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12-17-2011 04:41 PM  5 years agoPost 1
Sukhoikid

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So I have flown airplanes for about 15 years now. I might be getting a trex 700e soon. A friend of mine has one and loves his. I already have two sets of batteries for the heli considering I have a 71" electric aerobatic plane that runs on 6 cell lipos. I have 4 of those at 5000mah. This should def be a fun experience. I have flown helis before, so this is not my first heli. I use to fly a Concept 32vr a long time ago about 10 years ago and later on got a Blade to fly around. Considering I have the batteries for this beast I thought it would be a perfect match.

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12-18-2011 01:39 AM  5 years agoPost 2
TheWoodCrafter

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Man you better have deep pockets.

That 700 is a little expensive on crash parts.

You will crash, plan on it.

And started out after 10 years with a 700 will be expensive.

You may want to consider selling it and getting like a 500 and a SIM.

And practice, practice and practice.

But good luck anyway.

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12-18-2011 02:47 AM  5 years agoPost 3
Santiago P

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You'll be fine with the 700. Use your friends help as much as you can specially for setup.

Concept 32! that brings back memories! Helis are way more fun and easier to fly now.
Just keep in mind that a 4000watt motor is no OS 32.

I pm you some pointers.

S

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12-18-2011 04:06 AM  5 years agoPost 4
Sukhoikid

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Being a aerobatic fix wing pilot for so many years and competing in IMAC competitions along with freestyle competitions I should pick this stuff up hopefully!. It won't be easy I know, but I am not too worried about getting the 3d moves down in a hurry. Trust me I will hover this heli and just fly circles for a LONG time before I tempt anything.

One of my friends owns 700e and a 700 glow heli along with many other helis. I know he will help me a lot with the 3d moves since he flies them very well! Lets put it this way...he flies mode 1 for airplanes and the standard mode for helis!

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12-18-2011 04:26 AM  5 years agoPost 5
Sukhoikid

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Money,
Thanks for the pointers! Will def try all of that out!

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12-18-2011 02:50 PM  5 years agoPost 6
JOLT

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Also consider a Trex 550. It's a little cheaper in a crash and instead of 2 flights, you can get 4 (Takes 1 6S 5000mah). They are very stable and just as much fun= fly big and powerful.

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12-18-2011 03:59 PM  5 years agoPost 7
rcflyerheli

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I think your 700 will be just fine. Flying planks you are no doubt aware of the size factor when models are in flight. Same with helis. Your 700 will be larger and more visible. Also, it won't be nearly as twitchy as a smaller 500 or 450 sized.

The reply regarding crash cost is a factor, but I just witnessed as bad a crash yesterday as I have seen, and the only things that had to be replaced were landing gear skids, boom/torque tube and blade. Blade cost is the highest of the parts.

Get a good sim (Phoenix has a 700 3G model that flies realistically) and practice on it.

Good luck and great flying.

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12-18-2011 06:25 PM  5 years agoPost 8
koppter

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kevin, you will find the same thing that a bunch of us ex-imac turned heli pilots found out - the skill set is very different and very little of it translates. airplane experience is at times a liability when learning to fly helis. we are used to a flying aircraft that are inherently stable and that when in trouble, will straighten itself out by letting go of the sticks and reducing power. it will alway recover nose down and can be flown out of trouble. not so much with a heli which has no inherent stability, nor a natural direction of flight, and to which "dead stick" has a whole new meaning.

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12-18-2011 07:39 PM  5 years agoPost 9
TheWoodCrafter

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kevin, you will find the same thing that a bunch of us ex-imac turned heli pilots found out - the skill set is very different and very little of it translates. airplane experience is at times a liability when learning to fly helis. we are used to a flying aircraft that are inherently stable and that when in trouble, will straighten itself out by letting go of the sticks and reducing power. it will alway recover nose down and can be flown out of trouble. not so much with a heli which has no inherent stability, nor a natural direction of flight, and to which "dead stick" has a whole new meaning.
How true.

The only thing I remember that airplanes helped with was left and right with the helicopter coming at me.

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12-18-2011 11:27 PM  5 years agoPost 10
Sukhoikid

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The basics of flying a helicopter is actually fairly easy to me. It will be the maneuvers that I am more worried about. But flying them in circles and hovering has been fairly easy. I flew a friends heli a few weeks ago and did fairly well with it. I know I will not pick up the maneuvers fast, that will just take time and a lot of sim hours! I have G5.5 now and got G6 on order.

But your right at least airplanes you can let go of the sticks and it will somewhat gain back control!

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12-19-2011 03:26 AM  5 years agoPost 11
rcflyerheli

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But----It's the orientation that will get you. With an aircraft, whatever direction it's headed is where the nose is pointed. With a heli, you absolutely cannot count on that to be true. I have learned that the hard way. Another aircraft related thing that has (and is still) giving me grief is that you don't flare a heli like you do a plank when you land. That will get the tail blades and TT gears nearly every time.

It's still great, no matter what.

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12-19-2011 02:22 PM  5 years agoPost 12
BarracudaHockey

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I've known him for a while, he will have no problem with a 700 and if he practices, will be flying circles around most of us in no time, he's a GREAT plank pilot.

Welcome to the dark side Kevin!

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12-19-2011 03:12 PM  5 years agoPost 13
Sukhoikid

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ha ha dark side! I have always enjoyed watching helis fly. I just can't understand how the top heli pilots can do what they do! lol

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12-21-2011 06:07 PM  5 years agoPost 14
Bob Wales (passed)

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Suikoikid
I have always enjoyed watching helis fly. I just can't understand how the top heli pilots can do what they do
That's alright Kevin we don't understand all of the moves either that's what makes it so much fun.

Speaking of IMAC I have been trying to get Johnny Banks to come to the dark side as well he has flown them in the past just trying to get him back into it.

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12-21-2011 06:16 PM  5 years agoPost 15
MikeyD_From_Indy

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I have a 700e, like you flew fixed wing for many years. Starting big is better IMHO. Your going to love it !

Be prepared to invest in many batteries, or at least a 1000w charger and 24volt power supply or you will be waiting forever at the field to get your packs charged.

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12-23-2011 03:52 AM  5 years agoPost 16
Individual1

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Simulator

Simulator can cut your beard!

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12-23-2011 05:38 AM  5 years agoPost 17
Phaedrus

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Run! save yourself while there is still time!
it is too late for us, but you can still save yourself from this sickness!!

OTOH that nice new 18MZ would fly a heli very nicely!

Bill in SOCAL

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12-23-2011 12:40 PM  5 years agoPost 18
BarracudaHockey

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for its price it ought to mow the lawn and do the dishes too

Andy
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12-23-2011 02:26 PM  5 years agoPost 19
Phaedrus

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I think there's an APP for that!!

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12-25-2011 08:32 PM  5 years agoPost 20
Sukhoikid

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Griffin, GA- USA

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Well guys I didn't get the heli for Christmas! I decided to go with a new hd video camera. My old camera was kind of on its last leg! So I love what I got! I will be saving up for a heli though. Probably for now I might just get a good heli for a 3 cell battery considering I have a ton of 3 cells! Then later get the 700. I just can't afford the 700 at the moment due to I am getting the 18mz Tuesday!

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