“ Age: 6 Years+ / Type: Radio Controlled „
I have one of these planes I they are amazing for what they cost. They are so easy to fly and I can't believe they cost as little as £40. Alright I had to search around for that price, most places are closer to £80 / £90, but it proves that if you look around the bargains are there. Flying is simple, they climb automatically by using full power on each motor (It has 2), and controls left / right by adjusting the power to each side accordingly. No rudder controls is the key to how these can priced so low I'm sure. Great Fun - Highly Recommended. I purchased mine from www.grabagift.co.uk which was a steal at the time. I also bought a radio controlled hovercraft really cheap from them, check them out they're good.
This is one of those boy's toys that is only fully appreciated if you are a grown-up, but of course it's easier to justify if you've got a child (the smaller the better, then they can't fight you for it). However, whatever age you are, this is a great introduction to the hobby. When I were a lad, model aeroplanes were quite hard work - even if you bought a kit, the bits of balsa were never properly cut out and you had to play your Mum and Dad off against each other to be allowed a knife sharp enough to finish the job. Then you had to cover the frame in tissue paper and asphyxiate the household with the acetone-based dope used to seal the surfaces. Even the glue was pretty heady stuff, but it never occurred to anyone I knew to make that the hobby... Anyway, none of that is required here, the whole model being virtually complete, with motor and radio bits already installed. The only thing left to buy is a big pack of AA cells to power the transmitter (the bit of the radio you hold), but the plane's batteries and a charger are included. You have to set up the wing, which takes about 5 minutes, and there are few stickers to brighten it all up, but you've got two hours to do this, as the battery will need charging up. This is not a great hardship, as the main alternative forms of motive power are elastic (wimpy) and internal combustion (expensive, temperamental and noisy). The remaining thing you will need is a lot of space. Do not underestimate this - this might just be a toy aeroplane, but it can cover a lot of ground, and it takes some practice to be able to land it back at your feet. You also need plenty of height (i.e. no power cables or blocks of flats!) and as little wind as possible - if there's a light breeze at ground level, it's probably blowing quite hard fifty feet up and it would be a shame to lose your plane on its first outing. Flying the thing is great fun, and my initial fear that the b atteries would run out after five minutes proved groundless. In fact, they last nearly 20 minutes, by which time you will probably be exhausted, too. Although light (8oz. all up - and I don't care if I'm prosecuted for not being metric) the plane is quite durable, although the points where the wing tips hinge up is a weak point. I put some tape over the leading edge, and this seems to have helped preserve it. £80-90 might sound a lot of money for a model aeroplane, but believe me, it's chicken-feed compared to the prices of the serious kit (e.g. £300+ for a helicopter, not including the engine or radio). In any case, it would be difficult to buy the bits for less, and you're spared the difficulty of knowing what to get. The downside is that the radio parts are difficult to transfer to other models, should you wish to, but if you get the bug, you will probably want something more sophisticated next time, anyway. Late news - having failed to heed my own advice and chosen a small playing field to fly in, my plane is currently parked 50 feet up a tree! Still in one piece, though (as far as I can tell). Nice to be proved right, I suppose...
Complete pre-assembled airplane body and wings, 2-channel digital proportional radio controller, rechargeable battery pack and more.