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Want to buy a remote control helicopter - advice pls!

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Am getting my bf a remote control helicopter for xmas, but dont know where to begin! I want to spend around £30 - £50 max. He has been hinting for ages. Read More
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7y, 7m agoPosted 7 years, 7 months ago
Am getting my bf a remote control helicopter for xmas, but dont know where to begin! I want to spend around £30 - £50 max. He has been hinting for ages.
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7y, 7m agoPosted 7 years, 7 months ago
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#1
With all due respect, im sure there are many other things you can buy rather than a battery guzzling remote control helicopter!
how about a........
#2
If your going to get one, you really need to spend a decent amount on one, otherwise he will play with it for an hour and then get board.
#4
This wins hands down!
#5
Goonieman
This wins hands down!


PMSL! :w00t:

I'd love to fly that around, telling everyone to.. off LOL
#6
I know they arent great in this price range, even more expensive ones break. I have other friends who have them. Just whats the best for around £30?
#7
bargainhunter2009
I know they arent great in this price range, even more expensive ones break. I have other friends who have them. Just whats the best for around £30?




Erm... hello! Read the reviews.
#8
boought one last year for about £45 quid lasted about as long in minutes. buy something more robust, they are rubbish!
#9
whatsThePoint
waste of time/money its only 2 channel, up and down, left or right


Its a £30 indoor plastic toy, what do you expect!
#10
We have one of these its brill
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODf0Pwj2X-c&feature=channel

Its a Syma s013 blackhawk approx £20 from ebay
#11
You posted that link after i posted mine, thats cheating. :whistling:
#12
my gf's sister got me one last year from play.com was under £15 was awesome better thant my ipod touch lol
#13
whatsThePoint
Or what you really mean is the person you bought it for didn't bother to spend 30-40 hours slowly learning to fly it, did you pass your car test without ever sittiing in the driving seat before? same thing


not quite, they spent 43 minutes doing that and putting it together, it flew twice and then crashed breaking the plastic rotor mount, which is irrepairable. the analogy with car driving, lol, unless its a circus clowns car that drops into bits when someone sneezes the analogy doesnt stand up.:)
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Depends on what you are after. If you want it to be flown outdoor then it needs to be more substantial than most of the ones on here (so it can withstand any breeze) and ideally you will need advice from a model shop and be expecting to spend more than you have quoted - probably around £100 for the heli alone.

For indoor use you have a choice between 2 and 3 channel. 2 channel is straight forward - power (for up and down) and turning. 3 channel allows you to have forward movement better and offers more variables so it is more complex but can be flown more accurately. Persnally I would recommend the 2 channel PicooZ - Silverlit (who manufacture it) were the first to do this type of thing and most of the others are knock offs. You can pick the original version (or a variant) for £14-18. The new PicooZ Plus has an adjustable stabiliser to mean more forward motion but there are few places selling it. I have no experience with it nor have I seen any reviews so I am not sure about it. The PicooZ is about 7 inches long and fairly easy to fly plus it won't break as soon as it hits something.

The other 2 main makes are Bladez and Bladerunner. The BladeZ range are bigger and more expensive so you will need a bit of room to fly them in (the PicooZ can be flown in a fairly small space due to its size), the battery life has been heavily criticised and it is aimed at intermediate to advanced flyers. Bladerunner is a 3 channel helicopter and I have put a post on here for where one can be found cheaply (£24). From what I have heard they are very good indeed but as with the BladeZ, it may be better to start with something more basic to get a hang of things first.

BTW if you are worried about the price of the PicooZ and want to spend more then Silverlit do a truck with helicopter in it - you drive the truck r/c then press a button and the helicopter raises out of it and you can fly that off on the same transmitter. Best price I have seen this for is £49.99.

Hope this all helps!

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