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Air Hogs Drop Strike

October 28th, 2013 Comments off

Air hogs is gearing up for the holiday season with some new heli’s along with some hybrids of others. Enter the Drop Strike.

The drop strike is a combination of the Fly Crane, Hover Assalt, and Sharp Shooter. The Drop Strike has the ability to drive on the ground, then drop it’s wheels, fly off, and start shooting. This heli is full of action.

The price is good as well and can be found for about $40. It does lack a gyro so control and stability won’t be as good as the Gyroblade or Repy

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Air Hogs App Copter – $19.98 @ Toys-R-Us

September 30th, 2013 Comments off

UPDATE – I looked on Amazon.com to see how much the App Copter was going for there and it is the same price. You can click here to order it – Air Hogs App Copter @ Amazon.com

Now the original post:

I was walking through Toys-R-Us today and came across the Air Hogs App Copter on sale for $19.98. This is gyro heli that you control through a dongle that connects to your smart phone via an app. I personally do not have this helicopter but I do have the dongle and have used it on other heli’s from Air Hogs.

Here’s a pic of it on sale at Toys-R-Us in the North Austin store.

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Gyroblade from Air Hogs

January 14th, 2013 Comments off
Air Hogs GyroBlade

Air Hogs GyroBlade

Fresh off the holiday season Air Hogs has finally introduced the GyroBlade, an affordable 3 channel helicopter that has a gyro. Just about everyone else has made gyro’s standard while Air Hogs seemed to ignore them.

The only difference with this micro heli is that it is not your standard counter rotating blade heli. No, Air Hogs has stuck with their original single main rotor with a horizontal tail rotor. While I was skeptical with this configuration at first it proved to be a win-win. Win #1 is that it is a really stable heli – probably the most stable that I have flown from Air Hogs. I put is up there with the likes of the Syma S107.

Win #2 is for finally nailing forward flight. While the Syma S107 has awesome stability forward flight was challenging. I mean not to fault SYMA, but it was obvious that stability was the first focus of the copter while forward flight seemed an after thought. Not so with the GyroBlade. It seems that they have sacrificed a little of the stability that the Syma had for a equal but important part of the flying experience – getting the heli where you want it to go. You can do that with this – in any direction – left or right – forward or reverse. Point and shoot – just like it was a camera.

I have only had one flight with the GyroBlade with the charge it had out of the box but I can already say that this little guy has peeked my interest. I am looking forward to putting it through it’s paces to see all that it is capable of.

I will post more updates here as I play with it more.

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An Awesome R/C Car Race

October 18th, 2012 Comments off

This is what Micro R/C’s are all about.

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Air Hogs Heli Replay

July 22nd, 2012 Comments off

I’m not sure how the Air Hogs Heli Replay slipped past me but I am glad that I have finally found it. This is the heli that I have been waiting for from Air Hogs for a while now. The coolest part about it is that it is a great price as well. More on that later.

Here are some of the features of the Heli Replay:

  • Dual blade
  • Integrated giro
  • Real forward/back/left/right control along with throttle
  • Infrared controller
  • Infrared Smartphone adapter 
  • Compatible with Apple iPod Touch/iPhone & Android phones
  • Free Smartphone app available for both platforms

The above list is enough to perk my ears up but as good as this is the price is also very good as well. Amazon has it for $45 which is great for such a well equipped heli.

I am sad to say that I have not had the pleasure of flying the Heli Replay yet, but be sure, I will get one as soon as I am able and will report back.

Here are some videos of the Air Hogs Heli Replay -

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Air Hogs Hover Assault Vehicle

July 7th, 2012 Comments off

Air Hogs has come out with a new helicopter/car/assalt vehicle called the Hover Assault Vehicle. It looks like a lot of fun.

I have not seen them in the local stores yet, but as soon as I do I will get one and post my review. In the mean time here is a video from the daddydoes.com website -

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Air Hogs Helix 360 – Hands on Review

November 1st, 2010 Comments off

Air Hogs is stepping up their game by releasing the Helix 360 which is a 4 channel helicopter that is similar to the size as the Havoc Heli and the Syma S107. I got my hands on one and layout the good and the bad of it below.

