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01-10-2013 11:04 AM  7 years ago
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Yep Nitro is definitely dead.

1 in 30 is a nitro at the two fields I fly at.

Good riddance to the slimers.

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01-10-2013 12:34 PM  7 years ago
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I honestly think everyone needs both in their collection. They both have their pluses and minuses.

If I had to pick one at the end of the day, it'd be the Nitro though.
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01-10-2013 12:54 PM  7 years ago
Gator1

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I love my nitro. No matter what new heli I get its my 700n I love more then any other. And my new Gaui NX4 is unbelievable its been a while since I've flown something new and have been this impressed flight after flight.

Nitro is here to stay. Nothing compares to the smoke,smell and fun!!!!!!!!
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01-10-2013 01:52 PM  7 years ago
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One slimer left out of nine heli's. Only keep it because it's got a lovely YS in ;-)
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01-10-2013 02:00 PM  7 years ago
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I've flown nitro helis and planes from 12yo till about 28 (4yrs ago). Since then, I've done nothing but electrics and I'll never look back!!

I hated the cleaning, the lugging of equipment just to run it, the slime, the smell - just about everything! hahaha Except the nice power, sound and long flight times.

Nothing but brushless electric and lipos for this guy from now on! It's so much easier. Buy a handful of batts for each machine and you can fly all day without charging. Works for me.

Bottom line is fly whatever you like, as long as you're flyin
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01-10-2013 02:38 PM  7 years ago
ren

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at our field.we are back to 50-50

nitro is lots of fun!!!
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01-10-2013 05:54 PM  7 years ago
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I never flew a nitro but I had friends who did. Always wanted to try but didn't care for the mess so that's why I went electric. That and I wanted to fly places where nitro was out of the question.Signature
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01-10-2013 06:20 PM  7 years ago
thenewguy

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If you look at battery technology and the leaps it has made in the last 10 years, most likely nitro will be driven out in several more years. This does not mean it will not be available, just not main stream.

Right now if you look at the pros and cons list of both nitro and electric, nitro really only has flight time. Once battery technology can beat the flight time of a nitro, that will be the driving force to put it away. Battery technology only needs to double the MAH in a battery and keep it the same size they are now to really allow the take over to happen.

The RC helicopter hobby does not really lead this trend, we trail behind the real driving force which is RC cars. RC cars take up the majority of the market in RC and there for drive the real trends that take place. RC cars is in the process of switching over to lipos.

An example is Traxxas. Traxxas has just discontinues several of their models that comes with NIMH batteries and replaced the models with models that come stock with lipos and lipo chargers.

Just food for thought.

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01-10-2013 06:35 PM  7 years ago
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Flight time is what does it for me. 4 and 5 minute flight times just do not cut it for me. Also not all fields have power and I cant drag a generator around with me.

That said 30 buck for a gal of fuel and only get 6 flight out of it No thanks

So I fly gassers. At least 10 minutes a tank and 2.5 hours of flight time per gal

Thats how I do it.

Now what will I fly in 5 years? In 5 years I will tell you.
Rudy Ackerman Houston TX/Bend OR
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01-10-2013 08:00 PM  7 years ago
HeliNutAndy

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I'm getting ready to buy a gasser myself. I tried electric and I like the way it flies and that's about it. Charging and worrying about the batteries is a major PIA.
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01-10-2013 10:37 PM  7 years ago
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I have 4 nitro's and 1 small 450 electric for indoor winter flying. Might fly the 450 a little in the summer, but much rather fly the nitro birds.Team HeliProz - Retired
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01-10-2013 10:52 PM  7 years ago
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I own both but fly electric more because of the places I have to fly at.

But all you nitro guys who fly and fuel all day long...are you using 20,000 mah rx batts?? come on lets keep it real, you are either charging at the field or bringing a bunch of batts so its a wash

Oh and those of us lucky to be able to fly 450/500 size on our own property,no lugging of charging gear anywhere charge and fly all day
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01-10-2013 11:03 PM  7 years ago
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Iam 1 of only a a few guys at my flying field who fly nitros. I love my nitro helis and prefer them over electrics, though I own a couple of small electrics. It is much easier for me to fuel and fly than to constantly have to monitor batteries either charging or being discharged too low. My personal preference.--"Flying is for The Birds"--
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01-11-2013 12:17 AM  7 years ago
thenewguy

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I can completely understand that each field and person has there specific set up. A lot of the comments above make sense because of the individuals flying fields facilities.

I'm very fortunate that the field I fly at has full power and a very nice covered area. If it did not I would not enjoy taking my generator with me every time. It would have definitely been a pain. I only take my generator to FF events.

When I decide to make the switch I want to make sure I was not waiting on batteries to charge. It took me close to a year to purchase all the stuff I wanted so I could charge very quickly and continue to fly back to back. It was a large chunk of change to me but well worth it. I decide to really put both feet in and make a switch all at once when everything was in place.

I can see how people would get turned off of electric if they have both machines. One being electric and one nitro.

