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08-10-2009 04:15 AM  8 years agoPost 1
RCHSF

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Wish I had my 450 heli back, sence I built my Rappy 50 Titan, with the best electronics I could afford after selling my two trex 450 's to build this heli. I'm scared to fly it.

At the time, I had got comfortable flying my little 450's around, and got real good at nose-in, and the basics hovering, and just had steped into forward flight.

I'm now tramatised but the idea of crashing my pretty new, 50 nitro, and not being able to fix it right away.

Some days I still sim for a few minutes to quinch the earge to fly the nitro.

Should I try to get a cheap electric to improve my basic flight, and maybe invest in some upgrades along so I can have some fun with my rappy.

I'm at a loose as what to do.

And no I'm not about to sell my rappy, I worked to hard to get the money to build it.

I have crashed helis before, twice learning to fly the 450 size.

I'm just bummed out, have not flew in several weeks. Only 5 tanks to start the break in on the Hyper 50.

We are always up agenst it for money, thinking of just letting my Heli set, and maybe try to get hold of a plane, or another cheap heli.
May something to just kick around, to drive off the bordom.

Sorry for my crude grammer.
My GED is about wore off.

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08-10-2009 04:29 AM  8 years agoPost 2
what_the_helli

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I have crashed helis before, twice learning to fly the 450 size
2x?????
I have been known to do that at a single funfly

seriously after you put it once it gets easier to fly as you wont worry about "scratching" it any more.

I put the fun in dysFUNctional :)
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08-10-2009 04:48 AM  8 years agoPost 3
RCHSF

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Yeah I went from nothing, to hovering side-in, nose-in, tail-in, and some Forward flight with only 2/Two Crashes.

But about 4 years ago I had a Blade cp, never got past tail-in with it thou, so it does not really count.

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08-10-2009 04:51 AM  8 years agoPost 4
AltecLansing

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Just take it out and fly it. After the first couple of circuits, you will feel comfortable with it andfly it even harder.

Man, I miss the eighties.

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08-10-2009 04:55 AM  8 years agoPost 5
ruddernate

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fly it. if you crash it and have to save for a few weeks to fix it you're no worse off than if you just let it set imo. at least you're flying and learning your machine. you got lucky learning what you have with just 2 crashes. i'm a poor boy myself and im currently gathering funds to fix 2 helis. crashing is part of it and you'll get to where you just laugh at it. my best advice is don't get to attached to canopies or bling. they all have an expiration date.

fly it like you stole it

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08-10-2009 04:56 AM  8 years agoPost 6
thenewguy

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Corvallis, Oregon Where there is liquid sunshine!

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I'm in the same boat. I love flying my Synergy but don't want to stuff it trying new things.

Just picked up a Rave 450. Plan on buying a ton of spares and flying it until it breaks or I drive it into the ground. Fun Fun Fun!

Chris

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08-10-2009 05:05 AM  8 years agoPost 7
Spitfire1

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I find if you never take any risks trying to not crash under any circumstances, invariably something like a malfunction will bring you down anyway, and then you wished you had been trying something new when it happened.
Its a very fine line though between trying new things and stupidy, the thin edge of the blade is very fine indeed.

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08-10-2009 05:11 AM  8 years agoPost 8
JasonJ

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Crashed twice? Ever? Hell, that sounds like an average week for me when I am trying out something. I was afraid to crash my Raptor, and when I finally crashed it, I crashed it good. The tailbox, engine, electronics, and most of the head survived, that's it. Knife-edged it into the ground full speed. Even the clutch exploded. That was like three weeks ago. I will admit I am more cautious with the Raptor now, but that is diminishing. I still toss my 450 around and crash that on occasion. Just take your time, just cruise with it for now. There is no hurry, it's your hobby, but at some point you will push a boundary, or you might just think you are banked one way when you are actually banked the other way and knife-edge it into the ground at full speed. At some point you crash. All you can do is hope to get it on video. Good luck...

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08-10-2009 05:15 AM  8 years agoPost 9
Blade_Master1

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rcflyer_09
I can relate to your quandary
I usually fly simple circuits to warm up after the 2nd tank I'm ready to do aerobatics.

Go and get a 450 after you crash it a dozen times or so you won't be afraid crashing anymore it's just part of the hobby.

as for your Raptor fly it in your comfort zone you will advance soon enough.

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08-10-2009 05:41 AM  8 years agoPost 10
easternav

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Build,Fly,Crash,Repeat No problem its a heli thing!

est. 2006

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08-10-2009 05:41 AM  8 years agoPost 11
rcmadness

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I remember stepping up from the 450 to the 600. That big a$$ rotor on the 600 was what spooked me. After letting it set and draw dust for about I month I finally decided screw it and fly the dang thing.

So far I have been lucky and managed to save it everytime I dumb thumbed it, that has been about a year ago. Now I fly any size heli without much concern.

