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HelicopterAerobatic FAI F3C F3N Contest › Which airframe to fly?
01-03-2010 06:34 PM  7 years agoPost 1
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I have a Vigor and I am looking to get into FAI. I want to put whatever I fly into a fuselage just because I like the look, so what are my choices for fuse and airframe. I have only used JR stuff, but I am open to new experiences.

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01-03-2010 06:44 PM  7 years agoPost 2
rocket_33

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You might want to just start out with pod and boom and dial your Vigor in. Practice, practice, and more practice are the keys.

The Vigor can give you a good foundation to start from and with a little tuning it flies quite well.

What is the setup you have now on it?

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01-03-2010 08:11 PM  7 years agoPost 3
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Fuse

I am unaware of any fuselage that will fit the Vigor. The front mounted fuel tank interferes with the common fuselages like the Staysee, The Blackshark, or Gracy.
Gordie

On a dog sled team, if you're not the lead dog, the view never changes.

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01-03-2010 08:22 PM  7 years agoPost 4
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Gordie, I know that there isn't a fuse to fit the Vigor. What I am looking for is what is a good airframe to choose and then what fuse's are available.

Rocket, I hear what you are saying as well. I am flying it stock, and I don't know where to begin as far as setting it up for FAI.

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01-03-2010 08:58 PM  7 years agoPost 5
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Prob the most versatile choice for someone starting out is the Hirobo Evo. Sub in the 4 or 5 head, good blades and paddles and you have a very competitive machine. Well supported. Lots of guys are familiar with it. Fits several fuselages.

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01-03-2010 09:01 PM  7 years agoPost 6
rocket_33

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Well one of the hottest ships out there is the new Vibe SG and then you could put a Super Gracy fuse on it. The SG is very flexible as far as setup goes. Hirobo also has some good machines although I am not as familar with them.

Of course I don't know what your budget is, but hat is alot of fuel you could be using to practice with the machine that you have. Also with practice, you will know more things that you want your machine to do and maybe the things you are looking for. I can tell you first hand, just because you have the best machine doesn't mean you don't have to practice.

There have been alot of threads about tuning adjustments on the Vigor and the Vibe 90 that you could review for suggestions and directions. I am flying a Vigor CS that I have adjusted for my tastes and learned alot about last season. I am planning on lots of practice once the weather warms up. There are some things I learned about it this past season through burning fuel that I am going to incorporate just like you will find flying whatever heli you end up with.

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01-03-2010 10:52 PM  7 years agoPost 7
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Airframes

For contest there are a number of pretty off the shelf models at moderate price.
I am flying the Hirobo Evo 90 which accepts a lot of gear rations flybar rations and is pretty inexpensive. It also has multiple heads avaiable and will fit into any of the normal fuselages. To step up, Hirobo has the EX and Eagle 3 models which are just awesome but not cheap.
The Vibe SG I think will fit into the Gracy fuse. Scotty was flying Sylphides in his so I am not totally sure.
The Kyosho Caliber 90 will also fit into the standard fuses but is a little more money.
The Raptor 90 will fly FAI style pretty nicely and has a pretty adjustable head on it. It's a fuzz heavy but will certainly work if tuned correctly.
Several guys are working on T-Rex 700s which seem to work OK but require some modification to get a high enough flybar ratio. Stock is pretty low but it is do-able.
Heck, almost any model can be made to fly FAI with enough work and tuning. Pick what you like that fits your budget and begin. Once you get some experience, you will have a lot better understanding of what you want. For some light reading about set up:
https://rc.runryder.com/helicopter/t178147p1/

Gordie

On a dog sled team, if you're not the lead dog, the view never changes.

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01-04-2010 04:32 AM  7 years agoPost 8
Salesmanheliboy

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Nashville, TN

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Compete.

One thing I would really recommend is to get to as many of the events as you can that are competitions oriented - AND fly in the event!

If your model is reasonably flyable, you will be able to get a great deal of help at most any of the regional US events this year. Plan on getting there earlier on Friday (we all do) and just ask.

The knowledge pool at these events is extraordinary and everyone is willing to help.

Tim DiPeri

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01-04-2010 12:06 PM  7 years agoPost 9
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This is what I love about RR, a fountain of information and friendly people that are willing to share their knowledge. Please keep it coming guys!

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01-05-2010 02:48 AM  7 years agoPost 10
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Where does one find the Sylphide and Super Gracy or a Caliber 90, new or used?

Without going to Cyberheli.....

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01-05-2010 03:02 AM  7 years agoPost 11
rocket_33

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I believe the Super Gracy you have to order from a Hobby Shop in Japan. There was talk of a vendor here in the US bringing them in but I have not heard any more about it

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