Air Age Media http://www.airage.com Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:43:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 UAVS and Archaeology- A Step in a New Direction? http://www.airage.com/blog/2015/02/04/uavs-and-archaeology-a-step-in-a-new-direction/ http://www.airage.com/blog/2015/02/04/uavs-and-archaeology-a-step-in-a-new-direction/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 15:03:24 +0000 Erica http://www.airage.com/?p=221220 UAVS and Archaeology- A Step in a New Direction?  UAVs are the latest addition to the technology market, a must-have piece of kit for the filming, production and broadcasting industries. However, UAVs have also found their place in a more traditional field, becoming a key addition to the archaeologist’s tool kit. UAVs offer a number of incredibly beneficial advantages for archaeologists. UAVs can […]

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UAVs are the latest addition to the technology market, a must-have piece of kit for the filming, production and broadcasting industries. However, UAVs have also found their place in a more traditional field, becoming a key addition to the archaeologist’s tool kit.

UAVs offer a number of incredibly beneficial advantages for archaeologists. UAVs can produce a range of information, including everything from simple aerial photography to data rich 3D maps of potential and current dig sites. They also have the ability to cover large areas and remain time effective. As the quality of data and images captured by UAVs continually advance they are becoming more and more prominent across the industry.

Most importantly, UAVs also provide incredibly beneficial possibilities for aerial thermography. Thermal cameras can detect temperature differences invisible to the human eye. They are able to detect the difference in heat signatures of buried stone structures which can in turn identify archaeological settlements hidden beneath the surface. The speed with which UAVs can cover large areas also adequately fulfils the need to conduct the entire area of a survey in a short period of time in order to reduce variations in thermal values.

A recent project undertaken by archaeologist & University of Arkansas professor Jesse Casana and University of North Florida Professor John Kantner has demonstrated the incredible value of UAVs to archaeology. The duo used a UAV to reveal a buried Puebloan community in New Mexico. The thousand-year-old community, known as “Blue J”, consists of approx. 60 homes clustered around what was once a small spring. Footage obtained from the UAV identified unnatural circular shapes thought to be traditional architectural forms known as Kivas. From the ground, the structures were completely invisible. Thus demonstrating the huge advantage that UAVs can provide for archaeology.

Professor Kantner has emphasised the importance of using UAVs for thermal imagery, noting ‘the challenge for remotely sensing archaeological sites is to be able to see below the ground. Archaeologists use a variety of proven techniques that are ground-based, such as ground penetrating radar, magnetometry, and electrical resistivity, but those are time-consuming and expensive to use, and they cover relatively little area. Archaeologists have also been successful at using airborne technologies such as LIDAR, and these can often see through vegetation and cover vast areas (especially when satellite-based), but they’re not so good at seeing small sites nor can their sensing penetrate soils. The UAV-borne thermal cameras provide a nice balance of being able to see small sites covered with soil, and they record more area than ground-based approaches. Thermal cameras have been around for a long time, but UAVs can now provide the right combination of altitude and speed to use thermal approaches most effectively’.

University of Bristol Archaeology PhD student, Stephen Gray, has also highlighted the value of UAVs for aerial thermography. In response to the high degree of interest amongst the UK archaeological community in the possibilities for UAV usage in the field, Stephen has produced a ‘Guide to Good Practice’ for using UAVs in archaeological surveys. UAVs outfitted with sensors have the ability to hone in on the fundamental basis of archaeology; the landscape and features buried beneath the ground. Information provided by UAVs can also enable archaeologists to determine exactly where they should dig. Or as Stephen has pointed out, ‘taking aerial photographs may mean we don’t have to dig. Excavating is a last resort, as it destroys information. It may be that we can learn what we want to learn from the UAV survey without excavating’.

The technical specifications of UAVs also hold a number of advantages for their implementation in archaeology. Octocopters provide the stable platform necessary to be able to take very high-resolution images. Octocopters can also be controlled by on-board GPS linked to laptop-based software, which can control a UAV’s flight plan in order to systematically photograph the surface below.

