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02-09-2008 08:45 PM  10 years agoPost 1
mariog

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Westchester County, NY

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I am into RC cars and have tried helis once in the past. But honestly, I crashed and gave up. I really want to pull the trigger on a E325, but have a fear that I will spend all this cash and just keep crashing...

I was thinking about a simulator and just taking my time and going slow. Do you think it is possible not to crash if I go slow, one step at a time? Please tell me that some of you go hundreds of flights w/o a crash!

Thanks for your input.

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02-09-2008 08:56 PM  10 years agoPost 2
macsgrafs

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The Titan E325 seems quite a stable helicopter, wish I had bought one instead of the Blade 400 to be honest. As for not crashing...even the best pilots in the world crash, so to answer your question..YOU WILL CRASH at some point. A simulator is the best investment you will make as regards R/C Heli's. I use Phoenix & it seems very realistic.

Good luck
Ross

Seems to me that ALL heli's beat the air into submission

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02-09-2008 11:55 PM  10 years agoPost 3
helicraze

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I never used a SIM, one mistake I regret is starting with walkera, I owned about 15 different walkeras in total. Some were standard some were modified, they fly like poo and endless problems. I was crashing at least 1 time per week from either pilor error or part failure.

I got a E550 then E325 and hey I could actually fly better than I thought and only 1 small crash with the E325 but a nice bushy tree caught it.
So I think you can learn on it. Besides a tiny tip over may only result in a bent spindle which is only a couple of $

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02-10-2008 09:35 AM  10 years agoPost 4
TOSH

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You`ve heard the saying.
lf you can`t stand the heat stay out of the kitchen.
lt was a heli flyer who said that.

Flybars. Who needs `em.

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02-10-2008 05:35 PM  10 years agoPost 5
HollandRaptor

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There is no such thing as heli flying and never crash. You can crash because you took it just one step too far. (believe me that will happen). Or mechanical failure can cost you a crash. Happened to me today. Lost one link on the bladeholder during flight, flew it straight into the ground (did a good preflight check!). So even if you will take it calm one step at a time, do all your preflight checks, a day will come....

Training on a sim works out great for most flyers. Buy a realistic one such as the Realflight or Reflex XTR

R30V1
R50 Titan/os 50 Hyper
E325 Mini Titan

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02-11-2008 04:24 AM  10 years agoPost 6
beidle99

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Crashes happen, be prepared to spend about $50 on the first crash, maybe a little more or less. But the good news is that most of the replacement parts come 2 to a pack, so the 2nd crash won't cost you to much. With that being said, I order parts (common ones) or pick them up from my LHS when ever I get a chance and then when I crash it doesn't seem so bad. I did have a "crash" that didn't do anything but break the landing skids. Throttle hold is you best friend when crashing.

I personally think for the money, this is the best 450 sized heli on the market. I have flown the Trex version 2 (dialed down for a newb) and it was nice, but my machine still felt better. And forget about the blade 400, its crap. again just my opinion so take it for what its worth.

Who raised the ground since I took off?

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02-11-2008 04:48 AM  10 years agoPost 7
Invrted1

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Cincinnati, Ohio

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It's really not a matter of if you are gonna crash, but when and how bad. Get used to the idea and you will progress faster. A sim is the best investment you can make, but all the sim time in the world won't stop crashes from happening. Get familiar with hitting the throttle hold before impact to lessen the damage. There are some people that go hundreds of flights without a crash, but they are probably not pushing themselves or are very lucky Oh yeah, welcome to the wonderful world of RC heli's

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02-11-2008 07:59 AM  10 years agoPost 8
johanr

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as everyone has so kindly pointed out, you are most probarbly gonna crash in some point. But that point will definetly be postponed and moved further in time when using a sim. I learnt to hover very quick after using a sim. But off course I had the previous experience of using the sticks. Had a friend who learned to hover and fly in a week. He began from scratch.
So buy a sim (Phoenix preffered) start practising and save some money into the "crash account" =)

Also try to get in contact with a local club nearby. That will also help you get further saving some time.

Good Luck!

Br
Johan

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02-13-2008 10:24 PM  10 years agoPost 9
hotairflyer

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Northern AZ

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The most important factor here is if you have someone near that can help you out. If you do, then you can probably make it through the learning stages with LESS crashes.

If you're on your own I would recommend a sim and a Lama coax or honeybee fixed pitch to start on before jumping into the MT.
You dont have to pay big $$$$ for a sim to start out on. One of the best I've tried is free. No, its not FMS it is RCHelisim.

http://www.marksfiles.net/HeliSim/index.htm

You still need some type of TX to run it but you can get the Esky one for FMS cheap on feebay and it works 'till you can get a real one of your own.

IMO Mini Titan is the best of the 450 class because of a combination of things, price, parts availability, flight stability, durability and ease of maintenance. Its a great first CP heli.

Lama2,T-rex, Mini Titan, BL-BCPP, B400, PicooZ

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02-14-2008 01:18 AM  10 years agoPost 10
mariog

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Westchester County, NY

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Thanks for the feedback, guys. My Mini Titan E325, DX7 and Phoenix sim are in the mail!

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