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07-08-2008 03:22 PM  9 years agoPost 1
Flyinglock

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Winsted Ct USA

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I am doing some research on my next future purchase. I understand that larger heli are stabler than smaller 50 series (easier to fly under windy conditions), what’s your favorite among electric models. I may consider Nitro, if the price of oil doesn’t go to 10,000.00 a barrel.

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07-08-2008 04:15 PM  9 years agoPost 2
rotormonkey

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Ottawa, ON - Canada

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You haven't stated your level of experience. The heli that's recommended largely depends on your prior experience. Since you didn't specify, I'm guessing this will be your first helicopter.

Really it depends on what you want, but personally I think a 450 size would be a great place to start. Yes they're twitchy, but they CAN fly in the wind above 30 - 50 km/h.

Learning to manage the collective and cyclic on a twitchy bird early will make you that much better when you move to a larger heli. And when you do crash, it'll be cheaper to fix, and less intimidating to fly.
I understand that larger heli are stabler than smaller 50 series
Also, 50 size isn't small. It's quite large.

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07-08-2008 06:23 PM  9 years agoPost 3
Frank Bostwick

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Always 2 sides to every coin. Me, If you have a place to fly, Id start (and did) on a 30 size Nitro. So much more stable than a 450 and better in the wind. Tuning a motor is no big deal and just a matter of fiddling. Really Id skip the 30 and go right to the 50 but that choice can be defended another day. Anyway, thats what Id do.

RIP ROMAN

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07-08-2008 06:40 PM  9 years agoPost 4
Steff Giguere

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St-Eustache, Quebec, Canada

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If I had to do it all over again I would go for the T-Rex 500, almost as stable as a 50 size and does not cost much more that a 450 to fix.

Team Synergy, Rail blades, Team Scorpion, V-Team

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07-08-2008 06:41 PM  9 years agoPost 5
Flyinglock

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Winsted Ct USA

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Thanks

just started this spring (greenhorn)

I guess I will stay with my electric exceed eagle 50 for this year and maybe next year I will advance to the next one I already have exceed-rc g2, I still have some time left I hope, guess I am in too much of a hurry, but all my friends passed away before they hit 55 and didn't really have time to enjoy their hobbies, all worked and no play which I am also guilty of and stopped this year.

Time to slow down and enjoy what I have.

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07-08-2008 06:51 PM  9 years agoPost 6
charliedoane

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Branford, CT USA

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The TREX 500 is a good choice. Stable and you can grow with it.

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07-08-2008 08:08 PM  9 years agoPost 7
Papa Sal

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Reno, Nevada- USA

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Brother Flyinglock....i'm 52.....YIKES Fly the Rex 500 you'll love it. Papa Sal

"Everything's better inverted"

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07-08-2008 10:04 PM  9 years agoPost 8
ruddernate

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sulphur,Ok.

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noob

i'm a noob too. i too have an eagle 50 . if you can fly that thing you can fly anything. i just got a trex 450 thinking learn on something small and cheap to fix. i figured it'll make a 500 that much more impressive when i move on up. i added the metal head upgrade to my eagle 50 and now i can't get pitch right to get it off the ground. if you have some pics of your eagle i'd love to see them. good luck . i think you'll love a 450 or 500 if you've been flying the eagle.

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07-09-2008 02:10 AM  9 years agoPost 9
Flyinglock

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Time travel

The grand kids have their toys now I have mine.

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07-09-2008 02:16 AM  9 years agoPost 10
FlaG8r

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Florida

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If you think you'd like to go nitro, go with a 50 size nitro...longer flight times, more flights through the day, no need to wait for a charge are all plus' in my book.

Life is tough, it's tougher if you're stupid

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07-09-2008 02:22 AM  9 years agoPost 11
MMike

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Holland,Mi-USA

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I bought one of every kind I can afford.

I like them all!

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07-09-2008 03:50 AM  9 years agoPost 12
Way2slow

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Jeffersonville Ga

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I think a 450 size electric and a 50 size nitro make a great combo.

The 450 electric is small enough the batteries are fairly cheap, cost of repairing it is not that bad and you can fly it almost anywhere.

The 50 nitro gets you into the bigger, more stable heli's at a fairly economical price, if there is such a thing in this hobby, and you can get a lot more flight time in. Just gas and go, and change the RX battery out every four or five flites for a fresh one while you recharge one.

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07-09-2008 12:52 PM  9 years agoPost 13
Flyinglock

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Winsted Ct USA

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My thanks to everyone who replied to this post

Thank you all for your responses to my questions. Always!! and I mean Always!! a good sign to get questions answered.

Sincerely:
Flyinglock

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07-10-2008 03:01 AM  9 years agoPost 14
tarzan_eb

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Central Illinois USA

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bigger is better

I started with a 30 size and learned to fly.Then got a 50 size and looking back I wished I would have got the 50 to start with.Alot of the 30/50 stuff will interchange so it isn't really that much more expensive to fix a 50 size but the diffrence in the way the two fly, it is worth the extra for what you get with the stability of the 50 size and the extra HP you get I think the 50 size is the way to go. Do some research on different helicopters and keep an eye out,

Fly it ! Crash it ! Rebuild it ! Repeat as needed !! Everett

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07-10-2008 03:04 AM  9 years agoPost 15
RobMcQuillen

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Rochester, NY

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the hurricane 550 is nice and bigg but still electric.
would not be a bad choice.
it is very stable and can be set up for training.
also can do 3d with proper motor, battery and esc

Rob McQuillen

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07-10-2008 12:27 PM  9 years agoPost 16
JRjoe

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Jonesville , IN USA #1

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If you think you'd like to go nitro, go with a 50 size nitro...longer flight times, more flights through the day, no need to wait for a charge are all plus' in my book.
Very well said....


JRjoe.....
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07-28-2008 12:24 AM  9 years agoPost 17
mchammer

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California,USA

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bigger is better
yup!

Peace Through Superior Firepower!!!

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07-28-2008 07:15 AM  9 years agoPost 18
SkyWarp

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Planet Earth

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Swift-16, Swift Carbon-550 or Swift 620SE... is the three I'd recommend.


Century Swift-
Anticipating a crash is worse than the crash itself.

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