Posted by IndiaHobby |
Jun 06, 2014 @ 04:11 PM | 1,717 Views
What To Buy : 5 minute overview and recommendation from a Hobbyist
Blade Nano QX (RTF): $89 : 5"x5", weighs less than 18 grams, 4-6 minute flights, small enough to fly inside office/living room space, blade guards are provided as a safety feature for new pilots, has a sophisticated flight control software that keeps it stable during a hover. Developed and distributed by a popular US brand - parts are easily available at every local hobby shop and online. Designed for beginners - very easy to fly - does not require any prior training. Very little mass, thus does not result in damage during crash landings. Will help gauge user's interest and skills in flying quad copters.
HeliMax 1Si (RTF): $139, 5"x5", weighs 45 grams, 5-8 minute flight time, small enough to fly inside office/living room space, in built HD camera, innovative 'Return-To-Home' feature, stable flight characteristics. Developed and distributed by a major US brand - parts are easily available at every local hobby shop and online.
Hubsan X4 H107C (with 2 MP camera): $75 - $90: 5"x5", weighs less than 40 gms, 5-7 minute flight time, small enough to fly indoors or outdoors, in-built 2 MP camera, stable flight characteristics, designed for beginners and very easy to fly after reading the manual and/or watching a few Youtube videos. Developed and distributed by Chinese company - so parts are not available at local hobby shops but easily available online (
I am a Marketing & Business Analyst by profession and have been interested in gadgetry and RC since child-hood days.
To my credit thus far, I have scratch built a Galelio's telescope, a solar cooker, and a motorized tank.
I was introduced to planes through the rubber-powered models and I have unsuccessfully flown/successfully crashed the following:
Megatech Skyliner (sold)
Hobbico Piper Cub (RIP)
Self built Piper Cub - with Dollar Store foam and HobbyKing electonics - Crashed/Repaired/Dismantaled !
E-Flite CX2 Heli - One sold and have another in the hangar (Available for sale for $80 local and $90 shipped to CONUS)
Flyzone Playmate - repaired many times, but still flies now gutted and parts user on other projects
Flyzone Albatros - Sold at the NVRC auction
Parkzone Sukhoi SU-26m - Don't know how to fly - Too fast for me - Sold at the NVRC auction
Cushat - free flight - but attempting RC conversion - Was unable to convert into RC... ended up being too heavy