I just had to say I picked a Havoc Cyclone yesterday for $10, and it was great. So great, that today I had to bike over and get another for my brother.
These are tons of fun. They require some manual trimming to get them to fly just right (mostly to offset the relatively large torque), but when they are trimmed you can fly them just about anywhere. My brother's is the more powerful one of the two: his can go into vertical climbs very easily. Mine is a little weaker, and prefers to just cruise around, but definitely has enough power. There is about 6-7 minutes quality flight time before it becomes difficult to stay up.
I love how they are easy to fly, but take some time to master how to combine throttle with turning. Namely, high throttle for right turns, low for left (the torque makes this the optimal way to turn). Two in the air is also fun, and we've had a few mid air collisions already. Good for dogfights, but I don't want to risk getting chopped up in an enemy prop!
Durability is impressive. I've had dozens upon dozens of crashes into the wall, but the light weight keeps it from hurting itself. I have only a few very minor dents on the leading edge.
In short, this is an awesome product, especially given the money I spent.
I took a few short clips of it flying around the house as proof that it really does fly nice.
Obviously, like many of you, I love flying. It was only natural then that on a flight from LA to Seattle then back that I went picture happy and snapped as many pictures as I could from the air. What can I say, it's hard to screw up aerial photos. Here's a collection the shots I took, some great, some not so great. It's a bit of a shame I can only show them compressed like this....Continue Reading