After a bit of a break, I recently started flying my Apache helicopter again, and enjoyed it as much as ever. So much so that I got fed up waiting for it to recharge ready for the next flight, and – yes – bought some more.
Syma S018 Aurora
First up, we have the SYMA S018 Aurora – which is, to all intents and purposes, a Bell 222. Of course, any guy who was a teenager in the mid-to-late 80s will tell you that there is only one ‘proper’ name for this particular helicopter – Airwolf. Twin rotors aside, the bodywork of the model isn’t 100% accurate (the rear landing gear is in completely the wrong place for a start), but it’s close enough, and it looks the part when flying. The guns on the side pods are a nice little touch.
If there’s one minor down-side to the Aurora, it’s that it is impossible to trim correctly. No matter how much I tinker with the trim control, it will always rotate one way or the other, and you can see this in certain parts of the video. It’s not too bad, though, and the aircraft remains fairly easy to fly – you just have to concentrate slightly harder than usual. Of course, this could just be a minor defect with the gyro in my particular model.
Syma S026G Mini Chinook
Secondly, we have the SYMA S026G ‘Mini Chinook’. Like it’s big brother, the SYMA S022 ‘Big Chinook’, this little beauty has 4 motors keeping it airborne and looks great in flight. However, unlike its big brother, it is very stable in flight. I’m not sure if it’s a general issue, or just a minor problem with my model, but the S022 is a bit of a pig to fly, as it constantly tries to rotate one way or the other, no matter how much you adjust the trim control, making it fairly difficult to get a stable hover.
The S026G is much easier to trim correctly, and – as you can see in the video – has a pretty rock-steady hover, with only minimal drift caused by its own rotor wash. Also, note that in typical ‘Engrish‘ fashion, the warning sign painted on the back of the model says ‘DANCER’ instead of ‘DANGER’!