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Archive for the ‘Remote Control Helicopters’ Category
November 21, 2011
The RCHA (Remote Control Helicopter Association) is a great U.K resource for help, advice, tips, events news and support for the U.K’s RC helicopter community. Their online sector can be found at www.rcha-uk.com
Electric RC helicopters can offer an incredibly sociable hobby. The RCHA website is crammed FULL of hundreds of forum topics, discussions, instructional videos and general chitchat about all things RC! Forums are free to use and can be an invaluable resource for novices and experienced flyers alike.
The RCHA holds fairly regular events the U.K that are attended in impressive numbers. Some of the events are simply competitions and so on, but a bizarre RCHA tradition (which we love!) focuses around World Record Attempts and radio controlled helicopters. Currently registration is open for their next FunFly event, including optional camping (for £5 per night) and participation in a few World Record attempts. This time they’ll be taking on standard hovering, inverted hovering and scale hovering.
Clubs and Affiliates
There are plenty of RC chopper clubs associated with the RCHA up and down the U.K. A simple map tool shows users where to find various local clubs and competitions. The RCHA is maintained by die-hard RC fans who are great folks to get in touch with if you need advice concerning things like local law, club meetings etc. You can either use the contact form on the RCHA website, or alternatively email website curators at email@example.com
November 16, 2011
There are a million tips out there, but being the RC helicopter experts we are, we’ve complied our own top ten nuggets of advice just for you!
- Review your environment carefully before flight– no overhead wires, no potential human or animal casualties etc.
- Always check the integrity of radio controlled helicopters before you fly – screws, bolts etc.
- If you crash (which you probably will a fair few times at the beginning!) be sure to check your RC chopper for damage carefully – a dropped screw in a field of grass is a PAIN!
- Try to keep a record of tactics and techniques that caused problems, e.g. “tilted ‘copter too much into the wind and crashed”
- Hovering is pretty tough and requires both expert skill and more power, so if you’re on a hovering mission, take spare power and be prepared for a lot of non-hovering frustration!
- Carrying your fantastic new micro RC helicopter properly is as important as not crashing it into people’s houses. If you don’t treat it well, you can’t expect top performance.
- Join an RC club or online forum. There’s a lot to be learned from Youtube.com example videos although we also provide great online demo videos.
- Put in the time to learn a little about the mechanics of your RC hobby. We sell heaps of ready-made machines, but a little insider knowledge on your part can go a long way.
- Keep grandma away from the controls!
- Have fun!
September 13, 2011
Getting presents can be tricky. Sometimes, you might have no inspiration and end up wasting your hard-earned cash on inappropriate items. One common trap that people fall into is buying similar products time and time again. This can get boring and does not show a great deal of thought.So, to get something new and original, you might want to peruse our offerings here at Gadget-Box. We are passionate about exciting gadgets that can bring a smile to consumers’ faces.For example, you may decide to investigate the range of remote control helicopters we stock. These items provide the ultimate in escapism and are a hit among children and adults alike.Controlling gadgets remotely can be great fun. However, certain types of RC product have lost a little of their novelty because they have been around for so many years. In contrast, electric RC helicopters are relatively new and not many people have had the pleasure of using them.Whether you hand the items over as a birthday present, a Christmas gift or for any other occasion, they are bound to bring plenty of cheer and entertainment.Indeed, they often steal the show and there may well be a queue of people keen to have a go at using the product.Also, purchasing a micro RC helicopter may not cost as much as you think. Despite the fact they are hugely impressive, they are in fact fairly cheap to buy. This is great news if you are operating on a budget.
August 10, 2011
Remote control helicopters aren’t just for boys. Many girls have just as much fun with remote control toys as boys do. But it can be difficult to find helicopters in colours that girls will like, especially if they like colours that are more traditionally thought of as “girl colours.” Here are a couple of our radio controlled helicopter toys in colours that girls might appreciate.
