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03-12-2010 07:09 AM  8 years agoPost 1
RescueRev

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I was wondering about the pros and cons of a gas helicopter over nitro or electric. I am thinking about when I some day upgrade to a larger helicopter then my 450 electric.

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03-12-2010 07:30 AM  8 years agoPost 2
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03-12-2010 07:40 AM  8 years agoPost 3
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One destroys the environment as you use it, the other destroys the environment as you charge it.

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03-12-2010 07:43 AM  8 years agoPost 4
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Need to update the that pic, emag, it still says Rick's

There all good. Electric u do have knowledge of them since u have a 450.

Nitro need to buy fuel instead batteries to run it.

Gas I do not have one.

If u already have electric try nitro see how u like it.

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03-12-2010 07:54 AM  8 years agoPost 5
Spitfire1

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I started with nitros then went electric, I would never go back to all the mess and hastle.

Dont know about going from electric to nitro, theres always something wrong with em.. its either running too rich or the headspeeds to low or for some reason its bogging, maybe try a different muffler or new glow plug, or 30% instead of 20%, then start messing with this needle and that one, on and on and on, it never ends.

Electric is much easier.

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03-12-2010 07:59 AM  8 years agoPost 6
naked painter

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I think you have to try them first hand to obtain the answer. They all have their pros and cons.

I would look at where you're going to fly. Is it a noise sensitive area for example? If so, go electric..

Are the weather conditions windy? Then look for a heavier model, otherwise you'll be fighting to stay up, which is not enjoyable.

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03-12-2010 10:26 AM  8 years agoPost 7
Ray Fernandez

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I'd suggest you go to your local flying field and inquire from the flyers their as to their preferences. And as emag states, do a search as the list would be very, very long on the Pros and Cons of Gasser, Nitro and Electric.

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03-12-2010 11:06 AM  8 years agoPost 8
LaurenceGough

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Electric, the future!

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03-12-2010 11:22 AM  8 years agoPost 9
coolingfan

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I have both. The electric is nice because you can just grab a battery pack and go fly just about anywhere. But on the other hand there is just something about the smell of nitro and raw power they produce that needs no explanation!

With the Nitro you have to each time get out the fuel, starting equipment and then there's the cleanup afterwards. And places you can fly are limited. Flight times are longer though.

I like both and each has there place! I have a 50 class nitro and it is big and easier to see then my 450. My 450 is very quick. Well they both are whole lot of fun to fly. It's a tough decision. Good luck!

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03-12-2010 11:51 AM  8 years agoPost 10
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For me it would all depends on Money. I have a Nitro Hawk Sport, she isn't messy and requires no tuning once you have it in there. OK, maybe just a smidge richer in cold weather but other than that she is a dream to fly just in shear size. My 450 has it's place for calmer days. If you are stepping up, the easiest that I see currently without buying a super size gasser is the Radikal from Century. 50-60 size gasser. Pros: cheap fuel, great performance, good size, handles wind well and flies forever. Cons: If you run gas instead of coleman fuel, you have the weedwacker smell which doesn't bother most that fly gassers. If your going to spend 700-$1000, then I would pick up the Radikal. Not huge like a Predator, not expensive to fly like a Nitro 60-90. Electrics are very convenient, but the price of those packs just has me uncommitted to also drop all the money for the equipment to really take care of those batteries. One cell fails in the pack, and your dropping another 70-150 for a new one. I guess I am just a fuel kinda guy. I don't mind the pre and post flight wipe downs and checks over the bird. To me and I would say others, flying is like the dream that we maybe couldn't afford the real thing. So if I have to do pre ops just like the bigs boys than so be it. That is part of the fun for some. My .02

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03-12-2010 12:25 PM  8 years agoPost 11
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Need to update the that pic, emag, it still says Rick's
haha, I did that pic years ago in P.S. The ironic thing is it says Rick's and my name is Rick! LoL

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03-12-2010 07:43 PM  8 years agoPost 12
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Nitro or gas one. I have only had nitro and would love to have a predator or other large gasser. Just for the fact of cheap fuel. I cant stand the thought of having to wait around and charge a pack to fly for 7-10 mins and then the cost of those packs. I hate going green, always have always will. Give me good ole fossil fuels and the smoke and exhaust. Besides, how hard is it to lug around a starter? That is all you really need with a nitro if you have a 2 in 1 besides a jug of fuel and you are good all day. But electric guys are going to swear by electric and glow guys by glow engines so at the end of the day it is what you like.

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03-12-2010 07:51 PM  8 years agoPost 13
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But electric guys are going to swear by electric and glow guys by glow engines so at the end of the day it is what you like.
Absolutely true Cow, I mostly fly electric for the "plug n' play" factor but Dammit nothing currently available to the public beats my "plutonium" powered chopper that get's 2 year flight times and Yes, I glow in the dark but feel alright

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03-12-2010 07:57 PM  8 years agoPost 14
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LOL, a small nuclear generator would be great wouldnt it. Run for years with no charging or refueling. Besides the nasty radiation poisoning that could go along with it, it would be great to not worry any longer about it.

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03-12-2010 08:01 PM  8 years agoPost 15
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Both have their pluses and minuses. Just depends on what you want.

Do a search.

'Ahem', as a counter point to nitros. Electrics have different batteries, dozens of different motors, Kv ratings, gear ratio, speed controls to choose from. Making power choices daunting if not difficult at times. Depending on heli size, batteries range from $20 to $250 and one crash the wrong way, wasted battery. Plus balancing, proper charger, etc. Generally speaking, battery tech isnt there just yet, but close, to as long flight times as nitro. Plus power will drop and not be as consistant throughout flight as nitro.

Fly whatever suits you. I have 2 80-90 class nitros, and one 400 class electric.

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03-12-2010 08:15 PM  8 years agoPost 16
RescueRev

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gas,nitro or electric
Thank you all for the information. Many things to ponder before deciding. As a side note what kind of flight times can you get with a gas helicopter? This might be the deciding point.

Thanks,
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03-12-2010 08:36 PM  8 years agoPost 17
alawel

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I get about 8-12 minutes of flight time on nitro machines, that depends on how hard I'm flying it though. If I'm just hovering around and flying slow easy circuits with with 1600 headspeed, the flight time goes up if I'm beating on the thing with 1950 headspeed the flight time goes down.

I like my 450 and 500 as electric but I'm not thrilled with bigger electric charge times and battery costs. With the 600 and 700, I fuel and fly, no waiting for the charger.

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03-12-2010 08:56 PM  8 years agoPost 18
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all 3 of them bring something to the table,
but remember, a Fuel Eating Fire Breather brings something to the table an Electric never will !!!!

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03-12-2010 09:18 PM  8 years agoPost 19
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Sell all your gas, nitro and electric crap and go nuclear!!!

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03-12-2010 09:18 PM  8 years agoPost 20
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the real things fly with fuel,so for me it makes it more realistic ,electric (larger models)sound really cool though too!!as if they have turbines running.Buy both,fly both,crash both,rebuild both repeat the 4 until satiated

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