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Litehawk Helicopter II
My eldest daughter is 7. Over the past few months she went through a lot of trouble that adults can't take. She lived the split of her family, a civil war, and she took a flight without the company of anyone she got to knew before. Finally she's united with her dad (myself). So her dad (still myself :-)) is willing to do anything to make her happy.
So when she asked for an RC helicopter it took us a few minutes from thinking which one to order to actually buying it. We decided to buy the Litehawk II for many reasons including the price, but mainly because she liked it's pictures on the retailer's website.
Before she received this gift, and since the moment of reuniting with me she's been hard to control, from bed time to taking a bath. But since she set her eyes on her new heli she's been a different person. And it's not the helicopter itself, because now although still her favorite toy she's kind of not that much excited about it. If I am right I think it's her happiness of being able to state what she wants and actually getting it.
Anyway, this helicopter is now my favorite toy too because it made my sad little girl the happiest I've ever seen her.
The best deal on litehawk II
We got ours from futureshop.ca for $36+taxes. They had a deal on it at the time. Now that futureshop is out of business, Amazon.com has a good deal on this litehawk II helicopter. So if you live in the US and you can get free shipping on it, get it from Amazon.
My daughter loves it!
Our review of Litehawk Helicopter II
We got the blue one in the picture
Ok, this helicopter is more suitable for indoors flying than any outdoors. The reason is that when it is fully charged it flies for about 8 to 10 minutes then we have to charge it for about 20 minutes using the usb charger. So you need to be close to a running computer to keep the heli "fuelled".
There is also the radio charger (the remote control can be connected to the heli for charging), but that means you'll run out of the 6 AA batteries too frequently, which is not good for the environment. It is there if you need it outdoors. We elect to use it indoors and have our radio batteries for longer.
Since both myself and my daughter are not that good of a pilots we crash it a lot. So far (10 days of flying this baby) we think it's fairly durable. We crashed it to the ceiling, to the lamp, to the TV, to metal chairs, and everywhere else you could think of except in the bathroom :-). The weak point is the landing gear, so if you are ordering this heli please order some landing gear parts to replace in the future.
I also think it's a good fine-motor skills training for my daughter. Although this toy is labelled to be for 8 years of age or older, my personal evaluation is that it helps anyone above the age of 4 improve their fine-motor skills. Also it teaches the kids to coordinate their movements. My daughter is 7 and she's doing better than me in flying this heli, and I wish I got it for her earlier.
Pros and Cons
Every thing I'll mention here can be considered a pro or a con according to your circumstances. You'll see why in a second.
1. The heli gains altitude very fast. A pro if you are in an open area, a con if you have a low ceiling.
2. It's progression speed is slow (so far we are only using one channel). It's a pro if you have a limited space like us, but if you want it to go to the park and come back before it's out of battery then this is not for you.
3. It's very light weight. A pro because we crash it a lot, so if doesn't get damaged easily. It's only a con if you are trying to fly it outdoors when it is wendy.
4. The landing gear is not elastic enough to take crash landing. I broke it and am ordering a replacement ($3 + shipping from litehawk.ca website).
5. If exposed to heat the plastic front will start to melt and deform. Please don't ask how did I know that!
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