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HelicopterKyosho Caliber/Quest Neo-Caliber series › is the nexus 30 a good heli?
03-17-2003 12:36 AM  14 years agoPost 21
gwallace1

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Susanville, CA

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For less than the $200 repair bill, you can get a Hawk Sport. Take the OS .32 out of your Nexus along with your electronics, spend $159 and buy the Hawk Sport from Century and you will not be disappointed. Hey if you crash and total the Hawk you'll be out at most $159. BTW are you using a training gear? Just wondering if you are just learning how high were you or how fast was the car going that hit your Nexus to do $200 in damage? You should not be more than a foot at most off the ground in the beginning and have about -2 degrees of pitch to avoid slamming the helo into the ground. I smoked my Hawk in full speed nose first and did only $90 in damage, which was a spendy crash....
Seriously, consider the Hawk, or even a Raptor, something that someone near by you can help you with. You will just beat any motivation to learn out of yourself if you take a poorly setup helo out and keep crashing it. Even if you have to drive two hours to find some help it will save you time, $$$, and frustration down the road.

Also, fill out the remainder of your profile, ie: Location. You might have help near by and not even know it.

Greg

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03-29-2003 05:10 AM  14 years agoPost 22
flipped2left

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indianapolis,in.

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i have one also,first flight i landed a little hard broke main blade grips and one t/r and 1 plastic ball on the wash arm i drilled a hole and replaced it with a metal one,my piezo gyro took a crap also ,so i'm waitnig on my gy401 from tower to arrive! parts can be had at tower hobbies and they are reasonable! keep it for now but you might want to look into the hawksport for a later heli or until you wrap the nexus around something and besides you would have an instant backup!
ken

Smile! people will wonder what you're up to!!

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03-29-2003 06:53 AM  14 years agoPost 23
VKGT

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Sanford, NC

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Not to burst anyone's bubble, but I learned on a Nexus also.. Sold it after a month, no major crashes, just a boom strike.. Got a Raptor and was soo happy that I did. I personally think the Nexus is crap, but thats just my opinion. If you are happy with it, keep flying it.

Look into buying a Raptor for your next heli.

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04-11-2003 12:00 AM  14 years agoPost 24
TipSpeed

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Jamison, PA

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Radio

Yeh I have the same radio..I've been flying for 2 months and I really hate it. I'm saving up for a futaba 9chp. Get a raptor

-Dave

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05-22-2003 04:23 AM  14 years agoPost 25
nexusluver

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oak ridge tn

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The reason for my name

I love my nexus..I fly it hard every day its not raining.I burn approx.1 gallon of fuel about every 10 days..no joke..The only complaint is,it could use a little more engine..I have not had to replace any parts at all..Mine will maintain inverted hover and flight..Wont climb out much but will maintain it..Loops inside and outside.FWD and BWD tumbles,rolls and a few other stick banging moves..I have not crashed it at all..I fly it with helimax woodies and an older airtronics 6 ch radio(no computer mixing just switches and dials)My raptor 60 buddy cant believe its a nexus flying that well..The only fixes it has is metal balls,all ball bearing,metal swash plate and metal mixing arms..I hope you fix yours and continue to fly it..Im going to make mine beat out a rappy(no offense rappy drivers)Oh I am going to add longer pitch rods and a bigger motor..Best of luck to you..

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05-22-2003 05:38 AM  14 years agoPost 26
poiuyt

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Idaho

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I agree that the Nexus can be MADE into a good heli, but in its stock form it has some issues that will eventually have to be addressed: The plastic balls wear out, need to be changed to metal. The tail rotor pitch slider really benefits from having ball bearings installed. The main rotor pitch slider is the same way, it develops slop quickly. The control levers and mixing arms are sloppy as can be unless they are upgraded (they don't even have bushings, let alone bearings). The Z-bends on the servo horns just plain old suck. The plastic pitch rod guide should definitely be changed to the aluminum Zeal part--the pitch range will increase SIGNIFICANTLY and the wobbly head problems are no more.

That being said, the funny part about the Nexus is that it still seems to fly fine despite being so sloppy on the controls. Mine has old worn out S148 servos on it, yet it will perform a rock steady hands-off hover for 10-15 seconds in calm weather. Despite all its shortcomings, there's still something about my Nexus that appeals to me... plus I love the way that canopy looks from the side

I have a feeling the Nexus won't be around for much longer with helis like the Hawk Sport selling for $160--I have both and the Hawk is a much smoother, stable, and all-around better performing machine.

