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05-10-2013 04:14 AM  6 years ago
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HydroWrench

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Got the bug bite BAD!!
I'm as new as they come to this bloody hobby, and already i can tell it's going to be a winner. Rewarding, frustrating, and challenging all at the same time. I dove right in and started on fixed pitch, single blade 4ch helis. The count is up to 4 of those birds and even took the jump and bought a walkera collective pitch model. The fixed pitch birds i'm getting alot better on already and have only been into them just over a month or so. The CP bird i'm taking it baby steps, just getting it in the air and keeping control of it, but i've begun some flight ever so slowly. Seriously can't wait to see what else this terrible addiction has in store for me.
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05-10-2013 05:16 AM  6 years ago
AWittleWabbit

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misery loves company!
Hahahaha welcome to the addiction!

Do invest in a sim. Though not as fun as the real thing (that's what she said), it will really speed up your learning.
Heli-itis sufferer.
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05-10-2013 05:19 AM  6 years ago
HydroWrench

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i've shopped a couple, but really have no clue which would be the best bang for my buck. any input is always appreciated.
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05-10-2013 05:24 AM  6 years ago
AWittleWabbit

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I'm using real flight g3.5, good enough for me. I'm flying the Trex 600 nitro downloaded for free from knife edge, the company that did the software.

I see one for $70 in the classifieds.

Opinions will vary but for me the sim is for learning orientations (while having fun). There are better newer versions but I haven't bothered to upgrade yet.
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05-10-2013 05:27 AM  6 years ago
AWittleWabbit

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http://rc.runryder.com/t734728p1/
Not affiliated with the seller in any way.

They pop up pretty frequently
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05-10-2013 01:14 PM  6 years ago
JRjoe

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Sounds like your on your way. Yes it's very addicting.

Invest in a high quality computer radio with at least 6 channels and a good sim...

my 2 cents

JRjoe.....
Indoor plumbing??? No, we don't need that!!!
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05-12-2013 04:09 AM  6 years ago
HydroWrench

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I do have the radio that came with my miniCP. it's a Devo7 and i'm learning my way around it slowly but surely. Also shopping flight sims, seems the 150$ is pretty much the median, at least for a decent one anyway.
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05-12-2013 04:30 AM  6 years ago
Einzelganger

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Welcome to the addiction!
Real Flight 6.5.
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bi...?&I=LXCRER&P=ML

Worth every penny.

Wayne
I love the smell of nitro in the morning.
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05-12-2013 05:39 AM  6 years ago
HydroWrench

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that one does keep popping up . . . guess it makes the decision an easy one eh!
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05-12-2013 10:11 PM  6 years ago
sonnyhad

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And do yourself a favor and stay away from those cheap heli's befor you have a box full of em that are worthless! There are plenty of good brands out there.Bald Pilots usually wear hats!
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05-12-2013 10:39 PM  6 years ago
HydroWrench

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That was a quick lesson already learned. After being curious about helis i made the mistake and bought a coax bird from one of those damn hadji kiosks in the mall. MISTAKE! Not only did i pay around 120$ for some P.O.S. heli that lost altitude if i did any maneuver or tried to turn the tail around. The transmitter would keep sending a throttle signal even when it was at 0% I then found a legit site online where i got two awesome fixed pitch helis with good radios and spare parts and batteries for the same price i payed for the single crap coax bird. Its a lesson learned as in any hobby. All i had to do was a little homework and soin found my way. I plan to get better with these small durable helis and then move up to the bigger CP type. These small ones arent the kind to make me hate life when i crash them because they take crashes like a champ and parts are quick turnaround and cheap to replace. Plus if i can keep control of the small twitchy CP heli that i have, then a bigger and more stable one should be an easier transition.
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05-13-2013 12:13 AM  6 years ago
doorman

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WelcomeTo The ADDICTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Seriously can't wait to see what else this terrible addiction has in store for me.

You ain't see noth'n yet!!!!!!!!!!

While your popping around RR take a look at some of the galleries and you will get a pretty good idea of where you can take this hobby/sport...I really do not think that there is an end to it!!!

Working with the smaller heli's is like having a live simulator, and that is not a bad thing... but a good sim will really let you spread your wings(wow, I made a funny!!)

I would also add that the Phoenix sim is also a very good unit.. and you can get it with a tx that will run it and fly a simple airplane...but I would say it is better to purchase a "quality" radio, like a Spektrum 7s, and you can use the actual tx that you will be flying with.. that is an added "comfort" while learning... plus all upgrades are free.. it checks every time you go online and will advise if there is a new upgrade available.
My last suggestion would be to find a local club that his "heli friendly" and visit them to see what they fly, and you might just bump into a flyer that will become your mentor...and that is a MAJOR plus..
Well, have a great time and we look forward to hearing your progress..
Good Luck, Stan
AMA 2918-Team Spin Blades,,Castle Creations, Unique Aircraft
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05-13-2013 01:21 AM  6 years ago
Scanman

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Welcome to my second favorite site to be. My first on is at the fly'in site. Alot has been said by good people who really care and want to see success and enjoyment in this hobby. A world of help and knowledge is right here.Vic
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05-18-2013 12:34 PM  6 years ago
Retired2011

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I'm in the same position as you...I have RealFlight6.5, don't even remember what it cost, but I know it has already saved me hundreds of dollars Chet
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