The friendly team at XenonProject.com, an online R/C store, sent us a Double Horse 9100 RC Helicopter to review. We took it to our labs in the heart of the Geekaplex to run a full battery of tests. (i.e. We spent a few days playing with it, and fighting over whose turn it was at the controls.) In short, this remote control helicopter looks cool, is solidly constructed, and is a blast to fly around.
I’ll admit that I’m no RC expert and have not been serious enough about the hobby to have used the high end remote control cars, planes, or helicopters. Although I have played with many remote control toys over the years, even a few of the mini helicopters that fit in the palm of your hand and can be flown indoors.
So if you’re like me, you may be a little intimidated to move up to one of these larger, more powerful helicopters. However, the good news is that there is no reason to be worried. The Double Horse 9100 is ready to use right out of the box, after installing batteries in the remote control and plugging the helo in for a quick charge of the lithium-ion polymer battery. The controls are straight-forward and intuitive.
Granted, this helicopter is somewhat of a challenge to fly at first, if you’re new to these things like me. Fortunately, it is challenging in a good way, in that you are thrilled after a particularly great flight and smooth landing, and is not too difficult to fly where it would be frustrating. It’s actually so much fun that you keep wanting to try “one more time” to perfect your technique and complete a specific flight path.
However, when the wind picks up it is quite difficult to fly, and the controls are not able to overcome strong gusts. So take the instructions at their word when they say not to fly it when it’s windy. I would also not recommend flying indoors, as the helicopter is big and strong enough to damage light fixtures and home decor.
Measuring about 5.5 inches tall and 19.5 inches long (including the rotors), the Double Horse 9100 RC Helicopter is much bigger than the mini palm sized choppers. You can see the relative size of it in the pictures with the Lego Clone Trooper and Ewok mini figures. The Double Horse 9100 is constructed of lightweight, yet strong, aluminum that is painted to look a bit like carbon fiber. (There is no actual carbon fiber in it.) This solid construction is really evident, because it stood up to some pretty gnarly crashes under my flying.
Double Horse 9100
- Alloy structure, unique design
- Electronic fine-tuning, flying more stable
- All-round 3 channel control
- Advanced intelligent balance system
- New digital full 3 Channel control remotely
- Flies Up/Down, Forward/Backward, Turning Left and Right, Fixed-Point Hovering
In the Box
- 9100 Helicopter
- 7.4v Lipo battery
- 3 CH Transmitter with Antenna
- Tail blade
- Instruction Manual