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07-17-2002 09:00 PM  16 years agoPost 1
want2b

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What can I expect to do with this heli. I haven't seen it flown by a exp. pilot. Mostly see 60 size flown, am wondering what the limitations of the bird are?

Presently learning FF, only 1 crash so far, ( well 2, the second wasn't my fault).

Seems a little sluggish compared to what I have seen of other heli's.

Raptor 30 owners, how do you like it? / rate it?

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07-17-2002 09:20 PM  16 years agoPost 2
RCHeliJim

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A Great Little Bird
Hi, I too am new at this whole thing and my first heli is a Raptor as well. I love it, it has been easy to adjust and maintain, the assembly (I never to ARF on anything, lose too much learning experience) was pretty easy and the thing flies very well in my opinion. Even in my newbie hands it has yet to destroy itsself and has been VERY forgiving of my poor flight skills, eg. tried nose-in a week ago and almost died, but was able to save self and machine. Also the parts are EXTREMELY inexpensive.

I have seen my bird in the hands of an eperienced pilot, very responsive and quick, he was doing all types of maneuvers with ease.

I have the OS 32, which has performed flawlessly, so I guess to answer your question, so far I am extremely pleased with it, but lets realize that it is a beginners machine, but I am years away from outgrowing its capabilities.



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07-17-2002 09:21 PM  16 years agoPost 3
corey11

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Im learning to hove, but i love it!!!!! If you think its sluggish turn the atv's to 120%. im only at about 50% on all of them.

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07-18-2002 12:49 AM  16 years agoPost 4
Mopzilla

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If you think its sluggish turn the atv's to 120%. im only at about 50% on all of them.
NOOOO!!! ATV's are for adjusting endpoints, to reduce binding and make it the throws on each side equal.

Corey, to use the 50% ATVs thing, you can use dual rates. Dual rates basically limit how far on each side the servo can go in %. So 100% would be your current ATV value, and 50% would be half the throw.

For hovering and learning, I use 70% on aileron and 65% on elevator.

As for the raptor 30, I guess you should expect a great beginning heli!

About sensitivity and control, that depends a lot on your radio.

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07-18-2002 12:52 AM  16 years agoPost 5
Doug

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If you can do "it" it can do it

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07-18-2002 01:21 AM  16 years agoPost 6
corey11

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Mopzilla
Dont worry, Dave set them up for me. He did the dual rates not the atv. My mistake. The dual rates are at 50%. it was my mistake.

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07-18-2002 01:45 AM  16 years agoPost 7
Gearhead

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Maybe not,,,
the story I was told by a shop owner, is that the Raptor's distributor (Ace Hobbies) may just be going out of business, this may be why some people are having a hard time finding Raptor parts,,, maybe you should look at a deferent heli,,, take a good look at the new JR, I'm sure it's a good heli,,, I like Centurys helis my self,,, I've seen the Hirobo 30s helis fly and I like them too, someday I would like to have a Hirobo !!

Jim
I would like to fly every day that ends with a Y !!!!!!

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07-18-2002 07:57 AM  16 years agoPost 8
jonnyergo

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Raptor Rule the sky
People that say the raptors cant perform have their heads stuck up somewhere nasty. Me and my friend both have raptors and we are performing 3D now. A BEGGINERS HELI? YES. i learnt on it and it was fine. Its strange to see a heli that is good for learning on and can do pretty extreme stunts.
Starting off the heli will give you a steady hover and very predictable and crisp movements. Just the way you need it.
Advice - Sab blades and a tail pushrod kit really make this heli become a very very good heli.
Sab blades- the raptor likes heavy blades for some reason otherwise it does the famous woof and poof, sabs prevent this.

also raptor parts are cheaper than alot of other companies. Ive got a shuttle aswell as the raptor and id rather crash my rappy than my shuttle.$$$ £££

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07-18-2002 01:09 PM  16 years agoPost 9
want2b

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tell me more about the blades and push rod kit please.

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07-19-2002 03:24 AM  16 years agoPost 10
jonnyergo

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Hi want2be, The SAB 550mms really are nice blades. Heliproz don't have them (and haven't for some time) but Cyberheli in Hong Kong do (http://www.cyberheli.com) for nto a bad price. The tail pushrod is better purely because it gives a more solid feel to the tail, because it is Carbon it is a solid pushrod and being mounted on the tail boom closer to the tail provides more accurate control. Quick UK has them and also there are several different brands that make them on Heliproz (http://www.heliproz.com), they have them by Mr Carbon and others.
Hope this helps.

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07-19-2002 05:01 AM  16 years agoPost 11
Kurt64

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What to expect from a Raptor???...a whole lot of fun for relatively little money.

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07-19-2002 05:47 AM  16 years agoPost 12
Rotorhead

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Ace in trouble? My $.02
Heres what I have deciphered about this. The parts availability issue is a financial and business operation/management issue. Ace moved to CA (to be where the boats come in I'm betting), let the parts reserve lapse during the transition, as well as the allowing regular business practices fall apart in the process and is playing a crappy game of catch-up trying to recover from it. They are too "thrifty" to ship goods to the US in anything but a shipping container on the "slow boat from China"! They didn't plan or order enough parts to get ahead of demand, and the shipping process makes it worse. But this is how they make margins and we get economy priced products. I believe that is what is going on. Just look back at the whole "when will the Raptor 60 be here" scenario. If you followed that, the market waited for the boat to arrive and then they got those beta birds out in a hurry, way past the target date. Raptors have hooked more people into this hobby than any other model. I really doubt they would walk away from the market they built now. If you want to read more about this topic, http://runryder.com/showtopic.htm?t...9&topicid=15738
My guess is it will improve, just hard to say when. Kind of like our current stock market

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07-20-2002 10:53 PM  16 years agoPost 13
PAustin

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I do full 3D with mine and really haven't seen anything it can't do.
And.... mine is box stock. I do run FRP 550 blades and Cool
Power 30% though. As one visiting heli pilot said, "It's a rock'en
Raptor".

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07-21-2002 03:27 AM  16 years agoPost 14
Vitya

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RAPTOR
This is a damn good heli and anyone who says anything against that does not know anything about it. Ace got rich of the raptor for sure and i think they deserved every penny of my $550.

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07-21-2002 04:03 AM  16 years agoPost 15
Kam Wyatt

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raptor 30
Raptor 30 totally stock,

Check at the IRCHA web site PPP Level VII

The raptor 30 is the only thirty size helicopter that has flown to the highest level.

Other .30 size helicopters are capable, but the raptor 30 was the first to do it and had no problems a testiment to how great it is.

Level VII was achieved with:

Totally Stock raptor .30 with wood blades, TT 36 with stock muffler
(loud) but helpful because you can tell when the engine quits!

Don't buy upgrades buy fuel!

Best Regards
Kam

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07-22-2002 07:46 PM  15 years agoPost 16
want2b

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This is all great news, I guess I gotta go burn some more fuel

I like that saying I saw here some where, "Fly it like you stole it"

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