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11-25-2006 03:14 PM  11 years agoPost 1
g1fth3lp

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Christmas is peeking around the corner & I need some advice. I am not a helicopter hobbyist - my boyfriend is (he's a beginner and is glued to these forums). I love to watch & accompany him to events and will get more involved in time as I'm too anxious & tend to crash things.
He's practicing with a Blade CP pro right now. I would love to get him a cool gift, but he's got the heli & plenty of batteries & a top notch controller, etc. i.e. he's got everything. Does anyone have any Christmas gift ideas that will reiterate his love for the hobby. I will take any suggestions from t-shirts to anything, really. Thanks for your suggestions!

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11-25-2006 03:19 PM  11 years agoPost 2
broncoholic

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If he does not have a SIM get him a good Simulator like Reflex XTR or Realflight 3.5.

No matter how many good items he has a the moment, they will need to be replaced, so more batteries and equipment is still a good idea.

Anymore like you running around TX. I will be back in TX next year I would love to find someone who will buy me RC stuff.

He is lucky to have you!

Take it easy.

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11-25-2006 04:29 PM  11 years agoPost 3
cudaboy_71

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there's all kinds of hop-ups for the cp. but, you'd have to know what you're looking at to know what he does and doesnt have.

i'll second the nomination for a good sim. even if he's a pretty good pilot, there's always room for improvement/learning new tricks. if he doesnt have a good simulator then he probably isnt pushing the envelope as hard as he should (he'll get better quicker practicing on a heli that won't break)

one thing every heli pilot goes through (eventually) is blades. here's a link to some carbon fiber blades for the cp[/url]. not an endorsement for the vendor...i just googled and that's what came back.

a good charger is a must in this hobby. if you could do some nosing around and find out what he's using now, there's tons of things to upgrade: a powersupply to charge off of a household electric outlet, a good charger with an LCD readout (to take better care of the batteries--makes them last longer).

there's also a bunch of tools that will come in handy as he progresses in the hobby: pitch gauge, blade balancer, digital caliper, good set of hex drivers/nut drivers.

i know all this sounds horribly dull...but, we heli-nerds love this stuff

if it ain't broke, break it.

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11-25-2006 04:41 PM  11 years agoPost 4
brooksnb

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It's hard to know what direction he may have in mind for the hobby...but it is obvious he likes helis....so why not take all the money you can get your hands on and head to the local Hobby store and buy a gift certificate....

I'm sure he will find plenty of great things he would like to get.

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Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.... Dennis

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11-25-2006 07:57 PM  11 years agoPost 5
Dood

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If you were my girlfriend, I think I would want you to buy me this
Even if I didnt get it quite by Christmas, I would still love you.

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11-25-2006 08:12 PM  11 years agoPost 6
chuckhager

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I like the gift certificate idea because he can go out and buy what he wants. But then again, it's not really something very personal. On the other hand, (most) guys really don't care about personal and emotional gifts. They just want stuff they can use or need / want.

And the simulator idea is good. My first heli was a sim.

Merry Christmas & Happy Hollidays.

Chuck Hager

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11-25-2006 08:40 PM  11 years agoPost 7
Dood

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When I didnt know for sure what to buy someone, I usually bought them candles I am not suggesting that a candle is a good gift gift idea.
In fact, candles make a horrible gift. Especially for guys. Guys hate candles, and we think that the fragrenced ones are disgusting.

Something that many guys want for Chrismas at some point in their life is a Red Rider BB Gun. See picture.

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11-25-2006 08:43 PM  11 years agoPost 8
chopper_crazy

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Just to give you an idea, here is my list that I gave my wife for Christmas:
Realflight G3.5
T-Rex 450SE Superior Combo from Heliproz
JR 9303 radio with receiver and servos from Heliproz
Large Align Aluminum T-Rex Carrying Case
Mavrikk Pro Tools – Both Sets
Rivergate Bulldog 30 Amp Power Supply
Thunder Power 1010 Lipo Charger
2 Thunder Power 2100 Battery
Align Micro Heli Pitch Gauge

Good Luck, and happy holidays!!

