Best ‘Bang for Your Buck’ Chargers

Prophet Sport Plus 50W AC/DC Charger

1.) Prophet Sport Plus 50W AC/DC Charger $39.99

The Prophet Sport Plus is a powerful AC/DC charger, charging up to 5 Amps. This little monster can hold up to all your aerial, surfaces, or aquatic devices. With and addition of a 5 year warranty, the Prophet Sport Plus is at a great price point to keep you up an running.

SPECS:

Battery Type: LiPo/NiMH
Charge Rate: 0.1A to 5.0A (50W maximum)
Cooling Method: Fan
Height: 3.03 in (77mm)
LED: Yes
Length: 5.91 in (150mm)
Number Of Cells: 4 – 8 Ni-MH 1-6 LiPo
Output Connector: Banana
Overload Protection: Yes
Peak: Ni-MH: Peak; Li-Po: Constant Current (CC)/Constant Voltage (CV)
Power Input: 100-240V AC & 12V DC
Weight: 24.7 oz (700 g)
Width: 3.81 in (97mm)
AC Power Cord

DC Power Corder with Alligator Clips

Prophet Sport Duo 50w Dual Charger

2.) Prophet Sport Duo 50w Dual Charger $88.99

The Prophet™ Sport Duo charger is ideal for anyone that wants to spend less time charging and more time enjoying their hobby. Perfect for anyone with multiple RC vehicles or models that require dual batteries, the Prophet Duo Sport gets you back doing what you enjoy most. AC powered and featuring a wide range of selectable charge currents to fit your batteries needs, the Prophet Sport Duo is capable of charging surface, air and marine 1-6S Li-Po batteries as well as 4-8C Ni-MH batteries and is backed by a Dynamite 5-year warranty.

SPECS:

Battery Balance Connector: JST_XH
Battery Type: LiPo/NiMH
Charge Rate: 0.1A to 6.0A (Per Channel)
Cooling Method: Internal fan
Display: 4 Digit AlphaNumeric & LEDs
Height: 3.94 in (100mm)
Input Connector: AC cord, detachable, North American plug
Length: 6.50 in (165mm)
Low Input Voltage Protection: Yes
Number Of Cells: 1-6S LiPo, 4-8C NiMH
Output Connector: Banana
Over Current Protection: Yes
Peak Detection: Yes
Power Input: 100-240V AC
Reverse Polarity Protection: Yes
Safety Timer: Yes
Selectable Charge Rate: Yes
Short Circuit Protection: Yes
Thermal Protection: Yes
Weight: 1.5 lb (690 g)
Width: 4.72 in (120mm)

These to chargers are definitely big sellers in our store. Like or comment so we can continue the discussion. What do you think?


New Blade Nano QX 3D

The ultra micro Blade® Nano QX 3D quadcopter breaks the barriers of maneuverability by making high-speed flips, hair-pin turns and inverted flight simple to perform. Intuitive SAFE™ technology delivers smooth flight, self-leveling and multiple flight modes. Clever design and reverse motor technology allows the Nano QX 3D to be strong and light, so there’s almost no penalty for error if you practice aerobatics over plush carpet or soft grass—you’ll have a blast!
Aerobatics Made Easy
SAFE® (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) technology is a revolutionary electronic flight envelope protection system. This intuitive technology allows the Nano QX 3D to battle windy conditions so that performance is consistently smooth. Regardless of pilot skill level, there’s a flight mode available to suit the way you want to fly instantly.
Stability Mode
Pitch and roll limits are locked to offer a limited flight envelope while electronic self-leveling offers positive stability the instant you release the sticks. You can also flip 360° in any direction at the press of a button.
EVO Mode
Evolve your flight routine at the press of a button with the ability to flip 180-degrees from upright to inverted and back again with ease. The flight controls stay the same, regardless of orientation. Self-leveling and flight envelope limits are maintained.
3D Agility Mode
A true 3D flying experience that offers full-range maneuverability with no self-leveling assistance. When flying upright in this mode, 0–50% throttle is negative thrust and 51–100% is positive thrust.

Key Features

Fully-assembled, no building necessary
SAFE® technology makes it easy to enjoy RC flight and aerobatics
Flip 180–360° in any direction at the press of a button
Fly inverted without having to learn complex control input
Colorful LEDs and high-contrast body help maintain orientation
Tough yet lightweight composite airframe with durable blade guards
Reversible coreless motors deliver positive and negative thrust
Ultra micro 4-in-1 DSMX® receiver/ESCs/mixer/SAFE sensor unit
Replacement rotor blades (included) keep you flying
E-flite® 200mAh 1S 3.7V 30C Li-Po flight battery included
Compact USB Li-Po flight battery charger included
Multi-function 4-channel 2.4GHz transmitter with Spektrum™ DSMX technology included

Can Your Grandma Fly a Drone?

It’s not typical you see someone’s grandma flying a quad copter. In this new GoPro video, you see Grandma watering her lovely garden only to whip out her own radio to fly the quad. Grandma, you’re awesome!


My, How Time Flies at Mark Twain Hobby Center

My, how time flies. Dan McEntee, our longest part timer (32 years) stopped by yesterday and showed me the first Mark Twain Hobby Center newsletter. It was dated November 1980. Since it was only 2 pages I thought that it would fit into this post. What is really interesting are the products and prices from 33 years ago. One great example was the Lindberg Blue Devil Destroyer plastic model kit. Back then we had it on special for $17.99. Now they retail at $129.95 with a street price of about $80.00. Or how about the Kraft 6 channel sport series radio with servos and receiver for $235.00. Those were the days.

