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07-31-2007 03:03 PM  13 years ago
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Joe114

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Suggestions for a beginner?
He everyone, I think this would be a fun hobby for me! I'm looking for an RC helicopter that can operate outdoors fine, also keep im mind i am a bignner My budget is about $100. Thanks!
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07-31-2007 03:03 PM  13 years ago
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Anything you can get for 100 dollars wont fly outside in even the slightest breeze.Andy
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07-31-2007 03:52 PM  13 years ago
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Yeah. That budget just isn't going to do in this hobby. Sorry to break it to you.---------
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07-31-2007 04:05 PM  13 years ago
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I see, what would be the next one up?
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07-31-2007 04:19 PM  13 years ago
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A Simulator.

Spend about $180-$200 on a good Simulator, and you will not be as disappointed as you will with any heli that is less than $200-$300.

Plus, after practicing a while (which you need to do, because this is no overnight success hobby) you can recoupe 85% of the cost of the simulator without breaking a sweat.

Any cheap heli is worthless after you buy it, you pretty much have to give them away.
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07-31-2007 04:45 PM  13 years ago
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Check out the Phoenix simulator. I have heard very good things about it and I am looking at switching to it from G3.5. http://www.phoenix-sim.com/welcome.htm

You can buy it new from Tower Hobbies: http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bi...p?&I=LXPNM8&P=0

Or you can find it in the classifieds on here. You will need a heli transmitter though. So if you decide to get into the hobby, you can use your radio that you fly your actual helicopter with for the sim. Or check out RealFlight. RealFlight comes with a controller that you can use. http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bi...p?&I=LXNYN1&P=0

Also try to find some heli pilots in your area and hit them up. http://www.pilotlocator.net/
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07-31-2007 06:32 PM  13 years ago
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$100 bucks won't do, not even enough just to get the servos. Usually good kits are at least twice that much and you'd still need to get the batteries, servos, gyro, motor, and esc. Then you still need to get the support equipement like Transmitter, charger, and tools.

You could get RTF helicopters for 150-200 but like other have said, they are not stable and do not operate well outdoors. That money is probably better spent on a simiulator. This hobby isn't cheap, expect to spend at least 1000 to get your first bird up. The rest will be somewhat cheaper as you'd already have the support equipment from your first one.
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07-31-2007 08:31 PM  13 years ago
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Get a part time job to support this addiction.AMA 619034
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07-31-2007 10:29 PM  13 years ago
garaptor

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Look at this site to get an idea on cheap kits.http://www.xheli.com/
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07-31-2007 10:50 PM  13 years ago
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So say if I purchase this, http://www.xheli.com/rareco4rtfhe.html

I would need the sim, batteries and what else?

Also this one wouldnt be able to fly if there is wind?

Edit: just found this one, http://www.xheli.com/esho5cp26rar.html . It looks like it fines fine outside.
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07-31-2007 11:14 PM  13 years ago
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I have no experience with these things, but truthfully these are "toys". These micro copters will not fly in any wind at all,are probably unreliable,and spare parts are probably questionable. I dont want to bad mouth a heli that I dont know about but you know the saying,You get what you pay for. It appears to be ready-to fly. All you need are batteries. Edit. I was replying on the CocoLama. The esky is a better kit I think. You get what you pay for.
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07-31-2007 11:21 PM  13 years ago
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Well, in the last link in my post, it shows it flying perfectly, preforming tricks outside. It most likely wasn't windy though.
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07-31-2007 11:34 PM  13 years ago
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I would definitely recommend going with a sim first of all, the phoenix sim is very good and saved me a tidy few $$$ so far i would say, but like everyone who has replied to your question so far $100 for the heli is going to get you a whole heap of garbage.
This hobby is very addictive and I made all the classic mistakes early on by buying cheap electric helis just to see if i was going to enjoy it before making bigger investments into it which i should have done from the start.
I think the best advice is to go to a local flying club first (you will be surprised how helpful evryone is) and if you think your gonna get into it then get a good sim then get the best heli you can afford the bigger it is the easier to fly in theory as it will be more stable in the wind.
But beware this hobby is addictive i estimate that i have spent $4000 in approx 5 months, not because i have had lots of crashes but because i have impulse bought before taking proper advice.
Anyway i wish you all the best and happy flying
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07-31-2007 11:53 PM  13 years ago
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My thought is,if someone is gonna spend a bundle(5-10 hundred)on a heli set-up, then a sim is a definite "Buy first". But someone that is gonna spend a hundred bucks on a heli doesnt need an expensive sim.This hobby is addictive to SOME people. I have friends that have tried it and dropped it. I caught the bug and love it but have spent a fortune. Heres another tip...the Esky sim is kinda primitive but has the basic moves and is only about 40$ shipped with a controller.
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08-01-2007 12:03 AM  13 years ago
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Good point from garaptor the hobby is addictive to some (myself included) but not all, so investing a lot of money into something you may not stick with for some is not such a good idea, you can get a free sim from the fms website if you can pick up a cheap second hand tx from somewhere like ebay, but i also believe that if you do get the bug, help from some experienced guys at a local club is invaluable as i would probably have given up too early if i hadn't had that help, or i would have spent even more money than i have already.
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08-01-2007 12:30 AM  13 years ago
garaptor

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Hey, I got 266 hits on youtube for esky honeybee! It looks pretty cool.Im sure there are different versions and upgrades but I like it.
I want one!
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08-01-2007 12:55 AM  13 years ago
Joe114

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Thanks everyone!

The ESKY HoneyBee will probably be my first buy. I will see how it goes, I will probably get addicted though!
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08-01-2007 01:01 AM  13 years ago
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Hey joe look into the blade cp helicopter...i fly gas but i learned to fly,hover,nose in hover with this heli so save up another 85 bucks. The parts are cheep also...blades 4 bucks, skids 4 bucks, Miniature Aircraft fury extreme 90 710 radix Y.S 91
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08-01-2007 10:56 PM  13 years ago
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I bought a HoneyBee FP from xheli as my first helicopter. You can get a feel for what its like without sinking alot of money into the hobby. But no helicopter is going to do 3D with a tail motor. A least not the small ones you find. Clearview has a sim for about $35 which can help if you do not want to start out with a 200 sim.

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08-01-2007 11:57 PM  13 years ago
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I have a twister cpv2(honeybee by any other name) and there is no way that it is ready to fly straight from the box!

The problem is that it is quite twitchy and can put u off especially if you have never flown before. A sim is definately a sound investment as it gives u a taste of flying without the expense of crashing!!

just my 2cents
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