I've ordered a 9116 this weekend for guaranteed delivery on Tuesday, October 9th!
Pretty excited about this bird and it will be the fourth in my fleet. I have a couple coaxials and when I was ready to step up to the next level, I decided to go with a WL V911 as my first 4ch. And while its an excellent heli, i've had this deep down desire to fly a bigger bird. Hence why I pulled the trigger on a 9116. I figured it requires the same skill level that the V911 does, its just fulfills that desire of flying a bigger helicopter.
I don't intend on this helicopter to be a daily flyer, I've got my V911 for that. More so, "the bigger bird to fly outside on nicer days" sort of helicopter.
Im aware of the weak tail motor issues. But fortunately, replacement tails cost about $4.99 from TMart, and it appears to be a relatively easy and inexpensive fix to make (no soldering from what I understand?). Also considering this won't be a daily flyer, I hope that i'll get a few decent flights over a couple weeks from this thing before having to make the repair.
In anticipation of the repair, I plan to order a replacement tail motor and some parts for this machine on my next payday. I also plan to order a spare battery to have on hand as well.
By reading this thread, it seems most of you have had a pretty good experience with the 9116. And even though it has some problems, 9116 owners have been able to look past that and really get some great enjoyment out of this machine.
I look forward to joining the ownership club