Posted by Glenn Horowitz
My, my…it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet and I’m already looking forward to spring!
My mom noticed me slavering over an item on the Hobbyking site a week and change ago and insisted I order it for myself for Christmas. That’s not too terribly guilt-inducing; she’s decided that getting me an airplane or two is a new Christmas tradition and it’ll give me something to look forward to for my spring morning outings.
The advancements in miniaturization, better construction materials, and light weight electronics and batteries have brought some amazing stuff to the table over the last few years that was pure fantasy a decade ago. Last year’s ultra micro R/C machines have been loads of fun, and now I’m getting a 35mm electric ducted fan jet model. The Chinese company Skyangel has been releasing machines in this tiny size over the last year and they just came out with a BAE Hawk military trainer in the bright red colors of the Canadian Red Arrows airshow exhibition team.
Remember, this plane is miniscule…its wing spans just about 14 inches and the aircraft’s all up flying weight is only 3.4 ounces! A guy on RC Groups just got some video of his Hawk flying…this looks like it’s going to be a blast. Another fellow attached a midget keychain video camera to his to get some aerial videography done, now that’s cool stuff.