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02-23-2010 01:43 AM  10 years ago
rcjon

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t will be expensive,,,....
+1 LOL
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02-23-2010 02:13 AM  10 years ago
McKrackin

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I've seen aerial videos from an MSR.....I literally never use the word literally right.
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02-23-2010 02:43 AM  10 years ago
Damper

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+2 on all what has been said. Just can't be done on $200 in swoop, except if it was donated then maybe. It cost $200 if I crash my bird and that is a very good day of crashing. Don't get discouraged though just save up cash buy a kit, put it togather, buy an engine,next time, this might take a little while but a good high end radio next. Then electronic then a gyro camera set up. There u
go six months maybe less your sight seeing career will blossom. But during the meantime, be practicing on the sim. Good luck!
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02-23-2010 05:47 AM  10 years ago
RonHeli123

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I would have to agree with mckrackin the Blade SR 199.99. It should be out early March according to Horizion's Web Site. My two cents.
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02-23-2010 06:40 AM  10 years ago
Sonic88

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I hope the responses have not scared you off. We really are a very welcoming and good bunch of guys here. That being said, you have some very high goals here. That is great, but you have to understand that aerial photography is a lot more difficult than it seems. First you must learn to fly the darn thing. Then you can worry about hanging a camera from it. Most of the recommended approaches for beginners have been mentioned. I would go with a good sim (and a lot of practice) or a small coax (Like Blade CX or mCX) or a fixed pitched (Blade mSR is great, and a LOT of fun). Any of those can be had for $200 dollars. The old saying of "you have to learn to walk before you run" is very true in the case of helis. They take alot of practice and dedication - not to mention money. Now, if your end goal is some aerial photos, trust me there are MUCH less expensive ways to get them. However, if you are truly interested in learning to fly helis, than welcome aboard. You will find this site to be a great knowledge resource. I started by reading as much as I could on the hobby. Take it slow, and above all else, have fun because that is what it is really all about. This is challenging, but highly enjoyable and rewarding. As mentioned, $200 is not going to do much more than get your foot in the door.

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02-23-2010 10:29 AM  10 years ago
twinpeak

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$ 200 ?? I would buy 3 battery packs for a 500 heli at HK a set of 430 mm Radix blades and then keep on savin´ for the bird

David
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02-23-2010 01:27 PM  10 years ago
89blackvert

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My vote would be for a blade msr.... I have one, very stable and takes a lot of abuse. Of course outdoor flying is pretty much not possible.
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02-23-2010 02:28 PM  10 years ago
Jgatorman

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I would have to agree with everyone who said Simulator,Phoenix with dx5i controller(TX)179.99.$200.00 budget spent on first heli w/o sim
time probably will equal disaster. Nothing will be more frustrating
than spending your total budget on a heli, then having the
uncontrolable urge to fly it, only to watch gravity bring it back
down rapidly to tera firma and have a budget full of broke parts.
Buy a sim, spend a minimum of 1 hour per day practicing on it.Save
money for real heli. Now when you can afford it you will actually be
able to fly it. The one truth in this hobby is you can pay now or pay
later, but no matter what you are going to pay.

Personal experience; I saved up 650.00 with help of friends and bithday cash gifts to purchase a trex 450 se super combo. After spending another $300.00 or so I had it built charged and ready to fly. I had spent about a week on the simulater prior to purchasing and 1 week of hovering, tipping over, and light repair, I then thought I was ready for foward flight. I quickly found out I was not!
My prized posession smacked the earth, Did the funky chicken dance and destroyed over $300.00 worth of parts including Motor, gyro, tail servo, cyclic servo blades flybar cage, belt, tailboom, skidds, main gear, canopy, bearings and assorted other parts(obviously I spent no where near enough time on simulator). So be forwarned in this hobby the simulator will save you more money and allow your skills to grow as well your wallet. We all want you to enjoy this hobby,but it is the most challenging of all RC hobbies so be prepared to work hard, be determined, and have a never quit attitude. Oh and some extra fun money.
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02-23-2010 03:28 PM  10 years ago
VooDooX

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Odds are it would be grounded within the first five minutes for one reason or another.
HAHA SO TRUE ... ask me how i know hahah
This hobby starts and runs in the thousands of dollars, Dont be fooled, once the vacuum starts its hard to plug.
Aint that the TRUTH lol

Also for what tour looking for a cheap electric capable of carrying a decent camera lets say 500 size heli with a cheapo sony cam on there will be around 1000-1500 used RTF +you would need to fabricate or buy the specialized landing gear for photography i would say anyone else agree?
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02-23-2010 04:18 PM  10 years ago
Wingman77

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a 500 could probably do it but would still be on the small side.
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02-24-2010 02:28 AM  10 years ago
helicopter nut

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I fly a 450 and can lift a small video. they make some really small cameras. Issue is ability to fly well enough to get good video. That takes a very steady hand. BTW, my 1st RTF FP was only 75 clams, and the EXI with all but radio was not all that much either. I substituted many years in the cockpit in lieu of a sim. It can be done for less than 10 large Lord hear our silent prayers to Thee
For those who fly from ships at sea.
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02-24-2010 02:46 AM  10 years ago
jakehorky

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I agree with all the responses here.

However, I have to play the devil's advocate. The original post gave few details, yet we all assumed he is looking to start an AP business with a high power heli.

A Blade CX2 can be had for $169 or so, and small wireless color cameras can be had for around $30.

http://www.buy.com/retail/product.a...tingid=37031782

A CX2 is a good beginner heli, many people learn to fly it even without a sim (although highly recommended), however it doesn't fly outside very well. But then when you get good enough, tape that camera on it. Maybe you'll even realize that flying the heli is cool enough!

Above all, have fun
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