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
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!