Ikarus Piccolo Any Good?

Ikarus Piccolo Any Good?

Post by wrichb.. » Wed, 31 May 2000 04:00:00



I just purchased a Kyosho HyperFly and have not had very good success
with it. Two flights (?), two crashes.

I have been advised to purchase a better heli. Is the Ikarus Piccolo any
good? Really need some well informed feedback on this. I know $500 isn't
much to spend for a complete combo but it's still a bit rich for my ***
right now.

If the Piccolo is not the one to buy does anyone have any suggestions for
a good electric in another brand or model?

Help - I've got the helicopter blues!

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Ikarus Piccolo Any Good?

Post by K Than » Wed, 31 May 2000 04:00:00


If it must be electric (and I mean MUST.  There would have to be a law
against glow before I would get an electric), I would go for something like
an ECO 8.  The piccolo is a fixed pitch heli and extremely small.  It will
be almost impossible to fly in any wind at all.  If you plan to hover
indoors the piccolo might not bad choice; but it, like the Hyperfly, is a
novelty item.  Generally, electrics are flimsy, hard to fly, unstable
(relatively speaking), and can barely lift a training gear.  The Hyperfly
can barely be defined as a R/C Heli.  It comes much closer to a R/C assisted
free flight model.

 
 
 

Ikarus Piccolo Any Good?

Post by KFG » Wed, 31 May 2000 04:00:00


Quote:

> I just purchased a Kyosho HyperFly and have not had very good success
> with it. Two flights (?), two crashes.

> I have been advised to purchase a better heli. Is the Ikarus Piccolo any
> good? Really need some well informed feedback on this. I know $500 isn't
> much to spend for a complete combo but it's still a bit rich for my ***
> right now.

> If the Piccolo is not the one to buy does anyone have any suggestions for
> a good electric in another brand or model?

> Help - I've got the helicopter blues!

> Sent via Deja.com http://www.FoundCollection.com/
> Before you buy.

If you're teaching yourself and can switch to glow I'd suggest a LMH110.
I taught myself on it and it takes crashes like a bouncing ball. Less
repairs keeps you in the air long enough to learn how to hover...which
really helps since it gives you enough airtime to figure out how to fly,
not to mention is much better for morale that a busted bird in teh
garage needing $100 in parts.

I've been flying my LMH for awhile now and have a total of about $20 in
reapir parts in it, most of which was servo gears. Not bad considering
I've never had any instruction from an "expert", and as such have
suffered some pretty impressive crashes ;-)
It assembled easily, and had great instruction manuals. And if you're
usinig a 4ch radio now you don't need a new raido.

After you fly you will notice the lack of collective (but the Piccolo
does not have one either). And no acrobatics....but I still love mine
and will keep it even after I move on.

My $0.02
Jim

 
 
 

Ikarus Piccolo Any Good?

Post by ZZ3Astr » Wed, 31 May 2000 04:00:00


Unless you are an accomplished pilot,  the Piccolo will probably finish off
your interest in the hobby.  My piccolo crashed about 20 times in the first
two days,  with the worst crash resulting in a destroyed Piccoboard and a
broken swash plate.  Meanwhile,  on my gas powered Raptor,  I can do flips,
rolls and loops.  My hovering abilities are excellent in calm or hurricane
conditions on the Rappy.  Not so on the Piccolo!

The point is,  don't believe the hype about the Piccolo and especially don't
believe WHorizon's VERY misleading adverti***ts about it.  To quote from
the ad,  "very stable in hover" is the biggest lie ever printed in Model
Aviation!   It should read "Very challenging in hover" or perhaps "Exciting
in hover" because at any moment it might decide it wants to do the
unexpected.

Don't get me wrong,  the Piccolo is a lot of fun and good for plenty of
laughs.  It makes a great third machine if you can afford to waste $500 but
IMHO it has absolutely nothing in common with a trainer.  It does,  however,
hold up to most crashes quite well until you go outside and it smacks into
your driveway from 30 feet!

