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11-28-2007 04:56 PM  10 years agoPost 1
eightonezero

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Hi all,
I'm looking to purchase an RC helicopter for my father. I want to keep the price below $250. Minor assembley is ok, as he's a former mechanic, but I don't want him spending hours and hours building it. Can anyone recommend some reliable choppers?

Also, how much maintenance do these things require?

thanks

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11-28-2007 05:02 PM  10 years agoPost 2
nojohnny101

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hey
I want to keep the price below $250.
there in lies you problem....sorry...

i mean it really depends on what you mean by rc "heli"
because you can get a cheap electric heli that will only fly indoors like this one for $40:

Picozz

Thanks
~Will-i-am~

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11-28-2007 05:15 PM  10 years agoPost 3
electriciancarl

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Look here. http://www.horizonhobby.com/Product...ProdID=EFLH1250

Treat me good, I'll treat you better. Treat me bad, I'll treat you worse.

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11-28-2007 05:21 PM  10 years agoPost 4
QuantumPSI

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The Blade CX2 is definitely the way to go. It's crashable and cheap. If you want a machine that can do what you see in these videos, $250 won't even be enough for a lot of the individual components. Either get the Blade CX2 with that $250 or a good sim.

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11-28-2007 05:36 PM  10 years agoPost 5
Busher

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The Blade cx2 is a good choice for your father, if you get any change from the $250, then get him a spare lipo pack, and a few spare shafts and blades. He will have a ball indoors with this one, and a great time outside if its dead calm.
Anything else requires a good deal more investment, and time on the sticks to learn.

Good luck
Busher

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11-28-2007 05:39 PM  10 years agoPost 6
Jeff polisena

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buy him a sim

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11-28-2007 06:23 PM  10 years agoPost 7
fly4d

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i also say either the blade cx or a sim is the best way to start.

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11-28-2007 06:25 PM  10 years agoPost 8
jschenck

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I agree, CX2 and an extra battery pack. Be aware you can't fly it in ANY wind. Find an indoor flying club, typically good people and lots of help available.

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11-28-2007 06:48 PM  10 years agoPost 9
JRjoe

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CX2 is for sure an INDOOR or NO wind heli. Great to learn the basics on..


JRjoe.....
Indoor plumbing??? No, we don't need that!!!

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11-28-2007 07:29 PM  10 years agoPost 10
fiveoboy01

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Yep, CX2 is the best choice in your price range.

Lipo power, 2.4G radio system, easy to fly, indoor bird, comes with an instructional dvd, looks cool, and there are quite a few aftermarket upgrades for it... Most LHS have them for 180-200 bucks.

Or you could get him a sim for 200ish bucks as well.

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11-28-2007 07:43 PM  10 years agoPost 11
zx7rider

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Sim first....If you cant handle it on a sim you can always call it quits and not invest too much. Crashing will be a space bar away repair.

What goes up, Has to come down. Usually in 1 piece.

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11-28-2007 11:11 PM  10 years agoPost 12
oldfart

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Vancouver, Canada

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Buy him this one and this sim:

http://www.heli-world.com/detail.aspx?ID=8912

and this RTF heli:

http://www.heli-world.com/detail.aspx?ID=8827

And spend the rest on extra batteries for the heli:

http://www.heli-world.com/SearchRes...LM5-30&All=True

And a gift certificate for crash parts.

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11-29-2007 12:08 AM  10 years agoPost 13
MMike

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Holland,Mi-USA

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I agree completely Old Fart!

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11-29-2007 12:56 AM  10 years agoPost 14
tlankford01

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I know a lt of people used the blade. I have 450's with well over a grand in them. $250 imo is unrealistic amount to learn heli's unless you are purchasing the simulator. I think a cheap good way to learn heli's is a raptor 30 which used with transmitter will still run you around $500. this purely my opinion not a means for controversy

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