March 30, 2004
Super Chopper

Probably all of us have seen "Funniest Videos" moments when someone turns a very expensive, very fragile RC aircraft into funny colored matchsticks by driving it into a tree. Ever wonder what it's supposed to look like when someone who knows what they're doing is at the controls? Wonder no more (note: WMV video file).

Easily the most impressive display of aerobatics I have ever seen anywhere. I had no idea you could make an RC helicopter do things like that, and at first thought the damned thing was hung on a wire or something. I wonder if you could do these things in a real helicopter? Probably so, if it were strong and powerful enough, but I wouldn't want to be inside!

Highly recommended.

Posted by scott at March 30, 2004 10:59 AM

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That site is blocked here for some reason, but I've probably seen similar demonstrations. Was it an electric or gas RC helicopter? Similarly jaw-dropping aerobatics are possible with some of the heavily overpowered electric RC airplanes. If you have a good RC flying club nearby, you might be able to see something similar live.

Posted by: Steve Gigl on March 30, 2004 11:25 AM

Yup, gas powered RC helicopter. I had a feeling such demonstrations might not be unique, it was just that I'd never seen anything like it before. I also supposed it was the (probably ridiculous) power-to-weight ratios that made such crazy things possible.

Posted by: scott on March 30, 2004 11:41 AM

I doubt anyone will be doing stuff like that in a full-size chopper any time soon. Power-to-weight ratios don't scale up very well, and even if you ever did build an engine that could provide the same ratio in a full-size chopper, the rotors would probably shatter from the stress.

Posted by: Tatterdemalian on March 30, 2004 12:02 PM

Oh, and when playing with RC choppers, destroying the aircraft is one of the less painful mistakes people make...

Posted by: Tatterdemalian on March 30, 2004 12:16 PM

i am really keen to see the clip but it says im forbiden ,what can i do??

Posted by: daniel on April 20, 2004 04:49 AM

Actually, this was one of the best 404 errors I've ever seen.

Posted by: Kathryn on January 29, 2005 07:35 PM
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