If you really want to know the truth the one that spooks me now is my 250, that thing is really attracted to the earth and everthing else flys really slow.

Just spend some time flying your Rappy and you will really start to enjoy it. At some point you will forget its new and start getting into it.

Oh yeah, listen to Ruddernate, he is a specialist at knocking the new off of a heli, I don't think he could leave the field if he hadn't flown hard enough to bust something. Thats why he is a better heli pilot than I am and we have been flying the same amount of time.

(Sorry RN, I couldn't resist)

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08-10-2009 05:46 AM  8 years agoPost 12
outhouse

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thats why i have 3 helis,,, 450 to beat,, the 500 to refine, and the 600 to make it all look pretty

and not beat the wallet

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08-10-2009 05:59 AM  8 years agoPost 13
ch-47c

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san jose, ca

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You bought it to fly, not show. I have crashed every heli I've ever owned. Each time I was trying something new or different. You always tweak them back to fly great and that is usually when you crash because it was flying so well, you tried something new.

Just fly it like it is meant to be.

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08-10-2009 06:06 AM  8 years agoPost 14
David Blain

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Mt. Dora, Florida (USA)

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rcflyer09-
Quite the dilemma..
You built a heli but now don't want to crash it!
(kinda like buying a car but don't want to drive it)

Well unless you want to put in on the mantle above the fireplace your choices to get flying are pretty simple:
-go back to basics, I mean basics, bolt on your training gear and go for it, though you know how to fly (as stated), what this will do is get you "used" to just taking the Raptor off and landing it, doing some hovering basics etc till your confidence comes back!
-Next, I do not know if your a member of a club but get someone to buddy box you! You will feel more confident on the sticks if you have someone on the line with you that can keep you from impacting your Titan into mother earth....
-Put some cheap blades on it, use a buddy's canopy, remove any unneeded electronics and just go do it! Maybe even save up enough for the very basic parts like feathering shafts, flybars, booms etc...
-Lastly, I mean this polite, ROLL OVER and go backwards to the 450 class and fly safe all day and let your Nitro sit till someday, you post saying you have scraped up the money to fix it....

Nitro is a sick hobby, it's a shut up and put up game and if you don't have photos or video no one will ever believe you unless they saw it at the field...

David Blain
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08-10-2009 06:11 AM  8 years agoPost 15
Tag1260

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Just take it out and get it over with. Once you crash it and see that you can fix it, it won't scare you so much. My first two crashes on my 450, I wasn't even at the sticks. My friends felt bad putting it in and wanted to repair it but I had asked them to try it out for me. (Besides, now I have ammo against them. )
By the time I got to crash it, the trauma was over!!!!!

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08-10-2009 09:06 AM  8 years agoPost 16
Skarn

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Bro, if you did that good with your 450, the 50 will be a breeze!

Go fly it!

Skarn

It's better to burn out than to fade away...

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08-10-2009 01:14 PM  8 years agoPost 17
DarkSide41

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Sylacauga Alabama USA

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Fly it , you are gonna be surprised at how easy it is compared to the 450. It is also easier to fix. I am thinking about selling my 450s simply because they are a PITA to repair, everything is just too small for my old eyes I guess

" The biggest threat to our freedom is not from foreign terrorist , but domestic morons"

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08-10-2009 04:16 PM  8 years agoPost 18
RCHSF

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I really appreciate the encouragement, maybe I'll take it out this week.

See I have this phobia, of a ball end poping off, I have checked my rappy ball ends, probly a dozen times, then saying maybe tomarrow I'll fly, on and on.

That is my main concern with helis, is the ball links.

At first they were so tight, nothing would move freely, then I was very carful in resizeing them.

They still snap on with a crisp snap, but seem to have a hair of front to back play now. The direction in which they go on, and off the ball.

I have two extra sets of ball ends, but I need to get me a extra set of rods.

Also another thing bothers me. I have a Ar7000, it has quick connect, but not the flashing light, and keep thinking I should send it in for update. But when I had my 450's and did this in was 6 weeks before I got them back.

And now I only have the one ar7000 rx, and if I send it in, it will be a long time before I can do anything.

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08-10-2009 06:04 PM  8 years agoPost 19
MartyH

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You will expand your comfort zone and soon you'll laugh at yourself for being so nervous. We already are. Just kidding. We've all been there and the best way to get over this is to go fly. If you have a sim, spend some time with it before you head out with your new Raptor and then put this behind you.

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08-10-2009 06:47 PM  8 years agoPost 20
Aox

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Sounds like you need a beater 450.

I feel the same way about flying my N9.

After crashing the N9, crashing the 450 hurts waaaaaaaaayyyy less

Get a beater 450 for new stuff, and fly your nitro casual and fun.

Hell, after crashing the N9, even crashing the Logo no longer hurts.

-Aox

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