On the benefits of utilizing UAVs within archaeology, Prof Kantner also commented that ‘UAVs will be a critical addition to the toolkit, and one that has the great advantage of being more accessible and less expensive than some of the more complex geophysical techniques. I don’t get to task satellites to record imagery for me, and renting a plane or helicopter gets really expensive. And neither are responsive to the kinds of urgent needs that emerge during archaeological fieldwork. UAVs will clearly be important for archaeology’. Prof Kantner also spoke on the future of UAVs for archaeology, noting that ‘UAVs are becoming more and more accessible to use for basic archaeological investigations. What’s exciting to me, and where the learning curve will continue to be, is the potential for UAVs to be remotely controlled and tasked for doing the kind of work we need. For example, being able to program a drone to systematically cover a defined landscape at different times of the day and with different cameras/sensors requires multiple forms of expertise that isn’t “out of the box,” but which can have a tremendous positive impact on archaeological practice’.

UAVs are also aiding data collection, enabling archaeologists to conduct types of surveys which have previously been impossible. Stephen Gray has commented upon the value UAVs are adding to the field, noting ‘in archaeology kites have been used for low-altitude photography for decades. You can imagine the benefits of not having to wait for the perfect wind and having no string to get in the photographs. Once you have a trusted UAV and camera, there is practically no cost to running the system and, as long as the CAA’s rules are observed, a UAV survey can be done with little or no planning. This means we can map areas which may (or may not) prove to be of interest’.

To hear more about the wealth of applications UAVs can be used for visit SkyTech 2015 UAV Conference & Exhibition, taking place 24th April 2015. For more information or to secure your free place visit the website www.skytechevent.com

Written by: Megan Roden & Jemima Khalli, Sky Tech Conference and Exhibition

About Air Age Media and RotorDrone Magazine’s Media Partnership with Sky Tech Conference and Exhibition:

Sky Tech Conference and Exhibition 2015 is a one-day event serving as a platform to define, understand and ultimately integrate UAVs into the commercial sector. SkyTech is completely free to attend and will bring together 60 exhibitors, 40 speakers and over 1000 attendees from a range of targeted industries.  Air Age Media is proud to support and have a media presence at the 2015 Sky Tech Conference and Exhibition. RotorDrone Magazine is growing at a rapid pace and we are excited to extend our reach to London.

 

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Drone Film Festival NYC: RotorDrone Magazine is a Proud Media Sponsor http://www.airage.com/blog/2015/01/28/drone-film-festival-nyc-tickets-now-on-sale/ http://www.airage.com/blog/2015/01/28/drone-film-festival-nyc-tickets-now-on-sale/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:12:14 +0000 Erica http://www.airage.com/?p=221206 Drone Film Festival NYC: RotorDrone Magazine is a Proud Media SponsorTICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR THE 1ST ANNUAL NEW YORK CITY DRONE FILM FESTIVAL : World-class event scheduled for March 7, 2015 at the Directors Guild of America Theater   RotorDrone Magazine is a proud media sponsor of the New York City Drone Film Festival. Find RotorDrone Magazine at the event for free magazines and giveaways! […]

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TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR THE 1ST ANNUAL NEW YORK CITY DRONE FILM FESTIVAL : World-class event scheduled for March 7, 2015 at the Directors Guild of America Theater

 

RotorDrone Magazine is a proud media sponsor of the New York City Drone Film Festival. Find RotorDrone Magazine at the event for free magazines and giveaways!

 

NEW YORK, NY, Jan. 14, 2015 – Tickets are now on sale for the First Annual New York City Drone Film Festival.

The NYCDFF will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Directors Guild of America Theater located at 110 West 57th Street in New York.

Tickets are available for purchase at www.NYCDRONEFILMFESTIVAL.com.

