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01-18-2017 09:52 PM  5 months agoPost 21
Heli_Splatter

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

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When I first started this hobby, money was easy to conserve. The cost seemed huge, and it was. Now, as I have been flying for a long time, it seems easier to spend some money. I remember thinking, who would spend $3K on an helicopter? That is insane. Now, I guess that I am insane.

Just yesterday, a friend wanted to buy a 700 ship. I discouraged him, because of his lack of experience and what he wanted to do with it. He really wanted to use it where a multirotor made more sense. I hope that he will listen, I didn't.

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01-18-2017 09:54 PM  5 months agoPost 22
ssmith512

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Indianapolis, IN USA

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Maybe I am the only one that enjoys building helis. I hate ARF stuff you have to pull apart to check anyway.
You're not the only one.

Steve

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01-18-2017 09:58 PM  5 months agoPost 23
rcsoar4fun

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Boise, Idaho

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When I first started this hobby, money was easy to conserve. The cost seemed huge, and it was. Now, as I have been flying for a long time, it seems easier to spend some money. I remember thinking, who would spend $3K on an helicopter? That is insane. Now, I guess that I am insane.
This is why I encourage everyone that is serious about getting started in r/c helis to take up full scale flying for a while. Then you can brag to your self and spouse about how much money you are saving by flying r/c helis.

I give up on Loctite, nothing lasts long enough to vibrate loose anymore.

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01-18-2017 10:33 PM  5 months agoPost 24
Heli_Splatter

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Yeah... I started there too. Now I really want to go back and fly the real thing... A nice used JetRanger would be lovely.

It would sure be nice to see helicopters and parts dropping like the cost of multi-rotors. Those parts are so easy to manufacture.

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01-19-2017 12:48 AM  5 months agoPost 25
ICUR1-2

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Ottawa, Ontario

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My first real RC heli was a nitro Hawk pro and cost me about $1800 to get everything I needed.

I remember thinking who spends this much on a toy. I must have been crazy because it was well above my budget

spending time, paying attention

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01-19-2017 04:00 AM  5 months agoPost 26
rcsoar4fun

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My first real RC heli was a nitro Hawk pro and cost me about $1800 to get everything I needed.
How the heck do you spend $1800 on a Hawk? I think I had 4 of them and together wouldn't have cost $1800.

I give up on Loctite, nothing lasts long enough to vibrate loose anymore.

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01-19-2017 06:18 AM  5 months agoPost 27
ICUR1-2

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thats what it cost for EVERYTHING to make the kit fly

radio, servos, engine,support gear, I started from new > 0 <

spending time, paying attention

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01-19-2017 04:39 PM  5 months agoPost 28
flycatch

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Barstow, California

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Last year I purchased a Trex 550E 3G for $400 already assembled. (ARF)

Additional Items required to make it an RTF.

1. 1ea IKON FBL controller to replace the 3G unit (NEW)

2. 2ea 6S 40C 5000mah Lipo batteries (NEW)

3. 1 ea battery charger (NEW)

4, 1ea JR 9503H 2.4ghz transmitter (USED)

Total cost $900 USD +/- $50 dollars

The amount you listed is very realistic.

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