RC stands for radio controlled, but flying solo means no one is there to watch your aerobatics.\u00a0 If your kid has outgrown his best swing set for toddlers, these copters could be for you. Flying WITH someone means sharing the skies, so why not take them on Mano-a-mano? To do that means having someone who also has a flying RC similar to yours. And of course there needs to be a way to "shoot" at him so you can see the results without actually breaking anything. Swann feels your pain, or at least they'll help you try and avoid it with their Sky Duel Helicopters. What's in the box? Two RC controlled Apache-style helicopters, each equipped with front mounted IR (infrared) "guns" under your command. This should be every bit as fun as the best rc helicopters. If you prefer something that you can take on the road, our Super Mario Kart v6 vehicle review might also be useful. If you're looking to upgrade your outdoor sports experience, take a look at the razor crazy cart review instead. If you're trying to make your kid's next birthday completely epic, check out our light strike review.\r\n\r\nWhile I removed the two small helicopters (8.2 x 2 x 4.3-inches counting the rotors) from inside the box, my friend Steve took the two controllers and filled their battery compartments with 6 "AA"s each. He also selected \u201cA\u201d on one controller and \u201cB\u201d on the other.\u00a0 Then he connected a special USB cable to a socket at the bottom of each \u2018copter and connected the other end to one each of the two controllers. The controllers were then turned on and left that way to charge the two helicopters. This took almost an hour (the LED on the controller changing color). When we had to recharge the \u2018copters later, we found that connecting them to a USB power supply, instead of the controller, not only charged them up a bit faster (7 minutes of flight takes its battery toll) but also saved power for the controllers. If you also want something where you can play outside, take a look at how Razor's crazy cart XL is drifting fun for adults. The controllers use a wide front-mounted IR dome that has to \u201chit\u201d the helicopters, but inside the beams bounce off walls and so it\u2019s not really an issue. You can\u2019t be all that far away (line-of-sight) but who would want to anyway? And since the \u201cgun\u201d sounds that are made when you\u2019re firing come from the controller, having the batteries maintain their power is pretty important. That\u2019s why we never used the controllers to charge the \u2018copters after the first time. If your kids would rather play outside, take a look at this water hockey rink too.\r\n\r\nThe helicopters are designed to be used indoors, which might explain why they feel so light and why the blades have a bit of a \u201cspring\u201d to them -- a set of spare blades included just in case though. The rotor design has an added tech; gyro stabilization that helps to keep it righted and makes for easier control. And as if silver and black aren\u2019t enough to differentiate between the two helicopters, the black one has a \u201csearchlight\u201d in its nose pointing down which lights up whatever is beneath it (in low light situations and from about 6 inches away).\r\n\r\nSteve and I agreed that we would each spend one session flying our helicopters to gain a better handle on the controls before beginning combat. We went to my apt bldg.\u2019s rec room and he went to one end and I to the other.\u00a0 If you want the best in RC, take a look at our review of the Spy Video Trackr (RC vehicle can be modded with apps, video) too. I've flown RC planes before but haven't much experience with helicopters- -- you'd think it would be easier but getting them to hover takes patience. I placed the silver helicopter on the floor and stood back about 5 feet. I took care of mating the controller to the helicopter by turning both of them on and then moving the throttle (the left sided joystick) from its \u201czero\u201d position at center all the way forward and then back. When I moved the throttle again, the rotors began to spin. I wasn\u2019t worried about direction (which is where the right joystick -- rudder -- comes in), but did click the \u201ctrim\u201d control tab\u2019s left side and then right a few times until the helicopter stopped wobbling. But I overdid it and the helicopter veered right, hit a wall and bounced off and down. I brought the throttle back to zero and righted the helicopter on the floor. I then continued to practice with it for another few minutes before connecting it to a portable USB power pack to recharge. I saw that Steve was doing the same. We hung out for about a 1\/2 hour and felt it was now time.\r\n\r\nWe placed our 'copters on the floor about 10 feet apart so that they faced one another. 3-2-1-GO, we each had our 'copter's rise and hover -- the question now is who would take the offensive. That would be me, I thought, as I rammed my \u2018copter forward and shot towards his. His 'copter started to bank to the right but I was able to maneuver so as to give him a broadside from about 3 or 4 feet away. I thumbed the trigger on the controller to fire my "guns" (accompanied by a digital chip firing sound). Direct hit! His 'copter lit up with LEDs and spun around. But before I could fire again it flew off. I pursued it but discovered I was being suckered,as it described an arc that placed it to my 'copter's back. Suddenly it was my 'copter that was being shot at. I had to get out of there so I did a half turn to the right, shot straight up and then aimed the nose down, firing away. Okay I was firing blind but one of my "rounds" managed to hit him. I kept shooting and got him again (three hits=you're out!) before he could escape, which caused his \u2018copter to be disabled and land. Chalk one "kill" for me.\u00a0 All of this took less than 3 minutes but it felt like forever. But mostly it felt like we should do it again!!\r\n\r\nBottom line: Flying an RC helicopter is a lot more fun when you have firepower. Swann\u2019s Sky Duel Helicopters gives you all that that but, even better, provides the means for having an opponent available whenever you want. Sissies fly RCs just for fun, "real" guys fly RC helicopters with IR guns so that they can shoot others out of the sky.