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12-13-2008 07:40 PM  8 years agoPost 1
hedgehog

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wapakoneta, ohio united states

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hi I am new and i am looking to buy my first heli, I thought i had my mind made up on a belt cp rtf. but was also looking at the falcon. After reading on here for a while im not real sure. My budget is limited to say the least at 200 or under, any advice will be great. Also what should i be looking to buy as far as crash kits, extra batt packs and what not. I have read enough to know that i should get a good sim.

thanks

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12-13-2008 07:45 PM  8 years agoPost 2
Dood

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a first heli at $200 or less is $200 wasted.
I have read enough to know that i should get a good sim.
Did you read the part where it says, "if all you have is $200, spend the $200 on a good sim"?

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12-13-2008 07:46 PM  8 years agoPost 3
hedgehog

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so the belt cp is no good?

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12-13-2008 07:54 PM  8 years agoPost 4
Altrex

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2 cents

i would say for the money, a belt cp is fine if its on 2.4 ghz. in the long run, momey spend on a sim is the best investment all thought not as much fun as the real deal.

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12-13-2008 07:56 PM  8 years agoPost 5
30636086

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a first heli at $200 or less is $200 wasted.
+1 (I did it!)
Just like you said, use that $ to get a SIM and that way you can start getting hands on practice while you save $ and get something decent! The SIM will help you in a major way!! My 2 cents.

I dont suffer from mental iIlness, I actually enjoy mine!

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12-13-2008 07:59 PM  8 years agoPost 6
30636086

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when you decide to get a heli go to your local hobby shops and flying fields, that way you will have an idea of what they have and using, you don't want to get a heli that not many people have knowledge or parts for it, because then every time you need parts or help you will stock waiting for them to come in the mail.

I dont suffer from mental iIlness, I actually enjoy mine!

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12-13-2008 08:02 PM  8 years agoPost 7
hedgehog

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my local hs stocks the blade cp pro, and orders in t-rex i have heard bad things about the blade. haven't been to the field yet, but i plan on checking it out. thanks

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12-13-2008 08:06 PM  8 years agoPost 8
Altrex

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skip the blade

i started that route and was convinced the blade was a good heli. i could fly it fine, but it was a very limited machine. after going to the trex up to a synergy, going back to the blade is sick. i see now how bad it really was. dont wast your money there, the big downfall is the motorized tail drive, very poor. get something with a belt (it belt cp or bigger)

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12-13-2008 08:11 PM  8 years agoPost 9
hedgehog

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thats why i was looking at the belt cp I know it is a little bigger than the blade or the honey bee. i know that i don't want a tail motor though.

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12-13-2008 08:17 PM  8 years agoPost 10
hedgehog

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i also read that the 25 amp esc in the belt cp isn't enough and sometimes catches on fire

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12-13-2008 09:00 PM  8 years agoPost 11
MaxAdventure

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Northern CO

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cheap helis are great screw around toys AFTER you get into the hobby with some decent stuff. Starting out with the cheaper ones, you'll either have a heck of an uphill battle building skills or get frustrated and dump the heli idea. It can be done, but as you can see the responses, most feel it's a waste.

I thought I was a good bargain shopper and tried to cut the corners on a decent heli with some cheaper equipment. I was burned to, wasted the effort (other than I learned a lot of what not to do!)

#1 -do the sim (FMS sim is free!), then invest in a good radio, invest in good equipment - find a kit that doesn't fall to pieces.

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12-14-2008 06:42 AM  8 years agoPost 12
Spitfire1

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I agree with what people are saying, but I think if I had my mind set on a heli it would be hard to spend 200 on a sim.

My advice would be to try and get at least $400 for something like a blade 400, Trex 450 or mini Titan.

If not get the blade CP, I never owned one but they look like fun in the lounge room.

{edit} I would steer clear of the belt cp and helis in that class.. Honeybee king`s and the like.
Either get Trex450 or Mini Titan, otherwise only get something like a blade cp with counter rotating rotors.
Helis in the category I mentioned can be more trouble
than there worth.

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12-14-2008 06:56 AM  8 years agoPost 13
Spitfire1

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This new Walkera 4G3 looks OK, this link is in AUS so bare in mind the price will seem high due to exchange rate.

http://www.takeoffandland.com.au/pr...53da4152aebc552
Collective pitch heli 3d capable..
It has a motor on the tail wich is a bit iffy and the other prob is finding somewhere to fly it being so small.
I checked out some videos on Utube and it looks pretty good.

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12-25-2008 11:23 PM  8 years agoPost 14
Gravitysucks

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San Diego, CA

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This new Walkera 4G3 looks OK, this link is in AUS so bare in mind the price will seem high due to exchange rate.
Be careful recommending a heli that you don't have direct experience with. I had a Walkera once and it was a nightmare. However, I don't know anything about the 4G3. But, it sounds like by your statement that you don't either.

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12-25-2008 11:36 PM  8 years agoPost 15
TaleGunner

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#1 Get a good sim first It will pay for itself in replacement parts no matter what heli you start with.

#2 get a good small coaxial to learn to hover and all 4 upright orientation positions.

#3 get as large of a first heli as you can because they are far more stable and you will crash less in the beginning.

If you have a local club and or friends who fly take a look at what they are flying and try to start with similar so they can help you.

Have fun

CRASH! GLUE! REPEAT!
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12-26-2008 11:21 AM  8 years agoPost 16
Tugnut

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/agree with TaleGunner

Sim a must problem is after a wile it gets stale as you want to convert what you learn from sim to real flight.

on what chopper to buy... i went and am using a Twister CP gold.

but coaxial great to learn indoors and great to learn from tail in to nose in ect.

on a CP type heli... the cheapest heli is not always the cheapest on your buget... talk to your Local model shop, what you will need is a heli thats cheap to fix (cheap parts) and parts that are ready available. (also if you get your heli from your local shop 9 out of 10 they will check your set up for free, and maybe point you in the way of a local club.

also whats great about this sight is there always vets on here if they are not to far away from you, will arrange a meet up and help you learning to fly...well hover your chopper

but Sim and coaxial are def the way to start imho.

mCX from what i seen in my local and on the web a great place to start http://www.airlandhobbies.com/catal...05178673612.htm

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