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5.0 out of 5 stars Best $45 I've ever spent, January 18, 2012
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This review is from: Syma New S022 Big CH-47 Chinook 3 Channels RC Helicopter (Toy)
This is a great helicopter if you have some patience. It deserves more than the three star rating it currently averages in my opinion. It's not as easy to control as a Syma 107G or any mini coaxial you buy at the mall. It has a very subtle, narrow band of control but once you find it, it's a blast to fly. It's like an out of control school bus on an icy road. It's only a three channel coax so there is no "jinking" or yaw. The great thing about this guy is it's a little heavy and very fast if you trim it forward, so at full pitch and throttle, you can simulate banked turns with its own weight. It's pretty tough and will recover well from repeated crashes but it is not indestructible. It's plastic after all. The canopy is thin and cracks easily with harsh crashes and blades strikes into house plants. It flies ok outdoors. With no wind I had it nearly fifty feet in the air. I think it's a steal for $45. It's an 18" Chinook that you can fly around your house! I would not recommend this for anyone who isn't prepared to learn a little and fix things. It's a challenging machine to fly well, especially indoors. I passed it to a friend and he couldn't get it to stop spinning. I took it back and it flew fine. Handed it back over and the spinning started again. It's an acquired skill. Be patient. Charging takes a full hour which gives you about ten minutes of flight. Battery, motors, canopy, blades, everything is replaceable if you smash it. Just google it. I replaced the back motors($6) after a blade strike caused it to start flying backwards. They plug right into the motherboard. BTW- the LED lights are super bright. I may move one into the nose for a searchlight to root out out my cat from under the table.

Update:

I have a helicopter problem. I've had this thing for a month now and it's taken over my life. It's still going and I bought two more (as well as numerous parts and seven other helicopters of varying size). The parts are very cheap and it's dead simple to fix. It's a great learning project if you fly it as fast as I do. I painted one of mine to look like a Marine CH-46. I also moved one of the LEDs to the front to create a searchlight. I'm trying to add red strobes this week. I know... nerd.
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