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12-13-2008 07:56 PM  9 years agoPost 1
rcstick

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Lufkin, Texas

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I do have the realflight sim and I have been practicing with it. I have flown planes for a while but want to get started in heli's.

I know nothing about them or even the tools needed for one. I'm looking for suggestions from what type of heli to buy to what tools are need and the best way to learn to setup a heli witout a local pilot present.

Thanks

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12-13-2008 08:00 PM  9 years agoPost 2
george0079

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Well, you've come to the right place. there's alot of help available here

The first thing you need to do is decide what kind of heli you want, and go from there.

It will help to know what kind of radio and field equipment you already own.

Hell... I can fix that.
Uh oh..
Nope.
It's ***ked!!!
RE-KIT!!!!!

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12-13-2008 08:03 PM  9 years agoPost 3
Blik

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Another important factor is your budget. Are you wanting to get into nitros or electrics?

Cheers
Blik

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12-13-2008 08:10 PM  9 years agoPost 4
rcstick

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I use maily Futaba gear. I do have Hitec servios in some of my planes. As far as heli size I'm open to anything up to a 50 size machine. I want to learn how to fly one before spend the money on a larger one.

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12-13-2008 08:25 PM  9 years agoPost 5
george0079

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you'll need at least a 6 channel setup.

for a heli...
Trex 450
Blade 400
Mini Titan....

There are alot more, but these are the most common

Additional equipment will depend on what kit you decide on. Some kits come RTF, and others are bare bones.

Check you LHS and your favorite online retailers to see what kind of parts are available to you. There's no point getting a heli that you can't get parts for. Then, once you decide on a heli you can figure out what more you will need

Hell... I can fix that.
Uh oh..
Nope.
It's ***ked!!!
RE-KIT!!!!!

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12-13-2008 08:29 PM  9 years agoPost 6
george0079

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A side note....

A good set of electronics will make learning to fly ALOT easier. However, better electronics will cost more..

Hell... I can fix that.
Uh oh..
Nope.
It's ***ked!!!
RE-KIT!!!!!

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12-13-2008 08:46 PM  9 years agoPost 7
TaleGunner

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Start with a counter rotating heli like a blade CX2 or similar good starter heli then go as big as you can afford the bigger they are the mo stable they are. 50 size are stable like a trex 600 or other 50 size heli

CRASH! GLUE! REPEAT!
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12-13-2008 08:55 PM  9 years agoPost 8
MaxAdventure

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Northern CO

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if you're flying in RealFlight. Test fly some different heli's in there. check out what people have posted at knifeedge.com for other helis.

You'll get an idea of a coax, vs little electric (325mm blades) vs a .50 size or whatever. Then decide where you want to start. Once you have the size/class of heli figured out, check out what's available and see what people are saying in the forums about them.

pick one that fits you, shop for bargains, assemble, have fun!

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12-13-2008 11:36 PM  9 years agoPost 9
rcstick

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I have been looking at the Raptor 30 V2 with a TT 39. Is this a descent place to start? I have had thunder tiger engines for my planes and have nver had a problem with them.

Also what about the Futaba 401 Gyro?

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12-14-2008 12:37 AM  9 years agoPost 10
AlanR8

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Visit my Web site for details

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12-14-2008 02:24 AM  9 years agoPost 11
Steff Giguere

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You guys are forgetting about the tools, lots of specialized heli tools.

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

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12-14-2008 02:47 AM  9 years agoPost 12
30636086

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these is all you going to need to get start and the tools to fix it!

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

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12-14-2008 02:51 AM  9 years agoPost 13
30636086

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My 2 cents is to spend wise and buy good, cheap always cost more at the end! That happened to a "friend" that I know! Lol Now that "friend" does A LOT of research before gets anything!

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

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12-14-2008 04:48 AM  9 years agoPost 14
MaxAdventure

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I have been looking at the Raptor 30 V2 with a TT 39. Is this a descent place to start? I have had thunder tiger engines for my planes and have nver had a problem with them.

Also what about the Futaba 401 Gyro?
That should be a fine place to start. Most recommend at .50 (600mm) size to start, they tend to be a lot more machine than a .30 (550mm) for only a little more cash, and about the same crash cost.

Regardless, you'll spend less on fuel with a smaller engine.
The GY401 is a fine gyro. Some swear by it, others say it's out dated. I have it paired with the 9254 in two machines and it works great, and it's a good value. You can certainly get better for not much more cash. I think it's about as cheap a gyro as I'd recommend.

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12-14-2008 08:35 PM  8 years agoPost 15
JetFire

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The Golden STATE

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Tools will vary pending on which way you go being electric or nitro etc. For starters, get yourself a good charger that charges at least a 6S LiPo if you don't have one already. You will need it regardless which way you go. Most chargers now will charge about anything and will run at an average of $120. Pitch gauge is a must in this hobby and digital calipers, ball link resizing tool, ball link pliers, blade balancer, are others that will make setup allot easier.


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12-15-2008 02:00 PM  8 years agoPost 16
arck

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Lima-Peru

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Im new too, Used to fly planes for 8 years, in helis just 5 month,s,,,buy a Raptor 30v2, is the best of the best and is cheap,,,too,,,,
You cant go wrong!!!!

The numbers of take off,s should be the same as the landings

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12-15-2008 02:13 PM  8 years agoPost 17
kc8qpu

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Don't foreget about an understanding WIFE if there is such a thing. Oh and plastic or a money tree. Either one works well. Hey how can u be new to this and not know what to get and be a heliman???? I would bet you probably already have a good idea what you need. Anyways have fun, and this is by far more fun and more challenging than a airplane.

Carpe Diem!!!

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12-15-2008 04:19 PM  8 years agoPost 18
TJinGuy

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Socorro, NM - USA

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Raptor 30 is a good starting heli IF you have a field to fly at and want to go there to fly it. But if you would like to learn on yuor driveway or your back yard, then a 450 size would be better. When I started out with my King2 I was flying 6 packs a day (at 9-12min a pack) and nearly all of it was in my front yard. If I would have had to go to the flying field, I would have progressed a LOT slower. So keep that in mind when you choose.

Oh and the Thunder Tiger e550 is the same bird as the Rappy 30 but electric. If you would rather not have to also tinker with an engine while you learn, that might be a better choice and is not a whole lot more expensive.

- Chris

Team New Mexico
TJinTech

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12-15-2008 04:41 PM  8 years agoPost 19
colsy

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Cambridge, UK

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You need 2 (TWO) Thing's.

1. A T-Rex 500. 'perfect begineers heli in every way'

2. Common-Sense.

That's all.

Col.

Only Quote From Experience.

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12-15-2008 04:46 PM  8 years agoPost 20
jetfixrguy

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Brooksville, FL

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If you live near a club or field, I would go and see what the guys are flying there.
Don't be afraid to ask questions.
Do your research and buy once not twice.
Oh and don't add the $$$ up, it only gets worse.

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