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

RC Cars – Tamiya Midnight Pumpkin

Tamiya Midnight Pumpkin, so much fun!

Midnight Pumpkin ready to roll!

Midnight Pumpkin ready to roll!

I really enjoy building RC Cars with my kids.  Though I’m certainly not a gear head, it’s something fun and accessible for my kids and it’s an easy excuse to build a project with them and that’s what I love about it.  I recently put together a Tamiya Midnight Pumpkin kit (metallic version) with my 8 year old son and it was a blast!  What kid (or adult for that matter) doesn’t get a kick out of driving a cool RC truck inspired after a 1950’s pick-up with oversized tires that does wheelies off the line and will easily hit those sweet jumps?! 🙂

To give you an idea, here’s a quick video including a fun time lapse of the build along with some driving action! 🙂

Growing up in my Dad’s shop (Jet Hangar Hobbies), I vividly remember many of the Tamiya RC car and RC truck kits on the shelves of the shop.  My memory was that they had some of the most fun and stylish RC cars — meaning that they were Continue reading

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The RC Geek Blog is your place to learn about all aspects of the RC hobby.  Learn to build, design, drive or fly that RC project you’ve always wanted to build, but have been intimidated to try.  This blog is here to help you on your journey and provide tips and tricks as you go!  My hope is to inspire builders both experienced and new!  So, welcome, please look around, it’s an exciting beginning!  I’m currently documenting my latest competition scale RC jet build, a Mark Frankel F4D Skyray, along with some other fun tips and videos.  If you can’t find what you’re looking for on this front page, click on any of the categories to the right and it will show just posts related to those categories.  Please feel free to add comments and/or contact me directly if you have questions, I’m here to help!  And don’t forget to check out my YouTube Channel, I post new videos every week!

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