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HelicopterAudacity Models P6 Pantera - Tiger 50 › Checked out the Pantera 50 at the AMA show
01-24-2007 02:21 AM  10 years agoPost 1
tcfrum323

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I finally got to check out the Pantera 50 at the recent AMA show and it looks like a great heli. I've been reading about the heli more and more and a lot of stuff put into the heli just seems to make so much sense to me. Quite a bit of thought has been put in the heli, somethings considered upgrades on other helis were standard like servo supports, larger bearings, larger clutch on the Pantera while other features were upgrades such as the snorkel filter, double jesus bolt, engine options that I don't think would ever be available for some other helis. It just makes so much sense to me that I can't help myself from jumping in and getting one myself. I got one problem, I just started in the 50 size and like many I started with a raptor. My reasons for the raptor were local support from the local guys and local hobby stores. I've got a decent raptor but to get there, I spent some serious dough. What am I gonna do now? Keep the raptor and slowly and I mean slowly work towards a Pantera 50? Or should I try to sell the raptor and the lots of spare parts I've got, take a loss and go with a Pantera 50? I'm caught up in my mind trying to figure out which way to go. Any suggestions?

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01-24-2007 02:27 AM  10 years agoPost 2
Walleye

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I think you will be surprised if you put it to paper what you can reuse and what you will get for used equipment... I would also look at past ebay sales and see what you can do there...

From what Ive seen and heard you will probably be more happy in the long run with the Pantera or even the Evo (I just ordered Pantera)... also, I for one hate to be a Pepper.

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01-24-2007 03:09 AM  10 years agoPost 3
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There are some things I was wondering about,

How do the m3 screws work out on the plastic? I like the fact that m3 screws are used instead of philips but the threading is different and with most applications with plastic coarse screws are used more often. If the screws are removed and installed a few times would that do anything to the plastic since the threading is more fine with the m3 screws?

Another thing I was wondering was how the tail pin for the pulley is held in on the tail shaft?

I'm really curious so excuse me if I seem to ask a bit of questions.

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01-24-2007 04:25 AM  10 years agoPost 4
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There's been no problem with machine thread screws. Other questions may have quick answers simply by downloading the exploded view drawings.

Also, remember, we're here to serve you - so you can always give us a call during business hours, 10AM-6PM M-F . . . other times are catch us as you can. 407-302-3361

As for parts, I agree that's more difficult right now because we don't have the established dealer base on the west coast yet. We use US Mail, UPS, and if you have deep pockets I'll hop on a plane and bring you the parts myself!

Anyway, the parts situation will resolve itself because of forward thinking modelers like you. Guys take their models to the hobby store and say, "Look what I had to buy via mail order because you didn't have it! If you want my future business, at least get me some of the common crash parts!" Trust me, most will play ball becasue they're in the business of selling you stuff. You have the power in the relationship. We just picked up two more dealers, in TN and MA, via this method this very week! We've got a total of 87 dealers handling our models now.

Finally, as for your existing Raptor 50. That's a more difficult situation . . . and if we have our way, it will only become more difficult. That's because you've seen for yourself what makes the Pantera so good, right? And you want one as a result. But presently, the Raptor is the best seller, so the market for your used Raptor will never be better than it is right now. What do you think it'll be worth 6 months from now (after word of just how good the Pantera actually is spreads) and momentum builds? Yup, lots of folks will want to dump the old nag. Then supply and demand will rule and used Raptor 50 prices will likely plummet!

So far, early adopters are the guys jumping on the Pantera, i.e the smart savvy guys who aren't sheep always following the crowd. You've just proven you're not a sheep . . . now the question is just how to dump the old model with minimum pain. I suspect you've been given good advice about eBay for eyeballing recent selling prices. And don't forget, the local guys, the ones at your flying field will be quick to take things off your hands too, especially as they don't know what you know about the Pantera yet. Knowledge is power pal - understand?

My 2¢


John Beech
AMA # 47381
IRCHA #745

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01-24-2007 04:36 AM  10 years agoPost 5
tcfrum323

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Jbeech,

Yeah I must agree that the parts support did have me for a second but then another look at the Pantera and I think it'll probably be something I can deal with. Sorry I wish I had the dough to fly ya out here for a personal delivery of heli and parts lol. It would be kool though to meet the guy who put together a hell of heli. If I did have the dough you wouldn' see me posting about what to do, it would probably be something like "Hey just got my Pantera 50, look, pics" or something giddy like that. I'm gonna have to figure something out with the raptor.

Oh yeah, funny thing you should mention sheep since my first name is Lam. Oh and my middle name is John. Lates.

John

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01-24-2007 04:40 AM  10 years agoPost 6
Walleye

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I sold my Kyoshos and all it costs me will be about 3 weeks without heli from decision to sell on ebay to new one trimmed and flying... with the popularity of the raptor you should get a swell deal due to if nothing else the number of people familiar with them and looking for a deal on ebay.

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01-25-2007 02:40 AM  10 years agoPost 7
billm

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You could always get the Pantera. Gut all usable gear out of it.
The remaining bits you could always sell to other Rappy flyers for spare parts.

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

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01-25-2007 03:15 AM  10 years agoPost 8
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Well I'll have to see what happens, I wouldn't want to take a huge loss on the raptor since it's only a couple of months old. The pantera 50 is in my crosshairs and maybe soon I'll be able to get one.

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