Josh

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05-22-2003 07:48 AM  14 years agoPost 27
d-n-jensen

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Bellevue WA

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I agree with josh. I have not seen a Nexus for 2 years hear in the NW. With the new Caliber 30, Rappy v2, quick 30 and the hawk why would anyone want a Nexus. I flew the Nexus Deluxe for 2 1/2 seasons with some success but I had to do a lot of modifications to the frame and tail to keep the performance up.

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05-25-2003 03:44 AM  14 years agoPost 28
elvis

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phoenix

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nexus

i have had a nexus for a while from basic form to what it is now....used to hate it.. but i have kept one around for when i dont fly for a long while..and i just dont want to get out my xcell and go...i use it to get back in the mode.
it can be made to do most anything has plenty of pitch.. (contrary to what some say) cannot use all it has...(0ver 23º) ...power issue`s are all that i ever have...
just like most say ...need to either keep up on worn parts or change them out to metal ones.
i have stock tail assembly but most everything else is done..(on the head) and linkages.

its a good fun second chopper

come to the wild wild west.....fly year round

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06-12-2003 03:32 AM  14 years agoPost 29
stealthv2

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Wellington, New Zealand

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I get a lot of flack about my Nexus but i found it to be a good model to learn on. very stable and cheap for parts. Mind you it is really only good to learn on and found I was out flying it without much hassle.
mine can be now found sitting in a airwolf fuse so even after you learn tohover or just get a bigger machine you can always find a use for a Nexus. It's the gift that keeps on giving

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06-18-2003 03:15 AM  14 years agoPost 30
Whistler

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McMinnville, TN

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Moose,

I'm learning to fly now as well. I'm flying a Nexus kit. I has served me well thus far. I'm into forward flight and nose in stuff now. A good piece of advise I would pass on to you is buy a simulator of some kind. I like Realflight.
When I bought my Heli ($300 used) it sat on my bookshlef for about 2 months. I never touched it. I just pounded away at the sim. A friend of mine is a Team Pilot for JR Helis. He told me that when I could hover on the sim, he would hand me the TX to his $2000 vigor. It's that close. The sim will run around 200 + or - and it will save you that much in parts. And it will grow with you, from hover to working out that tricky backwards inverted flight. I've never used any type of training gear or anything.
Like I said above, I'm also a new pilot and what worked for me may not work for you. But I personally, based on my own experiences, think you can't go wrong with a Flight sim.

As to the thread title, Yes I think the Nexus is a good heli for a beginner. It's cheap to fix and simple in design. And the fact is that sooner or later, you're gonna tip one over, burn one in, have a servo go dead, or any number of "Holy Sh$$'s" happen to ya. And better on a $200 kit than a Vigor, Fury, or Rappy60. Any of the last 3 could send you into sudden Divorce!

Thats my 2 Cents. Hope I made some sense. E-mail if I can help.

Tim

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06-20-2003 04:16 AM  14 years agoPost 31
MSAITO180

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Dayton, Ohio

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I would have to agree with Tim about the simulator. It did wonders for me. I started in planes as a noobie about 2 yrs ago and with the simulator within a year i was in a 40% size 330 doing Torque's and most anything i could think of. Decided to get a heli after i had already played around with them on the sim. I started flyin my first heli (raptor 60 upgraded to max) after it had been test flown to insure proper setup. And during my first flight because of the sim i was so confident i did forward flight beautifully. Now moving on to 3D(and confident) on about my 15th flight with it. In my mind nothing can teach you like a good sim and save you so much money. Moose i hope you have good luck with your heli and enjoy this great hobby!

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01-23-2004 05:49 AM  13 years agoPost 32
mdntblu

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Corona, CA USA

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I had a Nexus 30 and crashed it and realized that the parts I needed to fix it cost more than buying a Raptor 30. So I ended up taking all my electronics and engine out and buying a Raptor 30 for $160. Sold the Nexus As-Is (Crashed State - see my gallery for pics) for $125. And I looked at the same parts for the Raptor and it cost less than $60 to fix the same things.

One thing I did like about the Nexus is that it was really stable in flight and hover.

--Brad Roekle--

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