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03-09-2012 02:36 PM  6 years agoPost 1
rchelichop

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For me at this point in my life after all these years of flying, I only feel most comfortable if I have less than $1000 (maybe $1300 max) wrapped up in a airframe and if the wreck of general parts for that airframe including blades cost more than $200, the fun factor goes way down. What is your ratio of $ to fun factor?

Also, on another topic, seems back in the day cost effectiveness for performance was the way to go. Now seems everyone is flying carbon frames and other high end stuff. See newbs flying carbon Trex 500/600 around, even the new Raptor have all carbon and metal, so much for $25 framesets. Last I checked carbon has not gotten cheaper or is indestructible. Is the money of everyone really that much better than a decade ago? or has marketing excessive bling finally paid off for manufacturers?

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03-09-2012 02:45 PM  6 years agoPost 2
Gyronut

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Tough question to answer...........

What ever it costs to keep up with the guy standing in the next pilots box.

Just do what feels right.

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03-09-2012 03:02 PM  6 years agoPost 3
Richardmid1

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Align, Turnigy, Hobbywing, 20% nitro and flying without a canopy or try to reuse a crash damaged one! I have also in the past straightened old main shafts!

60% of the time, it works every time!

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03-09-2012 03:03 PM  6 years agoPost 4
wrongler

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I have as much fun flying the MCPX as the TDR! Don't really want to crash either one. I try not to think of the $$$ when I'm flying.

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03-09-2012 03:14 PM  6 years agoPost 5
unclejane

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In my case, I finally just accepted that there's _no_ cheap way to do what I want - fly a 700 size nitro - so it kind of doesn't matter.
It makes me just as depressed to crash or otherwise ruin any of my equipment regardless of cost as any other piece of it, so the cost doesn't really make any difference.
Also, when I do crash, it's virtually always so violent that the entire thing, except for little bits here and there, gets destroyed and it'll have to be replaced.

So I just try to get what I can afford that is what I want and fly that. Then after the crash, I just see what I can replace it with and do that.

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03-09-2012 08:24 PM  6 years agoPost 6
GetToDaChopper

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When it comes to things like my heli i tend to be a perfectionist, if i even lightly scrape a blade i'll fill in the scrapes with ca glue and sand it out with fine grit sand paper and then buff to a polish and then rebalance but if i can i'll replace them with new and keep the old ones on reserve, i replace shafts that are most likely just fine but i do hang on to the old ones, if anything gets scratched i also replace it and again keep the old ones just in case, for me a crash is most always a rekit but with a mini protos thats around $275.00 dollars which is not too bad, so i probably spend more money than i need to and on top of that money is a little tight these day so any amount is too much to me but i just can't help myself......

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03-09-2012 08:53 PM  6 years agoPost 7
fenderstrat

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or has marketing excessive bling finally paid off for manufacturers?
you hit the nail on the head.while CF and aluminum look nice and in some cases the alum offers a performance or durability factor.Most beginners and most average sport flyers wont feel the slight weight advantage of CF vs Plastic(g-10)and really at the end of the day,other than aestetics,weight is the only real advantage of CF.Its certainly more expensive to replace.

The same with ALUM.while some parts require it.all metal head and tail is NOT necessary for most flyers.And actually some well placed plastic(as long as its not cheap brittle plastic)goes a long way in reducing crash costs.Plastic will also go back to its shape if it doesn't actually break,while a slight bend of an ALUM part can have you chasing vibs forever.

But there are guys that want their CF and ALUM,and hey this hobby is all about doing your thing.If thats what you like, cool

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03-09-2012 09:08 PM  6 years agoPost 8
michael88997

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6s 450 pro fbl baby... Cheap fun, get a little too close to the ground for some britches wettin experience without Risking 800 buck crash

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03-09-2012 10:42 PM  6 years agoPost 9
Terrabit

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Tough question to answer...........
More like impossible.

In order to answer this question with any authority we would have to select a unit of measure for utility (or satisfaction) as a standard per dollar spent. (It is also impossible that all of us would assign the same value to each dollar as this generally changes with level of income) We would also have to factor in diminishing marginal return because the twentieth $1000 spent will almost certainly not bring about the same utility as the first $1000 spent. Economies of scale would exist for a period of time followed by constant return and then diseconomies of scale.

