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Giguana

Heliman

Modesto California

I'm looking into getting into gas powered Helis. Right now I have a micro. I want to replace my micro with a gas powered heli. I would like to know what is the cheapest yet best performing helicopter for the money spent. I don't have the money for one yet but I would like to do the research and then try and find a complete setup on ebay. I don't want something that will have to be upgraded and I don't want to spend more than a thousand dollars. I would like to find the biggest heli out there but if a good size .30 came around and I had the money, I would snatch it.

Basically I am asking, What heli's performance suprised you the most after a suprisingly low initial investment.

03-25-2005 Over year old.
rckrzy1

Elite Veteran

Hurst Texas

I assume you mean NITRO, not gas. And for a your first I'd go raptor 50.



Wildcat Fuels

03-25-2005 Over year old.
Want2BRealPilot

Senior Heliman

Asheboro,NC

Giguana, check this out:
http://www.heli-world.com/Merchant2...ode=CN1000CMFS1
This price even includes Futaba's 7 channel computerized Tx with digital servos, and starter pack.
While the Hawk Sport may not be the best heli, on the market, it is a nice flying machine, parts are relatively cheap, and is 3D capable.
This is a great price, to get you off the ground.
Mike

03-25-2005 Over year old.
Giguana

Heliman

Modesto California

I think I want a used heli that performs well stock or is mildly upgraded. I would love to get a raptor 50 v2 but there are hard to find used. Are Freyas any good. I want to try and settle on a few large powerful helis to look for.

03-25-2005 Over year old.
rckrzy1

Elite Veteran

Hurst Texas

If you want to be able to afford repairs, stay away from hirobo. And the century stuff is allright if you have some one local who stocks parts, you don't want to deal with heliworld for small orders.



Wildcat Fuels

03-25-2005 Over year old.
vetrider

Elite Veteran

Daleville, AL (Ft.Rucker)

Go to this site Gohbee and get a machine that's as good as the best and better than the Raptor.
The stuff between the swash and head yoke make it fly better than the others. OH and compare their prices on PARTS...even the RAPTOR PARTS!

NOBODY comes close!

Nolan

03-25-2005 Over year old.
nojohnny101

Elite Veteran

10 miles north of Cincy, OHIO

hey
best = raptor 30/50....which ever you can afford


Thanks
~Will~

03-25-2005 Over year old.
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Giguana

Heliman

Modesto California

:eek WOW gohbee parts are cheap!


Do you think the gohbee stinger 50 is better than a rapter 50 v2?

How popular is the gohbee stinger?

03-25-2005 Over year old.
BigChopper

Key Veteran

Cambridge, UK

This question has been asked many times..

I am assuming that you are in the USA?

These days there is very little between any of the 30/50sized machines on the market..

A freya is a 60/90 sized machine so you wont want one of those to start with as it'll cost ya... You can get the same power to weight performance as a 90 with a 50 sized machine. (90's just hold better in high wind)

Consider these points:
1) Parts availability and cost
2) Experience available in your local area you can tap into

I bet once you look into these you're likely to end up choosing one of tthe following:
- Raptor , Sceadu, Hawk, Calibre.

You'll find the vast majority of people will say Raptor because they own one.. There is a reason why the Raptor is so popular and that is because it is cheap, parts are always available from anywhere and also there is a wealth of information available because there are so many people that have one. And you can probably guarantee that if you go down your local club there will be someone flying a Raptor!

Some more experienced fliers may argue that the Sceadu has nicer flying characteristics than the Raptor, although Hirobo parts are slightly more expensive (but not by much). The Sceadu is a great machine, extremely popular and easy to get assistance if required (great support from Jeff Green in the USA, MRC Hirobo). It is extremely likely that a local pilot will have one of these and could help you out.

The Hawk is good also as it is cheap. In terms of parts availability it's not up with the Raptor and Sceadu. However their parts are slightly cheaper (for your area, I could be wrong). You'll also find that there are not as many people flying these down at your local field so it may be more difficult to get help if you need it. Help will always be available here on RR however. The Hawk is just as capable as the others.

The Calibre is also up there with the rest and parts availability will be good (maybe not as good as Sceadu and Raptor, but in your area I do not know?). Check out local fliers, these are not as popular as Raptor and Sceadu but probably just as capable, I dont have any significant experience on this machine.

It is true that the two most popular machines out there in this category are the Raptor and the Sceadu.

Good luck with your choice

Never heard of a Gohbee Stinger though looks a bit of a Raptor rip off... Vetrider has a point on the parts costs for the Stinger, but I'd like to see how he can justify his claim that it performs better than the rest because of its head design. Where else can you buy Stinger parts and what is the availability like? Seems to me like a single source supplier?

03-25-2005 Over year old.
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Gearhead

rrMaster

Vt

well, that depends how big you buck is,,, the soon to be realest Hawk Pro is a very well priced nice heli, in a nutshell it's a Hawk Sport with about $110 in upgrades for only $40 more than the Sport..

http://runryder.com/helicopter/t157348p1/


Jim

03-25-2005 Over year old.
A. Bundy

Elite Veteran

Aurora,IL. 30W/SW of Chicago

03-25-2005 Over year old.
Giguana

Heliman

Modesto California

Whos sells a raptor 50v2 complete heli setup? Why is the raptor 50v2 better than the raptor30v2?

03-26-2005 Over year old.
MJWS

Key Veteran

Airdrie, AB - Canada

You can detune a 50 to fly mild while you are learning, and the crash costs are roughly the same as the 30. You will outgrow a 30 quickly if you spend any time on the sim and are somewhat adept at the hobby. It's far more expensive to upgrade than just buy right the first time. A little extra torque when you try your first aerobatic moves will be VERY welcome as well.

The 50 will likely stay in the fleet even if you move on to bigger better heli's. They are very agile with power to weight similar to the 90. If you decide the nitro ship is not for you... you can unload it easily.

The difference in cost is pretty small initially. Go with the 50 if you can possibly afford it.

As you'll read 1 million time on here. R50 or EVO. Impossible to regret either.

Mike

03-26-2005 Over year old.
nojohnny101

Elite Veteran

10 miles north of Cincy, OHIO

hey
to simplify what MJWS said:
raptor 30 = great starting out heli....well capable of 3D
raptor 50= .50 engine in 30 airframes.....beyond 3D capable

i have a raptor 30v2 and i dont' see me outgrowing it....i'm into flips and rolls...also backwards flight and it suits me fine
sure a raptor 50 would be nicer....but for my budget a raptor 30v2 works fine for me.....


i dont' think anyone sells a complete started kit for a raptor but if you go to this site: http://www.heliproz.com and call them they will walk you through everything and suggest on buying everything you need to get started...
basically they'll put together a starter kit for you....for your budget too!!!!

Thanks
~Will~

03-26-2005 Over year old.
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Giguana

Heliman

Modesto California

I think Im gonna try and find somebodies used raptor 50v2 setup. They seem to end pretty cheap on ebay, like this one

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...5965207269&rd=1

03-26-2005 Over year old.
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