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12-03-2005 04:53 PM  12 years agoPost 1
CobraBladeCP

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I purchased my Blade CP on Wednesday night and began flying. I couldn't keep a hover for more than 2 seconds without screwing it up. None the less I had a few close calls with the walls, sofa, etc. You name it, I hit it. I some how got enough courage to bring it up 6' into the air, hit my hanging ceiling light bottom and brough the heli down without breaking anything!

I have now gone through 2 sets of blades. $15 a pop can really add up. On the second set I really started to get a feel for the heli and the transmitter. I can now keep a hover for about 30 seconds without having to land. Only reason being is because I start getting too close to the walls. I live in an apartment so its hard to learn in the living room. I figure with more practice I will become more precise with hovering in small spaces.

Anyway, what I really wanted to ask was, since I am new to heli's, should I stick with the wooden blades or go with the carbon fiber one's? Because breaking these wooden ones will just add up. So far I have flown about 3-4 battery charges before cracking the tips of the blades. After they crack/break I can only get the heli about 2-3 feet if that off the ground. Once I put the new blades on, the heli would just lift up super quick.

Any suggestions on what I should do?

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12-03-2005 05:18 PM  12 years agoPost 2
slider46

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I would Buy a sim program and save all the damage to your new heli. That's what I did and between the two I have hours of flying time in the past week. Hovering the heli is very easy now and I'm moving it around some and hovering side on....
It will give some hover time while the batteries are charging for your next flight......

Tom..... No "D" flying....

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12-03-2005 05:32 PM  12 years agoPost 3
CobraBladeCP

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I was thinking about buying the sim program, but $200 is pretty steap. Yes I know that blades add up and other misfortunes that may happen. It's something to think about.

However, do you recommend a different blade compared to wood?

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12-03-2005 05:47 PM  12 years agoPost 4
wurthless

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Redding Ca.

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You can get a sim cheaper here on RR. And just bite the bullet and realize you need to go to the gym or somewhere bigger to fly your heli

QUICK! ,,,can someone turn the gravity off for just a second,,,,

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12-03-2005 06:13 PM  12 years agoPost 5
CobraBladeCP

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I know I need a larger area to go to.

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12-03-2005 06:25 PM  12 years agoPost 6
cnk

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A sim is worth the money. It may seem like a lot of money now, but when you start progressing beyond tail-in hover, it will pay off. You can fly any time on a sim so there's no excuse not to practice every day. Plus, when/if you want to try out 3D maneuvers, it will be easier to get the timing down on the sim before you try it for real.

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12-03-2005 07:40 PM  12 years agoPost 7
CobraBladeCP

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CNK...you are right. I went to my local hobby shop to pick up a couple of more blades and some velcro for the battery pack. I gave the SIM a try and it was good. I crashed a few times. So I added up the cost of blades and counted about $100! So hopefully in the next couple of weeks I will buy the SIM. Hey, I can also practice with airplanes too!

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12-03-2005 09:14 PM  12 years agoPost 8
AlanR8

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Cobrabladecp
I can also practice with airplanes too!
DON'T even go there......

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12-03-2005 10:00 PM  12 years agoPost 9
RoyG

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Scotland (land of the brave, home of the chilly)

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you don't _HAVE_ to buy a sim.
http://www.rc-sim.de
download FMS.
then download a realistic background
then download a raptor (quite a few to choose from, you have to look though)
make a converter cable for your controller (or buy one on the web for 30 ish bucks)

'swhat I learned to fly with and it's great.
it doesn't look as good as the $300 sims, but it teaches you to fly.

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12-03-2005 10:43 PM  12 years agoPost 10
CobraBladeCP

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AlanR8

Is flying planes a bad thing?


RoyG

I will have to give this a try!

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12-04-2005 03:08 AM  12 years agoPost 11
canardman

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Planes...

Is flying planes a bad thing?
Naw, flying planes isn't bad. But neither is drinking, smoking, or drugs. But you know there are some people who come up with a twelve step program for everything

Enrolled full time A&P school... No time for flying :-(

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12-04-2005 04:23 PM  12 years agoPost 12
CobraBladeCP

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Of course I will learn Heli's first and become strong in flying them. Then will I make the step to plane's.

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12-05-2005 02:16 AM  12 years agoPost 13
BC Don

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What most folks don't realize that if you get "serious" with this activity, the costs can add up REAL quick. First it is a small Heli or a Trainer Plane, then a SIM cause you've crashed, then on to the next "thing". At the start you tend to crash more frequently and those costs add up. Then you get to the point where you want something more challenging or that has more capability. Then you start taking more risks and requiring more equipment. Then you get larger equipment that costs more for servos and radio gear.

For helis, you may start with a small electric blade but then you'll either go to a nitro machine or REAL expensive larger electric. Then from there you move into a Gasser. At this point I have a TRex, Hawk Pro and Raven.

For planes, you start out with a trainer then to sportier planes, then into war planes or scale, then into larger planes and 3D or Pattern. I've got, lets see, 40 size EasySport, 40size Twist 3D, 40 size Venus Pattern, Gremlin (Delta Wing), Funtana 40 3D, SuperSport 40, an Ultrasport 40 that I'm building, a Super Chipmunk larger scale that I'm getting for Christmas and a Shrike 40. They just slowly keep adding up when you get one every year or so.

Then there is radio gear. Various radios over time.

ANd of course, once you've purchased this, it's not like it has much resale value.

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

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12-05-2005 02:48 AM  12 years agoPost 14
canardman

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BC DON

Man, if you break it down like that, it would scare anyone away. Looking back, I have spent enough to buy a small country!

Started with a trainer $300.00
Second trainer(crashed first) $200
Newer radio $250
Sport plane $400
Faster sport plane$400
Scale warbird $1200
Shogun heli $250
Heli radio $400
Raptor $1300
Misc. fuel, flight supplies, batteries...$????

Watching the sun go down, drinking a beer with yer buds after a good day of flying....PRICELESS!!!!

Enrolled full time A&P school... No time for flying :-(

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12-05-2005 03:00 AM  12 years agoPost 15
MicroDOC

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Goleta, CA

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All said and done, just get a good sim. Put your money into the best radio you can afford. It will be your partner for a long time. When you are proficient on the simulator then and only then should you start investing in expensive helis. The best upgrade you can buy is fuel, practice and more practice. It will save you $$$ in the long run. Been there!!

Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it!

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