Picco Z Silverlit (Airhogs Havoc Heli) Toy helicopter

Picked up my Picco Z helicopter today from Target for only $29.99. Its really fun to fly and works pretty well.

It takes some getting used to but after a few or 20 crashes you get the hang of it. The best part is its so light it will almost never break froma crash. I think over time if you crash it enough the body parts might twist a bit and give you a different flight feel, but I think its manageable.

As for the technology behind it: I think the coolest thing aside from its miniature size is the main rotor design. The blades are made of Polypropelene which means they are light, durable and flexible. There is a main rotor/propeller that provides lift and another smaller propeller above it to provide stability. these props are tied together using connecting rods. So the top prop is basically a gyro. it has small metal weights on its tips. That means that when it starts to spin from a flat ground level, it acts as a gyroscope and resists tilting motion. As the heli tilts forward. the gryo remains level for a second and tugs the main blades. It tilts the blade to create more lift in the front bringing the heli back to level.

This guy R0XoRiZoR does a good job explaining how this works. And he has pictures. (scroll down to his post from July 2004.)

and this guy watersharer

Here is a video I took to show the gyro in action.

I am not ready to take mine apart yet but here is a site with some pics of a bearing/CF shaft mod and custom frame by azimov.

2-1-07 *Update*

tiny motor

And by the way if you are looking for replacement motors you might try these guys at Robot Store HK I do not know if they are the same size as the rotor motor or tail motor, but they look pretty close.

I tried going on the manufacture’s site TECO but I cant seem to find any product info or specs.

Anyway Robot Store HK seems to be a really good resource for hobby robot parts.

You can find more Picco Z Havoc Heli information here.

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38 comments so far

  1. Bobby on

    You sound like a total idiot

  2. prodmod on

    😦 I’m crying.

  3. bobby is a dumbass on

    those look fucking cool

  4. I lost my other propeller on

    Do you have another one I could use.

  5. prodmod on

    I am sorry I am using my propeller for another project. But I searched google for picco spare propeller and found an ebay store here

    http://search.stores.ebay.com.sg/twinbee-STORE_picco-spare_W0QQfciZQ2d1QQfclZ3QQfsnZtwinbeeQ20STOREQQfsooZ1QQfsopZ1QQftsZ2QQsaselZ278434058QQsofpZ0

    This one seems to be in singapore, but you can also just type in “picco spare” on ebay and find some.
    Let me know if you find what you need.

  6. Wayne on

    Found this site that sells the main and tail rotors.
    http://www.storesonlinepro.com/store/1897327/home

  7. Markpie on

    Is you need spare parts, I found a decent resource with free shipping! Check it out…

    http://www.for-kidsonline.com

  8. BoBo on

    I resently bought a havoc heli and its awesome. It is kinda hard to get used too, but after a few crashes, you get the hang of it. After about a month, i got tired of it. I decided to take it apart and try my hand at modding. Didnt work out. I tried the heli have LEDs all over it, but when i turned it on, It sparked and caught on fire. Great product, not good for modding.

    cYa,
    BoBo

  9. T-NIGGS on

    i want 1

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    helloy

  11. gary on

    BaBa Booey

  12. ace pilot on

    i had 1 once and it broke

  13. Dady got one... on

    My 7 year old kid got one and he got the hang of it within a day…

    Very cool… So cool in fact, that is 2 sisters wanted one too…

    Si I found myself bying a 3 pak from http://www.for-kidsonline.com (Yeah, dady will have the spare one 🙂 )

  14. Flighted on

    I also bought a Havoc lazer set, they are vary nice..
    I moded both of their body styles with blue painters knew skid foam pad, painted them and even added windows, they fly alot better as Huey’s better then cobra stock!

    Please somebody send me link to get 100ma bat replacment!
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  19. Help on

    I got a havoc heli a few days back and I have a question.
    When I try to fly it foward, it doesn’t.
    The metal strip doesn’t help at all.
    Any mods you’d reccomend?

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