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12-28-2008 04:56 AM  8 years agoPost 1
Nitro_Guy

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Berea, KY

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Hi all, I have been doing the airplane thing, and my son wanted a mcx indoor heli for x-mas....so I got it. This lil thing is awesome!, I now want to get a beginner outdoor Heli. Some suggestions from anoter site were T-rex 600N / Vibe 50 / raptor 50...... they said the bigger ones are more stable, but to take my time. So...lemme know what you guys think, maybe a link to the one you suggest.

Thanks in advance

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12-28-2008 05:02 AM  8 years agoPost 2
george0079

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The best advise is to find a local flying field. Go there and ask alot of questions. Heli pilots LOVE to talk. You can get an idea of what's available, and what to expect.

Personally, I would recommend a 450 size heli, for a beginner. But that's just my opinion.
In no particular order...
Trex 450
Blade 400
Mini Titan
To list a few

Something else to think about is a good computer SIM. It will save you Alot of money in repair costs. Plus it can help teach you the basics, as well as the advanced maneuvers, and evrything in between

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

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12-28-2008 05:30 AM  8 years agoPost 3
Nitro_Guy

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Berea, KY

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Thanks George..... I belong to the Lexington KY Model airplane club, ALOT of heli guys, and the one I did speak with suggested the ones I listed, but the 450 would be cheaper. I have the GP G4.5 sim as well, that really helps... you are correct there for sure.

Thanks again

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12-28-2008 05:32 AM  8 years agoPost 4
JetFire

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My vote for E-machine

And if you want to go nitro


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12-28-2008 05:48 AM  8 years agoPost 5
ronmad02

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Toledo, Oh - U.S.A.

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I am fairly new to this hobby and I started on a blade cx then the blade cp then a trex 450. Looking back I wish I would of never wasted the money on the cx and cp. The trex 450 is very easy to fly with some expo and its fairly cheap to repair. I know when I would tip the cp over it would bend the main shaft thats 10 bucks down the drain just for the shaft. Now the trex I get 3 for 9 bucks. As far as bigger fly better thats right I have a raptor 30 and it flys very nice but repair cost are up there. I had one crash with a boom stike it cost me 100.00 to repair. Boom strike on the trex cost me 30.00 with blades. Dollar for dollar the trex 450 is the best starter heli I would get. Then when you get most of your crashing done get yourself a bigger one.

ronmad02
T-rex 450se
T-rex 600n

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12-28-2008 06:00 AM  8 years agoPost 6
george0079

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I belong to the Lexington KY Model airplane club, ALOT of heli guys, and the one I did speak with suggested the ones I listed, but the 450 would be cheaper.
Well then... If you already have local support, AND a good idea of what you're getting into, then that's a different story.

I would hope the guys at your field wouldn't steer you wrong. I'm sure they know you, and you abilities, better than I.

They are correct about the stability of a larger heli. But, the down side is repair costs. For someone that's just starting out, crashing is a fact of life. Repairing the larger birds hurts.

I would still go for a 450. Just because of the learning curve. They make a great starter heli.. And, they're good for advanced 3D, too.

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

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12-28-2008 06:23 AM  8 years agoPost 7
what_the_helli

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cookeville, tn USA

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Dollar for dollar the trex 450 is the best starter heli
No truer words were ever spoken.

yes a big 50 size nitro is easier BUT like has been said a trex 450 crash with blades is $20 to $30 and you'll have extra parts for next time. A 50 size crash with blades will be around $150 to $200. So unless money really isn't really an issue try the 450. I figure in half a dozen crashes (hey don't laugh, I am a slow learner) and be happy if you only have a couple in the beginning. I'm a big fan of the rex due to you can pick up goobs of parts, air frames, ect.. here in the classifieds on the cheap.

Of course there is always the 500 class. Much more stable than a 450 and cheaper than a 50 nitro. Parts aren't bad except for the blades that's the only part that will run up your repair bill. The Atom gets my vote in the 500 class but of course my opinion may be biased

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12-28-2008 06:24 AM  8 years agoPost 8
JetFire

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The Golden STATE

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I would still go for a 450. Just because of the learning curve. They make a great starter heli
Generaly speaking yes.... I have to agree there too. How much your willing to spend on repair costs pretty much dictates what suits you best, IMO.


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