NYCDFF is a one-of-a-kind, world-class event showcasing world premieres alongside drone films never before seen on the big screen. The world’s first film festival dedicated exclusively to drone cinema, NYCDFF is enthusiastic about showing the world the amazing creative capabilities of drones.

NYCDFF supports and celebrates the creative expression of aerial filmmakers from around the world. The Festival will host a screening of short films, curated conversation and an awards ceremony featuring prizes for Technical Difficulty, Narrative, X-Factor, Most Epic Dronie and more.

Producer Kim Jackson of Evotion Media has joined the team to produce the festival. She brings with her years of experience producing feature films and festivals such as the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival and many others.

“Submissions have come in from around the world and they are mind-blowing,” said Randy Scott Slavin, the Founder and Director of the Festival. “We’re beyond excited to recognize some of the most creative and captivating drone films the world has ever seen—all on the big screen for the very first time.”

View the exclusive trailer for the 2015 NYCDFF, suitable for publication, at https://vimeo.com/111231471

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Tesla Foundation, UAVSA CEO and others meet following White House drone crash http://www.airage.com/blog/2015/01/28/tesla-foundation-uavsa-ceo-and-others-meet-following-white-house-drone-crash/ http://www.airage.com/blog/2015/01/28/tesla-foundation-uavsa-ceo-and-others-meet-following-white-house-drone-crash/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:44:22 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.airage.com/?p=221203 Tesla Foundation, UAVSA CEO and others meet following White House drone crashAction Needed: Following White House Drone Crash, Tesla Foundation and UAVSA CEO and others discussed action plan to prevent future incidents Washington, DC January 27, 2015—The Tesla Foundation and UAVSA CEO Keith Kaplan at the White House discussing Drone Rules and Lawn Crash – The Tesla Foundation and UAVSA at the White House with UC […]

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Action Needed: Following White House Drone Crash, Tesla Foundation and UAVSA CEO and others discussed action plan to prevent future incidents

Washington, DC January 27, 2015—The Tesla Foundation and UAVSA CEO Keith Kaplan at the White House discussing Drone Rules and Lawn Crash – The Tesla Foundation and UAVSA at the White House with UC Berkeley talk Drones and the Law. uavsa.org teslafoundationgroup.org

Keith Kaplan CEO of the Tesla Foundation and the UAVSA met with members of the White House and FAA with Professor Raja Sengupa of UC Berkeley, former White House Counsel Lisa Ellman of McKenna, Long, and Aldridge, today to discuss the issues surrounding a “Drone Pilot’s License”, which would assure the ability for our Veterans that have been injured and US Citizen’s that because of physical limitations can’t get a pilot’s license to be employed in the new “Drone Economy”. To introduce the benefit of implementing air traffic control measures with SafeFlight Systems™, the software to manage drone traffic and could have prevented the “Lawn Crash”, and the issues regarding FAA rule making impeding commercial use of Drones.

The Tesla Foundation has created the Professional Drone Association the UAVSA (uavsa.org) to give a voice to the emerging Professional Drone Community in this process and foster the community in the spirit of collaboration and the open source tradition of the scientific and engineering community.

About the Tesla Foundation:

The Tesla Foundation Group is a non for profit Science and Technology Foundation that is committed through the power of research and education to create, promote, and protect American Jobs and Companies with Innovation and the steps needed for Commercialization.
The Tesla Foundation Group is a 501 (c)(3) non for profit corporation.

Contact:

Seth Williams, director of public relations
Tesla Foundation Group
866.691.7776
info@teslafoundationgroup.org
teslafoundationgroup.org

Questions about White House Meeting? Contact Keith Kaplan at 213.910.3837 or email info@teslafoundationgroup.org