Pale blue is a good colour for girls, and if this is a colour you think the little lady on your gift list would like, you’ll want to check out our Z-Series Z008 Infarared 4CH with Gyroscopes System Helicopter. It works with a Lithium Polymer Battery, has an infrared control system, and has a flight duration of 6 to 7 minutes.
Another colour that can work for girls is yellow. One of our choices for yellow helicopters is SYMA S031G Gyro Metal Frame Coaxial. This comes in bright yellow and black, and features include: alloy structure, electronic fine tuning for more stable flying, all around 3 channel control, and an advanced intelligent balance system.
These are just a couple of examples of remote control helicopters that could work for girls. We also have them in red, white, orange, and many other colours that girls might like. If you aren’t sure what colour to buy, why not ask the person you are buying for to be sure you find something she will love?
Be sure to check out our many other products including remote control tanks, boats, and more.
July 31, 2011
The fickle UK weather will, unfortunately, play a huge role in how often you can take your bird out to log some flight time. The rule of thumb tends to be that if it doesn’t look like decent kite-flying weather, leave your radio controlled helicopter happy indoors!
Modern electric RC helicopters tend to be pretty resilient in terms of mild crashes. Many (particularly 2Ch models) come with crash-proof blades to account for the novice habit of flying them straight into the nearest wall. That said, in the case of bad weather there’s always a few maintenance odd and ends you can get on with. If your machine is only a 2Ch or 3Ch model, you can probably get away with flying it inside anyway.
• Check the helicopter body, landing gear and frame for cracks and other defects. If your machine has any glued-on parts, a cursory glance to make sure the glue is holding can prove beneficial.
• Check the screws etc on the helicopter. If your machine has seen a lot of flight time, the vibration of flying can work the odd screw loose. Thread-locking compound can help make sure tightened screws stay firmly in place.
• Keep an eye on the life of your batteries. Even rechargeable batteries loose a little effectiveness over time so consider investing in a couple of spares just in case.
Most of our RC helicopters are RTF (Ready to Fly), which is great in terms of low maintenance use.
July 20, 2011
Choosing the best radio controlled helicopter for your skill level, budget and usage requirements can seem a bit daunting, so here are a few key differences and recommendations on the ancient debate of 4Ch vs. 6Ch electric RC helicopters!
• 4Ch helicopters have fixed blades, limiting lift and control a little. This makes them pretty cheap and great for beginners/intermediates wanting to fly machines stable enough to take on the outdoors (one strong wind and your 2Ch is gone!)
• Like their great big human-carrying relations, 6Ch helicopters enjoy the feature of main blades that can change their pitch angle. This means you can look at the blades head-on and see them change through a range of angles; this helps add lift and control. For example, say the helicopter is hovering and you’d like to fly straight up, increase the pitch angle of the main blades, increase the throttle a little to accommodate for the increase in drag and there you go! Increased blade pitch = increased lift. That sort of trick is tougher on a 4Ch or lower.
Making the move to a 6Ch machine can be great fun, but they are more costly than 2Ch, 3Ch and 4Ch models. If you’re new to the hobby and looking to have a bit of fun rather than get right in with the fanatics straight away, go for something like the “9074 3Ch Radio Controlled Metal Helicopter with GYRO” – lightweight, great value and serious fun in the sky!
July 15, 2011
Electric RC machines suffer a reputation of being unreliable, costly to fix and prone to temperamental breakages that render your new RC car useless until you save the £350,000 necessary to fix that one tiny part! Of course, that reputation is a load of rubbish, which is why we think today’s blog entry is best devoted to beginner radio controlled helicopters and all the reasons why they’re awesome.
The simplest helicopters to fly are 3Ch (3 Channel) models with twin rotors. The rotors rotate in opposite directions, eliminating the need for a tail rotor and generally making the whole skill of flying a lot more accessible from the off. 3Ch helicopters are cheap, lightweight, small and nimble, with a very shallow learning curve and low chance of injury should you take one in the face!
There are downsides though; they’re diminutive size can work against them outdoors. A bit of wind can scoop up your bird and whisk it off forever! 3Ch machines perform best when flown indoors in large spaces.
