So this is it: our first video about a product sent to us by HobbyKing is now online:
I know, I know... HobbyKing provided this thing to us free of charge so we're obviously shills in the pocket of “Big Hobby.”
Actually, you're right to be skeptical – this is the Internet, after all. I could just as easily be promising you half the ill-gotten fortune of the deposed prime minister of Nigeria, if only you will share your banking information with me...
(NOTE: Do not share your banking information with me or anyone else on the Internet.)
That said, you should not allow your prudent skepticism to prevent you from taking a close look at this aircraft, especially if you're a beginner or you're on a budget.
Double check on HobbyKing's website just in case they have changed it up on me, but as of this writing, they were selling this bird for $220 US, and except for plugging in a receiver, snapping on the undercarriage and calibrating the transmitter, it comes ready to fly right out of the box.
Heck, it's so simple that even I could do it!
For a modest price, you get a surprisingly capable aircraft: lightweight, powerful and with a solid auto-leveling flight control system. Because of its plastic undercarriage, it tends to be a little springy on landing – which caused me to tip it over once – and Techinstein described its default control settings as being a little bit spongy.
All true... but did I mention it costs $220 US?