The Tarantula X6, a beast of a toy grade quadcopter, caught between a racing drone and a sedate camera lifter.

With its wickedly evil looking face and stance, the Tarantula really has a hidden sting. Put this spider into high rate and whoosh, boy does it fly. Not as fast as a proper racer but when you are still learning, its a great step up from the Syma X5C.

The Tarantula has what JJRC/Yihzan call IOC (intelligent orientation control) or, headless mode.

I didnt use it and I will explain later why I should have once.

Its control distance is about 100m

and its flight time is a poor 8 min which is a shame, because, just as you are getting into the flight, its time to bring it back in.

Luckily the 7.4V 1200MAH Lipo is quite cheap and easy to find so you can stock up on a few.

Size wise it is double the size of the Syma X5C which makes it look very impressive.

It also has the ability to lift an Action camera, but it will reduce your flight time a lot, but if you want to step into the world of drone filming, then you can rig up a cheap gimbal (non motored) and go film and learn the art of hover drift with the wind.

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Flying, the tarantula is a dream, it has lift and punch which is amazing for it class, and as said earlier put it in high rate mode and it just goes, you really have to be careful you dont go beyond its range. This is where headless mode (IOC) could come in handy, learn how to activate it, I didnt and got cocky, lost orientation and thought I was pointing the right way, punch it forward and off it went up into the highest tree near me, with no way of retrieving it. In the process of trying to loosen it up i managed to burn the motors out, so it had to be left. My first casualty of this hobby. Goodbye Tarantula X6, you were a wonderful beast.

PROS

  • Large Quadcopter
  • Fast and agile
  • Large props
  • Can lift an action camera (reduces flight time greatly)
  • Scare small children with its looks

CONS

 

When operating a drone or small UAV, make sure that your aerial vehicle or aircraft does not endanger anyone or anything. You must keep your aircraft within your visual line of sight, which means that it should be no more than 400 feet above you and 500 meters ahead of you. You will have to get approval by the CAA if you want to operate a drone beyond these distances, in which case you will have to prove that you can fly the drone safely.

 

 

 

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