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Airsoft guns and other hobby items

Welcome to this online store for hobby articles and especially hobby weapons. There are however links to sources of all types of hobby products further down, including RC models, gaming, multimedia and hobby science. Buying hobby equipment online, you can get them for a better prize than from your local stores. Often you can also find items or product variants you do not find locally.

Further down there is some information about multimedia standards.

By clicking on the banners below, you will enter a specialized online store for each cathegory. There you can learn more about or order each product exhibited on this page, and many other products of the same cathegory.


Good sources of airsoft and painball weapons

HobbyTron's stock of airsoft guns and weapons - HobbyTron is a general hobby store with a huge collection of airsoft guns.

Visit HobbyTron.com - Where Awesome Happens


Trend Times Toys - a fine inventory of airsoft tanks - This is a general hobby store with all kind of rc models. It has a fine inventory of airsoft tanks and many models of airsoft guns.

Trend Times Toy Store




Some product examples from the above mentioned stores and other great stores

Walther P38 Green Gas Airsoft Pistol

Walther P38 Green Gas Airsoft Pistol

Walther P38 Green Gas Airsoft Pistol




Green Gas ICS GLM Multiple Grenade Launcher FPS-435 Airsoft Gun

Green Gas ICS GLM Multiple Grenade Launcher FPS-435 Airsoft Gun

One word describes the Green Gas ICS GLM Grenade Launcher Airsoft Gun and that is power!




1911A1 U.S. Army Gas Blowback Airsoft Pistol

1911A1 U.S. Army Gas Blowback Airsoft Pistol

1911A1 U.S. Army Gas Blowback Airsoft Pistol




Marushin Derringer Gas Airsoft Pistol, Silver

Marushin Derringer Gas Airsoft Pistol, Silver

Marushin Derringer Gas Airsoft Pistol, Silver




ICS Sig 552 Metal Electric Airsoft Gun

ICS Sig 552 Metal Electric Airsoft Gun

ICS Sig 552 Metal Electric Airsoft Gun




Electric Elite Force 4CR Rifle FPS-425 Airsoft Gun

Electric Elite Force 4CR Rifle FPS-425 Airsoft Gun

Do you want to take your Airsoft game to the next level? Then you need to take a look at Elite Force Airsoft Guns introducing the Electric Elite Force 4CR Rifle Airsoft Gun!




Bushmaster Carbon 15 Airsoft AEG Submachine Gun

Bushmaster Carbon 15 Airsoft AEG Submachine Gun

Bushmaster Carbon 15 Airsoft AEG Submachine Gun




HK MP5 Dual Power Electric Airsoft Gun

HK MP5 Dual Power Electric Airsoft Gun

HK MP5 Dual Power Electric Airsoft Gun




Tactical Force TF11 CO2 Airsoft Submachine Gun

Tactical Force TF11 CO2 Airsoft Submachine Gun

Tactical Force TF11 CO2 Airsoft Submachine Gun




SRC Rechargeable BB Tracer Airsoft Gun Accessory

SRC Rechargeable BB Tracer Airsoft Gun Accessory

Ever want to play Airsoft at night? Well now you can with the SRC Rechargeable BB Tracer Barrel Airsoft Gun Accessory!




Airsoft Gun MP5 W/Foregrip, Silencer, & Mounts

Airsoft Gun MP5 W/Foregrip, Silencer, & Mounts

Airsoft Gun MP5 W/Foregrip, Silencer, & Mounts




ICS GSG 522 AEG Airsoft Gun

ICS GSG 522 AEG Airsoft Gun

ICS GSG 522 AEG Airsoft Gun




Airsoft Gun MP5 W/Foregrip, Silencer, & Mounts

Airsoft Gun MP5 W/Foregrip, Silencer, & Mounts

Airsoft Gun MP5 W/Foregrip, Silencer, & Mounts




King Arms Galil MAR Rifle FPS-430 Electric Airsoft Gun

King Arms Galil MAR Rifle FPS-430 Electric Airsoft Gun

King Arms Galil MAR Rifle FPS-430 Electric Airsoft Gun




H&K MP5 A4 Elite AEG Airsoft SMG, by VFC

H&K MP5 A4 Elite AEG Airsoft SMG, by VFC

H&K MP5 A4 Elite AEG Airsoft SMG, by VFC




Classic Army AEG Armalite M4 M15A4 SPC (Special Purpose Carbine) Electric 420 FPS Airsoft Gun

