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01-15-2011 01:26 AM  7 years agoPost 1
LivingDead

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Mobile, AL USA

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I see some very good deals on 2nd hand airframes. Seems like even with the typically expensive crash costs, the used airframes are going for as low as $350 so that makes it easier to deal with.

Are these worth getting? I want something that not only flys well, but has top notch quality and holds up well.

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01-15-2011 01:38 AM  7 years agoPost 2
Callum

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Blaby, Leicester, England

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You Won't go wrong with a Stratus,

Quality Parts- They're helicopters that are build to last!

and they fly pretty awesome too

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01-15-2011 07:04 AM  7 years agoPost 3
TomC

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Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

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LD,

I've been buying up used MA Ion-x (and recently an Ion-x2) airframes/parts for the last few years to help keep my 2x Ion-x's flying for a reasonable cost. I've found it a lot cheaper (at least ~50%) than buying fairly expensive new MA parts (although I still do have to buy a few of these, like crown gears).

Lots of guys just dump/give-away these airframes because they want the latest/greatest heli. Their mistake imho.

For the most part, all these airframes have come in very good condition. The quality of MA parts are second to none so they last a very long time, so used (but not abused) is fine imho.

Although your local MA dealer may not be too happy with you following this strategy, at least you will be!

Cheers,
TomC

Nqx,Mcpx-BL,300x,450x,500x,550x
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01-16-2011 01:33 PM  7 years agoPost 4
alfred

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Australia, New South Wales, Mid North Coast

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The MA helies are still one of the best helies you can get.
Most just wanted the latest and not necessary the best.

How many do you see coming here and in other forums with questions about problems they are having with them?...not many.
Which is also why they don't seem to be in the foreground, when they clearly should be.

Get a Fury Extreme or a Stratus and you can't go wrong.
These helies are now completely undervalued.

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01-16-2011 01:51 PM  7 years agoPost 5
Flying Brian

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Lots of guys just dump/give-away these airframes because they want the latest/greatest heli. Their mistake imho
I have been doing the same thing here, buying used at half off. I really don't like the whole new heli design that ALL the companys are going with. They all look like Align chemistry(IMHO)

I love the look of the older MA helis, as they have there own look and design that is not copied like all the rest.

I have no interest at this time in buying the new MA helis. Still stuck in 2006'.

"I just don't Listen" "

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01-16-2011 02:26 PM  7 years agoPost 6
kcordell

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"2006, older MA helis"? Okay, maybe the Stratus and Fury 60/80 are 'older'. I thought you meant 'Custom, XL-Pro' from back in the '90's as older. Even those are great flying models. I still regularly fly my XCell Fury 80 Extreme that I build in 1999. Great flying model. Why not a '90? Because when these came out there weren't any 90 engines yet, only the fuel hog YS80 (I actually have a NIB YS80 in case I ever need it).

Team Futaba, Team Synergy/Rail, Team Scorpion, Team Castle Creations, YS Engines, VelTye

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01-16-2011 11:35 PM  7 years agoPost 7
Flying Brian

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Hmm, I had the impression that all the die hard MA fans was considering the 2003', 2005', 2006 helis were "Older"...

I love them myself, and can't really stand the look of all the latests models out. I like lots of mechanics on a heli.

"I just don't Listen" "

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01-16-2011 11:40 PM  7 years agoPost 8
kcordell

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Not really, I get a kick out the guys who say they are 'old' heli pilots, just started in helis back in 2000. I, and many others here, have been flying MA since 1989. First MA model was a bent frame X-Cell 60, with a WOODEN servo tray. Curtis won a world championship, FAI F3C, with one of those. You should have seen him do demos back then, backwards inverted with MECHANICAL gyros.

Team Futaba, Team Synergy/Rail, Team Scorpion, Team Castle Creations, YS Engines, VelTye

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01-17-2011 01:16 AM  7 years agoPost 9
alfred

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Australia, New South Wales, Mid North Coast

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Still have mine.
X-Cell60 with bent metal frames and one of the first plastic trays to come into the country.
Still flying it, now runs a OS70.
20+ years and counting.

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01-18-2011 04:37 AM  7 years agoPost 10
LivingDead

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Mobile, AL USA

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Well, looking to make a deal on a BW Stratus. Awesome looking machine. I'll let you guys know if I get it and take some pics.

If it works out, gotta work on getting the engine, pipe and cyclic servos.

Already have a DS8900G w/ Spartan DS760 gyro and multigov pro.

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01-19-2011 08:57 AM  6 years agoPost 11
slickporsche

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American/Philippines

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Another MA flyer

I too am guilty of flying the best.I also own the other brands but really do like my X-cells better. I have a 30 size also but it is kind of a dog with a OS 32. I fly a original bent frame X-cell from the first that came out, with several MA upgrades. It flys great on a SX 61 and is not a fuel hog.I also have a like new Pro IIk, that flies impeccably. If you bid on any X-cells I may be bidding against you, as I am looking to buy more. Stratus would be nice as well as a Fury.

Anyone know what happened to Ted and Tim Schoonard?

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01-19-2011 11:20 AM  6 years agoPost 12
Knud Pedersen

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Denmark - Europe

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I have two Stratus High Ratio (BW)
One of them is converted from a Fury Extreme, with over 1500 flight

Any questions, just let us know, and we'll help you.
Anyone know what happened to Ted and Tim Schoonard?
Here is a interview with Brian James og MA
https://rc.runryder.com/helicopter/t622622p1/

ChopperKnud
Team Miniature Aircraft
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01-31-2011 08:20 PM  6 years agoPost 13
LivingDead

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Mobile, AL USA

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Just got a Fury Extreme. After awhile, I may convert to a Stratus. Is that too involved; or would it be better to get a Status airframe?

Its amazing; Stratus airframes going used (but may are like new) for $300 - $350.

Maybe you'd better lie down, eh? Why don't you just lie down until rigor mortis sets in?

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01-31-2011 09:27 PM  6 years agoPost 14
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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Plano, Texas

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That was a nice link to the Brian James interview.

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