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05-08-2005 02:22 PM  13 years agoPost 1
Lonesome_Banjo

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Well, as I've said in another post I'm getting back into helicopters after a few years break. After much debating, I have decided the Raptor 30 (original V1) was very good to me so I'm not turning my back on it.

So, I'm looking at the Raptor kits. My first question is, should I build or buy ARF? Have never built one of these (although Ihave built many RC cars and Planes) and do not know what to expect. Would you think it's in my ability to build one of these monsters and have it fly?

Second, I'm not sure which kit. I want something a little different than the R30 this time, so I'm considering either the R50, 60 or even 90(or SE) as well as the R30. When I stopped flying awhile back, I had learned to hover and was messing around wiht forward flight. So I'm looking for soemthing stable yet somehting that I can really open up when the time comes. So which of those kits do you think would be a good choice for me? Lets assume money is no object (although it is, but that's the good think about assuming)

Thanks Guys!

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05-08-2005 02:28 PM  13 years agoPost 2
blockatvalpo

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Buy a 50 size kit. The best part about buying them is building them. If you get an ARF, you won't have the best understanding of how to fix it. If you build the heli, you will have an idea of how it went together. I bought an ARF Hawk, and took the whole thing apart to make sure that everything was loctited that needed to be. In the end, it didn't take 4 hours like the box said, it ended up being close to 8 because I took my time. You can get a 60, but parts are more expensive. The 50 cost pretty much what a 30 does, minue the amount of fuel you burn. Obviously you will burn more with a 50.

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05-08-2005 02:30 PM  13 years ago •• Post 3 ••
Drunk Monk

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A nice shiny Raptor 50 kit is the way to go in my opinion. I've got a raptor 60 and 50 and have more fun with the 50. Plenty of power and performance. It's great

As for ARTF and kit, I'd definately go for the kit. It's not hard to build and you will have a better understanding of how it all works should the worst happen. Also bear in mind that the ARTF are built by people who aren't paid very much and haven't heard of locktite Bits have been known to drop off before now. If you built it yourself then at least you know it's done right.


Stephen

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05-08-2005 02:36 PM  13 years agoPost 4
RobRoy

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I agree the Raptor 50 kit is the way to go. You build it yourself, and you know what your flying. Through an OS-Hyper in it and you will have one fun machine.

Ignorance is curable, stupidity is for life.

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05-08-2005 02:42 PM  13 years agoPost 5
Lonesome_Banjo

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Thanks for the quick replys. Any upgrades I should go ahead and get? Would you stick with the standard R50 V2 or Se? Like I said, I haven't begun to do aerobatics yet.

Thanks

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05-08-2005 03:07 PM  13 years agoPost 6
blockatvalpo

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The stock Raptor 50 will be fine for now. As you get better, you can add bling. For now, since you will crash at least once, it isn't worth the money. Stick to woodies for a bit until you get used to it again.

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05-08-2005 04:09 PM  13 years agoPost 7
Lonesome_Banjo

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Alright, looks like I'll be giving building a chance. Hope it goes smoothly.

Thanks

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05-08-2005 06:21 PM  13 years agoPost 8
blockatvalpo

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If you need help, just ask the ? on here. Also use raptortechnique.com. There is a ton of helpful information on that site.

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