Marks on another impressive display with his “big rig” – his Tamiya Truck. It has taken Alan over 6-years and some capital investment to get this impressive bit of machinery to a state that he is happy. Check out the video below to see all the bells and whistles he has working on it.

Modelflight visits Clovelly Park Primary School

Jamie Nancarrow and Brian Locket from Modelflight attended Clovelly Park Primary School today to give some very enthusiastic young faces from class G5 a better understanding on the basic theories and history of flight. So far, the class has been learning about different styles of flying machines and had even built kites the previous week to fly. Sam Kennedy, G5's teacher, managed to control the in-class enthusiasm long enough for the students to learn about Lift, Thrust, Drag and Gravity, and get some hands on experience with the E-Flite Habu Jet, Parkzone Bf-109 and ParkZone Radian

After the inside session students were taken to the school oval to see the Radian in action under Brian’s expert control (including some unfriendly magpies for laughs). After fielding many, many questions relating to the class assignment, Jamie and Brian then demonstrated how the new Force Helicopters flew, battled, and won. Model Flight would like to thank the students from Clovelly Park Primary School, and teacher Sam Kennedy, for organising a very informative, and hopefully beneficial session for the students. 

We hope to see many of these smiling faces enjoying flying in the future!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

DX7 Model Match Bulletin

DX7 Model Match Bulletin: Model 11‐20 Software Update

Recently, the Horizon Hobby Service Department discovered a software issue in DX7 transmitters with HA002J, HR003J, HR004J, HR005J, HR006J, HR007J, HR008J or HR009J Product IDs (PIDs) and FCC ID: BRWDAMTX11.

The issue Service Center discovered, affects ModelMatch for models 11–20 when binding and saving new models into memory.  Horizon Hobby and authorised distributors have a software update to correct this issue. This software update can only be performed by Spektrum Service Department authorized Technicians.

If your DX7 has one of the following PIDs: HR003J, HR004J, HR005J, HR006J, HR007J, HR008J or HR009J and FCC ID BRWDAMTX11:
  • Click here to complete the Spektrum DX7 Return Request form.
  • You may also e‐mail the Modelflight Product Support team. Please type “DX7 Return Request Form” in the subject line.
  • Please include your shipping address, daytime phone number, and the date code from your Spektrum DX7 transmitter. Click here to e‐mail product support.
  • OMP/Spektrum will pay for return shipping on Australian Purchased DX7 units once the ‘Return Request form’ is submitted. This will be arranged via OMP’s courier service, and alternatively can be organised via the Modelflight Shop/MailOrder line.
  • As with all RC aircraft, please check your transmitter and equipment prior to each flight.

On behalf of Horizon Hobby, Modelflight and the Spektrum team apologize for this inconvenience.

Modelflight Online
53 Ellemsea Circuit
South Australia
Phone: +618 8186 4250

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Reminder: 1hr max charge time for Losi 1/24 Batteries

Battery and Charging Guidelines and Warnings - Losi 1/24

Failure to exercise caution while using this product and comply with the following warnings could result in  product malfunction, electrical issues, excessive heat, FIRE, and ultimately injury and property damage.
  • Read all safety precautions and literature prior to use of this product
  • Never leave the battery and charger unattended during use
  • Never allow minors to charge battery packs without adult supervision
  • Never drop charger or batteries
  • Never attempt to charge dead or damaged batteries
  • Never charge a battery if the cable has been pinched or shorted
  • Never allow batteries or charger to come into contact with moisture at any time
  • Never charge batteries in extremely hot or cold places (recommended between 50–80 degrees Fahrenheit) or place in direct sunlight
  • Always use only NiMH rechargeable batteries. This charger cannot charge batteries such as “heavy duty,” “alkaline battery,” or “mercury battery”
  • Always connect the positive red lead (+) and negative black lead (-) terminals of the battery to the charge terminals correctly
  • Always disconnect the battery and charger after charging and let them cool between charges
  • Always inspect the battery before charging
  • Always terminate all processes and contact Modelflight if the product malfunctions
  • Always make sure you know the specifications of the battery to be charged or discharged to ensure it meets the requirements of this charger
  • Always constantly monitor the temperature of the battery pack while charging
  • Always end the charging process if the charger or battery becomes hot to the touch or starts to change form during the charge process
Tim Gaukroger, one of our top Losi Drivers, took these cars home for a test drive and here are his thoughts:
"Losi’s new 1/24 Rally and SCT – what can I say, what a blast! Having been a fan of the Micro T’s, DT’s etc in the past, I knew Losi’s new 1/24th vehicles would be a winner. More powerful, refined looks, 4 wheel drive, increased runtime and better durability only meant one thing – more fun! Charge time is less than an hour and very convenient because of the supplied 240v wall adaptor. Be careful not to charge for more than an hour as you can overcharge the battery."

