Saturday, March 5, 2011

RC haul

Finally picked up the Tamiya Avante I preordered a while ago (I got my name on one once I knew they were releasing this guy). It's truly a beautiful piece of machinery, carbon fibre chassis, tons of alloy parts, alloy oil shocks, includes a full set of ball bearings. I really like the sleek body style of this buggy, it just looks fast sitting there. Totally worth the wait and dollars!

Also picked up a little Blade Tandem RTF was a good deal!

The helicopter is a RTF model, it includes everything needed to fly including the transmitter, batteries for the transmitter, charger, and one battery. Additional batteries are $10 each, I got 2 extra for continuous play. Charge time takes about 30 minutes.

All RC micro helis don't look pretty under the body, there is basically only a skinny structure for mounting the electronics.

Since this is a coaxial rotor design, the heli is very easy to fly. It basically constantly stabilizes itself. So it is very hard to screw up on a coaxial heli. But with this design, the directional inputs are less reactive, which is great for beginners.

Once you get it up in the air, you can take your hands off the controller and it will just hover there.

I also love my D7000!!! I could never have taken these pictures with my old camera. These pics were taken by the D7000 + 35mm @ f1.8. The focusing was fast and these pics came out really sharp!

The only advantage I see in flying a coaxial is learning the directional controls since it allows a lot of room for errors. But since I've already played with other helis, this one got boring real quick. However, it still looks cool so it's still a bit fun. I would never go with a single rotor coaxial heli though...THAT would be boring. This on the other hand is much more fun to fly!

It's a Blade MSR, a micro fixed pitch heli. It is much more reactive and quicker than the Tandem. It is also amazingly durable, I've crashed this thing many many times into the wall. shelf, myself, anywhere you can think of and I have yet to replace ANY parts at all.

Oh well, for the price I got this for, it's still a fun heli to mess around with time to time. Plus, I could let some beginners try it out and it should get them addicted to it easier than a fixed pitch heli since it's a lot easier to get up and flying!

The Tamiya Avante will be built after I finish a few RC's that I've been holding off for a while. You will see all the delicious goodness of the build here when I build it!


  1. wow with your new cam you can take good photo of them flying.

  2. I have yet to try my foam helicopter, now that we have 10' tall ceilings, I bet it will be way more fun then wall, wall, wall!

  3. @LEon: YA! Hahaha I LOVE using a DSLR, makes everything pops out so much nicer haha!

    @Dan: Definitely try it out, especially when you have a tall ceilings! I can't wait until summer comes around so I will be able to fly them outside!