TheFeed loves when we get our hands on some cool gadgets, so here's our take on the Remote Control AH-64 Apache 4-Channel Electric Helicopter available at Hobbytron.com...
Remote Control AH-64 Apache 4-Channel Electric Helicopter
Price: Currently on sale for $119.00 (MSRP: $129.95) at Hobbytron.com
Most of us will never get the opportunity to skim the treetops in a military-grade chopper, but with the Remote Control AH-64 Apache Electric Helicopter, you can take to the skies any time you want.
Hobbytron.com offers up a wide selection of RC cars, tanks, airplanes and helicopters, but when TheFeed saw the remote controlled AH-64 Apache Electric Helicopter on their website, we begged them for a demo unit.
Factory assembled, the replica AH-64 may resemble the original, but the most noticeable difference is the addition of a co-axial rotor. This distinct feature enables the replica to control the function of rotating left or right without depending on the tail rotor. Due to this unique steering arrangement, the tail rotor becomes obsolete and more of a superficial homage to the full-sized AH-64 Apache. One of our more clumsy and violent landings resulted in the tail rotor separating from the frame, but that did not keep the Apache from lifting back into the air a second later...minus the tail rotor. Easily snapped back into place, the tail rotor separation was a rare occurence.
Aside from our tail rotor issue, the AH-64 Apache is a solidly constructed replica that includes rubber-padded wheels, which reduce the shock of impacting the ground at high speeds. With roughly ten minutes of juice, the 7.4v 850mAh Li-Po rechargeable battery was sufficient to get off the ground and have some fun, but you might want to think about investing in an extra battery or two.
TheFeed found that the learning curve on keeping this bird aloft took us the better part of a day, minus the multiple times we had to recharge the battery. Tricky at first, the 4-channel remote controller with adjustable trim allows you to move forward, backward, up, down, left and right. While this sounds obvious, to gracefully fly the Apache we learned that the responsive helicopter only needed very slight movements to the controls to garner the appropriate reaction by the helicopter. Once comfortable behind the controls, it is a very exhilarating experience.
Overall, the Remote Control AH-64 Apache 4-Channel Electric Helicopter is a well-built replica, even with the occasional tail rotor separation. The learning curve definitely plays a role in how much fun you are able to have with the Apache, but as you spend more time finessing your touch you will find the helicopter to be extremely responsive and agile. If there was one complaint, it was that it might have been helpful to include two batteries, so that we could have kept our downtime to a minimum.
Oh, and if only there was a button for auto-hover....