Friday, September 3, 2010

Let the Battle Begin with FORCE RC

Horizon Hobby have just announced a new revolutionary brand and line of products to the market....FORCE RC!

FORCE RC unleashes these ultra-lightweight, combat-ready helis, perfect for out-maneuvering opponents in tight quarters. The FHX and MH-35 have self-stabilizing characteristics and a mil-spec gyro stabilization system that make combat flying a breeze. Using our built-in battle module to send and receive range adjustable, infrared signals, your customers can shoot down their opponents while in flight. Game play, using a newly designed 5-channel custom transmitter, will focus on the themes in either one-on-one, or team play mode, like dog fights, target practice, and heli vs. ground with the FORCE RC Ground Target. So let the battles begin...

  • Tuned controls to provide plenty of responsiveness for aggressive ABM (Air Battle Maneuvering) without making them too sensitive.
  • VDAS (Visual Damage Assessment System) gives a sequence of visible damage signals before the last hit finally results in a slow spiraling descent to the ground. In no time, the heli resets itself and is off for more action.
  • Optional SimpliFly™ control mode reduces pilot workload to left/right, forward/back, up/down and guns
Check them out here!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Modelflight Takes Top Prizes at Milang

Staff members Brad, Brian and Mike flew in the Open Thermal/Open Electric glider event at Milang on Sunday 29th August.

Congratulations to Mike O who won the Open Thermal event with his Tragi 801 Cluster glider/JR DSX12 combo, and to Brian who won the Open Electric glider with his Pulsar/JR DSX12 combo.

Well Done guys!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

New Products from Losi

Losi have just announced some exciting new releases to add to their mini and micro range....

The new Ready Lift SCT's come Ready-to-Run and in Bind-N-Drive modes, with an Xcelorin brushless power system, oil-filled shocks and an extended short course chassis.

Too good to be true? Nope. The Mini SCT RTR has all that and more. It’s ready to take on the competition!

E-Flite NEW Product Launch!

Two exciting, brand new products from E-flite are being launched today:

More details on these great products are available on www.modelflight.com.au with videos coming soon!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Phoenix Freezes at ETSA Park in August

As I exited my driveway at a tad after seven for our Monthly Indoor Flying Event at ETSA Park, I later discovered that 17 other warm blooded pilots were stalwartly joining me on the road to what was to become, our coldest night on record at that venue. No fear of my wings melting and falling to earth from my body. One of the most sensible arrivals was one gentleman, complete with, what appeared to be a delightfully thick woolen hoody and as the night became even colder, I had wished for the strength to remove it for my own use.

However, dear readers, even under these quite torrid conditions, we had come to ETSA to fly our electric models, both fixed wing and helicopters, all of various materials from balsa in the more conventional style, to some of the latest models from your favourite model shop, such as the Blade 120SR which was making its second public appearance. This it did with some aplomb and skill from the Managing Director of Modelflight, Mike O’Reilly who was the first of two lucky pilots with this ultra-advanced helicopter. It has since been released for sale and can be seen on the shelves on the Goodwood Road shop. The larger of the helis, such as the Blade 400, which is the largest permitted heli at ETSA Park, spent most of their time on Court 2, and with their training frames attached they proved that patience and practice is producing some very steady hovering.

