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06-03-2004 05:34 AM  13 years agoPost 1
Rajun151

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I am looking to purchase a Shogun 400 as soon as I can get my hands on one. I have experience with a variety of gas powered helicopters but am interested in getting an electric one now, but I don't know that much about them, or modifying them to be more precise. LiPoly batteries are new to me as are motor specs, what servos are best, the right gyro, etc.

So, for a Shogun type helicopter, could you all tell me what you would use for the following:

1) Aftermarket motor - performance in mind
2) Battery - LiPo? And what size/spec? What do they cost? How fast ro re-charge?
3) Speed Control - Any brands better than the other? What do I need to look for? This is the area I probably know the least about.
4) Servos - what size & type?
5) Gyro - can I use the gy-401 (etc) or is there a lighter/smaller one that will work fine?
6) Receiver - I've seen some small ones from FMA Direct. Are there others and which do you recommend?

Any other information that you think will be helpful.. Prices would be nice and recommendations on where to purchase if you have the time. I see the kit being spec'd for $199.95, though they show not in stock.


Thanks for your time!

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06-03-2004 05:35 AM  13 years agoPost 2
Rajun151

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I guess I would also like to know if anyone thinks I am making a mistake in wanting a Shogun 400? It looks like more my type of helicopter than say a Picolo(?) Pro.

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06-03-2004 07:32 AM  13 years agoPost 3
sailmike

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I have a Shogun/Zoom 400 and find it a very stable heli. I also own a Joker CX, which is a .60 to .90 size electric heli, and I have found it quite a bit more stable than the Shogun/Zoom 400. Generally, the larger the heli the more stable and easier it is to fly. The smaller heli's are more easily effected by wind, so you can imagine how a small 200 gram heli could do in a light breeze.

Lipos can catch fire if not properly charged and require a charger specifically for lipos. They should be charged at no more than 1C, which should take about an hour to an hour and a half to charge.

1) Himax 2025-4200, Hacker B20-15L; 10t pinion
2) 3 lipos in series (connected + to -) any brand, but I like Thunder Power, 1300 to 1500 mah
3) Castle Creations Phoenex 25 is popular, but I hear Hacker and Schulze are also good
4) Most seem to be using HS-55 for cyclic and HS-50 for tail
5) The GY-401 will work great
6) I use a Hitec Electron 6; Berg 6 is also good I hear

Let us know how much you are willing to spend and we could give you some other ideas for a first electric heli, the Hornet II or the Logo 10 for example.

Hope this helps,
SailMike

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06-03-2004 12:20 PM  13 years agoPost 4
copperclad

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hi
be aware that lipos need a charger made for them , they need to be treated with respect a good charger will usually charge them in an hour , im running a triton charger and really like it

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