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10-09-2005 01:20 AM  12 years agoPost 21
ChrisMoore

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Bay Village, OH

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a 1.7M bus...sounds like a gigantic waste of money, considering what that money could be put towards elsewhere

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10-09-2005 01:21 AM  12 years agoPost 22
Yug

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UK. Herts

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Well then, I could allways use my cobra

However, I have to remove the passenger seat to get a heli in. The 90 simply does not fit at all; so, I'm considering buying a bicycle and trailer to get to the field. Does this count ?

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10-09-2005 01:23 AM  12 years agoPost 23
RCfan

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Longwood, FL USA

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Peter, do you have a room you could rent me in that thing? Hate to ask, but with gas/diesel prices being as high as they are, how bad is it on this monster?

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10-09-2005 01:27 AM  12 years agoPost 24
Clayman

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Richer, Manitoba,​Canada

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Well me too. I like to have a large stereo and need room for my helis, So I bought a 1990 Chevy Astro Van. I love this thing, And since I got I have gone half way arcoss the country with it and planing even more for next year. Hope to get to ircha next year too.

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10-09-2005 01:43 AM  12 years agoPost 25
Eury

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Dover NH

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I'll admit it, one big reason I bought my new 2006 Ford Escape was for the hobby. When I go to the field, I like to bring at least 3 things with me, preferably 4. Today I brought My Evo 50, Mini Funtana Electric, a 60" F-4U Corsair, and a 55" Cap 232. I need to build a shelf like a lot of you guys have to make it easier to fit stuff in there.

Nick Crego

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10-09-2005 01:46 AM  12 years agoPost 26
RobRoy

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Huntsville, Alabama

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I was running out of room in my truck, and the wife isn't always so happy to let me use her 4-runner so I built a trailer to help. Not done yet, but close.

Ignorance is curable, stupidity is for life.

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10-09-2005 03:00 AM  12 years agoPost 27
Professorwiz

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Livonia, Michigan -​USA

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I got a pickup instead of a small car, I fly planks too and they take abit more room. On my older truck I got just for flying, I drilled holes in the bed to mount the brackets to hold the planks wings.

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10-09-2005 03:44 AM  12 years agoPost 28
Peter Wales

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Orlando Fl

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Brief spec on the gigantic waste of money....

14.5 liter twin turbo diesel running 25lbs of boost at 1800 rpm to make 515HP and return 6mpg with a following wind.

Actually its all Gordie Meades fault. I was at the Nats one hot and sticky day, just packing up and looking forward to the trip back to downtown Muncie and my luxurious hotel, you know, the one by the railroad tracks. Just as I was leaving, I spotted Gordie and Dave sitting outside their trailer under the awning enjoying a cold beer, helis all around them, they could put them away later. I said to myself, thats the way to do it.

Since then I have been saving my allowance for this one. I did have an intermediate cheapy to check out and see how I liked it and I love driving the thing around, but when I saw this, it was love at first sight and I had to have it.

I ordered it last year and have just taken delivery. Now all I need is somewhere to go.

But its not a complete waste of money. Look how much I save on hotel bills

Peter Wales
http://scalehelicopters.org

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10-09-2005 04:22 AM  12 years agoPost 29
ChrisMoore

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Bay Village, OH

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LOL. Id have to stay at a lot of hotels to offset the costs of the bus. One question, what is the insurance premium for one of those things and what kind of mileage do you get (4mpg?) I bet the difference between the premiums and gas prices of the bus vs. a smaller mode of travel plus hotel costs would be so large that having such a huge bus could not be cost effective, but I am willing to be proved wrong.

Nevermind the cost of a divorce attorney after trying to explain the expense to the mrs.


Chris

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10-09-2005 05:10 AM  12 years agoPost 30
dariof

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Henderson, NV /​Laguna Niguel, CA

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a 1.7M bus...sounds like a gigantic waste of money, considering what that money could be put towards elsewhere
The money spent is all relative to one's income. For some this may be a waste, while for others, a drop in the bucket.

Consider those who have private jets, personal yachts, and gorgeous homes. Yes, the money for all those luxuries can be put elsewhere, but why?

Congrats, Peter.

