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08-11-2010 01:01 AM  7 years agoPost 1
freakyreef

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Kansas\Colorado border

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I could really use some advice here.
I inderited a Raptor 30 after my father passed away about a year ago.
The helicopter in and of itself is nothing special, but holds sentimental value. It has been sitting ever since, and I am trying to decide what to do with it. Since it's a 30 size, it really doesn't fit into my flying style, too underpowered for a scale ship or 3d.
He never really was able to fly, and sort of hovered all the time. My guess is, the heli has never been more than 10 feet off the ground. Trying to decide if I should just keep it as a memory and watch it sit in a corner doing nothing, or put it to use by selling it and buying something special with that money in remembrance of him....
Anyone got any suggestions???

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08-11-2010 01:04 AM  7 years agoPost 2
rcjon

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Macon, GA

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If you sell it, you will always regret it.

How about keeping it in flying condition and use it to teach someone to fly.

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08-11-2010 01:47 AM  7 years agoPost 3
Scott1115

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Ultimately it is your decision (obviously), but what do you think he would have preferred? Would he have wanted you to keep it flyable and sometimes just tinker with it keeping it in flying condition or sell it and buy what you want for your fleet? If this wasn't his passion and he was never able to do more than hover, and probably not more than 10 feet of ground, perhaps selling the heli to fund your passion is the bigger gift.

I was in your shoes many years ago with my dads golf clubs. They were great clubs, but I hate golf. I knew i would never use them. I decided to sell them and used the money to buy what I wanted. Every time I used my boat I looked at the radar and said to myself "thanks dad."

Good luck

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08-11-2010 01:57 AM  7 years agoPost 4
broggyr

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I decided to sell them and used the money to buy what I wanted. Every time I used my boat I looked at the radar and said to myself "thanks dad."
I can agree with this

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08-11-2010 03:02 AM  7 years agoPost 5
Bouchah

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Willow Spring, N. Carolina USA

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Years ago my grandfather passed, I took a 2' Craftsman level that did not work, out of his garage. Just something to remember him by. A few years later I need a working level to build my house, I traded the broken level in for a new one at Sears so I could use it. Thinking back I should have spent the $20 on a new level. Even though I used the new level alot, I still wish I had kept the old broken one that my grandfather actually held in his hands. Thats just me.

A friend of mine growing up restored a 63 Ford Ranchero with his father. His father passed when the car was about 95% complete. The car has been in storage since he passed. I asked him why, he said if he drove the car and something went wrong that he had to work on it, the bolts that his father tightened would be undone, and could never be retightened by him again. So the car sits with his knowing that his dad truely had a part in the build.

How much are you really going to get for the bird?

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08-11-2010 03:06 AM  7 years agoPost 6
Thumpernator

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How much are you really going to get for the bird?
Exactly!! Not very much. I would put it up on a shelf (on display) with a picture of Dad next to it.

Dave
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08-11-2010 04:18 AM  7 years agoPost 7
GRINCHMAN

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I agree with thumpernator,besides the resale market really stinks right now.

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08-11-2010 04:26 AM  7 years agoPost 8
Gearhead

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you know what, buy a 30 Scale Fuse for it and fly it a couple times a year, I'm sure your Dad would have wanted you to fly it, yes I'm sure !! I know I would want my Son to fly my Helis and Planes !!, and if something happened and they crashed (here too) I think your Dad would understand, I'm just saying as a Farther I would want my Son to fly them and not worry if anything happens to them..

Jim
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08-11-2010 02:44 PM  7 years agoPost 9
SlabBro

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I just lost my father in the last month. I have inheritated some things like his bow(I taught him how to shoot), guns(he taught me how to shoot), and his motorcycles.

I to know my father and how I am and I will ride the bikes, shoot the bow and guns, and think of him everytime. He wouldn't want them going to waste as I would not want my stuff going to waste, my son would gladly fly my birds for me, and I want him to.

Fly it, enjoy it, and think of him when you do.

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08-11-2010 04:20 PM  7 years agoPost 10
JuanRodriguez

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The Villages, Florida

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freakyreef ,
Why not consider giving the heli to a youngster (perhaps club member ?) that may be interested in the hobby but perhaps can't come up with the cash to get into it. Your father would be proud of you knowing you opted going that route.....

