Sharp Shooter Features
The transmitter has two control sticks and a trim knob for tweaking the left right movements to keep it straight.The trim knob is a step up from the usual method used in this type of little heli -- adjusting the little paper and plastic tail rudder.A big plus in my opinion.
If You Can Get Inside the Box
Nevertheless, I would like to take this moment to vent here. Quit triple securing the toys man! I know I sound like a child here but what if I was (No snickering from the peanut gallery) I would have to sit there waiting on and listening to mom or dad muttering and frustratingly try to unravel the wad of tape and wires to get the RC out of the package without damaging it. That is unless you're like me and say "let me get the heavy duty wire cutters out I ain't dealing with this!" Surely there's a better way that's secure, safe, environmentally-friendly, and easy to open.
Once past the wires, what you will get find inside is:
- the Sharp Shooter Heli
- transmitter/charging stand
- three cardboard targets
- users manual
- six projectiles resembling missiles
At the time of this review there are only two different channels for the Sharp Shooter. If the Sharp Shooter sells well, Air Hogs will probably come out with more than the Airwolf themed red or blue windowed Sharp Shooters.-- much like the continuing releases and evolutions of the very popular Havoc Helis.
Flying the Sharp Shooter
I noticed that with the little missiles loaded the helicopter has a slight forward movement. When unloaded it will pretty much just hover in place unless there is a small draft of air coming from somewhere, such as a fan or home AC vent Overall, the Sharp Shooter is fairly durable. This is coming from someone who has had his fair share of crashes.
Charging and Runtime
I would have liked to have had the charging time shortened a bit. It seems that Air Hogs overlooked this particular point. 30 minutes versus 5-10 minutes of runtime seems just a bit unbalanced. None the less it is still a fun micro heli to fly.
On the plus side of charging, as with many Air Hogs RCs the transmitter doubles as the charging station. They have also improved in the way that you hook the heli up for charging. The charging jack is a little larger and more durable instead of that microscopic input charging jack that is on the Havoc Helis.
The Air Hogs Sharp Shooter has proven to be a durable, easy to control, indoor helicopter that provides a little extra challenge with its missles and target-shooting capabilities.
Watch a Video review of the Air Hogs Sharp Shooter Air Hogs Sharp Shooter Missile-Launching RC Helicopter Review In this video the author does a great job discussing the flight characteristics of the Air Hogs Sharp Shooter. He has made a small modification to the missles -- giving them the ability to pop balloons. I don't recommend doing this sort of mod for anything other than balloon-popping. Taping or gluing small nails or needles to a projectile can cause serious injuries if you're not careful. Despite this small safety issue, it's a good video to watch.