The Good

  • Small and lightweight – about the size of a Havoc Heli
  • Durable plastic instead of foam
  • Extra tail rotors included in the package

The Bad

  • Price – $80
  • Stability – Gyro only affects tail
  • Controllability - takes a lot of practice to control it well

My Hands on Experience with the Helix 360

I was really excited initially when I stumbled upon the Air Hogs Helix 360 at Target. I had not heard of it before and was taken back that this little copter had 4 channels and a gyro built into it. The price seemed a little high but I expected there to be a more real helicopter feel to it with the extra channel so I figured it would be worth it.

Out of the box the micro heli seemed like it was put together well and it charged up pretty quick. My initial flight with the Helix 360 wasn’t near as fun as I expected it to be though. It took a little effort to trim the copter and even when I could not trim it any more I still could not get it to hover in place. It always wanted to go to the left a little no matter how much I turned the trim knob.

Forward flight did not seem much better then what you would get with a Havoc Heli. It would go forward when you push the stick but then would rock back some and then go forward a little more. I really expected more from a 4 channel helicopter.

On my first flight I got about 7 minutes of flight time from the Helix. The copter was a little difficult to control compared to other 2 and 3 channel micro helis that I have flow. This is understandable though as the extra channel does require more input and concentration. I guess the issue that I had was that I seemed to spend more time concentrating on getting it not to do something I didn’t want it to do as opposed to doing what I wanted it to do. I fly these things to have fun and buzz my kid’s and dog’s heads, not to fight against them.

Compared to the Syma S107

The overall feeling of flying the Helix 360 wasn’t near as fun as what I experienced with the Syma S107. There are two main reasons for this – price and stability.

The price of the S107 is only $30 which is nearly 1/3 of the Helix 360. This makes it easier to swallow (and justify) when purchasing. With the Syma you aren’t spending much so your expectation isn’t as high but then it blows you away. With the Helix you are paying a good amount and personally I was disappointed with the performance at the price I paid. I expected more then what I got from the Syma.

Out of the box the Syma was stable and hovered in place without any trimming. Forward flight is a little bit of struggle with it but so is it with the Havoc Heli and the rest of the small and inexpensive micro heli’s. As mentioned above even after doing a lot of trimming the Helix did not hover as well as the Syma.

Overall the Syma had more of a wow and fun factor (especially for the price) then the Helix 360. I feel like I got more then my money’s worth with the Syma S107. I felt like I wanted my money back with the Helix 360.

If you are looking for a micro helicopter that is going to give you the most bang for your buck I would recommend the Syma S107.

Conclusion

It is cool to see Air Hogs pushing the envelope and packing so much technology into a small package. Unfortunately I don’t think they quite delivered for the price on this one. The Air Hogs Helix 360 is a great idea but not the best execution. My recommendation would be to spend your money on a Syma S107 instead.

Videos

Hear are some videos of the Air Hogs Helix 360

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8CEN7cHRRg

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wt_E3OLHYT8

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Air Hogs Hawk Eye – Your Own Personal Video Helicopter

October 6th, 2010 Comments off

Air Hogs has come out with their new Hawk Eye video helicopter that allows you to take photos and video while flying. This is the perfect spy helicopter! It has built-in memory so you can take photos and videos and then use the included USB adapter to transfer them to your computer.

The Hawk Eye is basically a Havoc Heli but without the tail rotor and a larger midsection that houses the camera. It has built in stability software that gives it better flying characteristics then previous Havoc Heli’s.

The camera is activated via the controller an allows you to snap photos and/or start and stop the video camera.

The best thing about the Hawk Eye is the price – it only goes for about $70 which is much cheaper then other heli’s with built in cameras (I think the next cheapest goes for around$300). Amazon has the Hawk Eye available and you can get free 2 day shipping with their Amazon Prime Trial Membership.

Here are some videos of the Hawk Eye in action.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkcuXr9wRaQ

Air Hogs Apache Havoc Helicopter – Only $23.99

February 15th, 2008 Comments off

The Air Hogs Apache Havoc Helicopter is a pretty standard Havoc Heli accept for the fact that it is modeled after the ever popular Military AH-64 Apache Helicopter. The Apache Havoc Heli is the familiar drab green color and sports the familiar dual cockpit of the original Apache.

The Apache Havoc Heli is loaded with the newest of control software from Air Hogs that gives it more responsive controls.

During Christmas I saw these going for up to $75 each but Amazon has them for an amazing $25 now. This is definitely the best RC helicopter to pick up for price.

You can get it here at Amazon.com or at the link above.

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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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