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04-29-2004 10:01 AM  13 years agoPost 1
Rob_T

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Which CP micro would you recommend? I can hover, but still have enough crashes that cost of parts is an issue. I want to fly in my backyard, so some tolerance to light winds is also a plus. I'm considering:

1) Hummingbird Elite CP
2) Piccolo Pro
3) Hornet II
4) Shogun/Zoom 400

I'm thinking of going for the Hummingbird because of the low cost of parts, and I'd worry about stripping the tail gear of the HII or Zoom, but I've no hands on experience of how any of them fly. What do you think?

I will probably go brushless, so quality of the stock motor wont be an issue

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04-30-2004 06:27 PM  13 years agoPost 2
Buzzsaw46

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I think the Hornet 2 is the best of the bunch quality wise, but have heard quite a few possitve reviews of the Zoom/shogun 400.

So far the reports I've heard about the Humming bird CP are not steller.

I'm also not a fan of tail motors they may be easier to setup but they are more limited in performance.

So my order of preferance would go

1) Hornet 2
2) Zoom 400
3) pic pro
4) hummin bird CP

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04-30-2004 08:59 PM  13 years agoPost 3
pbmax

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I'll go with Buzzsaw's list. The Hornet2 is a great heli, but its tail has frustrated the heck out of me. Also doesn't come assembled, which can be good and bad (manual isn't too great). My concerns about the zoom400 are again the tail and parts availability. Pic pro is expensive, but probably better than the HB CP.

I have a HB, Hornet2, and I just ordered the HB CP yesterday. For ease of setup, you can't beat the hummingbird's tail. But for true performance, the Hornet2 is your bird. That said, I'm having a much better time with my HB than my Hornet2 (servos are getting yanked for the new HB CP when it arrives). Much easier to learn on!

Some people have had great success with the HB CP, but there will probably be growing pains for quite a while as people iron out little bugs here and there.

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04-30-2004 09:45 PM  13 years agoPost 4
Gary Jenkins

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Zoom!!!
I have a Hornet II , I like a lot, but it is a pain to build comparted to 30 or larger machines I built. You cann't just throw it together and fly it, you have to check and recheck fit of part and binding, etc.
The other have tail motors which I don't like, and yes I have a Piccolo Pro.

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05-01-2004 07:10 AM  13 years agoPost 5
Rob_T

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Thanks for the comments!

I must admit that before the Hummingbird and Zoom were announced I would almost certainly have gone for the Hornet 2. Now, the low cost of the Hummingbird makes it attractive. I'm nowhere near ready for 3-D yet, so I was thinking HB now, and maybe H2 later when my flying doesnt cost me so many replacement parts!

Any comments on how the HB flies outside?

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05-01-2004 10:18 AM  13 years agoPost 6
Buzzsaw46

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You might also want to look at the Hornet CPX blades are cheaper than the H2 and you can make 6 booms for $30! Much nicer tail setup than the Hornet 1 due to the factory mounted tail hub. No tail motors to burn up, no lame mixing boards that dont work right out of the box

The Hornet is much tougher than most people seem to think. I have had crashes that cost nothing and only took a few seconds to get it back in the air! A friend of mine got turned nose in and freeked out put it in inverted and only needed to replace a 1mmx6mm pin and his auto hub sleeve


It's alot cheaper to buy a good heli from the get go than to bog yourself down upgrading a heli that will never equal what you could have had

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05-08-2004 07:16 PM  13 years agoPost 7
rrandal1

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I noticed you are in Tualatin. Coyote Hobby (Oregon City) is going to stock Shoguns. He has parts already, but has sold out of his first shipment of helis.

I have a Shogun and am super-super happy with it. With parts being available, that's just another plus. Although Dee Tee is also nearby to your house and they stock Hornet stuff.

I've heard, but have not personal experience, that Hornets and Piccolo's require a lot of fiddling to make them right. We basically shook the shogun out of the box and went to fly. The only thing I changed was the collective pitch to servo link so that everything lined up properly.

Russ at Coyote has a Shogun he is more than happy to demo, so you might want to check it out. When you see how it flys, you will be impressed.

Have fun with your search.

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05-08-2004 07:49 PM  13 years agoPost 8
Rob_T

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I decided to go with the Zoom/Shogun- I got the last one (of this batch) from Coyote Hobby!

Factors in my decision were the problems I have keeping my Piccolo tail in working order (its on its 3rd motor now!), and availability of parts & support locally. That got the decision down to Hornet or Shogun.

It was tough to decide between the Hornet and Shogun- I think they're probably both great when setup properly. I think the Shogun in stock form looks more solid than the Hornet, its parts seem slightly lower priced, its slightly larger, and I just plain like the look of it more! (Plus the flying reports I've found all seem very positive.)

Now I just have to figure out how to equip it, but thats a matter for a different forum!

PS were you in Coyote Hobby at about 5 PM yesterday? There was another Shogun owner there when I was.

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