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11-01-2004 08:40 PM  13 years agoPost 1
hillbilly_gg

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Can someone help out?

Alrighty then lets try this; what if I get a electric trainer and a scale model. As I train on the trainer I can work on the scale model. Once the scale model is built and tuned i ccan start training on that one. I do have a air field near my home with pilots that are willing to help out. I have the money to get both and the willingness to learn how to fly befor I take out the big heli....

Does this sound better?

Thanks

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11-01-2004 09:22 PM  13 years agoPost 2
HawkNoob

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You don't have the money for a trainer and a bigger model but you want to start out with a scale heli that will cost at least $2K by the time you are done setting it up? Better take a different approach!

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11-01-2004 09:26 PM  13 years agoPost 3
jackheli

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now seriously...

there is no way you will learn with a scaler. That is the worst possible route you can take. Be prepared to leave the hobby in a month.

Get yourself a nice pod and boom and we'll talk in a year from now.

It's easy to find an excuse to do wrong. Hard is not to find an excuse to do right.

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11-01-2004 10:33 PM  13 years agoPost 4
dickal14712

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I started out with a Raptor 50 V2 and would recomend this to anyone starting out . All of the guys I talked to that started out with 30 size said they would go with a 50 size. I now have a 60 V2 with OS70 and love it . Do you have anyone in your area that fly's heli,s if so talk to them. I was lucky when I started to have a couple good 3D guys that helped me to get things setup right. It is a great hobby but can take the best man and cut him down to size . I know it did me LOL. Hope this helps.
Dick

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11-01-2004 10:41 PM  13 years agoPost 5
Stu.

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Hillbilly

I am afraid you WILL have to go the trainer pod and boom and then the scale model.

If you spend 2K on the scale, it will last about 5 minutes as they can be very very tricky.

Take a black bin bag with you, cos its a definite guarantee it will bite the dust.

The chances of you NOT crashing during the learning phase is negligible.

Believe it or not helis are much harder to fly than you may think. Instant gratification doesn;t even come into it with helicopters at all, its a long slow slog to learn to fly.

Trust us, you'll be cheaper buying a rappy 30 or 50 and doing it the old fashioned way.

If you do the scale route, make sure you take some video, it will be entertaining.

Stu

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11-01-2004 11:22 PM  13 years agoPost 6
h82bu

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I'm new to this hobby.I bought a caliber 30 about 3 months ago.I've been hovering tail in with no problem.I''m getting ready to start nose in hovering soon ,after a few more tanks of fuel. The caliber 30 if it is set up properly with the( (correct head speed)) let me say it again ( correct head speed) is very stable.And also pretty easy to repair. I can replace the main shaft in about 15 - 20 min. I would recommend the caliber to start off with.Its quiet , long flight time per tank of fuel and if the blades (Wood to start with) are properly balanced is very smooth.I cant give my opinion on foward flight yet , I havent got that far .

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11-01-2004 11:34 PM  13 years agoPost 7
Jhrober

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Start with a scale model??

Not a good idea.

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11-01-2004 11:35 PM  13 years agoPost 8
thenewguy

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Buy a G2 or new G3 befor you go spend the money on a heli.

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11-02-2004 02:19 AM  13 years agoPost 9
Salty

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I offer to buy the scale heli at 40% of the price you bought it for to save you the trouble and expense of throwing all that money away on perfectly good gear thats gonna get bent up....seriously...dont learn the scale route, if you want scale thats fine but get a scale body that will fit over your heli of your choice and learn to fly it as a pod and boom while your doing all the little details of a scaler aircraft...then once you know how to sufficiently fly tail in, nose in FF and eights then start putting the fuse on....gotta crawl first and just like a baby your gonna crash and burn a few times first...some sooner than others but inevitable nontheless

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11-02-2004 02:57 AM  13 years agoPost 10
AA8VL

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An electric helicopter and a scale helicopter will be the quickest way out of this hobby for newbie. Get a raptor 30/50. Forget the scales and electrics until you have forward flight down. I have just saved you a couple hundred dollars...please paypal that amount to me!

Save time when crossing a one-way street by only looking in one direction

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11-02-2004 06:13 PM  13 years agoPost 11
MJWS

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Airdrie, AB - Canada

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I'm sure you've read. Get a Sim. If you're going to be successful with heli's, this is the real answer.

You can certainly learn to fly on a little electric trainer. They are cheap to build and crash. They are actually harder to fly then a well set up 30 or 50 size bird. Thus they tend to get slammed on this mostly glow/gas forum.

If your club and flying field is convenient. Just start with a 30/50 ship, you can sell it and get most of your money out of it. (But I'll be you keep it if it is a 50). The help and friends you'll make are what the hobby is all about.

If you want to learn in your garage, backyard, or basement.... because you can't get to a field easily. The cheap micro FP's are great. I put hundreds of hours in on my Corona that wouldn't have been possible only flying glow. They will teach you the reflexes necessary to fly these things.

By all means start building a scale ship... but don't be tempted to fly it.

Good Luck,

Mike

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