RC Toy Helicopters have made it possible for anyone to enjoy flying
. They are not complicated or maintenance intensive, they are surprisingly easy to fly, and most are very inexpensive.
Sure, they don't offer the same level and precision of flight control as a true hobby grade
RC helicopter. They are however still surprisingly fun to pilot and the perfect choice if you are just starting out and want to know if you even enjoy flying something remotely before investing in a true hobby grade bird.
For all ages and abilities, you
really can’t go wrong getting one.
From 8 to 80...everyone enjoys flying
these little indoor helicopters.
How Do They Work?
The most common, and as it turns out the least expensive design offers two channels of control - lift & yaw (turning). They use one main rotor and a tail rotor to counteract the
. The main rotor controls lift by speeding up and down, and the tail rotor allows right and left turns by speeding up and slowing down. Those are the two channels of control, speed of the main and tail rotor - very simple.
With a little bit of nose weight to shift the center of gravity forward of the main rotor mast, these very simple little 2 channel toy helis will slowly drift forward giving forward flight.
The other 2 channel control method (as seen in the above video of the Air Hogs "Pocket Copter") uses two counter or "contra" rotating rotors to supply both lift and yaw control. Again weight is used to change the center of gravity to allow faster or slower forward flight. The precision of control in any 2 channel toy helicopter as I mentioned is not great, but they are still very fun to fly!
The other toy helicopter design that is very common is the 3 channel coaxial toy heli. Just as with the
micro coaxial hobby grade RC helicopters
, these toy versions use two counter rotating main rotors like with the simple Air Hogs Pocket Copter and by altering the speed of the rotors to one another, you can turn (yaw) the helicopter left and right (1st channel) as well as control lift (2nd channel).
The 3rd channel of control is used to control the speed and direction of a small tail rotor, but this tail rotor is mounted horizontally, not vertically. The way it works is if it blows air down the tail of the toy helicopter will pitch up and the heli will fly forward slowly. If the tail fan direction is reversed and blows up, the tail will pitch down the heli will slowly drift backwards.
The video above is showing a new 3 channel toy type heli with a horizontal tail rotor called the
. The iSuper is not really a toy heli, but it has that same type of 3 channel control so that's why I'm mentioning it here. What makes this little 3 channel heli so different is you control it with an i-device (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch). This is the same idea Parrot uses with their (albeit much more sophisticated)
quadrocopter. Click here
to learn more about the iSuper Heli and where to get it.
BLADE SCOUT CX
Hobby grade quality and control performance at toy helicopter pricing and flying ease!
Nope, it's not a toy grade heli, but the price would make you think otherwise. I had to include the Scout on this page for those of you who know you want more than a toy grade heli but don't want to spend a lot and still get into all the benefits that go along with a hobby grade machine (namely better quality/performance, the ability to replace/update parts, & purchase extra flight batteries for back to back flights).
The Blade Scout is a 3 channel micro coaxial but unlike the 3 channel toy coaxial helis that use those little horizontal tail rotors to pitch the heli forward and backward, the Scout uses true
(a tilting swashplate to change the pitch of the main rotors). This will give you much better hover and directional control. The Scout CX also incorporates a true heading lock gyro for impressive yaw stability and control.
In addition to the obvious control and performance improvements over a simple toy heli, the Blade Scout comes with a 2.4 GHz radio instead of the much more basic infra-red controller found on most toy grade helicopters. This provides a superior communication link to your heli and is not effected by high levels of ambient light or other infra-red interference by other IR sources or reflective surfaces. All this technology for only $50.00 USD!
I'm super stoked over this little heli and think it's by far the best choice of any of these toy type micro RC helicopters from a performance/quality to cost ratio. In short - this is the heli I'm gifting to several people this Christmas. Toy price but hobby grade quality and performance - very sensible & logical purchase in my opinion.
and have a look at video below to find out more about it.
There are also a growing number of inexpensive 4-channel palm sized quad rotor helicopters such as the
that could almost be considered a toy considering the fairly low cost and easy flying characteristics, but they are much more than a toy and can even do basic aerobatics. Feel free to read about this new generation of micro quad rotor on my
Toy grade RC helicopters are introducing so many kids and adults alike to the wonderful world of RC flight and in a very inexpensive manner. So many people who are first introduced to the hobby with one of these simple toy helicopters are bitten by the RC helicopter bug and progress into larger and better hobby grade radio controlled helicopters.
Toy mini RC helicopters are popular not only because are they fun and inexpensive, but due to the low mass, slow rotor RPM, and slow flight speeds, they are also almost indestructible. The down sides to them are control precision and if they do break, you generally can't repair them. Again, the new Blade Scout bridges this gap between toy and hobby grade.
Flexible Rotor Blades On The Havoc Heli - Very Tough
There are all sorts of new micro toy helicopters now building from the success of the original #1 selling Havoc such as the Battling Havocs, Havoc Hawk Eye, Havoc Pocket Copter, and Sharpshooter.