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Apr 11, 2016, 06:18 PM
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Two more multirotors for your reevaluation

Two very different machines are being represented today.

Last night, I had a hankerin' to fly a quad. Naturally, it had to have lights.

One of my previous reviews has the distinction of being one of the better lit models I've reviewed, namely the JJRC X6, also known as the Tarantula X6. Kinda easy to see why in the photo.

I actually reviewed this model twice if you were to count the separate review of the JJRC hi-def FPV system. Both reviews are right here:

The X6 was a model I was totally unprepared to like when I first got it. The controls are kind of twitchy on medium rates and really twitchy on high rates. Still, this incredibly popular model with its readily available replacement parts has a truly huge discussion thread here on RCGroups and I've linked to it in the first review.

With bright blue LEDs in the front arms and the "eyes" of the shell coupled with red LEDs out back, this logical layout makes flying the X6 a true pleasure at night. One simply has to be careful to land before the LVA kicks in and the lights start to flash.

While touchy for front yard sorties, the X6 comes alive in a wide open space. That upgraded FPV makes a huge difference over the stock camera, but naturally, I wasn't about to use the camera in the dark! Camera or not, the X6 is still a heck of a lot of fun.

Of course, nothing quite compares to a high-end multirotor with a carbon fiber frame, discrete electronics and brushless motors. Few manufacturers do them as well as Armattan Quadrocopters and Chris Leroux's peerless Armattan Quadrocopters Tricopter 258 CF is a fantastic example:

I have flown the living whee out of this model since I reviewed it; it's simply one of the most fun and best flying models I own. It's gone through a few tail servos and one tail motor ESC. Prior to the recent replacement of all three ESCs with Chris's new versions, it was exactly as Chris sent it.

This thing is, in a word, fast. It's also fun for some passes up and down the street; with the auto-leveling function switched on, it's a docile as a small quadcopter.

Time and weather allowing, I'll be putting some airplanes back in the air, so please watch this space!
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