RC On a Budget

And by budget, I mean cheap and cheerful. Most people that are into the hobby will tell you it can’t be done cheep, well not as cheap as we’re talking. They’ll tell you that at these prices all you can get yourself are kids toys, but what’s wrong with kids toys? It doesn’t stop them from counting as RC models does it? I go from flying my hundreds, if not thousands of pounds worth or model planes and heli’s to chucking one of these £60 machines around the air and honestly, most of the time I have more fun messing around with the little machines. But what are these mystery machines? There are two that I’m going to write about today. The Parkzone Mini Vapor, and the Hubsan X4. Lets start with the Vapor. Image This little beast will set you back a mere £60. And that’s with everything, model, transmitter, battery and charger! And believe me, it’s worth every penny!   After spending a whole day flying both the Vapor and the Hubsan around in my gliding club hanger, aswell as the clubhouse I can confidently tell you this docile little machine really is brilliant. It flies around almost silently, and very slowly. Performing gradual sweeping turns or tight spirals. Altitude adjustments are easy as it has plenty of power and elevator control. and best of all, it’s really easy to fly! Perfect for someone who has never flown before.   Out of the box all you have to do is insert the batteries into the included controller and battery charger, then charge the flight battery which only takes half an hour or so and gives you nearly 10 mins of flight time! Once the battery is charged its very simple to plug-in, and affix to the bottom of the model using Velcro. Now you’re ready to take to the skies! Half throttle will get you easily off the ground or any reasonably sized table, and this thing will just potter around gracefully. Landings just as easy too as its impossible to get this thing to stall. Now the Hubsan X4! Hubsan X4   Wow, Just Wow! I’m used to flying Quads around that are 10 times the size, and more than 10 times the cost and this thing is just better! Yes its only a “toy”, and no it can’t carry a big fancy camera and any of that stuff, but I just want one! And I want all of my friends to get one too so we can all go fly these around. Now Quadrocopters are usually rather tricky to fly, one of the main issues being the orientation of the aircraft, but these things are easy, so easy. You do of course still get the orientation problems, but all you have to do is spin the thing back round, or let go of the sticks entirely as this things on board brain is fantastic. It keeps the thing dead level, even in a rather stong breeze (of course we had to test it in more than “a breeze” and it coped amazingly well). Almost anyone can pick up the controls for the Hubsan in almost any sized space and be flying one of these around like a pro. It has 3 built-in flight modes, beginner, advanced and aerobatic. Yes you read that right, this thing will do flips! For a measly £30 you get the model, a battery, the controller and a USB battery charger. Additional batteries are easily available for a very low-cost as well as other spare parts for when you eventually break a propeller, which is nice.   I can do nothing but praise these two models, and i think anyone would be happy with either of them, or both! perfect for beginners and the wizened pros alike, these just give you a break from the hustle and bustle to just mess around with a few toys again. Now to stop boring you with words and show you a few photos! IMG_6545 IMG_6572      IMG_6808 IMG_6805