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HelicopterCentury Radikal G20-30 N640 Hawk Predator › How do you like your century heli's
12-17-2011 05:47 PM  5 years agoPost 21
Foz

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My Century experience was negative. I bought a Swift NX and it had a crooked elevator A arm. I called them and they sent another one. So far so good. However this one was also bent. The problem is that the bent A arm puts pressure on the bearings causing them to be extremely crunchy. I sent an email and their response was "Aren't your servos strong enough to power through the crunchy bearings"? What? Really? I even offered to buy an new one; I said just find me a straight one. They essentially called me a liar stating that they never heard of this problem. Long story short, I bought a MA Furion Six and never looked back. Century's are cheap, but you get what you pay for. I won't take a chance with them again.

Foz

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12-18-2011 04:06 AM  5 years agoPost 22
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Foz,, funny you would bring up MA, I think we all can complain about one brand or another,, the 2nd heli I ever owned was a MA xCell 30, it's clutch blew-up on it's 2 tank of fuel, MA refused to replace the Clutch because it was (get this) a discontinued Clutch they were having problems with, to me that is the very best reason to replace it, yet in 10 years of flying Century I have never had a clutch problem,,

to add, the guy that was flying my xCell 30 at the time it's Clutch blew-up was the guy that MA recommenced to me to seek out and ask for help, at that time he had been flying RC Helis some 15 years, and he owned a RC Hobby Shop, and he was the one that called MA and asked them to replace the Clutch, even he was surprised that MA would not replace the Clutch..

BTW, my first Heli was a Cricket, before i bought it I called GMP and talked to Mr, GMP himself, he told me the Cricket was a great first Heli,,,,,,, NOT

Jim
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12-19-2011 04:29 PM  5 years agoPost 23
Pistol Pete

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they never heard of this problem.
As much idle time I kill in here, neither have I...in this forum.

So you must be lying.

Just kidding...sometimes we just read too much into an answer.

We are talking about the plastic one correct? Just the A arm or the lower part that goes into bearings?

~~Enjoying the hobby one flight at a time~~

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12-19-2011 06:28 PM  5 years agoPost 24
Foz

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Yes, the part that goes into the bearing. I modified it by cutting off the ends, drlling it out and epoxying an aluminum rod downd the center which fits into the bearings. It's smooth as butta now. The problem is that I kind of want to try a Radikal but don't feel comfotable with a company that advises just powering through crunchy bearings.

Foz

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12-20-2011 04:54 AM  5 years agoPost 25
CX1

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The problem is that I kind of want to try a Radikal but don't feel comfotable with a company that advises just powering through crunchy bearings.
you probably got the company dufus that day or something
glad you didn't fall for it

I know for a fact that Century will make right on any kit you buy,
well at least they did in the past for me.

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12-20-2011 12:50 PM  5 years agoPost 26
taxus812

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It's kinda funny you mention that. The reason I was posting was.... what started me in helicopters was my father gave me a hawk III kit just before he died in July. I wrote to the company to see about parts to get it flying. They were very extreemly helpfull and recommended a few upgrades. I got it setup and even flew it for 12 bouncy hovers.

I ultimately shelved the Hawk due to sentimental reasons and the lack of local experience with century (critical as a noob).

I am more self supporting now and was thinking of another century heli because of the support I got with a noob and a 11 year old bird.

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12-20-2011 01:55 PM  5 years agoPost 27
CX1

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you will always find forum support for these birds.

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12-20-2011 04:05 PM  5 years agoPost 28
abwomack

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good quality helis

They are not the lightest but built to last

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12-20-2011 08:24 PM  5 years agoPost 29
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taxus812,, I see you have a Raptor in your Gallery, are you in Forward Flight now ??

if you are not in Forward Flight, and if I was you, I would put that Hawk 3 on the shelf and buy a Hawk Pro and fly the Pro, then if you crash you can use the parts off the Hawk 3 to rebuild the Pro,,

but if you are in Forward Flight then I say buy the 50NX

""They are not the lightest""

(30/50) not lighter than some of the newer helis like the Compass, but their weight is lighter than some of the other Plastic Helies

Jim
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12-20-2011 09:18 PM  5 years agoPost 30
Triggr Happy

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They may not be the lightest, but they are more durable. Some heli's are so flimsy the gear mesh goes out in full power. So compared to a flimsy cheap heli like a Trex600, an NX50 is just a little heavier and built like a tank. This how ever does not mean it is slow my any means, it just means you need a little more power/collective management. Cyclic rates on the NX50 with the yellow 3D paddles is just insane.

