I have a few questions about the HBK2, but first let me explain my situation.
I have been out of the hobby for about two years. I had a decked out brushless Trex 450 with CF frame and a falcon 46 nitro with GY401's on both and a 9CHP radio. I had been flying for about 5 or 6 years on and off. I started graduate school and I figured my lack of time and money would prevent me from flying and if I just kept all of the equiptment it would depreciate very quickly as newer models come out all the time. If I waited a few years and then decided to sell it, I might have wasted hundreds of dollars in resell value just because noone would be interested in several year old models. I thought it was the smart thing to do to sell all of my equiptment, even if I one day got back into the hobby.
Just browsing around I came across a deal for the HBK2 RTF for $130. At that price I could justify buying it and just keeping it around to fly every so often.
So I actually do not want the "best" equiptment (have already had that before), I would feel bad if I invested tons of money and was not using it. That being said, I had grown accustom to GY401's and a 9CHP, so I don't want something that is total crap and a pain to fly.
How is the stock radio? People mention that it doesn't have the range, what kind of range can you expect? I would really only be interested in close flying and maybe some circuits.
Can you adjust pitch and throttle curves with the stock radio?
I also heard someone say that their radio died on them after a few months. Is this a likely problem?
How is the gyro, I can't even remember flying with non heading hold gyros, how does the stock gyro hold. Can you add rudder compensation with the stock radio?
Make it idiot-proof, and someone will make a better idiot