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06-22-2015 07:07 AM  35 months agoPost 1
Funky Trex

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A neighbor of mine is getting into RC helis. He is having a lot of sticker shock while putting together his first helicopter. I have helped him with a few items but I don't have a spare radio. He is looking at some pretty cheap off-brand radios that I would not be comfortable using. He doesn't understand how important a reliable radio with easy to follow menus can be, especially when starting out (and for safety reasons of course). Does anyone have an old dx7 or something similar? He is also interested in the bind n fly planks from Horizon so I think a dsm2 Spektrum would suit him best. I can point him towards one of the hobby king knock offs but I figured I should check here first. Are the Orange TX/RXs or Turnigy radios reliable? The guy is on a very limited budget so I would guess around 50-60 bucks. Wear marks or rough looks are not a problem as long as the radio/menus are working properly and there are no issues losing signal. I understand this is a tall order so if you have any other suggestions, I will relay them to him.

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06-22-2015 02:13 PM  35 months agoPost 2
al727

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The guy is on a very limited budget / Not a good start for surviving in this hobby. Limited budget = low-end junk parts = DOOM!

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06-22-2015 02:49 PM  35 months agoPost 3
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I know, I tried to explain that to him. He has a small quad from the mall and a fixed pitch Walkera he picked up online. He is retired and looking for a hobby and seems really interested in helis but I think he is taking the wrong path. I don't want to see him get discouraged too quickly so I tried to get him started with a few items I am no longer using that will get him away from the Walkera junk he has been struggling with. I had a brand new Blade 300 (- the 7200bx) and basic lipo charger I gave him to use but now he is stuck finding a radio and fbl unit to get it airborne. I told him I would try to find a cheap radio or see if I can find info on the hobby king radios/fbl units but I don't have any experience with them and don't want to reccomend anything that will make it harder than it already is for him. For the prices he is talking about, I think one of the cheap knock-off hobby king radios might be his only option.

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06-22-2015 04:34 PM  35 months agoPost 4
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I agree with AL .. You are actually enabling him on a bad path (that you do agree). How about steering towards a very nice SIM and have him pratice till he can gather the funds. He is gonna have to learn to fly and need a SIM regardless.

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I have all those HK, Esky, DX5 and low end TX even from the big names .. Very very sad. It's kinda funny, if I sized up, could of gotten a sweet TX for all those inexpensive ones I picked up minus the frsustration. A TX use to cost $700 plus back in late 80's .... Even till 2008, a JR9303 was hovering around $800.

- Scott

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06-22-2015 05:07 PM  35 months agoPost 5
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I tried to convice him to start out on a sim. Unfortunately he didn't seem too receptive to the idea. He tried one at the LHS but when he heard the price was almost 200 dollars, he said he would much rather put the money into a heli instead. I tried to explain that the ~200 dollar investment could save him 10 times that in a short amount of time but I don't think he could see my point. This one might be a lost cause. I started him out with some decent equipment.... well.. decent compared to what he had, but he is still a long way off. I like getting new people into the hobby, especially people that really get excited when they see the possibilities... but this might not be the right fit for him.

Is anyone using the orange TX or Turnigy radios from Hobby King? They are super cheap and compatible with Spektrum RXs but I have never tried one. Does anyone have any feedback on them? I used an old beat up dx7 for years without a single issue. I was hoping to find one that was retired long ago for a cheap price..... but nothing in this hobby is really cheap.

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06-22-2015 05:51 PM  35 months agoPost 6
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I have never met a guy that saw a RC Helicopter and say, "that's cool ...and never gave it a second thought". I had a guy that his gf made him give back the SIM I had given him! Maybe that was a blessing in disguise since he was married and unemployed.

I have taught and ran into a lot of CHARACTERS in this hobby. It's almost like High School all over again Sadly not everyone qualifies to be in the hobby (as harsh as it sounds, it's the honest reality). Seeing how u r presently in the hobby and image in the beginning if someone had told you...., well Never mind, guess you said it already. It's a lost cause ....

- Scott

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