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04-08-2011 12:35 PM  6 years agoPost 21
The Old Guy

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UK Surrey

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Self taught (mechanical gyro to)

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04-08-2011 12:43 PM  6 years agoPost 22
heli-cuzz

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Pittston, Pa. USA

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100% self taught here. Wish I had somebody to buddy cord me when I was a newb.

Fury 55 NIB Furion6 CGY750 fbl helicopter-Frenzy CGY750 fbl nitro-Frenzy fbl NOBAR90

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04-08-2011 12:48 PM  6 years agoPost 23
gmcullan

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Southbridge, MA

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100% self taught, with the bucket of broken blades and other parts to prove it. Now I do flight demos for my local hobby shop as well as help new fliers set up their machines and get them started. Although, I must give many thanks over the past years to all the RR members that have shared their knowledge. I know I've been helped by the tremendous data base of experience that resides here on RR

Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450

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04-08-2011 12:50 PM  6 years agoPost 24
sestcourt

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Berkshire, UK

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100% Self taught - killed my parents lawn hopping a Hirobo Shuttle about the back garden until I found a suitable field! That was some 12 years back.... A decent sim wasn't availible at the time, wish it was as it would have saved me a bucket load of cash ;o)

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04-08-2011 12:53 PM  6 years agoPost 25
rushpilot

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Brewer, Maine

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I checked my flight time log on the sim and it's less than 3 hours. Looking back on it now, if I was to do it all over again...I would have put the money spent on the sim towards parts and tools.

“The helicopter is evidence of how man's imagination can be given physical form.”

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04-08-2011 12:56 PM  6 years agoPost 26
rushpilot

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Brewer, Maine

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[quote]Although, I must give many thanks over the past years to all the RR members that have shared their knowledge
I second that!!

“The helicopter is evidence of how man's imagination can be given physical form.”

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04-08-2011 12:56 PM  6 years agoPost 27
shawmcky

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Isle of Wight,United Kingdom

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HMMM"What does this switch do?",i wonder what "idle up" means?

Team- unbiased opinion.K.I.S.S principle upheld here

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04-08-2011 01:02 PM  6 years agoPost 28
SPLCHEVETE

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Pennsylvania

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100% Taught myself, alot of help from here though. thanks

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04-08-2011 01:23 PM  6 years agoPost 29
JOLT

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Baltimore, MD

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Self taught and no sim here. Lot's of crashes so I don't consider myself lucky or smart, just a$$ broke at times.

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04-08-2011 01:40 PM  6 years agoPost 30
tj1

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ireland

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whats a sim!!

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04-08-2011 01:47 PM  6 years agoPost 31
nitroburnerrrApprentice - pikeville ky. us - My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

100% self taught started with a Nexus 30 back in the day, didn't have a sim for years. I was reading alot on the forums that was a big help. Made alot of mistakes that cost me $$ learned the hard way you mite say but it paid off in the long run. Iv'e been useing the sim lately as a way for me to get in some flying when there not much time to get out to the field.

OMG how much did i spend................

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04-08-2011 01:50 PM  6 years agoPost 32
Thatlumox

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NY

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Yep, that's me back in 2002 with a Nexus 30 combo deal i bought for $700 and no clue what I was doing.
Hey, just like me, except I got mine in 2001 from Tower Hobbies.

I could barley afford the heli, let alone a computer and a sim.

"I'm a dirt torpedo!"

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04-08-2011 02:08 PM  6 years agoPost 33
nofear

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Chicago - NW Suburbs, IL

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+1 on self taught.

My Dad got me a book "Learning to fly RC helicopters" by Dave Day
back in 1994.

Purchased a used Hirobo Shuttle Z from a friend, had him set it up for me and off I went.
Scooted around on the ground for a while with a big ol' hula-hoop attached to the landing gear but eventually got it in the air.

The only crash I ever had was a boom strike when landing.

Specs for the heli were
S148 Futaba servos all round. (No such thing as a dedicated heli or tail servo back then)
Zeal mechanical gyro
Futaba FF 7 radio
Magnum .28 motor

Oh and back then we had to balance, weight and cover our own blades.

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Rave ENV Electric FBL

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04-08-2011 03:36 PM  6 years agoPost 34
Rogman88

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West Monroe, LA

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No buddy box here. Self taught and learned new moves by watching vids here on RR. Started hovering before I bought this piece of cr@p sim called pre-flight. The physics were horrible for helis, but did help with stick corrections on orientations. Did that for a year and learned FFF and some backwards stuff. Got Real flight a year later and learning curve has gone up 4 fold.

High Voltage just works better

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04-08-2011 04:27 PM  6 years agoPost 35
Heli 770

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USA.

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I Did it.

But, don't advise it! It was Costly!!!

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04-08-2011 05:12 PM  6 years agoPost 36
Glenn Goodlett

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California

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Self here, finally got a sim but still never use it.
E flight coax
Blade CP
Trex 450
Trex 700

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04-08-2011 05:44 PM  6 years agoPost 37
Heli 770

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USA.

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Just noticing that most of the self taught guys don't use or like Sims. I also have a Real Flight G3 that I don't like using.
Mellisa, I said guys because I know you use a Sim to your advantage.

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04-08-2011 05:51 PM  6 years agoPost 38
rushpilot

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Brewer, Maine

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There is definately more "self taught" pilots responding to this than I anticipated. It would be kinda cool if we all lived fairly close to one another and could get together to share stories over a frosty cold beer, or whatever you like to drink!

“The helicopter is evidence of how man's imagination can be given physical form.”

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04-08-2011 05:55 PM  6 years agoPost 39
Rogman88

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West Monroe, LA

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I am a student of the game so to speak. I see a cool move and like to break it down into individual components. What orientations does it require, how much collective needed or rudder required, then go to the sim and practice. Once I've got it on the sim without thinking, then translate to real helis. This is how I learn by myself.

High Voltage just works better

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04-08-2011 06:09 PM  6 years agoPost 40
HeliKopter Ken

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Gray, LA

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I used a sim, but all setting up heli's and flying is all me and raptor techniques. No outside help in my area at the time. So I made it work.

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Aurora, Raptor 90 FBL, Logo 600SX

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