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11-25-2006 03:24 AM  11 years agoPost 1
lgbmike

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Getting back into the sport after a 10 year absence. If I go Nitro it will be an EVO 50 for sure. Lately I have been wondering about maybe getting an electric to start with instead. I can fly very well but no 3D at this time. Will I be disapointed in an electric heli. I know my way around a nitro ship quiet well, but wonder how much trouble I will have with an electric. I dont want to buy into a "pain in the rump".
What do you guys think?

Michael

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11-25-2006 03:28 AM  11 years agoPost 2
helibandit

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GAS AND GO BOEEE

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11-25-2006 03:38 AM  11 years agoPost 3
3dJedi

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an Electric is far more powerful(torque) than an equivelant sized nitro powered ship. There is no clean up with electric, no glow plug to fail, less equipment to bring to the field.......really electric is the future of our sport. The only downside that I can see is battery cost. You need at least 3 to keep you going for a day at the field. 1 charging, 1 cooling, 1 flying. (if you only have 1, you will fly for 10 min and charge for an hour) Not toooo expensive for a micro heli (trex 450) but for a 50 sized ship it will melt your credit card!

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11-25-2006 06:20 AM  11 years agoPost 4
Two Left Thumbs

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Both nitro and electric are fully capable fliers. Since you are experienced, take your pick. Electric has higher startup costs due to the batteries and charger. If you already have nitro gear, that will certainly be the cheaper route.

I have a T-Rex 450SE and a Shuttle ZXX. I might as well sell the Shuttle, I never use it, the electric is just too darn convenient.

This is a debate that will go on and on, so it really is up to you.

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11-25-2006 07:07 AM  11 years agoPost 5
OICU812

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...Once upon a time there were Nitros, flybars and frequency pins...

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11-25-2006 09:04 AM  11 years agoPost 6
Jimmi

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I laid off helis for a few years and when I got back I went electric only because it was simple and could basicly fly anywhere. If you done the nitro ships already your in for a surprise on the electrics. There so much easier to transport just take a few battery packs with you and your Tx and your flying. I love my nitro helis and wouldn't sell them but electric for the time being is alot of fun and alot less messier if that makes sense. Good luck in your choice, Jimmi

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11-25-2006 01:29 PM  11 years agoPost 7
rudyy

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No kidding. If you can afford, get both.

I like the smell of the burning nitro and the roaring sound of the OS engine which you cannot get with an electric. On the other hand, I like the handy size of the electric and I can fly it just in my backward that I cannot do with my nitro heli.

Rudy

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11-25-2006 01:50 PM  11 years agoPost 8
Heli88

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There is no clean up with electric, no glow plug to fail, less equipment to bring to the field
Wow...now those are some great reasons to go electric.

Let me see, 5 minutes to clean up. I average one glow plug failure per year. For electrics you need about as much equipment as nitro's!

Don't get me wrong I fly both, but it's more of a personal preference between glow and electric rather than one having an advantage over the other. I like electric but there's nothing like a glow 90's noise, smoke, size and power!

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11-25-2006 02:27 PM  11 years agoPost 9
Pyrock

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I've never flown nitro and have a Trex 450SE and a Logo 10 3D (on the way)that is substantially larger than the Trex 450 but a hair smaller than a 30 size nitro (shorter blades by approx 35mm). One reason I stayed with electric is because I had great success with the Trex 450 AND because I didn't want to deal with the tuning of a nitro engine. I'm sure that if I put enough effort into learning about nitros like I did learning about electric setups, it would be a toss up. I dont do 3D but am a pretty confident pilot doing all basic aerobatics so I dont need a huge amount of power. As such, I dont have a fortune invested in the big batteries although I am not ruling it out in the future. I would suggest that you weigh the cost difference if cost is an issue. Take a look at the convenience factor if that is your concern. Take a look at your field choices since electric is more verstile and is not "illegal" to fly in non-sactioned fields. It all boils down to what are the major factors associated with your particular situation then make the choice. Good luck. By the way, GO ELECTRIC