My Heli Hauler

Best Regards, Dario

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10-09-2005 05:24 AM  12 years agoPost 31
ChrisK7

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Stanfield, Ore.​97875

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I had to buy a new 03 Dodge Ram diesel to pull the Desert Fox toyhauler trailer that holds all kinds of toy's.

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10-09-2005 06:49 AM  12 years agoPost 32
Twobeers

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Toronto, Canada

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Come guys with the tiny cars. If I can fit a cub into a Tempo you can put a heli into your car, no problem. Its simple. Leave wife at home. Move passenger seat back. Tilt passenger seat back all the way. Stick heli in through passenger door, tail first. Stick nose into passenger seat foot space. See in can fit in.

I lost my infamous tag line.

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10-09-2005 06:56 AM  12 years agoPost 33
AH-1 pilot

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Tampa, Florida

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Nissan pathfinder

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10-09-2005 07:13 AM  12 years agoPost 34
Balance

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Rapid City, SD, USA

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Wait,

If you can afford 1.75M (million, did I get that right?), then why not spend the same and buy a full size heli and learn to fly it???????????????????

FOR SALE Kyosho Nexus .30 and Futaba 8UHF lots of extras

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10-09-2005 07:37 AM  12 years agoPost 35
Cathman

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As dariof said....it's all relative. If you can afford the bus, i am sure the upkeep and diesel, etc.. is easy. And who says he doesn't know how to or even own a full size heli. I work with someone who just bought a citation jet, has a couple of nice ranches in other states, has a bell heli (real deal), and goes somewhere every weekend via one method or the other. It's all relative. If i had it to spend i would sure as heck enjoy it. You cant take it with you and when you die, someone else will blow it for you. So why hang on to it. Live today like there may be no tomorrow.

Just my 1/2 cents worth .

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10-09-2005 07:39 AM  12 years agoPost 36
valerko

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ny,dutches county

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because 1.75mil doesn't buy you heli that can fly inverted(At least not for long)

I myself,am thinking of getting like 16' trailor and turn it into storage and shop.Lately I've been doing all my fixing at the field.This way I can store all my helis and planks in it along with all the other crap.And when the weekend comes,hook it up to my 05 Nissan Titan and drive to the field

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10-09-2005 11:43 AM  12 years agoPost 37
Mattiward

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160ft off the deck​10ft from 400,000​volts - U.K.

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Easy peasy - purpose built hinged and padded board with securing clips for the skids

My heli was a 30 when i took this photo but the 50 still fits in, In fact I can also fit my mates' 50 alongside 69 position (ooo errr missus!!!!)

Field box etc fits snuggly in the boot area.

Unfortunately the Cooper S is having to go, to make room for my new Company car - a Saab 93.

Regards
Matt.


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10-09-2005 11:51 AM  12 years agoPost 38
dialarotor

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Traverse City,​Michigan

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hobby support vehicles

Lots of my flying friends have purchased old pop-up campers, gutted the beds and interior, kept the frig for beer. Makes great mobile hangers, hard top pops up, carrys chairs, some with a table, awning, small generator, and battery to do all the charging. holds lots of helis and god forbid even airplanes

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10-09-2005 12:32 PM  12 years agoPost 39
Snapy

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Fort Walton Beach​Florida

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Love the flames Peter

Thats not the same House you was driveing the last Mayday 2005??

my heli huler like its flames also

Don

Build / Fly / Crash / Cry / Rebuild

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10-09-2005 01:21 PM  12 years agoPost 40
Peter Wales

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Orlando Fl

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Nope that ones gone in part exchange for the new one.

I love the subtle flames on the truck. Very tasteful.

Why dont I buy a full size heli and use that? OK, how many big scalers can you get in a .......jet Ranger, A109 power or 222? How much fuel does it use on a flight from Orlando to San Francisco and how long does it take. Each night you have to stop in a HOTEL (Oh the expense!!!) and then you have to hire a car to get around when you get there.

Now my wife suggested I buy a Chinook and have that fitted out as a big RV and carry my car in it as well. Then I could stay in that

Straight to the funfly and the hotel comes with you!

The insurance costs slightly more than a small Hyundai each year but I figure if it catches on fire and completely burns out, I want a new one so its worth it.

When I sold my business at the beginning of the year, I knew I would have enough money to see me through the end of my days so I decided I would spend a LITTLE of it on this.

Peter Wales
http://scalehelicopters.org

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