Classic Army AEG Armalite M4 M15A4 SPC (Special Purpose Carbine) Electric 420 FPS Airsoft Gun

Classic Army AEG Armalite M4 M15A4 SPC (Special Purpose Carbine) Electric 420 FPS Airsoft Gun




RAM X50 Paintball Pistol, LE Blue Slide

RAM X50 Paintball Pistol, LE Blue Slide

RAM X50 Paintball Pistol, LE Blue Slide




RAM X50 Paintball Pistol

RAM X50 Paintball Pistol

RAM X50 Paintball Pistol




Isport XP4520C-OK Bt Omega Paintball Marker Black

Isport XP4520C-OK Bt Omega Paintball Marker Black

BT Omega paint ball marker black. The BT Omega Paint ball Gun will take you into battle without breaking the bank! The rugged aluminum body will withstand heavy duty combat situations and provides increased performance and durability. The Omega will require little in terms of regular maintenance. Fully upgradeable the Omega easily accepts numerous BT upgrades such as the HALO powered Rip Clip the BT 1913 Barrel the BT Clamp Elbow Kit and the Tactical Folding Stock. Carrying your marker out to battle has never been easier thanks to its secure carry handle.


Isport XP4520C-DT Bt Delta Paintball Marker Black

Isport XP4520C-DT Bt Delta Paintball Marker Black

For the scenario or woods ball player who wants realism Battle Tested Paint ball offers the Delta paint ball gun. Based on the world's most recognizable submachine gun in the world Empire BT has created a compact accurate paint ball marker that looks like it should be carried by Seals The Delta has a lightweight balanced construction for all day play and an adjustable stock for a comfortable firing position. The clamping feed neck will accept loaders without the need for tools or upgrade to a Rip ClipT for HALOT powered force feed loading. It has a modular trigger so taking it apart for cleaning is simple and easily upgrades to the Double Trigger or the Electronic Grip Frame for increased firepower. The compact Delta is an accurate reliable paint ball gun with an authentic look that will help you and your team reign supreme on the battlefield.


Isport XP4600C Tippmann A5 Paintball Marker Black

Isport XP4600C Tippmann A5 Paintball Marker Black

Tippmann latest semi-auto Paint ball gun! The A-5 features the patented Cyclone Feed System which links the Feeder Sprocket to the Air System. The Faster you shoot the faster the Tippmann A-5 feeds. Pull the trigger 15 times a second and the Tippmann A-5 feeds 15 balls per second. The loader Perfectly matches to the speed of the gun- No more chopped balls! Best of all this 200 round feeder is gas-propelled so no batteries or winding required! The Tippmann A-5 is also easy to clean and maintain with its no tool field strip feature! It's held together by military style pins for a tear down & rebuild in under 60 seconds!.





More good sources of hobby items

Here are presented som links to all types of hobby profuvts: Radio controlled helicopters, fantacy VTOL airplanes, fast-winged airplanes, race boats, race cars, trucks, submarines and robots. Some of the models are replicas of famous vehicles from the professional life. Others are fantacy creations. Still others are copies of futuristic vehicles from the world of popular moovies. You also find a great collection of airsoft guns, and items like microscopes, telescopes, electronic sets, chemistry sets, magic sets and magic tricks. In Hobbytron you can find a very comprehensive collection of electronic components.

HobbyTron - a comprehensive store for hobby gear - including airplanes - You can also find car and boat models. The store is very strong in electronic kits and components and in airsoft guns.

Visit HobbyTron.com - Where Awesome Happens


Trend times toys - a comprehensive hobby store - This store is strong in all types of hobby products, but especially rc models

Trend Times Toy Store


Store with good offers on tecnological products - You will find hobby products of all kind, but also any type of technology for homes and workplaces. Allways some good offers on something you might need or whish.

