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11-12-2005 10:03 PM  12 years agoPost 1
Nitrohuffer

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$60 for a coaxial electric. Someone go buy one! I'm curious to see if flies as junky as it looks. I cant tell if it's tethered or not, but it looks great for kids and uber noobs. The reviews seem to say it's pretty durable. Here's the link: http://www.radioshack.com/product/i...rentPage=search

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11-12-2005 10:12 PM  12 years agoPost 2
Phil_Mart

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It looks like one of those sit on the base station to charge the battery for a 20 second flight lump of foam heli's. Looks like the heath and safety crew have got to it as well with those blade guards.

Wonder when we'll have to fit them to our nitro heli's


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11-12-2005 10:35 PM  12 years agoPost 3
Luckylandings

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Wonder when we'll have to fit them to our nitro heli's
Thats the day I start flying in my own field with a TX in one hand and holding up a finger with the other!

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11-12-2005 10:40 PM  12 years agoPost 4
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I had (and still have) one of those too. It is basically one of those Air Hogs. I thought it was pretty fun, I just felt like more of an idiot playing with something that resembled more of a toy.

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11-12-2005 11:03 PM  12 years agoPost 5
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11-13-2005 01:07 AM  12 years agoPost 6
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I manage a Radio Shack, and yes, we have the little Spin Blade helicopter. This unit flys very nicely, with nice proportional throttle control and a direct drive tail rotor. The CG or trim is such that the little heli moves slowly forward. You can actually fly this little heli around quite nicely. We keep a demo unit ready to fly in the store. Flight time is about 10 minutes on a charge. The included LiPo pack takes about 30 minutes to fully charge with the base/charger unit that is powered by six "C" cell alkaline batteries. Almost everyone that has tried to fly it ended up buying one. And being hooked on heli's, I take the time to "talk-up" full featured electric and fuel powered heli's. I can't keep them in my store, going through 6 units a week right now.

By the way, I have a Blade CP with over 250 battery charges through it. My wife recently ordered me a HoneyBee CP, the new one.

Gerry Cullan,
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11-13-2005 01:32 AM  12 years agoPost 7
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I manage a Radio Shack, and yes, we have the little Spin Blade helicopter. This unit flys very nicely, with nice proportional throttle control and a direct drive tail rotor. The CG or trim is such that the little heli moves slowly forward. You can actually fly this little heli around quite nicely. We keep a demo unit ready to fly in the store. Flight time is about 10 minutes on a charge. The included LiPo pack takes about 30 minutes to fully charge with the base/charger unit that is powered by six "C" cell alkaline batteries. Almost everyone that has tried to fly it ended up buying one. And being hooked on heli's, I take the time to "talk-up" full featured electric and fuel powered heli's. I can't keep them in my store, going through 6 units a week right now.

By the way, I have a Blade CP with over 250 battery charges through it. My wife recently ordered me a HoneyBee CP, the new one.

Gerry Cullan,
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11-13-2005 01:52 AM  12 years agoPost 8
E30TECH

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Do RR members get a discount I need something new for inside the house.

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11-13-2005 02:27 AM  12 years agoPost 9
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I wish I could give RR members a discount. Heck, I wish I could give anyone interested in it a discount. Does that make me a "heli-pusher?"

The construction is very light and strong. The rotor blade safety cage is all carbon fiber rod and is amazing in its light weight and strength. The little Spin Blade is built to fly, but if it does crash, it is so light and there is so little inertia, that damage to the heli and impact area is mininal to nonexistent.

By the way, you can break the Spin Blade, as my store is on its second demo unit. The first one bit the dust when one of my associates took it out to the parking lot, hit the throttle, got it quite high, paniced, and completely chopped the throttle. The fall was described as twice the height of the large light poles. Damage on hitting the asphalt was probably not too bad. But it hit right in front of a car leaving the parking lot. Witnesses say that both front and rear tires went over the poor little Spin Blade. And as expected, the car never slowed, let alone stopped.

So if you do by a Spin Blade, don't crash it in front of a moving car LOL!

