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08-04-2009 09:46 AM  8 years agoPost 1
mgjones

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I was "flying" my BeltCP v2 the other day (more like crashing.. but you get the point) and my 7 yr old son asked me if he could try flying it.

I obviously said No.. I don't even have the hang of this thing, I don't think I'm going to hand it over to a 7yr old QUITE yet.

What I did tell him was that we might be able to get a little helicopter for him to try.

My Dad has a one of the little 29.95 mini helicopters that only has throttle and tail control that he's played with a little and enjoys. If I'm going to get him "SOMETHING" I'd like to get him something that's virtually indestructible like the mini, but has a little more ability to control (Full left right, up down and turn would be GREAT).

Is there something like this available that won't break the budget and give my son the ability to get addicted at a young age?

I was thinking about the little "dragonfly" coaxial rotor that I've seen at Fry's but that seems a bit hokey..

Any recommendations?

Thanks.

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08-04-2009 02:10 PM  8 years agoPost 2
chopper_crazy

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I would get him the Blade MCX. Very durable and addicting

It's a complex, costly, glow powered anti-gravity machine!

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08-04-2009 08:12 PM  8 years agoPost 3
BrunoBL

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For a 7 yr old, the easier to fly the better. You know how first impressions are, the last thing you want is that he finds flying helis more than challenging, boring hard.

I wouldn't recommend this in a "what heli should I buy" thread of course, but for a very young kid... make it dirt easy for him in the beginning - get a coaxial, fly-by-itself heli. Then, when he thinks that's too easy, up the scale a bit.

Oh, start thinking of excuses not to lend him the 90, he's gonna ask you any day now. Time flies!


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08-04-2009 11:45 PM  8 years agoPost 4
LONEWOLF2440

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Blade mcx is good for him my son has one

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08-04-2009 11:51 PM  8 years agoPost 5
Hellsiege

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+1 for the Mcx, have a 3.5yr old who flys one around the living room all the time. He can hover it but can't really fly it around - of course I'm on the dx7 holding the trainer so when he is in trouble I can get it right back. It's been fun as even when he's not "flying" he thinks he is and that's all that matters to me

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08-05-2009 05:15 PM  8 years agoPost 6
TaleGunner

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go ahead give it to your 7 yr old he will be out flying you in 2 weeks trust me here I gave one to my daughter a few year's ago.

I guarantee that you will be proud as hell and pissed off at the same time

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08-05-2009 05:25 PM  8 years agoPost 7
f penfold

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Ill be your son but i only fly 90s and am going to need at least a case of fuel aweek and becuse im older ill even mow the lawn once a year .

I know I used lock tight why did my head explode

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08-05-2009 05:25 PM  8 years agoPost 8
gian

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Yep- You've seen the kids play video games, right?
They catch on so quickly- it's amazing. The only thing you may consider is teaching respect for the machine...

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08-05-2009 05:34 PM  8 years agoPost 9
what_the_helli

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the MCX is super easy and really only good indoors. If he plays video games (and what 7yr old doesn't) you may want to go up to the CX2 still a coax heli but he'll be able to take it outside and fly when you fly too.

anyone want to second the CX2?

I put the fun in dysFUNctional :)
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08-05-2009 06:26 PM  8 years agoPost 10
koppter

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i've read that less expensive helis that are given to kids often act as the gateway to more serious and expensive needs. I'd be careful, because it probably won't be too long before he starts craving things with four digits in the price tag. i mean how many of us are there that started small, never expecting to go bigger, but now here we are with garages full of helis with no end in sight.....

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08-05-2009 09:45 PM  8 years agoPost 11
mgjones

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I think that if he decides to go with more expensive stuff, he can either make use of "hand-me-downs" or get a job

First Heli - ESky BeltCP v2 2.4G
The addiction begins!

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08-10-2009 02:59 AM  8 years agoPost 12
Bluedun

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My daughter is 6 and just asked about flying my helis (I am also a beginner) I told here when she can fly the CX2 on the sim I would buy her one. I'm expecting to have to buy one next week. Only time will tell, but get him on the sim if he is not already.

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08-10-2009 03:45 AM  8 years agoPost 13
mgjones

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Bluedun,

Thats a good point.. I'm a little embarrassed to say that's not something I had really thought about.

I think that if I'm going to do that I need "real" sim. FMS or others of that type aren't going to fit the bill. As a "grown up" I can put up with frustrating bits of the free simulators but I think if I'm going to put a young kid in front of one it needs to be of a higher grade.

It wouldn't hurt my skills to have something like Real Flight or Phoenix either.

- Michael

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The addiction begins!

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