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HelicopterMain Discussion › What heli for 1st timer
06-02-2009 05:11 PM  8 years agoPost 21
30636086

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Tacoma, WA

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what you think? whats the esky like? please dont say get something else as these are in his price range thanks
I will chose the Mini T over the Belt CP! But like you better off deciding which one taking in consideration the parts support you are going to have for each model in your area, otherwise you(your friend) are gonna be sitting waiting for the mailman every time you need a part for repairs or up-grades! My .02

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

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06-02-2009 06:05 PM  8 years agoPost 22
chopper_crazy

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my vote goes to the T-Rex 500. Very easy to see and maintain. Great solid bird.

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

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06-02-2009 06:07 PM  8 years agoPost 23
rilopez825

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I agree with Rockohaulic. I have my neighbor learning to fly and he started with his line of heli's trex 250 and a 500, also has a raptor 30 and a 50 and an mx400, he's gotten to a steady hover and occasional hovering. now with his last bird was the trex 500. now he's doing figure eights with it. the thing is he feels more confident with that 500 because of its stability, he can concentrate on orientation, not a bird that is all over the place. you can spend 200 today and tons later in replacement parts. get a sim or a coax if you don't want to be in front of a pc.

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06-02-2009 07:12 PM  8 years agoPost 24
aerodynamic18

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Lisburn,N.ireland

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yea he is using my sim as we speak so that problem is sorted. he has flown planes before so not totally new to rc or anything. as i said nitro is out cause of where we have to fly. looks like the trex is for him as we will both hav one so can combine spares when needed and i can help. thanks everyone and also since i can set it up and trim it for him this will be th most iportant thng when learning

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06-02-2009 07:32 PM  8 years agoPost 25
Tag1260

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I don't think the heli itself is as important as parts availability, as long as you go with one of the popular helis. Spares availability are a major part of learning (as I have found out.) Sitting and waiting for parts all of the time is not going to do anything but discourage a new flyer.
Plus I've found it's really nice flying weather only on the days you can't fly!!!!!

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06-02-2009 07:40 PM  8 years agoPost 26
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start basic....
No sim...IMHO! I started on a TRex 450. It was squirly as hell and a lot of crashes but PLENTY of parts. I would now recommend an Eflite MCX for indoor/living room flying. Fixed pitch, counter rotating blades and a tail hold gyro AND more important PLENTY of parts. You don't have to go out and embarrass yourself in front of the "seasoned" pilots. Plus, even though you can get a lot of help from you local field guys, there a lot that are stubborn and act like they are too busy to help. With a small beater bird like the MCX learn forward flight, nose in and BASIC hovering. Then graduate to a larger bird like a Trex 500.

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06-02-2009 08:03 PM  8 years agoPost 27
Richardmid1

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Getting a sim first is just going to tease the hell out of him! Yes get a sim but buy a heli at the same time and I would suggest a small fixed pitch heli he can have fun with in his living room! That way when it hits the floor, sofa, fire place he can just straighten the blades and have another go! THEN get a 450 or 500E. A 450 can be setup to be as stable as a 50 size nitro heli.

Mini Titans are easy and cheap to repair and are really stable.

60% of the time, it works every time!

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06-02-2009 09:51 PM  8 years agoPost 28
xahhax

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whatever he buys, NOT the BELT CP.
It's the biggest piece of crap on which I started and that almost got me out of the hobby....

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06-02-2009 10:01 PM  8 years agoPost 29
rilopez825

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good recommendation not to buy a belt cp. I started there and through parts at it like crazy. alot of $$$ down the drain.

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06-03-2009 01:04 AM  8 years agoPost 30
Drew7601

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N.M.

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well a sim is a must! but the mini titan is a perfect heli for a first timer hovers great and the batts are alot cheaper than a 500 class. but both are awsome.

Loving life! Flying helis.

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06-03-2009 03:25 AM  8 years agoPost 31
RexFlyer

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Eugene, OR

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Don't get e-sky crap. Definitely on the sim. I've found its good to go used, if the seller knows what the hell he's doing. Cheaper stuff, already set up, usually pretty good learners.

Nathan
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It's like deja vu all over again...

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06-03-2009 07:11 PM  8 years agoPost 32
Flying Brian

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Hirobo QUARK
Check this post out. As this may help with a solid desision to.
Hi

I'd just like to say thanks to all the QUARK owners who have posted so many helpful threads regarding this super helicopter. On the strength of these posts, I purchased a QUARK, upgraded to TP LiPo's and to be honest, I am having a such a great time flying this little machine. What a difference to have a relaxed, enjoyable and fun time. Just being able to fly the machine, both indoors and outdoors and not worrying about the repair bills and the rebuilds (OK... I do occasionally have to replace the main blades - which takes about five minutes). I only wish that this had been my first helicopter.
If there is anyone reading this that is just starting out in this hobby, I couldn't recommend a better first helicopter with which to learn. I am aware that this is certainly not the cheapest model but believe me, you get so much bang for your buck and as I said, such a blast to fly.

Again, many thanks to you guys.

Colin

"I just don't Listen" "

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