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02-09-2008 12:55 PM  10 years agoPost 1



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Ive been away from flying for sometime now. Looking at my AMA tag on my radio looks like 1999.
The helicopters i have now are the Concept 30 DX and a litemachine 110. But ive found that the radio and everything else for that matter is to old to use with new helicopters.
i also have a new thunder tiger 36 in a box.
I would like to spend around $1000 on a new helicopter
Ive been looking a RTF kit due to the age of my Radio and gyro.
The JR Venture 30 kit is one im looking at. But after looking around on this site ive noticed most people are flying 50 or larger helicopters.
So here my question.
Is this a good machine? Should i go to the next size up and try to peice a setup together or should i just look around for a used helicopter . My only fear on a used helicopter is beening out of flying for sometime id hate to buy something that puts me back were i am already. Out of Date
Thanks for your input I need all the help i can get

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02-09-2008 02:32 PM  10 years agoPost 2


Cincinnati, Ohio

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You might want to consider going electric. The technology has gotten much better and finally it's practical. There is a new heli called the Esky E-smart that really opens the door to newer pilots with very reasonably priced parts. It is about the size of the Venture, and yet can be much more capable with the right setup. The Raptor 50's are still around, and doing better than ever with the Hyper engines. I'm sure others will jump in with more 50 size nitro recommendations.

02-09-2008 02:42 PM  10 years agoPost 3

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Jonesville , IN USA #1

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If you really want in this hobby, then i highly recommend a 50 size machine. Jr makes a few if thats what you want. My self i really like the Trex600N. I'd suggest you find out what others in your area are flying and get that. That way if you need help it'll just be easier. Also you should stop by the LHS and see what they have to offer. Parts support is a big deal to me. It's always nice to be able and run down to my LHS and get parts today.....

I'm not a big fan of used heli's unless you can actually see it fly first.

Indoor plumbing??? No, we don't need that!!!

02-09-2008 03:08 PM  10 years agoPost 4


Billings, Montana - USA

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if you where a descent pilot before then I would recommend a 50 size because you'll remember things faster and progress better. if you go back to a 30 then your likely to out grow it in 2 - 3 mo.
I got my raptor 50 titan from with engine(TT50) for 470.00 shipped and the parts for a raptor are cheaper than JR. and the DX7 you can pick up around 200 with rx(AR7000).
it all ends up with personal preference.
my friend got into this hobby and did not like the way the raptors look. he liked the MA's so that's what he purchased..he crashed once already and the cost of heli plus crash has added up to the purchase price of almost 3 of mine..
2 each his own. good luck.

Raptor 50 Titan with DX7, GY401, and TT Redline 53 is Awsome!

02-09-2008 03:21 PM  10 years agoPost 5



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Hey Pepsi
being an old schooler myself, started on an original shuttle got out for a few years, then did most of my flying on the concept.
What heli you want really depends on where you want to go with your flying. A 30 machine would be fine for you unless your looking to do sum hard 3D.
If you looking to be more of a sport flyer the 30 will do everything u want it to. A 50 will be a touch bigger, slightly heavier, and have gobbs more power.
If you not looking to go hard core 3D you might also look at a 60 machine. The are pretty affordable also. You might want to look in the classifieds on here as there are sum really good deals.

Support your local hobby shop

02-09-2008 03:35 PM  10 years agoPost 6

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Definately look into getting a 2.4ghz system NO more glitches no more waiting on freq pins.

Decide on what type of flying you want to do and where you want to do it then come back here

02-09-2008 07:27 PM  10 years agoPost 7



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why not just use what you already have? you've "written them off" just because they're "old"...apart from batteries and possibly covering on "woodies" there's not a lot to deteriorate.

I see the current obsession with 2.4 Ghz and agree that it is sensible to go that way if buying new...but as your old kit was presumably OK when you put it away, you've nothing to lose by flying the old kit 'till it dies,crashes or you get your hand in then, you'll be back "in the loop" and have a much better idea where you want to go.

A raptor 50 is probably still the best bang for the buck,even now....terrific power to weight ratio, well-proven design....spares plentiful,widely distributed and affordable.
a very popular heli,tons of people know them and their foibles.

If money was no object.....the german stuff is beautifully engineered
(with prices to match )

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02-09-2008 11:04 PM  10 years agoPost 8


Jacksonville FL

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The Venture is pretty heavy by todays standards and parts support isnt near as plentiful or cheap at the Raptors and 600n's and yes, if you flew before you will be better off starting with a 50, it will save you buying twice.

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02-10-2008 12:24 AM  10 years agoPost 9



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Thanks for the help and input.
Im thinking ill look alittle harder at the 50s.
My old stuff still flys so by no means are they just getting tossed, there just harder to get parts for so was just looking to update to something i could buy parts for ezer.
Not really any hobby shops around here that have any helicopter parts or for that matter even know anything about them,so thats really no help. Thats why im starting to live on here. You Guys are great and seem to know what your talking about.
Ill keep reading and see what it takes to build up a nice setup so i can do a little inverted flying
Thanks again for your time it really helped.

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