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11-19-2011 09:22 PM  6 years agoPost 1
MichiganFlyer

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Lansing,MI

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Just curious about how it's going with other newbies like me. I started my adventure into this hobby in late May with a cheap 200 size heli. After a couple attemps to hover I thought I may not have the skills to fly a heli. Well I stepped up to a 450, got a Sim and took it slow. With help of alot of people I learned alot of the aspects of being this hobby.
I think I attended 6 funflys and realy enjoyed the heli community in my area. Even my tail in practicing was accepted at the funflys. And alot of help was given to me at these.
At my last funfly of the summer I was introduced to forward flight by another pilot that offered to buddy box with me. That was a huge hurdle he helped my get past.
Now I am into forward flight and have done just a couple flips and rolls recently.
I have had too many crashes for it being my first year and have really enjoyed myself. I think maybe less that 10. You can't count the couple hundred on the mCPx(it's the real life Sim )
I have even adventure into flybarless recently with the 450.
I will fly throughout our winter just not as much.
I realy look forward to spring and the hurdles I can overcome next summer.

So how has your first year been?

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11-20-2011 07:05 PM  6 years agoPost 2
TheWoodCrafter

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Costa Mesa, Ca.

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I remember when you showed up on this forum, with all the newbie questions in all.

So you seem to be completely hooked like the rest of us.

This is a very rewarding hobby isn't it.

When I started we didn't have any SIMS.
It took me a sold year of every weekend to get into forward flight.
I remember I had a pile of damaged side frames, must have been over a dozen.
I left the hobby a few times but I always seem to come back.

Just wait till year 2. You're in for some fun.

Thanks, TheWoodCrafter

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11-23-2011 09:06 PM  6 years agoPost 3
choppedlow

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Yuma, AZ

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I got a new 600EFL Pro in August, and it's been %90 of whats in my head since! Hardest part was finding anyone to actually talk me through the set up, and answer my questions. Since I have purchased a 700E and am getting the Goblin (second shipment) or the Logo Extreme. I've flown giant scale planes for five years, but always wanted to fly helis. I wish people would stop with the myth about how hard they are to fly, set up, upkeep.... Once you understand how they work, they are far easier than people would think. The hardest thing for me was getting over the noise and 'danger' factor. At fist I would shake while hovering nose in, but like everything else, you get better the more you do it.

My friend also got an Avant the same time. He has now added two Kasamas. When your getting old, you have to start with what you want! We fly in my back yard and at an empty field. I'm picking it up fairly quick, and am now doing the stuff I feel comfortable doing on the sim, and I do them way up in the sky! I downloaded all the Smack Talk videos, and followed them one by one. They helped more than anything. And hours and hours of sim time! And even more sim time! I'm seeing piro tick tocks in my sleep right now! I now fly the sim with a goal in mind instead of crashing every minute. Hours of inverted nose in, sideways... Makes up for battery time.

I wish I got into them when I wanted to five years ago. Makes me mad to think I let some toothless old guy talk me into getting a trainer instead of the Raptor 50 I wanted. I figure I got into it during a transitional time when flybarless is getting better, and there seems to be a heli trend picking up. It hasn't been a full year, but it's been a fun four or five months. It's way cheaper than the %40 planes I was building! And nothing is cooler than the sound the blades of a 700 make when you stand it on the tail and feed in full down collective!

"You wanna go for a ride in my whirlybird?"- Elvis

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11-24-2011 06:35 PM  6 years agoPost 4
Newbe Guy

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Phoenix, AZ

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Nice Post
Yes Im coming EXACTLY to almost 1 year. Ive learned and flown ALOT. about 2-3 months ago I was grounded with my first crash on the 450. Ive been VERY slow in getting it rebuilt but after all I had a wedding and honeymoon in there as well as WORK! I always kept up on sim time tho. Now its gone as it was a "loaner" and Im lurking around to find 1 for sale before its SOLD! haha.

In summary awsome, and REALLY looking forward to OUR season starting NOW! I need to get rebuilt ASAP. 1st rebuild since I didnt build the heli in 1st place its intimidating but that will prolly be my "thing" this year - comfortable with fixing. Then I can fly HARDER!!!

Blade mSR / Trex 450se V2 - AMA#965156

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11-25-2011 01:03 AM  6 years agoPost 5
Bladecpnitro

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Ga

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I was building my EXI 450 right at the same time you were building yours and its been a great year. I've built an HK 250 now to replace my Blade Sr with and I like it a lot more than I thought I would. I have the SR motor on it now while waiting on bullet connectors to arrive for my Exceed ESC and motor and it seems a little under powered but its great. I can't wait to get some more power on it. It flies just like a 450 but takes up less space.

I'm moving around inverted a little on the 450 just forwards and backwards right now. Today I flew it for the 1st time since crashing 2 Sundays ago. I flipped over backwards and took off inverted backwards and did an inverted backwards half loop since I pulled out of it at the top when I got the Heli back upright. But yeah I'm loving it man. Its flying better than ever with T-Pro 90s on cyclic and Emax ES 20 D on rudder with an HK 401 B gyro. I need to get some crash surviving servos though for cyclic. I had to replace 2 the last crash rebuild and its a pain to take them out re route the wires re zip tie them, get 90 degree center and pretty much go through the head again.

