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11-26-2006 08:07 PM  11 years agoPost 1
paintball_kidz

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Looking to perchase my first ever helicopter.
Electric and under $150.00, What would you recomend?

I see a 7 channel R/c RTF heli for $159.99 is this a good deal?

advice and comments are welcome.
Thanks in advance.

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11-26-2006 08:24 PM  11 years agoPost 2
Nightstalker

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[quote]I see a 7 channel R/c RTF heli for $159.99 is this a good deal?

depends on what it is, it might be hard to get parts for it and being new there is a big chance u will need some at one point when u (will) crash

in the uk $150 ot £150 ant much to get u started with a heli that will do u well, but i would recomend using that money and buy ur self a good sim as it will teach you so much plus it will save u money in the long run

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11-26-2006 08:29 PM  11 years agoPost 3
paintball_kidz

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Spending my money on a simulator will set me back alot farther, I have a tendancy to be impatient. I'd prefer to learn to fly it manuely. Here is the link to the site: http://www.xheli.com/7channels.html

What helicopter on that site would you recomend?

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11-26-2006 08:38 PM  11 years agoPost 4
Nightstalker

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i know it will sent u back alot further, but u could buy this heli and crash it with in a week and it will put u back on time and money,
the sim is a wonderful thing and u can learn so much,

the DragonFly ant a bad heli (not flown one my self) a trex (not on that site) is a good heli but will cost u abit more to get it all up and running, but parts are cheap and plentiful, u might have luck with a 2nd one,

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11-26-2006 08:46 PM  11 years agoPost 5
catzazz

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Make your life easy and get a simulator Reflex XTR and Realflight G3 are the 2 most popular.

It will cost you extra at the time but it will save you so much in the long run, the couple crashes you have will pay for the simulator.

I have been flying heli's for 2 yrs know and I got my simulator before I got my first heli and I can tell you right now that for $200 it cost me it was worth it. You will never out grow the simulator.

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11-26-2006 08:53 PM  11 years agoPost 6
AlanR8

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paintball_kidz

If you come here looking for advice then it would be a plan to listen to what we say!

A sim will cost money but in the long run will save you a fortune

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11-26-2006 09:16 PM  11 years agoPost 7
paintball_kidz

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How about those silumators that come with some heli kits?

any are theyre and instructors/clubs located in Vancouver, BC Canada?

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11-26-2006 09:34 PM  11 years agoPost 8
Rum95

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Don’t waste your time and money on those cheap heli’s, invest on a good simulator that way you’ll find out if this hobby is for you. If you are as impatient as you say the sim is the best way to go; no setup, no battery charging, etc. This hobby requires time and money and a lot of patience.

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11-26-2006 10:06 PM  11 years agoPost 9
stickyfox

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The cheapest you should go is an Esky Honey Bee CP or E-Flite BCP. They're the cheapest pro-grade helis. Most of the cheaper ones are really junky.

To learn to fly, a free simulator will do you just as well as a $200 one. Download one that you can use with a $12 game controller. You can learn the controls at night or in lousy weather, and without waiting for the batteries to recharge. A high-end simulator like G3 is really only a worthwhile investment if you want to do serious aerobatics and learn them quickly with minimal crashes.

If your total budget, including crash costs and regular maintenance, is not very high, I say get an E-Flite Blade CX. It's really well-made, cheap, and chances are the parts are available locally. If you can stand it, it's worth waiting for the CX2.

People will tell you you'll get tired of dual-rotors quickly. I personally don't see how that's possible. But even if you do you can certainly find someone to buy it. And the CX will be with you for indoor flying through the winter, which I'm guessing is gonna be even worse than upstate NY.

-fox

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11-26-2006 10:06 PM  11 years agoPost 10
Nightstalker

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[quote]How about those silumators that come with some heli kits?

there not very good, it will limt you

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11-26-2006 10:51 PM  11 years agoPost 11
C Schoolcraft

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lisen to the guys who know.......all the vets and helsmen who are saying to get a sim they are right im newand ive already got ove ahundred in new blades and othe parts if you get the sim to learn on you can save more money and get a better heli i would honestly wait till after christmas when everyone is trying to get rid of the stuff before taxes

just some advice from a newbbe like you who wishes i would have done some reserch first

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11-26-2006 10:54 PM  11 years agoPost 12
Nightstalker

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Good point C Schoolcraft wait for the january sales

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11-26-2006 11:06 PM  11 years agoPost 13
stickyfox

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If it's a choice between spending $200 on a BCX and spending $200 on a copy of RealFlight, definitely go with the real helicopter. Then download a free sim, so that you don't trash the heli learning to hover. You don't need the realistic physics or graphics to learn to fly.

-fox

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11-26-2006 11:17 PM  11 years agoPost 14
jdmoore64

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I wish I had bought a sim first. I lost count fo the money spent on parts and time lost. I still have so much to learn. I can hover and get forward flight, but the sim is the way to go. I will be buying a sim shortly. LISTEN TO EVERYONE HERE. THEY KNOW WHAT THEY SPEAK OF. There are years of exprience here telling you what to do. Listen to them!

John

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11-27-2006 02:08 AM  11 years agoPost 15
jh77ie

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check your local hobby shop and see what kind of helis they cary and if they carry a complete line of parts because you will be needing them . I agree about the sims they are great 2 train on and save you loads of greenbacks but i learned hands on with a saber that cost me about 139.00 complete but this is a fixed pitch heli the blade cp pro is a much better heli . I moved into the trex no turnin back.

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11-27-2006 05:18 AM  11 years agoPost 16
JeremyZ

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Here's what I think.

Download FMS (do a google search, you'll find it)

Buy a GOOD dual analog game controller. $15 ones are no good. You need to know that the sticks work proportionally, or you're going to give up quickly. I found a Logitech for $25 that did the trick. I found another one for $15 and gave it to my old man to learn on. He was flying all erratically, and it turned out to be the controller.

The dual rotor copters are unbeatable for indoors. A noob won't have room to learn any other kind of copter indoors.

Outdoors, they are completely useless. They get carried off by any wind.

The best compromise is to do FMS and save your pennies for a T-Rex. If you can't handle that, a contra rotating rotor one such as the E-Sky Lama V3 can be had RTF for around $140. Careful not to run it more than about 8 minutes, or you'll puff the LiPo and be out $25 right quick.

These cheap choppers are viable, but they require more patience instead of more money. Replacement parts can be had quite cheap at bphobbies.com for the E-Sky birds.

Edit: Why should you listen to us? Read the other thread, titled "Giving Up."

"Well begun is half done." -Aristotle

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11-27-2006 07:25 PM  11 years agoPost 17
paintball_kidz

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Yes I already have the FMS simulator and pretty much mastered it in my terms, I also did have a dual rotor heli and flew it with ease.

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11-27-2006 07:54 PM  11 years agoPost 18
Colin Mill

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Hi paintball_kidz

Take my advice - run while you still can I used to have a respectable job till I took up with helis.

Colin (CSM)

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11-27-2006 08:03 PM  11 years agoPost 19
dialarotor

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YES listen to Colin, I have 5 of his gyros. He's getting rich off of me.

RapRexSynLog Pilot

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11-27-2006 08:22 PM  11 years agoPost 20
stickyfox

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Well since you put it that way..
I'd save up and get a Trex or a BCP. You probably would get bored with a BCX. Although I still can't imagine such a thing.

-fox

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