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11-05-2004 06:22 AM  13 years agoPost 1



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hi everyone,i'm kinda new with rc, i'm planning to buy a helicopter,my questions are as follows:
which one is better those work with fuel or electric motor?
ok since i'm a begginer,shall i start learning with a simulator 1st for 1 or 2 months more or less to get used to it,ok if so which simulator to choose?
whats the best helicopter to buy(good engine,design)or best brand?

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11-05-2004 11:53 AM  13 years agoPost 2
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The guys who fly fuel will say "fuel" and the guys who fly electric will say "electric" (so I'm not saying which to avoid a long argument! )

As for sims I'd say it's almost VITAL that you start with a simulator (unless you have very deep pockets!). The £100/$200 it might cost upfront may look like a lot of money but save just one or two crashes and it'll have paid for itself.

If funds are very limited you could even start out with the free to download FMS ( which is not brilliant but you'll learn the basic controls at least.

I think general consensus suggets that the two best "real" sims for learning helis are either Aerofly Pro (AFP) or Reflex XTR (XTR). Both have strengths and weaknesses but both have very realistic heli simulations.


(as for best heli, that's a can of worms, for fuel I think most people would say "Raptor" and for electric (for beginning anyway) I think most would say "Corona")

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11-05-2004 12:01 PM  13 years agoPost 3
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I would personally go with I/C because the are much more stable.

The two helicopters i would recommed would be the Raptor 30 or 50 V2. They are great helicopters and spares arent to expensive. If you started with a 30 and then want to upgrade to a 50 for 3D you can buy upgrade kits for the Raptor.

With engines i would recommed that you go witn the OS make. They have brought out the new O.S 37 which looks really nice and they have brought out the OS 50 hyper.

I also recommed that you learn with a experienced pilot and also buy a simulator. Reflex has just come it looks good but there is also Real flight G2 which is really good.

You will need quite a bit of money to get started. but otherwise it is great

11-05-2004 01:25 PM  13 years agoPost 4


Palmyra, NY

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First off a sim can be a great tool to help you learn but it is not absolutely necessary. I and many others I know learned without one. I have one now for learning the harder 3D maneuvers. If you get a sim I would probably recommend Reflex based on what I have read here. I have Aerofly Pro and it is a decent sim.

As far as what heli to get I am going to recommend a path that is generally not that popular but I have seen the results first hand from a friend who went this path.

I recommend getting an electric Corona. This is a tough heli and is cheap to repair in a crash (and you will crash). You will be able to learn hovering in all orientations, forward flight and some mild aerobatics. Once you are done with this heli you can sell it and use the money to purchase a better machine.

Once you get comfortable with that I would recommend getting into a 50 size nitro heli. The major advantage of the nitro heli is the number of times you can fly in a day. I can fly approx 10 times without recharging my batteries. All I have to do is add more fuel and I'm ready to fly. Electric heli's will need multiple batteries (which can get expensive) to do the same thing. You can recharge batteries at the field but it takes time to recharge them.

If you decide to go nitro check with local pilots to see what they fly. They will be able to help you set up the machine and make sure it is flight worthy for you. They will also be able to help teach you the skills you will need to fly.

Equipment recommendations:

Get the best radio you can afford. I would recommend nothing less than as 8 channel computer radio. The reason for this is the radio will stay with you as you progress. You will also have a shot at selling it if you decide the hobby is not for you. The JR 8103 or Futaba 9c are popular. The JR 9303 seems to be a good radio for the price. Find out what the pilots around you are using as they will be able to help you set up the radio.

I would recommend a Raptor V2 50 with an OS50. This is a good combination and the cost of a crash is not that bad compared to a lot of heli's.

11-05-2004 02:06 PM  13 years agoPost 5

rrKey Veteran

Rochester, NY

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I'm NRoofs friend , who just started flying this year.

The Corona (brushless) was great for me because I have a park across the street. It's not too big or too small, and handles similarly to its larger cousins. With 3 batteries, you can fly continuously with 15 minute breaks between 10 minute flights. It was not uncommon to pop up 4 flights in an hour. Yes you can start nitro and collective pitch, but it adds a level of complexity that you may be better off without in the beginning. As far as "wasting" $$, I bought my Corona used, put about 300 flights on it, and sold it for what I paid for it. Of course, I spent hundreds on upkeep, but I consider that "tuition costs" for a "Heli-101" course! I now have a Raptor 50. It took awhile to get over the intimidation factor and up to speed with what I could do on the Corona, but now approaching 300 flights, the sky's the limit!

I started on my own, and used to feel pretty good if I could get through 5 flights without "putting it in", but often would get less! My most expensive Corona crash was about the same cost as my cheapest Raptor crash... Eventually I only crashed the electric trying crazy stuff like landing on the mailbox or flying through tree branches, as the limited fixed-pitch capabilities do get old after a while (though I never completely outgrew it).

I use(d) the above mentioned FMS free simulator, a priceless tool to get the basic corrections instinctual. There are now pretty good micro indoor helis you could learn on as well, like the XRB Lama (nice to practice over winter).

Once I met other heli pilots in the area (like NRoof, 2Ltime, JRMan, RStacy), things really took off. I strongly recommend the company of other pilots and joining a club, as it's VERY easy to get discouraged in the beginning, and it'll help to have some flesh&blood heli companionship.

The sky is our canvas

11-05-2004 04:47 PM  13 years agoPost 6



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What's an I/C?

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11-05-2004 04:53 PM  13 years agoPost 7

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Internal combustion

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