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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by USMCsilver, Jul 13, 2012.
Seems like a pretty good deal for $20.
Those little ones are good to go, but only for indoors, pretty much. Try to fly them outside and any little breeze will blow it all over the place. And indoors, you can't have any fans or A/C blowing, or it will make it fly erratically too.
I think I'd rather spend a bit more money and get a better product.
I posted about these at Christmas:
For $100, you get two helicopters, they're fantastic, and they can shoot each other down.
15" doesn't seem as little as the 7" ones.
I see it's got I/R controls. Is that preferred or is radio better?
Radio is better. Trust me, the one you linked to is not really any good. The angle of the rotor cone is controlled by that sideways rotor on the tail. Save your $20.
Thank you, DD.
...and only weighs 1.8 ounces.
I'm just going by my experiences. I have this one, it measures about 12 inches and is very sensitive to any breeze.
You know what, actually--if you want to buy one of those Force RC combo packs (like the one I linked to) I'll split it with you. I could use another one to keep in my desk at work...
I appreciate the offer, but if I'm gonna do something, I really think I'd benefit from something a tad bigger and something I can use outside. Got lots of land (and 26' ceiling) so I believe I'd benefit from something a bit heftier.
Here you go:
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9d3hRExTiw&feature=related"]IRCHA 2011 AH-64 Apache - YouTube[/ame]
In that case, you need a Blade CX2... but yes, I understand that it's 10x the price, not 2.5x!
It is a cheap toy and the little vertical rotor on the tail isn't going to give you much control at all. It's only $20.00 but I still think you would be disappointed.
This is more money but it has a swashplate like a real heli:
It's fun but there's not much challenge to flying it. After only a few days with the mCX2 I ordered one of these:
It's a whole different animal to fly and one step closer to a real collective pitch (CP) heli.
Right now my 120 SR is waiting on parts to fly again.
If you want to go beyond the mCX2 I would suggest a flight simulator, the two leaders are RealFlight 6 and Phoenix 4.0
The Force helis DD was talking about are essentially the original Blade mCX helis with the combat system. They are also out of production and nearly impossible to find.
I have one of the ones the OP referred to. They're great fun indoors, fly for about 5-7 minutes, and are a hoot for the price. Very maneuverable as long as there's not a breeze. The IR control is subject to interference from TVs and, oddly, bright lights for some reason. If you're serious about R/C helis, though, they're not for you. I've had several and like them, though. Look on Amazon and you'll see lots of reviews for this product under the name Syma S107. They're always about that price there.
Really? I gave a bunch of them as gifts at Christmas. My local hobby store had them and I was able to find them online as well.
I'll run back by the local store and see if they have any more.
EDITED TO ADD: and yes, they're basically the mCX but cooler looking and cheaper (the mCX is ~$80, those were $100 for the pair)
I'm a bit of a snob but those are just toys.
Even e-flite's blade helis are borderline toys to me, though they are much above the level of anything you'll find in a toystore.
The blade Msrx and the Mcpx in my experience are about as difficult as larger RC helis to fly and make for good indoor practice. I love my 2 MSR's and MSRX.
No argument from me at all there. They fly great in the hands of a good pilot. They're still toys, although it can be argued that the more serious machines are toys as well
I wanted the Force helis for the reason you cite above. I couldn't find them anywhere. The few online places that still claimed to have them in stock changed that to "Backordered" or "No Longer Available" when I tried to order them. The mCX2 wasn't even on my radar when I started looking for the Force helis. After having the mCX2 for several days, the 120 SR looked more exciting and capable of outdoor flight on nearly windless days. Unfortunately two flights and two crashes have left it hangered until parts come in.
If you can still find the set of Force helis in your LHS I'd say buy it. If nothing else you can probably make a profit on Ebay.
I had a Blade CP+. Loved it. I'm not sure if you can get that model anymore, think they upgraded a little.