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02-10-2006 02:01 AM  12 years agoPost 1
Ironbutt

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I'm new to the sport and have decided to start with a Blade CX. However, the V3 is on my radar as my next move up machine, and will be ordered in the not so distant future. When I went to the Century site there are several ordering options. Some are kits, that I understand. Others look like complete RTF setups including TX, receiver etc. This I also understand. What I don't get is the pricing. It looks to me that a lesser setup costs more money. I see options ranging from about $180 to $230. What gives?

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02-10-2006 02:21 AM  12 years agoPost 2
garage_flyer

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The ARF combos are more because the components are individually packaged and arguably "better quality" than the 100% RTF. Also the ARF combos require building and setup. Have you bought the CX already? I would start with the V3 100% then move up from there.

Do you have other RC building experience? If you are good at building cars or airplanes, you can start with an ARF combo

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02-10-2006 02:50 AM  12 years agoPost 3
Ironbutt

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I haven't bought the CX yet, but figured it would be a good place to start with an indoor helicopter. How much harder would a v3 be to learn with?

When looking at Century's site, the ARFs that I'm seeing that are priced higher than the RTF, that's because the components that make up the ARF are higher quality?

With out going back to their site, is there an ARF option that offers everything I need to get started, TX,receiver, batteries, charger, etc?

I have zero RC building experience. However, lots of plastic model building experience, and good general mechanical aptitude. I built an 1100 square foot, triple level deck on the back of the house last year. Never done that before. Other than the missing planks and wobbly railing it's just fine Seriously, is the v3 ARF hard to build?

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02-10-2006 03:04 AM  12 years agoPost 4
garage_flyer

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I have an Esky LAMA2. They are even cheaper than the CX and very very easy to fly. Too easy that I don't think you can learn much from it. But it is a lot of fun flying them.

If you have no RC experience, RTF V3 will be a good place to start. You will use a lot of your building skills when you repair them. I don't think the ARF combo is a good investment unless you already have some RC goodies (a computer radio, some Lipo batteries, brushless motors and ESC, etc.) laying around. Also people buy the ARF combo because they enjoy the building process. It would be good if you have local help that can do the final setup with you. The ARF combo will require a little more help than the RTF.

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02-10-2006 03:10 AM  12 years agoPost 5
slider46

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I bought my v3 as a arf kit.... a few months ago. It comes with everything you need charger tx rx and some poorly written instructions... I fly it every nite in the house and love it... It took about 4 hours to install the radio batteries reciever mixer and get it to hover (actually off the floor for 3 seconds). Then you have to get it trimmed out so your not fighting with it and your good to go. I would order the training gear for the v3, it will save you alot of money in parts while learning to get off the ground. A sim would be a good investment too....

Tom..... No "D" flying....

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02-10-2006 03:29 AM  12 years agoPost 6
Ironbutt

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Thanks guys for the quick response to my questions. Good advice. If I go with the v3 as first machine, I will probably go with a RTF. I got a chance to try a CX and it was a lot of fun. I've been going between the two trying to decide. I'll probably end up with them both. I can't get to the shop until next week, so I've got some time to think it over. Speaking of the shop. There are two in my area that do helicoters in a big way. The first sells only electric and has the CX and CP, as well as the TREX and Shogun. Very enthusiastic bunch at this shop. The other shop is also run by a big helicopter fan, and offers a complete line up of electrics and gas machines from most of the major manufacturers.

A sim is another issue. My computer experienced a meltdown last year, so I'm still using an older back up. It doesn't have enough power to run the current generation sims. I' was getting ready to buy a new computer anyway, this gives me a good reason to get that chore out of the way. I've posted a setup question at the sim forum.

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