Andy Hollitt again demonstrated indoor pylon competition with such skill, as one expects to see from Andy, that I am sure a number of others had their interests stirred a little and probably hoped that they had a foam constructed pylon racing aircraft so that they, too, could have joined Andy. Keep it up Andy, I feel sure the interest will grow which is good as it does not take up a lot of space.

When Brenton Wildman arrived, I thought that, just maybe, I was in Steptoe’s shop. Please let me elucidate for it was not scrap but boxes of models. Some unused and others with very little use but, as Brenton is moving house he finds the necessity to rid himself of a number of models that are surplus to his very active flying life style. So he brought his garage sale to ETSA Park. As Brenton is providing the pix for this article, due to a temporary malfunction with my camera/computer equipment, and as I have no idea which shots he is using, my story may appear a little lost without mentioning the accompanying shots. My thanks to Brenton for the backing. Here is a pic of the E-Flite Blade Tandem Rescue Heli, test flown by Brenton before its arrival on Aussie shores early September. "The new Eflite Blade Tandem Rescue was flown early in the night, very stable and controllable".

A couple of our regular fliers brought small racing cars, both 4 and 2-wheel drive models and if you would like to join them on future nights, do not hesitate to toss a car or two in your boot. J.J. joined the father Mike and the son Ryan Holmes in some playful combat with their very manoeuvrable (well that’s how Mr Oxford spells it – I would have liked to have added another (e)) foam models and the main thing that this exemplified was the enormous improvement in Ryan’s flying. We have watched this 14-year-old’s flying from his beginning and being nurtured by a doting father, together with an obedient son has produced an outstanding degree of skill, expecially in one so young. I just wish that I had his computer and electronic skills – I would have some photos to show you dear friends. Mike H, we have not had a family display yet so when can we expect to see Mary, the mother, join the father and son? Say that would be fantastic - like –“the family who flies together, stays together!” Okay, so you’re doing very nicely thank you, without that rubbish. If we can look far enough back into history, we would remember Pat Crowe and his two sons all flying together, and I’ll get sacked if I don’t mention them, but we also have seen the late Leo O’Reilly and his two sons flying together. But, in either case there was no mum’s appearance. Come on Mary – make it a first. Come to think of it, those two afore-mentioned families were all members of the Southern Soaring League so there must have been strong family interest in the times gone by. Pity they cannot introduce some new flying families.

Ian Smedman continues to improve with each appearance. I wonder if his new branch of hobbying has caused his car-racing brilliance to suffer?? Hope not. After all, one is day-time and t’other in the night so they should not adversely affect each other.

The Whiteline 3-1/2 metre long R/C Road Train has been invited to put in an appearance at the Angaston Show in February and, as one of the show organizers is coming to ETSA Park to check it out for required space etc. it will again be on show at our next Indoor Flying Event at the Netball Stadium on Thursday September 16th between the hours of 8.30 and 10.30 p.m. Why not come along and see if The Phoenix can roll it over as he did without being requested to do so by Channel 7. It wont cost a cent to come and watch that and other spectacles through the night. It is only if you toss a model in the boot, and fly it, that it will cost you $10 for the night’s entertainment.

Friday, August 20, 2010

A closer look at AC/DC Chargers

We have recently added the Thunder Power TP610C AC-DC charger to our product range so we thought we would take a closer look at it along with another popular charger from our range!

Swallow EQ ACDCThunder Power TP610C AC-DC
Max Charge6A10A
Max Discharge1A1A
Max Wattage50W80W
AC Range100-240v100-240v
DC Range11-15v11-18v
Back-lit ScreenNoYes
Recovery ModeNoYes
Storage ModeNoYes
Memories025 each Chemistry (125)
Warranty1 year2 year

All new UMX Beast from E-flite

Check out this fantastic new offering from E-Flite! The Ultra-Micro eXtreme Beast BNF! With a Brushless motor, the power of this new aerobatic flyer will knock your socks off!

