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04-26-2009 07:44 PM  9 years agoPost 1
TB-1599

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After playing around with some big box store heli's Air hog brands I have finally decided to take the plunge. Now I am smart enough not to drop 400+ dollars on my first heli. So after searching around I came accross the White wolf (target exclusive (go figure) the Lama IV and the Honey Bee Mark 3. After doing my research I think I am going to avoid the White wolf. So I decided to go with the Honey Bee Mark 3. My question is what spare parts should I get and what kind of upgrades should I get for it?? I will be getting extra tail rotors and main rotors of course but is there anything else I should expect to destroy?

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04-26-2009 07:48 PM  9 years agoPost 2
AltecLansing

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My first suggestion is to get a sim. It will save you in replacement parts in the long run.

Man, I miss the eighties.

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04-26-2009 08:03 PM  9 years agoPost 3
TB-1599

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That was also going to be included in my purchase LOL

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04-26-2009 08:03 PM  9 years agoPost 4
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Main shafts, flybars, paddles, tail booms, and all the little head linkages. I would get some spare head parts, main/tail blades, maybe one or two main shafts, one or two flybars, I wouldn't bother buy a tail boom until you need it. Put some training gear on it, get a simulator. The sims are not cheap (I won't say which is best, but I like Phoenix, and many on here do, it is about $160, you need your own transmitter with a trainer port, not sure if the HBK2 Tx has a transmitter.) I know it is sorta expensive, especially compared to some of the small RTFs, but even those can end up costing you a lot in parts and when you upgrade to something bigger, it will be worth every penny.

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04-26-2009 08:04 PM  9 years agoPost 5
trunkmunki

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Sorry, took to long to write, AL beat me to it.

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04-26-2009 08:16 PM  9 years agoPost 6
TB-1599

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well I wont be able to get all of that. I only have about 150 to play with. Should I drop an extra 22 dollars for another battery? (condsidering it comes with two)?

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04-26-2009 08:23 PM  9 years agoPost 7
JRjoe

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I only have about 150 to play with.
$150.00 doesn't get you much in this hobby.

Spend it on a sim.


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04-26-2009 08:29 PM  9 years agoPost 8
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well I mean 150 to start out with. A basic heli with spare parts mabey a couple of upgrades (any thoughts on upgrades) THEN if I really start to get into it. I can see spending more.

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04-26-2009 08:39 PM  9 years agoPost 9
simages

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I only have about 150 to play with.
$150.00 doesn't get you much in this hobby.
Spend it on a sim.
I agree with JRjoe - get a sim......

You can buy Real Flight 3.5 NEW for $100 from HERE

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04-26-2009 09:52 PM  9 years agoPost 10
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150 wont get ya much buy a sim

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04-26-2009 10:37 PM  9 years agoPost 11
darkfa8

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like nearly everyone else says, buy a SIM if you want to get into this hobby with minimal cost.

reason is you'll learn real quick on the sim whether or not flying RC helis is for you. of course finding some good local help will be encouraging and save you a lot of frustration.

nonetheless, learning on the sim FIRST will save you a lot of money in crashes and other assorted mishaps when you step upto a hobby-grade rc model heli. plus, you'll learn the basics of flight so you won't be totally incapable when you can afford to transition to the real thing.

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04-27-2009 01:33 AM  9 years agoPost 12
wthford

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Turn that 150 into 1500, and you may be at a decent starting point. Otherwise, get a sim or something like the Blade MCX.

How can I soar with the Eagles when I work with turkeys??

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04-27-2009 01:35 AM  9 years agoPost 13
LONEWOLF2440

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sim first and see if someone in your area who flys can help ask your hobby shop whos local that fly,s

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04-27-2009 05:28 AM  9 years agoPost 14
Streborz

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Are hearing what these guys are telling you?
I was and still am a newbee like you and the SIM definitely is the way to go. When I started I couldn’t wait to fly any chopper, it didn’t matter which one I just had to fly. I have only torn up one chopper since starting to fly back in February (minor damage) less than $12.00 to repair. On the other hand I have torn up about 1.2 million dollars worth of helicopters on the SIM.

