Simply at present I acquired the V200 D03 RC helicopter from Walkera to assessment. This has been much-anticipated as the brand new vary of Walkera radio managed helicopters have brought about fairly a stir due the large step ahead this well-known producer has made with them.
I eagerly opened the parcel to the brand new Walkera V200 D03 flybarless collective pitch helicopter and thought that I’d begin my assessment proper right here by providing you with my ideas and findings as I opened the field.
As all the time with Walkera the entire package deal may be very neat and every thing is compartmentalized.
The field has its personal carry deal with in order that it doubles as a storage and carrying case. OK a steel case may be very good however they’re dear.
I’ve a Walkera V200 D01 which superficially the D03 seems to be very very like. The D01 nonetheless is a set pitch helicopter while the D03 is a collective pitch and really shares its origins with the Walkera 4F200 somewhat than the V200 D01/02. The D01 I discovered to be a superb helicopter, solidly constructed and exquisite to fly with superb tail holding with its shaft pushed tail. Each of those radio managed helicopters use the brand new flybarless system that Walkera is rightly favouring on all its new fashions. They make the most of a 3-axis gyro which provides nice flying efficiency and the electronics can help you regulate the gyro settings by means of the receiver so to make it as secure as you want; making it very docile for a novice, or you may crank it as much as give a way more agile and quicker efficiency. I just like the D01 very a lot.
The V200 D03 must be rather more highly effective, being able to 3D aerobatics, and I will likely be to see additionally how docile and secure it may be made by means of adjustment of the gyro and transmitter settings. One of many beauties of a totally programmable transmitter is that you may set the helicopter up precisely to your necessities and with the Devo Eight this may be performed by means of the built-in contact display screen, making the features very accessible and hopefully very simple – offering it’s intuitively structured.
The all new Eight channel 2.4GHz contact display screen programmable Devention transmitter is a particular step up from something Walkera have beforehand packaged with an RC helicopter like this.
The Devo Eight instantly has a way more strong really feel to it than the transmitter that got here with the V200 D01. In actual fact by way of each seems to be and really feel it is analogous to the great Spektrum DX7 that I take advantage of with my different RC helicopters. In actual fact the Devo Eight instantly has a few pluses even over that market main transmitter.
- It has a backlit LCD display screen
- You should not have to take away the again of the transmitter to regulate the stress on the throttle stick. I all the time dislike having to do that so it was a pleasure to seek out that the Devo Eight has a little bit rubber grommet lined entry gap to a Phillips head screw to do that.
This transmitter after all additionally has a contact display screen which the Spektrum transmitters don’t however whether or not you regard that as a plus or not may be very a lot a matter of non-public and I look ahead to discovering how effectively it really works. After all what remains to be to be decided is whether or not the electronics and reliability of the Walkera radio can examine to Spektrum, who even have second to none customer support.
One factor that did concern me in regards to the Devention Eight transmitter was that in the first place sight it doesn’t seem to have a throttle maintain change, which is completely important with a collective pitch helicopter. With any non-3D helicopter you may simply knock the throttle stick proper down if you will come crash in order to kill the ability to the rotors and reduce harm. With a collective pitch helicopter that is attainable whist in regular flight mode however when you go into Flight Mode 1 or 2, the underside half of the stick offers you unfavourable collective and doesn’t cut back the throttle so you can’t knock the ability off. Happily, a fast scan of the offered Person Guide for the transmitter revealed that the Rudder Twin Price change will be modified to perform as a Throttle Maintain change. Which really most transmitters use this change as an both/or for the 2 features. I used to be barely disconcerted that Walkera have elected to situate the Rudder Twin Price/Throttle Maintain change and the Flight Mode switches the alternative manner round to the Spektrum DX7 transmitter. I’m so used to reacting with the precise hand to hit throttle maintain in an emergency and right here I should react with the left hand – and it’s normally wanted in conditions while you should not have time to consider it – that you must react instantaneously. The opposite issue is that there’s a threat of reaching with the left hand to vary the flight mode, as I’d on the Spektrum, and in doing so with the Walkera I’d put the helicopter into throttle maintain killing all energy to the rotor head. Care will likely be wanted!
While speaking of shedding energy, one different factor I don’t take care of with this helicopter is that there is no such thing as a auto-rotation gear. So in the event you do occur to have a failure in mid-air that ends in no energy attending to the primary blades you don’t have any secure manner down. Come on Walkera – a helicopter of this high quality and price deserves a failsafe like this.
So what else in regards to the helicopter itself. As normal for Walkera RC helicopters it’s superbly completed. It has a metallic purple anodized rotor head which is a superb match for the cover.The carbon fibre rotor blades look gorgeous (however won’t be low cost to exchange – I’ll have to seek out some extra moderately priced plastic ones for basic use, no less than till I’m extra used to flying this magnificence).
Every thing is certainly very neat with this helicopter and it has a pleasant sturdy really feel to it, similar to the V200 D01, however with out costing extreme weight (342g with out the lipo battery).
One good contact – this helicopter got here instantly provided by Walkera with the proper plug (a clip on head) for the nation of use on the lipo charger energy provide. It’s so good to get a UK 3-pin plug for a change.
Almost about the provided manuals. Within the field there’s a booklet sort paper ‘Person Handbook’ which covers the helicopter and fundamental setup and performance of the Devo 8. Moreover there’s a Devention ‘Person Guide’ for the Devo Eight which covers all of the features of the transmitter. That is on a CD. Now I do not know if Walkera simply couldn’t make their thoughts up as to which format they have been gong to make use of or what but when they have been simply attempting to please each individuals who like their written materials on paper and people who prefer it in digital format they’ll find yourself satisfying none – it’s a unusual logic they’ve used!
As to the contents of the manuals, on a short scan by means of it seems complete sufficient however it’s the normal translated Chinese language English, which signifies that it’s important to learn it very fastidiously and doubtless a number of instances over in locations to understand it correctly. As they go, nonetheless, the translations right here are literally not dangerous in any respect.
As to the value, Walkera helicopters usually are not the most affordable available on the market however then they’re actually well-built and are bristling with innovative expertise. They all the time include an honest transmitter, not an affordable and fundamental £30-£40 transmitter. The Devo8 that comes with the V200 D03 is high finish spec. So for the value you’re paying you a getting each a wonderful radio managed helicopter and a transmitter with features matching these costing near £300. So if you’re in search of a wonderful small collective pitch Rc helicopter and a excessive spec 6 channel plus transmitter this mannequin affords superb worth for cash.
General I am actually enthusiastic about this little heli and I’m wanting ahead to programming the transmitter, finishing the setup and getting it airborne. Disgrace the climate has gone so moist and windy. This pastime is great for creating endurance – you study to take action or develop a giant gap in your pocket!