And watch the official preview at Horizon Hobby:

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Stock Just Arrived!

Modelflight has just received a shipment filled to the brim with exciting aircraft!! Now available on www.modelflight.com.au are:

The latest Sebart models are available in new colour schemes...but hurry, while stocks last!

Indoor Flying tonight at ETSA Park

I's that time of the month again...Indoor flying at ETSA Park! Come along from 830pm to fly your indoor models, or simply to check out the latest products being showcased by modelflight and friends! Only $10 to fly but spectators can come along for FREE!

More the merrier and we look forward to catching up with you this evening!

Don't forget the BBQ & Sidewalk Sale at Modelflight Goodwood, Adelaide on the 28th August! Come grab a bargain!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

New Products on Modelflight.com.au

The AR6255 DSM2 6ch Carbon Fuse Receiver from Spektrum

Spektrum’s latest 6-channel compact receiver, designed and optimised for carbon fibre fuselage installation is an ideal pick for any hand launch or discus launch glider (DLG) pilot. With 2048 resolution and full range capabilities the AR6255 can still fit in even the smallest of spaces. Its built-in data port is compatible with Spektrum’s Flight Log and telemetry modules. This receiver offers superior RF coverage with the through-the-fuselage feeder antennas, preset failsafe system on all channels optimised for sailplane and F5D applications and ‘QuickConnect’ with Brownout Detection. At only 5.5grams, with voltage range 3.5-9.6V this is a great pick! (SPMAR6255)

New Flybarless Head Conversion Sets from the JR Heli division
The JR Heli division have now launched world-class performance electric and IC powered helicopter flybarless kits for the Vibe 500e, Vibe 50e and Vibe 90 SG. The Flybarless Heads are designed to provide outrageous 3D performance and come as a complete set with all parts for the flybarless rotorhead. Features include: All metal CNC construction, integrated washout base and yoke, the 90 & 50 heads include mixing lever throw reduction, unique and impressive design. (JR96404 / JR96414)

“Bag it up” the latest JR Propo Bag
JR have modified their popular Propo Bag to accommodate their 2.4 GHz transmitters. This soft bag provides cushioned protection for JR DSX9, 11X Zero and DSX12 transmitters. It measures 310 x 210 x 135 mm and includes two Inner Sponges and an Inner Belt to secure the transmitter. A detachable carry handle is also included. (JRC06907)

Adding Retracts has never been easier with E-flite
You don’t have to be a master modeller to add the realism of functioning retracts to your airplane. E-flite’s completely self-contained retract system requires no air tank, complex linkages or extra servo. It can simply be bolted into place and plugged into the receiver. A specially designed Y-harness is included that allows for the use of a single receiver channel to control all retract units.

Spektrum’s latest Heavy Duty Servo Extension Leads
Spektrum have now released a new line of heavy duty Servo Extension Leads with gold-plated contacts designed specifically for Spektrum to ensure a solid connection every time. The extensions also boast premium quality Z-connectors, which are compatible with Spektrum and JR receivers and servos. The heavy-duty 22AWG wire handles higher current loads and their unique appearance, thanks to the Spektrum logo moulded into the connector housings gives great quality as well as great value. The extension leads are available in the following sizes: 122cm / 91cm / 61cm / 46cm / 30cm / 23cm / 15cm / 8cm (48”, 36”, 24”, 18” 12”, 9”, 6”, and 3”).

Friday, August 13, 2010

“Now to fly the beautiful beast" by Alan Marks

“Now to fly the beautiful beast" by Alan Marks

In the past, I must say that I have not put a lot of credence in the words that often garnish the colourful boxes in which our models arrive from their makers, but it was such a pleasant surprise when I discovered that the Blade 120SR did exactly that. Oh it did require just a tad of right trim to make it even simpler on take off but once a foot or so (what do you want? A half metre uh?) Okay, that was the altitude at which I did most of my early flights with this helicopter, and once it was at that height from the ground, it started to meeeow in true pussycat style.

