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Seems like a cheap price for a Picoo to me.
Don't forget quidco and the 5% voucher too.

* Comes fully assembled and ready to fly
* Auto stability system for easy piloting and control
* Two channel proportional wide beam infra red control
* Recharging takes place through the transmitter
* LED strobe light flashes in-flight for night flying
* Suitable for indoor flight and outdoors in very calm conditions
* A charge of 30 minutes will give enough power for a 10 minute flight
* Requires 6 x AA batteries (not included)

New from Silverlit, the makers of the world's tiniest and best RC helicopters, the Pico Insecta adds some dragonfly-styled fun to the range.

If your mum or big sister is freaked out by large insects, this is just the thing to buzz around their head if you want to surprise her. If you've ever watched dragonflies buzzing over a pond, you'll know they're capable of some amazing manoeuvres, and this mini-helicopter certainly takes after them in this respect.

Available in three colours, the new Insecta series features super wide infrared control and its miniature size and light weight construction from a unique material ensures they can withstand most crashes and fly with an unprecedented level of stability and precision.
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#1
Has anyone got one of these? Are they supposed to be any good?
#2
IR :? Wouldn't have thought that that would be the best thing to control a RC helecopter.
#3
dragon2611
IR :? Wouldn't have thought that that would be the best thing to control a RC helecopter.


Hmm just noticed that now that you've pointed it out. Does seem strange but the others seem to use it too and I can't see any complaints about the controls being picked up.
#4
A few people I know have these. I even bought one for my nephew. The infrared isn't a major problem. It seems to be sensitive enough or have the sensor in the right place, that if you can see it, it can "see" your controller.
#5
If you don't mind waiting, these are pretty much the same as the ones from Dealextreme, and they are currently going for around £10 delivered from Hong Kong.

I've had quite a few now as they are quite delicate and can break quite easily unless looked after by capable adults. Don't let the kids (under 8) anywhere near them and they should last for ages.

A 10 minute charge is normally enough for a good 30 mins flying (sometimes longer). I've also use mine outside, and you can remain in control of it for about 80ft high/distance. Fine to use outside in an open space with no wind.

They're really easy to control once the trimming is done (as already stated). Getting it off the ground is easy, but the real skill is flying it under control - this can be done with very delicate movements on the right-hand stick. Once you get the hang of steering, it can be really good fun and you can pull off some great landings.

http://www.dealextreme.com/products.dx/category.801
#6
What is trimming?:?
#7
TheMetalMan
What is trimming?:?


Balancing the helicopter so it flies slightly nose down, (for forward movement.) :thumbsup:
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TheMetalMan
What is trimming?:?


Although longitudinal trimming is important - ie put weight at the front of the heli to make it go faster forward - this is more easily achieved by twisting the tail rotor round slightly. The trimming in this case refers to rotational trimming - as these helis don't have a gyro - the speed of the tail rotor which provides the anti-torque - (ie stops it from spinning around under the main rotor), is based on the speed of the main rotor - meaning trim has to be applied when you turn the heli on (most don't remember trim settings after turn-off but the insectas do) in order to make it fly straight.

In reference to the other poster, I don't have any experience with the Dealextreme helis but any other non Silverlit heli i've played with has always been significantly inferior in both build quality and durability than the Silverlit ones - the Insectas being the latest 2CH model of which. £12.99 is a really good price for them. I work in a Gadget shop, have flown them for customers virtually every day for almost a year and have never broken one, anyone who brings them back broken has normally either stepped on them or kept the power on after a crash, causing damage. If you do manage to break something it will almost exclusively either be the tail rotor (you get spares in the pack) or the main rotor, both of which are replacable.

As for those Dealextreme ones, i'm not sure they're worth the 3quid saving - the 30 min battery life (if accurate) is impressive as the insectas would rarely get above 15 but the poster does say they break often and that's not the case with the Insectas. One point is that i'm assuming the Dealextreme ones are not IR as they would be unlikely to work outside due to solar interference if they were (This is the case with the Insectas).
As another poster said the IR is very wide band, as long as the controller is not block and is in the same room as the heli you're fine.

NB: As the original poster said this is a Picoo model heli and thus has the basic same insides (with slightly updated electronics) as an original PicooZ. (The insectas and apache variants are also made up of an updated foam material which gives better impact protection than the originals).
#9
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I've had quite a few now as they are quite delicate and can break quite easily unless looked after by capable adults. Don't let the kids (under 8) anywhere near them and they should last for ages. .....[url]

We had same problem.

A friend got one from Singapore for £5. Got it out the box and hadn't been using it for more than 5 mins, before it hit the wall and the plastic tube between the 2 main blades snaped in 2. Impossible to glue back together or repair.

They're marked on the box as being more robust, don't you believe it! When they go they're fairly easy and fun to play with. When they break - in the bin! Strongly wouldn't recommend to kids (or even some adults... come to that :whistling:) as can be damaged very easily. The body seems sturdy enough, but in our case not the plastic fittings.

Charlie Brown
#10
Wowbagger
Although longitudinal trimming is important - ie put weight at the front of the heli to make it go faster forward - this is more easily achieved by twisting the tail rotor round slightly. The trimming in this case refers to rotational trimming - as these helis don't have a gyro - the speed of the tail rotor which provides the anti-torque - (ie stops it from spinning around under the main rotor), is based on the speed of the main rotor - meaning trim has to be applied when you turn the heli on (most don't remember trim settings after turn-off but the insectas do) in order to make it fly straight.

In reference to the other poster, I don't have any experience with the Dealextreme helis but any other non Silverlit heli i've played with has always been significantly inferior in both build quality and durability than the Silverlit ones - the Insectas being the latest 2CH model of which. £12.99 is a really good price for them. I work in a Gadget shop, have flown them for customers virtually every day for almost a year and have never broken one, anyone who brings them back broken has normally either stepped on them or kept the power on after a crash, causing damage. If you do manage to break something it will almost exclusively either be the tail rotor (you get spares in the pack) or the main rotor, both of which are replacable.

As for those Dealextreme ones, i'm not sure they're worth the 3quid saving - the 30 min battery life (if accurate) is impressive as the insectas would rarely get above 15 but the poster does say they break often and that's not the case with the Insectas. One point is that i'm assuming the Dealextreme ones are not IR as they would be unlikely to work outside due to solar interference if they were (This is the case with the Insectas).
As another poster said the IR is very wide band, as long as the controller is not block and is in the same room as the heli you're fine.

NB: As the original poster said this is a Picoo model heli and thus has the basic same insides (with slightly updated electronics) as an original PicooZ. (The insectas and apache variants are also made up of an updated foam material which gives better impact protection than the originals).


Great thanks for the info and nice post. Some rep slung your way :)
#11
These are great, especially for the price!!!! Very easy to fly too.....
#12
I bought one and it broke really quickly, within a few days of use.
If you do get one, be really careful with it, these things are not indestructable
#13
The one advantage this one has http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.12518 (Approx £13.00) over the above deal is a 3rd channel
#14
lewismoo
I bought one and it broke really quickly, within a few days of use.
If you do get one, be really careful with it, these things are not indestructable


hence the price otherwise it'd be £50+
#15
I fly the bigger rc helis, these are ok for a bit of indoor messing around nothing more flying outside even in a slight breeze and they are completely useless. Good deal i guess for the money.

Trimming is adjusting the heli in such a way that it counteracts the natural tendencies of the heli to do what it wants to because of the moving parts and flaws in the blades.
#16
10.00 for those who are lucky enuf to have home bargins
#17
This has expired now. The price is back up to £17.99.

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