Not having experience with the other electrics,  I can't offer much help in
directing you to something better.  I've heard the ECO8 and ECO16 heli's
don't fly all that well.  The JR Voyager E looks cool but I'm going by what
Horizon said on that one!

steve

 
 
 

Ikarus Piccolo Any Good?

Post by Nick Muell » Wed, 31 May 2000 04:00:00


Quote:

> If the Piccolo is not the one to buy does anyone have any suggestions for
> a good electric in another brand or model?

It simply depends on what you want to do.
I wanted to learn fly heli in the winter (Germany), so my only
possibility was an indoor heli. And that's what it is. A indoor heli.
Not just me, but many others I know personally sarted to learn heli
flying with the piccolo. Yea, right, it's challenging. But if you can
handle the piccolo, any other heli will be a piece of cake. :-) I still
like my Piccolo and I don't regrett any penny spent on it.

But if you want a rock solid electric that can be flown outside, buy a
LmH 110. It's as easy to set up as the piccolo, is even more fun for
beginners and is virtually undestroyable. I've seen many crash, but all
left the field still flying.
I currently do have a Piccolo and an ECO-8. But for fully relaxed
fun-flying, I will buy me a LmH.

Nick

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Ikarus Piccolo Any Good?

Post by Brad McDonal » Wed, 31 May 2000 04:00:00


I've heard similar things about the Piccolo been unstable and unpredicable.
I've haven't seen any reports about the DraganFlyer, but it appears to much
more stable in there sales videos.

Brad

http://www.rctoys.com/products_4eh.html

 
 
 

Ikarus Piccolo Any Good?

Post by Alex » Wed, 31 May 2000 04:00:00


Quote:
> novelty item.  Generally, electrics are flimsy, hard to fly, unstable
> (relatively speaking), and can barely lift a training gear.

My Eco 8 lifts 430 grammes of hula-hoop and tent poles as a training U/C.
It gives around 8 minute flights with that weight.   It is still true that
I'm going to get rid of the hula-hoop as soon as ever I can though :-)

Alex C

 
 
 

Ikarus Piccolo Any Good?

Post by TheDubDu » Wed, 14 Jun 2000 04:00:00


I have no trouble hovering my Piccolo but flying it around is a big challange.
I also have a Shuttle ZXX that I've been flying for a  little over a year. I am
very comfortable with it in forward flight. The Piccolo is fun but despite the
fact that crashing the ZXX is more costly, all in all it is much much easier to
fly.
 
 
 

Ikarus Piccolo Any Good?

Post by Mark » Mon, 19 Jun 2000 04:00:00


If you haven't already, you might read the Piccolo postings on the Ikarus
bulletin board:
  http://www.FoundCollection.com/

I am a very satisfied ECO-8 owner, but the ECO-8 isn't for flying indoors.
I prefer electrics over gas, by the way, for several reasons:  No noise, no
smoke, no fuel-smell, no clean-up, no glow-plugs, fly in my yard with no
complaints from the neighbors...

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Quote:

> I just purchased a Kyosho HyperFly and have not had very good success
> with it. Two flights (?), two crashes.

> I have been advised to purchase a better heli. Is the Ikarus Piccolo any
> good? Really need some well informed feedback on this. I know $500 isn't
> much to spend for a complete combo but it's still a bit rich for my ***
> right now.

> If the Piccolo is not the one to buy does anyone have any suggestions for
> a good electric in another brand or model?

> Help - I've got the helicopter blues!

> Sent via Deja.com http://www.FoundCollection.com/
> Before you buy.

 
 
 

Ikarus Piccolo Any Good?

Post by MHerbe16 » Thu, 22 Jun 2000 04:00:00


Buy a piccolo. It is a proper helicopter and you will get more flying with it
than any other chopper. It is virtually unbreakable. I've proved it. It's
quiet, cheap and more fun per $ than anything else I have ever flown.