And it does depend what model you are refering to as well.

my Predator 90 comes in the same weight as a Trex700, and the Hawk Pro is one of the lightest 30/40 size heli's out there.

NX50 has some extra beef on it. In my opinion, based on my own experience, if you get an NX50, then I recommend an OS55 or YS56, the 50 engines just dont have the pep behind them.

Or, wait till next season and get the latest 50 size nitro the new model may have been put on a diet.

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12-21-2011 12:30 AM  5 years agoPost 31
taxus812

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I have time and I can wait for a new heli.

The Hawk III has been shelved (for now). It was my fathers and he never flew it. He gave it to me JUST before he died. He wanted me to fly it with my kids. (I must have asked him to fly it once a month for or 10 years prior .)

I had my first 12 flights on it until the tail rotor Jammed and I had a crash. No one at the field had experiance with century so they couldnt really help with fine tuning the setup. I found a NIB Raptor 30 V2 for $100 and decided it was easier to get parts localy. Lots of experiance and acceptance at the club as well. I'm not unhappy with the decision.

I am in basic forward flight and doing slow box patterns. I want to run the snot out of this raptor but long term I want to go to
something else. I figured I would set my own directon instead of following the pack. I liked century's customer service and the hawk found me so... I was thinking of running with that line. One downside of not having folks local is not seeing how the line performs, what is a good tweak, what to avoid etc. Hence the basic reason for this post. (I think there was a post that touched on that subject with pros flying x line)

As for the Hawk III, I will fly it again, because that is what my Dad wanted me to do with it (and quite frankly I like it ). I have to get a .30 engine,muffler, servos, gyro (possibly a gov). Parts are hard to find (8mm main shaft) so sport flying is all I plan to do.

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12-21-2011 02:02 AM  5 years agoPost 32
Ray Fernandez

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taxus812,

You can get upgraded parts for the Hawk III (ie. change out the main shaft to 10mm) and make it into a Hawk PRO. Many of the parts are actually still out there. You need only look and inquire.

Most of the Century flyers on this forum may have extra parts they've been hoarding and I would venture to say, would provide you with the necessary parts you will need to get your Hawk III going.

Ray Fernandez - GUAM

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12-21-2011 05:05 AM  5 years agoPost 33
Zaneman007

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Negative experience here

You are correct Century does have a niche.

It's called entry level. In this hobby, you get what you pay for. I watched Century Radical blow up while still in the air just last month. That brought back some old memories.

I have a friend who "use to be" a century rep. The experience was negative for him also. We still laugh about it today.

On the other hand, if you trying to get into this hobby on a budget, you have found your brand.

For all you Century guys, just my opinion.

PLease don't shoot the messenger.

Old Guys Rule!

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12-21-2011 07:10 AM  5 years agoPost 34
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arrg, another> my friend told me he didn't like them reply (was that friend Raja)

Zane, I promos not to shoot you, but I may be as arrogant as you,, if you really knew anything at all about Century you never would have posted that reply,, fact is (and I am laughing now) you should thank Century for forcing the other brands (like the brand in your gallery) to upgrade their kits with the following idem's, keep in mind Century's 30/50 SE models came stock in 2001 with the following list (and even today some brands still don't match this list),

1) Metal/Plastic Rotor Block

2) Bushing Washout Block

3) Caged Flybar Control Arm

4) 4mm Flybar

5) all Metal Swash

6) complete Bearing kit

7) Slipper Auto Clutch

8) 6 Bearing Tail Grips

9) T-Tube Tail Drive

10) $90 Carbon Main Blades

""I watched Century Radical blow up""

we all know it happens to all brands at times so why bring it up, anything can go wrong on any brand, like when my friend's JR Vibe threw it's Tail Hub (twice), and so were the famous MAs throwing Tail Hubs back a few years,

""entry level"",, funny Zane> I see you have plastic Raptors in your gallery

keep in mind I'm NOT saying Century is better than any other brand, I'm just informing you on facts here !!

