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07-24-2006 03:07 AM  14 years ago
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uakeaflys

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What heli is best to begin flying with
Aloha All,

I was wondering if anyone could advise as to which would be better for a beginner in heli's . I've been flying nitro planes and have been flying the heli's on the sims. I want to start flying heli's so, would appreciate anyone help whether I should start with an electric or nitro.

I've heard the gasers are much easier to fly and handle. What's your opinion or advice.

Mahalo , Marcia
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07-24-2006 03:15 AM  14 years ago
cdrking

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Some things to consider:

What do others fly at your field? If you buy what they have then you'll have help and parts.

The wind on the Kona side can be a bit strong. A larger machine would handle the wind a bit better.

Something relatively inexpensive to start out with while you learn. Then you could go to a more complex/expensive machine if you like.

Part supply, I assume because of your location that you'll be ordering online so probably not a big deal if the local shop doesn't carry your brand.

If you do go electric you'll want a bigger machine for the wind on the island. I would recommend nothing smaller than a T-rexx 600.

I think a Raptor 50 would be an ideal starter heli. Cheap parts from Heliproz and it shouldn't take too long to ship the parts to you from Montana.

As far as gassers being better to learn on I don't have experience with them. But I would say it goes back to a larger heli being more stable.

Also if you decide not to stick with helis the Raptor is good for resale.

Just some thoughts.

Jeff
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07-24-2006 07:49 AM  14 years ago
Justin Barry

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If you decied to go nitro then your best bet is either on a Hirobo Evo 50 or if you perfer a Raptor 50. both helicopters are excellent for beginners and also will allow you to do more demanding manuvers after you get better.
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07-24-2006 05:09 PM  14 years ago
al_b

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A couple of the top 3D guys at my field have just sold their raptors to move to Hirobo Sceadu 50s. (My fault for giving them a shot of my Skiddy I suppose!).

They reconed it flew alot better both in the hover and for aerobatics. And with the prices reducing in the Hirobo camp, and quality of parts...

Not many people I know start with 30s anymore. They seem to progress a lot better with 50s. But as stated before, go with what's already at your field. You'll get more help with the setup if fellow fliers already own such helis.

2 cents and all...
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07-24-2006 05:34 PM  14 years ago
VT Fly Girl

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Hi there, I actually started with a raptor 50, but I now fly a Tiger 50. Both are very good heli's, but I think I prefer my Tiger.Purring like a kitty, but flying with the Tigers!!! Yeah Baby! Lori
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07-25-2006 06:54 AM  14 years ago
BARTGALAMBOS

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I agree Tiger 50!
I have three helicopters.

The Caliber 30.
The Tiger 50.
The Raptor 90SE.

If I had to start again I would skip the Caliber and go straight to the Tiger. It has a stronger frame, designed well and fly's nice. I don't have expereince with other machines, and wish I did so I couod offer better advise, but you just can't go wrong with the Tiger.....

Bart
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07-25-2006 06:20 PM  14 years ago
TUFF MUFFLER

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YES THE TIGER 50
From Audacity parts are easy to come by and u can build it apox 4 hrs fantastic customer support,can be tuned into your leval of skill weather u are a begginer or 3d pro it does it all Tom
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07-25-2006 06:39 PM  14 years ago
Kaos2

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I want to start flying heli's so, would appreciate anyone help whether I should start with an electric or nitro.

I've heard the gasers are much easier to fly and handle. What's your opinion or advice.
Since you're experienced with flying planks, the principals for training in heli's is the same as planks. It's not the easiest to start flying planks with a tiny little electric. Bigger is more stable, easier to see, and thus easier to learn to fly. On the other hand, nobody I know started flying planks with a 1/3 scale TOC aircraft. Obviously, with size comes more cost. I consider a nitro 30 to be the minimum size for the best experience learning to fly, while being amongst the cheapest to fix after a crash. 60 size heli's fly much more stable than the 30's, but at a greater fuel and crash repair cost. Most gassers are 60 size ships with a gas engine. The gas engine makes them heavier than a comparable nitro machine and that mass may make them feel more stable. Just remember, mass can make a machine more stable, but stability limits aerobatic maneuverability.

As far as which one to buy, buy whatever machine you like. They all can be great trainers as well as aerobatic. From a beginners perspective, stability or aerobatics are in the setup.
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07-25-2006 08:04 PM  14 years ago
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I started flying on a Gohbee 50 from the swash plate down it's a copied Raptor.

See for yourself:

http://www.gohbee.com/Merchant2/doc...tions/doc04.pdf
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07-26-2006 12:10 AM  14 years ago
VT Fly Girl

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I agree, smaller is harder, and I also agree that you should get what your comfortable with. If you have guys or girls that you fly with at your local field, it's is sometimes best to get what they are more familar with, so that they will be able to help you should you have any questions, or problems. Hey as long as your trying and flying, just be safe and have fun. Good Luck to you, LoriPurring like a kitty, but flying with the Tigers!!! Yeah Baby! Lori
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07-26-2006 04:27 AM  14 years ago
uakeaflys

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Thanks Everyone for your GREAT responses They have all been very informative and helpful. I have been doing some research have narrowed down to a raptor 50 or Tiger 50. The guys at my field fly raptors 60's & 90's modified and straight out of the box, Trex's, Scedeaus. My husband currently is flying a Trex SE & is also looking to get a raptor 50 titan or 90. I will be the only female so far to fly among the men in our club for the heli's. Right now, I am 1 of 2 women flying in the Kona R/C's. They've all been very helpful, and I must a great bunch of guys.

Once again, Thanks to Everyone!!! & keep your advice coming.

Mahalo, Marcia
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