It's a complex, costly, glow powered anti-gravity machine!

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11-25-2006 08:50 PM  11 years agoPost 9
Droid

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Bet you get the pitch gauge!!!

Quotes may have been changed for my own amusement

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11-25-2006 09:46 PM  11 years agoPost 10
chuckhager

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I hope this isn't too personal, but it might help if we knew what your budget was.

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11-25-2006 09:54 PM  11 years agoPost 11
Lorents

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Hi,

You could get one of those indoor helis for him. Nothing more fun than opening a gift that you can smack batteries into and start flying right away You would have to stand up with some annoying hoovering over the turkey and crashing into the christmas decorations though... Many of us here want one but doesnt really want to spend money on it because there is so much else to get...

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11-26-2006 02:48 AM  11 years agoPost 12
valerko

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Are you guys NUTS.
It's a girlfriend one of our fellow RR members asking.

How about you and one of your HOT friends under the christmas tree?
I bet that would be th present.

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11-26-2006 03:09 AM  11 years agoPost 13
Dood

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I don't think a football would make a very nice Christmas present. (see picture)

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11-26-2006 03:37 AM  11 years agoPost 14
JeremyZ

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Round Lake Beach, IL - USA

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If he's able to fly & enjoy a Blade CP Pro without crashing too much, the next step is a T-Rex heli. You can buy him the basic kit for $175 (That'd be a 450XL CDE) , or if that's too much dough, get him a gift certificate to an online heli shop that is highly recommended. Some people like heliproz, I like heliaddict for T-Rexes.

If he's still crashing, a gift cert. to a place that stocks CP Pro parts. ...or a sim. I'm using AeroFly Pro Deluxe right now. I can fly no matter what the weather is like, and crashes are free.

"Well begun is half done." -Aristotle

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11-26-2006 04:10 AM  11 years agoPost 15
billm

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Buy him a Sim for the puter.
I hope your not willing to not see him for a few days as he flys.
Once he does get a live chopper. your doomed.
He will be a Heli Holic.build him some bench space. not the kitchen table. Let him buy parts. and your golden.

My name is Billm. Cough, and I'm a Heli Holic

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11-26-2006 04:24 AM  11 years agoPost 16
Dood

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Out of ideas?

I want one of these for Christmas (see picture)

Honestly, who needs an iPod when you can have a 14mz? I hope they soon make an adapter so I can use a 14mz to play MP3's through my car stereo. Me personally, I am going to wait untill next near for the 14MZ version 2. It will have Blue Tooth technology built in and I can use it as a cell phone. It can play movies, too. Also, there will be an add-on so you can put PSP games in there, so you can watch movies or play games between flights.
OK, well not really, but wouldn't that be pretty sweet?

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11-26-2006 05:55 AM  11 years agoPost 17
Kokamo

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You need to tell whomever it is.......(the local guys may or may not know him knowing your location) tell him to come and visit our Fun-Fly this coming weekend on the 2nd. There will be lots of fun and lots of things to watch/learn about flying helis. Go to THIS LINK HERE and find all the info of where/what/when/& who.

As for the X-mas gift, if he has a Blade CP, upgrades would be nice, althogh if you were to get a T-Rex kit of some sort, that means that there will be LOTS more $$$$ involved to get it flight ready, and that does include a new transmitter. The one for the Blade CP will not work.

I do agree with everyone else on the simulator. That could be the single most important tool he ever had/has.

Good luck and Merry X-mas to you!

Joe

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11-26-2006 06:04 AM  11 years agoPost 18
Dood

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g1fth3lp
If you are reading this, And I am not sure you are,
You need to give us some info. Tell us more what this dude has. What his interests are. What he wants to do. what your budget is. How much are you willing to spend.

Give us something to go off of.

If maybe you are looking for a wedding ring in the near future, The suggestions that I have provided might definately help you achieve that goal.

Take a note. THIS would be an excellent Christmas Present. (see picture)

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11-26-2006 06:15 AM  11 years agoPost 19
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11-26-2006 06:18 AM  11 years agoPost 20
Rogue123

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