This time I replaced the Blade and flybar links with the new V3 solid non adjustable Align links so I had to completely reset up the head.
http://www.amainhobbies.com/product...50-V3-Ball-Link
Pretty easy though, 90 the servo arms at mid stick, set the swash 10 mms above the frame at mid stick, set blades to zero at mid stick, set pith in the swash mix to get 10 degrees negative and positive and take it out and fly it.

If its fixed don't break it.

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11-25-2011 01:20 AM  6 years agoPost 6
MichiganFlyer

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Lansing,MI

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I put those links on mine about two months ago. Never could figure out why the clone ones are adjustable.
I went brushless on my mCPx and wow, what fun. Flips and rolls are a blast. The weather hasn't been the greatest around here for flying but the days I have had available are a blast.
Bladecpnitro just wait till you get to fly a larger heli, it is rediculously awsome. BTW sounds like your skills are way better than mine. It was only a couple weeks ago I tried a flip. Anyways goods for you!
I hope to get some good flying sessions in tommorrow.

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11-25-2011 02:07 PM  6 years agoPost 7
Bladecpnitro

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Ga

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Well I did get my 1st half decent Helicopter a Blade MCX2 Dec, 27 2010 which gives me a few more months stick time on you. I wish it had been an MCPX but they weren't out then.

I have spent nearly every spare minute I have fooling with Helis or sim since I got started.

I want a 90 size Heli one day. I'd love to have an Aurora 90 Nitro. I don't know whether to go electric or nitro. To buy enough batteries and charging power to fly a 90 size Heli all day would be pretty costly. Electric is probably less maintenance though.

I saw an article the other day where folks are converting Nitros over to gasoline. That could save a ton of money on fuel for the Nitro lovers.

If its fixed don't break it.

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11-26-2011 12:49 PM  6 years agoPost 8
Bladecpnitro

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Ga

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Here is a pic of my new Targa roof on my EXI 450.

Xheli was out of canopies the last time I ordered parts from them so I glued and scotch taped the canopy back together. Its holding up fine with that 2 inch wide scotch tape.

Man I took it out and flew it 4 times yesterday and noticed my pinion gear wobbling a little bit. I thought the bearings were going out in the motor and come to find out upon further examination the shaft is worn down right inside the top bearing on the motor. The bearing is only very slightly worn. I have a G-Force 4000KV motor to stick on it but I have to get an 11 tooth 3.175 shaft pinion for it so the head speed won't be too much. Looks like its back to waiting on the mail again.

If its fixed don't break it.

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12-01-2011 09:00 PM  6 years agoPost 9
taxus812

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Conecticut - USA

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Humm a lot of activity in the first year. I started with a Hawk III in Mid July. Learned a lot but still had a crash and decided to move to a Raptor 30 V2 to learn on. At the same time I picked up an MCPX and fly that thing ALL the time (just starting to get inverted with it).

I have had lots of mechanical "issues" and down time that slowed me down. The first a crash knocked me out for a few weeks. Building the raptor took me out for a few more. Then my new Dx6i went crazy and it needed service knocking me out for yet a few more weeks. all this followed by freaky weather (hurricane, snow in october).

Wife has inquired if I was cheating on her since I was spending soo much time at the field or hobby shop ! (and got cranky when I couldnt go)

To top it off I was introduced to the joys of fearfull plank jockeys who want us out of the club. (I fly planks as well)

I have had a lot to push me away. I am still comming back. I am getting really proficiant with the MCPX and starting to gain real clean contol. I am starting forward flight with the Raptor as well (More to learn and its diffrent beast to fly).

These birds are exciting to learn to fly. The detail is what this ADD brain needs. I like the smell of the smoke the hypnotic floating the bird has and the fact that you CANT focus on anything else when flying. I love the rush when I challange myself (like hovering in 20 Mph wind). I met some real great folks that have been sharing their knowledge (and spare parts) with me to whom I am very gratfull.

Money and time are my only limiting factors Im hooked.

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12-02-2011 07:26 AM  6 years agoPost 10
Sam2b

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Tacoma, WA

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I thought I'd take a trip down memory lane. I liked reading these posts on this subject.

For me in my first year in February 2007 I was hover/hopping an E-flight Blade CP Pro on the living room floor with ping-pong trainer landing gear installed. It was very cold and windy outside for me, let alone the heli. Between the hover/hopping and several weeks of sim time I was amazed the first flight I actually had with it was doing the same figure 8's like on the sim! I was like "holy cow, is this happening?" but I just hung in there and kept doing it. After all that I crashed trying to land it. Beginner's luck I guess. After that day it was all over. I'm sure I'm well over 2,000 flights now and is such a relaxing and thrilling hobby. But the one thing I do not like is the inherent competitive nature - guys trying to prove they know more and fly better, to the point of physical violence. So sad.

_Sam B_

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