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01-02-2010 11:22 AM  7 years agoPost 1
ch-47c

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I have 2 nephews that are twins at 9 yrs old. They seem to like my helis, so I gave them each an E-Flite mcx S300 RTF for their own this Christmas. They really like flying them, but will soon get bored. For you guys that have kids that learned to fly helis or kids that lost interest and why, what was the progression in models ie...size, electric or nitro, larger coaxial or single rotor. I have a simulator they can have RF 4.0, but they don't care to sim but love PS3/DS.

Does going to FunFlys help stimulate the interest?

Trying to maintain the favorite uncle status. Thanks.

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01-02-2010 12:31 PM  7 years agoPost 2
rxwarrior

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Young fliers

Buy them an MSR witch is a lot faster and more monuverable and closer to a full size helicopter. From there my son went to a Bergen intepid, he now flies a 600 t-rex nitro. Also take them to fun flies where the can realy see what can be done.

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01-02-2010 09:35 PM  7 years agoPost 3
helidevil

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^^^

yea, bring them to a funfly somewhere. maybe hook them up with a buddy box!

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01-02-2010 11:53 PM  7 years agoPost 4
ch-47c

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MSR was what I was thinking as well for number 2 model. The Trex 600 nitro, did your son like monkeying with nitro or are you doing the work? Did he build it with a interest on his own or did you do it for him?

FunFlys we'll do.

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01-02-2010 11:59 PM  7 years agoPost 5
bhoff

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ya a funfly would be way cool for them...i would def. say the MSR is a good choice, i own one and still fly it all the time. once they get good with the MSR i would say jump to a CP, but a bigger one like align 450 or blade 400 RTF...

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01-04-2010 04:27 AM  7 years agoPost 6
ch-47c

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Good ideas. I think I'll do the MSR next and if they like it, a Trex450.

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01-04-2010 04:43 AM  7 years agoPost 7
Santiago P

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When they "seem" ready to fly the bigger nitro helis, they will need supervision.
By all means teach them how to fuel them, start them and slowly, about the mechanics and radio programing.

IF they are having fun while learning the details, keep teaching them. If they are only intested in flying, do the wrenching for them as long as YOU and the kids are HAVING FUN. As the kids progress they should naturally get into the mechanics. That can take some time and is diferent for all. If they eventually don't, maybe is not for them.

All father-sons that I have meet in the hobby and stayed in it shared one common detail: it was always fun, and never a burdem for the young ones.

Santiago

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01-04-2010 06:26 AM  7 years agoPost 8
RcNutTz

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My 11y/o (Vinny) gets board watching me (no 3d yet!) but I took him with me to a few funflys and loved it! he's bin messing with the sims ever since I just got him a 450 (scared he'll be out fly'n me soon )

I plan on letting him do the repairs while I coach him, I've laid down some law too he cant fly it or even tinker with it unless I supervisors he was on runryder one day and seen the pics from all the mishaps posted he totally understands and agreed to it

its a great way to leave the women and girls behind and enjoy some toys

yes dear the hobby shop again

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01-04-2010 06:52 AM  7 years agoPost 9
JetFire

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For you guys that have kids that learned to fly helis or kids that lost interest and why
I have an older son who had no interest at first but the more he is exposed to the hobby the more that begins to change. I for one, agree with the FunFly idea for this simple reason. Also, I've observed that the SIM is only appealing to some kids.. depending on the age bracket etc. They relate to it as some kind of video game so they just naturally accept it unless they don't enjoy video games at all. I've noticed my kid started to loose a little bit of interest when it gets too hard. Which is understandable. Some tricks is to make it more enjoyable by selecting various courses like going through rings and obstacles etc. Worked for me. Also, kids love challenges. Provide them with some sort of competition on the SIM with you and they will more and likely take you on. This interaction will develop interest in the SIM and the hobby in general. Other than that, I can't really comment as for the type of heli I would recommend because I haven't got that far yet myself with my son but I'm thinking more in the lines of the 450 idea or equivalent that he can grow with.

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01-04-2010 07:13 AM  7 years agoPost 10
bhoff

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450 is an awesome choice..when i wzs a kid i loved building things and i would build rc cars until i found out about helis...so if he likes building get an align sport super combo kit..SO EASY to build i was done in like 3 or 4 hours..but im also 21 now but it was my first build.

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01-07-2010 08:59 PM  7 years agoPost 11
kydreamsllc

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Msr then Trex 450

Coming out of heli retirement...

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01-08-2010 04:15 AM  7 years agoPost 12
ch-47c

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They already lost interest. They only fly if I bring mine and coax them. "What a revolting situation this has become!"

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