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08-01-2007 09:45 PM  13 years ago
TheBigNoob

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I hear ya tchavei....If I had bought the sim and brought it home and tried to fly it I may have gave up then and there too....I didnt know anything about setting the trims all to 50% to start with etc....Luckily for me they had one set up at the LHS and I tried it before I bought the sim so I knew I had something set up wrong...
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08-02-2007 09:14 PM  13 years ago
Onespeed

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Get real with all of this
I agree with getting the Sim but to make it even more real set it up in a freezer so your knees will shake "at least mine do" when you and also have 3 or 4 friends hold hair dryers pointed at your head so you'll sweat "at least I do" and lets have some flies biting your legs and maybe a bug crawling around your neck or face.

Then have fun and fly the dang thing like you stole it!

Onespeed
I want the red button on my TX like I have with the G3.5 Sim.
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08-02-2007 09:46 PM  13 years ago
blt4ice

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I bought the sim, then ordered the heli the next day. By the time the heli got here and built and found a day to go to the field, I was pretty good at hovering on the sim.Brian
Heli tools used: Torch, Pipe Wrench, 4 ft. crowbar
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08-02-2007 10:41 PM  13 years ago
Eleven_Bravo

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Sim first then heli.

You could always build the heli piece by piece while flying the sim.

One months solid practice on the sim you'll easily be able to fly the real thing.
ENGAGE!!
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08-02-2007 11:32 PM  13 years ago
cookie monster

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I say get the heli and sim because i look like a pro on the sim but trying to cut the grass in real life is way differnt.Miniature Aircraft fury extreme 90 710 radix Y.S 91
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08-02-2007 11:34 PM  13 years ago
Two Left Thumbs

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I would not try flying your heli until you are comfortable in the sim. Unless you like rebuilding.

You have to develop the muscle memory in order to stay in a hover. If you have to think about which fingers do what, it is too late, you will crash. The sim will train your brain and fingers to react without thinking, you will know when it happens, because all of a sudden hovering is boring

When I started I put MANY hours on the sim, and crashed countless times. After a while I realized I would be hovering for 20 minutes while I was on a phone call, and the sim would shut down because I ran out of gas (or battery)!

I remember a post I read here a while back, explaining that to an advanced flier, hover is the neutral position, the thing you do between stunts, a resting place. A beginner has his hands full just trying to hover. A novice can't hold a hover at all.

Good luck, and have fun!
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08-03-2007 12:35 AM  13 years ago
dennis052

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The sim will save you money in long term and you will learn faster. You should have real helicopter and sim the same time for learning. I will buy the sim instead of real heli if you just start. One of my friend bought a Reflex XTR simulator for a month and he practice on the simulator two hours a day. Then, he flew his trex450seV2 for two weeks, now he is doing flip and inverted hover, I was shocked as I can only do that after 6 months. He told me that the simulator really help and he was not afraid to do 3D stuff on the real heli (after only 1.5 month).
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08-09-2007 03:58 AM  13 years ago
Rcarnes

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I bought a dang CX2 and played with it for about three weeks. Then I went and bought my Raven 50 & DX7, took about a month to build it, and still flew the CX2. After it was built( notice it has been about two months with the CX2) I had a local pilot test fly the 50 and then I did it with training gear of course. I am just now getting the sim. 3.5 is what the guys arround here tell me is the best. The tail in hover with the real thing was fairly straight foward, but the sim will only give me the cheap practice that i need. And wont cost 25.00 a gallon to learn with.

Just my experiance of course.
Hope this helps
Rodney
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08-09-2007 04:06 AM  13 years ago
GyroFreak

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I vote to get both, build while doing the SIM. You will know on the SIM when you are ready. Just remember, you are a lot more relaxed on the SIM than the real thing. I tended to over react on the real thing, resulting in a couple of boom strikes. The boom stirkes taught me not to set up any (or very little) neg collective while learning to hoover at 3 feet. A panic caused me to pull back all the way on the collective, and with neg pitch set down was hard and caused a violent boom strike.I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?
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08-09-2007 11:39 PM  13 years ago
13thlevel

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I'm a noob too! I'm still waiting for my new T-Rex to show up (tomorrow........yay!). My advise is very limited, but I say get both at the same time, that's what I'm doing. That way I can assemble the heli and get to know it well while I'm practicing with the sim. Actually I have the heli on order, but no sim yet, but I intend on getting the sim soon. I'm not in any hurry to actually fly yet, I understand it will take a long time before I actually fly the heli.

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