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01-24-2007 08:50 PM  10 years agoPost 1
hbatiz

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Hello:

I'm looking to by my first electric helicopter. I don't want to buy junk so I thought I would ask you all for your opinion. I'm adding a link to the one I want. Please tell me if this is an ok brand or if there is something else I should look at. Thanks in advnace for any and all help.

http://www.hobby-lobby.com/falcon.htm
HB

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01-24-2007 09:12 PM  10 years agoPost 2
Rafael23cc

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Junction City, KS

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Before you set your sights on something, go to your local hobby shop looking for what they sell AND your local flying club and see what they fly. This should be your best influence on deciding what to buy.

On the other hand, if you are complete newbie, I would suggest against a mini / micro helicopter, because of their flight characteristics. They are too twitchy and harder to control than a bigger helicopter. If budget is the driving force, a simulator WILL save you a lot of money in repair costs.

There are going to be a LOT more suggestions, read them all. But the ones that is going to repeat itself is my first paragraph..

Rafael

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01-24-2007 09:21 PM  10 years agoPost 3
Jag72

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South of Boston

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Stay away from that falcon---

If you don't want to buy a POS then don't buy taht falcon.....If I were you I would do a ot of research and get a decent used electric heli....I'd look at a decent logo or a trex450...depending on what size you want...You can find great deals on used logos and you'd be very happy with one of them. Be happy to help if you have any questions...

I am very much into the electric helis myself....

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01-24-2007 09:24 PM  10 years agoPost 4
beedub

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Tx

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hbatiz,

Check out Aerohobbies in Lewisville. He can also point you to a group of flyers.

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01-24-2007 09:35 PM  10 years agoPost 5
Pyrock

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I'm sure that heli is not all that bad but I would suggest you get something that has more local support for spare parts and advice. That package is appealing because it comes with everything and it's about the same size as a Trex 450. I would personnaly get a Trex450SA ($199) or a Trex450S ($289). The "S" comes with a motor and ESC so all you would need are servos, gyro and radio equipment. That package deal had questionable items such as the gyro, battery, servos, and radio equipement. If you want something bigger that is relativetly cheap, look into the Swift. In the end, you get what you pay for. It is no secrete that this hobby is not for the weak wallet but there are companies out there who are trying to change that. Unfortunately, after one crash, you will end up scrambling for parts (if you can find them). Remember, you get what you pay for. You can pay $299 for that package and then end up adding a couple more $100 to get something worth getting excited about. Just my $.02

Trex 500, Stretched Logo 10 3D, Ion-X, Gaui 200

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01-24-2007 09:39 PM  10 years agoPost 6
VKGT

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If you do a search, you'll find another 1,000,000 threads in this forum alone that can answer this question.

To sum them up, your choices should be:

-Blade CX or CP (comes with everything)
-Swift (need your own gear)
-T-Rex 450 (need your own gear)

I'd vote for the T-Rex. You can see some pics of mine in my gallery

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01-24-2007 09:48 PM  10 years agoPost 7
Pyrock

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Keep in mind that there are many online retailers that put packages together making the Trex 450 RTF. All it takes is $$.

Trex 500, Stretched Logo 10 3D, Ion-X, Gaui 200

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01-24-2007 10:53 PM  10 years agoPost 8
Don1127

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Manhattan, NY

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T-REX 400 450

So many people flying these that you're sure to find help setting it up. Very easy to find parts for.....

It's easy. Just pretend it's the simulator...

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