Last week, I was fortunate to be in London for my son’s video shoot that I could also squeeze in the chance to attend the Propel event at the RAF museum. My husband and son would definitely have loved to attend too but due to my son’s shooting, they both had to stay put while Ms C and I went.
It was a lovely event! Propel hosted it at the RAF museum which was a fantastic location to display and demo their Propel models. We were so excited when we saw so many different types of remote control helicopters. They have taken the US by storm and have now come to the UK.
Propel build to last and these helicopters can survive crashes, dives and even children. There are a range of helicopters designed to suit all abilities and ages; from children and inexperienced flyers to the true enthusiastic, from indoor to outdoor and from sole flying to full combat capability, there is a helicopter for everyone!
At the event, we tried the Hovermaxx UFO and Air Combat. The Hovermaxx UFO is perfect for the younger child and beginner flyers. It features a 50-foot range, infra-red remote with variable speeds, and controllable coloured LED lights for night flying. It charges directly from the 2 in 1 controller charger. It requires 6 AAA batteries (not included) to power it. It take 25 minutes to charge which provides 10 minutes of flying time.
This simple single channel controls the UFO to fly up, down and hovers and is for indoor use only. Once you master the controller lever, the UFO is in fact quite easy to control. Both my children need plenty of practice in using the controller. They are available from Maplin stores or online.
Next, I tried out the Air Combat. This comes with a joystick controller like a real pilot would use! You use one hand to control the joystick while your other hand can rest on the round base of the joystick. It comes with a number of buttons for firing and I didn’t get chance to find out the rest.
This advanced motion control technology gives you more real-flight manoeuvres and battle action than ever before. It allows up to 8 players to battle simultaneously in mid-air using advanced infra-red battling technology. With each successful “hit” side-lights illuminate and the copter performs a spin. After 3 strikes, the defeated player’s copter automatically spirals to the ground – game over!
It comes with realistic lights, sound and vibration feedback which keeps players engaged. They are available at Maplin stores or online.
If you need any advice or tips, Propel’s Flight Club is on hand 24/7 offering support and guidance and their unique offer of free replacement parts for a year after purchase.
They also have the Nforce 2.0 and Speedstar which I have not try it. But do check them out! They make a great Christmas gift! http://flightclub.propelrc.com/
Disclosure: We were invited to the event and not ask to write this.