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Jul 30, 2016, 10:53 PM
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Revisited review: WLtoys Q282G hexacopter

WLtoys Q282G RTF FPV Hexacopter from (4 min 3 sec)

Back around Halloween 2015, I had the opportunity to review a neat little machine from and I figured it was worth revisiting.

The WLtoys Q282G was the first micro hexacopter with a 5.8GHz FPV system and onboard video capabilities. At the time, I asked if the Q282G was a sort of heir apparent to the still popular V911 fixed pitch helicopter.

I said that despite the fantastic flight characteristics, the surprisingly good video and a battery powered FPV screen worthy of a more expensive model, there was a big bugaboo.

The radio range.

Try as I might, the model wouldn't fly out more than about 40 or 50 feet - if even that - before it lost signal and crashed. Some discussions here on RCGroups regarding truncated radio range on WLtoys transmitters led me to pick up a pair of 2.4GHz router antennas from for the princely sum of about seven bucks, shipped free thanks to Amazon Prime.

That did the trick after a bit of soldering and slicing of the phony antenna stub. I thought it would be fun to dust it off and give it a whirl since I hadn't done so since the successful test flights after the antenna mod. had forwarded two additional li-pos for the model; one was still in the wrapper! I charged it up, powered up the little hexacopter and took it outside for a real boogie blast on both 80% and 100% control rates.

Not only will it go from full speed to turning around inside of its own length on 100% rates, it does so smoothly. Of course, I had no worries about loss of signal since the Q282G now flies out of sight if I'm not careful.

So, as I write, another battery is on the charger for some indoor fun. The YouTube video above is from the original review and it does a great job of showing off the amazing 720p video capability of the Q282G.

Tmart has since lowered the price to US$92.99 with worldwide free shipping, making this great little hexacopter an even better deal. My suggestion would be to pick up a router antenna or two while you're at it.

It's available here at
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