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03-10-2013 03:09 PM  5 years agoPost 1
GrumpyBaron

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Tasmania, Australia

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OK - I'm new here and new to Heli's - I'm 70 years old and been flying fixed wing RC Aircraft for more than 40 years - BUT I know nothing about heli's!. It all started like this - I was at the local tip shop and spied an old heli sitting there looking all despondent. The asking price was $30 so I took it home not having a clue what it was. It turned out to be a Kalt Space Baron but no electrics, radio, motor and with a few other bits missing - of course I was hooked wasn't I? So I pulled it apart - spent some time finding a manual and made a list of what was missing or broken. So far I've bought parts from the UK, France and the US and was patting myself on the back that ONE Day I'd get the bloody thing in the air. Then - on eBay - what do I find? A brand spanking new COMPLETE unflown Kalt Space Baron. Yep - new, unused - unflown - complete. Of course I bought it didn't I? - I did say I was hooked.

Then - from the same bloke a new - complete - Hirobo Shuttle ZXX. All I have to do now is learn to fly the bloody things don't I? The ZXX is fully set up but the Space Baron isn't and I still need a few parts for the second Baron!

Needless to say I will now proceed to ask every silly question that you can think of and probably a few you haven't. Bare with me - I'm old, grumpy, a bit thick and a retired airforce Heli pilot! Please be kind to you elders.

R/C Models are my therapy
If I crash and burn I only have myself to blame

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03-10-2013 03:15 PM  5 years agoPost 2
wrongler

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Brewerton, New York

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Good Luck, From what I have read, they are not the easiest things to fly. May the air FORCE be with you!

Bill Whittaker

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03-10-2013 03:19 PM  5 years agoPost 3
Pistol Pete

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Seffner, FL

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Welcome to RR.

You will fit just fine in here...
https://rc.runryder.com/f63p1/

judging by models owned and not age.

DELETED second link...already has sim.

~~Enjoying the hobby one flight at a time~~

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03-10-2013 03:21 PM  5 years agoPost 4
GrumpyBaron

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Tasmania, Australia

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Umm - a little more information -
1. I am in a Club - in fact I'm my club's Secretary but we only have two other heli flyers in the club and they are both learners too.

2. Yes - I have a flight Sim and I'm wearing the bloody thing out - so far I'm mostly crashing but I've got to the point where I can hover in ground effect and move around a bit - not always totally under control.

3. I'm a dedicated nitro fan so please don't tell me I should have an electric heli.

4. I know it doesn't matter a damn but I have over 2,000 hrs in real heli's. It does help a bit in that I know collective from cyclic and I do know what autorotation is. I also know what happens when you loose a tail rotor - but that's another story.

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03-10-2013 03:24 PM  5 years agoPost 5
Pistol Pete

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Seffner, FL

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Follow these guidelines and keep practicing.

http://www.ircha.org/index.php?pr=PPP_Levels

~~Enjoying the hobby one flight at a time~~

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03-10-2013 03:32 PM  5 years agoPost 6
GrumpyBaron

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Tasmania, Australia

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thanks for the welcome Wrongler and Pistol Pete. The links are a great help too - gives me some where to start.

I'll post a couple of photos once I work out how - in the meantime there is a bit more info on my heli's on my blog: -

http://wingsnflyingthings.blogspot.com/

Cheers

R/C Models are my therapy
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03-10-2013 07:48 PM  5 years agoPost 7
rcflyerheli

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Granbury, TX USA

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Welcome to this aspect of the hobby. Isn't it amazing how easy it is to get hooked on something. We are very similar in our hobby. I flew only fixed wing until about 3 years ago, but now I am totally hooked on helis.

I found that having flown fixed wing (both professionally and in the hobby) did nothing to prepare me for flying RC helis. It's just a matter of practicing on the sim until it comes to you.

For me, fixed wing was (and still is) pretty simple, in that when I took out a plane to fly, I generally expected it to come back in one piece, but helis - well that's a completely different story. I suppose that's what makes them exciting - the unknown.

Any way, glad to have you here, and feel free to ask any question that comes up. This hobby is great in that there is a wealth of knowledge on nearly any subject that you can think of, and everyone seems generally interested in helping each other out.

Welcome aboard!

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03-12-2013 12:50 AM  5 years agoPost 8
Thrust Bearing

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Cincinnati, Ohio - USA

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Hey Grumpy dude. I'd like to hear the lost tail rotor story. When you get a chance. Good luck with heli.

Easy on the stick...

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03-12-2013 03:43 AM  5 years agoPost 9
GrumpyBaron

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Tasmania, Australia

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G'Day Thrust Bearing - Short version - I was flying dustoff in Vietnam. It didn't end well but I survived.

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03-12-2013 04:28 AM  5 years agoPost 10
turboomni

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East of the Equator

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Welcome to rc helicopters! I have heard this many times from a real airplane pilots or real heli pilots says rc is more difficult. The difference? No BUTTOMETER,, you have no sensation in your butt what the aircraft is doing! As far as your purchases of heli's goes,,if you crash ,,you will search a long time and then have to setup a heli that is all but unknown to most. Get a heli that has good parts availability in your area. It would be best if someone in your area [rc heli expert] could help you with a heli he or she is familiar with. Your path may have been economical at the time of purchase but I would think further in your purchase of a heli that has parts available because you will crash and have to set it up again. An old Raptor or Align with cheap parts come to mind. Do not give up and do find the path of least resistance.
All the very best,

turboomni

Setup is everything, All my heli's can fly far better than I can pilot them

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03-20-2013 01:31 PM  5 years agoPost 11
GrumpyBaron

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Tasmania, Australia

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This is my folly and the reason I've become addicted to heli's. I'ts also my first try at posting a photo - now to see if it works!

Well I'll be damned! It worked!! First time - and at my age!!!

Model at the front is my new/old Kalt Space Baron - in the middle is the Shuttle ZXX and bringing up the spot at the back is the other Space Baron that I recovered from the tip and which I'm now in the process of restoring.

R/C Models are my therapy
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03-22-2013 02:08 AM  5 years agoPost 12
gologo

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Sedalia, Mo USA

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That Shuttle brings back some good memories, lot of good times
learning w. that machine. Not sure how the parts supply is for those now. Definitely not sure on the Space Barons.

What is meant by a 'dustoff'?

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03-22-2013 04:17 AM  5 years agoPost 13
turboomni

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good luck flying or fixing them.....

Setup is everything, All my heli's can fly far better than I can pilot them

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