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07-08-2008 08:21 PM  9 years agoPost 1
Tag1260

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Ohio USA

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Fist of all, this is my very first rant in all my years in RC forums of all sorts.

As some who is trying to learn this hobby myself, I have to bring up one bit of advise that is given freely by a lot of the guys here (and everywhere, but is easier said than done for most of us.

Join a heli club.

A lot of us don't have that luxury. Heli clubs near where I live just don't exist at a reasonable distance. Any that I've heard about are at least 2 hours from me.

Instead, those of us like me will either keep tearing up perfectly good helis until we learn or give up all together.

When you see some of the videos from some of the guys that have been self taught, then that is the inspiration that keeps us going. (Thanks being given to those guys).

And Thanks to all the guys for their patience and ability to back their experience level down to our level to explain things that should be obvious but that we just can't seem to understand.

Anyways, thanks for reading and hope I didn't offend anyone.

Later
Tag

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07-08-2008 09:34 PM  9 years agoPost 2
TJinGuy

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Socorro, NM - USA

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I hear ya! When I first started flying my helis 6 months ago I got that same advise many times. People kept saying "Get a .50 sized nitro and buddy box with someone at your local club". Yeah that works for me ... NOT! There is no local club of heli fliers, actually there is really no local club here at all. I guess I could drive 100 miles to the big city to learn on a buddy box ... or maybe I could instead read 1000s of posts here on RR and meet a bunch of great guys to help me via the ol' Internet. Well that and I started with a small heli that I could fly anywhere instead of having to go to a dedicated field.

The real thing to understand is that there are many paths to learning to fly an rc heli and anyone who thinks otherwise, is too short sited to take advice from.

- Chris

Team New Mexico
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07-08-2008 09:42 PM  9 years agoPost 3
bbeverlie

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Hudson,New​Hampshire.USA

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Well count me in the group that is self taught! I belong to a club but they all fly planks and are of little help with heli's, So I just kept at it while they waited for my next crash! Now it's boring for them to watch me as the ground effect is less of a problem! So just keep at it and it will come with time and parts

AMA#846952

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07-08-2008 10:25 PM  9 years agoPost 4
CLB

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Maine

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Hi Tag,

+1

I'm self-taught too. My nearest field is 1.75hrs away- my time just doesn't allow it. I fly in a field next to my house. I built my first nitro heli without any help except from those here on RR- An Evo .50. I'm now "practicing" autos- more like trying to learn them and can hover tentatively and high up inverted and do the basic stalls turns and partial loops. You can teach yourself- I've just taken it slowly and carefully.

Christian.

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07-08-2008 11:31 PM  9 years agoPost 5
TwistedRotor

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Self taught here too other than using a sim.

I never joined a club because when I went to the local field once I spent 4 hours there and flew twice. Just too busy and too much BSing. So I saved my $100 and fly at a huge field with a couple electric plank guys and can fly continuously all day. I think they like it too since I smoke out all the mosquitoes.

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07-09-2008 03:43 AM  9 years agoPost 6
rcmadness

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Midland, Texas - USA

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+ 1
Self taught on a B400, then on to the Trex 450 V1, then the V2 (both used) then finally the 600n Sport. 90% of what I have learned has been from this forum.

Bottom line is there are very few heli pilots in the area and I don't like paying dues when I have 5 acres of my own to fly over.

RCMadness

Trex-250-450se-450pro-500esp-600nitro-Predator Gasser

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07-09-2008 04:00 AM  9 years agoPost 7
Way2slow

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Jeffersonville Ga

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What's a heli club? I have a hard time even finding a heli pilot willing to spend five minutes of their time with you. Plenty of planks fliers but not many heli pilots.

I work between the heli's and the sim. I fly the sim until I think I have it, then fly the heli's. If I'm crashing to many times or seem to be having a problem, I put the heli's away and go back to the sim until I've got it worked out. Then I go back to the heli's. Even then I usually start with the 450 electric and then nitro's after I comfortable with what practicing on the electric.

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07-09-2008 04:11 AM  9 years agoPost 8
Spitfire1

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Perth Australia

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Everyone always says, sim,sim,sim and more sim, I dont agree, the only thing I cant do on the sim is sustained chaos and inverted backward flying stuff, where in real life flying the most im prepared to do low down is maybe one or two stationary flips and rolls, I cant even do aileron tic tocs in with a real heli, if you do like I did and spend hours upon hours on the sim all you get is really good on the sim.
I think they should build into the g3 software a counter at the top of the screen that counts how much simulated dollars you have added up so far while playing the game..

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07-09-2008 10:33 AM  9 years agoPost 9
f penfold

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uk

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I taugt myself to fly aswell but if I were you guys who didnt have a club near you why dont you start your own you will be surprised at how many people will want to join that are with in a half hour drive from you

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07-09-2008 01:32 PM  9 years agoPost 10
Skarn

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Pasadena, MD

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Everyone always says, sim,sim,sim and more sim, I dont agree,
Then you'd be going against what many veteran flyers have shown is a PROVEN method to learning! Bro, you are talking about advanced maneuvers...for those I agree, a sim isn't going to be exact for those advanced maneuvers, but for just starting out learning how to hover, a sim WILL speed up your learning curve and save you money....which will keep you in the air longer!

Skarn

It's better to burn out than to fade away...

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07-09-2008 10:38 PM  9 years agoPost 11
Way2slow

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Jeffersonville Ga

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Is there such a thing as a one man club? So far, I'm the only one within 30 miles of me that fly's a heli, that's also the distance to the closest town that even has a red light in it.

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07-09-2008 11:04 PM  9 years agoPost 12
Magic Hook

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Naples, Florida USA

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Looks like the self taught club is growing! My son in law and I have a two man club and fly here at our house. Without runryder we would not have had any sucess.

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07-10-2008 12:15 AM  9 years agoPost 13
albertrivera

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Fresno, ca USA

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Rant withThanks being given

I found this post really interesting. I am also self taught. We have a really nice flying field close by, but they fly planes. I have tried emailing several local heli pilots with no success. I started out with a cheap electric heli on ebay, & I build a raptor 60. The amount of info, advice, help, patience & good old expertise I found on RR was just amazing. Like you said, the guys here are just awesome & I take my hat off to all of you. I could not be doing the thing I do without this site. Just last weekend I finally got into foward flight, doing figure 8's & nose in flying. All because of my sim time, & the valuable info I got here. I have my heli setup nicely, I've been able to figure out how to tune my engine, the right selection of servo's, radio set up, fuel selection, proper trim, throtle & pitch curves, just about anything you need to learn about heli's, you can learn it here. I great bunch of guys.

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07-10-2008 02:49 AM  9 years agoPost 14
Spitfire1

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Perth Australia

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[quote]Then you'd be going against what many veteran flyers have shown is a PROVEN method to learning!

I agree the sim is the way to go, just not like the way I did, I was trying to learn 3d when I should of been learning to hover correctly, it made me think I was better than I really was.

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