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11-25-2006 02:56 PM  11 years agoPost 10
WJackson

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They've made some awesome leaps in the electric. The 600 is an outstanding performer. The batteries are expensive, but you aint buyin' fuel? Lookin' for a nitro Evo's are nice but if you've been away I would be remissed if I didnt tell ya about http://www.Gohbee.com Welcome Back

RIP Roman
Bill Jackson
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11-26-2006 06:53 AM  11 years agoPost 11
tiny-flyer

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if you can afford it go electric, and if you can really afford it get the lgo 14 jazz 55 EVO 10S2P.

" your never to low until you hit the ground ''

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11-26-2006 06:59 AM  11 years agoPost 12
OICU812

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nothing like a glow 90's noise, smoke, size and power!
Each to their own, 90 size power is not much to speak of anymore, it has been passed quite sometime ago by 50 size electrics. Only thing that has not been done "yet" is the time it can produce it, however that point is very near indeed.

...Once upon a time there were Nitros, flybars and frequency pins...

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11-26-2006 08:00 AM  11 years agoPost 13
DJDAZ

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Flying a Raven 50 and T-Rex 450 at the mo. Love the smell and noise of the nitro but love the convenience of the electric.

I guess if i could sell everything and start again i would take a T-Rex 600 Carbon with 3 batts as an ideal single heli compromise.

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11-26-2006 09:09 AM  11 years agoPost 14
Yug

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How 'bout a steam powered heli. I can just see it now - doing piro loops with coal, ash and steam going everywhere

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11-26-2006 09:15 AM  11 years agoPost 15
OICU812

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HAH Yug

...Once upon a time there were Nitros, flybars and frequency pins...

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11-26-2006 05:20 PM  11 years agoPost 16
COOKIEULT70

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Don't get me wrong I fly both, but it's more of a personal preference between glow and electric rather than one having an advantage over the other.
I think this almost sums it up. Personal preference. I have a T rex 450SA and a Hawk Pro/OS37. I've had the Hawk longer and love flying it. If I had it to do over again I probably would have bought something Lepton size and only had one heli. I can't bring myself to spend more than $200 on a battery pack. I'm still learning and crash alot. Batteries are durable but sometimes they do get destroyed in a crash. I could not afford that. If I didn't crash so much I might risk it and fly a 600 with the $300 batteries. But not untill I get better or untill FP has a buy 2 get one free sale on 6S4900 packs.

GAHH!!! Someone call 911!! My wallet is bleading heli parts!!

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11-26-2006 09:43 PM  11 years agoPost 17
JAGNZ

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Yeah, electrics make stunning power, for about 3 minutes and then it's ho-hum for rest of the pack. At this point in time, I would NEVER sell my nitro ships. Fuel and fly all day with the same power during ALL flights. Electrics aint quite there yet folks.


Jason Greenwood

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11-26-2006 11:51 PM  11 years agoPost 18
Nick Jones

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Here we go!

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11-26-2006 11:56 PM  11 years agoPost 19
JAGNZ

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BTW, not only are batteries for the larger electrics quite expensive but they are pretty easily destroyed in a good crash..... I am looking forward to the day when battery technology obsoletes my nitro birds, I just think we are a bit far away for that now. IMHO of course...


Jason Greenwood

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11-27-2006 12:05 AM  11 years agoPost 20
WJackson

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If you dont crash then that really shouldn't be a problem, soooooooooooooooooooooo just dont crash
Oh BTW the 600's that I've seen flown had awesome power from start to finish with a bangin' show, those were sponsored pilots @ O.C. Bobs, but when the timer beeped they hit the "auto finish" pretty quick. The one guy w/ a 600 at Lums Pond hits it pretty good for about 8min. BUT I dont know crap besides what I see w/electrics cuz I've always have and will fly nitro, (Its an olfactory thing

RIP Roman
Bill Jackson
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