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03-11-2010 07:48 PM  8 years agoPost 21
Fnity

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I also have RealFlight G3.5, but I just got a new laptop, and want to pick up phoenix.... all I was saying was that a sim is a really good investment for someone who wants to get into helis

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03-11-2010 08:05 PM  8 years agoPost 22
SB56

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Thanks Guys, I REALLY appricate all this. It's very helpful.

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03-11-2010 08:29 PM  8 years agoPost 23
Heli 770

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SB56
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03-11-2010 08:43 PM  8 years agoPost 24
txbiker

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Gotcha fnity sorry got lost in that one somwhere between work, p.m.'s and threads LOL

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03-29-2010 02:14 AM  8 years agoPost 25
flyinmike

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My first heli was a CP Pro, I feel it was a good cp heli to learn to hover with and its easy to rebuild, foward flight is ok but due to its size, its hard to see when it gets more then 100 feet away. I still have it but its been upgraded with a brushless motor and dual tail motor I had a cnc head on it but the stock plastic head works better for me. My first 450 heli was (and I cant believe no one has suggested it!!) the E-Flite Blade 400 ready to fly, It cost a little more then $300.00 But you get the DX6i computer radio with a ten model mem.and a very stable heli. Just upgrade the servo's before going into any hard core 3d.

Buy, Build, Fly, Crash, Repeat.

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03-29-2010 04:25 PM  8 years agoPost 26
SplinteredBird

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These guys are awesome and will lead you in the right direction. For what it's worth I can tell you my story on the mistakes I've made as I am still VERY new (bought my first "real" heli less than a month ago.) and always learning. Unlike you, I didn't ask too many opinions. I just read a bunch of information on the internet and what I thought was going to be a decent starter ended up being a waste of cash.

Thankfully due to a number of the people I've talked to from here and at a FunFly this weekend, I'm on a much better track.

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03-29-2010 05:16 PM  8 years agoPost 27
Jgatorman

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$1000.00 trex 450, Dx6i, tools, charger ect...

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03-29-2010 09:48 PM  8 years agoPost 28
flyinmike

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$469.99 = Blade 400 w/Battery and charger RTF

Buy, Build, Fly, Crash, Repeat.

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03-31-2010 06:06 PM  8 years agoPost 29
RobotronskiRR

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Mississippi

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Starter Method I used
I bought a used realflight2 sim and an $85 piece-o-junk electric heli (new) that was a complete outfit (Heli, Batts, Transmitter)

Once I was comfortable on the sim I would scoot the heli around on the floor of an open area (like a rec room or big patio) until I felt comfortable. Then I would get about 2-3 feet of altitude and play around with orientation from tail-in, left/right ans finally nose-in (canopy is pointing at you while flying). After this I moved on to forward flight and then onto figure-8s. You will need to be able to fly nose-in before you advance to forward flight. I think its a must !!!!

After that I was ready for a more expensive heli. I went with a glow powered JR .30 size model. Had it over a year and had one crash from a engine flameout and a "panicky" pilot (Me!!!) Bent the tail boom on a rough auto and that was it.

Man, flying that big heli was effortless after getting beat up on the cheap electric heli, but I was more than well prepared.

I know a guy with a Raptor 50 who hovers in one spot and thats it.
He is afraid of hurting his heli and will never expand his learning due to financial concerns.

If you learn on a cheapy electric, crashes are around $4 to $10 a pop.

And many crashes (over grass) do no damage at all.

Keep in mind that the little heli will not like much wind.

YOU WILL CRASH, regardless, so keep that in mind.

BTW, I still fly the little heli on vacations and at work sometimes since it is so portable. (Heli was a Falcon-40)

THis is just my opinion here of course...

Good luck and welcome to one heck-uva addicting hobby !!!!!

Robo

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