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01-26-2007 09:02 PM  10 years agoPost 1
racin166

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Okay, so I've been crashing the heck out of someone elses CX and CP (yes, I did replace what I broke). I've had an absolute blast playing a simulator and flying other heli's...but I think it's time to get my own.
I have no freaking clue about this stuff. Never even been around R/C equipment before, but seem to have picked up on it pretty quickly.
I want an electric heli and am ignorant to everything...some advice would be hella bitchin'. What brand, model, mods, spares, etc...
I think this forum is the best 'consumer reports' guide for me. I'm looking for something that would be good for a novice, but I won't get bored with it too quickly. Not ghetto cheap, but not going to sabatoge my wallet...something I can play with for a while and not want to put in the closet in a minute.
Hit me with what you've got...

I don't play a motorcycle racer on TV, I do it for reals.

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01-26-2007 09:25 PM  10 years agoPost 2
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Go see what your LHS has parts for. You said you want to stay reasonable in price and electric, so shounds like CP Pro or CX2. Go for the TREX if it's not to expensive for you

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01-26-2007 09:27 PM  10 years agoPost 3
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Also, the CP Pro is a twitchy little bugger so take that into consideration.

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01-26-2007 10:25 PM  10 years agoPost 4
racin166

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I just went to my hobby shop and they said pretty much the same thing. I think the CP Pro is the best option, I might get bored with the CX2...the T Rex seems like a big step for a beginner (but the T Rex videos on 'you tube' were wicked rad!). They also said the CP Pro would be an easier transition to gas powered, if I eventually went that route.
This is going to be so cool when I get the CP Pro...I am psyched to learn it and start doing aerobatic tricks. I am sooooo hooked.
Thank you for the advice and if there is anything else you can think of for a beginner to keep in mind, please let me know. I am going to need all the help I can get!
Rhiannon

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01-26-2007 10:27 PM  10 years agoPost 5
helicrack

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Indiana

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Just PM'd you with some info....

".........said the joker to the thief"

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01-26-2007 10:28 PM  10 years agoPost 6
Herc

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Don't want to see one of your bikes showing up in the classifieds wanting to trade for heli parts. LOL

This hobby can be very addicting.

Cheers, and good luck!

Shayne

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BRC Intrepid Gas
Predator Gas SE
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Evo 50s

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01-26-2007 10:40 PM  10 years agoPost 7
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I highly recomend the T-rex if you can afford it.
I have been flying my T-rex SE for a few months now.
I am very impressed with the durabilty and flying qualities.
It flies very much like to a .60 size glow powered heli!
Actually, I have been having more fun with it than any helicopter I have ever owned, and I have had about twenty of them!

It is great to be able to fly in my yard, as close and low as I want to. It is too dangerous to do that with my glow ships. So, my Rex gets lots and lots of air time. OK, I gotta go fly my Rex now
Doug

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01-26-2007 10:53 PM  10 years agoPost 8
Pyrock

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If you want a cheap heli and you are a rookie, then get the new Avant Aurora! Just kidding!

I would suggest a sim first then get the biggest heli that you can afford and that you can fly safely in your area. The bigger the heli, the easier they are to fly. The Swift is a very affordable heli. I suggest this because it sounds like you are already sold on the hobby so there's no sense in getting discouraged by getting a CP Pro. You can grow with a Swift but you will quickly outgrow the Blade CP. As a newbie, they are VERY TWITCHY and you will just be spending money on parts after you crash. Yes, the Swift may be more $$ than a CP Pro but with good advice, a sim, and training gear, you will be hovering a Swift in no time AND be totally hooked on Helis. Many people start with Raptor 30's or 50's but those are nitros so I would say the Swift would be the ideal trainer for a newbie who is serious about the hobby.

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01-28-2007 06:13 PM  10 years agoPost 9
racin166

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Seriously, you guys are rad. I really lucked out finding this forum...a couple hobby shops just recommended it and I told them "been there done that".
I've gotten some bitchin' info from everyone, and I guess it just boils down to deciding on which heli to get. And, I'm confident in going out & purchasing something I know I will like.
Thanks, and I'll be on here a whole lot more with dumb girl questions...like 'how do I turn this thing on'. He he he...
Rhiannon

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01-29-2007 03:58 PM  10 years agoPost 10
Pyrock

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Racin166,
Good luck on you choice and make sure to keep us posted. I just checked out your homepage and if you get into helis like you've gotten into bikes....GOD HELP THE HELI SCENE!!!

Seriously, you seem like the type of person who will jump into this hobby 150%, buy a copy of G3.5 Sim, pick up a Trex600, start doing 3D within 6 months then getting sponsered by Align. We'll have to keep an eye on you!!!

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

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01-29-2007 04:50 PM  10 years agoPost 11
ket

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you got some really good clubs up there around Columbus, I dont think you will have a hard time finding someone who can help you with this hobby/ life style . I put life style because It can be hard to get into RC helicopters on a part time basis, takes alot of time and more time to build or learn to build them as in set up is the main thing to learn then learning to hover and ff/fff plus any thing else you wish to try will be better and easier if set up is correct, around grove city there are alot of heli fliers, join the AMA because most fields require it to be allowed to fly there, practice on the sim alot, and buy the best Transmitter you can afford if you really want to get into hobby that way you wont always be thinking of upgrading, what ever heli you buy try to get something that does not need upgrades at the get go, bling is nice and has a high cost to it also. the smaller the heli the harder it will be to fly that can translate into more crashes and more money spent repairing instead of flying. in my mind alot of the RTF electric helis should be RTC ready to crash out of the box. but they have come along way from just a few years ago.. when align trex came out a few years back everyone had to have one, then all the up grades and parts replacement parts for me it becme a money pit and i would guess that at least 50% of the people who get there small elect. helis end up selling them, so read about all electrics and put some thought into what you want to learn on. dont let cost scare you just because it might take hundreds of dollars to build and fly one maybe even thousands it dont mean you got to spend it all in one day, short cuts can cost more in the long run. I've babbled enough just take your time nd use your head before you just go buy, check what is being flown at local field, and listen to what they can teach you. the flip side is even if you go buy the best of everything dont mean you will be able to fly it , and you will crash. we all do

