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02-08-2006 12:44 AM  12 years agoPost 1
prince137

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Hi Everybody, I have enjoyed reading these forums for quite some time now. About this time last year I went out and bought a Century Hawk Pro, with an OS .37 Engine, and a HiTec Eclipse 7 radio and servos. Total cost was around $1500 including all the starting equipment and such. I flew the bird for about 2 hrs, on and off learning to hover. I then tried to fly around a little, the sun got in my eyes and I crashed it. My heart broke! Anywho, I replaced the main rotor blades, the complete head ass'y, the tourque tube and the landing gear. I flew the bird again for about 2 more hours, only hovering thinking that I jumped the gun when I tried to fly around earlier. The next time I went out, I pulled out the antenna in my radio and it came out, so I put it back in apparently shorting a board inside the radio cause it no longer works (Powers up, but does not transmit).

As far as I am concerned, the chopper is in virtually mint condition, other than the radio. The Receiver, Servos & Gyro(4 basic HiTec Servos, one Futaba S9254 Digital Servo & Futaba GY401 Gyro) are all in great working condition(with less than 10hrs use). I am thinking I should cut my losses and sell my Hawk Pro, and I am gonna stick to RC Cars and Trucks and maybe buy a cheaper electric chopper. I hate to part with my Hawk, but I really don't have the time to dedicate to this hobby.

How much do you think I could get for what I've listed above? I am not 100% sure that I want to sell, but if the price is right I will take it.

Thanks for any input you have!
Chris

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02-08-2006 06:43 AM  12 years agoPost 2
Gearhead

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boy that's to bad, I'm sorry to hear this, I sure know the flying hobby can be frustrating at times, and the learning curve can be long, yet I would really hate to see you get out of it because the RC flying hobby is much more gratifying than other RC hobbies, and your already hovering,,, when I was racing electric 1:10 buggies I found that if I wasn't racing them I had no interest in them, just playing with them was just going around and around, now~ when Tuesday and Friday comes around I can't wait for that 30 mile ride Saturday morning to the flying field,,, I would really like to see you buy a new JR radio and try flying again, I have a great program to get new flyers into forward flight, I'm sure it would help you ,,,

my advice to you is to buy a new JR radio and try it again, get some help and take your time learning, don't push yourself, hover around for the summer, you may find new hope and interest for the hobby,,, let me tell you~ when I crash I feel just like you did when your Tx went bad, when I crash I don't even order the parts for a week, then after that week boy am I ready to go, I order the parts 3 day air, I rebuild my heli and I'm ready for the air, 2 years ago I crashed 3 times in like 11 flights, today I'm a better pilot because I didn't give up, in the past I have had fast cars, a 1947 Willys Jeep, 6 or 7 dirt bikes and 6 or 8 RC cars, but RC helis are by-far the coolest of them all and I'm looking forward to becoming a better pilot with every flight !!

as for the bad news "and I hate to tell you this with all you have been threw",,, but you stated your total starting cost was somewhere around $1500 (you must have bought from a hobby shop because Century has much better deals) and so with your Tx broken I really don't see you getting much more than $500/$550 for everything,,,

you could cut your losses and get out now, but I feel your going to loose a lot of you investment,,, if you stick with it and get a new Radio I would be very happy to send you my forward flight program, just PM me, as I said you may find new hope and interest for the hobby,,, good luck with what ever you decide !!

Jim

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02-08-2006 11:53 PM  12 years agoPost 3
prince137

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Wow Jim, thanks very much for your reply. I really appreciate the time you spent writing that post, as I learned a lot from it.

I think your right about not giving up on learning to fly. I think its cause its been many months since the last time I flown I've sorta fallen out of love with the hobby. Everytime I think about flying all I can see is possible crashes, and spending more money on repairs. Terrible isn't it? lol, I do know that every time I have flown my heli I feel very excited, much more so than driving my Rc trucks and cars.

Like I said earlier, total costs thus far were prolly around $1500, but thats canadian dollars, not US.

From your post, and some pms I've received I am actually getting excited about flying again. Thanks so much for making me feel good and confident about trying flying again.

Thanks so much Jim. I will send you a PM about your forward flight program.

Chris

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02-09-2006 03:00 AM  12 years agoPost 4
jackheli

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Whereabouts do you live in Canada?

It's easy to find an excuse to do wrong. Hard is not to find an excuse to do right.

