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Twister Sky Lift

Manufacturer: Twister

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Average Rating
No. of Reviews8
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Sam Hounsell wrote on 01/01/2009:
SO EASY IT'S ALMOST MAGICAL
Strengths: As the box exclaims, the motors cut out when the rotors are forcefully stopped. As someone whos stripped motors on other helis, this is a very useful system! The helicopter is actually built to survive the majority of crashes and this is a very useful feature for beginners. The low battery warning light is very useful when it's time to power down. It is on top of the fuselage and blue, so I think it can be hard to see outside and high up. Be aware of your flight times. The fuselage is very nice and although the stickers are not very well applied, they do look good inflight. Official lights are easy to come by and even more easy to install (just plugs in). That may seem like a trivial advantage but it really does make the heli look a lot 'cooler' at very little effort. I had a Twister Hawk and I expected the Skylift to be stable but I wasn't expecting it be rock solid! Aside from user input/wind etc the helicopter doesn't move. My Hawk shakes like a paint mixer but the Skylift just gently cuts through the air. Despite it's size it can fly in a small space, though beginners will benefit more from a lot of room. This helicopter cannot fly in much more than a light breeze and even that can affect the flight, this heli is definately intended as an indoor heli.
Weaknesses: It's slightly rear heavy and without stick input it does have a tendancy to drift backwards, even with full forward trim. The best way to land this heli is with it running forward or back, as the wheels are almost like little sticks and the Skylifts large profile can make it tip over sideways. I find the fuselage can sometimes act as a sail as the rotors produce a lot of draft. I'm not a physics guru, but I think this heli can cause it's own turbulence. When the warning light comes on you have time to land, but the 'one more flight' mentality isn't a good idea as once the light comes on the battery is almost dry. It's also extremely hot so be careful touching it. The flybars pop out quite easy, perhaps that is intentional but you have got to keep attention when you need to find them. The fuselage is a little flimsy and will crack if you have a hard fall. It's also really annoying to get off if you need to do any repairs, though thankfully thats unlikely and is still a lot easier than repairing the Twister Hawk. I've heard the computer does glitch a little. Although rare I have witnessed that on the ground the motors can randomely start up then off. Not enough to even move the heli, but you don't want anything near the blades incase this does happen. ALso in one flight the heli has randomely and violently strafed to the right. I've never recreated this so it remains a mystery. Some helis do and don't so it's a pretty standard warning, but you must make sure you hold the heli as you set up to fly. If you make the foolish mistake of turning on the helicopter before the transmitter, this is a heli that WILL TAKE OFF.
Overall: My review is to try and give a detailed account of what to expect from this heli. It may seem like theres I've mentioned more weaknesses, but to be honest I am just nitpicking. This helicopter is fantastic. It is very stable and strong so damage isn't something to worry about too much. However it CAN and DOES, as with all RC flying models. Luckily spares are (relatively) cheap and I personally have only ever needed to replace blades. You will also notice that even with chips in the blades, the helicopter will still fly exactly the same as when it was undamaged. I guess it's credited to the counter-rotating heli, as I find that with similar contras, I can have a 2cm crack in one blade and a slightly bent flybar and that seems to make no difference to flight. If you are a begginner then the Skylift is defintely the first helicopter you should buy. This is a true Ready-To-Fly. Unlike most RTF's that need fine tuning, the Skylift does not. If your new to helis then you ought to watch the DVD/read the manuel first, but otherwise this helicopter will be in the air soon as the battery is charged. The helicopters size can be intimidating so perhaps the smaller Hawk might be better at first (cheaper too) but it isn't quite as stable. Perhaps that is a good thing as after training on the Hawk, the Skylift is like a reward.
Ease of assembly
100%
Build quality
80%
Flight performance
100%
Value for money
100%
Overall
80%

Jack Myers wrote on 27/03/2008:
WELL THOUGHT OUT DESIGN,WELL PRESENTED,
Strengths: stability, strong rotor blades, good battery access, excellent choice for learners, with good instructions
Weaknesses: supplied with 3 rear U/C legs and one front leg, lipo mount could benefit by use of Velcro. 800ma Lipo hot after 4 min. use. 1500ma. runs cooler for longer.
Overall: Well designed and good value for money
Ease of assembly
60%
Build quality
80%
Flight performance
60%
Value for money
80%
Overall
60%

MR NASH wrote on 22/03/2008:
VERY GOOD VALUE
Strengths: Looks good when flying, a crowd puller.Seperate radio and gyro unit.
Weaknesses: Cannot find a case to fit without disassembly.
Overall: Very good value for money, very stable, better than usual dual rotor types.
Ease of assembly
80%
Build quality
80%
Flight performance
80%
Value for money
80%
Overall
80%

frank Grimes wrote on 28/01/2008:
EASY TO FLY, LOOKS GOOD IN THE AIR
Strengths: Hovers well and stable giving you time to think in which direction you want to fly
Weaknesses: Small wheels which I lost in long grass they needed to be glued to axles. also slightest touch and flybars tend to pop out.
Overall: My first experience with a helicopter. Needs a bit of space and not any wind.
Ease of assembly
100%
Build quality
60%
Flight performance
80%
Value for money
60%
Overall
60%

frank raby wrote on 24/01/2008:
EXCELLENT
Overall: great value for money
Ease of assembly
100%
Build quality
60%
Flight performance
60%
Value for money
100%
Overall
80%

amberbike wrote on 22/01/2008:
GOOD HELI FOR THE MONEY
Strengths: stable flight,easy to fly.
Weaknesses: one of the motors has given up the ghost,only had it 3 weeks.
Overall: good model but would not recommend for a beginner.
Ease of assembly
60%
Build quality
60%
Flight performance
60%
Value for money
60%
Overall
60%

David Ashby - Moderator wrote on 16/01/2008:
PERFECT FOR BEGINNERS, VERY STABLE
Strengths: Stable in the air, looks and sounds great.
Weaknesses: Needs a big space from which to fly, Li-Po will last just 5 mins.
Overall: A nice package and a machine that's best in calm weather gardens and halls.
Ease of assembly
80%
Build quality
80%
Flight performance
80%
Value for money
80%
Overall
80%

John Mulvey wrote on 12/01/2008:
GOOD FOR THE NOVICE.
Strengths: good biuld quality well designed.
Weaknesses: reports say they rushed to get them out to shops so lipo tray oversized. lipo could be a longer discharge as 5-10mins is average flight time. could be better.
Overall: overall 9/10 lipo lets it down.
Ease of assembly
60%
Build quality
80%
Flight performance
40%
Value for money
60%
Overall
60%

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