So I was thinking about trying some electronics, to see if I could revive any interest or ability there. I got a couple kits, one easy and one hard, but some stuff was missing so I went down to the electronics supply place to get some parts. Big disappointment, most of their retail operation is now discount / surplus junk, with electronics being relegated to a tiny little cramped and mostly out-of-stock corner.
So as I was on my way out, having found almost nothing I was looking for, I saw they had some toy remote-control helicopters on final-sale discount. I figured, meh. It might be fun for a few minutes. I’m so bad with R/C cars that I’d never be able to get insurance, but maybe it’d be amusing to crash a helicopter into things for a while. And it was either that or my big bag of disappointment, so I figured I’d give it a shot.
Well! Forget about the electronics kits – this little whirly-bird is supercool!
It’s super easy to fly! It only took me 3 or 4 big wipe-outs before I was able to do complete flights, like from take-off to landing. It flies with two counter-rotating main rotors, steers by varying the speed of one of the mains, and goes foreward / reverse by tilting the nose down or back, using a small rotor on the tail boom.
The controller has a lever for the throttle and a joystick that controls steering and forward/backward motion. It’s way easier to fly than a traditional helicopter. You charge it up with the controller (6 AAs in the controller) and you get about 8 minutes of flight after 20 minutes of charging.
It’s actually so easy to control that I took these pics during probably my 8th or 9th flight – I was able to control the whirly with one hand while using the camera with the other hand!
If you happen to come across one of these, grab it – it’s a hoot. The box says “LiteHawk” and they have a website, www.litehawk.ca
It freaks the cats out, and I’ve only crashed it into myself once. Those blades really frigging hurt when they catch you on the toe at full throttle.