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06-18-2017 01:57 AM  64 days agoPost 1
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Looking for a good reliable back yard heli not sure what to get
T rex150
Blade 180
T rex 450 pro
???????????!

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06-18-2017 02:13 AM  64 days agoPost 2
conbones

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The 180

Rush 750, cc120hv, vbar silverline
Agile 550, HW120hv, vbar silverline
goblin 500, cc100, ikon
Devil380, cc75lite, minivbar

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06-18-2017 02:22 AM  64 days agoPost 3
gmcullan

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Blade 230 S

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

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06-18-2017 03:49 AM  64 days agoPost 4
learnedthehrdwy

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Oxy3-Oxy2
Haven't owned the Oxy2 which is more of a backyard bird but did own the Oxy3. If you build and set it up properly then it will go and go even being flown hard.

Mine bounced around my truck all week with tools, building materials, ect but always worked perfectly every time I pulled it out. Had it about a year, put roughly 900 flights on it and only put a $6 belt on it at 500 flights cause the original looked a bit dry.

Merely doing wide open FFF on my 230 will make it start acting​ funny after 3-4 flights. 180 is a lot more reliable than the 230 IMHO but is nowhere near the Oxy in the performance department.

Oxy is more expensive but you definitely get what you pay for. On a level of reliability and performance that surpasses the larger Blade helis and makes their micros seem like toys.

Oxy3 is basically a small 450 but if the 2 is similar, then it's undoubtedly the best backyard heli on the market right now.

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06-18-2017 06:45 AM  64 days agoPost 5
zonker

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I agree. The Oxy 3 is as reliable as they get.

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06-18-2017 10:51 AM  64 days agoPost 6
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A bigger back yard.

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06-18-2017 02:08 PM  64 days agoPost 7
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Watch at YouTube

I like bigger helicopters for smaller places. Something in the 700 class. Bigger is easier to work on and all around more stable.

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06-18-2017 02:45 PM  64 days agoPost 8
EEngineer

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ROTFLMAO....

A weed whacker......

I've seen that one before.....it always makes me crack up...

Sheer genius....

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06-18-2017 03:00 PM  64 days agoPost 9
EEngineer

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Here's another one.....Jeez....

Notice him watching the "hang time"....LOL

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06-18-2017 03:48 PM  64 days agoPost 10
learnedthehrdwy

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LMAO!!!
Made my share of building mistakes but how do you miss the jesus bolt!?!??

Guessing that was the day he learned the difference between "looking" things over and actually "checking​" them.

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06-18-2017 04:03 PM  64 days agoPost 11
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It cracks me up how he kills the engine and then keeps watching the rotor......LMAO

Jesus....

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06-18-2017 06:21 PM  63 days agoPost 12
learnedthehrdwy

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LOL
That was some impressive hang time too

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06-18-2017 06:25 PM  63 days agoPost 13
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I wonder if that guy was adding cyclic on his TX while the rotor head was flying off and away?

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06-18-2017 09:02 PM  63 days agoPost 14
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Thats funny stuff, but ive seen it many times before and would actually like opinions on the op's question.

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06-18-2017 10:35 PM  63 days agoPost 15
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I think that the answer is more dependent on the skill of the operator than the size of the heli. If you just want to hover, just about anything will do. If you want to fly circuits and small acrobatics, I think the smaller 3D helis would be a good selection.

I also don't think it is a good idea for a beginner to practice in small tight spaces.

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06-19-2017 12:02 AM  63 days agoPost 16
wjvail

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...and would actually like opinions on the op's question.
Fair enough.

How big is your back yard and how do you fly? If you've got 200 acres and just hover the answer will be different than if you have just a small garden and are a monster on the sticks.

Without further information, I'd have to recommend any number of 450 class helicopters. It is a well developed area of model helicopters and any of about 10 different models will do nicely. Personally, I often fly my Tarot 450 on the golf course fairway behind my house.

The answer may be found in these questions: What is everyone (anyone) else in you area flying and how available are parts?

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06-19-2017 12:23 AM  63 days agoPost 17
Riq

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I have a lot of big birds, turbine and full scale. I have the space.

I loved flying my mcpx's cause they are just good fun.

My 130 was great for 500 flights, now always needs attention. I shoulda stuck mild stock with it, but always wanting more.

I just bought a 180 for a back yard beer flier, so wondering the crash resistance, knowing that is a loaded question.

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06-19-2017 12:44 AM  63 days agoPost 18
learnedthehrdwy

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180cfx was made to fly not crash, but if you get servo savers or metal servo gears and redo the torque tube ends with some CA it crashes fairly well.

There are slipper/clutched tt's available as well but they can cause vibe issues. You get 2 stock tt's for $7 and can make another out of every 2 broken ones you have so I never bothered ​with expensive aftermarket tt's.

Space isn't the only factor on which will be best backyard heli for everyone.

If you just want to fly sport and practice inverted and upright orientations with a few basic flips/rolls thrown in. The XK-110 is cheap yet flies better and is more reliable than the Blade nano or mcpx.

If you want to do serious 3d then the 180 will be better, and if you want to hammer out advanced 3d on a pro level, every day for months on end then the Oxy2 is the only option available.

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06-19-2017 02:19 AM  63 days agoPost 19
wjvail

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...and if you want to hammer out advanced 3d on a pro level, every day for months on end then the Oxy2 is the only option available.
Why do you say that? Aren't there other good options?

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06-19-2017 11:30 AM  63 days agoPost 20
learnedthehrdwy

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IMHO If you're looking for something that's capable of any maneuver, reliable and practicing with it actually translates well to larger models then it's the only option in a true backyard size.

If you just want to putt around or have a backyard big enough for a 450 then there are many options.

For a cheap one that crashes okay and flies pretty darn good the 180cfx is a great option. One that crashes pretty darn good and flies okay the 230s is the way to go.

Being Blade helis you have to flip a coin when it comes to reliability. One can be a little Energizer Bunny and another of the same model can be nothing but trouble from start to finish.

If you fly hard then you're even more likely to have problems. You have to do smooth 3d with the 230 cause it's underpowered but it will do most of the common maneuvers just fine. What mine doesn't tolerate well is hard fast forward flight at 100% flat throttle. The servos will start acting funny about 3-4 flights in and I believe it's from the rx and not the servos themselves.

My 180 tolerates FFF just fine and is more 3d capable. It will break in a crash and parts are expensive for it's size but if you're quick on TH damage is usually minimal. Servo savers or metal servo gears are a must cause the stock gears will strip in a 2' drop onto 3" thick shag carpeting.

My 180 has been flown in rain, snow and -14°F temps and never had a single problem till a cyclic servo quit on flight 1000. My friend's 180 has never worked quite right and burned all 4 servos and the motor in about a month.

Same with Trex 150-250. Some work great and others are cursed.

Why I say the only option is the Oxy2. All the rest are toys, prone to issues or both. The title of the thread is most RELIABLE backyard heli. The BEST backyard heli is going to vary from person to person based on goals and skill level.

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