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04-01-2009 11:57 PM  9 years agoPost 1
lostoften

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I just started flying a couple of months ago with a blade mcx that my farther-in-law got me for christmas. I have gotten pretty good with it, so he let me borrow his Esky Lama V4. I have flown that indoors some but there isnt much room in our apartment and it didnt seem to fair to well in a slight breeze. I have tried flying his blade cp pro, but struggled to get off the ground too much (only tried for about 1/2 hour). So I purchased Real Flight G4.5 to practice on. I was thinking in the next couple months of getting a new helicopter, and didn't know of what recommendations people would have. Also, what would be a good helicopter to practice with on real flight.

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04-02-2009 12:10 AM  9 years agoPost 2
TaleGunner

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The bigger the heli the more stable it will be and easier to fly.

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04-02-2009 12:21 AM  9 years agoPost 3
TachyonDriver

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WELCOME!

OK first off, a sim is a great way to start, as long as you don't go too crazy and approach it with some structure of what you want to achieve (hovering in all orientations etc.) Second, how much outdoor space have you got access to? That would dictate the upper size limit for the heli and give you electric, nitro, gasser (pump gasoline) and even turbine options IF you have a farmer's field or an AMA flying field. Obviously, a smaller space would restrict you to say, a 450 size heli, thus lmiting you to electric power (there are a couple of small 18 size-engine nitro helis out there however). Again, indoor flying usually means electric power too.

Recommendations? Well go for one which your LHS carries the spares for If you don't have a local store worth a crap, or the store isn't local then go for a popular choice of heli. That way you're more likely to find help and guidance on the forum. Do you want to go 3D pod & boom or scale flying with a nice fuselage?

Recommended simulator helis? I don't know what Realflight has available, but try a 450 size electric and a 50 size nitro - they should cover most aspects.

Tach.

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04-02-2009 12:33 AM  9 years agoPost 4
lostoften

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Thanks,

As far as area to fly, right now its limited. But I will be moving, and after that I am not sure However, my father-in-law has plenty of room when we go there. I have been flying a raptor 60 on the sim, and can hover that pretty well. Just now starting to fly with it. Nothing too crazy though. Seems like the hobby store has blade helicopters and their parts.

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04-02-2009 01:05 AM  9 years agoPost 5
Eagle2bravo

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After lots of time on the sim, you may want to look at the Blade 400 RTF. Good bang for the buck. Or the T-Rex 450. I would stay away from the blade cp. IMO. Welcome to the hobby! and good luck

T-rex 600n super pro , Trex 450 se, Gaui 200, Trex 500, Blade cx, . "If ya plant corn, ya get c

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04-02-2009 03:48 PM  9 years agoPost 6
AlabamaRaptor

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In respect to RealFlight G4.5 you can try the Raptor 30 (w/o training gear) or the Heli-Max 50 (these may be in an expansion pack I can't remember because I have all of them).

In regards to the type of helicopter... (hehe)
a) go with what your LHS carries parts for
b) go with a 30-size or 50-size because the bigger the heli the more stable it is; there is a HUGE difference between a Blade and a Raptor 30.
c) if no LHS, I'd look into a Raptor because the parts can be easily ordered on-line and are cheaper than most other helicopters in regards to maintenance and parts
d) if you have someone that can teach you the setup and such, try to go with their heli since they are familiar with it

on-line parts
www.heliproz.com
www.ronlund.com
www.towerhobbies.com
www.heliworks.com

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04-02-2009 10:29 PM  9 years agoPost 7
lostoften

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I have all the add-ons to G4.5 since they were free, so I will try giving those helicpoters a try.

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04-03-2009 12:29 AM  9 years agoPost 8
TaleGunner

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The expansion packs are not the same as the free add ons.
http://www.knifeedge.com/products.php

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04-03-2009 01:16 AM  9 years agoPost 9
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The bigger the heli the more stable it will be and easier to fly.
+1
Welcome to the ranks!

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04-03-2009 03:37 PM  9 years agoPost 10
trackemdown

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Central ,VA

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I used to have the HBK2's, squirrelly little devils. The bigger the heli, the more stable it is. After buying my Raptor 30 and 60, even my Shuttles are history now!!!

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04-03-2009 03:53 PM  9 years agoPost 11
Steff Giguere

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If I was to start over again, and knowing what I know now, I would start with a 500 size. Less expensive than a 50 to buy and fix and almost as stable. Since I bought my T-Rex 500 I've stoped flying my 450.

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04-04-2009 03:43 AM  9 years agoPost 12
tbosco

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Signal Mt. TN USA

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Hi and welcome! I'm new at this too but my (little...hehe) brother is a pro at it and is giving me lots of "encouragemnt". Needless to say, he makes the sim a necessity for me, and it truly is a great aid to speeding up the learning process. So stick with it. I'm working on nose-in hover right now... whew! Does it EVER get any easier?? LOL

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04-08-2009 11:15 PM  9 years agoPost 13
Jacoub

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Thei big is for big

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05-17-2009 02:48 PM  9 years agoPost 14
lostoften

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Cincinnati, OH

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Graduation gift came early. Now get to put together a t-rex 450se new V2! There are a lot of parts.

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05-17-2009 03:03 PM  9 years agoPost 15
RCHSF

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NC

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Any pre-assembled cnc parts, you may want to recheck to make sure it's locktighted, make sure you have some blue thread locker on hand.

These little heli's have to have all metal to metal, screws thred locked or it can have screws vibrate loose in flight.

Use your pitch gauge, or ruler in mm's to ajust your linkage rods as per the manual, get them exactly perfect and it should hover sweetly.

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05-17-2009 05:39 PM  9 years agoPost 16
f penfold

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get yourself a fifty size bird and go fly

I know I used lock tight why did my head explode

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