Quads are an intimidating platform to get into if you are a beginner. The worry of crashing your investment is every looming, especially if you are putting that investment into the hands of your little pilots.
Never fear! Dromida has an ultra durable, ultra cheap solution.
This RTF quad is less than $100!
Everything you need, including the battery and this 2.4 GHz transmitter, comes with the quad. They even throw in the AAA batteries needed for the transmitter.
The battery also comes with a little USB adapter so you can charge off any device that accepts USB.
We ended up getting so many of these things we weren't sure if we could fly them all at once. Turns out that we could bind 5 at the same time with no stepping issues. See if you can get more in the air at once and let us know how it goes!
So with 5 quads in the air we had to play some kind of game. This time Alex came up with the "Toy Car Balloon Pop Challenge!"
We tied a balloon to an R/C car and the first person to pop two balloons would be the winner.
Driving the car is our favorite camera man / editor Brian. He is definatley the best looking member of the Flite Test crew. Look at that awesome sweater! What a swell guy.
So who won the balloon pop? Watch the episode to find out!
So if you are wondering what this odd contraption is, this is the Piasecki PA-97, AKA the Helistat.
Designed for the US Forestry Service in 1986, this steampunk looking airship was supposed to carry huge loads more efficiently than other craft at that time.
Unfortunatly, the one and only prototype was completely destroyed during a test flight. The vibrations from the helicopters caused the frame to collapse and the entire thing essentially just fell apart.
Peter wanted to see if this thing could scale down and have a little more success. He built a plywood frame and glued 4 Ominus (Omini?) to it.
If you want to see this thing in action, check out the episode.
What other oddball ships or planes would you want to see us recreate? Let us know in the comments!