Family Build 3 – Bandai Star Wars X-Wing, Snowspeeder, and AT-ST

Not that long ago, in a garage fairly close by…

With the advent of “Star Wars: Rogue One” being in theaters for a while and the announcement of the Episode 8 title of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” I thought it would be fun to do a little Star Wars build with the kids…and since that meant doing a video, they were all in!  As a plastic model build, Star Wars models are really fun because anything goes and they always look best just dirty and weathered to the hilt.  So, for Christmas, I gave the kids (along with myself ;)) a model from one of the original Star Wars trilogy, a 1/72 scale X-Wing to my daughter, a 1/48 scale Snowspeeder to me, and a 1/48 scale AT-ST  Walker to my son.  We actually started these over Christmas time, but things got a little crazy and so the builds took a little longer than initially planned.  They were scattered, quite literally, across my work bench for a number of weeks!

As far as the kits, they are made by Bandai and they have a whole series of Star Wars kits.  They are of a “press fit” design which means, no glue, but they don’t snap together either, so if you happen to mess something up, you’re able to pull things apart.  However, there remains sufficient friction that everything holds together tightly.  In fact, the engineering behind it is excellent and the fit is pretty killer.  The other thing is, everything is molded in color.  So, there are multiple sprues of different colors and in building the models, the different colored parts fill out the appropriate colors on the model.  They also include stickers and water transfer decals that finish out the rest of the colors, so depending on which way you want to go you can choose either one (I went for decals, my kids went for stickers).  Given all of the different colored sprues, it meant that there were quite a few Continue reading

AirHogs Star Wars Millennium Falcon — How to Replace the Battery

THE AIRHOGS MILLENNIUM FALCON BATTERY DIED, SO I MADE IT BETTER!

If your AirHogs Millennium Falcon Quadcopter battery died like mine, here’s a simple way of replacing the battery while at the same time reducing your charge times AND doubling the flight time!

I’ve been enjoying the AirHogs Millennium Falcon Quadcopter quite a bit since my review of it a couple months ago.  I’ve actually taken it with me to a few RC events for fun and it’s been quite a hit.  Who doesn’t love the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy!?  However, after a flight a few weeks ago, the battery just completely died.  I mean, died!  No power to the quad and no voltage from the battery at all!  So, I had a dilemma, do I dare cut into this machine?  I’d had it a while, so I’m sure it was past warranty and without a working battery, all I had was simply a foam desk model.  So I figured at the very least it was worth a shot!

I promptly purchased three 1 cell 750 mah lipo batteries ($3 at Hobby King), pulled out the Xacto and soldering iron, did a little surgery and we were back in business!  To top it all off, the quad now has a hatch where I’m now able to swap out batteries which means less down time between flights (more fun!) AND the flight times have more than doubled since I’m using a larger capacity battery.  So, here’s a quick article and video showing 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

AirHogs Star Wars Millennium Falcon Quadcopter

A few days ago in a department store quite close by…

Note – If you’re having issues with batteries in the Millennium Falcon, I’ve posted a How-to on replacing the battery here.

Star Wars Episode VII is rapidly approaching and with that comes new Star Wars memorabilia and RC vehicles!  September 4 was “Force Friday” which was when all of the new Star Wars toys dropped online and at your local department stores.  While cruising the aisles of my local target last weekend, I came across a gem – the AirHogs RC Millennium Falcon Quad Copter!  Needless to say, I couldn’t resist and so I thought I’d give a short little review of it for anyone on the fence about getting one.  The bottom line – it is expensive but it’s pretty darn awesome!  At last I can try my hand at the Kessel Run!

OUT OF THE BOX

First of all, out of the box, the quad Millennium Falcon is a pretty awesome piece of RC.  It really does look good and you have 4 proportional channels which is great!  However, retailing at Continue reading