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05-11-2011 05:36 AM  7 years agoPost 1
EASYKILL

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Sonora,Ca - US

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So my ENV nitro is due tommorrow, and now that I look at the Rave forum i'm getting kind of discouraged. Usually on most first pages there are alot of threads saying how much people love their machines, but petty much the whole first page of this one is all about broken tail hubs and busted torque tubes etc... Is there that many problems with this thing?!
I'm contemplating not opening the box and send it back. Help me out guys, I need some reasurance. I ordered it thinking "if it comes from Curtis its got to be great". Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Hello, my name is Tony and I'm a heli addict...

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05-11-2011 08:28 AM  7 years agoPost 2
Heliguychris

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Perth, West Australia

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I cant speak for other folks, but for myself, i love mine. I have had a big fat ZERO with issues. Its a tank, that just keeps going. Very tough heli.

I figure the tail hub gents had a hanger rash and didnt know it. I run my ENV as a 800 out to 2200 RPM, and that tail is going nowhere. BB said something about a new tail hub anyhowz.

Dont stress, just build it and fly it

Licensed (CASA) UAV operator certificate holder 1-YFOF5-01 www.helicamaerial.com.au

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05-11-2011 08:54 AM  7 years agoPost 3
deafheliflyer

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Arizona

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Runryder and Paranoidism
Take what you read on RR with a grain of salt...

There are a lot of "armchair" politicans, quarterbacks, and keyboard artists on RR.

Build it and go fly it If you read about a problem, address it and move on. The ENV is solid, CY and BuzzinBrian will take good care of you if something does seem out of the ordinary. I had an issue with gears stripping on my Rave 450 and BuzzinBrian offered me the gears off of his own Rave and even told me to mail the helicopter to him and he would be happy to look it over..

Top notch service.. Top notch guys.

Happy Flying

Crash-Prone and overcoming it!!!

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05-11-2011 12:14 PM  7 years agoPost 4
bkervaski

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Birmingham, AL, USA

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"Forum Fever" ... While the tail hub issue seems to affect some, you're not seeing posts from the majority who it isn't affecting.

A few of us locally fly these, our tail hubs and torque tubes are fine and this is the only heli I've ever build that I haven't had to tweak mechanically after the first flights. I have about 10 gallons through mine and haven't adjusted a thing except for trimming.

It's really a very fun, reliable, and well designed machine. The only gripe I have is the elevator linkage is hard to work with, wish CY would switch to the "A" arm design on that. Oh, and I think the canopy shape is ugly (however the stock canopy is really nice quality), but that's just me apparently, lol, others love it.

Basically its freaking awesome heli! It's my favorite. Well worth the $750 when compared to what else is out there.

That is, until I dumb thumbed it this weekend, and frankly, considering how hard I hit, I can't believe how well it held up.

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05-11-2011 12:21 PM  7 years agoPost 5
rcnut

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Rockford, Illinois

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EASYKILL, There is really nothing wrong with the Rave. Occasionally there are defects with parts, but this is with any manufacturers. There will be some type of escape of bad parts. The percentages are fairly low.

So don't fret about your Rave having any problems. Check it over as you build it, like with any heli. Go fly and have fun!

Bottom line...would I buy another Rave...Heck Yea!

Team Miniature Aircraft
"I love the smell of Nitro in the morning!"
...Citizen 654!

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05-11-2011 12:52 PM  7 years agoPost 6
Supercoolheli

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Dallas, TX

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I also agree with everything that has been said above. the ENV is, as it says, a world class 700. It's an excellent helicopter and I know you're going to love it .

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05-11-2011 01:35 PM  7 years agoPost 7
Sky Dancer

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Bryan, Texas

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Hi Tony, I too agree with the others, the ENV is a outstanding heli and for me has been bullet proof and they have top notch support too!

Don C

Keep up your rotor speed !

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05-11-2011 02:02 PM  7 years agoPost 8
bkervaski

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Birmingham, AL, USA

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Yes, the support, best in class.

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05-11-2011 02:39 PM  7 years agoPost 9
EASYKILL

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Sonora,Ca - US

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Holy crap!! I started this post last night before going to bed and when I wake up here is all this great feedback. Thanks guys I feel loads better and can't wait to get mine together now! The poor UPS guy is going to get tackled at the top of the driveway!
One specific question, I noticed it comes stock with plastic paddles, has any one found the need to replace them with lighter cf ones? I like a very responsive heli cyclicly speaking and this upgrade has allways helped towards that(for me anyways). Thanks again.

