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Old Oct 31, 2007, 11:28 PM
I WANT THE ****!!
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CLONE REPORT..Sky Scrambler / Picco z Knockoff

Went to buy some Halloween Candy at the local CVS today here in NJ and found this Picco Z clone for $19.99. I have only owned silverlit real deals so I thought I would give it a try. I figured it would be good to experiment with and if it sucked I could always return it.

First Impressions

Looks stupid compared to the original
Controller looks cheap
Infrared
3 different channels (mine is a red channel c)
No extra tail props
||Controller takes 6 AA batts

First Flight

Out of the box it actually flew pretty good, wasn't quite as smooth as the real thing and needed some triming, which works just like the original. I noticed a slight wobble so I added a little tape to one of the main rotors and that cured it. There were also no weight stickers so I taped on a small piece of paper clip on the front to get some nice foward movment.

After my quick fixes the thing actually behaves ALMOST as good as my original. Run time on the lipo was the usual 6-8 minuteds I'm used to. I have not tried the version 2 so I can't compare it to that. It has mulyiple throttle steps just like the original also, didn't bother to count but it feels the same as my picco.

|Here are some pics, I don't think it was a bad investment for $20, I have some nice epp from a car bumper so I think it will get a nice new body soon.







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Old Oct 31, 2007, 11:53 PM
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man, that's one ugly looking helicopter... and contoller too...
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Old Nov 01, 2007, 12:29 AM
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I'd have to agree. I think this one wins the ugly award!
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Old Nov 01, 2007, 12:34 AM
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Lol... Yep i agree, it's ugly!
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Old Nov 01, 2007, 01:14 AM
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Artistic (if not legal) license. But as Arnold Stang once said, "Some artists ought to have their licenses revoked!"
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Old Nov 01, 2007, 01:47 AM
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sheesh, that things retarded looking.. the controller is equally ugly
whys it got a huge lump on the top?? lmao
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Old Nov 01, 2007, 06:33 AM
Just go buy a Dragonus.
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Cool review! But ugly heli....
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Old Nov 01, 2007, 08:02 AM
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Man! ..it looks like Quasimodo lost his heli ..then someone else packaged and sold it
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Old Nov 10, 2007, 10:29 AM
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Hi,
that's right this picooz clone is ugly!

So change it!

I've got this small heli for the third of the price of a picooz.
However, for the third of the price i've got the third of the quality.
Mine doesn't fly well. The main rotor wobble. So I've got to fix it to make it turn well. With a little piece of plastic added on the top of the body, very clos to the rotor.

Once this thing done, it didn't change the look.
So, I've found some paper plan for a "huey iroquois" like helicopter on a japanese website.A JPG image.
I've printed first, and builded one, just to check if I could fit in.
yes, it could, with a minor resize of the picture.
The japanse plan paint scheme wasn't cool.
With a little time and an image editor, a changed the paint scheme.

The end is simple: print the paper plan, build the body around the helicopter, fly and have fun!
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Old Nov 10, 2007, 11:04 AM
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nice!!
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Old Nov 11, 2007, 02:16 PM
Oh no...hot glue is gone again
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that thing is UGLY!
now that they can't make identical copies, they are making even cheaper, stupid looking helis. good grief, the picooz copying never stops
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Old Nov 25, 2007, 12:11 AM
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Okay so I got one from CVS. I was bored okay..

And I take it home, stick 6 AA's in the controller, start charging the thing and the green charging light goes on for about a minute, then dies. When I turn on the copter, the red light flashes by the rotor like it's supposed to but nothing happens when I move the sticks.

Is there a simple explanation other than "this thing's a POS"?
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Old Nov 25, 2007, 01:49 AM
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Is there a simple explanation other than "this thing's a POS"?
Probably not.
I am loyal to Airhogs for their Aero Ace and Havoc Heli. After the abuse my Havoc Apache took over Thanksgiving break I think they deserve an extra $10 for a great product. I've seen the clones, not worth it...
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Old Nov 25, 2007, 01:51 AM
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Alrightey then, I'm returning it tomorrow. I may look into the originals then.
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