Drone Builder Kit Review (Circuit Scribe)

Drone Builder Kit
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EDITOR'S REVIEW
OVERALL EDITOR'S RATING:
What It Is

The Circuit Scribe Drone Builder Kit is for ages 13 and up, and allows builders create their own power connection with the help of a magic pen. This kit includes a conductive ink pen, 4 motors, 8 propellers, cardboard arms, charging station with USB cord, drone hub with on-board camera, and drone builder blueprints. Putting the drone together is pretty simple and the directions are clear. The cardboard arms have areas designated to be filled in with the conductive silver ink from the included pen. Once finished, download the CS Pilot App on a smartphone device.   The app includes easy to fly hover, takeoff and landing modes, or pilots can test their skills with full manual joystick control. The camera can photograph and record flying. 

Is It Fun?

This drone though fairly easy to build has problems. It's pretty tough, but the cardboard arms get bent from multiple crashing. Since the drone is controlled by using an app on a smartphone, the camera feature is a plus, because it has the ability to record video and photos on your phone. The cons here are that "the color it yourself feature" is not a great feature. The pen tip is too thin and it is not fun to color in the arms. There are pre-filled in arms, which worked better for us when we got the drone to finally fly. We did get it to fly, but after a few crashes it wouldn't power up and connect again or fly. 

Who It’s For

The Circuit Scribe Drone Builder Kit is for ages 13 and up. It is controlled via an app downloaded to a smart device. Fans of "build it yourself" electronics may find this drone interesting to build, though it is not challenging to build, we found it is challenging to fly.

What To Be Aware Of

We did get it to fly using pre-filled in arms. The cons here are that the "color it yourself feature" is not a great feature. The pen's tip is too thin and it's not fun to color in the arms. We preferred using the pre-filled in arms. After a few crashes it wouldn't power up and connect again to fly. For the price point, this build it yourself drone just isn't worth the time. 

AT A GLANCE:
  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    Medium Difficulty