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05-07-2005 11:45 PM  13 years agoPost 1
martinic

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I don't know why I did it - I should have known better, but I did it anyway. I added up the cost of everything I've spent on my Trex. Here's what it looks like:

$1800 cdn - Basic Kit (Heli, electronics, batts, charger, TX, etc.)
$926 cdn - Tools
$539 cdn - Upgrades
$206 cdn - Supplies
$516 cdn - Other (inc. G3)
$608 cdn - Parts (spares, repairs, etc.)

The total: $4595 cdn! (~$3700 US)

It's amazing how quickly all those little purchases add up! For that much money I could have bought a MA Fury Ion Extreme!

The worst part - I'm not done yet! (heh, heh, heh!)

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05-08-2005 12:08 AM  13 years agoPost 2
infinitemass

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I feel your pain. Although I`m not brave enough to add it up

How did THAT get in there?

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05-08-2005 12:19 AM  13 years agoPost 3
martinic

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Yeah - to think that I started this last summer with a $200 USD Esky 3D kit that I couldn't resist at the price. If I had any idea that in a few short months I would be completly hooked and buying a heli that I wouldn't even have considered at the outset then I probably wouldn't have started into the hobby at all. I'm glad I did, but it's a bit of a shocker. It's not all that bad though - it gets spent in little bits that fool you into thinking you aren't spending all that much!

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05-08-2005 12:32 AM  13 years agoPost 4
bevoduz

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Spare parts are the problem!
Pretty soon you realize you're an ESC or RX away from a second bird, and then ya have to get more spare parts, etc...

Bevoduz

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05-08-2005 12:37 AM  13 years agoPost 5
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martinic took the words right out of my mouth. Exactly the same senerio. I bought the Esky 3D, got curious about a better bird (TREX) now I'm hooked and trying to control the spending.

Hey martinic, what tools did you buy for $926. That's a lot...

Translation: what do you have that I don't, that will make me think I need it also.

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05-08-2005 12:40 AM  13 years agoPost 6
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bevoduz

That's insane! Do you buy wholesale. You have a better selection than my LHS...seriously!

lol

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05-08-2005 12:44 AM  13 years agoPost 7
bevoduz

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I look for deals
ebay rocks!

Not to mention that I just fly balz out and crash a lot, I think I can re-build a trex in about an hour now, probably with my eyes closed!

Don't remember the last time that I used the manual either...

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05-08-2005 01:41 AM  13 years agoPost 8
martinic

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Yard Bird - Here's what's in the tools category:

5.5mm wrench for Trex SS spindle upgrade x 2
5A 12VDC PSU
Ball link pliers
Brass Bristle Brushes Set of 3
Diamond Files 10 Piece Set  
GWS Micro gear puller
GWS Std. Gear Puller
Hardened Hex Driver Set-4
JR Ball Link Sizing Tool
Kestrel 2000 Wind Meter
Koll Pro Blade Balancer
Metric 40 Piece Drill Bit Set  
Metric Tap & Die Set  
Micro digtal tach
MJP Mico Heli Pitch Guage
My-Weigh i1200 AC Included (1200g x 0.1g)
SIG Tap & Drill Set - 10pc Metric    
Swivel Head Pin Vise  
Watt’s Up Power Meter

I haven't counted tools I can use for other things (soldering station, Dremel tool, etc.). I really hate not having the right tool for the job. I still want a temperature gun and will probably pick that up soon.

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05-08-2005 02:08 AM  13 years agoPost 9
Kaos2800

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Ok, bevoduz all those parts? That's a problem. I'll take them off your hands.

See while I've flown heli's in the past I've many been an airplane man. Then around december I started thinking, hummm it would be nice to have something to fly in the house when it is windy or rainy outside. Nothing fancy, just hovering, scarying my roommate that sort of thing. Then I saw the shogun and started to think, 3D? less than $200. Next thing I know I have a T-Rex, I got a charger, batteries, servos, hummm I need spare parts, hummm, I don't like these plastic parts they seem to have lots of slop.....etc. I'm also trying to get my private pilots lic. Good thing the weather has been bad and the plane booked. I couldn't afford three hobbies at once.

