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02-04-2008 02:34 PM  10 years agoPost 1
CUJO

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After prommising myself that I would buy a 50size this year I got layed off from work (I know some might not care like they do in the Flightim.com site for FSX) I decided that I still can afford to do the TowerHobbies 3Payment thing and hopefully get a heli before the year is over.

My question is thoug, in wich order should I buy the stuff, I know you can' do everything without having everything, but can you work on one thing while waiting for the other parts to trickle in?

I want a Kinetic 50 cause of the price and the fact that I want to do scale when the money comes back, but am scared now after reading another guys post. Has anyone heard of such other disasters?

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02-05-2008 12:02 AM  10 years agoPost 2
Way2slow

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Well, I keep getting slamed because you couldn't melt another Heli-Max down and pour it on me, but hey this is the country of free speech. If nobody liked them, they wouldn't still be in business. I have three Heli-Max's, a Kinetic 50, a MX400 Pro, and a MX450SX.

The 400 is sitting in a scap bucket under the bench. It flew like crap, never could get the blades to track and one minor blade strike destroyed most of the plastic head on it.

The MX450 actually flies pretty good and is the main one I'm learning on, after taking the Heli-Max head and tail off and putting an Align on them.

I think you've read how I feel about the Kinetic 50. It doesn't stay working long enough to fly it and I've gotten so tired off screwing with it, I'm getting where it's just not worth the agreevation of trying to mess with it. I think it was mentioned about how many times it's been slamed into the ground, actually only one minor time and that was where one of the factory installed ball links came out of the swash.

Just getting into the hobbly and knowing nothing about what I was doing, I bought them becuase they seemed cheap enough for a beginner to learn on. Well, as the old saying goes, buy cheap s*** and get cheap s****. After starting to get a belly full of Heli-Max's I bought an Align Trex 450SE V2 and an Align Trex 600N Pro. Yea, you can buy several those Heli-Max's for what the two Aligns cost, but as I mentioned in one of my other post and got slamed for it, it's like comparing a Yugo, to a BMW.

Just one man's opinion that wouldn't have another Heli-Max anything, not even their oneway starter shaft, they don't hold up either. I'm sure you will get others that claim they are the best bird that flies.

I should mention, if you get it, strip it down completely. Some of the screws are going to have so much thread lock, they are going to be extremely difficult to get out, making repair in the field almost impossible. Other's are not going to have any thread lock and will be falling out before you complete your first flite. A micro butane tourch will come in handy so you can heat the heads and loosen the thread lock of those that won't come out, just remember, most of the thing is plastic so watch where you're applying heat if you use it.

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02-05-2008 01:35 AM  10 years agoPost 3
CUJO

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Well I'm leaning towards the Century Raven 50 now cause its CCPM. I don't want a 3D burner as I want to do scale. If I get a job soon I might actually waite and buy a Thunder Tiger 50 as I like the Ecuriel body and it would make a great scale project with our local AirAmbulance.

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02-05-2008 02:00 AM  10 years agoPost 4
nappyroots2182

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id stay thundertiger also if you like there scale bodies. raptors rarely ever fall apart

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02-09-2008 12:10 PM  10 years agoPost 5
busyflyin

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Owosso, MI USA

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In this hobby, it always comes to money! My best advise is to not buy the off-brands. Stick with Raptors, Align, Venture, etc. Get a good heli that you can grow with and you will be happier in the long run. I started with a Raptor 50 and it's a great machine that you can buy a bunch of different scale bodies for. It's reliable, low maintenance, parts are available anywhere, and it's pretty tough when you crash.. and parts are fairly priced. RC Heli mag just did a long term review on the 600N and I didn't like what they had to say about maintenance so beware of that.. basically too much maintenance is required.. parts wear quickly on it. Another point is.. buy a heli that flies well or you will become discouraged immediately. Good luck with the job and the heli.

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02-09-2008 03:29 PM  10 years agoPost 6
snobdrs

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as far as what order to buy in.
Do the heli first. I think a kit might be best for you, would give you plenty of stuff to do while your waiting for the cash flow.
Take your time with it.
Next i would go with the radio/gyro. Once the heli is built your gona want to set it up. If you dont quite have the money you could do without the gyro for now. The radio is where you want your money to go, id get the best you can afford even if it means waiting another week or 2 to get the funds together, it will pay off in the longrun.
you can do the motor,pipe almost last as most just drop in.

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