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AMA Expo is Coming and Air Age Media will Cover All the Action! http://www.airage.com/blog/2015/01/06/ama-expo-is-coming-and-air-age-media-will-cover-all-the-action/ http://www.airage.com/blog/2015/01/06/ama-expo-is-coming-and-air-age-media-will-cover-all-the-action/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 17:59:06 +0000 Erica http://www.airage.com/?p=221186 AMA Expo is Coming and Air Age Media will Cover All the Action!Air Age Media is looking forward to being a part of the AMA Expo in Ontario, California this year, Jan. 9th through the 11th. This event has an all- star lineup of top-notch aviation guest speakers! There is going to be a huge turn out of awesome exhibitors, and we will bring you all the […]

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Air Age Media is looking forward to being a part of the AMA Expo in Ontario, California this year, Jan. 9th through the 11th. This event has an all- star lineup of top-notch aviation guest speakers! There is going to be a huge turn out of awesome exhibitors, and we will bring you all the coverage you need. Find us at booth 605/607 for fun games, giveaways, and free print magazines! See you there.

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200,000+ Facebook “Likes” and still growing! http://www.airage.com/blog/2014/12/24/200000-facebook-likes-and-still-growing/ http://www.airage.com/blog/2014/12/24/200000-facebook-likes-and-still-growing/#comments Wed, 24 Dec 2014 14:06:13 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.airage.com/?p=221172 200,000+ Facebook “Likes” and still growing!Wow! One thing’s for sure! Model Airplane News readers and our Facebook fans are a loyal group of RC airplane enthusiasts! The MAN crew would like to thank all of you for helping us reach this impressive social media milestone. Be sure to like us on Facebook to get the inside scoop from events, the […]

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Wow! One thing’s for sure! Model Airplane News readers and our Facebook fans are a loyal group of RC airplane enthusiasts! The MAN crew would like to thank all of you for helping us reach this impressive social media milestone. Be sure to like us on Facebook to get the inside scoop from events, the latest news on new planes and gear we’re reviewing, fun videos and much more!

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Happy Holidays from Air Age Media http://www.airage.com/blog/2014/12/22/happy-holidays-from-air-age-media/ http://www.airage.com/blog/2014/12/22/happy-holidays-from-air-age-media/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:59:25 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.airage.com/?p=221168 Happy Holidays from Air Age MediaAs the year ends, we think about all we are grateful for. Our relationship with you is one thing we treasure. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you, our readers and advertising partners. We wish you a happy holiday and much success in the new year.

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As the year ends, we think about all we are grateful for. Our relationship with you is one thing we treasure. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you, our readers and advertising partners. We wish you a happy holiday and much success in the new year.

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The UAVSA Drone Expo http://www.airage.com/blog/2014/12/19/the-uavsa-drone-expo/ http://www.airage.com/blog/2014/12/19/the-uavsa-drone-expo/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:00:32 +0000 Erica http://www.airage.com/?p=221156 The UAVSA Drone ExpoDrones Invade LA And RotorDrone Magazine Was Part Of All The Action! The unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems Association (UAVSA) has established itself as a premier player in this fledgling industry, signing up thousands of new paid members in just a few short months while also rolling out the Drone Expo in Los Angeles on December […]

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Drones Invade LA And RotorDrone Magazine Was Part Of All The Action!
The unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems Association (UAVSA) has established itself as a premier player in this fledgling industry, signing up thousands of new paid members in just a few short months while also rolling out the Drone Expo in Los Angeles on December 13, 2014. We are very excited to be a part of this growing organization as the official UAVSA media partner.

“We’ve become the largest commercial drone association in the world almost overnight,” says UAVSA co-founder Keith Kaplan. “It’s really gone viral.”
Looking ahead, Kaplan sees the Drone Expo growing to rival organizations like the CES and other national trade shows in the next few years. Even in its first year, it exceeded expectations: during the first hour, more than 3,000 people had been admitted!

“Originally, we were going to hold this event at historic Santa Monica Municipal Airport, but there were two factors that made us change the location to the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena,” he said. “The first was, if people purchased a drone at the show, they might want to take it outside and fly it right away — and that wouldn’t be a very good idea at an active airport.”

