Apr 2, 2009

Indoor Diversion - Venom R\C's Micro Rescue Heli

A year or so stopped by the hobby booth at the local airshow, and made an impulse purchase of my first ever micro heli. Now micro heli's are almost everywhere, and I've had opportunity to play with a few. Some of these little heli's are heavier than others, and some are better constructed and more durable, but all are loads of fun. They are designed to be flown indoors with an infrared transmitter, providing an up close flying experience.

These little helicopters are all two channel, one channel is to control the speed of the fixed main rotor (lift), and the other controls the tail rotor (yaw). They are weighted in the nose to keep them moving forward while flying. My heli didn't move forward very fast, so I placed scotch tape between the skids to deflect the rotor wash and create some more forward movement. This works quite well, though it adds a little weight, and when your this small, any weight is your enemy.

If your in the market for a micro heli, I'd probably be more inclined to recommend one of the Airhog micro heli's over this Venom Micro Rescue. The Venom is too heavy with its plastic shell, making flight times short, and it seems to lack decent forward motion, without modification.

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