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Billy Zimmerman

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Rainier Oregon

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Hey guys and gals, I've been out of the hobby for 10+ years. I'm looking to get back into it but have no idea where to start haha. Looks like a lot has changed and parts for many helis are hard to come by. I have always been a raptor fan, last time I flew there were fly bars and mechanical set up was very simple. I had GY401 gyros and just had a blast flying. So, where is the hobby now? Are raptors still around? Still easy to set up? Still able to get parts? Set me in the right direction. Thanks all

07-29-2016 10:29 PM
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utahbob

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St. George Utah

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welcome back!

There's alot of kick-azz heli's out there..I wish I could start over and by new stuff!..flybarless makes it funner..I was a longtime holdout..watch some vids on youtube and see who's flyin what and jump back in!

I do a great decending funnel!

07-30-2016 02:34 AM
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Flyin for Jesus

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Dana Point, Ca. 92629

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Well, if you want do electric and FBL, there is a lot to learn. ( from nitro and FB only knowledge ) Motor Kv, gearing FBL setup, etc. but once you get it figured out, its easy.

07-30-2016 05:37 AM
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Billy Zimmerman

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Rainier Oregon

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Thanks for the input! I'll start researching and get some ideas. Are raptor parts still pretty easy to get ahold of? I was bummed to see heliproz closed down. Who is the go to online parts shop nowadays?

07-30-2016 05:50 AM
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ICUR1-2

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Ottawa, Ontario

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raptors are gone but still used stuff hanging around for parts etc...
Flybar parts are getting harder to find, the paddles aren't being made anymore.
If you want to stay nitro the pickings are getting slim

align
gaui
sinergy
saab
pantera

maybe one or 2 more
MA is making a come back from germany but have heard anything lately
Who is the go to online parts shop nowadays?
ExperienceRC
and Amain hobbies

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07-30-2016 01:18 PM
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Flyin for Jesus

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Dana Point, Ca. 92629

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Unfortunately, I would avoid Thunder Tiger... I've read where people have gotten parts from overseas without issue but you're still having to ship overseas. I still have a Raptor and will do that when I need parts, but I would not buy a raptor then have to do that.
Electric or Nitro - there have been numerous threads tryinf to discuss the cost of each and how one is cheaper than the other. Simply put, electric costs more up front as you would need a motor, ESC, batteries and a good charger setup all before you fly the heli. Nitro, you need an engine, servo, starter, gallon of fuel and a pump. Then all the arguing about how long batteries last before replacing, how much fuel you'll use.....
If you want to get back in the game and be efficient with your $$$, get a middle of the road 450 size heli. Align is a 450, SAB Goblin and a few others call it a 380 or 360 size.
They are a lot cheaper than starting back at a 600 or .50 size nitro.

07-30-2016 03:49 PM
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ICUR1-2

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Ottawa, Ontario

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Having started 10 yrs ago myself
if I started over again today it would be electric.
However You could not take my nitro from my cold dead hands
depending on $$$ I would start with a 550 size and MSH brain V2
if I was low on $$$ I would start with a 450 because they are being phased out in favour of 380's which are a lil bigger.
If $$$ isn't an issue then the sky is your limit

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07-30-2016 05:37 PM
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Richardmid1

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Leeds, England

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Easiest, safest and cheapest thing to do is stick with Align these days. They have come A LONG way since Raptors roamed the earth!

You also need to forget what you know about setting a flybarred heli up! FBL has taken over and at first it will seem like a nightmare but after you have set one up once and got your head around how FBL works it's a doddle. The benefits are more power, longer flight time, better agility OR more stable in the same setup, more stable in wind, better autos, easier to setup (once you get used to it), less parts to brake in a crash and you get tail pre-comp built into the FBL unit so you get a rock steady tail!

60% of the time, it works every time!

08-01-2016 03:32 PM
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Helinige

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England

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Welcome back my friend

Got back into it, Spring this year. After years of flybar machines a divorce seen me hold off for nearly six years, any ways finances now sorted. Got a Trex 700 DFC as first fbl heli, wasn't so keen on it as always flew nitro, so purchased a couple of DFC 700's and love em to bits, once I got head around the system all became apparent
OS 105r, hatori pipe, Spartan vx1 align digis
OS 91 HZ hatori pipe, sparen vx1 align digis
Love em and fly really well, good luck matey and enjoy for you not others ..

Regards Nigel

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