Jim
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12-21-2011 09:12 AM  5 years agoPost 35
strat1960s

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The first post on this thread was asking for peoples opinions of Century Helicopters.
I can't fault people for having an opinion even if it is not their own opinion (I heard from a friend who had a friend who had a goat once.......)
I've owned 4 brands of RC Helicopters:
Helimax
RC Tek
Align
Century

"IN MY OPINION" Century has the best customer service. It takes them a little longer to respond to emails/phone calls than I would like, but in every case that I have had a problem with a questionable part they have sent out a replacement part.

I have read about people having problems with Century. However the trend I have seen has been that the owner is not giving Century a chance to react before they say "Century Sucks!". If you call/email Century with a problem you have to give them more than 5 minutes to respond before bashing them on all the forums. If it's been more than a 2 days, follow up with another email or phone call. Everyone seems to like Paul at Century's Customer Service. I suggest that they have Paul train the other customer service reps. (Sorry Paul, didn't mean to give you extra work) Paul is just one guy, but he seems to know the product and how to work with the customers.
Sorry about the "Rant"
I'll get off my soap box ............. for now.

Merry Christmas

Ted

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12-21-2011 12:02 PM  5 years agoPost 36
taxus812

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Negatives are Welcome as well ad positives

I want to get a full picture of the line. I do welcome negative opinions. I don't have the advantage of people flying century at my club (there are only 8 of us). I am pretty clear customer service is overall good. Cost to maintain seems to be good as well. Flight charistics are unclear. rides the rail and heavy are some of the descriptions used. do people fly 3d or old fart (I mean sport) flying (I'm an old fart). Failure trends has not been mentioned.

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12-21-2011 12:19 PM  5 years agoPost 37
abwomack

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I have a p 90 converted o elec 12s swinging​810's

I have been flying this Heli for ap use for several years with over 500 flights and it shows no wear. Very dependable Heli.

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12-21-2011 02:00 PM  5 years agoPost 38
reddragon

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Century helicopters are beautiful in their simplicity which is why I like them. I do agree that they try to do their best with customer service and at times they go above and beyond the call of duty. Then things get busy for them and they drop the ball on occasion, that is the business though and many companies suffer from that. I agree with this statement from Ray that made me laugh but it is quite true:
Most of the Century flyers on this forum may have extra parts they've been hoarding . . .
If you can't get the parts from Century you can get the parts here.

Wayne - Fly it like you stole it! You're in good hands with Runryder!

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12-21-2011 02:01 PM  5 years agoPost 39
CX1

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I believe any brand can have it's flaws and good points.
as for flight, the lower cg of these models help with sport flying.
you can set them up for easy flying or 3d

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12-21-2011 02:09 PM  5 years agoPost 40
Frank Bostwick

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I call myself fairly well versed in the 30 to 50 Nitro line up. Pretty much owned and flew them all since a Hawk Sport. Ive moved on to other pastures for my everyday flying this last year and thru 2012. I still have an extensive parts inventory and generally like the line for many of the reasons given. Ill go back when I really have time for scale work. If you are going to be happy with aggressive Sport flying and well managed 3d, over all Id say the 30-50 Nitros are very good helis. For scale there may not be a better Heli line up. If you want to do smack down 3d and push a 50 to its true limit (IMO) other 50s are better suited. The Swift electric line up is a great value, Best up to 600 class value I think is out there. Once again, its a great line up for its target market but not a contender for Smackest of smack 3d. Which IMO, is fine not all of us are interested in the most aggrssive 3d possible.

If you want a excellent value, customer service, long lasting, very flexible, great flying, well designed heli, Century is a good choice.
If you are going to call HW, ask for Paul right off the bat. He is the best. I just wish he could teach his co workers how its done.

RIP ROMAN

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