If your budget is limited, like mine, buy the Realflight 3.5 version. It takes much less computer to operate it effectively without graphics or "chunkiness" problems. Realflight 4.5 requires a pretty mean computer to work well and it may cut into your budget having to do upgrades just to run the program satisfactorily. You may, in fact, have to get a new system to run it. I have used them both and 3.5 is the deal for price (about $100.00) and performance and you will learn to fly just the same on either. You can also use the SIM after you become proficient to attempt new maneuvers that may otherwise have bad consequences in the real world.

With that said, go ahead and get you that chopper, crash it, fix it, crash it, fix it, crash it, fix it, set it up on a shelf and look at it and think of the day when you will actually be able to fly it. Then buy the SIM. If not you most will likely become frustrated and quit the hobby before you have the chance to really experience the JOY of you and that heli doing all those maneuvers that are floating around in your brain. I am very happy I went the SIM route first and did not let my impatience get the best of me and my wallet.

This is a great time to get into choppers. The prices are low and the technology is way better than it was in previous years. Just use your head and save yourself some $$$ and get to the ultimate payoff…competent flight.

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04-27-2009 05:59 AM  9 years agoPost 15
mydartswinger

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Agreed. Get the sim first.

Take it from someone who's been there. I started on a coaxial (e-Flite Blade CX), got bored with it quickly and went for a Heli-Max AXE CP without even thinking of buying a sim. I just wanted to get out and give it a go on the real thing. BIG MISTAKE. I got a sim about 6 months into the hobby, few it for another 6 months while messing with a Venom Night Ranger II fixed pitch (ahh, bad memories. Never got it to fly without crashing into crap), tried an e-Flite Blade CP Pro (they were really popular at the time, so I figured it had to be better than the AXE) without success, and bought an e-Flite Blade 400 (hovered it successfully on the first pack).

2 years after that first CX, I finally got to forward flight (probably about 6 months of actually flying, plus 6 months on the sim). The sim is the BEST way to go. You'll learn so much quicker on a sim than you will crashing a real heli.

Get the sim first, save some money, and get a 450 or 500 class electric (Align T-Rex series, Thunder Tiger Mini Titan, Mikado Logo, and the list goes on, but at least an e-Flite Blade 400). You'll be much happier in the long run.

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04-27-2009 06:11 AM  9 years agoPost 16
F6Hawk

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+12 on the sim.

I have been using RF G3 off and on for over 2 years, I fly helis for a living, and recently, I picked up a friend's MCX to fly. It is probably one of the simplest heli's in the world to fly, and cheap to crash. Well, the only thing I did was crack his tail fin, but yes, I crashed it a coupla times. It is a LOT HARDER than it looks to fly these things.

Please heed this advice, and get a sim first. At least with the sim, if you decide you don't like crashing all the time, you can re-sell it on Ebay anot be out too much dinero.

And to add to the sim flying... I let a friend of mine fly mine recently, and he crashed it 5 times before the skids left the ground. He took his cocky attitude back to his desk and mumbled something about stupid helicopters. Later, he played with it for a few hours while I wasn't around, and he can now hover decently enough.

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04-27-2009 02:37 PM  9 years agoPost 17
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I'd say with only $150 to spend, go with one of the Cx indoor heli to get a taste of the hobby. Then if you think you would like to get into the hobby save you're cash, Lot's of it, get yourself a Sim and a good used heli to learn the basics on.

If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage, it's probably a helicopter.

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04-27-2009 03:55 PM  9 years agoPost 18
Blade_Master1

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This hobby AIN'T cheap
spend your $$$ wisely
saving 10$ can cost you 100$

find a club start from there !

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04-27-2009 05:15 PM  9 years agoPost 19
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And while your at it. Apply for a credit card just for this hobby.

Carpe Diem!!!

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04-27-2009 05:34 PM  9 years agoPost 20
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+1 on the additional credit card

Old Guys Rule!

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