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General hobby product survey - rc models, hobby science, electronics, magics, cameras and optics and more

RC helicopters, propeller planes and jet planes

Music instruments, music records and gaming equipment

Hobby and consumer electronics - electronic kits, computing, cellphones




INFORMATION RESOURCES

Here is a survey of video formats. To find other information resources, please go to: this page



Digital audio and video standards (multimedia standards)

Storage hardware standards explained

Here is an explanation of some storage standrds used for multmedia files.

DVD - Short for digital versatile disc or digital video disc: This is a type of optical disk technology similar to the CD-ROM. A DVD holds a minimum of 4.7GB of data, enough for a full-length movie. DVDs are commonly used as a medium for digital representation of movies and other multimedia presentations that combine sound with graphics.
The DVD specification supports disks with capacities of from 4.7GB to 17GB and access rates of 600 KBps to 1.3 MBps. One of the best features of DVD drives is that they are backward-compatible with CD-ROMs, meaning they can play old CD-ROMs, CD-I disks, and video CDs, as well as new DVD-ROMs. Newer DVD players can also read CD-R disks. DVD uses MPEG-2 to compress video data.

DVD-R - Short for DVD+Recordable: This is a recordable DVD format similar to CD-R. A DVD+R can only record data once and then the data becomes permanent on the disc. The disc cannot be recorded onto a second time. DVD+R and DVD+RW formats are supported by Philips, Sony, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Ricoh, Yamaha and others.

DVD-RW - Short for DVD-ReWritable, and re-recordable: DVD format similar to CD-RW or DVD+RW. The data on a DVD-RW disc can be erased and recorded over numerous times without damaging the medium. DVD-R, DVD-RW and DVD-RAM are supported by Panasonic, Toshiba, Apple Computer, Hitachi, NEC, Pioneer, Samsung and Sharp.

DVD+RW - Short for DVD+ReWritable, a re-recordable: DVD format similar to CD-RW. The data on a DVD+RW disc can be erased and recorded over numerous times without damaging the medium. DVD+RW and DVD+R formats are supported by Philips, Sony, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Ricoh, Yamaha and others.

DVD-RAM: A DVD format wherein DVD-RAM discs can be recorded and erased repeatedly but are only compatible with devices manufactured by the companies that support the DVD-RAM format. DVD-RAM discs are typically housed in cartridges. DVD-R, DVD-RW and DVD-RAM are supported by Panasonic, Toshiba, Apple Computer, Hitachi, NEC, Pioneer, Samsung and Sharp. These formats are also supported by the DVD Forum
 



Storage and transmission formats explained

Here is an explanation of formats used to store video, audio or combined video/audio files (multimedia files) on the PC, for streaming transmission of such files from a central server, or for storing multimedia files on CDs or DVDs.

AVI - Audio Video Interleave: This is the file format for Microsoft's Video for Windows standard. It is an proprietary  and Microsoft Windows spesific audio video standard designed by Microsoft for storing video and audio information.  Files in this format have an .AVI extension.  These files are limited to 320 x 240 resolution, and 30 frames per second, neither of which is adequate for full screen, full motion video.  However, Video for Windows does not require any special hardware, making it the lowest common denominator for multimedia applications. Many multimedia producers use this format because it allows them to sell their products to the largest base of users. Acceptable aplication support. A competing software - only in video format is QuickTime.

Videos stored in the AVI format have the extension .avi. Characteristics: Bad quality to size ratio and subjective quality impression

ASF- WMA/WMV: This is Microsoft's Advanced Streaming format.  A file in this format can contain Video, Audio, Slide Shows and synchronized events. WMA (Windows Media Audio) contains audio. WMV (Windows Media file with Audio/Video) is the same as the ASF except it can be downloaded instead of streamed from a server far away.

DivX is a trademark of DivXNetworks: DivX is a digital video compression format based on the MPEG-4 technology. DivX files can be downloaded over high-speed lines in a relatively short time without sacrificing the quality of the digital video.

IVF (Intel Video Technology): This format was originally the Indeo codec developed by Intel. Later Ligos ( www.ligos.com ) has taken over the development of the Intel codecs.

