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07-21-2006 02:31 PM  14 years ago
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wakeboarder2342

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The downsizing! anyone else done this?
Well i have been in the hobby now for a little over 2 years and i have owned probably a dozen or more helis. I had my fleet finally secured at the following.

1- raptor 50 full metal everything *for 3d*
2- Trex SE *for those times in the back yard
3- xcell 1005 gasser *for AP work
4- Logo20 *for smooth crusing around
5- Electric shuttle *not sure why i had this, i just did!
6- Electric Raptor 50 * also for AP work


Anyway i always preferred the clean quiet power of the larger electrics but didnt really like the 400 dollar batteries and long charge times with short flight times!


So one day i came acrossed a thread about the new emoli batterys from the milwaukee v28 power tools and i thought this would solve all of my battery concerns, cheap fast charging and not worried about burning the house down!

so i needed a heli to put them in and after a lot of reading i settled on a second hand century swift. my decision was based on the following

1- cheap to repair
2- works well with the v28 batterys in stock form of 7s
3- can run 550mm blades
4- can do decent 3d and auto well
5- the ability to lift an AP rig


Now to make a long story short, i have now sold all of my other helis besides my trex *i still need that to take on vacation*

I use my swift with 530mm blades and 7s emolis for 3d which is does very well and gives 7-8 min flights.

then for AP work i swap out to 550 or 570 blades and down to a 6s 7400 lipo that gives me 13 min flights and amazing lifting power.

Ill be honest my man cave feels pretty empty now with only one heli where there used to be so many!! But i am very happy with my decision, i only need to buy 1 kind of parts *actually ive still never crashed it but when i do im ready!*

Anyone else experianced a similar downsizing???
favorite quote, no honey thats the same helicoptor i have always had
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07-21-2006 03:36 PM  14 years ago
GimbalFan (RIP)

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Downsizing a heli fleet is painful -- similar to when your children leave home to live on their own. I avoid this pain by keeping everything. op-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-t
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07-21-2006 03:51 PM  14 years ago
Yug

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Hmmm not sure about that. You need at least 2 helis so if one is sick, you've still got one to fly. Can't imagine anything worse than being without a flyable heli Vegetable rights and Peace
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07-21-2006 04:30 PM  14 years ago
cub2000

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I own 2 Raptor 50 SE's with full metal QuickUK upgrades. I'm thinking of going for one mid sized electric heli also. I'm leaning more on the T-rex 600 now. The nice thing is I can share the 600mm blades between the raptor and the T-rex 600. I know an eRaptor would have shared more with the current nitro Raptor's, but T-rex 600 is a new design
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07-21-2006 04:53 PM  14 years ago
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You need at least two flyable helis. Even with a boatload of spare parts there will come that perfect day when you would rather be flying than sitting in the man cave trying to put your one heli back together again.

Then there's the issue of potential electronics failure and/or glitch issues. Nothing's worse than being forced to troubleshoot an intermittent problem when the weather is perfect and you could be out flying #2 and having a blast.

There's a a two-heli minimum for hard core addicts.

Leif
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07-21-2006 05:30 PM  14 years ago
B.T.D.T.

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Down sizing sounds very painful. I would try to avoid that.
I've keep all my RC stuff since day one. Wife's not happy about the stuff I have. But hey it's in my space. But my space now is overflowing
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07-21-2006 07:18 PM  14 years ago
Ace Dude

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Two identical helis and a bunch of spare parts, preferable a spare kit to get started, are the way to go.  
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07-21-2006 09:01 PM  14 years ago
Jimmi

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I own about about 11 helis 3 electrics and never thought about down sizing. For the simple fact that I have alot of money into my helicopters and know darn well I won't get even half of what I paid. On top of that they were put together with alot of TLC So I enjoy them and keep them ready to fly at all times. Plus I have so many spare parts I can probably get a couple more helicopter kits out I Love having a fleet Down sizing isn't in my vocabulary Jimmi
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07-21-2006 09:46 PM  14 years ago
wakeboarder2342

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good points all around

i guess the bottom line is when i got into the hobby i was pretty into it but after a few years it got kind of boring so 1 heli is now plenty.

I like to learn about things and i think quite a bit of the interest in the helis was they are difficult to learn and i love a good challange!!


Now im back to where i would still much rather wakeboard then fly helicoptors. However they still are fun every now and again.

i was glad to downsize and luckily i bought most of my stuff used so i didnt get hosed to bad when i sold them! actually i think i made money on a few of them!
favorite quote, no honey thats the same helicoptor i have always had
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07-21-2006 09:55 PM  14 years ago
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Heli's never...On the other hand.....The wife!Welcome my son, Welcome to the machine
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07-21-2006 10:31 PM  14 years ago
Salty

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yep, I downsized as well.....went from 22 to 18...good enough for meAsk your Doctor if getting off your ass is right for you.
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07-21-2006 11:06 PM  14 years ago
Professor Fate

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"yep, I downsized as well.....went from 22 to 18...good enough for me"
Was that machine count or her size? 18 is still purtty big!
I know!
Welcome my son, Welcome to the machine
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07-22-2006 07:47 AM  14 years ago
TOSH

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Was that machine count or her size? 18 is still purtty big!
Man, that hurt my ribs.

l downsized from seven helis to two. After l got the Logo 14 the rest never got a look in. My R50 gets a fly while the packs are on charge if l can be bothered.
Flybars. Who needs `em.
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07-22-2006 10:47 PM  14 years ago
arceye

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Can't imagine anything worse than being without a flyable heli
hehe I can Guy its having a single or fleet of heli's in perfect order but none can be flown as it pi$$ing down


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