The instruction manual is written in the best Chinglish tradition but its generally fine although the DIP switches on the reverse of the transmitter to which it refers are servo reverse toggles of course. The metal trimmed transmitter has a nice quality feel, is mode 1 or 2 convertable and requires 8 AA cells (not supplied) although a Nicad or NiMH battery could be fitted and charged using the charge jack supplied.
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Like all small helicopters the HM5 is best a few feet off the ground where rotor wash won’t affect the handling so a blip of power is the best approach for a ground take-off so as to get the machine up to a happy height. I found my HM5 to be incredibly sensitive to fly straight from the box indeed one servo arm was moving so far as to lever movement of the servo itself – clearly an unwelcome trait that was cured by removing the canopy and reducing the servo travel by using a screwdriver to turn the dial at the combined ESC/receiver unit. I’d recommend this adjustment to anyone before the first flight. Adjustment made, the controls remain sensitive to the extent that gently squeezing the sticks is all that’s required to make the HM5 go where you want it.
Fixed-pitch beginners machines often seem designed to hover and do little else but pushing the nose down a little means the variable pitch HM5 adopts a nice forward flight pattern so steering the little machine from room to room is perfectly possible, flying endurance is about 7-8 minutes.
Model type: RTF micro helicopter
Manufactured by: Walkera
Rotor diameter: 7″
Fuselage length: 7.75″
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