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02-07-2006 12:31 AM  12 years agoPost 1
quattrokid73

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Hey guys,

After Christmas, I purchased a Hummingbird FP. I've been flying it ever since. I have found it to be quite unstable and a handful at times. Also, I always get glitches with the crummy 14mhz rx and tx. These glitches are sometimes so bad that I have to stand in horror as my bird flys straight into the wall.

I recently purchased Real Flight G3. I put it on its hardest setting, and after a few hours have little problem doing fast forward flight, long circular and figure eight turns, and even flips and barrel rolls. All of this I did with the Dominion 3D.

So...I am wondering...Is it time for me to get new bird? One that is larger, more stable, more reliable, and more capable? From what others have told me and my own experience, the bigger helis are actually easier to manage than my tiny Hummingbird. Am I ready to make the jump? I am pretty sure I want to stay electric. I am leaning towards the MX400 Pro and the Quick EP8. I would consider a Trex as well, but the MX400 and EP8 seem like better machines.

What are your thoughts? Should I wait a while or not and what would be a good next step?

Sorry, It's a lot of writing...

Adam

Also...Spektrum or Futaba 6ch TX?

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02-07-2006 12:39 AM  12 years agoPost 2
GyroRon

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Just do it!

Get the better machine now - whatever you want to get - and I bet you will be much happier.

As for the T-rex, I just got one less than a month ago, and yes there are others like the Rex which seem better stock.... But it is hard to beat the prices of replacement and hop up T-Rex parts and there is alot of support for the Rex here on the forum.

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02-07-2006 12:44 AM  12 years agoPost 3
GyroRon

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By the way, I started last summer with a GWS Dragonfly, then upgraded to the Blade CP, then a Shogun and now the T-rex.

The Dragonfly was the hardest little MF'er I have ever tried to fly, I would say it is beyond junk....

The Blade CP was alot better but it had issues with the rotorhead binding and the electronics giving me fits. It is not quite junk but close.

The Shogun was alot easier to fly. I would highly reccommend one to a new heli pilot. It needs less wind to fly than the Rex but it was easier to control than the Rex. Parts were pretty cheap for it too.

The T-rex is nice and I am glad to have one and to fly one. It is touchy to fly though...

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02-07-2006 01:02 AM  12 years agoPost 4
quattrokid73

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!!
Great! More Opinions, Thanks!

Also...The MX400 is more stable than the trex stock because of heavier flybars I do believe.

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02-07-2006 01:10 AM  12 years agoPost 5
Soniq7

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Yes! buy it now! right now while Im online!

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02-07-2006 01:14 AM  12 years agoPost 6
rotor- shark

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ok well if you upgrade to a "propor" helicopter,then you will have joined the hobby properly,those hummingbird heli's are only for a laugh and not to be taken seriously.your simulator will have given you an example of what a real model flies like.god only knows how the manufacturer gets away with producing those "humming birds".your a brave man indeed.a suitable replacemnt to learn on would be somthing like a raptor or sceadu.if your hell bent on an electric mini,then a trex or similar would do,but although you can fly them properly,they don't fare that well in the wind for a begginer,the raptor or sceadu would be better to learn on.

all comments are my opinion only!

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02-07-2006 02:15 AM  12 years agoPost 7
quattrokid73

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hah thats what i was thinking. i hear a lot about the 400 sized electrics fairing very well in the wind though. what size raptor would be good? also, how much would it cost to get that raptor set up with everything including TX and fuel costs as well? I might be able to spare the extra money for the initial investment, but later on the fuel and maintinece costs might ruin my wallet.

adam

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02-07-2006 02:21 AM  12 years agoPost 8
nguyen23464

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screw it all,

and go get a raptor 90se. Youll thank me later.

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02-07-2006 02:26 AM  12 years agoPost 9
GyroRon

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Think the Electric T-rex sized helicopters are certainly going to cost less to buy and cost less if you crash to repair them.

I paid 325$ for my T-rex from someone on this site. It was new and never flown and had all new equipment on it. All I needed to add was my battery, charger, transmitter and a ESC.

I use a hobbico field charger that cost 50$

I bought 2 used Thunderpower lipo 2100 packs off here for 75$ shipped

I already had a ESC and transmitter, but figure those would cost around 250-300$ for a decent computer radio and a decent ESC, possibly less if you buy used stuff.

So that is around 700$ for basically all new stuff. And the radio, charger and batteries can be used on other helicopters and electric park flyer planes as well.

The biggest place you will see a price differnce is in how much the parts cost to fix the machine after a crash. Small electrics can crash hard and only break a few parts that are cheap to replace. A big Nitro ship when crashed can really tear the heck out of the machine and repairs can get over 100$ per crash quite easily. Crash a T-rex really really badly and worse case you buy a whole new helicopter for 129.00$

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02-07-2006 03:00 AM  12 years agoPost 10
Aaron29

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Wow when you say BIG HELI here I was thinking of a Cuatro.

May I be the first to recommend a 30 size nitro helicopter. I remember trying to fly a guy's electric and they are much harder to fly.

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02-07-2006 03:00 AM  12 years agoPost 11
quattrokid73

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exactly. i already have the hobbico quick field charger too. i found a package that is 650 for an mx400 pro with all electronics (all very good specs and name brand) with a futaba 6ch pcm tx and a lipo. Add 50 for training gear, extra blades, and crash kit and im set.

So what do you guys think then for a 400 sized electric?

Adam

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02-07-2006 03:22 AM  12 years agoPost 12
sunfm

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Raptor 50 V2
Get a rappy

they are a great machine

and the 50 is a good size as its small enough to learn on but you can still advance alot

just my 2 cents

Align Trex 450 XL HDE ------ I LOVE IT---------

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