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HelicopterBeginners Corner › need help rc car and truck guy making the switch
12-15-2003 08:44 PM  13 years agoPost 1
vvhip

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hello all,

I am an experienced nitro rc car and truck hobbyist that is looking to make the switch over to helicopters. The wife won’t let me buy a new toy unless I sell my others, so I am in the process of selling my rc cars/trucks and a large amount of spare parts and electronics.

The question I have is; I have a lot of new/used excellent condition high-speed/high-torque, metal geared, non-digital servos. I was wondering if these can be transferred over to the helicopter application. Are their specs and size the same? Will they mate to a heli-type of RX?

Also, while enjoying rc cars and trucks, I would always used Tower Hobbies as a price guide and for price comparison. After looking through Tower Hobbies, I noticed that they have very little to offer on the helicopter aspect. I also noticed, through reading the forums here, that I have heard nothing of the hobby superstore… what stores do you all use for price comparison, spare parts, and product tech notes?

Thank you for your time.

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12-15-2003 08:54 PM  13 years agoPost 2
CACTUSJACK (RIP)

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Prices and parts

You might try Heliproz, and Ricks, good prices, and good stock of parts

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12-15-2003 08:55 PM  13 years agoPost 3
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Look under "evil empire"

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12-15-2003 09:54 PM  13 years agoPost 4
WMac

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Should be able to use your servos in the heli. I use the all round crappy, sloppy, slow, weak S3001 for all the controls on my Caliber 30 apart from the tail

Will


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12-15-2003 09:57 PM  13 years agoPost 5
vvhip

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excellent. I was on the verge of crying if i had to get rid of all my servos. Those things aren't cheap and I doubt I could recoup the cost I orginally paid for them.

Thanks for the info people!

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12-15-2003 11:13 PM  13 years agoPost 6
MHawker

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Plus, you should be able to use a lot of your support equipment. i.e. glow drivers, battery chargers, fuel pumps, tools, etc

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12-15-2003 11:40 PM  13 years agoPost 7
Kinger

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Get ready to have the time of your life Flying these things is an absolute rush and I speak from experience as I was a heavy RC car racer just one year ago.

If I can offer any advice in making the switch, I suggest getting two things. 1.) A good flight sim 2.) A 50 size helicopter to start. TT Raptor 50V2 and the Hirobo Evo 50 are both excellent models and will take you all the way from hovering to intense 3D.

Take care,

Mike

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12-16-2003 12:27 AM  13 years agoPost 8
vvhip

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I'm glad that most of, if not all of, my support equipment will transfer over and the fact that I’ll get to play with engines bigger then a .15cc will be a trip!

I definitely will take it slow and take the sim route, learn to fly on a sim and research the radio gear, set-up, and heli selection... that should keep me happy for a couple of months.

I am playing the ginny-pig for a friend of mine that is afraid to dump his land rov’in for heli’s because of the cost and difficultly. If things go well for me… expect to see another transplant into the world of air superiority!

This board has been a huge help and all of your posts have been greatly appreciated.

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12-16-2003 01:02 AM  13 years agoPost 9
Kinger

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No problem vvhip. Trust me, if you are into racing this hobby can be a bit cheaper believe it or not. Just depends on how much you want to "bling" out your heli. With that said, most of the "bling" out there in the heli world is pretty much useless as far as performance is concerned.

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12-16-2003 01:50 AM  13 years agoPost 10
dweb4

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vvhip you will love heli's i'm still heavy into off-road nitro racing myself. i though there was no greater rush then racing 1/8th gas buggy, but when i get a R90 and really got good at flying i find myself racing less and less. you'll be able to use your servos and most of your tools, still will have to buy some heli only type stuff. but man enjoy heli flying is a blast.

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