With its Hubsan X4 Storm compact racing drone, XciteRC Modellbau GmbH + Co. KG (Hall 7A / D-118) is showcasing a racer for beginners. Coming in at 112 mm in length and 117 g in weight, it is not only small and light but can also reach high speeds thanks to its durable carbon fibre frame and coreless motors. Flips and rolls are no problem for the lively X4 Storm. Although the agile Mini Race Copter from Carrera is just as small, it is raring to compete in the "big leagues" and boasts a 3D looping feature. It will be on display at the stand of Stadlbauer Marketing + Vertrieb GmbH (Hall 6 / A-30, C-35).
Build-it-yourself RC models
For a handful of new construction kits with remote control, the approach is build it first, then get it moving. The Teknotoys Active Bricks construction kits, also from XciteRC, are compatible with the popular Danish building blocks. The functional models (including a tank and military transporter) are controlled using gears and shafts, just like their real-life counterparts.
Revell GmbH (Hall 12.2 / P-13) is pursuing a similar philosophy by combining construction and technology. Highly detailed model construction kits are upgraded with electronic components. These models, such as the VW Type 1, more popularly known as the Beetle, incorporate lighting and movement. There is no longer any need for time-consuming soldering or cable trimming. All cables can be simply plugged together and connected to a control unit and battery box. Of course, there is also plenty to enjoy for purists and experienced model builders. With the Antonov An-225 Mriya, the company is presenting the world’s largest airplane as a 1:144 scale construction kit. Even the Airbus A380 and Boeing 747 cannot hold a candle to it.