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Hirobo Embla - SRB Quark - Lepton
› To Lepton, or not to Lepton; that is the question...
04-01-2009 04:13 AM  9 years agoPost 1
dCypher

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I'm soliciting opinions on my slight conundrum...

I have 2 gassers sitting in my attic; A Sceadu .50 and a Freya .90. I flew both frequently and did some mild 3D with both for several years. Unfortunately, that was 4+ years ago.

I faded from the hobby due to time and to be quite honest, the mess related to gassers; I had to work on everything in the house as the garage was too small (and my wife wanted to keep the car in there) so the oil on everything got to be a headache.

I'm itching to get back into the hobby but some minor caveats. First, I want to go all electric to ditch the oil issue. Secondly, I'd like to do something semi-casual. I live about 20 yards from a very nice and wide open park and would like to be able to just amble over there and fly casually once in a while rather than packing up all my gear and driving 30 minutes to the closest AMA field to fly 2k rpm gassers.

My question comes down to this. I'm definitely leaning toward a Lepton, but is the Lepton (or any other similar 500 size heli) too big to fly in the semi-uncontrolled surroundings of a park? Is my 3 years away from the sport going to drive me to an easier route like that of a Quark? Can the Lepton be a casual enough flier for the setting I'm using or am I better off just going uber-casual with something like a Quark for now to fix that flying bug for the time being?

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04-01-2009 05:21 AM  9 years agoPost 2
DaveESPI

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Get a Quark, Sell the gassers. The quark is a blast. Next year there will be a CP version of the quark you can move up to. I have a Lepton, and it seems quite tame and not all that much bigger than the 450 and I fly the blade 400 in a parking lot with no problem, so a park is not a big deal.

if you want to fly in your garage and outside, then back in again... get a quark.

Fly it like its a Sim, Crash it like yer Rich !

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04-01-2009 05:34 AM  9 years agoPost 3
Schryver

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Lepton Get it cheaper than a Quark:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Lepton-EX-R-C-H...1QQcmdZViewItem

Get a second for spares.

The Lepton is business.

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04-01-2009 12:40 PM  9 years agoPost 4
owde

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I certainly wouldn't want to talk anyone out of getting a Lepton but there's some pretty good 450's out there, even 250. I'd also rather be hit by one of them in the park than a Lepton. A Quark would be fun but your not going to be doing any 3d with it.

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04-01-2009 03:37 PM  9 years agoPost 5
Paul_Barsamian

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Lepton for sure.

Perfect size, fly pretty much anywhere, and it is just an all around great machine. I love mine.

Better yet, sell both of the nitro machines, get a Lepton AND a 250 to fly indoors.

You could also keep a lot of your investment and convert one or both to electric, sell the engines.

Just some thoughts....

Son, before you can soar with the eagles you have to learn to sh** with the chickens

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04-02-2009 01:11 AM  9 years agoPost 6
DaveESPI

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actualy for 340.00 your QUARK is ready to fly.

LEPTON is KIT at 300.00 and needs almost 800.00 more to fly.

Converting to elecric brushless is the way to go with at least one of them.

Fly it like its a Sim, Crash it like yer Rich !

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04-05-2009 04:51 AM  9 years agoPost 7
alvincfi

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The 500 is a really nice size, its feels larger to me than say a 450 size and its easier to see as well. And you can easily fly it in a park. I have a Lepton and I really like how it flies, however if I did it again I would probably go with something with cheaper parts like "gasp" a trex 500 or more likely a MSH Protos. I think you would get bored with the Quark quickly, especially at your stated level of flying. If you really want a Lepton, pm me I might wanna sell mine...

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04-07-2009 06:44 PM  9 years agoPost 8
dCypher

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Thanks for all the input gang..

I went with a Quark just for the shear simplicity of it all...

Who knows, a few months down the road I may transition to a Lepton.

Thanks again!

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