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HelicopterTurbine Helicopters › Hows a guy get started in turbines?
02-21-2014 11:58 AM  3 years agoPost 1
tgalo

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I'm a long time rc heli pilot with a dream of owning a turbine. But how does a guy get started if you have no friends who fly turbines and nowhere close to even look at any.
Tony

Gravity's a bitch ant it?

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02-21-2014 12:21 PM  3 years agoPost 2
mookie

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Like you always wanted a turbine and no one i know that lives near me or at my club flies turbines. I did a fair bit of reading on the net, lots of downloading of different manuals. Watched loads of videos.
I was lucky that a full kit with turbine came up for the right money. So decided to jump in, the guys on here like Double Decks, Peter and Modtron fly them all the time, so any questions i will point to them. Also the guy that sold it to me has offered to run through the first start, but it is upto me to sort the heli out. Rebuild the tail etc.

I went the scale route as i thought if i'm going to own one i want a scale machine, something that i can add to and make my own.
It may well be easier to run a pod and boom, that choice is yours.

RR has been a great help to me, even if just for sounding out ideas.

I cant tell you which engine to go for or what type of model, but i saw something that i wanted and just went for it, the rest i'll sort out along the way. I will say that i'm lucky enough to have a full machine shop at my disposal.

This is my build thread. Gives some of the problems i have come across.

https://rc.runryder.com/helicopter/t757702p1/

Malcolm

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02-21-2014 01:00 PM  3 years agoPost 3
coop

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Go here: http://www.bergenrc.com/ buy one of these: http://www.bergenrc.com/44Magnum.php , build it, fly it. That is what I did, I had never seen or heard a turbine run in person before building mine. If you are comfortable building and flying a 700 size electric, nitro, or gas machine, the turbine will not be any harder. And Chris at Bergen will help you with any questions you have. I would start with pod and boom, if you want to do scale, you can install the mechanics in a fuse later, after you and the machine are all sorted out.

Coop

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02-21-2014 01:12 PM  3 years agoPost 4
wrongler

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I had thought about turbines also, I just did lots of reading, youtube and googled lots of questions.
I gave up on it because the heli is limited to its ability to do 3D.
Good luck in you adventure and keep us posted!

Bill

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02-21-2014 07:21 PM  3 years agoPost 5
coop

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"I gave up on it because the heli is limited to its ability to do 3D."

Yes, a turbine is not the best choice for 3D, but it isn't supposed to be. That being said, I have seen some pretty aggressive flying being done with a turbine, they aren't lacking for power. But I built one for the combination of sound, smell, and smoothness, I want fast and agile, I'll fly my nitro. And honestly, the cost factor would keep me from doing 3D with a turbine, you could pile in 2 or 3 electric or nitro birds for the cost of one turbine.

Coop

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02-22-2014 11:38 AM  3 years agoPost 6
tgalo

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Thanks for the input guys

Gravity's a bitch ant it?

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02-23-2014 01:13 AM  3 years agoPost 7
KevinChiu123

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To Mookie..... Great scale.

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02-23-2014 01:34 AM  3 years agoPost 8
KevinChiu123

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To Tgalo.....
Please click http://helifreak.com/showthread.php?t=496870
My experiences are there.

You might need to decide your engine preference first then heli frame afterwards.

Flight pattern: Scale, sport, 3D?
First time turbine...... Don't go scale,
3D...... Don't go turbine, please. It is a waste.

Sport...... Align Trex 700-800, Jetcopter, Bergen, and the newest one X-cell Whiplash have conversion kits for sale.

As long as your $ is ready, you can enjoy a great deal of fun.

Good luck!

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02-23-2014 01:54 AM  3 years agoPost 9
Dr.Tim

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Then there is the Jakadofsky Turbine ... Bullet Proof! Been flying them for 12 years now ..

From Simple minds come simple ideas! Approach Engineering

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03-22-2014 09:27 PM  3 years agoPost 10
heliVoY

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NJ

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agreed ... nothing beats the Jaka turbines. I could not see buying anything else for a heli now, and wont do a heli tat can't use one

~V~

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