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08-09-2007 12:57 AM  10 years agoPost 1
Dafunk5446

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Hello I know nothing about Heli's. It seems like a hobby I would really enjoy but before I go spend a grand on a heli I have decided to get a flight sim. I am a poor college student so cost is an issue. Since I am just starting out, should I go with the G3, reflex or Phoenix? I want to be able learn the basics but still have the availability to move on to more advanced maneuvers, in a realistic enviroment. Also if a radio isnt provided, can you recommend a suitable one? If possible one that wont break the bank but not a piece of junk. Thank you in advance, any other suggestions are more then welcome.

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08-09-2007 01:34 AM  10 years agoPost 2
fergus

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Ireland

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Firstly you have made the right choice starting with a sim. Any of the three you mention would work well. I am a phoenix fan as its the one I use. Maybe try the local hobby shop and see if they can let you try each of them.

As for radios you will probablly want a mid-range 6 chanel radio. Futaba, Hitec, JR are the most common and all have a similarly priced model. If you have a local model club see what they are using so they can help you along later if you buy a kit. The other option is the Spektrum DX7 its in the new 2.4GHz band so does not need a crystal or frequency control and if you decide the hobby is not for you then selling it will not be a problem. If you want to save some money see about getting one without a receicer unit or servos.

Regards

Fergus

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08-09-2007 01:39 AM  10 years agoPost 3
z11355

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New England

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G3.5 is the only one that comes w/ a controller whereas it's only
$15-20 more than the others.

So if you decide it's all not for you, you've spent less. And in
reality, all of the simulators these days are quite good and will do
what you ask, the differences being not that dramatic as some would
say.

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08-09-2007 03:10 AM  10 years agoPost 4
Dafunk5446

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K thats giving me a much better idea, I would like to spend the least amount of money so I may have to go with the G3. I, of course, understand that this controller is of a much lower quality than what is available, but is it high enough quality that it would accurately represent real life flight controls (from a relitive standpoint)?

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08-09-2007 07:29 AM  10 years agoPost 5
Pelos

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Bizkaia (Spain)

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Another option is Reflex + iVol. iVol for now is a controller for the sim (like the one in Realflight), but will be upgradeable to work in real life as a transmitter. Search for reflex iVol here in RR. I have Both Reflex (you can use your own transmitter or buy it with iVol) and Phoenix (comes with no controller so you must have one) and either one will be fine for learning and having fun.

Good luck.

Is there a life outside the sim?

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