What's funny is if you would of asked me 6 years ago if I would go electirc I would have said no. It's funny how we all change over time.

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01-11-2013 01:37 AM  7 years ago
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Electrics are toys...whats so intriguing about an electric motor?

I have a few electrics; B-O-R-I-N-G....in concept but more power and cleaner for sure. All I think about when I go fly my 12S is "Oh Crap I better make sure and get all these batteries flown before I can leave". When I Charge them up the night or morning before, all I do is think...Hmmm...how many flights am I gonna put on my electric tomorrow? What if the weather is bad and I have to let them sit or discharge them if I cant fly? Do I really want to sit here and babysit these things for 4 hours or go out and eat or go to a show? Why is electric convenient at all?! You cant charge them if you dont have facilities without a great big heavy A$$ generator.

Someone mentioned that you have to take batteries along for nitros too...Well that may be true, but I take 4 very small 2S 2200mA batteries with me and each one of those batteries will fly 5 or 6 flights on my 600 and 700N...Lets see; that equates to 20 flights on 4 batteries. NO COMPARISON! And if I DO want to fly more than I have batteries for, I can easily charge one of them off of my Truck battery without draining it, while I'm flying on my other batteries. If I cant fly, I can sure MUCH more easily discharge those batteries in a fraction of the time it takes to rid the 12S batteries of their charge. Not to mention that my electric also has a seperate Rx battery as well.

Why do electric pilots always think that the best thing about them is simplicity? Maybe a great deal of us dont LIKE simplicity.

Simplicity = B-O-R-I-N-G! Challenge me! Anybody can plug in a batt...or burn down their house charging them.
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01-11-2013 02:01 AM  7 years ago
Rudy

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But all you nitro guys who fly and fuel all day long...are you using 20,000 mah rx batts?? come on lets keep it real, you are either charging at the field or bringing a bunch of batts so its a wash
Not true at all. On my Whiplash Gasser I'm running a 2100mah LiFe pack. A 10 minute flight uses about 140ma's so I can fly ten 10 minute flights with no problem at all.

I also have a 3900mah LiFe pack that is not much bigger then the 2100 pack if I truly did want to fly all day.

Then there is also the option of putting a generator on the starter shaft. This charge the on board RX pack during the flight so you NEVER have to recharge the RX pack.
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01-11-2013 02:07 AM  7 years ago
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Thereis a COOL factor about flying nitro that electric just can't touch. Not tho mention that flying and operating anything fuel powered adds a sense of realism to our 'models'.
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01-11-2013 05:35 AM  7 years ago
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Not true at all. On my Whiplash Gasser I'm running a 2100mah LiFe pack. A 10 minute flight uses about 140ma's so I can fly ten 10 minute flights with no problem at all.
fair enough, but the OP specifically mentioned nitro
Why is electric convenient at all?
again, not everyone has access to a dedicated flying field.some of us fly at home or at school fields and empty parks, in spots where nitro just wont be tolerated.The only dedicated flying field near here that is set up for rc is over an hour away...I fly almost every day that weather permits.Grabbing a heli/tx and 3 or 4 batts and taking a 4-5 min ride to a nearby field is Very convienient if you only have an hour or so after work to get some flights in.

Dont get me wrong nitro is cool and as said i do own one,but in this area its just not practical for daily flying
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01-11-2013 06:59 AM  7 years ago
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again, not everyone has access to a dedicated flying field.some of us fly at home or at school fields and empty parks, in spots where nitro just wont be tolerated.The only dedicated flying field near here that is set up for rc is over an hour away...I fly almost every day that weather permits.Grabbing a heli/tx and 3 or 4 batts and taking a 4-5 min ride to a nearby field is Very convienient if you only have an hour or so after work to get some flights in.
Dont get me wrong nitro is cool and as said i do own one,but in this area its just not practical for daily flying
Very true...and it is unfortunate that there are alot of places where nitro is not tolerated. In a case like what your saying, I'd be flying electrics if I had no choice or was many miles from a good open spot where nitro is possible. Lots better burn electrons than nothing at all! Electrics are still alot of fun to fly; just dont have that "WOW" factor for me personally; except for in power vs nitro.

Right now the availability of fuel for me is difficult; there is none here, so I have to order it in, and it is expensive. I have open areas to fly pretty much everywhere, but Sometimes I have to wonder if what kills nitro for me will be fuel cost/availability more than anything else.
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01-11-2013 04:15 PM  7 years ago
Rudy

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Right now the availability of fuel for me is difficult; there is none here, so I have to order it in, and it is expensive. I have open areas to fly pretty much everywhere, but Sometimes I have to wonder if what kills nitro for me will be fuel cost/availability more than anything else.
You sir need to look in to gasses. You can get fuel at any gas station or use Coleman camper fuel if the smell of gas bothers you.

I'm getting 2.5 hours of flight time out of one gal of gas. Thats a 700 size heli
Rudy Ackerman Houston TX/Bend OR
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