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Air Hogs Havoc Heli Laser Battle Review

September 12th, 2007 Comments off

Air Hogs Havoc Heli Laser Battle Air Hogs has recently released their Laser Battle set based on their previously popular Havoc Heli helicopter. The set comes with 2 Havoc Heli’s with an updated body style (compared to the previous Havoc Heli’s). It also comes with 2 controllers that are similar to the previous controllers.

The differences between this set and the previous Havoc Heli’s are the noticeable IR LED openings in the front of each of the helicopters. Also there is a black plastic tab on the bottom that looks as though it could be the IR receiver for the Laser Battler action. The controllers have buttons at the top that you press to “shoot” at your opponent that make cool machine gun sounds.

The other noticeable difference is that both copters are way more responsive then the previous version Havoc Heli. Left and right rudder commands spin the helicopters around a whole lot quicker. This comes in hand while trying to evade you opponent.

Flying the Havoc Heli Laser Battle set can on be summed up in one word – awesome! Flying by yourself can be a lot of fun but once you add the aspect of dog fighting to it the fun index sky rockets! When you score a “hit” your opponent’s Havoc Heli spins out of control. Shooting your opponent takes some skill though because you not only need to line up vertically but horizontally also. Flight times usually hover around 10 minutes for each helicopter.

One downside of the Air Hogs Laser Battle set is that each controller takes 6 AA batteries so you need 12 batteries to get going. On the flip side I have yet to switch out my batteries on my original Havoc Heli and I am pushing 40 flights with it so you are not going to have to buy batteries on a regular basis (unless you get totally addicted to flying these while is a big possibility).

Another downside is that you need another person to fly with you. I recommend taking them to your office with you and resolving interoffice disputes via “dog fighting” Laser Battle style. You should see the way the other guys eyes light up when they see them zipping through the air.

Overall the Air Hogs Havoc Heli Laser Battle set is very fun. I suspect that this will be the hot item this Christmas the same way that the Havoc Heli and Mosquito were last Christmas. You can buy them directly from Amazon via the link to the right.

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Quitting School – 3 Months Later

September 10th, 2007 Comments off

So here I am 3 months after my decision to quit school. Where am I? How are things? do I regret it.

Here is the break down:

Time – my time has now focused more on my family and that strain has been eliminated – this is a good thing and I (and my family) are much happier. It has also taken the strain off at work. I now do not have to rush out at specified times in order to make class every week. Finally it has allowed me to pick up some side work that has actually been very profitable. Coupled with that my blogging revenue is steadily rising which has opened up more doors financially.

So the final question is – do I regret it? No I do not. I have to be candid though, it has only been 3 months. I think the only time that regret will possibly creep in is when I am need of a different job. I have never had this happen before and have never heard of this happing to anyone but it could be a possibility.

I think as I get older I am beginning to come to terms with who I am as a result of the past decisions that I have made. When I was younger I did not go to college – that’s just the way it is. Would a degree have made life easier? Probably but that time has passed. Right now I need to concentrate of developing the skills and talents that I have right now and making those profitable for me. Unfortunately school cannot do that.

So the moral? Go to school when you are young. If you don’t it will definitely be harder (to go to school) when you are older and there is a good chance you will not go at all.

Can you be happy with life if you do not go? I am. I am comfortable with where I am in life and understand that I am here based on my past decisions. If anything seeing this result has helped me to make better decisions for my future and the future of my kids. Are they going to college? You bet. I want them to be better then me and I think college will help them do that.

Enough said.

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Mini Bell Hughes 300 Helicopter – Only $21.50 – This Mini Dragonfly is Awesome

September 6th, 2007 Comments off

The Mini Hughes 300 Helicopter, better know as “The Dragonfly” is an awesome little helicopter. It is smaller in length then the original Air Hogs Havoc Heli which gives it a very dynamic response when flying around.

Although the Mini Hughes is not made by Air Hogs you wouldn’t know it as the major components look like the are made side-by-side in the same factory as the Air Hogs version. The tail and main rotors look exactly the same as the Havoc and the controller is exactly the same.

mini-hughes-300-2 I was a little skeptical at first that this was just going to be some cheap little knock off and that I was wasting my money. I was wrong! The Mini Hughes is as durable as the Havoc Heli if not more. I think the main reason for that is that it is constructed entirely out of plastic as opposed to foam like the Air Hogs Version.

mini-hughes-300-1 The only part that I have not figured out yet is how to adjust it for more forward movement. With the Havoc Heli you can twist the tail rotor so that it gives a little downward thrust. That is not possible with the Hughes 300. Also the Mini Hughes doesn’t have the extended nose of the Havoc Heli so there is nothing to stick a pin into. Don’t worry though, I will figure a way to get this guy shooting around my room!

The Mini Hughes 300 is a cool little heli and a welcome addition to the hanger. You can pick it up at Amazon.com for $21.98 which is a still since my local hobby shop has them for $39.99.

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Win a Year of Free Tuition or Textbooks at Amazon.com

September 6th, 2007 Comments off

When I was in school I bought one of the books I needed from Amazon.com and am apparently on “the list”. Anyway, I just received this email about their contest for 1 free year of text books or tuition. Sounds good – if you win.

The email:


Dear Amazon.com Customer,

As someone who has purchased books from Amazon.com, you might like to know about our Tuition & Textbooks Sweepstakes. Amazon is giving away one year of free tuition to one lucky student. Our 50 second-place winners will receive $1,000 in free textbooks, while 1,000 third-place winners get a free textbook up to $150. Enroll yourself or a family member today–the last day to enter is October 6, 2007.
Take advantage of our special offers in the Textbook Store. Save up to 30% on over 100,000 new textbooks and receive free 2-day shipping on orders of $200 or more of eligible titles. Plus, if you’re a Prime member purchasing $200 or more of eligible titles, you’ll also receive a $20 promotional certificate to be used on a future purchase (see details). For even bigger savings, shop from our millions of used textbook listings and save up to 90% off.

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Good Luck!

Micro RC Reviews – Our First Post

September 6th, 2007 Comments off

Well this is the official launch of the Micro RC Review website.

The goal of this site is to review the latest and the greatest Micro RC cars, airplanes, helicopters, and whatever else is small and remote controlled.

I have been building up a collection of Micro RC planes and helicopters for the last year and what to share my findings with you. If you have a Micro RC toy that you would like reviewed let me know and I will try to track it down for you.

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A Rainy, Rainy Summer Here in Central Texas

September 4th, 2007 Comments off

texas-clouds The weather this year has just been absolutely amazing because of all the rain that we have been having. I think that it has actually rained more this summer then it did this past winter.

I know for a fact that here in the Austin area that we had more rain in the first half of the year then we usually do all year.

It has been difficult to plan outings with the family due to the weather but you actually reach a point that you say “Oh Well, it is always raining so what am I going to do? Stay in the house all the time?”.

Elsy and I took that attitude as we planned to get away this past weekend to Galveston. The news said that it was supposed to rain all weekend but we went anyway. We had some rain on the way there and back but had hardly any while there.

The one good thing about the rain is that I think it has only gotten to 100 degrees once or twice this summer. I still don’t know what I would rather have - the rain or the heat.

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