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07-19-2006 03:29 AM  14 years ago
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gusthepickle

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going to be buying a t rex
im saving up my money and im lookin at the amount of t rex at my flying field and i was wondering how much the cheapest setup is to get it in the air. no 3d or what not, im still a begginer and looking for something like this to hover and practive forwar flight and all that good stuff
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07-19-2006 03:40 AM  14 years ago
snakeman

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when i started with a cheap aligh balanced charger and 1 battery. the whole set-up with EVERYTHING costs me $650. thats with the 401 but not the 9650 which you will want down the road. not to mention all the bling that ive aquired that ive seen most people get when there heli crashes. they replace with aluminum parts... plus more batterys, crash repairs and bling im well over $1100...
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07-19-2006 04:01 AM  14 years ago
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When your learning one thing i reccomend and correct me if my thinking is wrong... NEVER skimp on the gyro and the radio!!!
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07-19-2006 04:05 AM  14 years ago
gusthepickle

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alright then, ive heard to stay away from futaba radios but what gyros should i stay away from?
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07-19-2006 04:13 AM  14 years ago
Boidman (RIP)

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There is no rational reason to stay away from Futaba radios. Any posts you receive in this thread will only represent a miniscule percentage of the total amount of good information available. You have considerable reading to do in order to make an informed choice. Good luck, and take your time.
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07-19-2006 04:14 AM  14 years ago
gusthepickle

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alright thanks
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07-19-2006 04:46 AM  14 years ago
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I agree, Im a JR guy myself but have flown with futaba radios before and if i didnt look down i probably wouldnt know the difference!
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07-19-2006 06:37 AM  14 years ago
Skiddz

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With the exception of my very 1st helicopter radio (JR) back in the early 90's, and an OLD Kraft 3ch rig in a glider back in the mid 70's, I've only used Futaba radios in everything from boats to helicopters. I've had *ONE* instance of control failure and that was due to losing an antenna mount and running over and severing it with a 1/12 scale pan racer.

I could care less what the label says. If it's good gear, it's good gear. Opinions regardless the "quality" and "reliability" of radio gear are like A-holes. Everyone's got one and some of them stink. I just use Futaba 'cuz that's what I happen to end up with. If I didn't have a 9C, I'd probably take a good look at a JR9303.

To address your question regarding cost.. By all means by a used ship, tear it down, reassemble it and get it set up properly. You'll assure yourself it's in proper working order and learn how it goes together because you WILL crash it.

Buy the most radio you can afford because chances are, if you stick with the hobby, you'll regret buying a low-end rig in the long run.

Just for your info, my TrexSE w/Align 430l, 35A ESC, Futaba 146IP Rx, Gy401 gyro, 9650 TR servo cost me $830. Tack on another $150 or so for a couple TP2100 LiPos and it's a cool grand, NOT counting the transmitter and support equipment. It's not a cheap hobby to get started in, but IMO it's worth every penny for the fun and camaraderie.
A helicopter is 10,000 parts spinning rapidly around an oil leak.
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07-19-2006 02:06 PM  14 years ago
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AMEN to skiddz i agree totally. I also just purchased a JR 9303
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07-19-2006 06:34 PM  14 years ago
Sarge3D

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Take a look at http://www.readyheli.com. I just purchased a TRex from there. I had a great experience with them. Heli came early, cost was reasonable and everything I ordered came exactly as expected.

Also John will take the time to answer any setup questions you have.
Ouch! That ground hurts!!
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07-19-2006 06:57 PM  14 years ago
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Do you have an email address for RedyHeli? I looked all over that site...they are out of T-Rex CDE and I'm wanting to know what their ETA is.

I've been flying with Futaba gear since I started in the hobby...love their stuff.

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PM Received with readyheli email

Philip
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07-20-2006 09:36 PM  14 years ago
Skiddz

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Don't forget heliproz.com and tech-mp.com. Both have great prices and service.A helicopter is 10,000 parts spinning rapidly around an oil leak.
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