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01-29-2007 04:54 PM  10 years agoPost 12
1stPlace

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OMG I just looked at your homepage too....
I hope my wife doesn't find out that theres a hot girl in the hobby!
If she does, She'll want to start going to the field to keep an eye on me
Can I help you get started PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!
OK, enough flirting. Seriously, I hope to see you at some events!
This hobby needs more female support. So, welcome to our hobby, I hope you find it as addicting as we do.
Doug

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01-29-2007 08:45 PM  10 years agoPost 13
racin166

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Wow! You are all way too cool and super nice...I am way wicked flattered. All the information is really helping me, and I've already smashed up my loaner CX2 (giggling the entire time).
As for my website, it's in the process of getting updated...really outdated junk on there! But, if anyone is interested, my myspace is actually halfway descent http://www.myspace.com/onefastgirl .
I'll admit I'm very scared that I will get into this gnarly "hobby" which I can tell is really a "lifestyle"...I fear motorcycles and parts will be up for sale soon! Yipes.
But, seriously...this forum is the raddest thing. I am looking forward to learning about helis and everything that goes with them. You all have killer advice and I can't wait for summer...the racetracks are going to be polluted with the whirring of my heli. Yesssss!
Keep the advice coming, I really do need all the help I can get...
Rhiannon

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01-29-2007 09:38 PM  10 years agoPost 14
Pyrock

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Good God...If you can work on your own bike and ride it like you do, then helis shouldn't be a problem. I've seen people like you who start doing 3D within a few months of learning how to hover. I've been flying for 6-7 months and I can do the basics and some inverted stuff. My cousin who is younger, more daring, and has no fear of crashing has been flying for 3-4 months and is already working on inverted flight, tic-tocs, and the ever popular chaos. Imagine what a crazy woman who races crotch rockets and turns her own wrench can do! I say YOU GO girl! We expect to see you doing chaos's and tic-tocs by the end of February with your Avant Aurora for Team Avant!

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

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01-30-2007 12:29 AM  10 years agoPost 15
Pyrock

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OK guys,

I dont think we have any idea who we've been advising about RC Helis.
Apparently, our newbie friend, Racin166, is like the Alan Szabo Jr. of the motorcycle racing world or more appropriately, the Danica Patrick of the motorcycle racing circut!

I can see the headlines, "Top female motorcycle racer quits racing to fly RC Helis".

Sorry Racin166, I couldn't resist!...Very Impressive!

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

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01-30-2007 02:29 AM  10 years agoPost 16
racin166

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Yeah, I am really digging this heli stuff. I am not getting any motorcycle sponsorship stuff accomplished, lately. After I learn how to wicked control this thing, I really want to learn tricks. I'm going to have to get pointers on what all the names mean (tic toc, chaos).
I'm also going to have to find all the OH residents that know of the flying 'hot spots' & clubs , like ket mentioned. Yesssssss!

I don't play a motorcycle racer on TV, I do it for reals.

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02-11-2007 04:56 PM  10 years agoPost 17
RC Thumbs

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Louisville, Kentucky

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Well

.........well? What did you decide on?

Scott

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02-12-2007 07:19 PM  10 years agoPost 18
racin166

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He he, I decided that I hate racing motorcycles because it takes away from my heli play time, and I decided that I hate helis because they break when I run into things trying to destroy my apartment. ;-P
In other words, I traded some motorcycle parts for a CX2 and have been crashing the snot out of it & learning tons about tearing it apart, setting trims, replacing parts and putting it back together.
I have been to all the hobby shops from Columbus to Louisville & having so much fun! The heli is detracting from my race season, but I am having a good time. I can't wait to get a CP Pro...I attempted to fly one last night (yipes!).
That's why I haven't been on the forum much, just doing a little flying when I can and working my butt off at the gym & the shop. We get our race bikes this week, so I have to build engines & race prep everything...then tradeshow time. UGH. But, I will be flying my CX2 in the hotel room the entire weekend.
I will keep you posted on my progess, because this is one of the raddest 'hobbies' (lifestyles) ever. I hope everyone is staying warm and getting some good flight time...keep me posted on your progress or any cool discoveries.
Rhiannon ;-P

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02-12-2007 07:41 PM  10 years agoPost 19
RC Thumbs

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After you guys left Louisville, I got the ESky King done at the shop. I put it together stock to do an honest evaluation. (Stock brushed motor, stock brushed speed control and stock 1000mAh Li-Po) WOW, what a nice flying little heli. Much more stable than the Blade CP/CP Pro. It's even a little more stable in the hover than the 450SA T-Rex. The head design is a copy of the Raptor head.
Drop me a PM if you are interested. I'm thinking about carrying them in the shop. And for the money, it's a lot more heli than the Blade CP. (And less money too) Parts may be a problem though.

I wish I had it done sooner so you guys could have flown it before you left. That's always the best way to decide on something anyway.

Keep having fun!!

Scott

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02-12-2007 10:34 PM  10 years agoPost 20
Pyrock

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I've been having some fun with my CX2 also because it was raining all weekend. People laugh at me when I tell them it was the most recent addition to my heli fleet AND that it's blinged out.

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

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