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01-14-2006 10:43 AM  13 years ago
frkit

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Townsville, Queensland, Australia

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walkera 36
I to have recieved a 36# for christmas still havent flown properly spins out of control as soon as power is enough to lift off. I am new to helicopters but this is a steep learning curve and the best advice i have heard is look elsewere. I am still going to look into changing all the electrics with something of better quality after all the chopper only cost 200 australian
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01-14-2006 11:23 AM  13 years ago
rotaryphil

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My walkera experience....
I started flying walkeras with the #4,I must say it is a pretty good heli for indoors or perfectly calm outdoors (and I mean no wind).The #4 parts are cheap and available anywhere on the net.
I bought myself a #39.... its a TREX V1 clone,even the align parts match exactly.The electronics are crap,servos lock up and the gyro...I have no idea what it is trying to do I dont even call it a gyro. I replaced all the electronics on it (servos reciever batterys Motor and ESC) and now it flies great,I am doing basic 3D (loops & rolls) with it.
I got myself a #22E, a good all round model,it works great but it suffers in any marginal wind (5kts). I crashed it a few times and every time I replace from the swashplate and up (too many things bend in a crash).
So My bottom line: The mini helis are ok, anything bigger and you're better off just buying the kit and fitting your own electronics.
Hope my 2c helps
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01-29-2006 09:13 PM  13 years ago
ozbach

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Olympia, Washington, USA

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I bought the walkera 36 RTF for my first electric heli..I started out on nitros....I learned on a raptor 30 which i still have...then bought the rappy 70 "my cadillac of helis"....anyway back too the dragonfly RTF...what a joke!...the brushed motor is a weak battery eater...and the batteries walkera sends with the copter are junk...the all in one reciever takes on a mind of its own when you least expect it...The transmitter had to be taken apart and the tension spring hooked back up on the collective throttle side...here is a list of what i did to make it fly decent:
1.replaced motor with "brushless" motor and speed controller
2.replaced reciever and used my own radio transmitter
3.replaced walkera gyro with the one that came on my t-rex which was a telebee. huge difference!
4.replaced the tail servo with a HS-55

I bought the T-rex after the walkera...... The T-rex is more spendy
but after i replaced everything on the walkera, just so it would fly,
I wished i would have bought the T-rex first....I just had a hard time giving up on the dragonfly....If I am going to have a heli sitting around it needs to fly! so I spent the extra money on the walkera, so i could at least count on it flying right!...Oh i forgot to mention...I had to use the batteries from the T-rex to fly the walkera....the ones it came with would only lift it off the ground for about 10 seconds!....My advise to all that are thinking of buying the walkera, is spend the money on something better like the T-rex.....because you will have to spend it anyway on the walkera, and even with the upgrades on it now.....My T-rex out performs it so bad it aint funny! The T-rex is a stock 450 XL HDE sure wish I bought it first, but thats how you teach yourself a lesson. I always have to learn the hard way...lol
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03-17-2006 03:32 AM  13 years ago
mike50

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hazleton, pa.

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36 junk
i also had 2 walkera 36. JUNK. and by the way i have been flying for many years inverted flight, so it is not that i am new to helis. but i would like to see all walkera brands or others using a walkera with there name on it banned.
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03-17-2006 06:14 AM  13 years ago
whatsup427

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Davenport Iowa

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Walkera= JUNK
i recently got a walkera thinking it would be a cheap way to get back into the hobby after 5 years of not having a heli. To make a long story short it took about 2 hours for me to permanetly put the dragonfly 36 on a shelf and get another nexus 30 and a new caliber 30. I may let my seven year old daughter try to fly the 36 and let her DESTROY IT. After that i may give it a proper firecracker funeral.
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03-17-2006 07:11 AM  13 years ago
Jimmi

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I heard so many pros and cons about walkeras it isn't funny. Guys who have flown helicopters before are saying that the walkera is an ok heli and flys decent and its not bad for the money. Then I hear guys who havn't flown a helicopter period, say the helicopter is junk and not worth the box it came in. I have stayed away from this helicopter due to parts are not available locally or not close by. That in itself should say alot. Secondly I don't like the idea of ordering parts from timbucktoo, and having to wait for parts so I can go fly my heli. That would in itself drive me bonkers. Thirdly I don't see a, "how great is your walkera" list on this or any forum for that matter. And last, I don't like the idea that the postage is costing more to ship a walkera to me then the walkeras worth. This helicopter sounds like they need to come out with a better version. Or redo alot of the parts and pass the cost to the consumer and maybe just maybe they will get it right. Jimmi

They say Its mind over matter, but if you don't have a mind it doesn't matter
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03-17-2006 09:32 AM  13 years ago
Pistol Pete

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Seffner, FL

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My 5 cents of experience with #36...for what it's worth...
Most bad experiences with the #39 has been made by those that bought it as an entry heli...bad idea especially as the instruction that came with it were a joke.

