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03-18-2009 01:00 PM  8 years agoPost 1
mariog

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Well, I'm not really a beginner... I can hover pretty much in all directions and forward fly. I saw this Raptor 90 for sale and looks like a nice step up from my Mini Titan e325. What are the pros and cons of starting with such a big bird? I guess it will cost more to repair than a 30 size when I crash. What do you think?

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03-18-2009 02:12 PM  8 years agoPost 2
BJames111

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Here's what it comes down to: This is YOUR hobby. You should buy what makes YOU happy.

That being said, my take: a 90 size machine is more expensive, and uses much more fuel than a 50. IF you crash, it will also cost more to repair. If you are not independantly wealthy, the fear of crashing will likely intimidate you to the point that you will not progress in your flying skills as quickly as you may like.

I sell helicopters for a living, and I get this question all the time. It all comes down to what will make you enjoy your hobby.

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03-19-2009 10:24 AM  8 years agoPost 3
NYXAR

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You will also need more room for such a heli. It is also more difficult to transport compare to a Mini Titan.

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03-19-2009 12:16 PM  8 years agoPost 4
TachyonDriver

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You'll need more airspace to set the 90 free too. However, it will be able to take more wind and generally be more stable than the small mini titan.

Tach.

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03-19-2009 04:33 PM  8 years agoPost 5
xxl

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I looked at it and i can see why you want it. I would buy it and then buy a cheep 50 fly the 50 frist and then break out the 90. Another thing is to put a govener on it and knock the head speed down. Its a big jump in power from the electric. Just remenber with 90s be carful lots of power and speed also they love to burn nitro.

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03-20-2009 03:35 AM  8 years agoPost 6
mchammer

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I agree with everything said so far. The 90 is a very big step from your current machine. If you have friends that fly with you that can assist you with niros it would be fine.If not I would go 50 size as recomended first.There are alot of new things to learn with nitro.
The 90 will fly alot better than the small helis by far.

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03-20-2009 12:07 PM  8 years agoPost 7
Will Holland

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the fear of crashing will likely intimidate you to the point that you will not progress in your flying skills as quickly as you may like.
Repair cost and fuel consumption are about the only cons to the 90. If you can hover that little 450 well, that 90 will feel like it is on auto pilot!

If cost is not a factor and you are not worried about the quote above, get the 90

It's only a toy...FLY IT LIKE YOU STOLE IT!!!

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04-08-2009 11:55 PM  8 years agoPost 8
trackemdown

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Central ,VA

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I have the old shuttles, A raptor 30 V2 and a raptor 60. The 60 is great but needs room to fly. The 30 is under powered but better in smaller areas. The shuttles....for basic moves mostly. It's cheaper to fix the 30 than it is to fix the 60. Fuel comsumption is definitely a factor also. I spend more time with my 30
Choice is yours.

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04-09-2009 02:26 AM  8 years agoPost 9
wthford

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Monticello, Illinois

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+1 on the 30 size. Still a valid chopper, plenty big enough. I still have one and fly it once in a while. One other thing to think about... thebigger they get, the more damage they can do, and the worse they will hurt you.

How can I soar with the Eagles when I work with turkeys??

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04-09-2009 03:35 AM  8 years agoPost 10
chopper_crazy

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Delphos, Ohio

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If you can afford the 90 size bird I would say go for it. I still have not taken the plunge. My biggest concern is if I buy a 90 size machine, I will never want to fly anything smaller.

It's a complex, costly, glow powered anti-gravity machine!

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04-09-2009 04:27 AM  8 years agoPost 11
Raffy

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Chicago, Illinois

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If you can fly around in any orientation, you will have fun flying the R90 in a jiffy!
The heli you are looking at has a monster engine but the electronics would tame the heli for a beginner. It won't take you long to upgrade the electronics to make it fly just as responsive as your small
e-heli.

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04-09-2009 04:55 AM  8 years agoPost 12
DANBOONE

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Plymouth, IN 46563

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50 size is my vote.

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