I’m going to introduce a little bit of brain in this article because I have come to the sudden realization that “SR” may stand for “Single Rotor” and the baby of this breed being an “MSR” could quite well represent a “Micro Single Rotor.” Well! You must admit that it sounds fairly impressive! I am trying to sound impressive to help you realize that this new helicopter from the distributors, Horizon, IS a single rotor design.

This is the next step up from one of those double, contra-rotating rotor helicopters that have been darting in and out of the rafters of our indoor flying venues for over a year now and it is not a huge upwards move to the “SR” as it requires just a wee bit more concentration to initially raise it from the floor.

Okay – here is what you do. You have just arrived home after expending in the vicinity of $260 and on opening the box, you see it all there. Everything is fitted within the most attractive fuselage, from the tip, out along the carbon-fibre tail boom to the compact and delightful-looking tail motor and rotor. The miniaturized 5-in-1 control unit which combines the 2.4GHz DSM2 receiver, the Electronic Speed Controllers, the mixer, gyro and servos, plus the motor, all onto a single circuit board go together in keeping the flying weight down to an absolute minimum. Whilst one is able to advance to a more aggressive control to give faster flying etc., I felt that that was for Matty, Brad, Brent and Toddles more skilful fingers. I was quite contented to fly it in the more softer mode – leaving all that University grade flying for the experts.

It was still quite windy outside so I contented myself by remaining within the boundaries, about 15 by 5 metres of safe flying space of my rear patio. I did find that patience was the virtuous way to go and it was nearly ten minutes before I actually got the beasty off the deck. Little by little I progressed, mainly forwards rather than upwards, until I realized that it was much better to get it clear of the floor and that, as soon as I gave sufficient throttle to raise and give it some altitude, albeit a quarter of a metre maybe, it was very rewarding. The height is actually adjusted by the amount of throttle one feeds in but, for the first half hour or so, be quite content with just having it clear of the floor and the surprising result is that you are finding one of the easiest helies to put into a hover that you have ever had the pleasure of flying.

If you do not wish to add yet another transmitter to your, no doubt, vast collection of those, which seems to be “the way to go” these days, then toddle along to our Goodwood Road shop, just South of the tram crossing, and talk a “Bind-n-Fly” deal with Store Manager, Brad, or any one of his most helpful staff members. Keep in mind, if your friendly Phoenix can hover in half an hour, then I’m sure that you will have no problems in getting your money’s worth of total enjoyment and value from your small investment. There is just a word of warning though – the model is now available in the shop but I do expect the first shipment to sell very rapidly. If you need more proof of this being the way to go with your model flying, then come along to ETSA Park Netball Stadium on the third Thursday night of any month and see this exciting model helicopter in action in the hands of some of our staffer experts.

The Phoenix aka Alan Marks

Thursday, July 29, 2010

New Releases from Losi

Losi have just announced the release of 2 brand new 4wd 1/24 scale vehicles!

Now the thrill of rally racing can be brought indoors or to smaller areas thanks to these 1/24 scale vehicles. Both the Rally Car and Short Course Truck will be available in four different colors and offers more flexibility than other micro models with its abiltiy to perform well on multiple surfaces.

New Release from Parkzone

Parkzone will launch a brand new Ultra-Micro plane today....The Ultra-Micro T-28 Trojan! This new model comes in RTF and BNF.

The ParkZone Ultra Micro Series T-28 comes out of the box with the original scale navy trim scheme, 4- Channel control, steerable nose wheel, and removable landing gear. Both the RTF and BNF come complete with Spektrum AR6400 DSM2 receiver so you can fly without the fear of interference and you can be flying in as little time as it takes to charger your included 120 mAh Li-po battery in its DC charger.