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I originally bought one of these for my Godson, I thought it best to fit batteries to the controller and charge the heli and make sure it works before giving it to him. I was so impressed I bought one for myself!
The first thing that strikes you is the quality. Most of these things are made of plastic and polystyrene - even the ones at £40+. This is all metal, with a solid plastic canopy and blades. Even the box it comes in looks good.
It's so stable and easy to fly. Most others require constant input on the controls. Once you've got it hovering, you can completely let go of the controls and it'll just hang in the air. It's not long before you can have it buzzing around the room, and landing accurately on drinks coasters.
Leave 10-15 minutes between charging and playing. Never over-charge the battery.
Never run the battery completely flat. Stop as soon as it struggles to gain height. Leave 15 minutes before charging
On your first flight, give it a bit of power and get about a meter above the ground. Any lower than that and you'll get 'ground effect' where the downdraught from the blades causes turbulence against the floor and makes it very unstable and either fall over or scoot across the floor. No need to touch the right hand joystick at this stage. Once it's hovering, use the trim control to straighten it if it's rotating to the left or right. After that it's just a question of playing. It's so stable that if you let go of the joystick it just stops and hovers in mid-air. It's very easy to get the hang of.
If you think you're going to crash, cut the power and let it drop to the ground. If the blades are obstructed and you've got power to them, the circuit board can fry. The helicopter's so tough it's unlikely to break when it hits the ground. If it does, it's far easier to replace a broken blade than a burnt-out control unit. If it lands on its side, pick it up and put it upright. It's tempting to just give it some power to use the blades to push it back upright. It certainly works but you'll wear out the motor.
Don't bother with the spares kit. It's about £6. The only thing that will realistically break is the blades. You're better off just buying a complete new helicopter for £14 and using that for parts if needed. I've had many crashes and it's still perfect.
Lastly, IT'S NOT A TOY! Well, it is a toy but in the same way that a sports car is a toy - in the wrong hands they can be very dangerous. The blades on this thing spin VERY fast, and can cause a nasty cut if it hits you.