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03-23-2009 04:16 AM  8 years agoPost 1
FYmCX

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Collegeville, PA

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I have a mCX and like most I enjoy flying it aroung the house. Its a flat out blast. I guess I've been bitten by the bug and I'm beginning to think about what's my next step. Would the next logical step be a CX2 or CX3? Or would it make sense to go with a 400? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

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03-23-2009 02:28 PM  8 years agoPost 2
diioia13

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If you can afford it I would go 500 or bigger. I went with the 400 and wished I would have gone bigger. Anything 400 or bigger you will have to fly outside anyway so the bigger the better. My suggestion would be the trex 600. I have one and love it. I am sorry now that I wasted money on the smaller stuff. If I had to do it again I would have went right to a 30 size or better. Just my 2

"Its Never Too Cold To Fly"

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03-23-2009 05:06 PM  8 years agoPost 3
caseyjholmes

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I'd agree. Start big and come back down.

The twin rotor helicopters offer an unreal and false sense of stability when learning that you won't find going to a CP micro helicopter. They are great to learn orientation and basic flight with, no doubt. But they don't really teach you the basics of helicopter setup and assembly or give you a real feel for how a collective pitch micro heli monster will fly.

This, in my experience has been the hardest part of the hobby to learn and perfect. Just about anyone can jump on a sim now days and learn to fly like a pro, but building and setup of your helicopter is where you need to start paying major attention.

When I started, I bought into the Ikarus Eco Piccolo. Since it was my first heli, even though it was fixed pitch, it was like a nightmare for me because of it's size. after like 20 more micro heli's I bought that I was unsuccessful with, I finally went out and bought a raptor 30. I swear just about anyone can learn to build and fly one of those if they follow directions and use the correct parts. They are not kidding when they say micro heli's are for the intermediate to advance builder/pilot.

Once I felt confident enough in my basic setup and flying abilities, I turned the raptor 30 into a raptor 50 with the conversion kit, added a hyper 50 motor and started to learn 3D.

Now that I had a good idea of what was required to really make my heli fly right, I Started to scale back down. At this point, the trex 450 was just introduced to the states and I was one of the first to be waiting for it and receive it, and even review it on Runryder.
(somewhere there is an ancient picture of me on Runryder hover the original 450 a day after it's release in my living room)

Then I was able to go crazy with learning 3D on the 450 since my setup BASICS had been learned on larger heli's. The only problem I had was learning all the little quarks of the electric heli's that differe from those of the nitro heli's. Charging, battery care, equipment/electronics failures in flight.. etc.

All this said, I'd start big and come back down, even though you probably just want to go crazy with a tiny heli in the front yard.

Also,
If you don't have your twin rotor heli doing pirouetting figure 8's around your living room yet, keep it up!

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03-23-2009 06:11 PM  8 years agoPost 4
Zaneman007

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Texas - USA

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A 450 sized electric is a good heli to fly outside and learn on. And it is cost effective.

If you are going nitro get a 50 size or if you are going electric get a 600 or better (both are the same size). But, first find a local club. You'll find the heli guys most helpful.

And as stated previously, learn to build and set up the heli yourself.

The bigger they are the easier they are to fly.

I started with the Blade CP, then the trex 450, then Hawkpro 30(cause I didn't go to my local club first), then Raptor 50, so on so forth. And now it is out of hand.

Old Guys Rule!

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03-24-2009 01:36 PM  8 years agoPost 5
FYmCX

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Collegeville, PA

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Thanks for the advice. Now off to the LHS.

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03-24-2009 02:36 PM  8 years agoPost 6
mmc205

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PA - USA

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I have to agree with the go bigger and then work back down. I did the opposite and regret it. I think the best "large" heli for the money is the century swift. Its part cost is about that of a 450 heli but its larger, more stable and works on a 4S-6S lipo or 5S-10S A123 (best crash resistance). you can use $12 karbonite servos on cyclic, but get a 401/9257/9254 on the tail so your not fighting it all the time.
If i could do it all over agian, i would have went with the swift and got 2 6S A123 packs.
in the end, stable heli, parts cost same as most 450's, and cheap ($15 i think) wooden blades which are fine for sport and even mild 3D.

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