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4.0 out of 5 stars Good copter, can be great with a few minor mods..., October 27, 2011
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
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For the price, you actually get a pretty decent piece of hardware. That being said, there are a few modifications I would make before use. It says ready to fly on the box, and fly it will... how well is definitely open to debate. The first thing is to remove the canopy, loosen the battery, and slide it most of the way forward, then tighten the mounting bracket down again. This will move the center of gravity forward. This is necessary because without doing this, you literally cannot fly forwards. Other mods to increase maneuverability are to shorten the tail boom, slide the landing skids forward (easy), and replace the rear tail rotor with one of these: [...]
After replacing the rear rotor you will have to move the rear stabilizers up on the boom to make room for the larger blades.
Another mod that helps a lot is to replace the battery with a larger one, like a 15c 7.4v 3000mah. This also improves the flight characteristics by increasing weight in the nose, and over all (less likely to be batted about by the wind)
Make sure to buy a full set of replacement parts. You will need them... the helicopter is tough, dont get be wrong (I have crashed from 40+ feet with little to no damage) but there are breakable parts like the blade holders. (they are cheap, buy a hand full)
And here is a link to a forum which has a lot of good info about how to make this good little chopper a great one. For the price, its really a great deal.
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A lot of people seem to knock this helicopter because they don't ever want to work on it. That's part of the hobby... Improving and repairing the equipment. Its not all that complex, and the parts are CHEAP, which is a boon. There are many 'hobby grade' helicopters out there you could spend a lot more money on that probably fly better etc... but the cost of maintainability goes WAY up. Consider that for an initial investment of ~$60 its quite a hoot.
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Initial post: Dec 30, 2011 7:40:34 AM PST
thabks for the great review. I wish I could see the original links you posted, but it seems they were deleted. If you add product names instead od links for the replacement rotor blade and spare parts that would be great. Thanks again for posting your tips. It is a great chopper thaat only gets better with mods.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2011 7:44:46 AM PST
William says:
Right on. Most of the newbies think they can buy it and take it home and then fly it. Wrong! It needs practice and patience to master so dont say it will not fly if you are having trouble. It is still a heli.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2012 1:32:39 PM PST
I bought one of these also and would like the links on your mods,my buddy bought one at the same time and recieved his first so today we have been flying it and I can see where the mods will work but I need to know where to to find the modification parts, thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2012 2:25:14 PM PST
apsbainc says:
Probably the easiest thing to do is buy the parts kit with the extra blades/tail rotor and get a longer screw for the tail rotor and bolt two of the stock tail rotors together to make a 4 blade tail rotor. This will give you maximum forward thrust with the least effort.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2012 2:29:41 PM PST
Thanks the parts kit is in transit now,I will try that and let you know

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2012 2:29:53 PM PST
Thanks the parts kit is in transit now,I will try that and let you know

Posted on Apr 8, 2012 10:03:50 AM PDT
Thanks for info , I couldnt get mine to fly forward until i read this .

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 10:57:55 AM PST
Jay says:
I saw a recommendation to use an Esky tail rotor. I guess the reviewer just had one because I can't seem to find a tail rotor listed as a part. I'm contemplating making larger blades myself either from scratch or building on to the existing one.

Posted on May 4, 2013 5:50:32 AM PDT
Tony V says:
Thanks for a great review. The main reason I like to shop on Amazon is the reviews and your's is very helpful except that Amazon removed the links. Could you please add the names of the part and the forum sights? thanks!

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 1:34:57 AM PDT
Hello apsbainc,
I just bought one of there and liked your review. Can you give me more in depth details on your "mods". Some info you mentioned seems to be blanked out in the review. I could give you my email addy, flybyeii at yahoo dot com. Thanx, Charlie
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