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08-04-2007 03:20 AM  13 years ago
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RF Heli

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LHS or used for a beginner
I am looking to get a Trex 450 SA. I already have the simulator and have been flying with it.

I want to support the LHS but I also know there are some good deals on used helicopters on here.

If I purchase at the LHS they will help set it up.

If I go used I am on my own to do it with the help of you guys and the instructions. I could also try and find someone in the local area to help.

If I go used or new I would take it apart and put it back together again before I flew it.

How have you guys done it?

Thanks
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08-04-2007 03:56 AM  13 years ago
Tioli

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You can definitely do it yourself. There are tons of great resources on the web, like Jason Krause's website, and Raptor Technique as well as Runryder--that's the way I learned. On the other hand if you have a good LHS, that's a great way to go--they have to really know what they're doing, though. otherwise it'll just add to the frustration.
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08-04-2007 06:22 AM  13 years ago
Eartaker

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I bought a Raptor 30 and all my electronics online NEW. and I am teaching myself. It can be done if you have the will to.
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08-04-2007 07:38 AM  13 years ago
DarkSideSimba

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If you good at really reading directions by all means do it yourself.. Set up is the most important thing, otherwise learning to hover and what not is a breeze. I would have to say a heli not properly set up is more dangerous then a newbie trying to solo his/her 1st hover. Besides you will get to kno your heli. I would say if a LHS wont help you set up a r/c anything no matter bought there or not, I personally would not shop there. Its a hobby we all partake together in.

DSS
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08-04-2007 01:10 PM  13 years ago
denheli

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Buy your heli from the LHS, build it, get some help setting it up and go from there. There is nothing like watching your heli spool up and take off after YOU built it. This way YOU will know every thing about YOUR heli. I did it with my Mini Titan and feels great knowing that I am flying a heli I built. Nothing wrong with buying used. I am working on a TREX 450sa deal now from my friend but I have seen this rex fly and a steal at 400.00Always Learning LOGO 400 V-bar, TT R50 V2 Blue, RJX Xtreme 50, Vibe 50N, TZ Frenzy 50.
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08-04-2007 01:42 PM  13 years ago
lrogers

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Having good help sure makes your life easier, especially the first time around. The SA manual is pretty good, but other instructions, like for the ESC are not so good. Learning how to set up your helo properly is key to a successful flight. There are very slight differences between a helo that set up correctly and one that isn't. An experienced eye can point out things that a novice would never even notice.

I finished up an SA a couple weeks ago and love it. It's a very nice flying little bird.
Larry Rogers - R/C Helicopter Pilot
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08-04-2007 02:17 PM  13 years ago
JRjoe

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Support your local hobby shop!!!

If you have a good one near by then by all means use them. These are the guys that will get you back in the air when you need a part on a Saturday morning.....

JRjoe.....
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08-04-2007 04:24 PM  13 years ago
RF Heli

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Thanks,

I figured I could always follow the instructions to put it together. If I got a used one I was going to take it apart anyway to know how it goes back together.

What about setting up the helicopter after it is put together.

The other question is, would it be better to get an SA to learn on and spend the extra money on parts and batteries or get an SE?
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08-04-2007 06:05 PM  13 years ago
legoman67

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my local hobby shop, with is run out of someguys house and he doesnt have regular hours, so you have to call him to arrange a time, he is never home, so its a pain in the ass, and further more, he was trying to sell me a century hummingbird for 500$, so i just went on a limb and boought what i wanted, found another guy and he has helped me a ton. i just live with the fact all parts come from heliproz or ricks..
not supporting the local hobby shop doesnt mean theres N help, just means the hobby shop wont help you..
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08-04-2007 06:16 PM  13 years ago
DarkSideSimba

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You kno other then being out of parts from time to time, RunRyder is the best hobby shop I have ever been to Open 24/7, and someones always around to help.

But indeed I am with Lego on this one.

DSS
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08-04-2007 06:23 PM  13 years ago
kcass518

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I think it depends on your local shop and how much they know about helis. We are lucky enough to have two great shops nearby. Both were selling TRexes. I bought from the one who was out there flying them every week and I'm glad I did. There was a problem in the tail at first and they spent hours and hours fixing it and changing parts on it to get it to run right. If I had bought it direct, or from the other shop, also a terrific shop, I'd have been scratching my head for months. And, I had been flying a Raptor 30 for five years before getting the TRex, so I knew something about helis - but not enough I guess. Good luck. You can never get too much help. And the help is very reasonably priced when you need it. And you will need it!
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