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    Contributed by: Mike Buzzeo | Published: January 2011 | Views: 34312 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    RCUniverse.com Review of the FHX and MH-35 Micro Helicopters by FORCE R/C
    Mike Buzzeo
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    Geoff Barber
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    Distributed through Horizon Hobby
    4105 Fieldstone Rd.
    Champaign, IL 61822
    Phone: (217) 352-1913

    The technology that has driven the R/C industry for the past few years is nothing short of mind boggling. One of the particular areas that it has really benefitted from this advance is Micro Helis. Today, they are nothing short of amazing. To think that they can fit such sophisticated electronics into such a small package is nothing short of astounding. But now, the bar has been raised once again by Force R/C, who has introduced the next level of excitement to Micro Helis - Combat!

    It's been done in R/C airplanes for years. There are competitions that bring out the best; and the most fearless and agile pilot usually comes out on top. But until recently, flying combat with helicopters just wasn't physically possible. Where would the streamer get attached so it didn't get cut by the main or tail rotors?

    But now FORCE R/C, distributed by Horizon Hobby, has found a way to bring combat to helicopters. These new helicopters don't use streamers, they have pod attached to the bottom of the frame which sends out and receives infra-red signals. The included 5 channel transmitter has two trigger buttons on the back side that allow the pilot to "shoot" at the opponent and after three "hits" the heli's power is reduced causing it to slowly descend.

    There are two different models to choose from, the FHX and the MH-35, both of which feature coaxial rotor heads and mil-spec gyro stabilization to give the user rock-steady control. They are so steady that even a beginner can fly one of these in short order.

    And in the event that you have no opponents to fly against, there is a ground target available separately that allows you to enjoy solo combat sorties.

    • Lightweight Indoor Heli.
    • Co-axilial Rotors Give Great Stability
    • Mil-Spec Gyro Offers Rock-Solid Performance
    • Different Bodies Available.
    • Available Spare Parts for Quick Repairs.
    • Flight Battery Charges from Transmitter.

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    Name:MH-35 and FHX Combat Helis by FORCE RC

    Price: $139.99 (Each)

    Stock Number: FCE2000 (MH-35) FCE2100 (FHX)

    Rotor Diameter: 7.5 in (190 mm)
    Length: 7.9 in (200 mm)
    Weight: 1.1 oz (32 g)
    Radio Used: Included 2.4 Ghz DSM2 Combat 5 Channel radio
    Battery Used: Included 3.7 V 120 mAh E-flite LiPo
    Channels Used: 5 total - Fore/Aft cyclic, Left/Right cyclic, Throttle, Left/Right Rudder, and Firing

    Items Needed To Complete:

    • Nothing- Everything is Included!

    Both the FHX and the MH-35 are packaged in boxes that serve double-duty as a carrying case. Each comes with the helicopter, transmitter, a 3.7v 120mAh LiPo battery, four "AA" batteries for the transmitter, and some spare fuselage retainers.

    The dual-stick transmitter is available in Mode 2 or Mode 1 and sports two triggers on the back so you can fire your weapon with either hand.

    The flight battery is charged through a charging port in the Tx, and you can even charge a second battery while you are flying!

    Force R/C has a wide assortment of options available including a Ground Target, which can be used for solo action, or to add another dimension to multi-player combat. There are also two additional bodies to choose from and a 150mAh battery as well as more advanced charging options.

    Available Options

    Unless you're a total rookie, you can start flying the Force R/C helis without even opening the manual. But don't overlook it. It contains some valuable tricks that you may care to experiment with, such as Team Player Mode, Range Limit Function, Advanced Swashplate Settings and more.

    And of course, if you're a beginner, there are instructions for controlling the copters. I mention this because this is a heli that even a beginner can fly!

    Download the manual (7mb PDF)

    When we were told that we would be receiving four of these helis, we started gathering a list of pilots. No one in my club flies helis, so that option was out, but we figured both of us have a little experience with Micro Helis, but I was thinking it might be good to find some real heli pilots to fly the other two - That is, until they arrived and we actually flew them.

    On the evening of their arrival, I stopped by Geoff's house. We charged them up, and gave them a try. We anticipated taking off and spending several flights just to get used to the controls, but as soon as we got airborne, we were both amazed at how easily we could maintain a hover.

    I was still marveling at how easily I could maneuver when I heard machine gun fire and my copter suddenly did a pirouette. I looked at Geoff and he was smiling. He shot me! I instinctively fired back and his chopper spun. A few minutes later, a third shot sent mine slowly spiraling down to the floor. I waited a few seconds to reset and took off again. This time it was I who was victorious!

    Next we started flying them through the house. We still couldn't get over how easy it was to fly them through the most difficult obstacle course that the kitchen, living room and dining room could offer. These helicopters are so stable that you can literally put one into a hover, set the transmitter down and watch it float in front of you!

    Then came the real kicker. Geoff's 9-yr-old son, Jon wanted to try it. Jon had only just soloed this season on a fixed-wing trainer but he is a pretty quick study, so Geoff handed him the transmitter. In no time Jon and I were battling it out! Right then and there we decided to skip trying to find a "Good" heli pilot and just fly them ourselves. Besides, we thought it would be a great demonstration of how easy they are to fly!

    The next day, I brought the helicopters in to my office and let several of my co-workers fly them. Amazingly, most of them could do it on their first try. One of the girls in the office, Connie, has never flown anything, but has always expressed an interest in R/C, so I invited her to join us that evening to shoot the video.

    So what you are about to see are four people with little-to-no heli experience battling it out!

    Check out the video to see them in action!

    Force R/C Micro Combat Helicopters
    Or, Download the Video (24meg)

    I can honestly say that I have never flown a heli that was so easy to control! We have been having an absolute blast with them. Normally, I would throw in a disclaimer about "getting help if you're a beginner", but these new helis from Force R/C are so easy to fly that almost ANYONE can do well the first time they pick up a transmitter! And the combat feature just puts them totally over the top.

    Kudos to Force R/C for making micro helis that can bring this much fun to such a wide variety of people!

    Distributed through Horizon Hobby
    4105 Fieldstone Rd.
    Champaign, IL 61822
    Phone: (217) 352-1913

    Comments on RCU Review: Horizon Hobby FORCE RC

    Posted by: farr301 on 11/23/2010
    These look extremely fun, but if you only have enough for one-on-one, is it worth it?
    Posted by: MinnFlyer on 11/23/2010
    Yes, you could always get the ground target, or even if you only have the heli, it is so easy to fly you can really have fun with it!
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