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Air Hogs Jackal
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zedorda
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December 8, 2012 - 6:10 pm

I picked up mine at a local ToysRus on sale for $18.97. I actually bought 2 but it seemed so bad that I thought my 6yr son wouldn't get the hang of it so I returned one unopened. On my first 2-3 flights the thing just frustrated me. It is inconsistent, jittery, laggy, touchy, and over-powered. Now to explain alittle I had not been flying for over 2 years and this was my first 3ch. I stuck with it trying to get the hang of the controls but still most air time was limited to about 15 seconds before crash. I started adding weight to make it sluggish. The main rotor motor has about 5 or 6 speed steps and at full charge you continuously raise at 2. I used a piece of electrical tape(1g) to make a sticky sling between the skids. Well it weights 19g stock and was easily able to handle an additional 8g of electrical tape and a quarter($.25USD). That much made it too sluggish. So I tried a dime($.10USD) which is 3g plus the tape made it 4g which worked for awhile. As I became used to it I switched to paper clips(1g each) started with 2 then 1 then nothing. It took awhile but now I actually enjoy flying this tiny bird. It does drift and the trim never stays balanced the inconsistent lag can catch you by surprise sometimes but that's the fun of this one. It's like surfing your never in complete control but you ride it out and take advantage of what you get. 

 

I started getting bored and got to trimming off parts of the outer skin and a few screws. Cutting out panels and windows to reduce weight in hopes of making it more controllable. If anything it did make it faster. Overall I reduced it to 16g but it does look hacked to hell.

 

I would still recommend it to anyone looking for a very small cheap heli that is still durable enough to crash hundreds of times. Oh it also comes with 2 extra tail props and a tool to remove the tail prop.

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December 9, 2012 - 3:12 am

Yep, you hear that about the airhogs helis all the time. They're the big boys, selling as many as they can, in stores everywhere, for as much profit off of each one as possable. They really make their helis cheap, and sell them for the same price as the s107's. About the best thing to do with them is just kill em off, and see what parts you can put on the s107 you replace it with. (or if its close enough you can turn it into an s107)

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