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10-23-2009 07:55 PM  8 years agoPost 1
Jerry In Maine

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After several transfers and moves from place to place I've recently retired and moved (for the last time) into a new house. Now that all the painting, landscaping and other BS that goes with a new house is about done I'm to the point where I can get my toys out again. The HBK2 was just exhumed after being packed away for a looooong time.

So I've been out of touch with the micro-heli world for quite a while. Curious if the HBK2 is still the "heli to beat" as far as parts availability, ease of flight (for novices) and general coolness...

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10-23-2009 09:39 PM  8 years agoPost 2
norsman

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Boy you have been gone awhile

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10-24-2009 12:02 AM  8 years agoPost 3
stocky

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What is a HBK2 ?

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10-24-2009 12:02 AM  8 years agoPost 4
Gregor99

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Welcome back Jerry.
if the HBK2 is still the "heli to beat" as far as parts availability, ease of flight (for novices) and general coolness...
Hmm, well I'm not entirely certain the HBK2 was ever any of those things. Having come from the horrific Blade CP, many of us thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. But as we progressed and the plastic wore, our options changed. As it stands now, most of the original HBK2 forum members have moved on to better helis, but still frequent this little corner of the internet.

There's a few of us left, most have converted over to the V3 which has much better tail and a nicer canopy. Lots of other little things as well.

The trend these days seems to be toward the cheap Trex 450 clones. There are lots clones around which are cheaper and far better than the HBK2 ever was. While I can see the value, have mix feelings about the blantent intellectual property infrigements. One thing you can say about the HBK2 is that is not Trex rip-off. Apart from the IP issues, that's not nessarily a good thing.

I still have my HBK now mostly made of V3 parts along with a Scorpion motor, CC ICE ESC, metal geared digital servos, a 9257 on the tail and a CF frame. I still fly it more than any of my other helis, but that's mainly because I can fly it in the backyard.

Greg

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10-24-2009 01:32 AM  8 years agoPost 5
Gyronut

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WoW your King must have been a diff revision than mine..

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10-24-2009 02:28 AM  8 years agoPost 6
Jerry In Maine

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OK - thanks.
Main thing I was concerned about was parts availability. When I put the heli away last I was just at the novice stage. Maybe now that things are settled out now lifewise I can make some progress with the skills. Then I can move along to a more recent model. I just didn't want to spend time getting the HBK2 set up again just to crash and find that the part I needed was no longer available.

Finally retired from the Coast Guard with 22 years, 4 months and 1 day of sevice. Now I get a retirement check, have grown a nice fat beard and I get to fly all #^$%# day if I want while the wife works!

...'course I have to quit in time to have her dinner ready when she gets home. I look so darned cute in an apron!

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10-24-2009 02:49 AM  8 years agoPost 7
toolman18

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Welcome back Jerry. We sure did miss ya. Cant wait until i can retire. 6 more years.
Brad

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10-24-2009 02:59 PM  8 years agoPost 8
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...'course I have to quit in time to have her dinner ready when she gets home. I look so darned cute in an apron!

Welcome back, Jerry. Yes, we did miss you. Congratulations on your retirement and thank you for your service to our country .

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10-25-2009 02:56 PM  8 years agoPost 9
blade blaster

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Hi Jerry,glad to see someone who had the forsight to set themselves up with a good career so they could retire.Me,i'll probably be burning iron until i keel over!.I've been flying the k2 now for a little over a year and have went through all the mods and upgrades,destroyed most of that,since moved on to a Trex 450 as my main flyer,but still have the k2 and and still fly it.Parts are still available as are tons of upgrades.My only upgrades now are a 3100 brushless motor&sc and the 43t belt&pulley everything else is stock.

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10-29-2009 04:15 PM  8 years agoPost 10
Jerry In Maine

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someone who had the forsight to set themselves up with a good career so they could retire.
Yep..back in '87 a strong, handsome and capable brown-eyed young man stood tall and bravely raised his right hand to take the oath...

...and I standing was right behind him with my hand up thinking to myself "what the hell am I doing??"

Glad I stuck with it. Just wish I had joined the service earlier. I enlisted at 26. If I had joined right out of high school I could have retired at ~38!

Still though - not bad to be retired at 49. And glad I chose the CG. It's a small service and most units have less than 20 people. Never went anywhere that I didn't know at least a couple people. Besides, the only people likely to shoot at you are jealous husbands.

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10-30-2009 01:02 PM  8 years agoPost 11
DougsRC

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You can do it Jerry !!
Yep..back in '87 a strong, handsome and capable brown-eyed young man stood tall and bravely raised his right hand to take the oath...

...and I standing was right behind him with my hand up thinking to myself "what the hell am I doing??"

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