50 Field and Bench Favorites
TOP EDITORS’ PICKS FOR RC ACCESSORIES
Top editors’ picks for RC accessories
When it comes to getting our aircraft from the workbench to the flying field, there are lots of tasks and adjustments involved. Then before we can get our planes airborne, there are a few special support-equipment items needed to crank up the engine or motor. This field and bench guide includes 50 of our editors’ favorite tools, gadgets, and equipment that make our hobby easier to enjoy and allow us to have more fun in the process. From must-have workbench items and flying field favorites, we’re sure that you’ll find something here that you’d love to add to your toolbox.
Du-Bro Large Scale In-Line Fuel Filter
A must-have item for all giant-scale modelers, these large in-line fuel filters are constructed of two threaded aluminum parts housing a 130-micron mesh filter. An O-ring seals the filter against leakage. It works with both gasoline and glow fuels.
$4.08 | shop.dubro.com
Hitec RCD X2-700 Multicharger Zap-a-Gap Single-Use Tubes
Ever break something at the flying field and need just a little glue? Now packaged in five 0.01-ounce (0.5g) single-use tubes, you can now use Zap-a-Gap CA+ glue a little at a time whenever you need it. It’s ideal for the flight box or the workshop.
$4.99 | zapglue.com The Hitec X2-700 is a multichemistry, microprocessor-controlled DC-powered charger that’s actually two independent chargers in one package. Each side of the charger is capable of up to 700W of output power with the appropriate power supply. Capable of charging Ni-Cd, NiMH, and lead-acid batteries, it can also charge and maintain a variety of lithium-battery chemistries, including lithium polymer (LiPo), lithium ferrite (LiFe), lithium ion (Li-Ion), and the new high-voltage LiPo (LiHV) cells. Synchronous mode allows both sides of the charger to be set, using the controls on side one, for charging two identical batteries. Up to 10 battery profiles can be stored. With two displays and only four buttons for each side, the X2-700 is simple and intuitive to use. With a 12V source, each side of the charger puts out up to 350W. The full 700W-per-side output power requires a 24V power supply. Well designed, it is a capable solution for those who need a higher-power charger.
$199.99 | hitecrcd.com
Futaba BR-3000 Battery Checker
Great to keep in your flight box, the Futaba BR-3000 battery checker quickly displays voltage levels of battery packs. It shows the total voltage and remaining capacity on a bar graph and as a percentage. It can be used with 2- to 7-cell LiFe, LiPo, and Li-Ion packs as well as 4- to 7-cell Ni-Cd and NiMH packs. $49.99 | futabarc.com