Thursday, March 31, 2011

4G6S Back in action!

IMG_2691 by rakh1

After a late night rebuild my heli is back in working order. It took an hour to put everything back on, and another 15 mins to balance it all out. Am now looking forward to my next crash...urg, I mean flight!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Mini DV Camera

Check this out - 5cm tall, 19g weight and takes 480p footage direct to mini-sd card. Perfect to try and capture some of these crashes from on-board the helicopter... should also be useful filming my mountain-bike crashes... available for £13 now - link in title!

Sunday, March 27, 2011


IMG_2688 by rakh1
Oops - was getting a bit too brave and got disorientated - heli came down upside down fast and missed the grass, hitting the tarmac. I reacted badly by slamming the throttle wide open. The resulting crunch followed by a little 'funky chicken' was somewhat painful to witness. I've broken the tail boom, tail drive, main gears, lower chassis, canopy and a set of blades - total cost - £22 in P&P :(

Saturday, March 26, 2011

E-Flite Blade 450

Am getting used to the smaller helicopter now - so time for something a little larger - and more capable in the wind. My decision was made just in time to pre-order the newest 450 size heli on the market - the E-Flite Blade 450 (link in title). It is about 2.5 times the size of the Walkera and a lot more powerful. Spares should be easier to find too. It should be shipped in a few weeks...

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Nitro Heli

After a long hibernation J tried to coax his nitro heli into the air - it didn't quite make it... :(

Sunday, March 06, 2011

First flight of Walkera 4G6S

So, after much simulator practice, and several hops around the floor of the house I finally took my helicopter out for a proper fly. It was a bit windy - but I only crashed it once (luckily not caught on camera). It is much more stable than I was expecting and coped with the wind well. This was the last flight (of four) so the batteries are starting to go...

Saturday, March 05, 2011

New Mouse - RAT 9

I bought a new mouse today having seen it in WIRED magazine. The RAT 9 is totally customisable to your hand...and looks, well, like some kind of robotic snack :) The base station also doubles as a charger and weight carrier (yes, weights so you can alter the feel of the mouse). Totally OTT - I love it!!!