The batt was indeed good for 5 minutes flight and acceptable given the type and mA. Also given the brushed motor.

The charger was a lame wall plug that you had to keep an eye on or plug into a timer.

I helped a friend set up his #36 "properly" and it flew fine. I would say just as good as the shaft driven shogun. Given the price...it was not bad. He eventually upgraded to a brushless and lipo and it really flew even better. He eventually crashed it badly and I inherited the servos...in use in a plane...not bad...as he is saving for a trex.

That said...

There is a newer version out #59 and #60.
7ch Tx (also an 8ch)
Improved ESC/Rx,
Metal chassis,
DIRECT servo to swash similar to the Trex SE
Belt driven tail.
It is also larger than before.
The manual has changed from night to day with every little button explained

Unfortunately, given its initial bad reputation, it is going to have a hard time making a come back.

Would I recommend it? maybe, AFTER I test one.
~~Enjoying the hobby one flight at a time~~
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03-17-2006 10:50 AM  13 years ago
hootowl

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Garnet Valley, Pa.

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Total JUNK and a waste of money.

Gyro quit early on.

I had one for my first heli. Glad it's gone. Feel sorry for the guy that bought it on ebay
Wolves don't lose sleep over the opinions of sheep
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03-17-2006 02:30 PM  13 years ago
ANTHONYJ3D

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my m8 has one and it seems good all hes done is replace the eletronics n put a brushless motor and a towerpro esc n sold the standard gear out of it its the walkera 36 one
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03-17-2006 02:41 PM  13 years ago
Raptor50V2AUST

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Perth, Western Australia

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Yes I had the Walkera 35 from ebay and what complete piece of crap.

I would go out of control for no reason. The tail gears striped while off the ground in about 3 minutes of the first flight

The battery used to get very hot when on charge and all the servos eventually started to shake badly.

Yep all round chunk of shiat!!!!

My Trex has restored my faith in small electric QUALITY heli's.
Raptor90se
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03-17-2006 02:46 PM  13 years ago
hootowl

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My Trex.... at first I thought it was junk too but after owning and flying for a couple months I love it!Wolves don't lose sleep over the opinions of sheep
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03-17-2006 03:04 PM  13 years ago
Hoverdown3K

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Rochester, New York

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So much bad press about walkera,, yet people some how think they can fix it.

the answer is simple

Walker and Vemon = POS

DO NOT BUY
-= I know there is Money in RC helicopters. I put it there=-
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03-18-2006 04:45 AM  13 years ago
Jimmi

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I didn't know the venom was a on the POS list too. Thats New news to me. Jimmi

They say Its mind over matter, but if you don't have a mind it doesn't matter
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03-18-2006 09:59 AM  13 years ago
ANTHONYJ3D

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from what ive seen so far the walkera 36 seem to be better than the others from the walkera factory. i was going to buy one but i got a trex ready to fly for £75 uk pounds which is very cheap
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03-18-2006 06:05 PM  13 years ago
ShellDude

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East Coventry, PA

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Walkera's are great once you make a few minor changes...

Hopefully my sarcasm is evident.
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03-18-2006 06:26 PM  13 years ago
Tommy Z

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i have a walkera dragonfly 22E
haha, yeah...my gyro decided to take a vacation, mine no longer flies, well it does, but im not capable of flying it, you might as well put a rocket on it, or something. (freakin walkera products)
im getting a T-rex and im so excited!!!!
-Tommy
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03-19-2006 03:59 AM  13 years ago
az_heli

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Orem, UT

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I know this will start something but it must be said...

The ONLY reason why people dislike or bag on the walkeras is because of the electronics... which I might add are JR..
so technically the only thing going for the trex's are that they dont supply the electonics... haha its kinda sad really, but I suppose theres always got to be an outcast company so the others look real good and make money.. maybe a little inside job by align?
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03-19-2006 04:04 AM  13 years ago
ShellDude

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wow az... your statement is totally unfounded. I love my JR equipment. Please don't insult JR. The only similarity between JR and Walkera is that Walkera ripped off their physical, as in asthetics, gyro design, and it looks to be much the same with their "new" transmitter.
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03-19-2006 05:49 AM  13 years ago
Jimmi

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I thought the walkeras electronics were made by mattel not jr If walkera electronics are made by jr that indeed is news to me. Jimmi

They say its mind over matter, but if you don't have a mind it doesn't matter
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03-19-2006 06:15 AM  13 years ago
Tommy Z

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i just assumed the electronics were made by TONKA or TYCO RC. haha
no need to get mad anyone, everyone is unique ina way, which means everyone will have totally different opinions.
-Tommy
-Tommy Boy
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