help in choseing RC helicopter for 12 y/o birthday

Found 13th Sep 2008
per title guys. was not sure which one to buy from the following: both at £17.99

BladeRunner Black Ghost Helicopter
Silverlit: X-Rotor R/C Picoo Z Micro Helicopter Special Edition

price range is under £20 so any help from you guys appriciated.



You can't really expect too much from an rc helicopter with a budget of under 20 quid. I work in a shop that sells quite a few RC helicopters and have therefore spend a fair bit of time demonstrating them.

The two helicopters that you have mentioned both seem quite similar. I have tried the picoo and although it is reasonably strong and easy to use, it is still just a 2 channel helicopter so all you can really do with it is make it go up and down and spin around a bit.

If I was buying an RC helicopter, personally I would spend a fiver more and go for the STORM IV 3Ch Mini Helicopter which as mentioned in the name is a three channel helicopter so it can fly up and down, turn and go backwards and forwards (very well for the price). It also has a beginner and expert mode and comes with two sets of main replacement blades and one replacement rear blade. However I think the picoo would be more than enough fun for a 12 year old and have seen them instore for £15 at Maplin.

Original Poster

thanks for that mate.

Is their any diff in the picoo Z i have mentioned and the slightly cheaper ones on


There are many types of Picoo Z, all with slightly different designs so there is not too much difference. All I can really say is do not go for the insecta ones as the legs snap off very quickly making it impossible to land properly. The Silverlit: X-Rotor R/C Picoo Z Micro Helicopter Special Edition (Metro Fly) which I think was the one you mentioned (picture below) was produced later then most of the others and I believe that the technology has been improved in it to make it more responsive so this would be the best one to get...

i got my son one for xmas last year, he was almost 13

he loved it! but it didnt last long im afraid, vey fickle imo

Original Poster

cool, ok. thanks for that.

Russ thanks for ur input, i checked and they will be selling the STORM IV you mention at £17.99. the same price as the rest but its released 2 days after birthday. lol
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