Before we begin, let me be clear... I'm by no means a remote control flying expert, what I'm giving you is not the professional opinion of someone who gets paid to sit and play with R/C vehicles all day long. I'm a normal person who gets by on a 40 hour a week job, a father and a husband. Nothing more, nothing less :).
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First Technical Aspects The AH-64 Apache Havoc was a special edition of the Air Hogs Havoc line, obviously made to look like the Boeing Apache AH-64 helicopter(only exceptions is, as I can see, Apaches have 3 landing gears(wheels) as to where this R/C has landing skids, instead).
The helicopter itself, from nose to tail rotor is about 6 1/2 inches long , height from skids to top of main rotor is 3 inches, about even. The body, at its widest point, is no wider than 1 inch. The main rotor(which consists of 2 blades, 1 main blade and a smaller, "stabilizing" blade that sits above the main) are 5 1/4 inches wide and 2 3/4 inches long respectively. The body(cabin-cock-pit area) are made up of a light-weight but durable foam. Skids, rotors and the frame of the tail-boom are made out of a plastic(with the plastic of the tail-boom being hollowed out to allow for the wires of the tail rotor to run through to connect to the battery pack area). The rest of the tail-boom is made out of a paper, secured to the plastic. About the only metal in this guy are located in the rotors(pins that hold on the blades are metal and the actual motor itself, as well as some parts of the battery).
The charge port and on/off switch are located on the right side(if the helicopter is facing away from you) of the main body. Directly above the switch is a blinking blue light(there's a small hole that runs through the body, so that you can see the light on either side of the helicopter, so you know if it's on-if the light isn't blinking, the battery is either dead or the unit is turned off). The helicopter's battery is a small, built in rechargeable battery known as a lipo(or lithium ion polymer) which, as far as I know can't be taken out of the helicopter(or at the very least, shouldn't be). I also don't see any replacement batteries offered by Air-hogs themselves.
The Remote...Is rather bulky, but what do you expect and or want? Being about 1 1/2 inches thick, 5 inches by 4 1/2 inches , the controller contains a control lever for "up/down" flight and "left/right" flight, as well as a trim button(left trim, right trim) for stabilization during flight, options for channels(A, B, C) which allows for 3 different helicopters to be flown in the same area at once(If you're so inclined, that is! I have enough trouble with one in a room, lol) and the charging wire for the helicopter itself.
There's an on/off switch on the remote and there's an automatic shut-off(if left for a certain amount of time, it just turns itself off). It takes 6 double a batteries to power the remote.
Charging and Flight TimeThe charging wire is directly integrated with the remote, itself. On the remote, there's a compartment area just below the charge light, you push down on the top of the compartment to reveal the wire. Once wire is revealed, you take the wire and plug it directly into the port next to the on/off switch on the helicopter and then you turn the remote on. When both the on light and the charge light are on, your helicopter's battery is successfully charging!
It takes about 20 minutes to or so to get a full charge(maybe a little longer, I'm not sure on the exact time as I always leave it- controller automatically shuts off after awhile anyway) and each charge will give you a flight time of around 7-8 minutes.
Flight Control and Age Well, they claim that this helicopter is in the entry level of flying capabilities. It is recommended for ages 8 and up(any younger, the small parts can become an obstacle for small children as well as flying might be more difficult to control for younger children). It does take a little while to get used to the controls and quite possibly, the worst part of flying it is getting used to the dynamics(I.E. when it's facing towards you and you want it to turn to your left(its right) I initially want to turn the controller to my left, when I should go right). You will also have to set the trim after every time you turn on and off the helicopter, or else you'll have a crazy spinning helicopter that's absolutely no fun to fly. Mastering flying this thing may take a few minutes but the instruction manual provides helpful advice(otherwise you can find the manual online at http://www.spinmaster.com/files/instructions/AH_UH60_Black_Hawk_Havoc.pdf(notice this is for the UH-60 blackhawk, but most of the information is the same as the AH-60 Apache Havoc, especially in regards to the flight control).
Don't be too afraid of crashes though(don't go out of your way too crash), this guy is durable and can take some abuse(and the first few times flying, crashing might be inevitable).
Only draw-backs I find are the short flight times(seems I just get into the fun of flying, when wham, the battery needs charged again) and the small on/off switch and recharge port. I feel like I need tweezers and a microscope to turn this guy on and to plug the charge wire into the port!
Other than that This guy is a great little flyer for some in-door fun and quality amusement. I'd recommend it, or a similar model(as this particular model may not be available/hard to find). Cost when I bought mine, was around 30 dollars at Target. I'm seeing this particular model now, pop up on amazon.com for around 150 or dollars(anyone want mine, I'll sell it for around 100... ha ha j/k).
Amount Paid (US$): 30.00
Type of Toy: Plane, Kite, or Rocket
Age Range of Child: 9 Years or Older