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10-14-2011 05:34 PM  7 years agoPost 21


Canada, Great White North

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welcome back

I started flying about a year or two before the 2.4Ghz craze, I stuck with 72Mhz. At the time I just bought a 9303, and a few RX's.
At the time could not justify buying new gear.
I'm still with 72Mhz, the 2.4Ghz gear was a blessing, as more and more migrated over to 2.4G, this freed up the 72MHz band, which means less likely hood, of someone jumping on my channel.

Also there is a drawback, almost all the new RTF and BF (bind & Fly) use 2.4Ghz, I also have a E-Flite Msr bought the RTF kit so I get a cheap 2.4G radio just to putt about the house and practice.

I would strongly recommend getting a sim, I use Phoenix, there are others.
best way to get back into the hobby

Just my 2 cents

Finally learned to fly inverted, Helps if you stand on your head

10-18-2011 08:41 PM  7 years agoPost 22
Santiago P


South West, Ohio

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FM radios are not obsoloete, although I always used 1024PCM on helis, and still use it on some helis and planks.

Besides the of the carefree non frequency sharing, 2.4ghz is less suceptible to mechanical RF noise that 72mhz.

Binding: dkshema covered that well.

Small electric helos:
You have to define what is small for you. I use to call a 30size heli small.
In electric, the Align 450 is as small as I can stand, but prefer the Rave 450 because it feels bigger and is more visible to my old eyes. Anything smaller including all the bind-n-fly choises are more like toys IMO, if that is what you are looking for, the MCPX is the best among them.

Heli brands: thats is hard to answer without going to a chevy vs ford feud. For what is worth, Align seems to come on top because of their price, I myself rather fly a Hirobo or Miniature product any day, except for neither has a great "small" electric heli.

One more: Don't just base your radio selection on bind-n-fly toys. I keep an old Futaba 8UAF with a spectrum module (can swap to FM for ol planks and helis) for bind-n-fly, but all my serious competition helicopters and racing airplanes fly on Futaba FASST. I learn my lesson the hard way.

And that ol Fury still as stable as it gets if your skill level was better than novice when you quit.


10-18-2011 11:24 PM  7 years agoPost 23


Auburn, NY

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when I retired I had a pretty good handle on loops, rolls, nose in hovering, stall turns, and was working on inverted hovering. So I'd like to think that I won't be starting from zero again, but it'll take awhile to get the feel of the sticks again I'm sure.

I'd like to ease back into the hobby and for me that means just d*cking around with a BNF "toy" for now. Budget is very limited and so is time.

I've had several days to read and learn since starting this thread and now I'm leaning towards a Walkera V120, with thoughts of getting a 450 size at some point.

Thanks for all the helpful suggestions!

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