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12-02-2007 05:16 AM  9 years agoPost 1
cantflyatall

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my son want a heli for christmas and has never flown a heli before, what would be the best one to buy him

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12-02-2007 05:23 AM  9 years agoPost 2
chuckhager

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A Simulator. It would be the best place to start if he's never flown before. Or maybe a Blade CX.

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12-02-2007 05:46 AM  9 years agoPost 3
MolokaiBoy

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Another vote for a good sim and BladeCX2

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12-02-2007 05:58 AM  9 years agoPost 4
cantflyatall

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he's had a cheap 2 channel and he really wants to fly, I dont think a sim would make him happy, do you think he could fly a cx 2, if he breaks it I will fix it

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12-02-2007 06:28 AM  9 years agoPost 5
MolokaiBoy

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Sounds like he wants something "Right Now" in that case I think he should be able to fly a CX. Although he has to be patient with the CX. It's not going to be fast so that might bum him out a bit. If he can get that CX flying fairly well and seems to want to move up in the hobby than I would suggest a Sim for sure. The CX will teach him the basics of RC heli flight. Hovering in diiferent orientations can mean the difference between a crashed heli or a saved one.
Hovering is like standing up, if you can't do that well it's gonna be hard to walk or run.

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12-02-2007 06:38 AM  9 years agoPost 6
eheliflyer

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Any co-axial heli.

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12-02-2007 06:43 AM  9 years agoPost 7
JRjoe

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Get a sim...... Blade CX2 would also be good to learn the basics.

Heck, better yet a sim and a Trex 600 Nitro. Just like we learned only a few years ago. Nitro Baby!!!

Gets real fun after a 55 gallon drum of fuel.

It's all about stick time!!!!


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12-02-2007 03:57 PM  9 years agoPost 8
TachyonDriver

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Yep - any co-axial heli for that instant "Look Dad! It's hovering!" fix in the real world instead of a sim. However, he will still need a degree of patience to get the co-axial hovering. For instance, it took me about an hour to get my mate's medevac into a stable hover, but that was last year, and I'm 41. A 12 y/o should get there a bit quicker.

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12-02-2007 04:14 PM  9 years agoPost 9
OK heli2

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another vote for cx2

Blade CX2 Min Air .90 Trex 450xl Hobbico Nexstar

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12-02-2007 04:48 PM  9 years agoPost 10
bagobitz

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DON'T forgetthe SPARES!!!!

I'm sure there's a dedicated section for the "blade" electric...but as a start, I'd think spare main and tail rotors are going to be a MUST.
a spare battery-pack would certainly not go amiss, either.
there's nothing worse than a new toy laid up for the sake of batteries or a relatively minor part.

You'll need the spares anyway, so get them bought!

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12-02-2007 05:34 PM  9 years agoPost 11
Ronald Thomas

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A blade CX2 and about $100 in spares!

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12-02-2007 06:15 PM  9 years agoPost 12
allns47

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axe ez would also be good and its cheaper,,,

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12-02-2007 07:31 PM  9 years agoPost 13
Way2slow

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Why not a sim??

My 11 year old granddaughter got interested in RC planes. I bought her an electric park flyer, she out grew that in one week. I built her a nitro powered Dura Plane trainer and bought the Aerofly Pro sim. She loved flying on the sim and she was soloing the trainer in just a couple of trips to the field. That's what got me started feeding this cash cow. I started playing with the heli's on the sim and decided to try them out for real, huge financial mistake, but bound and determine I'm gonna fly these things. Now she's wanting to learn the heli's also.

Remember, with the right tools kids will learn in a week, what it takes us old farts months to get the hang of. It's kinda like a video game controller to them and most have been doing those most of their life.

Just one word of caution on the sim. Make sure you have a good compter and a very good video card. You standard, generic video that comes in most computers will not run most sims. Even if you have to upgrade the video/computer, the sim will still be the smartest money you will spend if you plan on staying with this hobby.

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12-02-2007 07:34 PM  9 years agoPost 14
chuckhager

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My first heli was a sim.

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12-03-2007 01:41 AM  9 years agoPost 15
jking

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the blade cx2 is a very stable co-axial. i have seen people get the other ones and they were no where near as stable.just buy some extra blades i think they are like 7.00 for 2 sets of uppers,same for lowers.

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12-03-2007 04:48 AM  9 years agoPost 16
michael88997

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i would go with a blade... i started flying when i was 14 with a raptor 30 v1 but i used all of my money to buy it and me and my dad build it and that was some good memories

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12-03-2007 04:52 AM  9 years agoPost 17
bulldogs

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Raptor 30 and a buddy box My 7 year old and i have a great time ...

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12-03-2007 04:55 AM  9 years agoPost 18
michael88997

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yea unfortunantly i didn't have a buddy box... i was on my own... but it was still really kool having my dad drive me to the field every weekend

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12-03-2007 04:57 AM  9 years agoPost 19
bulldogs

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Michael

That is what its all about the quality time spent not so much the flying ...

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12-03-2007 05:11 AM  9 years agoPost 20
simages

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How about your Raptor G2 and a buddy box?

I understand the hands on so, I'd go with a Coaxial Helicopter and/or a simulator.

My first Heli was on a sim

AMA No: SIMAGES

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