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05-04-2005 02:54 AM  12 years agoPost 1
bjazi01

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Hello,

I was wondering how you guys feel about the Century Raven for a beginner.

Also, do you guys know if the funkey scale fuselage would fit it ?
Thank you

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05-04-2005 06:02 AM  12 years agoPost 2
Gearhead

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the Raven is a well upgraded well refined heli, it's very 3D capable yet it can be setup to fly very very smooth...


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05-04-2005 12:10 PM  12 years agoPost 3
doorman

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bjazi01

I would have to disagree with the Raven as a first heli.... first is the price of the kit, second would be the price of the replacement parts for a shaft driven tail when you have your first boom strike, and anyone that would call the starting system on this and many other Century heli's "refined", obviously does not have very high standards of quality....
Don't get me wrong.... this unit flies well, but it takes some changes to get it there, and for a first timer....???? NO
Take a look at this thread. It just might be the answer to what you are looking for..... Good Luck!!!!!!!!!!!
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05-04-2005 07:37 PM  12 years agoPost 4
bmartin

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I would say that the raven makes a great first heli.

As far as price, make sure you check out the parts eg. Metal or plastic frames, wood or CF blades.

As far as the issue with a shaft driven tail I have crashed many times, and never had a problem with it. Just having to replace the boom that you would have to do with any heli so don’t be sacred off by this claim.

I do believe that the some of the funkey scale fuselages will fit you can check out the century site they have a list I believe? The raven does not fit then all as it has CCMP and that limits what fuselages will fit.

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05-04-2005 08:47 PM  12 years agoPost 5
concept1

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I would have to Highly recomend the Century Raven. I flew Century for years and loved them, I now am flying a Raptor 50V, just because I wanted to try them. It took me 4 months to get the Raptor to fly the way I wanted it. do yourself a favor and just skim down the Century Forums titles and the Raptor forum and the others as well, you will see the Cenury Forum probably about 90% is just talk about how they love them or just setup recomendations, the Raptor Forum will cover tons of Problems with the heli. Now I do love my Raptor, but I have added several metal upgrades to get it to be up to my standerds, people say parts are cheap, well do a search on crashes, I found the Raptor breaks more parts then my Century ever did, so parts are about even. the Raven Has "NO" issues and has been Highly revised, The Raptor has tons of Problems, mostly minor but still problems, the washout wears very fast, as do many other parts, if you want a super smooth Heli, this will bother you, if you only want a 3D monster you may never notice, The Raven will be a Supper Smooth heli, it flies like it is on Rails and yet will 3D with the best of them, The Raptor I used to think would never be Super Smooth, I finally got mine to be super smooth and yet still quick. but for the cost the Raven is the best bang for the Buck.. you need no upgrades except a muffler, and it comes with a great set of blades

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