Back in my day all I wanted was a remote control car that didn’t have a wire connected to it. A remote control car that I could race up and down my street while I sat on the sidewalk arguing with my friends about which car was faster. Luckily there were magazines with reviews on them and I spent days searching through any magazine I came across until I finally found my perfect car. I was eternally grateful for those articles and reviews and luckily I have never forgotten how useful I found them and am now it is my duty to help the next generation achieve their dream of being a pioneer in the next frontier, the quadcopter.
You need to crawl before you can walk, and in a similar situation you need to start out simple when buying a quadcopter.
Fortunately I have scoured the internet and found what I believe is the ultimate starter flying machine, it’s small and light and yet durable enough to survive those initial collisions with lamps and walls in the early days. The Air Hogs RC Helix X4 Stunt quadcopter is the perfect starting point for any flight enthusiast, it can fit in your hand and is made almost entirely out of foam, with bumpers around the rotors to protect them in those early days, with 5 to 10 minute flight time it offers enough time between charges to hone your skills as you consider where to move from here. They are also relatively cheap and can be picked up from as little as $65, cementing it in your �need to get’ pile. Trouble is, although you like the fact that it comes with spare parts for when something does go wrong, you would still like to get your hands a little dirty, you want to be involved in the build and be able to tell your friends that you are the one that put it together, installing a small piece of your soul within it while doing so. Once again if this sounds like you, I have got you covered.
Here is where we get down to the interesting stuff, sure the Air Hogs RC Helix X4 Stunt quadcopter is cool and it has introduced you to the world of flying, but now it’s time to be an engineer, to show your metal a little by putting one together yourself, of course there are plenty of options on this front as well and once again I am able to help by finding exactly what you need.
The 6D-Box MWC Multiwii Quadcopter is just what the doctor ordered, get your friends together and put your lab coats on because this one will require it. What you will get with this package is a basic carbon fibre frame and a ton of parts for you to assemble yourself.
Pair this with what is extremely well crafted instructions and you will have a great little drone ready to fly within an hour or so, all parts and screws are included as well as any tools that you need to work with, as far as getting started with DIY quadcopters is concerned this one is without a doubt your next step. Coming in at just over 100 dollars it is a little more of an investment but also still well worth the price and the new found knowledge.
You may now wonder if there is another step up from here, what if you have bought the Air Hogs RC Helix X4 Stunt quadcopter and have built the 6D-Box MWC Multiwii Quadcopter but you feel like there is more out there, like there is another step that you are ready to take, what if you want to go even faster and build something incredible. Luckily I can help one last time.
Lets say that you are now a pro, you have built, broken and rebuilt your quadcopter so many times that you now want to move on to the final stage, to prove that you are now an experienced pilot, capable of running with the best.
It is now that I introduce you to the Lumenier QAV250 G10 RTF FPV Racing Drone, not recommended for new pilots, nor for a new builder of drones, the Lumenier QAV250 is highly modifiable and is extremely lightweight and durable. With a body made of carbon fiber and support for an integrated HD camera, it is a proven winner and the ultimate toy to make your hands dirty.
Prices do start at $550 but it is the last drone you will ever need, and is endlessly customizable. However, unless you are planning to entire and win races this may not be the drone you are looking for and should perhaps stick to one that you can build in minutes and which will still be the envy of every 90’s kid with his RC car.