RotorDrone Magazine was part of all the action at the Drone Expo this past Saturday. Drones and their payload capacities were on display everywhere .The hit of the show was the new DJI Inspire (dji.com), which has a 12-megapixel camera that can take 4K video. The retractable arm system provides an unobstructed 360-degree view for the camera. A 3-axis gimbal keeps shots steady and the camera pointed the same direction as the quadcopter banks and turns. The Gravity controller from UAVX (uavx.com) also turned heads at the Drone Expo with its distinctive, bright orange housing, featuring a 7-inch,1280×800 WXGA touchscreen.

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Other attendees include lens and imaging manufacturer Zeiss — established in Jena, Germany in 1846 by legendary optical pioneer Carl Zeiss. They demonstrated their Cinemizer video goggles, which are gaining popularity among First-Person View pilots for their crystal-clear displays and ability to accept either an analog SD video signal or an HD video signal via an HDMI input. Also, renowned servo manufacturer Hitec (hitecrcd.com) made its official entry into the multirotor segment at Drone Expo with the debut of the Hitec Q-Cop 450 quadcopter.

Once the UAVSA is well established, the Tesla Foundation will spin it off to become its own, independent organization — a move that will happen relatively soon if the explosive growth of the industry is any indicator.

“Drones are a technology with almost unlimited potential,” said Kaplan. “Think back to when the first smartphones became available, maybe seven or eight years ago. There were like 1,000 apps available.

“Today, there are close to 1 billion apps on the market, and new ones are coming out constantly. It’s going to blow our minds, what we’ll be able to accomplish with this technology in the years ahead.” To read more about the Drone Expo that was in Los Angeles, pick up the January/February 2015 issue of RotorDrone Magazine or head over to RotorDroneMag.com .

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LA Drone Expo – Mark your calendars! http://www.airage.com/blog/2014/12/02/la-drone-expo-mark-your-calendars/ http://www.airage.com/blog/2014/12/02/la-drone-expo-mark-your-calendars/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 15:57:08 +0000 Erica http://www.airage.com/?p=221143 LA Drone Expo – Mark your calendars!As the media partner for the UAVSA-Unmanned Autonomous Vehicle Systems Association, our sister publication RotorDrone is happy to announce the first ever U.S. commercial Drone Expo, held in Los Angeles, CA at the LA Sports Arena on December 13, 2014. This all day event will feature the best cinematographers and drone operators Hollywood has to offer as […]

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As the media partner for the UAVSA-Unmanned Autonomous Vehicle Systems Association, our sister publication RotorDrone is happy to announce the first ever U.S. commercial Drone Expo, held in Los Angeles, CA at the LA Sports Arena on December 13, 2014. This all day event will feature the best cinematographers and drone operators Hollywood has to offer as well as top manufactures such as DJI, 3D Robotics, Zeiss 3D, experts from UC Berkeley, USC, MIT, former White House counsel, the governor’s innovation officer, top production companies, and special guests. Included attractions will be filming and flying demonstrations, manufacture presentations, round table discussions, presentations on the future of drones in the industry and beyond, special attractions, music, games, and much more!

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The 2015 RotorDrone Gear Guide is Here! http://www.airage.com/blog/2014/11/20/the-2015-rotordrone-gear-guide-is-here/ http://www.airage.com/blog/2014/11/20/the-2015-rotordrone-gear-guide-is-here/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:53:07 +0000 Erica http://www.airage.com/?p=221135 The 2015 RotorDrone Gear Guide is Here!THE LATEST MULTIROTOR TECH, TOOLS & TOYS! With the frantic pace of innovation in the multirotor segment going on right now, new products are being announced almost by the day. The options available to pilots of all experience levels – from completely green newbies to seasoned pros – have never been better. We decided it […]

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THE LATEST MULTIROTOR TECH, TOOLS & TOYS!

