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04-05-2010 12:01 AM  10 years ago
McKrackin

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I guess I didnt state my question properly.....I didnt mean to start a war nitro vs electric. I was curious as to why most pilots at the LV and Birmingham funflies chose to fly nitro. NOT, which is better.
That would be a question for the pilots at the LV and Birmingham funflys then.

I have no idea what they're thinking.lol....
I literally never use the word literally right.
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04-05-2010 12:04 AM  10 years ago
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We will need to follow the interpolator with another bank of lopass filters to clean things up
making sure everything is charged and ready to go
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04-05-2010 12:14 AM  10 years ago
McKrackin

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I see what you mean YUG but who you quoting?lol...

It doesn't take much to charge a battery.
I do that AFTER a flight.Not right before.
My shelf is full of lipos ready to go.
I literally never use the word literally right.
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04-05-2010 12:51 AM  10 years ago
Thomas Moore

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Jason and Ben both flew their E-Aurora's at the LV fun fly. Quite a lot of times actually.Thomas Moore Team Avant Team Edge
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04-05-2010 12:58 AM  10 years ago
LaurenceGough

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So much misinformation going around about electric helis, it's funny sometimes reading threads like this.
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04-05-2010 01:02 AM  10 years ago
mlucia

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If i flew my nitro as much as I fly my electrics every day all day after work, I'd be broke from fuel costs. I usually fly 5 flights a day after work, @ 6-7 min. a flight. All i have to pay is....nothing
Where is this magic place you whip up your batteries and chargers then? Please tell me because I want to Pay Nothing to fly electric!!
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04-05-2010 01:16 AM  10 years ago
McKrackin

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I would bet good money my $60 battery will fly more than $60 worth of nitroI literally never use the word literally right.
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04-05-2010 01:17 AM  10 years ago
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lets test that theory shall we?
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04-05-2010 01:22 AM  10 years ago
McKrackin

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I wish there was a way to test it.
I fly about 5 minutes on a charge.
The last heli I sold,I allowed to lipos to go with it.
One of those lipos had over 100 flights and still flew as strong as day one and charged just as fast as it always did.
That would be 500 minutes of flying with no end in sight.
I have never worn a lipo out.Well,no 6S anyway.

I don't have a nitro so I ask...How many minutes of flying can you do for $60 ?
I literally never use the word literally right.
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04-05-2010 01:27 AM  10 years ago
helidevil

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that would be worth about 2 gallons. i havnt kept track of how many tanks i get out of a gallon but i get about 7:00 for flight time (non stop/until out of feul)
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04-05-2010 01:31 AM  10 years ago
canbarelyhover

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nitro and flybars
i still see a lot of both in the Birmingham videos and even seems to be the preference for a lot of the pros.
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04-05-2010 01:32 AM  10 years ago
fenderstrat

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its not even close,2 gallons of fuel is about 20 flights on a 50 size.you should get at least 75-100 flights out of any decent lipo,and if you are sport flying WAY more.

I am not taking sides on the nitro/elec thing,but HOBBYKING has COMPLETELY changed the debate, for lipo batteries that were 300 bucks 2 years ago are 60 now and a 3s 2200mah batery that was 80 bucks in 2008 is now 10 bucks,and higher C rates
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04-05-2010 02:30 AM  10 years ago
junkpilot

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Electrics vs NITRO
Ever notice how the NITRO smoke pleases the nose and the smoke that comes from electrics pleases the Hobby shop owners?
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04-05-2010 02:46 AM  10 years ago
McKrackin

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lol..I see your logic but I have never seen a burning electric.

And before a bunch of burning lipo videos are posted,I can find a bunch of burning nitro videos too

Actually,I'd like to see videos of both.
I'm strange like that
I literally never use the word literally right.
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04-05-2010 05:49 AM  10 years ago
TMoore

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I love nitro. I store it in my basement, my barn and in the car. When I want to fly the support equipment is less for nitro than it is for electrics depending on the size electric in question. I've never seen a house or a car burned up by a gallon of fuel. Batteries OTOH especially lipos, have my utmost respect. The fact is that if you want to fly electrics and I do, the support equipment is considerable especially when you get to the charging systems. At B'ham there was a group behind my trailer with a Honda 1000W generator providing power for all of their charging equipment and this generator ran all day, every day just to charge the plethora of batteries they were using for their electrics.

The reason that nitros are still popular is that the battery technology still isn't there yet. I'm sure it will be someday but not today. Fuel is still way cheaper and until something drastic happens it looks like the so called "carbon footprint" of nitro may be less, I'm not sure but it may be.

Electric or Nitro, it's all good.

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04-05-2010 06:54 AM  10 years ago
flyhud

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Interesting thread, I think all are pretty cool, personally I like nitros and flybars for my stuff, except for my 450's, I'm even intrigued by the little Walkera 83 nitro.

This topic reminded me of a conversation I had with a friend of mine a few years ago, were came up with the theory that manliness was directly proportional to the number of internal combustion engines that one had, of course we both had the usual stuff cars, motorcycles, boats, lawn equipment etc, (he had two full scale airplanes at the time). I won in the end due to the box of old model engines in my garage (plank stuff).

It would have been a pretty weird conversation if that theory held true for electric motors, hair dryer, blender, washing machine, nose hair trimmer, etc. just not the same.

I am impressed by all of the high tech stuff it requires to run one of these big electrics, it seems like most who fly them have to bring along generators, big batteries and elaborate charging stations, laptops etc. definitely not a simpler way to fly.

Awww crud, I just read the post about the Asian chicks digging guys with electric stuff, I may have to revisit my whole theory.
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04-05-2010 07:02 AM  10 years ago
Raffy

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Dejavu!
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04-05-2010 07:30 AM  10 years ago
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And why not!Raptor 50 Titan SE
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04-05-2010 01:49 PM  10 years ago
hootowl

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Nitro you can fly all day without having a large bank of batteries/chargers/generator.

Nitro only has a few dollars worth of fuel on board.

A lot of people still like fiddling with piston engines and fuel. Electric is a little mundane.

I have both.
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04-05-2010 02:01 PM  10 years ago
bkervaski

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LOL this is such a dead horse ... Nitro isn't going anywhere ... For the last 4 years this has been beat to death and I still see way more nitros than electrics at events ... Some just like IC and smoke ...
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