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03-11-2003 12:51 PM  14 years agoPost 1
kenya96

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Winchester, Ky.

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Two things in life that I want to do but, haven't ,learn to play guitar and to fly a r/c heli, I have been flying r/c planes on sport scale for 23 years, have tried the heli thing a couple different times, but with out much success.
Thinking of try again, what would you recommend?
2 heli's I have in mind, raptor 60V-2, or ?, vario benzin trainer
Have Futaba 8UHP radio and trans, working on set of futaba dig9252's
still need futa 401/601 gyro.

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03-11-2003 01:05 PM  14 years agoPost 2
RappyTappy

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North Denver, Colorado

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Best and most reliable set-up in my honest opinion.

-Raptor 30 V2
-OS. 32
-Raptor upgrade muffler
-GY-401 with digital servo combo(fries with that? )
-9202's all around(cyclic, collective and throttle)
-8 Ch Receiver PCM
-Stock raptor wood blades and don't forget to glue the grips
-Real Flight G2 or CSM V10 simulator, whichever you can get your hands on. Personally I like the CSM a little more for flying characteristics, but the G2 for realism in the graphics dept.

Thats about $1000 not including the simulator. With this combo you will fly and fly and fly. Not to mention everyone owns or has owned a Raptor and can help you out. Parts are available everwhere. I don't recommend starting out on a 60 size machine or similar gasser. It is just needlessly increasing your cost. You're goal at the first point in your stage is to fly a lot and buy as cheap as possible, but not so cheap that it won't handle more than forward flight. My set-up will take you from hovering to attempting 3D. Not bad for 1G.

(edited: added receiver to the list, can't forget that one! )

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03-11-2003 01:38 PM  14 years agoPost 3
Airman98

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Southern Illinois

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I also would go with the Raptor30V2 but with the TT39. It would give you a little more power. I would stay away from the 60 size for your first one because the higher cost of parts when you crash.
Tim

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03-11-2003 01:41 PM  14 years agoPost 4
choppernut26

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cape coral fl.

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in all fairness to others mfg's there are other heli's on the market in line price repair cost and avil parts just depends on your local hobby shop
sceadu 30 easliy upgraded to 50 if so disired

and others i have raptors 2 to be exact i got a 30 and a 60 and just started myself couple months ago so one thing yuo will find here opinions are like @$$ holes everyone has one .

so if yuor looking to get started check local hobby shops and flying fields see what everyone else is flying get opinions and good and bad points of eachs model and then make a disision based on the facts !

just my 2 cents
mike

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03-11-2003 01:46 PM  14 years agoPost 5
Cessna

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Tucson, Arizona

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The Raptor 30 V2 is in my opinion the best way to go. It is easy to work on and the replacement parts are relatively inexpensive and easy to come by. The Raptor 60 would be an OK choice if money isn't a major concern to you. But, it will cost more to buy, fly, and maintain. It should go without saying that the use of a simulator will greatly speed your progress and you will recover the cost of your simulator via the crashes which you avoid by using it.

In my opinion, a big consideration in the helicopter and radio you choose would be to get whatever is popular with the other local fliers in your area. That way you'll have guys who can help you with the set-up of both your helicopter and radio (this is important)!

Good Luck!

Steve Cass
Tucson

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03-11-2003 03:25 PM  14 years agoPost 6
Jamovich

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Bangalore, India

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Well

The difference is that a .30 is slightly less stable and more affected by wind than a .60. I'd go for a .60. But first practice on a simulator and get hovering nailed.

I have a nexus .30, and I can't say that I am happy with it. So many corners were cut to save costs. Im only going to stick with it until I am confident on removing the training gear. So in hindsight I am paying for 2 helis...


My 2 cents

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03-11-2003 03:26 PM  14 years agoPost 7
Jamovich

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Bangalore, India

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Oh and

As a radio go for the futaba 9chp. It will last you throughout your flying career.

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03-11-2003 04:19 PM  14 years agoPost 8
rega

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Mexico

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Robbe Futura SS.

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03-11-2003 07:10 PM  14 years agoPost 9
vwhed84

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Port St. Lucie Florida

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my exact setup

Rappytappy just described my heli! However, the V2 wasnt out when I got mine. The 401 gyro/servo has really helped me. I cant seem to get it to work in standard mode, it piros way to slow. However, in heading hold mode it is as fast as you could want, and the tail is locked, no matter what the wind. No complaints out of my 9202 servos either. They are ~$50 a piece individually, but I got mine with an 8U PCM radio from tower. All up im about a grand into mine. I have never used a sim, but it sounds like a good investment. Dont waste money on all digital servos, at least not yet. Do get that futaba gyro and digital servo for the tail, and the 9202s everywhere else and you will be fine. It will hurt enough the first time that thing goes in no matter what equipment you have in it. Of course dont let cheap equipment be the reason for a crash, but just dont go overboard first time out. One more thing. I liked the fiberglass blades better than the stock woods. they are about $20 more than a set of wood blades.

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