One other thing that you don’t see much of any longer is the fact that I typed this newsletter on an electric typewriter. I know, some of you that are quite young are asking what is an electric typewriter. Heck, sometimes we didn’t even use correcting fluid, we just typed right over the mistake.

Anyway, I hope that you enjoy going back a few years in time.

Dennis

PS Don’t expect these prices to be valid today. (That’s a disclaimer)old newsletter

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Are You Immersed In Your Hobby?

World War 1 Soldiers in France with a Bee Suit

World War 1 Soldiers in France with a Bee Suit

While this picture is not related to any of the hobbies that we carry at Mark Twain Hobby Center, I am using it to ask you “Are You Immersed In Your Hobby”? This fellow certainly is. This is a group of World War 1 soldiers in France obviously taking some needed rest. The “Bee Suit” that the one soldier is wearing is actually a swarm of honey bees. To do this he took the queen from the swarm and placed her on his clothing up around his neck. When the rest of the swarm located her they lit onto his clothing and neck and hung out forming the “Bee Suit”. Obiously, this soldier had the hobby of beekeeping back in the states and was used to being around the bees as he is very comfortable with them. Do you take the time to show people your hobby, or spend time telling others about the neat things that you do? Do you get really excited about the things that you do or build and want to share it with others? I certainly do and think that if you were to put out a survey it would show that those that enjoy their hobby the most are the same ones that share their excitement and joy with others about that hobby. Clubs are a great place to find others that have the same hobby interest and passion as you. How about sharing with others through such outlets as nursing/adult day care centers or at the library or in the schools?

Over the years that we have been in business, we have put different groups in touch with hobbyists that would go out and spend a little time with others sharing their interest and passion. One such event dealt with older men in an assisted living facility that enjoyed building balsa stick models. Dan McEntee spent time with them talking about the models and showing what was available and tips on building these models. The feedback from the facility was phenomenal as each person shared their memories of building models as a kid. Or about the times that were spent with Cub Scouts giving tips on building better Pinewood Derby cars.

Check with your church or local community center to find out the possibility of setting up a beginning model building class or take a youngster out to the field the next time you fly. You will be surprised at the effect that your enthusiasm will have on them.

Take a look at the soldiers that surround this bee hobbyist. Want to bet some of them will go back to states and set up a bee hive.

Spread the word, hobbies are fun

Dennis


Radio and RC Airplane Setup Class by FUTABA Sponsored Pilot

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Blanchette Bridge Demolition 12/4/12 Video taken by Customer’s Radio Controlled Quadcopter

Good morning everyone,

R/C helicopters and especially Quad-copters are extremely popular right now. Almost everyone that is new to the hobby desires to put a camera into their aircraft and fly it around through the house or over the neighbors house the same way they see it done in the movies or on television. Well, Jon Kriegh of Saint Charles has done this to the max. Jon has custom built several Quad-copters and attached miniature video cameras to them for aerial views of many of Saint Charles County’s landmarks. Here is a video taken by Jon of the demolition of the Blanchette bridge last month. Keep in mind that Jon was flying this unit by remote control from the ground. These are great videos and I am sure that they helped the state’s demolition contractor to view the take down of the bridge more effectively. Great work Jon.

 

Blanchette Bridge Demolition 12/4/12 Aerial Optics, LLC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED on Vimeo on Vimeo

via Blanchette Bridge Demolition 12/4/12 Aerial Optics, LLC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED on Vimeo.

 

By the way, if you need aerial video work done, get a hold of Jon through his website at http://www.aerial-optics.com .

Dennis


It’s A St. Louis Thing: R/C Airplanes…(Really Cool Airplanes)

This is a great video of radio control aircraft flying out at the Spirits of Saint Louis RC club field just south of Saint Charles. It was filmed and put together by the folks at the Higher Education Channel. Here are the local stations for HEC TV: Charter Cable Channel 989 (with converter box), Charter Cable Channel 108.26 or 118.26 (for digital TV’s), and AT&T U-verse Channel 99.

The Spirits RC club is a long standing club in the area. Here is a link to their website : http://spiritsofstl.com/

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Higher Education Channel | It’s A St. Louis Thing: R/C Airplanes…(Really Cool Airplanes) – Free Full Episode Online.

Way to go guys. This was fun to watch.

Keep on flying

Dennis


Electric Flight Questions and Answers

The other day I ran across this website by a fellow in Australia that is heavily involved in Electric flight. One of the best parts of the website were his answers to questions concerning RC electric flight including everything from beginning in RC to many commonly asked questions about battery cells and motors.  Since I would not take anything for granted, I did notice that most of his answers were very easily understood for the novice. Take a look for yourself, you might find some tidbit of information that will help you.

This is Peter Pine and his Electric Sailplane

This is Peter Pine and his Electric Sailplane

http://www.flyelectric.com/answers.html

The fellows name is Peter Pine and he lives in New South Wales Australia.  By the way, wouldn’t it be nice to be down there right now at a flying field? They are just coming into their spring weather.

Happy Flying

Dennis

 


Fall Sale

Well, here we go again. Friday, Saturday and Sunday (November 16,17 and 18) only. Mark Twain Hobby Center will be having a 20% OFF whatever you can carry to the register sale. So load your carts into your car and come on in. Just as a reminder this sale does not include gift cards, lay-aways, consignment or used items or special orders of our Ebay store. However, anything else that does not fall into those categories is on sale, even stuff that would normally not be discountable.

This is our way of saying thank you to all of our valued customers and friends.

Mark Twain Hobby Center 20 percent off sale

Mark Twain Hobby Center 20% OFF sale