With the frantic pace of innovation in the multirotor segment going on right now, new products are being announced almost by the day. The options available to pilots of all experience levels – from completely green newbies to seasoned pros – have never been better. We decided it was about time to put together a guide showcasing that diversity, with a special focus on turnkey quads that are ready to fly so that newer enthusiasts can see what’s out there. Of course, rookies get experience quickly and turn into veterans, so we also wanted to make sure we included a selection of the advanced gear — camera and video hardware, radios, even a couple build-it-yourself rigs — that keeps pushing the envelope in this exciting market. Regardless of your budget or your experience level, there’s a lot out there to choose from and even more room to grow.  Take a look!

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RC Car Action’s Kevin Hetmanski on the scene at SEMA 2014! http://www.airage.com/blog/2014/11/07/air-age-media-on-the-scene-at-sema/ http://www.airage.com/blog/2014/11/07/air-age-media-on-the-scene-at-sema/#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2014 19:50:40 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.airage.com/?p=221095 RC Car Action’s Kevin Hetmanski on the scene at SEMA 2014!Kevin Hetmanski, senior editor at RC Car Action, and Yvonne DeFrancesco, Air Age Media’s EVP and publisher, were in attendance at this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas, NV. As always, SEMA was a full-size event like no other. Kev’s Bench: Hot Stuff Spotted at the SEMA Show By Kevin Hetmanski The SEMA show in […]

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Kevin Hetmanski, senior editor at RC Car Action, and Yvonne DeFrancesco, Air Age Media’s EVP and publisher, were in attendance at this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas, NV. As always, SEMA was a full-size event like no other.

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Kev’s Bench: Hot Stuff Spotted at the SEMA Show

By Kevin Hetmanski

The SEMA show in Las Vegas is the place to see the latest trends, parts and builds in the full-size car world and every year thousands of people in the automotive industry make their way to this iconic show. The show is only happening for four days and you need all of that and more to be able to see everything that it has to offer. I do my best to attend the SEMA show every year and you may be asking yourself why would a RC guy want to go to a full-size show such as this? For me the show is a way to get ideas for project builds and articles that I can share with all of you. I brought my camera with me and shot hundreds of photos of awesome cars and trucks and my list of ideas has grown a lot. Here are just a few of the highlights from the show.

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There’s so much going on at the SEMA show. It will take you a good part of the day just to check out the stuff going on in the parking lot.

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Traxxas has a big booth at the show every year and it’s always full of people. Besides all the cool RC cars and the full-size SST truck they even have the occasional autograph session. The entire John Force racing crew was on hand to sign autographs for the long line of fans that went all the way around the booth.

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Axial Racing had vehicles all over the show in various booths and finding all of them was like playing Where’s Waldo. Sometimes you are surprised by what you find like this new set of Falken 2.2-inch tires on an Axial Yeti.

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Check out this trick mud truck called Huckzilla. This is a truck that you can totally build an RC version of. With some tubing you can easily have a chassis then all you have to add are axles, tires, rims and transmission from RC4WD and you can top it off with a HPI’s 1979 Ford pickup body.

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HPI spent the entire week outside in the Ford Out Front section of the show showing off its Ford bodied sedans and trucks. They even let the crowd get in on the fun by giving them a car and a radio and letting them get a few laps in on the try me track. While in the booth we found this awesome HPI Vaughn Gittin Jr. Spec 5 Concept Mustang RTR. You never know what you’re going to see.

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The guys at Rockstar Garage built this trick old school Ford Bronco. They are sponsored by Horizon Hobby and we hope that this project inspires the gang over there to release a vehicle like this.

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How awesome is this Jeep FC170? It’s been made even cooler with the addition of those awesome tracks. Someone needs to build an RC version of this truck and submit it to Readers’ Rides. RC4WD has the tracks and the chassis and drivetrain is easy to find. The body however, would have to be custom made. That’s easy!

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RC4WD even had a few trucks at the show. These two Trailfinder 2 trucks grabbed a lot of attention all week long. They have the perfect scale look for the SEMA show.

 

Here are a few more photos for you. Why? I say why not.

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