The helicopter has arrived. Bigger and scarier than I had expected after reading reviews and watching video. Battery is charging, expect a flight report later today.
Review: This thing is completely awesome. I can’t believe what they have packed into it for the incredible price of around US$80. It is twitchy enough to be a challenge, yet stable enough to be buckets of fun. After 3 battery charges (about 30-40 mins total run time) I could hover capably and generally move the thing to an arbitrary location of my choosing.
Four weeks later, and I’m zooming around the room, landing on a 12″ square footstool, and considering how to rig up some sort of hook system for carting cargo around the house.
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Well, after poking around with planes and cars for ages, I dipped my toes in the water very gently with a silly little play helicopter – a cheesey clone of the popular micro Picoo-Z choppers. I wouldn’t call it a hot helicopter. This bad boy is actually pretty tepid, to the point that the little guy can quite happily fly it around the room (albeit with zero directional control), and cut the power when it hits anything. No damage so far.
With only 2 channels, the Picco-Z style chopper is restricted to up/down and left/right circles. It takes some doing to actually get the thing to fly where you want it.
So, the next step is a slightly larger, 4-channel coaxial chopper: The ESky Lama V4 (a newer version of the ESky Lama V3, which in looks like a copy of the Blade CX2). The coaxial setup means more stability, no teeny tail rotor motors to burn up, and generally more tame behaviour than a full-house 6 channel chopper.
With 4 receiver channels, the Lama can go up and down, spin on it’s axis (rudder turn), and move horizontally in any direction (cyclic control). It’s a fixed-pitch heli, so there’s no “3D” acrobatic moves like inverted hovering, but I think that’s a little beyond my skill range in any case.
In case you’re wondering why it’s called a Lama, the original models (version 1 thru 3) were modelled on the Aerospatiale Lama. I believe they’ve just updated the shell of the model to look more modern.