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11-29-2005 01:44 AM  12 years agoPost 1
KSUperDuty

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Gretna, Nebraska

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I am looking to buy my first nitro heli. I have a Blade CP, and I want to "graduate" to a Nitro. I am going to go with a .50

Which .50? I have been leaning towards the EVO, but I know little about any of them. Is this a good choice. What about the Raptor .50? I have also noticed the JR Venture .50 is reasonably priced. Is the Venture junk? What should I be looking for here? Any other ideas? Thanks for any help you may be able to offer.

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11-29-2005 01:50 AM  12 years agoPost 2
dgshaffer

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New Jersey

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The EVO is a better model but a bit more difficult to setup for a first time heli. If you feel that you're good enough to set one up then go for the Hirobo. The instructions are great but you'll need access to a dial indicator to setup the fan and clutch as this seem to be where the weak link is.

Once setup properly it's a fantastic flying heli.

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11-29-2005 05:31 AM  12 years agoPost 3
moorecj98

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Raptor 50 hands down. Great for learning and awsome 3D machine. Parts are cheaper and can be found about everywhere. I fly my 50 more than my 90 size fury. The raptor i have has the TT50 engine in it . If you know how to tune one it will put out a lot of power. Plus the raptor is what you see at most flying fields and you can get the most help. I have flown and setup a venture 50 for a friend and it didnt really impress me much.

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11-29-2005 07:43 AM  12 years agoPost 4
B52fixer

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

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I have never flown a evo 50, but I have a Venture 50 and love it!!
I am however entertaining the idea of getting a hirobo for my 90 ship.
The best advice I can give is to buy what the guys at your field fly or at least what someone you know and trust flies. I fly at a field that is thick with raptors but I like the CCPM mixing.
-andrew

A word to the wise ain't necessary. It's the stupid ones that need the advice.

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11-29-2005 01:31 PM  12 years agoPost 5
BarracudaHockey

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Jacksonville FL

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Dg is right. The evo is a little nicer, a little more precise and is a little harder to setup and a little more expensive.

The Raptor is easy to set up, flys mild to wild with very little upgrading and parts are everywhere, there's even a whole website dedicated to build and setup http://www.raptortechnique.com

I've helped a couple people with ventures and wasn't impressed.

Andy
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http://www.jaxrc.com

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11-30-2005 12:32 PM  12 years agoPost 6
Swing_racer

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Singapore

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Raptor is easy to set up and is great for 3d stuff. EVO 50 is good for F3C . Both are good helis. You will not be wrong with either one of them.

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11-30-2005 01:41 PM  12 years agoPost 7
Yug

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UK. Herts

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The R50 can take you all the way to 3D. The basic ship is inexpensive and parts are the most readily available The basic V2 also flies well and is simple to build and if you wish, there are very many upgrade options; some just bling and some do provide major benefits.

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11-30-2005 01:45 PM  12 years agoPost 8
tchavei

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Portugal

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Raptor is easy to set up and is great for 3d stuff. EVO 50 is good for F3C
No comments

Tony


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"Perfection and patience usually walk side by side..."

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11-30-2005 02:35 PM  12 years agoPost 9
Rui_JC

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Portugal

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Raptor Rules !

Check my galery

Keep it up...literally

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11-30-2005 02:50 PM  12 years agoPost 10
tchavei

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Rui: "Não desdenhes o que não conheces"

Look at my gallery

Cheers, Tony


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11-30-2005 06:58 PM  12 years agoPost 11
Bryan R

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Calgary, Alberta

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the raptor v2 is nice

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11-30-2005 07:13 PM  12 years agoPost 12
KennyS

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Marble Falls, Tx

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The Raptor will always be number one in setup, basic flying, advanced flying and finally full blown 3D. Plus they are cheaper to crash.

Only Fine Helis, Hobbywing

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11-30-2005 07:51 PM  12 years agoPost 13
tchavei

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Just because the whole world drives Volkswagen it doesn't make it the best car

Tony


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11-30-2005 08:48 PM  12 years agoPost 14
Gearhead

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Vt

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and the Raptor is no Volkswagen ...

Jim

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11-30-2005 10:16 PM  12 years agoPost 15
doorman

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Sherwood, Arkansas

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I Like Your Style!!!

What tchavei said, and you can check my gallery too!!!!

But you know that I just have to add the Tiger 50 to this list.....
Check it out on the Audacity site..... it is the new kid and it is a kicka$$ heli.....

Best of luck with whatever you choose.....

I like the one about the Raptor will always be number one!!! SLMAO!!!

Stan.....

AMA 2918-Team JR, Spin Blades, East Coast Scale Helicopter,Castle Creations

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11-30-2005 11:04 PM  12 years agoPost 16
dgshaffer

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New Jersey

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the Raptor is no Volkswagen
You're right. It has a long way to go before it could step up into that calss.

Hirobo is surely to becoming the heli to have. Out of the box there's no better plastic kit. It'll take a while because TT flooded the market with the Raptor. Every kid with a paper route can afford one.

Slowly people are coming around but, coming around they are!

I'm not anti Raptor as you can see by my first post. I've moved over to Hiropbo and I'm glad I had.

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12-01-2005 01:35 AM  12 years agoPost 17
E J Atchison

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Winsted, CT USA

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They are all good. I started with a Venture 50 and still love it. I also think a Tiger 50 is a great all around machine with great customer support (you can actuall call and speak with the owner of the company). The Evo is great but $$$. As far as the Raptor good machine but everybody has one and it's old technoligy with no plans for change. Like the 69 Chevelle I once had great in it's day but it's old tech in a modern world. (Still fun though)
Don't drive yourself nuts, get flying.

I'll admit I'm not a great pilot, but I can hover with the best of them.

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