Here's a few more pics before we tear it down for an autopsy. Check out all of those gold-anodized parts in the Helizone Thunderbird.
I was finally able to take one of my small copters out in the yard (even with a mild side-wind) and just bomb all over with it. What a BLAST this new copter is to fly around. It's so nice to land where you wanted to, not where you ended up.
I was surprised at the range I had with the transmitter that came with the Helizone Thunderbird. But then again, it's a Giggy-hertz radio, so that really shouldn't be surprising. I think the IR-controlled copter days are about over.
And at just $49, the Helizone Thunderbird will be a huge factor in proving me correct.
A few years back, I'd imagined that this copter would show up. This is your familiar 3-channel metal airframe, with incredibly tiny servos added for swashplate control.
Unlike those IR-controlled 3-channels, however, this puppy flies outdoors just fine.
This is about the same size as the pricey micro-helicopters you've seen, but the durability is very high in comparison. The Helizone Thunderbird 4-channel is a very rugged helicopter, based on proven components.
The gold and gloss black treatment reminds me of those hot Yamaha Specials from the 1980's. Gorgeous.