WLToys Quadcopter RC Battle Ship with Onboard Camera, 4 Channel
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|Item Dimensions LxWxH||20 x 9 x 4 inches|
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- Instructions manual and extra 4 rotors
- Overall diameter 925 inches and height 35 inches
- Battery: 37V 500mah 25C Li-Po and 110V AC charger included
- Micro SD card required (not included)
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The wl toys v959 future battleship quadcopter is the perfect machine for those curious about quadcopters. Designed with simplicity in mind, it is light weight and its flight characteristics benefit from this design feature. Constructed of durable elastic materials and graphite booms the light weight enhances the crafts power to weight ratio. The 4 rotors are driven by 4 motors protected in plastic housings. The rotors are also gear driven which relieves the stress on the motors. The wl toys v959 handles exceptionally well. With the help of an on board gyro and adjustable control sensitivity, the v959 is perfect for pilots of different skill level and ages. The v959 is agile, and it has the ability to do flips and tricks. With the push of a button on the transmitter the aircraft will enter trick mode allowing the pilot to perform flips and rolls. The v959 also features led lights that helps the pilot recognize the orientation of the helicopter and aids the pilot in low light situations. One very special feature of this v959 is the mounted spy camera on the bottom of the craft. Its adjustable lens angle allows it to be more flexible in capturing shots. The wl toys v959 transmitter features a 2.4ghz radio system. This means you don't have to worry about signal interference and you have the ability to fly many of these at one time.
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I've been an R/C'er for many years, started with hand-built balsa wood airplanes and have been through planes, gas/nitro cars, helos, and quads. I've only had a few days with this quad, so these are my initial results.
Packaging: The quad comes in a pretty nice box that is intended to be used for storage and transport. Unpacking the quad was simple and straightforward, and the box contained everything expected from the product description. I was surprised at the initial "feel" of the build quality of the frame - much sturdier than I was expecting from a "toy" class quad. Setup was a breeze (there is none other than attaching the camera and charging/installing the battery). I was ready for an initial flight within an hour of opening the box (need to fully charge that battery the first time!).
Pre-Flight Check and Prep: Getting ready for the first flight is simple: Install batteries in the transmitter and the quad, set the quad down on a level surface, set the throttle all the way DOWN, and turn on the transmitter. Bonding happens automatically in about 5 seconds. It's worth noting that this quad's transmitter has a lot of switches and functions, so you'll want to take time to get familiar with all the bells-and-whistles before flying so you can concentrate ON flying.
First Flight: Be prepared for the quad to bolt, it has a lot of lift. Unless you're familiar with flying rotorcraft indoors, I highly recommend starting outdoors as you won't have ceilings/walls to deal with. Takeoff is very smooth, especially on the "40%" setting, and flight was stable and level right from the get go. Directional controls are very responsive, yet pretty forgiving. It should be pretty easy getting familiar with flying this quad in a short period of time.
Build quality: This quad's build quality exceeded what I was expecting at this price point. While there are definitely fragile areas/parts, overall this looks like it will stand up well.
"Componentization": This quad is made to take several different "add-ons" along with the camera, and installing them looks to be as easy as "plug and play" as the main flight control board is setup for modular connections.
Feeling in Flight: This quad is both very forgiving and yet very responsive, allowing you to get the "feel" you want in flight, from relaxed to all out acrobatic (though I've not attempted those manuevers yet).
Camera: I bought this for my son with the thought that the camera was a neat "extra" that would be cool if it worked at all. Needless to say I was surprised by the ease of use and initial quality of the video (in lighted conditions) - much better than i was expecting for the money.
The Language Barrier: Simply put, it's actually enjoyable to read through the packaging and manual to see how bad the translations to the English language are. But for reference use, this is a real problem - the documentation is, for all practical uses, non-existent. (example: "See the anterior bone conduction...")
Build Quality: As I said above, there are a few areas that I expect will have a higher failure rate that others. Nothing that your hobby repair kit you have on hand won't fix in most cases, but you need to be aware of this.
The Net Takeaway:
I'm very happy I bought this quad for my son to learn on, and I know that *I* will be able to have fun with it to. The video camera is an extra neat gizmo that's sure to make everyone happy. I'd recommend this as a first flyer for most people trying to get into multirotor flight inexpensively (and have already recommended it to a friend). As I have limited time with the quad, I will try to update this review as I have more experience with it.
I've been flying it around my living room because I'm embarrassed to have my neighbors see me and I have crashed it many times. It seems really fragile but, after probably 50 crashes of various impact strengths, including my wife's hand, it has not affected it at all. It came with a back up set of props but, so far I haven't needed them.
The instructions are poor at best but, here are the secret steps:
Lay it on it's back on a level surface with the battery disconnected.
Turn on the controller making sure the "trim" settings are all neutral (until you see how it flies) and let it completely "boot" up (stop beeping).
Now, plug the battery in fully and watch the lights.
All lights come on for a few seconds and then shut off but, one little red LED down inside starts flashing. As soon as the flashing stops, about 3 to 5 seconds, set it up on it's struts and...well, you're on your own.
By the way, the left/right, fore/aft controls are pretty sensitive so start out easy.
As you start to lift off make note of the direction it wants to drift and set the trim to correct this (see the directions). I found that if you set the controller trim and redo the battery unplug / plug in sequence, it will respond pretty well. You're looking to try to get a steady hoover with as little drift as possible.
Don't hit your wife with it, the little high speed props really sting! And so might she.
I've recently used several other quadcopter (u816 and the x1) models and this is by far the most impressive. The copter is very responsive and agile. There are several settings that give the user increasing control of the copter. At startup the unit is at 40% which allows the copter to restrict some movement to ensure safer flight and is more forgiving to user error. There are 60, 80, and 100% modes after that which give the user more and more control. The quality of the camera is more than sufficient for the average user. Its a lot of fun to see my neighborhood from up high.
My only complaints are that the battery life is short so I just bought 5 replacement batteries and the plastic cover or body is made of very very cheap plastic and will crack after one or two crash. I am deciding what to do with this.