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02-09-2006 04:07 AM  12 years agoPost 5
prince137

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Jackheli,

I live in Calgary, Alberta. I fly just outside of town at a doublesize football field. Theres never anyone around and its only about 10 mins from my house.

Chris

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02-09-2006 04:11 AM  12 years agoPost 6
BC Don

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Chris, as per the prior message, where in Canada are you. There are lots of people flying in lots of areas.

I know what you mean about crashing. When I started (a little over a year ago), I had the training gear on and still managed to crash with that, just attempting to hover. Whenever I started new stuff, I'd end up crashing again. Then as I got better, I started having equipment issues added in as I was able to fly longer.

BUT, I'm determined to keep at it and be able to fly helis as well as I can planes. There have been times when I've wondered whether I should keep going as well.

So, you'll never recover much of what you've got "invested" so as others have said, if you are interested in R/C then I'd suggest you get your radio fixed and keep going.

Got Money? Send it to me, I'm a Heli Addict.

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02-09-2006 06:09 AM  12 years agoPost 7
jackheli

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If you ever come to Vancouver bring your heli. I'll be happy to get you going.

Jack

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02-09-2006 04:08 PM  12 years agoPost 8
heli_jon

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Hey Chris,

Sorry to hear of your plight. Theres actually a couple of reps in Calgary that would be glad to help out in the event that you have any questions. Please PM me with your contct info and I'd be happy to put you in touch with one of them (me).

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02-09-2006 05:11 PM  12 years agoPost 9
BC Don

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Chris, didn't know you were here in Calgary. I fly at both Westwinds and CRAMs, depending upon the weather and other factors. There are Heli pilots at both locations but I've found more Century folks at Westwinds.

You don't say if you have a simulator or not or whether you've been using training gear. There is a swap meet coming up for Westwinds later this month. I'll be selling off a set of unused Century training gear and a used edition of G2 amongst other things.

PM me if you'd like more info or to get together to chat. If the wind stays down I'll likely be flying on Sunday.

Got Money? Send it to me, I'm a Heli Addict.

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02-09-2006 10:45 PM  12 years agoPost 10
Gearhead

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Chris,,, thanks for altering your profile, now knowing you live in Canada and understanding there is an exchange rate make's a different's in the price discrepancy,,,

I hope you stick with it, it's a great hobby !!

Jim

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02-09-2006 11:30 PM  12 years agoPost 11
prince137

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Thanks guys for your replys. You all are great.

Bc Don, I do have the Reflex XTR Simulator, which I used a lot for about a month before even trying to fly my real helicopter. I think it helped me get my real heli into a steady hover much faster than if I didn't have a simulator. I am pretty good at flying in the simulator, but I think thats because I don't have the fear of crashing and spending the cash for repairs. I will PM you if I need any help(thanks for the offer!), and I might come check out the westwinds flying field to chat with some others flying century helis. Thanks BC Don.

Heli_jon, Thanks very much for your offer as well. I will most likely get in contact with both you and BC Don when I've gotten a new radio(or the old one repaired). Until then I am unfortunately grounded.

JackHeli, for sure if I am every in the Vancouver area I will drop you a line. Thanks for your offer of help.

the Wasp, Thanks again for all your help as well. I will surely learn a lot from your advice.

Thanks everybody! This is a great forum, and its nice to know there are a lot of others around who are more than happy to help one another. You guys really do rock!

Take care all,
Chris

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02-10-2006 12:28 AM  12 years agoPost 12
oldfart

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Chris,

As the guys have said - stick with it and I am sure you will start really enjoying it as we all have.

Of note is that all the helis in any simulator have properly set up throttle/collective curves, proper amounts of cyclic throws etc. The biggest thing I have noticed over the years is that when one tries to translate their sim time into real time it may be quite different as their new heli most probably needs someone in the know to set it up as well as those in the sim.

I know Heli-Jon knows how to do so because I hvae flown some of his helis. SO if you can get a chance to get together with him I am sure you will learn a lot about the important area of set up

IMHO, a good flight is 40% set-up, 30% Pilot, 20% radio and 10% machine.

Even a great pilot, with a great machine, using great radio equipment will not be able to fly anywhere near as well and will not enjoy his flight if he would be forced to fly something that is not properly set up.

On the other hand a mediocre pilot will look pretty darn good on a well set up average machine with average equipment.

Anyway, welcome aboard - you will find a lot of Century fliers in western Canada that will be happy to help.

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