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11-29-2005 11:56 AM  12 years agoPost 1
Sunrise

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Good day:

As a newbie, I have taken the opportunity to have a look at the many different models available, and I am still trying to determine which helicopter should be my first one to learn on. All things being equal, I would probably start with a .50 size machine.

While durability, performance and maintenance, as well as availability of parts are important factors in any decision when one is about to invest in a first heli, an equally important factor for beginners is the assembly manual that comes with the kit.

It makes very little sense having a great helicopter with a poorly (or incomplete) written assembly manual. To every beginner, one will need all the help one can get, and a great (and easy to read and understand, with lots of pictures) assembly manual to me is a very important ingredient.

A well-written assembly manual should be able to take the beginner from just a bunch of parts, to a complete, fully functional helicopter – with very little external help. An expert can then check the newly built heli afterwards.

I don’t care if it contains information that seasoned heli-flyer will consider a waste of ink and paper – a beginner will certainly appreciate it.

If heli manufactures wants to gain points, they should spend a bit more time on having a good assembly manual to go with the kit. That to me will really go a long way. That’s my 2-cents for the day…

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11-29-2005 06:31 PM  12 years agoPost 2
pH7

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You are correct that this is an important point. I chose a Raptor 50 and the manual that comes with it is not very good. BUT I did know about http://www.raptortechnique.com/ and that resource is much better than most assembly manuals. This board also contains a wealth of information about assembly of any brand you choose. So, consider all the sources of information available as you choose.

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11-29-2005 07:31 PM  12 years agoPost 3
alcastan

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Tiger 50

You could also check the Tiger 50, quite nice, and the manual is like a begginers bible, it has everything you need to know on how to put it together, exploded views, and a section for radio and mechanical setup, and by the way, if you have any doubt on how to put it together, you could alwas send an email to the owner of audacitymodels, the one that makes the Tiger 50, and he would be glad to help.

And forgot to say $299.99 for an ARF is great!!
The web page is http://www.audacitymodels.com
You can download the PDF manual so you can check it for free!!
You wont regreet

Alejandro,

Momma used to say, life's like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get!

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11-29-2005 11:15 PM  12 years agoPost 4
BC Don

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Don't forget that you also need someone to check over the setup. There is a TON of information about Helis and setup that you won't find in any instruction manual. Raptor Technique has lots of this stuff as well.

Then, there is flying. There are lots of techniques that I've been shown by experienced flyers that I haven't read anywhere.

So, yes a great instruction manual is something that is of great benefit but so are people who know what they are doing - they are of even more help.

Got Money? Send it to me, I'm a Heli Addict.

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12-01-2005 05:27 AM  12 years agoPost 5
ManuelCJr1

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I agree with alcastan the tiger manual is awsome it show everything that you would want to know. It also has little pro tips in it. And I also agree with bc don that you should have it looked at by someone before you try it by yourself. If you go to your LHS they may have some info on clubs in your area.

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12-01-2005 06:03 AM  12 years agoPost 6
B52fixer

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Something to keep in mind. I don't know about all the differances between the tiger and a venture but you can get a venture 50 arf for the same price as the tiger and I am sure the parts support as well as knowledge base for getting answers is better.
-Andrew

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12-01-2005 11:05 AM  12 years agoPost 7
Sunrise

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Yep, I have looked at the assembly manual for the Tiger 50, and found it to be well written indeed. This is very good for the beginner!

Another good assembly manuals (in my opinion) are from Mikado (and their Logos), as well as from Miniature Aircraft although those models are not exactly for the beginner.

Raptor manuals not the very best in the world, but because there are lots of online support out there, it more than make up for any shortfalls. Of course, I am looking at things as a beginner – not as a seasoned flyer.

Yes, I agree, someone should have a second look at the finished product, before attempting to give it a fly, which I had in my first post.

However, in my little country, finding someone to have a look at the bird might be somewhat difficult, as there are probably less than 2 (if that much) heli-flyers around and finding them would be a good exercise indeed. Our local flying club appears to be inactive since 1998!

Maybe I should stick to fish keeping or something…

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12-01-2005 11:21 AM  12 years agoPost 8
Graeme

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Maybe I should stick to fish keeping
Not a bad idea... The Knife Fish does a really good knife-edge. The Rope Fish does a great "snake". The Leaf Fish does an awesome knife-edge hover when he spots food.

But none of 'em do it on command. Geez, that's no fun!! And assembly manuals?!!



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