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12-01-2007 03:30 PM  10 years agoPost 1
deepcmonkey

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Alright guys,

After a long break from Heli's, I have decided to get back into the hobby. I used to have a fully blinged up Raptor 50, but due to work I wasn't using it and it had to go, I was just getting into 3D and could do some mild moves as well as inverted circuits forwards and backwards. I have missed the hobby so much.
I am in a new job now and I get quite a bit of time off and have decided I would want to go with a small elec heli this time, they have moved on so much since the Hummingbird and look awesome fun.

I think these new small elecs are a good choice for me as they are easy to transport and I dont have to worry about messy nitro. I will be getting back in to 3D so I will need to get a new sim. My budget is pretty much unlimited and I am thinking about either the TT mini Titan or the Trex 450 SE and probably a JR PCM 9X(as this is what I had before) or JR X3810 as if I decide to get back in to Nitro heli's I will have a decent radio that will last years.
As for the rest of the set up I aint to sure, what gyro do you suggest and what about the other kit needed.

I will be buying in the UK from Skyline most probably.

Any help would be great, cant wait to start flying again!!

Cheers guys Johnny W

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12-01-2007 04:11 PM  10 years agoPost 2
copperclad

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hi deepcmonkey
welcome back to the hobby/sport , i think what you are talking about sounds like a great way to go , i don't think you can go wrong with a Trex 450 SE and a JR PCM 9X , the other option that you should consider is spektrum DX-7 , they are glitch free and with the small electrics sound like the way to go , you can get Real Flight G-3.5 pretty cheaply now that G-4 is out , and of coarse a sim is worth every penny , HTH , dana

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12-02-2007 12:09 AM  10 years agoPost 3
west-wot

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-either the trex or the mini titan are good get what ever one you can get the spares for easier and i also second the dx7 radio

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12-02-2007 12:34 AM  10 years agoPost 4
deepcmonkey

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Cheers guys, although I said budget is not a prob I dont want to spend a fortune on upgrades, I see the TT titan comes in all plastic and many people upgrade to a metal head and tail. I went down this road with my Raptor and spent hundreds on quick uk metal parts!! However the Trex SE is pretty much blinged up already. Parts for either wont be a prob.

What would you recomend, are both heli's the same? Just trying to save myself money in the long run, as I made all those types of mistakes with the Raptor.

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12-02-2007 12:40 AM  10 years agoPost 5
copperclad

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hi deepcmonkey
of the two i would buy the Trex SE , it is the machine all other 450s are compared to and it already has the upgrades , i am sure the TT is good to but like you say it's a lot of plastic , same thing is happening in the .50 nitro sized machines , the raptor was a great machine , but it is a little dated , the Align 600n seems to be >THE< machine now , they both have inexpensive parts and great service , HTH , dana

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12-02-2007 11:08 AM  10 years agoPost 6
deepcmonkey

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Yea I think I am gonna get the 450SE, I like metal parts as they are much stronger in a crash, although I loved upgrading my self it can get out of hand!! although I am sure there will be a few parts I can upgrade!

What about gyro's whats the best bet for the Rex? CSM, Futaba?

Cheers John

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12-02-2007 10:38 PM  10 years agoPost 7
west-wot

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good choice with the trex se and either the csm 420e gyro or futaba 401 with the s9257

tx is up to you but if you are starting out go with 2.4 like the dx7 as it will save you from upgrading in months ahead and stop glitches

hitec servos on the swash i use but there are many other servos out there you can use

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12-02-2007 10:50 PM  10 years agoPost 8
deepcmonkey

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Thanks for the advice, Think I am going to stick with JR though as I have had them before and they have always worked very well.

I may stay away from CSM gyros unless they have improved a lot, I had a SL560 on my Raptor and I always had probs with it.

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12-03-2007 12:00 AM  10 years agoPost 9
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csm gyros IMO are great hold well reliable but i do perfer the futaba gyros. and for the trex you can not beat the 401 and with the 9257 or the 9650 makes a killer combo. also go with a pcm reciever with the trex as i also find that ppm rxs glitch way to much in electric helis

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12-03-2007 12:06 AM  10 years agoPost 10
Ronald Thomas

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How about the new JR 9303 2.4GHz for a tx and Futaba 401/9650 or 9257 gyro/tail combo?

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12-03-2007 12:09 AM  10 years agoPost 11
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the JR 9303 2.4GHz aint going to be out over here untill march at least acoriding to midlands helicopters but aint spektrum 2.4 jr owned or visa versa

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12-03-2007 12:10 AM  10 years agoPost 12
Ronald Thomas

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So why don't you order it froma US vendor and have it shipped so you can have it and yes Spectrum is a JR thing....Ron

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12-03-2007 12:12 AM  10 years agoPost 13
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ah good idea but the only thing i can see a problem with is the us output power is higher than legal allowed in the uk but i cant see what they will do if the find you with one

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12-03-2007 12:18 AM  10 years agoPost 14
Ronald Thomas

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Yeah I can see that, but how would they know?

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12-03-2007 02:03 PM  10 years agoPost 15
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yh good point lol

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12-04-2007 12:11 AM  10 years agoPost 16
deepcmonkey

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Cheers for the info guys, looks like the 2.4 9X would be ideal for me then, but as usual in the good old UK we have to wait till last!!!!
Where is the cheapest place to get them in the US? sounds like a good idea but I bet I would get taxed to hell on arrival in the UK.

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12-04-2007 12:13 AM  10 years agoPost 17
Ronald Thomas

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Where is the cheapest place to get them in the US? sounds like a good idea but I bet I would get taxed to hell on arrival in the UK.
Will you get taxed if someone sends you one for a gift?
Try http://www.aero-model.com or http://www.espritmodel.com Esprit has a special on the first page......Ron

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12-04-2007 12:27 AM  10 years agoPost 18
deepcmonkey

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Ah see what you mean, cant believe I forgot that trick!!!!!

Cheers mate

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12-04-2007 12:31 AM  10 years agoPost 19
deepcmonkey

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Now that I have bought a couple of Heli mags, been back on here and been watching vids of Helis on you tube I am itching to get back flying its killing me!!!! bummer is I am away this week working offshore and wont be back home for a couple of months! Guess its some thing to look forward to though, first thing on my list when I get back home will be a trip to the LHS

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12-05-2007 04:28 PM  10 years agoPost 20
deepcmonkey

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Well my flights have been delayed until next week, so I was a bit bored so I have gone out and bought a 450SE. Got a DX7 and GY401, Hitec 65's? and a digi tail servo and all the gubbins that goes with it!!
Got quite a few spares like tail booms, fly bars, a wood set of blades(to practise with!!) and quite a bit of other stuff, I forgot how expensive this hobby can be!

Cant wait to get buliding this super little heli.

Cheers for all the advise guys.

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