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01-24-2010 03:14 AM  8 years agoPost 1
mr.warriorz

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Hi, I have mastered flying the blade msr and now I want to upgrade to a collective pitch heli but I don't know which heli to buy. Can you guys give me some advice?

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01-24-2010 03:17 AM  8 years agoPost 2
RRios

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Best advice I can give is to check out your local Hobby Shops to find what are the heli parts they stock on the walls, because with Heli's you will always need parts and don't want to just rely on mail-order I hope.
Then find what heli's within that line of parts you have to choose from.

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01-24-2010 03:21 AM  8 years agoPost 3
flyhud

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A Trex 450 pro would probably be a logical next step, parts are easy to find and cheap. If you get proficient with a 450, you can fly anything. From there you can go with a bigger electric or nitro whichever you chose.

I dont always fly helis, but when I do, I prefer Outrage.The most interesting man in the world

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01-24-2010 03:40 AM  8 years agoPost 4
GimbalFan (RIP)

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And don't forget to get a good RC simulator (if you haven't got one already).

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01-24-2010 03:44 AM  8 years agoPost 5
mr.warriorz

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i'm thinking of getting the blade cp pro 2 because i'm on a buget.

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01-24-2010 03:45 AM  8 years agoPost 6
GimbalFan (RIP)

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i'm thinking of getting the blade cp pro 2 because i'm on a buget.
Have you got a sim yet? Best money saver in RC helis bar none is sim time.

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01-24-2010 03:48 AM  8 years agoPost 7
mr.warriorz

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i don't have one yet but i'm thinking of buying one.

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01-24-2010 03:52 AM  8 years agoPost 8
enahs

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A sim would be an excellent investment. What's your budget?

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01-24-2010 03:56 AM  8 years agoPost 9
mr.warriorz

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about $250 max.

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01-24-2010 03:58 AM  8 years agoPost 10
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i don't have one yet but i'm thinking of buying one.
There's probably not one single member out of 80,000 here who would disagree that if you're gonna fly RC helis, a good sim is an absolute must.

Lot's of guys manage to learn RC planes without one, but for helis you gotta realize that you'll recover the cost of a sim many times over in a year or less.

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01-24-2010 04:16 AM  8 years agoPost 11
ShuRugal

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i'm thinking of getting the blade cp pro 2 because i'm on a buget.
horrible bad idea. the Blade CP series will end up costing you more in parts than the cost of a decent helicopter because it is so unstable in the air. If you upgrade enough to make it more flyable, you will, again, end up paying more than buying a decent helicopter.

You can also replace "decent helicopter" with "simulator"

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01-24-2010 04:24 AM  8 years agoPost 12
mr.warriorz

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what would be a decent helicopter under $250?

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01-24-2010 04:52 AM  8 years agoPost 13
ShuRugal

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no such thing. You might be able to put together a t-rex clone from hobby city that cheap and still get a decent bird out of it, but a radio that even resembles useful is gonna cost you, bare minimum, $200. If you limit is $250 though, you really need to buy a sim and start there.

If you keep an eye on ebay or the classifieds here, you may get crazy lucky on someone selling a used trex and all their gear, including radio batteries and charger, but usually when that happens it is one of two things: A) they bought it all and jumped in feet-first, discovered it aint as easy as it looks, and are now just trying to get rid of it, or B) they need the money and have to sell their hobby stuff to get it. in the case of A, you are going to get a crashed bird in need of fixing, in the case of B, it will go for much more than 250.

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01-24-2010 04:59 AM  8 years agoPost 14
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If you limit is $250 though, you really need to buy a sim and start there.
Mr Warrior, you've already begun your RC Journey, so you may as well do it right from here on. This hobby is a lot like the Eagles 'Hotel California' -- you can check out any time you want, but you can never leave.

Start off right. Get a sim. You can fly it day or night, rain or shine -- and these days nearly all of 'em are so realistic that you'll hardly know the difference.

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01-24-2010 05:07 AM  8 years agoPost 15
mr.warriorz

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i will buy a simulator. but what do you think of a blade sr?

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01-24-2010 05:27 AM  8 years agoPost 16
GimbalFan (RIP)

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i will buy a simulator.
Good choice.
what do you think of a blade sr?
Never owned one. Others will no doubt chime in.

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01-24-2010 05:30 AM  8 years agoPost 17
mr.warriorz

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what kind of simulator should i buy?

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01-24-2010 05:34 AM  8 years agoPost 18
GimbalFan (RIP)

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what kind of simulator should i buy?
Another good question.

Phoenix is very good but you first have to own a transmitter to use it, unless you buy a pkg that includes a cheap tx that won't be much good for anything but your sim -- even though it's a real (cheap) tx.

I'm a big fan of RealFlight (which is now up to version 5, although you can find older versions like G4 & G3 used, here and elsewhere). It comes with its own dedicated RC-like tx which you'll only use for the sim (and for any other flight sim you buy, RC or full-size) -- which means you won't be wearing out the sticks, switches and knobs on your real tx while you sim, which is important.

There's several other good sims which I don't know as much about. Others here will be better able to advise you about 'em -- but all the major RC sims are so flippin' good these days that more important than which one you get, is that you GET one and use it. That's the best possible thing you can do.

RR has an entire forum dedicated to the discussion of sims. Check it out.

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01-24-2010 05:37 AM  8 years agoPost 19
fla heli boy

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Blade Pro....no no no no no...... I've been out of this hobby for 15 years. Decided to get back in and bought a Pro. What a waste of time, money, frustration, on and on. Now I've got a Beam, just waiting to get my TX.
Either wait and buy a Beam, a Trex, etc or get a sim (though I have a sim and hate it). This coming from a guy that WAS flying 3D before HH gyros. That Pro almost had me thinking about bailing on the hobby. Get good stuff. Buy once and be done with it. Minimum on the Radio should be a DX7 and that alone is over 300. The E-Flite stuff looks good because it all comes in one box, but in the end, you'll just end up pitching it all in the trash.
Good luck, you'll love the hobby and the fellas here at RR.

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01-24-2010 05:41 AM  8 years agoPost 20
fla heli boy

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i MIGHT CONTEMPLATE SELLING MY g4 SIM (AT MOST 4-5 HOURS USE)(sorry - caps) cheap if you're interested. Not so much for the cash, but it just seems a shame to have it sit here not being used when maybe a newb could use it.

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