Marginal Satisfaction = (MUa-MUb)/(Qa-Qb)

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03-09-2012 10:58 PM  6 years agoPost 10
Jeff polisena

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My ratio changes , I fly to how deep my pockets are that week . If I'm tight (wife don't know money) then I fly nice . If I have a good amount then I will need some replacement/upgrade parts .recently I had to fly nice because I lost my 35% plane with over 5000.00 invested so it will take a few to recover .

I stole it ,flew it and gave it back ;)

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03-09-2012 11:24 PM  6 years agoPost 11
VKGT

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I've also had the misfortune of losing a 35% and a 40% airplane. That's when you can hear the wallet crying.

As for helis, I have the money to spend on the really nice ones like the TDR and Diabolo but I quite simply refuse. The hobby is expensive enough without losing money in shipping, exchange rates and "minimum order amounts".

I love that I can get deals on T-Rex parts everywhere. I love that there are always deals on Spektrum gear as well. Fun factor? Around $1000, give or take a few hundred. That's what I prefer to put up with and I still feel like I haven't overspent.

I also like BIG airplanes so any money I save could go towards something for them. I'm currently flying a CompositeARF Giles 202

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03-10-2012 03:58 AM  6 years agoPost 12
Eco8gator

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MCPX V2...most fun heli I own...most worry free and inexpensive heli I own too...

The fact that it won't break allows me to justify doing things to it I would not normally do with a heli

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03-10-2012 04:06 AM  6 years agoPost 13
heli-cuzz

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I fly no differently if its a beater heli or a hangar queen. I just go out and fly to have fun. Worrying about money takes the fun out if it. I smack one in and its totaled... Move onto the next heli purchase.

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03-10-2012 04:43 AM  6 years agoPost 14
Eco8gator

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Its not the money....its the time...

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03-10-2012 10:32 AM  6 years agoPost 15
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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Its not the money....its the time...
It's the money AND the time.

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03-10-2012 11:45 AM  6 years agoPost 16
Gator1

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Somebody once described flying heli's to me as its the most fun you can have with your clothes on. Lol.
It's an obsession like no other,life's to short not to do the things we enjoy so if we can afford it then do it. The bigger the faster the more pop the more fun it is.....

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03-10-2012 11:55 AM  6 years agoPost 17
rpat

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I am glad that some one finally brought up this subject. I have a trex 600 and 700 and now all the rage at my field is the outrage n2. I have seen about 10 guys buy this machine and I am wondering why. I can not see buying another airframe just because it's the flavor of the month. For me the fun factor is being there with the other guys and enjoying what I fly. My trex's to me are just as good as any TDR or any other high end heli, and I know that I am opening up a can of worms with that statement. Me buying a high end machine is not going to make me a better pilot just a little poorer one. The difference here is if you are a good pilot you can make just about any machine look good.

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03-10-2012 12:23 PM  6 years agoPost 18
pH7

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I have a 700, Raptor 50, 450 pro, mCPX. For the higest fun/price ratio, it must be the mCPX. I try more things, make more progress, and laugh more with the mCPX than the others.

I remember one day last year when the wind was so high most of us chose to leave our large helis on the bench. Several of us "flew" our mCPX helis, which did a surprisingly good job of handling the wind. We just laughed as the wind sometimes did unexpected things, but went on flying.

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03-10-2012 12:26 PM  6 years agoPost 19
rcmiket

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If you have to worry about the dollar to fun factor than maybe this isn't the hobby to be in. Like Vegas only take what you can afford to lose.
Mike

"When Inverted down is up and up is expensive"

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03-10-2012 09:02 PM  6 years agoPost 20
VKGT

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Like Vegas only take what you can afford to lose.
Agreed! From someone that lives in Vegas, I put a specific amount of cash aside for this hobby and I purposely limit myself to airframes that don't cost more than $1000 or so. The T-Rex 700 is an excellent heli that fits my personal criteria and amount of money that I'm willing to wager

I'd love a TDR, I can afford a TDR but I'm just not willing to throw that kind of money at it. I could have a quad or something instead :P

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