There’s a huge element of control involved – forwards/backwards, up/down, left/right – all of which perform effectively. Most models come RTF (Ready to Fly) meaning you don’t need to bother with construction manuals or any kind of assembly process. Many models also have the brilliant feature of crash-proof blades to make sure the odd bump doesn’t write off your fun for the rest of the afternoon; it’s not going to survive a wood-chipper, but a few face-plants into the wall should be fine.
July 9, 2011
RC helicopters can be a fun and thrilling hobby even for the novice flyer. Sure, there’s the dated stereotype of radio controlled helicopters as being difficult to fly and insanely temperamental, but modern beginner models tend to come RTF (Ready to Fly) and often have features like twin rotor blades which spin in opposite directions, eliminating the need for a tail rotor and making basic lift-off-and-go flying a hell of a lot easier.
If you’re 100% new to the RC game, we reckon you’re definitely best starting out with an electric machine rather than heavyweight gas powered model. Beginner electric machines tend to offer a more manageable learning curve in terms of actual flight skill, maintenance and part replacement. They’re also a lot cheaper, which is a desirable quality if you’re not really sure how serious you are about becoming a fully fledged RC hobbyist.
Electric RC fans span the whole age, lifestyle and personality spectrum, and tend to be the best resource for things like practical flight guidance and help developing skills, learning machine maintenance etc. The manual supplied with your beginner machine will likely have a few golden hints and tips, but seeing real life examples is worth a thousand manual notes!
For more information on all our RC machines, you can either give us a call on 0800 0663424 or chat to one of our advisors online. We’re fanatical about getting new folks interested in RC machines and can offer the best advice around!
June 9, 2011
Getting set for a school holiday summer of fun, sun and play in the great UK weather is well underway here in the Gadget-Box studio. Taking our pick from this season’s new RC helicopters, cars, tanks, boats and all the mini moto world has to offer, here are our office picks of the day!
Remote Control Vehicles
We stock more remote controlled stuff than you could remotely shake a stick at! Pick of the day has to come from our range of nitro powered RC cars, and is the indomitable “1:10 Scale MEGA-P Nitro Powered 4wd Off-road Buggy 2 Speed Blue” featuring Himoto Nitro Powered 4-wheel drive and two speed transmission.
Sorry to all sports fans under fourteen-years-old, but our range of midi motos is only available for sale to those over fourteen-year-old. Still, if you ARE over fourteen-years-old, and under about ninety-years-old, models like the “Pocket Rocket Mini Moto 50cc POLICE” are pretty tough to beat in terms of super summer thrills and spills!
Our range of 49cc, 50cc and 110cc quad bikes offer a great way to enjoy the outdoors and kick up some dirt in the most fun way possible! Lots of our clients are folks like farmers looking to be able to cross large areas of land quickly and off-road. Remember though, our mini quads aren’t road legal so keep your fun off the road and on the dirt!
For more advice and info on our top summer products, chat to an advisor online using our easy chat application.
May 25, 2011
Buying presents for a partner, friend or family member can be rewarding. If you succeed in getting the individual items that they like, you have the satisfaction of knowing you have made them happy.
However, like many consumers, you might frequently struggle to source the best gifts around. After all, you might have a busy schedule and so getting out to the shops could be tricky. This may mean you leave the task of purchasing the item until it is too late and end up panic buying.
Also, it can be difficult getting inspiration when it comes to gifts. Birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas come around each year and so perpetually finding new and exciting things to hand over can be tough.
But there is a simple way to get fantastic ideas for presents and to buy the items quickly and easily. By coming to us here at Gadget Box, you can peruse a plethora of products ranging from board games to sophisticated remote control helicopters. This means you should be able to find something that is perfect for the recipient.
Because we provide such a wide range of items, you should be able to avoid the clichéd items that so often get handed over as presents. Also, all you need to get your hands on the radio controlled vehicles and other items we stock is a spare few minutes and an internet connection.
So, next time you are stuck for present ideas, you might want to consider coming here to peruse our model RC cars and other provisions.