In light of my recent acquisition, I felt I should do the responsible thing and check out the Canadian Drone Rules. I found them on the Transport Canada web site and I have copied them here for future reference. For someone like me the rules seem reasonable and will have very little impact on how I intend to use my drone. Remember I am a nervous flyer, someone with more experience may feel very different. Regardless, the rules are in place for a reason and sadly, I would expect more restrictions in the future.
So, Santa brought me a Traxxas Aton for Christmas. I have an interest in aerial videos and the Aton seems to meet my current requirements.
In the box:
The Aton came with a controller, a battery (3s 3000 mAh), charger, 4 props, a screw driver and a camera mount designed for Go-pro’s(not included), but I was able to get it to work with my Ion Air Pro camera.
Out of the box:
I needed to charge the battery and install the legs and camera mount. The leg and camera mount install is only necessary if you plan on using a camera. If you don’t, then there is no need to install them.
When I first plugged the charger into the wall and the battery into the charger, I got a flashing red light error. It turns out I didn’t push the plugs in far enough. You really need to makes sure you have a good connection. Once that was fixed, it took about an hour to charge the battery.
The Halifax RC Park is in the middle of a terrific fund raising effort. The money is important as it goes to cover the insurance for the park (A requirement by the city of Halifax) and dirt ( A requirement for a RC track). They are hoping to sell 200 tickets at $10 each. The winner gets their choice of 1 0f the 5 fantastic prizes.
Choice 1. Traxxas Slash 1/10 Short Course Truck (SCT)
Choice 2. Axial SCX10-2
Choice 3. A pair of 1/10 ECX Torment 2WD trucks Trail Truck kit
Choice 4. Tamiya TT02B 4WD buggy Ready to Build and Run
Choice 5. A $500 voucher to Mighty Small Cars, in Dartmouth N.S.
The raffle is open until all tickets are sold. The committee hasn’t reached 50% in sales yet. I know winter is here and many aren’t thinking about their RC’s, but if this effort falls short, there may not be a place to run your RC’s in the summer. Christmas is fast approaching and tickets on something like this would be an ideal stocking stuffer.
To get your tickets, just send an etransfer to firstname.lastname@example.org If you don’t want to go the etransfer route you can make arrangements for a cash payment by sending an email to the same address and they will be happy to help you out.
Out of the box, the Traxxas X-Maxx is ready to roar with the exception of batteries. So while I charged my batteries, I decided to do a check of the vehicle. There were no signs of leaking fluid, so I decided to check out the hardware. I started with the wheels and although the tires themselves were in great shape and glued properly to the rims, I wasn’t really surprised to see that every wheel nut needed to be tightened. I would also guess that approx. 50% of the vehicle screws were also loose and in need of some attention. When I pulled the gear cover, I found the gear mesh set too tight. The was no play between the pinion and the gear. The diffs and shocks were in good shape and had plenty of fluid. The shocks were adjusted in a way that the truck will nose dive off of jumps, with the threaded shock bodies, this was an easy fix. All in all, not bad I have seen many other RTR’s in worse shape upon arrival. Continue Reading
I was on the hunt for some 3s lipo batteries. I usually go with a Turnigy lipo from Hobby King as they have proved to be a very good inexpensive battery that hasn’t let me down over the years. The problem is waiting 3 weeks for them to arrive. This is the main reason I wanted to try something different and a little closer to home. After about an hour of online research I decided I wanted to try SMC (Superior Matching Concepts) batteries, so I went to the SMC website and found a Canadian retailer named Bego Racing, which is located in Quebec. Once I saw the selection and prices for batteries, I was happy to try my luck and place an order for 2 SMC Factory Spec 11.1V 7200mAh 60C. What I really liked was the fact the Bego Racing has a wide range of connectors that they solder on the battery for you. The Traxxas and Deans connectors are free, EC5, XT60 and XT90 will cost you an extra $3.99. Once the battery arrives, you only need to charge and enjoy them.
I placed 2 batteries in my cart and found shipping to be reasonable for Canada. ($17.75) I then took a day to think about it. The fact I could pay with PayPal put my mind at ease and pulled the trigger on Feb 26th. My Bego Racing account was updated regularly with the progress of my order and included a Canada Post Tracking #. The batteries arrived at my door on March 3rd. Everything was perfect, the batteries had the requested Traxxas connectors installed and both batteries had all 3 cells balanced perfectly at 3.85. The hard case batteries also have a rubber grommet around the openings where the battery leads and balancing wires emerge from the case. This should help keep some water out.
The first run with them in the X-Maxx was great. I had great speed and the truck would still wheelie on command. I look forward to seeing how these batteries hold up over the long run.
Bego Racing has delivered on great service, at a fair price and a quality product. It is these things that will have me back on their site in few weeks picking up some 4s batteries.
I reached to Bego Racing before I posted this article and I heard back from the owner. So I thought I would include some of the conversation. The owners name is Eric, he has been involved with the hobby for 20 years. It was 5 years ago that he decided to start Bego Racing from his home. At the same time they became the Canadian Distributor of SMC Batteries. They sell a wide variety of RC products that you can find on the BegoRacing site. The site may come up in French, but in the upper left hand corner you will see a drop down to change it to English.
Eric also said his English is bad, but after reading our correspondence all I can say is…… His English is way better then my French. I had no problem communicating with Eric.
A 5L jug of oil and a 2L bottle of pop show the size of the box.
Canada Post stopped by the house today with a delivery. I looked at the box and I immediately became concerned and thought to myself “Oh crap there has been a mistake.” My next thought was “Who pays for return shipping?” because I know that won’t be cheap.
In the picturesque small town of Lameque, New Brunswick, which is known for its Peat and Fishing industry, you will find the RC Race Track Des iles. This sprawling beauty features some exciting races with plenty of spots that allow for some wheel to wheel action. At RC Race Track Des iles they run the following classes
1/10 2WD Buggy Open
1/10 2WD Short Course Open
1/10 4WD Short Course Open
You can get more details and find out about running with them on their Facebook Page.
The crew in New Brunswick really know how to get down. Thank you to Gregg Lawton for turning us on to the New Brunswick tracks that we have featured over they past few weeks.