Big Jolt 2015 Electric Model Airplane Event

Big Jolt 2015 Post Game Report

If you’ve never been to an all electric model airplane event, it’s an experience.  These type of events bring all sorts of different kinds of modelers ranging from guys who love pure scale (like myself) to others who just love to build atypical type models that you wouldn’t even expect to see fly let alone built, but it’s awesome and always unique.  Of course, you still get the range of 3D fliers too, but most importantly, you get a bunch of folks sharing what they love and having a good time which is always the sign of a good event.

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Big Jolt is a Southern California event that’s been going for the last few years and has been a pretty popular electric model airplane fly-in.  Though not an event I’ve been a regular attendee of the last few years, I decided to go this year and I’m glad I did.  Unfortunately the numbers were down from years past but there was still plenty of fun to be had!  Hosted by PVMAC in Chino, CA, it’s an immaculate field with a huge 800 ft runway (same location as Wings Over Prado from earlier this year) so it’s always worth the drive!

What struck me this year was the variety of aircraft that Continue reading

Sphero BB8 Review – A Star Wars Treasure

THE FORCE IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE…

Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens opens next month and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited.  One of the cool things about it is that they’ve taken a more traditional approach on the effects that relies less on CGI.  Keeping in the spirit of this, a new droid was developed for the movie known as BB8.  If you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s a spherical gyro stabilized droid with a floating head on top of its spherical body — I anticipate it will be the new R2D2.  What’s cool is that they physically built a working vehicle of BB8 for the movie which is not only awesome, but is also quite an ingenious engineering accomplishment.

So, enter the Sphero BB8 app enabled droid.  This became available during “Force Friday” along with all of the new Star Wars toys and quickly sold out in the matter of hours.  When I became aware of it, I knew that I wanted one and thought it would be a fun piece of hardware to provide a review of.  Since “Force Friday,” it’s become Continue reading