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11-23-2006 07:36 PM  11 years agoPost 1
KrisKringle

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Bedford, N.S, Canada

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Well, I'm new here and new to the hobby.
I fly the real ones for a living (rated on SK76, SK61 and AS332)and recently bought a Blade cp with some upgrades (used).
After a few batteries I was comfortable hovering it and am now waiting on a sim to start practicing tail out hovering and such.
Thing is, I want to move to a different machine (slightly bigger)and am at an absolute loss as to what to buy.
Seems the Trex is quite popular, but then there is also the 3dx versions and the dragonus 2 and so on.
I will be buying used, or kit and build myself(with used electronics, yes I'm cheap).
I would appreciate any thought/inputs.
Thanks,
KK

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11-23-2006 07:45 PM  11 years agoPost 2
Yug

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Even if you buy used, you'll still have to strip it to give it a thorough checkover and get to know your heli. I would suggest starting from new.
If you're wanting to fly outside then a bigger machine would be necessary. For the money, a Trex can get expensive and you may be better off going 30 or 50 size nitro as they are much more stable. Up until recently, the raptors were considered the best value because they are cheap to get started on, are very upgradable and very capable 3D machines. However, recently a Caliber3 has been introduced which IS cheap and DOES fly not that I've tried it, but have heard good reports. The reason why I've not really mentioned electrics is because the inital outlay can be expensive as you'll need several sets of batteries to get decent flying time. They're also very expensive to replace following a crash.

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11-23-2006 07:50 PM  11 years agoPost 3
KrisKringle

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Bedford, N.S, Canada

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Yug, thx for the quick reply.
I never realy considered nitro as I can get away with flying electric in the hangar.
But as you mentioned, the idea is to get the thing flying outside.
I will look a bit more into nitro (just more info again to get my head around)
Cheers

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11-23-2006 07:55 PM  11 years agoPost 4
SubSailor

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Austin, TX.

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Dear Santa,
I've been a good boy this year(well kinda) and all I want for Christmas is an Aurora and ...............
Seriously though, welcome to RR. Man, you've been able to get a CP into a stable hover in just a couple of battery packs! Good for you man. If you must have an electric I tell ya, for the money I would be looking at a Century Swift. It's inexpensive and pretty good size for the $$ and seems to be a pretty good flying machine, even in the wind. Just another idea for you to ponder.......

John

Fromeco Field Rep.
A day without sunshine is, well.., alot like night time.

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11-23-2006 08:23 PM  11 years agoPost 5
Tommy Z

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Lubbock, Texas

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If you can hover a blade CP comfortably, you'll be able to hover/fly your next big heli very very easily.

Tommy

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11-23-2006 08:35 PM  11 years agoPost 6
MrMel

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Gotland

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My suggestion is also to go with a larger heli, decide if you want to go Nitro or Electric, then look what is sold close to you and which one have spares available.
(or which internet shops are fairly close so you dont have to wait long and pay huge amount of money for shipping)

When you have a list of different helis, search for them here and on other forums, so you can decide which model.

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11-23-2006 09:00 PM  11 years agoPost 7
smokingtommy

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east sussex ,england

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hi if you go to the BMFA site you will see about 14 clubs in bedfordshire which is good and i would say the same as the rest get a 30 - 50 size and try and get a good tx like a futaba ff7 as the tx will grow with you good luck

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11-24-2006 04:24 PM  11 years agoPost 8
KrisKringle

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Bedford, N.S, Canada

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Thanks again for all the replies.
I think I have my mind set on Electric and am now setting up a budget to buy all the goodies.
LHS only opens evening hours so will have to go in one of these nights to see what they got.
There is 2 other ones in the area but both require a significant drive or shipping.
Will also try to contact a local club -near Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada- to meet up with some local flyers.
As for the learning experience so far, it's been fun. reminded me of trying to fly the real thing (looked ugly once in a while and could have used some training gear...).
I tried the RADD method for about 10 minutes, but did not have the patience, so strapped on the training gear and just 'gave it'. Because my flying background I do have a good understanding of helicopter flight, so it was just a matter of tuning in my hands.
Now the fun part starts. I'll be happy with some figure eights and basic tail out hovering manoevers.
Anyway, still open to suggestions.
So far looking at 3dx450, trex 450se and swift, although I like the size of the trex 600 a lot.
Thanks again for the replies so far.

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11-25-2006 12:25 AM  11 years agoPost 9
avatar71

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East Amherst, NY

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in the beginning I started with a blade cp and had a heck of a time learning. After excessive frustration, I got a trex hde and now I own the cp, a blade cx (for indoor distraction), two raptor 50's and a Raptor 30. Over the past two years that I have been flying, I have come to the following conclusion. Raptor 50 is just plain awesome wind or no wind it flies fine but, a crash can be pretty expensive. The Trex is my beater. I learn best on it because it has proven to be cheaper to fix than the blade cp. This = a much lower fear factor for me. TREX SA is my vote but, but, but, it does not handle the wind like the big 50's and 30's do. It's always windy here... Also, if you are thinking 30 and don't plan on owning a fleet, get a 50, you'll be happier as time goes by. I barely fly my 30 at all.

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