Gerry Cullan,
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11-13-2005 04:57 AM  12 years agoPost 10
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Great! Now we have radio shack guys crashing helis into cars in thier parking lot! If they do start to carry a .30, we will have to use those blade thingy`s for sure!

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11-13-2005 05:33 AM  12 years agoPost 11
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here here, i am a radio shack guy as well. Not a manager but a pretty good sales man. Any way not to toot my own horn but yeah it is an ok toy. i play with it while at the store, when i can,t fly my Blade, "potential law suit,women children" any way i am rambling. Just got off after 11 hours at radioshack today. The blade is great though, had to buy a second pack because i finally got to where i don't go through parts faster than packs.

Thinga are never as hard as they seem(except helis)

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11-13-2005 12:43 PM  12 years agoPost 12
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By the way, one of the key adjustments to the Radio Shack Spin Blade is equal pitch to the rotor blades. Out of the box, it is not unusual to have the little heli yaw one way or the other. The included instructions are clear about tweaking the pitch of the blades. Once properly tweaked, the little heli will take off, hover, and move forward without yaw. Shorts bursts of the tail rotor will easily steer the heli. One of the things I do in the store is to fly it over and around customers, have them hold out their hand, and then land it in their hand.

It is so easy to fly that almost anyone can do it. Although I do have one associate that has been banned from touching it. And it's not just the heli he's been banned from, but all R/C toys. The poor guy just cannot control them at all!

Gerry Cullan,
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11-15-2005 12:31 AM  12 years agoPost 13
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11-15-2005 10:25 AM  12 years agoPost 14
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Are the controls on the transmitter set up like a "normal" transmitter? In other words, throttle and rudder on the left stick and cyclic on the right stick? If so, I just may have to get one of these.

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11-15-2005 12:10 PM  12 years agoPost 15
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No. It's typical Radio Shack/Toys R Us crap. I went and looked at one yesterday. Left stick is up/down only. Controls speed of fixed pitch rotors for up/down. Right stick moves left/right only and varies the speed of one or both of the rotors individually to produce a yaw. It must have a certain degree of "forward" built in and you produce a yaw to make the thing turn. I'm gonna let them sell it to someone else. I'll take my $60 and buy glow fuel.

-Mark

There, their and they're. It's really that simple.

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11-15-2005 12:18 PM  12 years agoPost 16
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Actually, you are wrong about the controls. Yes, the left stick controls throttle to both rotors, thus controlling lift. The right stick controls the little tail rotor motor, thus providing left/right yaw control. Don't knock it if you haven't tried it, for it is a nice little machine. Yes, it has limitations as compared with a full-featured heli. But it performs quite nicely as intended.

I also have a Blade CP and my HoneyBee CP2 arrived yesterday. Bell-Hiller mixing is sweet!

Gerry Cullan,
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11-15-2005 02:05 PM  12 years agoPost 17
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My first heli was back in 1973 when for Xmas I got a heli which was connected by an arm to a base and flew using piano wire to drive the main blades.


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11-16-2005 09:44 PM  12 years agoPost 18
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I played with one of these when i was at lunch, no offense but it was kinda retarded. Left stick controls the blade speed. Right stick spins the heli in left circles and right circles. There's no way to crash, you can't control forward/backward/left/right. It basically goes up vertically and spins in circles.

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11-16-2005 10:28 PM  12 years agoPost 19
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Verdict= it sucks. Thanks guys.

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11-16-2005 10:58 PM  12 years agoPost 20
Luckylandings

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you can't control forward/backward/left/right.
Wow and $60 for that!

At least the old school big red flashlight type with the wire and the little people you had to try and pick up had some fore and aft cyclic!
If you spin the little end pc or tilt your wrist anyway..hehehe
Did any of you guys play with those when you were a kid?
I remeber having a sore thumb from that little silver button..
And with a fresh set of D`s that little blue heli would flex the wire and come over the top at ya! haha I decapitated many of those little plastic figures holding the hoops and triangles..

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