Been there, done that and old enough to know better.....

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08-11-2010 04:35 PM  7 years agoPost 11
cudaboy_71

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sacramento, ca, u.s.

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sounds like you're the sentimental type, or you wouldnt be asking. I know I certainly am. If it were me I'd keep it.

Clean it up, maybe even do a complete teardown, and get it in good flying condition, and put it on a shelf.

if it ain't broke, break it.

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08-11-2010 05:03 PM  7 years agoPost 12
enahs

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I agree with most here, keep it. Make it flyable and fly it. Use it to practice your orientations periodically. It will fly forever on one tank. Use it as your slow machine to calm down, settle your nerves, or just putz around. Slap a scale fuse on it like the Wasp said. I've had a couple of planes and helis that held sentimental value for me but I still sold them. I regret it.

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08-11-2010 05:19 PM  7 years agoPost 13
puma1824

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Personally I'd keep it. Clean it up and fly it when you just want to relax. Since it's a 30 you'll won't be as tempted to wring it out and possibly wrecking it. If I were in your shoes, the monetary value is nowhere near the what it would mean to me personally.

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08-11-2010 06:17 PM  7 years agoPost 14
Big Edge

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I would keep it. Even if it did nothing more than sat on the shelf.

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08-11-2010 06:24 PM  7 years agoPost 15
wingtip

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Indiana

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Instead of just giving it to one person, why not donate it to your local club in his name then it can be used to train lots of newcomers to the hobby. the club provides the instructor, the student provides the fuel and parts.... cheapest way to get into helis ive ever seen....

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08-11-2010 06:29 PM  7 years agoPost 16
chopper_crazy

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Delphos, Ohio

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I personally would keep it. An older 30 size machine will not be worth much money and the sentimental value IMHO is worth much more than what it really is worth. You will kick you self for a long time if you end up selling it.

It's a complex, costly, glow powered anti-gravity machine!

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08-11-2010 06:34 PM  7 years agoPost 17
GyroFreak

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I would put it up on a shelf (on display) with a picture of Dad next to it.
Perfect. And remember, grandkids and great grandkids (when they are grown) will marvel at what thier grandfather did and have something tangable and quite diffrent as a memento.

Paul

I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?

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08-12-2010 12:40 AM  7 years agoPost 18
freakyreef

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Kansas\Colorado border

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Thanks for all the input.
The helicopter is already in perfect flying shape and only lacks the rx. There are no flying clubs, or anyone in the area that fly's besides myself ( To my knowledge).
I guess I didn't consider the resale value being so low...
I have been considering a scale body, but was a bit concerned about the weight and power aspect of a 30 size ship with a scale body.
I had actually thought of a scale body with a non-scale paint job with an organ donor / medical transport theme of some sorts ( Dad needed a lung transplant) but will need to find a painter since I am ability challenged when it comes to painting.
Where and what is a decent brand of scale bodies?
Thanks again for your input I really appreciate it.

Walk on water long enough, eventually you will get your feet wet.

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08-12-2010 01:51 AM  7 years agoPost 19
ch-47c

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Keep it. My Dad gave me an old horseshoe from the family farm in Minnesota that my grandfather owned. At first i thought what am I going to do with this. Years later, I screwed it onto the wall above the door to my house and it conjures alot of good memories. My Dad has a piece of wood from the family barn that he cut into a shilloette of the family barn. I hope to get that next.

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08-12-2010 02:43 AM  7 years agoPost 20
DaytonHeliWife

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I'm very sorry for your loss!

My dad left a lot of stuff to me when I died, and thankfully, my husband was able to use a lot of it, so we can still keep his memory alive, but some of the stuff we weren't able to use, we gave to his friends and family, so they could have a remembrance of him as well.

With something like a heli, you'll have to think about what you want to do. I read where someone said that the resale value is kinda shot right now, and they're right. So, if you wanted to wait and see, maybe sell the heli, but keep the canopy, and, like you said, to put a picture up of your dad with it, that would be a neat little memorial to him and one of his hobbies.

It's all up to you. Good luck, and much love and prayers to you!

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