Shiny new toy

This weekend, I went into my local hobby store, looking for a simple "toy" helicopter, similar to the one I mentioned previously. They didn't have one, but they had a number of "real" model helicopters. The distinction I'm making here is that a "toy" helicopter doesn't have cyclic pitch control, and a "real" one does. So after a short discussion with the sales guy, I ended up with an Eflite Blade CP. In my enthusiasm to grab the shiny new toy and take it home, I made a tactical error. The package comes complete with it's own transmitter, and of course since this is the USA, it is set up Mode 2. But I fly Mode 1. D'oh! I haven't yet decided whether to attempt the surgery to swich modes on the transmitter, or just to learn to fly Mode 2. Helicopters are a whole other ballgame compared to fixed-wing anyway...

The Blade CP comes fully-assembled. All I had to do was charge the battery and attach it with the provided hook-and-loop fastener tape. Speaking of charging, the provided "wall-wart" charger is pretty pathetic. The instructions say it should fully charge the battery in about 3 hours. But this didn't seem to be the case. Fortunately, I have a peak-detecting fast charger I can use. So far, that's my only complaint about the product.

I spent a couple of hours "skating" the helicopter around the living room floor. There's a slight Catch-22 with helicopters, which is that they are harder to fly when they are close to the ground, but if you get too high, you can't just chop the throttle if you get disorientated. For now, I'm staying low. I'll probably blog some more about learning to fly this thing, especially any Aha! moments that may occur.

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Saw you problem regarding the Blade CP set up as mode 2. I'm hoping to get one but would have the same problem. Did you manage to convert the trasmitter to mode 1?

Posted by Glenn Veasey on October 02, 2005 at 08:43 PM PDT #

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