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05-08-2005 07:46 AM  13 years agoPost 10
rbiasi

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A few months ago I put together a little spreadsheet to see what I had into my first little $200 Esky Honeybee 2 CP. I'd had it for a couple of months. I think it came to about $800. That's when I decided maybe a SIM wasn't that expensive after all. Since I'd spent 3x the heli cost on parts from crashing all of the time. I stopped keeping track when I got the rex. But I think I had about $1400 into the Honeybee (and I spent another $70 on it today at the LHS).

I haven't found the courage to go through a similar exercise for the rex yet. And I live in fear that my wife might find my spreadsheet.

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05-08-2005 10:54 AM  13 years agoPost 11
martinic

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I figure that I had put about $600-$800 into the Esky before I realized I could have had a higher quality helicopter with quality separate components and that's when I made the plunge and bought the Trex. I had no idea that the Esky and Trex would end up costing so much.

What's amazing is that I'm a novice just starting into the hobby. Relative to the massive collections of some of my fellow pilots, my investment seems insignificant in comparison. These gentlemen are many years my senior and have been collecting aircraft for years. Imagine what they have spent!

It's interesting - if it weren't for the apparent low cost of entry into this hobby, I probably wouldn't have even bothered. Now that I'm in the hobby, I'm hooked. The fact that I'm also now a member of a MAAC club and get to hang out with others of a similar mindset just seals the deal.

The extremely cool 3D videos by some very talented pilots gives me something to shoot for as it looks like great fun, but considering how long it took to get here I really wonder if I'll have the time, patience and cash to get there. I wonder when the butterflies in my stomach will go away when I fly...

Well, enough of the accounting for me - I'm just going to fly and try to have fun.

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05-08-2005 11:39 AM  13 years agoPost 12
dtm360

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It is always a bad thing to do those sums. You end up frightening yourself too much. I try not to worry about that USD6xx I'm sending into the air when I take off!

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05-08-2005 11:41 AM  13 years agoPost 13
FLY JCW

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Ban this post
This post should be banned......

I have been trying to pretend that I haven't spent much on learning to fly helicopters I only started at Christmas...... I feel weak at the thought of what it costs..

Bright side is though its my birthday today.... my wife has bought me a Futaba GY401.... How cool is that??

Whoops another £100 to add to the spread sheet!!

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05-08-2005 11:45 AM  13 years agoPost 14
dtm360

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Wait til your wife figures how much you have spent!

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05-08-2005 02:25 PM  13 years agoPost 15
Hellijunky

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yea...another hellijunky is born.... soon you will be looking for a cheeper place to live....so you can afford more parts....with that new 12 volt lipo charger you could live in a camper... hmmm yea

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05-08-2005 03:03 PM  13 years agoPost 16
Kaos2800

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Hey, I just bought a Futaba GY401 for myself. Hummm it must be my Birthday too!

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05-08-2005 03:22 PM  13 years agoPost 17
Coolpowered

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Martinic, my god man, delete this post now , dont you know that wives can use the internet, and see this post. I for one dont like my boys in a sling.(LOL)

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05-08-2005 03:39 PM  13 years agoPost 18
martinic

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No problem CoolPowered - rule #1 of having a somewhat expensive hobby - make sure your wife has one that's more expensive! My wife is into astronomy in a big way and it makes R/C look like a bargain in comparison! She looked at my spreadsheet and wasn't suprised; she actually thought I had spent much more than that!

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05-08-2005 03:39 PM  13 years agoPost 19
MFIS

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Oh gawd, Dont get me started. The short version? I started a shop because the spares i had on hand just got way out of control. Obsessive personalities and this hobby do NOT mix well. I figured i had to find a way to make this hobby pay for itself because i cant control my spending If i think i need it, i buy it.

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05-08-2005 03:47 PM  13 years agoPost 20
FLY JCW

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Start a shop??
Good idea Anni............. but mine would be a sweet shop!

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