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11-28-2016 02:09 PM  7 months agoPost 1
Sceadu Flyer

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Horseheads, NY

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Hello fellow fling-wing flyers!

I am looking for some friendly advice re: staying in the hobby. First a little background info;

Life has been crazy busy with work, growing family, ect....

I have actually not spooled up an RC heli in over a year. I have however been flying my commercial drones frequently, this is income not recreation.

I am considering cashing out all my recreational helis. I have 14 helis at the moment and enough associated parts to fill a warehouse (no, I am not kidding). I run all BLADE equipment and I really like them.

3 x B500X
2 x B5003D
4 x B300CFX
4 x B180CFX
1 x B230S

My concern is that down the road I may not be able to find the helis that I like or the parts to support them. I could hang onto these and let them collect dust. Or $$$ out and just be done. The loss of so many ships/manufacturers has given me a lot of pause to cashing out...

What are your guys thoughts?

Thanks,
SF

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11-28-2016 02:21 PM  7 months agoPost 2
allns47

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Richmond IN.

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U could sell but resale value on blade Helis is pretty low..so if you have a warehouse of parts then you could just keep them and never worry about parts

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11-28-2016 02:29 PM  7 months agoPost 3
BeltFedBrowning

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Kansas City

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I agree. Don't give your stuff away.

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11-28-2016 03:01 PM  7 months agoPost 4
Heli_Splatter

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Silver Spring, MD by way of Sidney, Ne - USA

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I don't think you are going to get much out of that sale.

I think used helicopters don't hold value. If you are really into the hobby, you might get some good buys. Selling stinks.

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11-28-2016 03:13 PM  7 months agoPost 5
gmcullan

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Southbridge, MA

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The B500 3D and B500 X have been discontinued for almost two years now. They are great flying helis, but spare parts have pretty much dried up. I'll fly mine and "frankenheli" them for as long as I reasonably can.

The 300 CFX is in the same boat, i.e., either being discontinued or at the very least on its last legs.

If you have a supply of parts and don't "have" to sell them, just keep them and enjoy them for as long as you can.

Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450

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11-28-2016 04:18 PM  7 months agoPost 6
Dr. Fibinotchi

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Sioux Falls SD

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hmm

my general rule is around 65 cents on a dollar for a used ship is about all you can get for it if its a desired heli. If its 5 year + it gets to 20 cents on a dollar or not desired by anyone at all. Our helis degrade in value from the time you purchase it just like a car and most items of technology.

I would say fly them until they break, or are crashed. When you get to the last one chalk it up as fun memories.

-Cody

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11-28-2016 04:37 PM  7 months agoPost 7
Sceadu Flyer

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Horseheads, NY

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Thanks Guys!

It seems the input is unanimous to hang onto them...

I have a ridiculous amount of parts for these helis! When wholesaletrains.com went out of business I bought their entire inventory. They were in the town that I live in and I am friends with the former owner.

If anyone needs a part, feel free to PM me.

I will keep them all for now.

SF

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11-28-2016 05:11 PM  7 months agoPost 8
Mikerobe

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Green Turtle Cay,Abaco, Bahamas.

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Hi there Sceadu Flyer,

It sounds like you're younger than I am! I had to retire from helis for a while when my wife and I had kids.
Obviously you've got your priorities correct by realizing your family has to come first!
Believe me when I say this, and other folk told me the same, "enjoy your kids because they're gonna grow up quickly"!
Now I'm enjoying restoring all my 1980s helis. I wouldn't sell out if I were you.

The lot I got is not a lot, but I thank God a lot for the lot I got!

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11-28-2016 06:47 PM  7 months agoPost 9
ticedoff8

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Morgan Hill, CA. USA

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Not unanimous

I would recommend selling everything you do not use.
And, sell them at whatever price you can get for them - no matter how low that price is.

I held on to my GMP Cobra for 20 years thinking it could be resurrected whenever life would let me get back into RC helis.
When I did try to get it flying again, I was buying GMP parts from Craigslist and eBay at premium prices.
Several times, I had to buy a bag of parts to get the one part I needed.
I even tried to update the airframe to bigger motors, newer electrics and more reliable drive trains.
I was trying to make my antique into a modern helicopter.
In the end, it was a huge waste of time & money.
Then, it crashed.

I boxed everything up and sold it to a guy that was most interested in restoring GMP helicopters as a historical project rather than building / maintaining a Franken-copter

I even tried doing the same with Thunder Tiger Raptor 60.
I converted to R90, then R90 SE, then a R90 FBL.
It ended up that same way.
I boxed everything up and sold it to a guy trying to keep his old fleet of Raptors flying.

As much as you like them, there is nothing special about your Blade branded helis.
I seriously doubt anyone will be interested in restoring a 2012 Blade 500 or 300 helicopter in 10 years
And, you will not be as happy flying them then as you are now.

Now, when I replace technology (FBL, servos or airframes), I sell the old stuff ASAP at a price so low, it gets multiple offers within hours of me posting it.
Because I know that if I hang on to it, it will collect dust.
It is a consumable and not worth hanging on to.