Hello, my name is Tony and I'm a heli addict...

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05-11-2011 02:41 PM  7 years agoPost 10
bkervaski

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Birmingham, AL, USA

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Paddles? What are those?

FBL FTW!

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05-11-2011 06:05 PM  7 years agoPost 11
rcnut

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Rockford, Illinois

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^^^+1 The heli group: "Hi Tony! (clap, clap, clap...)"

I think that would become "Padless"..."Paddle-less", or drop the "e" = "Paddless", and then really don't need 2 "d's"...so "padless"

In all seriousness, the Rave is a top notch heli. Quality of the parts, the fitting of the parts, the plastic to carbon fiber ratio, strength, robustness, etc.. This is one fantastic heli. Then there’s the manual…the manual alone is state-of-art. Brian has set the standard with this manual. And then there is the service…help is just a phone call, e-mail away. I would swear Buzzen Brian spends his whole day doing nothing more than answering e-mails, posts, PM’s, and phone calls…helping Rave pilots.

I guarantee you will not be disappointed in your decision of buying a Rave. You may be disappointed, however, in the fact you don’t have enough money to buy one or two of each Rave available.

When you get this bird in the air and start moving around…then you will know what “we” know!

Hi Tony...my name is Ray and I too am a heli addict!...

Team Miniature Aircraft
"I love the smell of Nitro in the morning!"
...Citizen 654!

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05-11-2011 06:10 PM  7 years agoPost 12
Pulento

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CHILE

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Mine was running at 2100RPMs for a month (didn't tached) now is running at 2000RPMs, zero issues with the tail.

Zero issues at all, except the hard dampers which I sanded them a bit to suit my linking.

But the heli is a tank and doesn't feel like a tank at the air well tough design and quality.

I'll dare to say that ENV fliers doesn't need to be on the forum since they are flying and not wrenching like we have to with others brands.

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05-11-2011 06:10 PM  7 years agoPost 13
Supercoolheli

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Dallas, TX

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It's great to hear that you're feeling better about it! the paddles that come in the flybarred kit are designed for FAI flying and I'm sure they are able to perform 3D but a set of CF paddles would definately be a worthy investment for hard flying

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05-11-2011 06:12 PM  7 years agoPost 14
Pulento

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CHILE

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+1

Super Stubz 4105 or even better Funkey 3D paddles (very expensive though).

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05-11-2011 07:39 PM  7 years agoPost 15
helinutz2

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Medicine Hat, AB Canada

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It's an internet forum. Take it with a grain of salt.

Sometimes the builder does the "damage". Overtorqued fasteners, etc.

You will love the build. And the flying...

G

Rave 90 ENV / Radikal E640 / Rush 750 / Trex 600N
Team No WhinerS, Team Renegade R/C Heliflyers

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05-11-2011 10:11 PM  7 years agoPost 16
EASYKILL

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Sonora,Ca - US

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Thanks again guys. Just got home and found "the" box on my porch. going to get started in a few minutes, looking forward to it. I have some nice cf paddles but I will try the supplied ones first.

Changed the title of this post!

Hello, my name is Tony and I'm a heli addict...

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05-11-2011 10:13 PM  7 years agoPost 17
Buzzin Brian

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College Station, Texas

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Just take your time (if you can ) and if you have any questions, I am always here to help.

Enjoy the build.

Brian

Build it, fly it, crash it. Repeat as often as needed.

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05-11-2011 10:20 PM  7 years agoPost 18
EASYKILL

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Sonora,Ca - US

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Good to know, thanks Brian.

Hello, my name is Tony and I'm a heli addict...

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05-12-2011 07:09 AM  7 years agoPost 19
EASYKILL

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Sonora,Ca - US

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I am about half way through the build, wow what a manual! What is everybody doing for gov. sensor. I epoxy the magnets in the holes on the fan but soon noticed the shroud completely obscures them. I doubt it will pick it up through the plastic. Maybe cut a small hole? I am using a 701.

Hello, my name is Tony and I'm a heli addict...

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05-12-2011 11:26 AM  7 years agoPost 20
gotnoclue

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sydney

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i glued my magnets into the clutch bell and epoxied the sensor to the back of the clutch stack, can get distance set perfect as you can work on the whole unit outside the frames.

you will love the heli, flies great and is really strong, planted mine hard on a rock and only about 250 in parts to get it back up(btw i mean hard should see the pipe ouch)

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