(Quick Time Movie File Extension): This is a video and animation system developed by Apple Computer. QuickTime is built into the Macintosh operating system and is used by most Mac applications that include video or animation.  PCs can also run files in QuickTime format, but they require a special QuickTime driver. QuickTime supports most encoding formats, including Cinepak, JPEG and MPEG. Apple's QuickTime has superior audio/video quality, it is compatible with Internet Explorer and Netscape browsers and supports various media formats.

The MPEG Format: The MPEG (Moving Pictures Expert Group) format is the most popular format on the Internet. MPEG refers to the Motion Picture Experts Group, an organization that sets international standards for digital formats for audio and video.   It incorporates both audio and video encoding at a range of data rates. MPEG audio and video are the standard formats used on Video CDs and DVDs. It is cross-platform, and  supported by all the most popular web browsers. Videos stored in the MPEG format have the extension .mpg or .mpeg.

MP3 is short for MPEG Audio Layer 3: These are digital audio files that have been shrunken down while still maintaining their original sound quality. The file shrinking technology itself was developed by the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany. Before there were MP3s, digital audio files took hours to download. But on a 56K modem, most MP3s can download in just a few minutes. MP3s are widely recognized as the most popular format for storing and listening to music on the World Wide Web.  There are three types of MPEG audio encoding, layer I, layer II and layer III in increasing order of sound quality and encoding time.

Layer I is the compression used in Digital Compact Cassettes and Layer II in the compression format. Layer III. has recently become very popular on the Internet due to its combination of high quality and high compression ratio.  It can be downloaded from many World Wide sites and can be played using software available for most operating systems.

Characteristics: Acceptable quality to size ratio, good subjective quality impression. Very good application support. Videos stored in the MPEG format have the extension .mpg or .mpeg.

RealAudio: This is a proprietary encoding format created by 'Progressive Networks'. It was the first compression format to support live audio over the Internet and thus gained considerable support, but it requires proprietary server software in order to provide the real-time playback facility. It also supports repositioning during real-time playback.  The system is implemented as a client/server architecture. The RealAudio server incorporates an encoder which compresses sound into RealAudio files. The client side is a web browser plug-in or add-on (a recent version of 'Internet Explorer' apparently has built-in support for RealAudio) which allows the stream of data sent from the server to be uncompressed and output using the normal sound facilities of the computer, such as a sound card. Characteristics: Good quality to size ratio, good subjective quality impression. Bad application support.

Real Video: This is a format, but also a total streaming technology developed by RealNetworks for transmitting live video over the Internet.  RealVideo uses a variety of data compression techniques and works with both normal IP connections as well as IP Multicast connections.  RealVideo 8 offers enriched video quality and smoother playback over all types of connections, from regular dial-up to broadband Internet connections.  Picture controls let you lighten up dark scenes and adjust flesh tones. Great for Web cams or reality shows. Sharpen up fuzzy video.  No matter what speed Internet connection you have, RealPlayer 8 offers the highest-quality audio and video experience available online. Videos stored in the RealVideo format have the extension .rm or .ram.

700">RealPlayer: This system has very good audio/video quality.  It is compatible with Internet Explorer and Netscape browsers.  It supports various media formats.  However, it provides only three preset video viewing window sizes. RealPlayer is the only streaming media player that plays both RealAudio and RealVideo, the leading formats for Internet audio and video, giving you access to more than 85% of the streaming media programming on the Web.

Shockwave (Flash) Format: The Shockwave format was developed by Macromedia.The Shockwave format requires an extra component to play. This component comes preinstalled with the latest versions of Netscape and Internet Explorer. Videos stored in the Shockwave format have the extension .swf.

QuickTime Format: The QuickTime format is developed by Apple.QuickTime is a common format on the Internet, but QuickTime movies cannot be played on a Windows computer without an extra (free) component installed.Videos stored in the QuickTime format have the extension .mov.

VIV(Vivo Video): this is an old format and pretty bad quality, but one of the first to be designed and used for Internet streaming and thus it is still in use in a few areas. However, it is not very compatible with current browser standards, mainly because development on the format ceased back in 1997.