It is like hanging on to that old 32" CRT TV that still works.
You know you can buy a HD TV tuner to get the 'off the air' digital signal.
You know you can get HDMI down converters to get your Blueray DVD player to work with it.
But... why?
It uses too much electricity and it will never give you 1080p - no matter what you bolt onto it.
You think about all of this mainly because it still works and you think you should hang onto it.

At this point, I expect that when life lets you get back to hobby helicopters, the state of the art will have moved on significantly from whatever Blade had from 2 or 3 years ago.
And, replacement parts for your "antique" Blade helis will be expensive and hard to find.

Sell them cheap because you will never come close to the amount you paid originally.
And, you can get rid of them quickly.

Then, when you are ready for hobby helis again, just buy what you can fly instead of going overboard.
I would almost guarantee that you will be able to find a helicopter better than the existing Blade helis you have now.

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11-28-2016 07:53 PM  7 months agoPost 10
CostaRicaHeli

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Costa Rica, Central America

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Unless your helis are special (open to everyone's own definition), you will be better off buying something new (or used) when the time comes, with updated tech.

Franz

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11-28-2016 08:36 PM  7 months agoPost 11
RM3

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Killeen, Texas - USA

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sell your old crap before its absolutely worthless (small Blade/E-Flight stuff loses value very fast)... no point in keeping what you dont fly nor plan to fly within the next year... get what you can from it and apply it to your income project.

showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...

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11-28-2016 08:57 PM  7 months agoPost 12
spaceman spiff

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Tucson

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I have been on the fence with my stuff for quite a while. It takes up space, and i only actually use a couple of them, and not all that freqently. The stuff gets in my way and on my nerves a bit at this point... I should sell much of it off, but there are few buyers of the old treasures i have accumulated.

It made sence and was a lot of fun for quite a while, but it doesn't make much sence now.

You can't teach a crab to walk straight.

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11-29-2016 12:11 AM  7 months agoPost 13
Tool Man Vegas

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Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A

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I seen your user name, sceadu flyer, and I thought, he's all good. It is easy to get parts for Hirobo. then I see you fly Blade. Sell

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11-29-2016 12:38 AM  7 months agoPost 14
Sceadu Flyer

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Horseheads, NY

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It's been a very long time since I had a Hirobo!

Fly it like you stole it!

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11-29-2016 12:34 PM  7 months agoPost 15
joeskeeter

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South Georgia

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Tough call, to say sell or pack it in and call it a day, as to keeping the old helis, as others have posted, gonna take it on the chin, possibly.
Try some bartering maybe, for drone equipment you could use to make money.

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11-29-2016 01:22 PM  7 months agoPost 16
Richardmid1

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Leeds, England

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Sell and give the money to your wife and/or kids.

60% of the time, it works every time!

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11-29-2016 03:10 PM  7 months agoPost 17
joeskeeter

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South Georgia

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Most recommend selling, so far.

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11-29-2016 04:13 PM  6 months agoPost 18
jackp332

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Claremont, Nh USA

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Well said ticedoff8. I myself am guilty of prolonged Raptor syndrome... I would advise selling if you can and do not take it personal or get offended when the low offers roll in. When you do have time again for the hobby, you will not be bound by the old fleet of helis you still have. Instead, you can get on RunRyder, read, discuss, and learn about what is new and current as this hobby changes so darn fast. Then you can make an informed purchase about what fits your needs at that point in your life.

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11-30-2016 03:14 AM  6 months agoPost 19
Sceadu Flyer

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Horseheads, NY

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Joe,

I thought about that.... However I am already operating 3 sUAS and that is plenty for my operation. My operation is a side gig to my real job and all I do with what I earn from it is fund my kids college savings (they are all under 3 years old at this point)

It's a tough decision, but in the end if I am not using them they will probably just frustrate me if they continue to hang on my wall.

It's the same story all over again, when I was younger, I couldn't afford them but I had the time to fly them. Now I can afford them but I don't have the time to fly them....

Priorities:
Family
Work
Everything Else

Doesn't always leave time for the stuff I once enjoyed. At some point I hope that at least one of my children will have an interest in the hobby and maybe I can then justify it more...?... "Family time"

Fly it like you stole it!

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11-30-2016 05:51 AM  6 months agoPost 20
AWittleWabbit

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O.C., CA

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Kinda the same boat here

I can relate. Why not keep one or two + spares you'll most likely fly on a whim? Then dump the rest before the resale value really craters.

I had my logo up for sale for roughly the same reasons. But I got to fly it over thanksgiving and it was just great. I decided to keep it. I built it when my son was 4, he's 7 now. How time flies. We do plenty of stuff together, but there is nothing wrong with a couple hours of me time once in a great while. I probably sound like the devil for saying it but I think it's healthy to have an activity you you enjoy. There will be days where wifey and kids go to grandma's or a girlfriend's house etc and what will you be doing? Emptying the diaper genie? /s

Congratulations on your growing family. You're head is in the right place thinking of this stuff.

Heli-itis sufferer.

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