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06-27-2014 11:54 PM  3 years agoPost 581
tyfast27

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Dubois, Wyoming

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My nitro is by far my favorite Heli. Longer flight times and no batteries to charge. Plus the price of batteries for a 700 size Heli is pretty hard to swallow. I know nitro is not cheap but at least you can watch your money go up in smoke with a nitro!

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06-28-2014 01:06 AM  3 years agoPost 582
3dgimble

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Rochester

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When I compare failures and crashes with 90 nitros to 700 electric, the electric always cost me more. There is a higher failure rate for electric for me than my nitros. Anyone else?

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06-28-2014 01:22 AM  3 years agoPost 583
honda411

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Surprise, AZ USA

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Tyfast, I like you point you made with the smoke. That's awesome!
3dgimble +1 with you also

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06-28-2014 03:36 AM  3 years agoPost 584
Funky Trex

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My last 90 nitro crash was a Stratus. I also managed to hit the muffler pretty hard which broke the engine case screw holes as well. Between the engine case, pipe and parts to fix the heli it was my most expensive crash in 7 years of flying. Last 700 crash was an e7 that actually did very well although it was a lighter crash than the Stratus. I did have a Logo 500 crash that was closest to the cost of my Stratus crash although the Logo was a total loss

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06-28-2014 04:00 AM  3 years agoPost 585
Rodney Kirstine

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Caldwell, ID - USA

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Most of my nitro crashes seem to result in quite a bit less damage than the electrics. I'm surprised by how many times the main blades have survived when I've crashed my N5C. The exception was my last N7 crash when it hit right on the pipe and broke out the muffler mounting holes in the crankcase and destroyed the muffler.

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07-01-2014 05:24 PM  3 years agoPost 586
billybob

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Torrance, CA

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I know nitro is not cheap but at least you can watch your money go up in smoke with a nitro!
You can watch your money go up in smoke with an electric also...just not as satisfying. Lol. Love my nitro, had plenty of electric's but just isn't the same as nitro...electric has a disconnected feel compared to nitro imo.

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07-02-2014 04:50 AM  3 years agoPost 587
tyfast27

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Dubois, Wyoming

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Billybob the electrics aren't supposed to blow smoke

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07-02-2014 08:32 AM  3 years agoPost 588
justabigham

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Auburn, WA

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I have three electric heli's and just getting ready to start my first nitro heli!!!!

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07-02-2014 10:41 AM  3 years agoPost 589
Richardmid1

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Leeds, England

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This time round all my bigger helis will be nitro, no more electrics for me above 500 size.

Big electric helis to me are a bit of a gimmick! All that money for batteries, powerful charger, power supply and generator for 4 minute flight times, I actually have no idea how they have caught on!

60% of the time, it works every time!

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07-02-2014 12:28 PM  3 years agoPost 590
ICUR1-2

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Ottawa, Ontario

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Big electric helis to me are a bit of a gimmick! All that money for batteries, powerful charger, power supply and generator for 4 minute flight times, I actually have no idea how they have caught on!
That pretty much sums it up for me. 500 electric is as big as I go, then it gets too $$$ for me

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07-02-2014 12:46 PM  3 years agoPost 591
MartyH

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USA

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It's not dead for me. I like mechanical things and an ESC and a battery is not enough mechanical for me. I love my nitro engines!

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07-02-2014 03:05 PM  3 years agoPost 592
michael88997

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Lewisville,Tx

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just bought a new os 37 for my nx4... nothing beats the sound of a engine at 18k rpm..

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07-02-2014 03:20 PM  3 years agoPost 593
Ronald Thomas

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Gainesville, Fl, USA

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Big electric helis to me are a bit of a gimmick! All that money for batteries, powerful charger, power supply and generator for 4 minute flight times, I actually have no idea how they have caught on!
To get 4 minute flight, you have the HS cranked! Tune it down to nitro HS and pitch ranges and the flight time are the same as nitro.
kinda like saying my Mustang Cobra with 500HP is a GAS HOG when I drive it hard….of course it is….
So either buy the Civic (nitro) or drive the Mustang a little easier

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07-02-2014 03:38 PM  3 years agoPost 594
3dgimble

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Rochester

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Tune it down to nitro HS and pitch ranges and the flight time are the same as nitro.
hahahaha, NO!
I would rather do without that soggy wet sponge feeling of low HS 1600 from an electric that weights 15lbs.

Give me PURE fire for 8 minutes at 2000hs @ 10LBS, with all the smoke, noise and theater!
I am a man, not a vegetarian, I need a juicy steak with all hot sauce I can get on it.

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07-02-2014 03:42 PM  3 years agoPost 595
Ronald Thomas

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Gainesville, Fl, USA

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I mean turn the electric to 2000, you can get 7 minutes easy. I can get that with my 690SX now and have more power than your nitro all day..'

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07-02-2014 03:45 PM  3 years agoPost 596
Kinger

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Granville, OH

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3dgimble is right. You can turn down the headspeed and get a longer flight time, but most 600/700 size electrics are going to weigh more than their nitro counterparts and the weight doesn't come off as the flight goes on unlike nitro.

As has been said both powerplants have their place in the hobby and I hope that nitro sticks around for a good while longer.

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07-02-2014 04:07 PM  3 years agoPost 597
michael88997

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Lewisville,Tx

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I always get a good laugh on these threads when they come up with people going over power to weight, flight time, disk loading, my heli is better than yours ect...

why does it seem everyone forgets why we do this? its to have fun... doesn't matter who has more power, 98% of pilots can't use it all anyway fly what U have the most fun with

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07-02-2014 04:20 PM  3 years agoPost 598
Slowpoke

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Dublin, OH

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why does it seem everyone forgets why we do this? its to have fun...
Absolutely!!

I'd fly a steam powered heli if they made one.

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07-02-2014 04:51 PM  3 years agoPost 599
BobOD

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New York- USA

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 I actually have no idea how they have caught on!
I think you have to consider the tuning ability of some. It does require some aptitude.

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07-02-2014 05:00 PM  3 years agoPost 600
Ronald Thomas

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but most 600/700 size electrics are going to weigh more than their nitro counterparts and the weight doesn't come off as the flight goes on unlike nitro.
My 690 weighs albs 6 oz RTF….pretty close in weight with more power and almost the same flight times

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