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07-16-2002 03:50 PM  16 years agoPost 1
padilme01

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Hello, I am new to the group and have the age old question of which helicopter to start with.

I have been thinking about getting into R/C helicopters for a couple of years now, and I think it is time to make the plung. Although, I have never actually flown, I have been flying Real Flight G2 for about a year. I am running it on a PIII 1Ghz, 512 RAM and 64 meg video card so I think the simulation is fairly good.

On the sim I can hover (tail in and out), I have good control in FF during rolls and loops, and can recover from unusual attitudes. During inverted hovers I still have to think to much about control inputs, therefore you know what happens when you have to think.

Given my work on the sim, I have been looking at a couple 50 size models (Falcon SE II and Secadu), but I really like the Fury 60 or possibly the X-Cell ST 60 (everyone says the 60's are to complicated).

The radio I am looking at is the Futaba 9CHP with S9001 and a GY502 w/9253.

I know there are a lot of other factors, but based on this basic information is the Fury to much helicopter, should I stick with a 50, or should I just get the Fury?

Thanks for any imput.

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07-16-2002 08:13 PM  16 years agoPost 2
RappyTappy

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Start out with either a Raptor 50 or Sceadu 50. Its a little larger, more stable, has more power when you need to bail out of something and crash cost isn't that much more than the 30 size of the same helicopters.

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07-16-2002 09:26 PM  16 years agoPost 3
sreuss

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Bang for the buck; Falcon SE II
The Falcon se II is a great heli for starting up. You get a lot of value for the money. Spend some time and look at the features that are advertised for each of the helis you listed and see what each heli costs. You'll find that the falcon outscores almost all so-called entry level helis in terms of features per $.

Certainly you'll get more features, durability etc. if you spend more money, but you'll spend A LOT more money and not get much for it. Most high-end helis (e.g. Vigor CS, Kyosho Caliber) are along these lines; Yes, you do get a lot in the kit, but for half the price you could get 80% or more of the features in other kits.

Hope it helps,
Steve

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07-16-2002 09:37 PM  16 years agoPost 4
RappyTappy

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Like nats they are!

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07-16-2002 10:20 PM  16 years agoPost 5
padilme01

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Thanks for the opinions. I am leaning toward the Falcon SE II, but I really like the Fury…

How difficult is it to transition from sim to actual flight?

Thanks for the help.
Martin

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07-16-2002 11:17 PM  16 years agoPost 6
Optech

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I have both and also have had them for a while. Believe me.... the Fury is a much better machine. If you can afford it, it would definitly be the way to go.

Century ships may claim alot of features but they have too otherwise the ships wouldn't sell. I liken it to hopping up a Yugo. Its still a Yugo. Go to just about any Fun-Fly and you won't see many of them. Unless of course you live near "Old Fart" in which case you'll get double engineer talked into thinking you have a cadillac.

It may cost a little more to purchase and repair but the Sceadu is a much, much nicer ship. While I don't have one they have become the non-.60 ship of choice around here so I get to see and fiddle with them once in a while. Very smooth.

Mike

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BTW... I just finished building a new ST kit. Very nice kit but for about the same price you can get a Fury .60 basic. Either kit will serve you well and have about the same features.

Viva La Airtronics!

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07-17-2002 10:51 PM  16 years agoPost 7
RappyTappy

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Century ships may claim alot of features but they have too otherwise the ships wouldn't sell. I liken it to hopping up a Yugo. Its still a Yugo.
LOL!! Couldn't of said it better myself!

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