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01-15-2010 04:01 PM  8 years agoPost 1
dvdking

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Remember when the season ends and you had your winter project where you are building an airplane and it took you six months to build.And then they came out with airplanes already built you just put in your radio and go fly. I an wondering if helicopters will get to that point where you can get a 50 sizeor 90 size heli and just put in your radio and go fly. My personal opinionis I thnk that techonolgy is coming to that point some day where you don't have to sit and built a heli it will already be prebuilt just add radio and go fly.

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01-15-2010 04:05 PM  8 years agoPost 2
RCHeliJim

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That will ruin half of the enjoyment of the hobby. Building something and then flying what you built brings much more satisfaction to the experience. It also is invaluable to the future reliability, maintenance, and repairs to the model.

As long as kits are still available I will always choose and recommend that route



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01-15-2010 04:07 PM  8 years agoPost 3
dvdking

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It has not ruin the sport of Airplanes

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01-15-2010 04:31 PM  8 years agoPost 4
aviation

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You are wrong about that, it has runined the airplane because all of the building skills, reading blueprints, personal sanding contours etc are all lost. Now anyone can plug and play. However the helicopter is a little bit different as it was a mechano set put together to create something and then the setup which is still an art and a pain for many who don't understand how to do it. When airplane crashes it is a matter of monocote and glue and it gets heavier and heavier, but with a helicopter it is brand new each time if you replace all of the bent and broken pieces with new factory made replacement parts.

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01-15-2010 04:35 PM  8 years agoPost 5
JasonJ

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With the exception of a complicated high detail scale ship, there isn't any helicopters now that takes any significant time to build. I could have a kit built in a day or two if I wanted to. Yeah, it isn't plug n play, but it isn't a long term build either. Even if they sold a 100% RTF large helicopter, most experienced people would go through it to make sure the tight stuff is tight and the loose stuff is loose. There isn't a lot that could be wrong with an RTF plane, but most current RTF helicopters show that there is almost always something wrong.

So no, I don't think there will ever be a 100% take out of box and fly large helicopter. Or at least there shouldn't be.

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01-15-2010 05:18 PM  8 years agoPost 6
Turkana

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I hope it never gets to that point. Building and getting to know your heli is all what's its about.

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01-15-2010 05:29 PM  8 years agoPost 7
dvdking

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It is true a person needs to know how to built a hellcopter and know your heli but with technology the way it is it just might get to that point. Now weather or not you want to buy a heli like that is your choice just like the airplanes you have a choice weather to buy a prebuilt or built it your self.

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01-15-2010 05:38 PM  8 years agoPost 8
tzclark

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I personally don't think it would be so bad. You would get more people into the hobby and that would probably drive prices down. I bet lots of people in this hobby have not build up a heli from a kit, as it costs quite a bit more then just buying someones shattered dreams. I have only ever built one from a kit and will not do it again strictly for the money savings of buying used.

I would rather be in a boat, with a drink on the rocks, then in the drink, with a boat on the rocks!

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01-15-2010 05:49 PM  8 years agoPost 9
Gyronut

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You'll never know if its built right unless you build it yourself....

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01-15-2010 06:12 PM  8 years agoPost 10
bobo21

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well being new about on year now to the hobby, putting the frames together no art putting the head together art, making it fly correctly and knowing what your doing is art also and alot of tech, so i want my head allready to go or close. buying new parts making it new again is great, much better than crashing airplanes. thinking of maybe going to all heli but then who knows?

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01-15-2010 06:35 PM  8 years agoPost 11
zennnnn

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All I can say is, I take my heli apart once in awhile so that I can have the joy of putting it back together (because I dont have the money for a new kit).

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01-15-2010 09:08 PM  8 years agoPost 12
B.T.D.T.

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RTR stuff sucks. Half of the fun is building the kit yourself.

RC cars/truck are most RTR. I had to pay more for a kit car and truck because it was the upgraded verison. I would have be very happy if the standard one was a kit. But we all know, we want the better kit .

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01-16-2010 01:11 AM  8 years agoPost 13
ruddernate

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If you're like me it doesn't matter, i'll be rebuilding it soon anyways. the manufacturers are never going to come rebuild it for you after a crash.

fly it like you stole it

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01-16-2010 01:18 AM  8 years agoPost 14
Brokenlink

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You guys surely haven't forgot about the Thunder Tiger Innovator.I think that would fit the bill.

Jamie Griffith

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01-16-2010 01:26 AM  8 years agoPost 15
RcNutTz

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I can only speak for myself I like working with my hands and take pride in building it the first time it lifts off is my reward, I just got a 250SE a few weeks ago and it was the fist time i totally built, programed & trimmed out by my self, felt really good to finally be able to not have to depend on any one

yes dear the hobby shop again

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01-16-2010 01:35 AM  8 years agoPost 16
Yug

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In principle, RTF for the ignoramaous beginner is a good move as it gets them in the air quickly albeit with a potential death trap.
The whole idea of RTF is asking for trouble on 2 counts. 1st off, it requires no detailed understanding as to what makes it tick and 2nd, one may assume it was factory built correctly with the appropriate loctite and so on. Assumption being the mother of all fcukups.
The whole RTF 'thing' scares the crap out of me, particularly in leau of the fact that there are never any overt box/manual markings indicating the real dangers of helis with respect to the forces on the spindle for example. Even some relatively experienced pilots I encountered have had no clue as to the real danger issues.
Darwin awards and natural selection can be a good and bad thing.

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01-16-2010 01:52 AM  8 years agoPost 17
MichaelC

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I remember hearing the same arguements a few years ago when the ARF airplanes first started to appear... They're not built right... it'll fall apart the first time you put it in the air... I'd rather build it myself so i know it's done right... etc... etc... Take a trip to the flying field and count how many ARFs are there compared to the scratch built or kit built planes.

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01-16-2010 01:54 AM  8 years agoPost 18
jwhitacre

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Take a trip to the flying field and count how many ARFs are there compared to the scratch built or kit built planes.
Yep sad to see IMO. The worst part is plane kits are getting harder and harder to buy

Depleting the world of parts, one crash at a time!!

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01-16-2010 02:03 AM  8 years agoPost 19
Yug

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The worst part is plane kits are getting harder and harder to buy
care to qualify this ?
You simply hand over your money !

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01-16-2010 02:05 AM  8 years agoPost 20
jwhitacre

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care to qualify this ?
Ok sorry the selection of good kits is nowhere near what it was 5 years ago online or in my LHS. All I see everywhere is ARFs

Depleting the world of parts, one crash at a time!!

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