The Year in Photos : 2017

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2017 was our busiest year yet as we set new records for article readership. In this post we take a look back through our extensive archive of images to bring you 2017: our year in photos.


We started the year riding the Tiny Whoop wave with staff personally importing frame kits and upgraded flight controller boards or tearing apart our crash damaged Blade Inductrix FPV to use them with aftermarket controllers

Tiny Whoop Best RTF

Meanwhile our customers couldn’t get enough of the fantastic ready-to-fly Makefire variants.

Makerfire Tiny Whoop

But by far the most popular post was by Phil, who after unboxing it, began tearing apart our brand new Inspire 2 (craft transmitter and all)  that we hadn’t even flown yet!



Our small-scale FPV action spilled over into the following month where our unboxing of the new HPI Racing Formula Q32. . .

got torn apart to make way for swappable batteries and an FPV camera mount!

Q32 mods featured

Elsewhere we had a previous record breaker in the photo studio, Traxxas’ 100mph+ capable XO-1!

Traxxas XO-1 Supercar

I’d never seen such a large motor and ESC in a model before and on reflection I failed to communicate the sheer scale of the internals.

Traxxas XO-1 motor


Following its invasive surgery, our Inspire 2 took to the skies and showed us just how capable it was. The tiltable FPV camera was a game changer and has proved invaluable on subsequent flights.

We also took delivery of a range of Radiolink transmitters that offered top of the line features at a fraction of the competition price.

Radiolink AT10 ii transmitter left shoulder switches pots


Our inspire 2 coverage continued with our tame pilot testing all the new flight modes and technologies. Phil particularly liked the 360 quick spin the drone was capable of.


Elsewhere we continued to expand our transmitter availablity with the Taranis Q X7, offering X9D-like qualities at a discount.

Taranis Q X7 adjust menu buttonsMay

May was Mavic Pro month. We tested out the dual remote control mode, which is an excellent (if expensive) way to introduce a complete novice into flying.

DJI-Mavic-Pro-Dual-Operator - Transmitters-wideFollowing several months test flying, we surveyed our staff who gave us their feedback on the craft from their area of expertise.

Mavic Pro Photographers View

This covered views from our pilot, our photographer and even our FPV racer.


It was a great start to the summer where we got to play with DJI’s beginner drone, ‘Spark’.

DJI Spark hands on white

The all-new craft could be flown safely with gesture controls by complete amateurs.

DJI Spark Hand catch

It is the first time DJI have offered their drones in a range of consumer friendly colours.

Hands on the DJI Spark Yellow Red Green BlueTraxxas dropped the TRX-4 Land Rover defender and the internet (along with us) went absolutely crazy for it.

Traxxas TRX-4 Land Rover Defender deep in the grass

If you follow our facebook or instagram accounts you will have doubtless seen plenty of photos of us having fun with it, but indulge me a few more.

Traxxas TRX-4 Land Rover Defender articulation rear

Traxxas TRX-4 Land Rover Defender snorkle wading depth

Lastly we finally got our hands on the much-anticipated DJI Goggles.

DJI Goggles Mavic Pro tight wide

These really raised the bar for FPV goggles with their incredible dual HD screens and they got a real workout over the summer.

DJI Goggles on head sideJuly

One of our most popular blogs this year (perhaps from those of you have had an incident with their drone) was the teardown of the DJI Spark that happened as soon as they arrived in our stockroom.

DJI Spark Teardown lid leverage

Its always interesting to see how DJI balance packaging the new electronics against how easy they make them to repair.

DJI Spark Teardown components separated dismantled

Making the most of the summer sun, we spent many hours in the air filming and photographing, making use of the great Polarpro filters and polarisers recently available for DJI drones.

Phantom 4 Pro Polar Pro ND4 Filter

July also saw the release of our very first commercial video. Created by expert filmmakers 282 Video, it shows what really goes on behind closed doors.

RC Geeks Behind the scenes


Our editorial team expanded and our newest author Rory put together a very popular guide to setting up the Eachine Wizard X220s.

Eachine Wizard X220S Mid Flight

After so many DJI drones it was great to fly something so performance orientated.

Elsewhere Phil approached the hot topic of Drone Regulation in the UK which proved controversial in the comments.

drone regulation

Looking beyond quadcopter drones, the TobyRich smartphone controlled planes landed at the office and proved a big hit.


Film memorabilia can often be limited to just die-cast inanimate models sat on a shelf. Sphero rewrote the book on this with Ultimate Lightning Mcqueen.

sphero ultimate lightning mcqueen in action

It is a remote control car like no other, full of motors, speakers, screens and servos that breathe life into this fabulous toy.

sphero ultimate lightning mcqueen app control

Elsewhere on four wheels, we converted our Traxxas TRX-4 to brushless power and documented the progress.

Needless to say it turned the already powerful truck into an absolute beast.

Traxxas TRX4 Brushless cresting tarmac


Slot car sets such as Scalextrics have been a mainstay of Christmas gifting but Anki have turned the entire hobby on its head with their new overdrive game.

anki overdrive

Gone are the slots and controllers, instead you control your car wirelessly from your smartphone and battle it out on a flexible track that locks together with magnets; It is almost like a real-life version of mario kart! We reviewed the fast and furious edition which has been a popular seller ever since.

anki overdrive app

We also pitted a mustang against our hopped up TRX-4 defender to create some cover shots for our ‘how fast does an RC car go‘ article, hopefully addressing said question.

how fast are rc cars mustang pass


The long awaited HPI Racing Venture Toyota FJ became available and we put it through its paces in the hills and on the beach.

Whilst it lacked the hi-spec of Traxxas TRX-4, it was certainly accomplished in off-roading.

hpiracing venture toyota fj on the move on rocks

We also got our hands on the DJI CineSSD and caddy, to look at the new workflow requirements when shooting RAW with the inspire 2.



DJI’s pro transmitter, the Cendence arrived in the stockroom and Phil explored its pros and cons.


Finally we got caught up with ‘the last Jedi’ hype, closing the year out with a review of the great Sphero smartphone-controlled star wars toys.


Happy New Year!

From an expanding range of RC Crawlers, to us potentially getting our hands on a DJI action camera; There is plenty on the horizon for us in 2018. If there is anything in particular you would like us to look into, leave us a comment below!

So from everyone at RCGeeks, thanks for reading and have a great new year!



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