The Shogun/Zoom is my second attempt at getting into micro sized electric helicopters. There was a lot of praise about this helicopter when it first came out and I got suckered into it. The heli actually ran okay when it was running, but there were some fatal flaws in the design which did not lead to much enjoyment with it other than a passing interest.
Model Shogun/Zoom Micro-Electric
Engine HiMaxx 2025 Brushless, 2100mAh Lipoly, Castle Creatiosn 25 Speed Control
Main Rotor Foam/Fiberglass stock blades, 635mm Diameter
Tail Rotor Plastic, 130mm Diameter
Airframe Dimensions 630mm long
Radio Equipment Hitech micro-servos, JR700 FM Reciever, GY401 w/HS55, Base loaded antenna.
After my first Micro electric heli experience (The Century Hummingbird) I was pretty gunshy about trying out another Micro. The Zoom was full of promise with some decent demo video's, collective pitch, and a fairly sturdy look frame. It also had a torque tube tail drive which increased it's appeal a bit.

This kit was said to destroy the stock brushed motor pretty quick so I went all out and bought a Castle Creations 25 Amp brushless speed control and the HiMaxx 2025 brushless motor for it. The Castle Creations speed control and the HiMaxx motor were the best parts in this deal unfortunately. The heli had some problems to overcome which I will describe.

Like ANY micro there's always going to be some fiddling around to get things right. One of the major problems I experienced was that the tail gearbox kept rotating on the tailboom and I could not get the thing to stay on there. I glued it with epoxy and used several other methods but it kept twisting in flight. If I wasn't fighting with the tail gearbox I was burning up gears in the front end of the heli. The tail drive input gear would strip off the carbon fiber tail drive shaft, I ended up gluing them on to keep that from happening, but then the problem with the tail box would arise again. Also the tail pitch slider pin had a habbit of falling out because it was just press fit into the tail pitch slider. A lot of people didn't find this out until after this little pin had fallen into the grass somewhere, never to be found again.

This helicopter met it's ultimate demise when the tail box seperated from the heli in flight and it piro'd at an extremely high rate into the ground. This broke the frame ($50!) blades and some other parts. Considering that I could buy 2 Raptor 50 frames for that price, a repair was not going to happen. The remnants of this heli were sold off to someone else who had one of these. I hear they sold theirs off as well.

This kit had some real promise for it, but the exhorbitant prices for spares and some of the engineering issues left it with a lot to be desired. As for Micro-Electrics, I have no interest in them anymore. No matter how good they look and how fun they may look to fly I will never own another one. I've sworn off this type of heli for good.

You can see the scale of the Zoom compared to the Raptor 60, quite a bit smaller which puts it into the micro league for sure.

Here are some photo's of the Zoom assembled from different perspectives

I painted this model with some paint pens I picked up at a local arts and craft store. Although it's not a professional finish, it is a personal finish. I'm not great at artistic stuff, so it turned out pretty ok!

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